"HOW'S YOUR COEFFICIENT OF TOUGHNESS, JAMES?": FIRST EDITION OF FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
FLEMING, Ian. For Your Eyes Only. London: Jonathan Cape, (1960). Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket. $4800.
First edition of Fleming's eighth Bond title, the only collection of Bond short stories published in the author's lifetime, including the title story, "From a View to a Kill," and "Quantum of Solace." A lovely copy in an uncommonly bright, unfaded dust jacket.
This five-story collection "provided Fleming with an opportunity to reveal his fine ability to create powerful impressions of different environments… The five stories were very varied, but… in each of them the rendition of the environment was a major theme in the text" (Black, 40). The book is also notable for its jacket, "the only British dust jacket with any depiction of Bond: the eye in the peephole is his. Fleming made [artist Richard] Chopping paint it many times, until he was satisfied with the shape and, particularly, the color" (Biondi & Pickard, 46). "For Your Eyes Only" was made into the 1981 film starring Roger Moore and Carole Bouquet; the 1985 film A View to a Kill starred Moore, Christopher Walken, and Grace Jones; the 2008 film Quantum of Solace starred Daniel Craig. Title page printed in red and black. Gilbert A8a (1.1).
Book fine, dust jacket with minor rubs to upper front corner and spine head, very nearly fine. Spine lettering red, with none of the fading so typically seen with this title. Uncommon and desirable in this condition.