“I LOVE ITS COLOUR, ITS BRILLIANCE, ITS DIVINE HEAVINESS… THE POWER THAT GOLD ALONE GIVES”
FLEMING, Ian. Goldfinger. London: Jonathan Cape, (1959). Octavo, original black paper boards gilt, original dust jacket.
First edition of the seventh James Bond thriller, in which Fleming’s super-spy thwarts Auric Goldfinger’s plot to plunder Fort Knox.
"In the first two months of 1958, Fleming wrote the first draft of Goldfinger under the working title The Richest Man in the World. This was destined to become a quintessential example of both the novels and the movies" (Biondi, 35). Perhaps surprisingly, given 007's globe-spanning adventures, Goldfinger is the only Bond novel to include a map (on unnumbered page 246). Made into the 1965 film starring Sean Connery as Bond and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. Gilbert A7a (1.1). Biondi & Pickard, 45. Bookseller ticket.
Interior fine. Light scattered foxing to text block edges. Light wear to extremities and light soiling to rear panel of bright dust jacket with tape repairs to verso. A near-fine copy.