"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 superspy thwarts Auric Goldfinger's plot to plunder Fort Knox, signed on the title page by three actresses from the 1965 movie: Shirley Eaton, Honor Blackman and Tania Mallet.
"Written when Fleming was on top of his game," Goldfinger "is not only the longest entry in the [Bond] series but also one of the most exuberant, and garnered a certain degree of credibility in literary circles when author Anthony Burgess listed it in his Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939" (Gilbert, 230). Made into the 1965 film starring Sean Connery as Bond and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. Cloth in Gilbert's first state, with small indent in the top left section of the skull: "both were available upon publication." Gilbert A7a (1.1). Biondi & Pickard, 45. Owner signature.
Book with a tiny bit of faint dampstaining to top margin of a few leaves; bright dust jacket with small faint stain to front panel. A near-fine copy.