“THE RAREST, BY FAR, OF THE BOND BOOKS”:THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, IN VERY RARE FIRST-ISSUE BINDING
FLEMING, Ian. The Man With the Golden Gun. London: Jonathan Cape, (1965). Octavo, original gilt-stamped black paper boards, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition, the exceptionally rare first issue with the gilt-embossed gun on the front of the cloth binding.
Fleming was too ill to complete this last Bond novel before his death, so novelist Kingsley Amis was hired to complete and revise it (Black, 75).“This issue with the golden gun on the casing is the rarest, by far, of the Bond books. There are certainly fewer than the 290-odd of the signed limited edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The Cape archives do not reveal how many copies were produced with the golden gun stamping. Copies tend to turn up most frequently in the extremities of the British Commonwealth, e.g., South Africa, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand” (Biondi & Pickard, 50). Due to the high costs of production, the binding was changed to one without a gilt-stamped gun. Due to the high costs of production, the binding was changed to one without a gilt-stamped gun. Biondi & Pickard, 50. Owner inscription and signature.
Dust jacket price-clipped. A fine copy. Very rare.