"TO VISIT ALL THE WICKED CITIES": FIRST EDITION OF IAN FLEMING’S THRILLING CITIES, 1963
FLEMING, Ian. Thrilling Cities. London: Jonathan Cape, (1963). Octavo, original half white cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition. first printing of "one of Fleming's finest works," covering his visits to 14 cities around the globe, with 48 pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations, in original dust jacket.
"Fleming traveled widely from an early age and his interest in foreign places is reflected in his journalism… as well as in his fiction" (DNB). It was Sunday Times editorial director Denis Hamilton who proposed "a round-the-world journey… as a suitable project for Ian's talents. Ian would visit a number of Thrilling Cities (as his articles were later called) to report on their attractions to a man of Fleming's (or James Bond's) exotic tastes and sophistication" (Lycett, 354). "Thrilling Cities is one of Ian Fleming's finest works, reading just as easily as any of this thrillers." On news of Fleming's plan to visit 14 cities, including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Vienna and Monte Carlo, it was commented: "Mr. Fleming has gone off around the world to visit all the wicked cities and write a series of titillating articles" (Gilbert 480-81). First edition, first printing: with erratum slip tipped-in at page 223; first issue dust jacket with laminate covering entire width of rear flap, unclipped with price "30s. net." Fleming's articles first appeared in the Times in 1959-60. The first American edition, issued one year later, lacks the photographs of this first English edition. Gilbert A16a (1.1).
Only lightest foxing to cloth. A splendid copy in fine condition.