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Auction Name: 2021 December 9 - 10 Rare Books Signature® Auction

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Ian Fleming. Dr No. London: Jonathan Cape, [1958]. First edition, first impression, first state, binding B. Signed by the author to the front free endpaper recto. Octavo. 256 pages. Publisher's black Fabroleen cloth (Type A), spine stamped in silver; original illustrated dust jacket designed by Pat Marriott. Foot of spine just pushed. White endpapers; book label of Florence and Edward Kaye to the front pastedown. Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; text block edges lightly toned. Dust jacket with publisher's decorative clip and price listed as 13s 6d; lightly rubbed on the back panel. Housed in custom brown morocco clamshell case by the Heritage bindery, with the "Honeychile silhouette" from the dust jacket art stamped in black to the upper cover, spine decorated and lettered in gilt with five raised bands. Near fine or better.

The iconic first film in the Eon Productions James Bond series, which brought 007 to the silver screen for the first time. The film established much of the style that would go on to define Bond films through the years and launched a flurry of "secret agent" films and tv series which flourished through the 1960s. The 1962 film was directed by Terence Young and starred Sean Connery as Bond and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, the first Bond Girl. Though initial reaction was somewhat lukewarm, the film has since become one of the favorites in an iconic franchise.

Gilbert A6a (1.2).

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