DescriptionIan Fleming. Goldfinger. London: Jonathan Cape, 1959. First edition, first impression (without the disclaimer on the dedication page verso, as called for), first issue, second state. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper recto in blue ink, "To / F. C. Roberts / Who wasted an hour / of his time! / from / Ian Fleming." The "F" has been darkened where Fleming evidently first referred to the recipient as "J.C." and rectified his mistake with a flourish. Octavo. 318 pages. Illustrated with map on page . Publisher's pictorial Fabroleen cloth (Type A) stamped in blind and gilt, but lacking 3 mm line detail to top of skull called for in first state, spine stamped in gilt; original illustrated dust jacket by Richard Chopping. Somewhat cocked, head and foot of spine pushed, small professional repair to head of spine but not affecting text. White endpapers; minor foxing, small penciled bookseller's notation to front free endpaper verso and rear pastedown (some effaced). Internally clean and tight, all edges trimmed; minor intermittent thumbsoiling, text block edges toned with minor foxing and wear. Dust jacket with publisher's decorative clip and priced 15s; minor edgewear, somewhat foxed. Housed in custom clamshell case, quarter morocco over marbled boards, spine decorated and lettered in gilt with five raised bands. Near fine.
Source material for the third installment in the James Bond series by Eon Productions, released in 1964. The film was directed by Guy Hamilton, the first of four Bond films he would direct, and stars Sean Connery as the famous fictional secret agent. This was the first Bond film to win an Oscar (Best Sound Editing) and was considered both a box office and critical success. This adaptation also first introduced Bond's beloved Aston Martin to the silver screen (though a more updated model than in the book), equipped with enough tricks and gadgets to make Speed Racer jealous.
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