First issue, the exceptionally rare first state with the gilt-stamped gun on the front board, of the final full-length James Bond novel by Fleming.
Very good plus in near-fine jacket.
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
"This issue with the golden gun on the casing is the rarest, by far, of the Bond books." – Biondi & Pickard
This copy has the gilt-stamped gun on the front board, produced for less than 1000 copies before the publisher abandoned it due to the prohibitive cost of using gold foil. Bibliographer Jon Gilbert calls it "effectively the publisher's trail binding, rejected in favour of a cheaper alternative" that has since become exceptionally rare and desirable. Fleming died before completing the revisions of this, the last full-length Bond novel: his team at Jonathan Cape (especially William Plomer, Michael Howard, and Jean Frampton) shepherded it to final production along with the help of author Kingsley Amis, whose critical discussions of the novels had given him a reputation as a James Bond authority.
Read more: Biondi & Pickard, "The James Bond Books of Ian Fleming: A Descriptive Bibliography," in Firsts, November 1998; Gilbert, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, A13a 1.1; Lycett, Ian Fleming.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1965). 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original dark grey/brown cloth, gilt-lettered spine, gilt-stamped gun vignette on front board. In original unclipped (18s net) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping. Green patterned endpapers. 221,  pages. Housed in custom quarter brown goatskin clamshell box. Spot of expert repair at lower edge of front board, light foxing and some faint staining to text block edges. Jacket with only mild rubbing.
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