Ian Fleming Bibliography

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Below is a complete bibliography for the James Bond novels written by Ian Fleming
All issue points are accounted for and all pictures are of true 1st issue UK first editions
This will provide you with all the information you need to identify a 1st edition
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 Casino Royale First Edition
CASINO ROYALE

Published in 1953 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth & red lettering & heart on front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1953"

Dust wrapper priced at 10s.6d
Rear panel has pencil drawing of Ian Fleming by Bartlett,
with blurb about Fleming's life below
Front flap has blurb with jacket credit immediately below
There should be NO Times review
Rear flap is blank but for title, author, Cape & price in bottom left corner

4,728 copies were bound up, a large number of which went to public libraries

 Live and Let Die First Edition
LIVE AND LET DIE

Published in 1954 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth & gilt lettering & gilt medallion on front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1954"
Dust wrapper priced at 10s.6d
There are 3 states of 1st edition dust wrappers
First State : No credit for jacket design on front flap
Second State : 2 line credit is positioned midway between blurb end & price
Third State : 2 line credit is positioned directly under the blurb

7,500 copies were printed of the 1st edition

Ian Fleming Moonraker First Edition
MOONRAKER

Published in 1955 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth & silver lettering
Verso title page states "First Published 1955"
Dust wrapper priced at 10s.6d
There is a "semi issue point" Page 10 last line shoot / shoo
No priority established but I believe shoot to be preferable
There are also 2 paper thicknesses
One text block measures 19mm whilst the other is 15mm
The 15mm is poorer quality and prone to browning

The 1st print run was 9,900 copies

Ian Fleming Diamonds are Forever First Edition
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Published in 1956 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth & silver lettering
Verso title page states "First Published 1956"
Dust wrapper priced at 12s.6d

The 1st print run was 14,700 copies

Ian Fleming From Russia With Love First Edition
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Published in 1957 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black decorated cloth
Verso title page states "First Published 1957"
Dustwrapper priced at 13s.6d
The 1st set of sheets were of poor print quality and rejected by Cape
These were later sent to the book club
This means that, theoretically, the '1st printing' is the book club edition
Note: The Cape sheets have Cape name and logos on title page
Those with 'Book Club' are later printings and the above does not apply
The Cape edition was published first, and is the first edition

The 1st print run was 15,000 copies

Ian Fleming Dr No First Edition
Dr NO

Published in 1958 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth with or without "dancing girl" figure
Verso title page states "First Published 1958"
Dust jacket priced at 13s.6d
There is no priority established for the dancing girl
From experience, the ones without the figure appear to be rarer

The 1st print run was 20,000 copies

Ian Fleming Goldfinger First Edition
GOLDFINGER

Published in 1959 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth gilt lettering , skull embossed on front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1959"
Dustwrapper priced at 15s

The 1st print run was 24,000 copies

Ian Fleming For Your Eyes Only First Edition
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Published in 1960 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth, gilt lettering , eye design on front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1960"
Dust wrapper priced at 15s

The 1st print run was 21,712 copies

Ian Fleming Thunderball First Edition
THUNDERBALL

Published in 1961 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth, gilt lettering , skeletal hand on front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1961"
Dust wrapper priced at 15s

The 1st print run was 50,938 copies

Ian Fleming The Spy Who Loved Me First Edition
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME

Published in 1962 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth, silver lettering , with a dagger on the front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1962"
Dust wrapper priced at 15s
There are copies with a quad mark
between the E & M of Fleming on the title page
This mark is not on the proof sheets and was just a spacer that worked loose during the print run
No priority officially established and not of bibliographical importance, but copies with quad mark are very much scarcer and consequently fetch a premium

The 1st print run was 30,000 copies

Ian Fleming On Her Majesty's Secret Service First Edition
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

Published in 1963 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth, silver lettering , track design on front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1963"
Dust wrapper priced at 16s
The 1st print run was 45,000 copies

There is a signed limited edition of this title
250 numbered copies - but unnumbered copies also turn up
Jonathan Cape's records suggest there should be approx 43 unnumbered
Ten of these were given to Ian Fleming the rest intended as presentation copies

The 1st print run was 45,000 copies

You Only Live Twice First Edition
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

Published in 1964 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth, silver lettering , Japanese lettering on front board
Verso title page states "First Published 1964"
Note: "First Published March 1964" is second state
Dust wrapper priced at 16s

The 1st print run was 56,000 copies

The Man With The Golden Gun First Edition
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN

Published in 1965 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth, gilt lettering
Verso title page states "First Published 1965"
Copies exist with a gun in gilt on the front boards 
Dust wrapper priced at 18s

The 1st print run was 82,000 copies

 Octopussy First Edition
OCTOPUSSY

Published in 1966 by Jonathan Cape in London
Black cloth, gilt lettering
Verso title page states "First Published 1966"
This title was repriced in order to clear remaining copies
Contrary to popular opinion it was not actually remaindered
A London bookseller bought the last 32,000 copies directly.
He gradually sold them for 1.50 each
Copies with unclipped jackets and
no signs of a price sticker are preferred
Dust wrapper priced at 10s.6d

The 1st print run was 50,000 copies

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