The complete works
This edition, the first ever of the complete published works of Ian Fleming, is made up of 18 volumes – 14 James Bond books, two works of non-fiction, The Diamond Smugglers and Thrilling Cities; one children’s book, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang; and a volume of collected journalism (also containingtwo unpublished short stories) entitled Talk of the Devil.
The James Bond titles are: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr No, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy.
The complete edition is presented in three different bindings.
Fine Bindings This distinctive Ian Fleming setof 18 volumes is bound to the highest specification. The leather onlay designs, each of which reflect elements of Flemings original text, are crafted in vegetable-tanned goatskin and feature exotic details such as diamonds, crystals and pieces of eight.
Other specifications include: hand-sewn head and tail bands, gilt-edged pages and endpapers of handmade light blue paper watermarked ILF. Each book is in a slipcase which is lined, leather-trimmed and has rounded entry with gold-blocking to rear. The set comes in a black presentation box stamped in gold with the Fleming family crest of a goat's head.
Edition limited to 56: 26 sets are lettered A to Z (no longer available) and 30 sets are lettered according to the Russian alphabet. Price for the set: £15,000
Vellum Bindings A cool, elegant set bound in quarter vellum on black cloth following Fleming’s own design for a 1963 limited edition of his eleventh James Bond book, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Other specifications include: titles in red gold, gilt-edged pages, red silk head and tailbands, red handmade embossed endpapers. Each book comes in a lined slipcase with black-foil blocking to rear. The set of 18 books comes in a black presentation box stamped in gold with the Fleming family crest.
100 sets are numbered 001-100. Price for the set: £6,000
Cloth Bindings This classic version of the Complete Works is bound in dark blue cloth, each book bearing a polished leather plaque to the spine with gold lettering and a border based on Fleming’s insignia as Commander in the Royal Navy.
Specifications include: top-edge gilt pages, specially printed endpapers based on Ian Fleming's own bookplate, and presentation black box. The front board may be stamped with Ian Fleming’s initials and dates, I.L.F. 1908 – 2008, or may be personalised with the owner’s initials.
250 sets are numbered by Roman numerals I – CCL. Price for the set: £2,000
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming, illustrated by John Burningham
A facsimile of the first edition of Ian Fleming’s famous children’s story about the Pott family and their adventures with the magical car, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. It is here published as three separate adventures as it was in 1964 when first published by Jonathan Cape.
The original edition was illustrated by renowned artist John Burningham as only his second commission. For this edition he has re-worked some of his original artwork for the book.
The three volumes are presented in a racing green slipcase in a limited edition of 100. Price: £125
A deluxe edition (shown above), limited to 50 sets, accompanied by two prints, measuring 297 x 210mm, signed and numbered by John Burningham. Price: £600
Also available are three prints, published in a limited edition of only 15, each one signed and numbered by John Burningham. They measure 297 x 420 mm and are available either individually or as a set.
Titled Flying Car, Gangsters and Ship, see Make a Purchase for the individual listings.
Two classic travel books
Peter Fleming’s two best known books, Brazilian Adventure and News From Tartary are reissued in cloth bindings the design of which follows that of the first Jonathan Cape edition. The original photographs with one or two more are included.
This edition includes a foreword by Kate Grimond, Fleming’s daughter, and 34 photographs, some of which have not been published before. Printed endpapers of maps, taken from earlier editions, show the area of Brazil where the search for Colonel Fawcett took place. The books are sewn, covered in fine green cloth. Spine and front board are gold-blocked following the designs of the original 1933 Jonathan Cape edition.
The numbered edition is limited to 150. Price: £95
News from Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir
This edition includes a foreword by Kate Grimond, Fleming’s daughter, and all the original illustrations together with a new frontispiece showing Fleming and Maillart. Printed endpapers show the map taken from the earlier editions of their journey from China to India. The books are sewn, covered in fine red cloth. Spine and front board are gold blocked using the designs of the original 1936 Jonathan Cape edition.
The numbered edition is limited to 150. Price: £95
The Collected Works of Mervyn Peake’s prose and poetry are presented here for the first time in a single edition. Containing more than 1,000 images from the Mervyn Peake Archive, it is a comprehensive tribute to one of the 20th century’s great creative spirits. There are ten volumes in all.
Fine Bindings Finely bound in goatskin with leather onlay designs featuring crystals and exotic shell. Further specifications include hand sewn head- and tailbands, top-edge gilt pages and hand made endpapers. Individual, leather trimmed, rounded entry, lined slipcases.
The set is limited to 26 sets lettered A-Z. Price: £7,650
Bound by Shepherds, Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Cloth Bindings Bound in Japanese silk with gold blocking, the front board of each volume inset with an illustration from the text. The volumes are numbered 1-10 in Chinese numerals on a vellum disc on the back board.
Limited to 125 sets numbered 1-125. Price: £1,550
Bound by Shepherds, Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Under Milk Wood
This edition of Under Milk Wood includes more than 110 images by Sir Peter Blake, doyen of British artists. His pencil portraits of the myriad characters of Llaggerub, collages representing scenes from the book, and watercolours depicting the extraordinary dreams combine to make a unique volume.
The edition is presented in a paperback edition, a specially bound edition and an exclusive leather bound edition designed by Peter Blake and graphic designer Brian Webb.
The Fine Binding Edition consists of ten individually designed leather-bound copies, signed and numbered by Peter Blake. Each copy is accompanied by three signed original Blake prints, The Afternoon Buzzes, Mrs Organ Morgan's General Shop and Hoofing, Bloomered, in the Moon. Price £5,500
The three original prints by Peter Blake, included with the Fine Binding Edition.
The De Luxe Edition is limited to 100 numbered copies. The books are bound in cloth with an illustration inset and are presented in a solander, each copy accompanied by an original signed print by Peter Blake, The Sailors' Arms. Price £950
The De Luxe Edition original print by Peter Blake.
The Regular Edition, in its first printing, consists of 2,500 unnumbered paperback copies, 30 cm x 25 cm. Price £30
Typesetting by Libanus press.
The De Luxe Edition and the Fine Binding Edition are bound by Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
Solanders for the De Luxe Edition and the Fine Binding Edition are made by Ludlow Bookbinders.
Winner of the 16th Breslauer ILAB Prize.
The Bibliography covers every aspect of Ian Fleming’s writing, from the manuscript stage, through typescripts, uncorrected proofs, advance and review copies, first and subsequent impressions, paperback printings, omnibus and collected editions, as well as periodical appearances, comic strip adaptations, young reader and large print editions published in Britain and America. Apart from the fourteen Bond novels there are sections covering Fleming’s non-fiction works, The Diamond Smugglers and Thrilling Cities, his book for children Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, as well as his lesser known articles, essays and contributions. Each main entry includes an engaging narrative on the conception, editorial process and marketing of the book, complemented by a full list of sources. Biographical notes of many of Fleming’s friends and colleagues are provided, along with a chronology of the author’s life.
The Standard Edition is bound in Ratchford’s Colorado book-cloth stamped in gilt with the Fleming family crest on the front board. Price £175
The De Luxe Edition is limited to 250 copies and is quarter-bound in white on black with gilt ornamentation, following Ian Fleming’s own design for a special edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Jonathan Cape, 1963). SOLD OUT
Typesetting by Libanus Press.
Ian Fleming – The Notes
Here are the notes that John Pearson made in 1965 while researching The Life of Ian Fleming. They chart not only Fleming’s life – with details that never made it into the finished biography – but John’s own journey while investigating his subject. As such they form less a series of aides memoires than a book about writing a book. Compelling, insightful, irreverent and written in John’s inimitable style, they make an outstanding read. Never before published, they are available in two limitations:
A De Luxe Edition lettered A-Z, signed by the author. FULLY SUBSCRIBED
The De Luxe Edition lettered A-Z and signed by the author.
A Regular Edition numbered 001-150. SOLD OUT
The Regular Edition is bound in dark-blue Plike paper with gold blocking and wrapped in a semi-opaque dust jacket, shown above.
376pp. Royal. Typography by Libanus Press. Covers by Prof. Phil Cleaver, Etal Design. Introduction by Fergus Fleming.
Ian Fleming: The Book Collector
Edited by James Fergusson
In 2017 The Book Collector marked the 65th anniversary of its birth with an issue devoted to Ian’s role in the world of books (available from The Book Collector at www.thebookcollector.co.uk) The ten main articles have been reprinted in hot-metal Monotype letterpress on 150gsm Bockingford White paper by Stan Lane of Gloucester Typesetting and are available in three highly-collectible versions, bound by Ludlow Bookbinders and signed by James and Fergus Fleming.
The Deluxe Edition. A limitation of 26 half-bound in black cloth on marbled paper and lettered A-Z, with the addition of an extra symbol –‘lol’ - following a reprisal of Fleming’s 1947 competition in Aphabet & Image to find the best 27th letter of the alphabet. To include a facsmile of the 1957 promotional leaflet written by Fleming and designed by his friend Robert Harling.
The Standard Edition. A limitation of 150 numbered 001-150 bound in red cloth with gold blocking.
Ten pamphlets bound in black ‘softy’ card with letterpress labels, limited variously to 60 and 125 copies as follows:
My Uncle Ian by James Fleming, 4pp text, limitation 125. A personal reflection by the author on his father and his uncle. A unique memoir.
Ian Fleming and The Book Collector by Fergus Fleming, 28pp text, limitation 125. The story of how Fleming acquired The Book Collector and his subsequent battles with fellow directors. A poignant account containing archive material.
The Death of the Doctor: Ian Fleming Intervenes by James Fergusson, 11pp text, limitation 60. An interlude that examines Fleming’s brief editorial role at The Book Collector and how members of the book-dealing fraternity may have been connected to the Secret Service.
Books That Had Started Something by Joel Silver, 26pp text, limitation 60. An authoritative and important description of how Fleming’s library of first editions, as well as his correspondence and the Bond manuscripts, was acquired by the Lilly Library at Bloomington University of Indiana.
Percy Muir: Ian Fleming’s Book Dealer by Nicolas Barker, 13pp text, limitation 60. An encapsulation of Ian’s friendship with Percy Muir, the man who first encouraged his interest in books and who was instrumental in creating his collection. As related by Nicolas Barker who not only knew both Fleming and Muir but owned and edited The Book Collector from 1965 to 2016.
Friendship and Fiction: Ian Fleming and Robert Harling by A.S.G. Edwards, 10pp text, limitation 60. The interaction between Fleming and his designer/typographer friend Harling and a description of the latter’s career as a fiction writer.
James Bond Invades America: A Tale of Three Publishers by John Cork, 10pp text, limitation 60. An intriguing account of how Fleming’s novels broke into the US market.
Collecting Ian Fleming: The Making of a Bibliography by Jon Gilbert, 7pp text, limitation 60. A life devoted to collecting Bond as recounted by the prize-winning author of Ian Fleming: The Bibliography .
Dust-jacket by Richard Chopping for Ian Fleming's 'You Only Live Twice', 1964 by Mirjam M. Foot, 5pp text plus colour plate, limitation 60. An overview of Fleming’s dust jackets that examines in particular Chopping’s trompe l’oeil image for You Only Live Twice, 1964.
Two Bond Collectors by Sheila Markham, 12 pp text, limitation 125. Sheila’s incisive and finely-written interviews have decorated The Book Collector for some time. Here she speaks to two very different Fleming fans: Jeremy Miles and Mike VanBlaricum .
The pamphlets are also available as a collection, housed in solander boxes of which there are 22 only. Of these two have already been spoken for. Should you be interested in the remaining solanders then please contact Adrian Harrington Books www.adrianharringtonbooks.co.uk
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Ella Maillart and Peter Fleming about to embark on their expedition through Central Asia, recounted in News from Tartary.
Detail of the Vellum Binding.
Ian Fleming's intials and dates stamped on the cover.
The newly republished Standard Edition of Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.
Front cover of the Regular Edition. Click image to see larger version.
Cover of the De Luxe Edition.
Cover of number 8 of the Fine Binding Edition.
Ian Fleming's bookplate as endpaper design in the Cloth Binding.
Fine Binding covers.
The three new facsimile volumes of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.
The prints to accompany the Deluxe Edition.
Cloth Binding title pages. Click image to see larger version.