Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel was such an iconic masterpiece that it actually paved the way for a further eleven novels by Fleming itself, in addition to two short story collections, followed by many ‘continuation’ James Bond novels by other authors and screen adaptation for three times. And, in just a month after it got first published on 13 April 1953 by publishers Jonathan Cape, with the artwork of the cover devised by the author himself, Casino Royale’s 4,728 first printed copies got immediately sold off at a price of 10s, 6d each. Now, again after almost 60 years, collectors and literatures lovers stands a chance to grab a copy of what is described to be an incredibly scarce first issue of the very first and legendary James Bond novel, for $78,000.
Described to be near fine condition book with only some foxing on the page edge and end-papers, this rare copy has absolutely no inscriptions inside and its wrapper is also unrestored.
Further, the wrapper is not price clipped, and has no chips and no sunning to the spine. However, there is some general foxing to the rear panel and a little wear to the top of the spine. But, for a first ever edition like this from almost 60 years ago, the condition can be stated as excellent.
Also, to the note of interested buyers, this uniquely rare copy of the much-loved novel comes complete with a custom-made clamsheel box.
As, it’s been observed that rare and first editions books are highly popular among literature lovers and collectors alike, and the first edition vintage books also turns out to be a good investment, whose value will appreciate with time if kept in near fine condition.
Interestingly, the novel Casino Royale got adapted for the screen for three times, and showcases the leading character James Bond as the debonair, deadly, and iconic secret service agent with code number 007.