The Complete Works of Ian Fleming
18 Volumes, Complete Collection, One of 56 Lettered Sets
Published by Queen Anne Press, London in 2008
Stunning Signed Onlaid Leather Bindings by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Binding Details: Stunning signed bindings by Sangorski & Sutcliff, London of full morocco leather with pictorial onlaid leather multi-colored designs that follow the theme of the individual book. (For example, Casino Royale features playing cards, Goldfinger features a golf green and Rolls Royce, On Her Majesty's Secret Service features ski trails and a chair lift, and the spine of Diamonds are Forever contains an inlaid diamond.) There are hand-sewn headbands, handmade watermarked endpapers, and all page edges are gold gilted.
Each volume is housed in a blue silk cloth slipcase with leather entry and the title appears in gold gilt on the spine. The complete collection is preserved in a black cloth presentation box with the Fleming crest in gold gilt on the lid of the box. The Sangorski & Sutcliffe binders stamp appears in gold gilt on the bottom of the inside back cover of each volume.
Collection Details: Published in 2008 by Queen Anne Press, London with a limitation of 56 lettered sets (26 lettered according to the English alphabet and 30 lettered according to the Russian alphabet) with this set being Russian letter 3 (English translation is Z), this edition of “The Works of Ian Fleming” is considered the definitive collection of his works. From the publisher, “The first ever edition of Ian Fleming’s complete works comprises 18 volumes in all. There are the 14 James Bond adventures starting with Casino Royale and ending with Octopussy, and including in between all the legendary titles such as From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, and Dr No. To these famous titles are added Fleming’s account of the diamond trade,The Diamond Smugglers, first published in 1957, and his book of collected travel journalism, Thrilling Cities, 1963, which presents a rather Bondian take on cities such as Tokyo and Los Angeles. Milton Glaser, world-renowned designer and graphic artist, supplied drawings for the original American edition of 1964, and these once again decorate the chapter headings. Fleming’s one children’s book, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, the story of the much-loved magical flying car, is included. He wrote the story for his youngson, Caspar, while recuperating from a heart attack. The final volume, Talk of the Devil, is a compendium of some of Fleming’s other writing – articles, reviews, journalism and two early short stories – much of it containing pointers to events or places described in the Bond books. The title is taken from a list of alternatives that Fleming kept in his notebook.”
Each book measures approximately 8.75” x 5.75” and contains a limitation page on which the limitation letter appears.
Condition Report: The collection is in MINT condition. Overall, this is a beautifully bound signed limited edition collection that houses the works of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
Photographs of the collection and each of the bindings appear in the photo section of the listing.