James Bond collectibles doesn’t stop, so it is easy to conclude how huge interesting aroused the news about the sale of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale book – first edition. A first edition, first printing copy, one of only 4,728 copies, published by Jonathan Cape on April 1953 in the UK, is now on sale for £50,000 ($78,000).
This rare hardbound book which was the source of the inspiration of the 007 films to which we admire and we watch even today, is in excellent condition taking into consideration it’s almost 60 years old. There are no inscriptions inside and the wrapper is unrestored. The wrapper is not price clipped, has no chips and no sunning to the spine. It features a playing-card inspired, Ian Fleming-designed cover, a custom-made clamshell box, and so few blemishes that you’ll find it hard to believe its age.
Rare and first edition books by famous authors are highly popular amongst experienced collectors and literature lovers and can gain thousands at auction. It’s very hard to find such as this iconic book in such lovely condition and without restoration, so that gives it a special value and justifies the price of $78,000 which is offered by Vintage Seekers.