Bond book is a record breaker

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By GE­ORGE MAIR

A first edi­tion copy of the James Bond book Casino Royale has sold at auc­tion for a whop­ping £55,000 – a world record. Ian Flem­ing’s first novel sold for the high­est price paid at auc­tion for a 007 ti­tle.

A RARE first edi­tion of Ian Flem­ing’s first 007 novel, Casino Royale, has sold for £55,000 at an auc­tion in Ed­in­burgh, set­ting a new world record.

The book, pub­lished by Jon­athan Cape in 1953, was writ­ten by Flem­ing at his Gold­en­eye es­tate in Ja­maica.

The ini­tial run of 4728 copies sold out in less than a month, and when fur­ther edi­tions also flew off the shelves, pub­lisher Cape of­fered Flem­ing a three­book deal.

The first edi­tion with first im­pres­sion cover was a re­mark­able sur­vivor as Flem­ing, writ­ing inside to its owner Alastair Mckin­ley, in­scribed the copy “Alastair, from the au­thor – read & burn”.

Flem­ing used his wartime ex­pe­ri­ences in the Naval In­tel­li­gence Divi­sion (NID), to in­spire the novel’s plot.

0 Lyon & Turn­bull’s Cathy Mars­den with a first edi­tion of Casino Royale and (in­set) the film it in­spired

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