FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY IAN FLEMING.
First edition, first state (dust jacket without reviews) of the first
novel in the James Bond series. Inscribed by Fleming
front free endpaper:
“To Edwina who helped in the birth-pangs. From The Author.” With letter
of provenance from the original owner, Edwina C. Smith, who was (in her
own words) “bilingual secretary to the Foreign Manager of Kemsley
Newspapers, who was Ian Fleming” when Fleming was writing Casino
Royale. Smith notes that “this copy acquired on the first day of its
London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust
jacket. Book fine, dust jacket in magnificent condition with only the
slightest edgewear and a hint of fading to spine. An outstanding
inscribed copy of the first and rarest Bond title. $75,000.