MODERN FIRST EDITIONS: IAN FLEMING’S JAMES BOND NOVELS

Last month, we took a look into the different kinds of terminology that experts and collectors use to differentiate first editions and rare books, and this month we’re excited to expand on the subject with a case study that focuses in on none other than everyone’s favorite secret agent, James Bond. Almost as soon as Casino Royale was published in 1953, James Bond proved to be remarkably popular and with the release of film adaptations, beginning with Dr. No in 1962, 007 became a cultural phenomenon that remains to this day. The series of spy novels were published on almost a yearly basis throughout the 1950s and 1960s and are an area of avid collecting. As with most modern first editions, th