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Oriental Carpets - Herbert Coxon

1884 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A scarce nice copy of the earliest book in English written on rugs. Coxon was an intrepid traveller who established a direct importation route to England from the Middle East, in order to reduce the influence of the middlemen, who as Coxon describes in his dealings with them ‘I never came across one that I felt satisfied was thoroughly honest and fair. The whole of them were…downright rogues’.

Illustrated with one colour and ten tinted lithographic plates, together with a large foldout map in red and black. The wonderful frontispiece is titled ‘
Carpet dealing direct with natives. The Author bargaining over a prayer carpet in Dghestan. Temperature 125 degrees.’ 
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The Man with the Golden Gun - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1965 - Jonathan Cape, London - First edition, First Impression, First Issue, First State
Yes, this is the one with the ‘Gun’ gilt stamped to the front boards, and one of the rarest regular titles. A legendary James Bond high-spot. The 'Gun' cover, was dropped due to financial reasons after a small number of copies were produced and exported to the Colonies. Spurious copies are known, but first issues can be easily identified as, upon comparison, the initial cloth used has an entirely different pattern to the more common (plain) binding.

A lightly handled copy with a few spots to the gun, the jacket price-clipped as expected for this issue as all were exported. Appropriately housed in a custom made felt-lined clamshell case of half morocco with spine lettered in gilt.

The last of Fleming’s novels, involving the world’s most deadly assassin, the Cuban Paco ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga - the
Man with the Golden Gun. A brainwashed James Bond tried, and failed, to kill his boss, M. It's time for him to prove he can be trusted again. 
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The Man with the Golden Gun - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1965 - Jonathan Cape, London - First edition, First Impression, First Issue, Second State without the embossed gun on front board.
A fine example of the last of Fleming’s novels, involving the world’s most deadly assassin, the Cuban Paco ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga - the Man with the Golden Gun. Appropriately housed in a custom made felt-lined clamshell case of black half calf, with twin burgundy labels lettered in gilt.

A brainwashed James Bond tried, and failed, to kill his boss, M. It's time for him to prove he can be trusted again.

Bond finds his man in the sweltering heat of Jamaica. His plan is to infiltrate Scaramanga's gang of criminals to get close to the man himself. But if he fails, Bond will be the next target for the golden gun.
 
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You Only Live Twice - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1964 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, First Impression, First State
A wasted Bond is given a ‘mission impossible’ to the exotic orient, which in turn leads him to the maniacal westerner Dr. Shatterhand; a ‘collector of death’. ‘Shatterhand’ is the working title for the 25th James Bond film, currently in production.

Fabulously Fleming characters include Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Tiger Tanaka the head of the Japanese Secret Service, Kissy Suzuki, pearl diver and ex-movie star, and not to forget Irma Bunt, Stavro's henchwoman responsible for the death of Bond's wife Tracy Di Vicenzo.

The last title in what has become known as the ‘Blofeld’ trilogy and Fleming's last published novel before his death.

Appropriately housed in custom made felt-lined clamshell case of black half calf, with twin burgundy labels lettered in gilt.
 
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Ian Fleming: The Book Collector - 10 Limited and Signed Monographs housed in Solander Case - Ian Fleming, Various

2017 - Queen Anne Press, London
In 1952, the year he wrote Casino Royale, Ian Fleming launched a quarterly periodical for bibliophiles: The Book Collector. Published originally by Queen Anne Press it was soon hailed as the most important journal of its kind in the world. Fleming remained the publisher and its principal shareholder until his death. The Book Collector is still flourishing today, it is now under the management of his nephews James and Fergus Fleming.

To celebrate its 65th anniversary,
The Book Collector devoted its Spring 2017 issue to Ian Fleming, and his role in the world of books. Ten essays were provided by editors old and new, family and colleagues of the author, as well as Fleming scholars, historians, bibliophiles and regular Book Collector contributors.

This is one of the complete soft-cover sets of the ten monographs, limited variously to 60 or 125 copies, each hand-numbered and signed by James and Fergus Fleming, the set housed in a bespoke cloth solander box by Ludlow Bookbinders, lined in scarlet suede, blocked in gilt 'Fry's Ornamented' type as favoured by Fleming for first edition copies of
Casino Royale (1953).

Contributors include Fergus Fleming, editor of Ian Fleming’s letters, on “
Ian Fleming and The Book Collector”, Joel Silver, Director of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, on “Books That Had Started Something: Ian Fleming’s Book Collection”, and Nicolas Barker, for 50 years Editor of The Book Collector, on his former editorial colleague, “Percy Muir: Ian Fleming’s Bookseller”.

Jon Gilbert, compiler of the prize-winning Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, writes on “
Collecting Ian Fleming”, and Sheila Markham interviews two Fleming collectors, Michael L. VanBlaricum and Jeremy Miles.

Other contributions consider Ian Fleming’s friend the typographic designer Robert Harling, who also was a novelist, Richard Chopping, designer of most of the James Bond dust-jackets, and the output of Fleming’s publishing imprint, the Queen Anne Press.
 
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Ian Fleming: The Book Collector - signed by both James and Fergus Fleming - Ian Fleming, Various

2017 - Queen Anne Press, London - Number 132 of a limited Edition of 150 copies
In 1952, the year he wrote Casino Royale, Ian Fleming launched a quarterly periodical for bibliophiles: The Book Collector. Published originally by Queen Anne Press it was soon hailed as the most important journal of its kind in the world. Fleming remained the publisher and its principal shareholder until his death. The Book Collector is still flourishing today, it is now under the management of his nephews James and Fergus Fleming.

To celebrate its 65th anniversary,
The Book Collector devoted its Spring 2017 issue to Ian Fleming, and his role in the world of books. Essays were provided by editors old and new, family and colleagues of the author, as well as Fleming scholars, historians, bibliophiles and regular Book Collector contributors.

This is number 132 from a limitation of 150 hand-numbered copies of that issue, signed by both James and Fergus Fleming. Finely printed in hot-metal Monotype letterpress on 150gsm Bockingford White paper, finely bound in red cloth by Ludlow Bookbinders, and blocked in gilt 'Fry's Ornamented' type as favoured by Fleming for first edition copies of
Casino Royale (1953).

Contributors include Fergus Fleming, editor of Ian Fleming’s letters, on “
Ian Fleming and The Book Collector”, Joel Silver, Director of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, on “Books That Had Started Something: Ian Fleming’s Book Collection”, and Nicolas Barker, for 50 years Editor of The Book Collector, on his former editorial colleague, “Percy Muir: Ian Fleming’s Bookseller”.

Jon Gilbert, compiler of the prize-winning
Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, writes on “Collecting Ian Fleming”, and Sheila Markham interviews two Fleming collectors, Michael L. Van Blaricum and Jeremy Miles. Other contributions consider Ian Fleming’s friend the typographic designer Robert Harling, who also was a novelist, Richard Chopping, designer of most of the James Bond dust-jackets, and the output of Fleming’s publishing imprint, the Queen Anne Press. 
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The Return of A. J. Raffles - Signed - Graham Greene

1975 - The Bodley Head, London Sydney Toronto - First and Limited Edition number 232 of 250 copies
A fine and signed limited edition of Greene’s play produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has as its chief character A. J. Raffles, the literary creation some seventy odd years ago of E. W. Hornung. The cool daring of the impeccable Amateur Cracksman, always torn between the rival claims of burglary and cricket, ensured his popularity in Edwardian England. Evading the dogged pursuit of Inspector Mackenzie of Scotland Yard, Hornung's character eventually met a hero's death in South Africa in the Boer War.

The Return of A. J. Raffles begins some months after. Raffles' loyal assistant Bunny still mourns his friend's death in Raffles' chambers in Albany, despite the blandishments of Lord Alfred Douglas. A visitor forces his way in - Raffles has cheated death as he once cheated Inspector Mackenzie - and immediately Lord Alfred sees in the Amateur Cracksman and Bunny heaven-sent instruments to revenge and disgrace of Oscar Wilde on his odious father, the Marquess of Queensberry...’ [Penguin Classics] 
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The Captain and the Enemy - Graham Greene

1988 - Reinhardt Books in association with Viking, London - First Edition
‘Victor Baxter is a young boy when a secretive stranger known simply as ‘the Captain’ takes him from his boarding school to live in London. Victor becomes the surrogate son and companion of a woman named Liza, who renames him ‘Jim’ and depends on him for any news about the world outside their door. Raised in these odd yet touching circumstances, Jim is never quite sure of Liza’s relationship to the Captain, who is often away on mysterious errands. It is not until Jim reaches manhood that he confronts the Captain and learns the shocking truth about the man, his allegiances, and the nature of love.’ – Penguin Classics.

A fine copy in the dust jacket designed by Michael Harvey.
 
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