Ian Fleming: The Book Collector - signed by both James and Fergus Fleming - Ian Fleming, Various 2017 - Queen Anne Press, London - Number 91 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 91 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.
  Octavo (book size 25x17.3cm), pp. ix [1] 150 [8]. In publisher’s scarlet cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and front board, publisher’s logo in gilt to rear board, black endpapers.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 109971   Price: HK$ 2,000