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.
  Each monograph is finely printed in hot-metal Monotype letterpress on 150gsm Bockingford White paper and bound in black flock-paper covers with letterpress title label.

Ten slim octavo volumes (size 26x18cm), each copy signed by James and Fergus Fleming, consisting of:-

1.
Ian Fleming and The Book Collector - Fergus Fleming - number 43 of 125 copies.
2.
Books That Had Started Something: Ian Fleming’s Book Collection - Joel Silver - number 63 of 125 copies.
3.
Percy Muir: Ian Fleming’s Bookseller - Nicolas Barker - number 43 of 60 copies.
4.
Collecting Ian Fleming - Jon Gilbert - 60 copies, this one ‘o/s’ (out of series).
5.
My Uncle Ian - James Fleming - number 43 of 125 copies.
6.
Two Bond Collectors - Sheila Markham - number 63 of 125 copies.
7.
Dust-jacket by Richard Chopping for Ian Fleming’s You Only Live Twice, 1964 - Mirjam M. Foot - number 43 of 60 copies.
8.
James Bond Invades America: A Tale of Three Publishers - John Cork - number 43 of 60 copies.
9.
Friendship and Fiction: Ian Fleming and Robert Harling - A. S. G. Edwards - number 43 of 60 copies.
10.
The Death of ‘the Doctor’: Ian Fleming Intervenes - James Fergusson - number 43 of 60 copies.
  Condition: Fine   Ref: 109969   Price: HK$ 8,500