New collectors’ editions
Coming soon, Ian Fleming - The Notes by John Pearson
Here are the notes that John Pearson made in 1965 while researching The Life of Ian Fleming. They chart not only Fleming’s life – with fascinating details that never made it into the finished biography - but John’s own journey while investigating his subject. As such they form less a series of aides memoires than a book about writing a book. Compelling, insightful, irreverent and written in John’s inimitable style, they make an outstanding read. Never before published, they are available in two limitations:
A Regular Edition numbered 001-150 – £125
A Deluxe Edition lettered A-Z, signed by the author – £275
376pp. Royal. Typography by Libanus Press. Covers by Prof. Phil Cleaver, Etal Design. Introduction by Fergus Fleming.
We expect the Regulars to be available mid April. It will take a further three weeks to bind the Deluxe. In both cases, pandemic permitting. To register interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As a taster, here’s a clip from John’s interview with Admiral Godfrey, Fleming’s boss at Naval Intelligence and reputedly the model for ‘M’.
‘I’ll be wearing a check cap and will meet you off the 9.45 at Eastbourne Central,’ he had said. And there he was, a large, pink-faced man in his early seventies with heavy brown shoes and a grey Rover car. ‘Don’t judge John Godfrey by what he looks like now,’ Harling had said. ‘In his day he was formidable. Very formidable indeed. Since then, of course, he’s had a heart attack and he’s nothing like the man he was.’
But it wasn’t just a heart attack and the passage of a quarter of a century that accounted for the sadness of the occasion. It was partly that he had this air of helplessness, of the best part of life being over, that all naval officers seem to have when they retire. Those brown shoes haunted me throughout the interview.
But more than this, of course, was the fact that Fleming had so grossly oversold the product. Instead of the steely-eyed ‘M’ with his ruthlessness and his wealth and his deeply-lined face, there was this sad old man who found difficulty getting the car parked and looked like Cecil Parker.
The only surviving piece of M-ness one could see were the eyes. They were very pale blue, very cool.
Ian Fleming: The Bibliography by Jon Gilbert
First published in 2012 and having rapidly sold out, this award-winning bibliography is available once more. The price remains at £175 with slipcases £35. To order a copy please contact our distributors Adrian Harrington Books
‘An outstanding work of meticulous scholarship, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography not only shows that modern authors are collectible, but also that modern authors merit exhaustive bibliographical scholarship. Jon Gilbert’s book has set a standard that will not easily be equalled and is, in every aspect, a most deserved winner of the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.’ – Arnoud Gerits, Prize Secretary, 2014
Ian Fleming: The Book Collector
Everyone knows about Bond but few are aware of Ian Fleming’s passion for collecting books. In 1952, the year he wrote Casino Royale, he launched a periodical for bibliophiles: The Book Collector. By this time he was well into his collection of first editions of books that were crucial to modern civilisation (on TV, atomic fission, X-rays, birth control, the motor car and penicillin among other things). As an idea it was unique. Following his death in 1964 it was acquired by the Lilly Library, Indiana University.
The Book Collector is still very much alive and to celebrate the 65th anniversary of its birth it has devoted its Spring 2017 issue to Ian Fleming (available from thebookcollector.co.uk). The collected articles have been published by Queen Anne Press both in book form and, individually, as pamphlets.
For further details click here.
Queen Anne Press was founded in 1951 to publish limited editions by notable authors, and was managed in its early days by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond and noted bibliophile. QAP’s manifesto today, continuing in the same tradition, is to produce good books by the best writers to the highest possible standard. QAP specialises in high-quality, one-off editions of a kind rarely found in mainstream publishing. Working in collaboration with Britain’s finest typographers, printers and binders QAP uses traditional methods and materials to ensure that its books look and feel as good books should. They are volumes to treasure – stunning additions to any bookshelf.
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The Book Collector
Click on this link for more information on The Book Collector periodical itself.