A collection of books sent in to Thomson Roddick auctioneers caused a huge sensation, as one of the experts found a first edition book by Ian Fleming.
The very first book in the James Bond series, ‘Casino Royale’, was produced in 1953 and is a sought after book by collectors. The auction took place on June 21, at the Carlisle auctioneers. The book has been recognised as one of 4,729 initial copies to be produced by the publishing house, Jonathan Cape, identified as such because there is no Times review, and the spine is unclipped. The general condition of the book was excellent, with just a small amount of creasing on the cover, and minor chipping to the upper spine.
The inside of the book had not been inscribed by the owner, and the contents were found to be clean.
The edition was initially shown to a dealer who said that they did not have the necessary knowledge to identify a modern first edition. The saleroom therefore had to provide a valuation for the book. The estimate was between £5,000 and £8,000, which may have been on the conservative side. However, social media helped news of the first edition to spread among collectors. The phone bidding lines were all busy, as news spread as far as the US, Russia and Sweden. However, it was a buyer from England who secured the winning bid at £22,500.
Although a collector may want to store the book in an antique bookcase, it may prove to be an interesting topic of conversation if occasionally displayed on an antique coffee table.
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