1953 Ian Fleming ‘Casino Royale’ UK First Edition | £50,000.00 | www.vintageseekers.com
there are many things in life that are reserved for the diehard fans and the 1953 Ian Fleming ‘Casino Royale’ UK First Edition is one such example. not only because it is the authentic copy of the Bond’s beginning, its associated price tag of £50,000 or roughly US$78,000 means that only true-blooded Bond (or in some cases, Ian Fleming’s) fans need to apply. this vintage hardcover book was published by Jonathan Cape some sixty years ago on the April 13th, 1953 and features a playing card-inspired cover designed by Ian Fleming himself. originally priced at 10s, 6d each, only 4,728 copies were printed and were sold out in under a month. the book is offered by Vintage Seekers in its original condition without restoration and is described as ‘in excellent condition for a book that’s nearly 60 years old’. for this princely sum, you will snag yourself this rare collectible book with all the blemishes that come with its age and a custom-made clamshell box. click through for a few more larger views.