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The Man with the Golden Gun

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The penultimate book and the largest print run of 82,000 copies. Whilst being the commonest book it gave rise to the rarest trade edition, issues with a Golden Gun on the front board. This was abandoned by Cape during printing due to technical problems. It is often claimed to be the rarest of all the Bond books, rarer even than the signed limited. This is purely speculative and experience suggests it may not be true. Collectors should be aware of forgeries as they do turn up fairly regularly especially on online auction sites. There is a clear textural difference in the gun copy, it having  a finer smoother weave cloth.
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Ian Fleming The Man with the Golden Gun

Published 1st April 1965 by Cape in London

How to Identify a First Edition

BOOK

Black cloth, gilt letter. Copies exist with a Gun in gilt to front board
"First Published 1965" verso title page
Green patterned patterned endpapers - 221 pages
White endpapers are known, these are from the last of the print run due to a shortage of patterned paper


 

DUST JACKET

Artist Richard Chopping - Design by Richard Chopping
Priced at 18s.  net
Front flap, title and 'the new James Bond'
Rear flap all previous titles + thrilling cites, Diamond Smugglers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Back panel, continuation of artwork 

For general information on UK and US editions please see our
Ian Fleming Bibliography

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