FLEMING (IAN) On Her Majesty's Secret Service, FIRST EDITION, SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the colophon leaf, this one of 35 copies marked "Presentation", from an overall edition of 285, Jonathan Cape, 1963

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FLEMING (IAN)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, FIRST EDITION, SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the colophon leaf, this one of 35 copies marked "Presentation", from an overall edition of 285, Jonathan Cape, 1963

Sold for £ 6,312 (US$ 8,004) inc. premium
FLEMING (IAN)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, FIRST EDITION, SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the colophon leaf, this one of 35 copies marked "Presentation", from an overall edition of 285, colour portrait of the author after the painting by Amherst Villiers, light stain to lower free endpaper and blank fore-edge of pp.283-288, and very light on the fore-edge, publisher's parchment-backed black cloth, upper covers with ski track design in white, t.e.g., original clear plastic wrapper (small losses to spine and sides) [Gilbert A11a], 8vo, Jonathan Cape, 1963

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  • ONE OF ONLY 35 COPIES MARKED "PRESENTATION", from a total edition of 285, the other copies being numbered.

    Provenance: Reputedly given by Ian Fleming to Lt-Commander Leonard "Punch" Hart, who had served in the Navy during World War II, but by 1963 was the Recreational Libraries Officer responsible for supplying books to the Royal Navy. Hart was a friend and neighbour (in Chislehurst) of the current owner's family, and agreed to exchange the copy of H.M.S.O. for a stamp collection.
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