Ian Fleming – Casino Royale – First UK Edition 1953 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED to Lisl Popper

Ian Fleming – Casino Royale – First UK Edition 1953 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED to Lisl Popper

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Ian Fleming – Casino Royale – First UK Edition 1953 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED to Lisl Popper

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A first edition, first printing published by Cape in 1953. A near fine book without inscriptions. A little light pushing to the spine tips. No foxing. A lovely copy. SIGNED and INSCRIBED to the front endpaper by the Author – ‘To Lisl/Despite whose loving/care this book was/written/X/Ian/

In a very good+ unclipped first issue wrapper with no overprinting to the front flap of the wrapper. Some light chipping to the head of the spine. A little light handling marks to the rear panel.

Ian Fleming first met Lisl Popper (then Lisa Jokl) at age nineteen during the “golden time” at Kitzbuhel in Austria in 1926. She was eight years older than Fleming, and worked a local cafe.

Described as a “plain-looking Jewish girl”, she and her friends first spotted young Fleming when he walked into their cafe and ordered coffee. As was usual for Fleming, he sat and read a book by himself.

Lisl recalled his appearance “with sleepy blue eyes and a romantic face” – but his good looks were not the only factor attracting the girls.

He wore a navy blue knitted shirt of a kind which had never been seen in Kutzbhel before.

Fleming soon became acquainted with Lisl and her friends at the cafe and her simple outdoor lifestyle appealed to Fleming immensely – skiing in winter, and swimming and tennis in the summer.
Another physical activity – sex – kept Fleming and Lisl very active as lovers, and some years later he commented that despite the air of sexual liberation, he did show some reservation about the manner in which Austrian girls threw themselves at his young English body. Lisl and Fleming became lifelong friends, and in 1960, Fleming signed a copy of his latest James Bond instalment “For Your Eyes Only” (a collection of five short stories) to Lisl with the
personal inscription “noch ein paar Eier fr Ostern!” (“yet another pair of eggs for Easter”).

It is perhaps no coincidence that the female character in the fifth short story in the collection is named Lisl Baum.

Upon Fleming’s death in 1964, he left Lisl £500 in his will. Lisl later said that “all the things said about
Ian — his gloom, his melancholy, his solitariness — frankly amaze. To all of us who knew him in

Kitzbuhel he was exactly the opposite — gay, care-free, terribly happy, the most exciting and vital sort of person. Not like an Englishman at all”.

Lisl Popper makes a brief appearance in archive footage used in the documentary “Ian Fleming – 007’s Creator” on “The Living Daylights” Special Edition DVD.

This is perhaps the most important signed copy of the first installment of the James Bond series ever to come on to the market. The book had been in a private family collection until 1992, then to a prominent collector and on to another collector.

An extremely important association copy.

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A first edition, first printing published by Cape in 1953. A near fine book without inscriptions. A little light pushing to the spine tips. No foxing. A lovely copy. SIGNED and INSCRIBED to the front endpaper by the Author – ‘To Lisl/Despite whose loving/care this book was/written/X/Ian/

In a very good+ unclipped first issue wrapper with no overprinting to the front flap of the wrapper. Some light chipping to the head of the spine. A little light handling marks to the rear panel.

Ian Fleming first met Lisl Popper (then Lisa Jokl) at age nineteen during the “golden time” at Kitzbuhel in Austria in 1926. She was eight years older than Fleming, and worked a local cafe.

Described as a “plain-looking Jewish girl”, she and her friends first spotted young Fleming when he walked into their cafe and ordered coffee. As was usual for Fleming, he sat and read a book by himself.

Lisl recalled his appearance “with sleepy blue eyes and a romantic face” – but his good looks were not the only factor attracting the girls.

He wore a navy blue knitted shirt of a kind which had never been seen in Kutzbhel before.

Fleming soon became acquainted with Lisl and her friends at the cafe and her simple outdoor lifestyle appealed to Fleming immensely – skiing in winter, and swimming and tennis in the summer.
Another physical activity – sex – kept Fleming and Lisl very active as lovers, and some years later he commented that despite the air of sexual liberation, he did show some reservation about the manner in which Austrian girls threw themselves at his young English body. Lisl and Fleming became lifelong friends, and in 1960, Fleming signed a copy of his latest James Bond instalment “For Your Eyes Only” (a collection of five short stories) to Lisl with the
personal inscription “noch ein paar Eier fr Ostern!” (“yet another pair of eggs for Easter”).

It is perhaps no coincidence that the female character in the fifth short story in the collection is named Lisl Baum.

Upon Fleming’s death in 1964, he left Lisl £500 in his will. Lisl later said that “all the things said about
Ian — his gloom, his melancholy, his solitariness — frankly amaze. To all of us who knew him in

Kitzbuhel he was exactly the opposite — gay, care-free, terribly happy, the most exciting and vital sort of person. Not like an Englishman at all”.

Lisl Popper makes a brief appearance in archive footage used in the documentary “Ian Fleming – 007’s Creator” on “The Living Daylights” Special Edition DVD.

This is perhaps the most important signed copy of the first installment of the James Bond series ever to come on to the market. The book had been in a private family collection until 1992, then to a prominent collector and on to another collector.

An extremely important association copy.

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