O F Snelling – James Bond – A Report – First UK Edition 1964 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED

O F Snelling – James Bond – A Report – First UK Edition 1964 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED

Snelling James Bond Report First Edition Signed

O F Snelling – James Bond – A Report – First UK Edition 1964 – SIGNED and INSCRIBED

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A first edition, first printing published by Neville Spearman in 1964. A near fine book SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the Author on the front endpaper: ‘To Alex Rogoyski/Not only is this the best/book I have ever/written, it is the best/book I’ve ever read!/with best wishes from/Fred (”the author!”)/Aug. 1964/. In very good unclipped wrapper with some light internal staining to the bottom edge. Part of the book’s initial success was that its publication roughly coincided with the death of Fleming in August 1964 and included footnotes discussing the recently issued Bond novel, You Only Live Twice. Focused on the literary 007 with passing mentions of the first Sean Connery films, Snelling examined the predecessors to Bond, his adversaries, and especially the women in the novels. Knowing novelist Kingsley Amis was also working on a similar study (published as The James Bond Dossier in 1965), Snelling rushed out his book to compete with Amis, and the two titles have been frequently compared ever since as the earliest serious studies of the James Bond phenomena. Snelling’s title sold over a million copies, appeared in French, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, and Israeli editions and translations, and it came out in the United States in 1965 under the imprint of the New American Library, Ian Fleming’s own publishers.

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A first edition, first printing published by Neville Spearman in 1964. A near fine book SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the Author on the front endpaper: ‘To Alex Rogoyski/Not only is this the best/book I have ever/written, it is the best/book I’ve ever read!/with best wishes from/Fred (”the author!”)/Aug. 1964/. In very good unclipped wrapper with some light internal staining to the bottom edge. Part of the book’s initial success was that its publication roughly coincided with the death of Fleming in August 1964 and included footnotes discussing the recently issued Bond novel, You Only Live Twice. Focused on the literary 007 with passing mentions of the first Sean Connery films, Snelling examined the predecessors to Bond, his adversaries, and especially the women in the novels. Knowing novelist Kingsley Amis was also working on a similar study (published as The James Bond Dossier in 1965), Snelling rushed out his book to compete with Amis, and the two titles have been frequently compared ever since as the earliest serious studies of the James Bond phenomena. Snelling’s title sold over a million copies, appeared in French, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, and Israeli editions and translations, and it came out in the United States in 1965 under the imprint of the New American Library, Ian Fleming’s own publishers.

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