From Russia With Love

FLEMING, Ian. From Russia With Love.

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J.F.K's Favourite Bond Novel

FLEMING, Ian. From Russia With Love. London: Jonathan Cape, 1957.

Crown 8vo., original black cloth, lettered in silver and red to spine and with gun and rose motif in black and red to upper cover; unclipped classic Richard Chopping dustwrapper; pp. 253, [iii]; a near-fine copy, one small bump to corner of upper boards; jacket with the odd spot to inner flaps of jacket and marginal wear to the spine ends; a small strip of toning to lower panel.
First edition.
Fifth novel by Fleming, written in 1956 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. At the time he thought it might be his final Bond book but he went on to publish another nine novels, ending with Octopussy in 1966. The story was serialised in The Daily Express newspaper, first in an abridged, multi-part form and then as a comic strip. In 1963 it was adapted into the second film in the Bond series, starring Sean Connery.
Much is made of the revolver motif on the dustwrapper and upper board. We are told: "The revolver is a Smith & Wesson Military and Police model in .38 S. & W. calibre. Barrel cut to 2 3/4 in., stock modified and front trigger guard removed to facilitate use as a close-combat holster weapon…" (Jacket). The gun was the property of Geoffrey Boothroyd, a British firearms expert who, after criticising Fleming's choice of guns in Casino Royale, went on to become his advisor and, ultimately, the inspiration for the character of Q.