The Man with the Midas Touch
FLEMING, Ian. Goldfinger. London: Jonathan Cape, 1959.
Crown 8vo. Original black cloth, design of a skull in blind on the upper cover with gilt coins in eye sockets; in Richard Chopping dust-jacket. pp. 318, [ii]; just a little nicking and rubbing to spine of wrapper, otherwise a very good (near fine) copy.
First edition, first issue, first state. The seventh book in the James Bond series. "In the first two months of 1958, Fleming wrote the first draft of Goldfinger under the working title The Richest Man in the World. This was destined to become a quintessential example of both the novels and the movies" (Biondi, 35). Basis for the Academy Award winning movie starring Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger, and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore.
Bond; "Do you expect me to talk?"
Auric Goldfinger; "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die".
Gilbert A7a (1.1)