London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First edition. Second issue binding, without the gilt gun to the upper board. Spine cocked with minor shelfwear to crown and foot. Scattered spotting to edges with text block largely unaffected. In an unclipped jacket that shows some toning. Light wrinkling to crown and foot of spine; rubbing to front flap; small paper chips to top and bottom of front flap.
Published a year after Ian Fleming’s death, “The Man with the Golden Gun” is the final James Bond novel written by its original creator. Fleming’s health rapidly decreased while writing the book and though he finished a draft of the novel in 1964, he never fully re-worked it. After Fleming's death, the novel was published in the U.K. and then serialized in The Daily Express and Playboy. Ironically, in this novel, Bond is presumed dead before returning to London. He's been brainwashed by the Soviet Union and attempts to assassinate “M.” After regaining his senses, Bond is sent to the Caribbean to assassinate Francisco Scaramanga, known as “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Very Good + in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2556)