London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First edition. A bright, Near Fine copy of the book, bumped near the crown of the spine, and light foxing to closed text-block else in exceptionally nice condition. First state binding with a very bright gilt gun on the upper board. In a just about Fine dust jacket with only trivial wear at the head of the spine. Scarce thus, and housed in a custom clamshell by the Chelsea Bindery.
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 deteriorated 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.” Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #3276)