April 8, 2013


Collectors of Ian Fleming now have a chance to pick up two unusual pieces on eBay. The first is a softcover edition of William Plomer's Memorial Service for Fleming. The ten-page volume was printed privately in 1964 and only 50 copies of the hardbound edition were made. Presumedly many more copies of this softcover edition exist, though they are quite rare. Auction details hereThe second item is Iain Campbell's collection catalog of Fleming's manuscripts and books. Also printed in very small numbers, the volume features reproductions of Fleming's notes and manuscripts, as well as images of his home library. Jon Gilbert, editor of Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, tells me that he found this catalog very useful in the past- so much so that he wore out his copy! Gilbert's new bibliography surpasses all previous catalogs, but this remains an interesting piece for a collection. Auction details hereThe eBay price is quite high, so Spy Vibers may want to shop around on Amazon or Bookfinder. You can also find the catalog at James Bond First Editions here

Ian Fleming on Spy Vibe: recent posts include Ian Fleming Music Series links: Noel Coward,Whispering Jack SmithHawaiian GuitarJoe Fingers Carrdiscovery of one of Ian Fleming's WWII Commandos, James Bond book coversIan Fleming's Playboy interview for Kindle, Spy Vibe's discovery of a rare Ian Fleming serialization, Fleming's Royal gold typewriter, Ian Fleming's memorial address, and our Ian Fleming image archive link here.

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