Thu, 27th Jan 2022 11:00

Books & Works on Paper including Contents from the Estate of Paul Gallico

  Lot 82

Fleming (Ian) Casino Royale

Fleming (Ian)

Casino Royale, first edition, first issue, Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to ‘Paul [Gallico] from Balzache. 1953’ to front endpaper, original boards, slight damp mark to upper fore-edge corner of back board, first issue dust-jacket without the Times review, foxing to top edge and light foxing to a few preliminary pages, very light surface soiling, but an excellent example overall, [GIlbert A1a1.1], 8vo, 1953.

*** An extremely good copy of the author's first novel to one of his best friends, which led Fleming to ask Gallico to read the first transcript. With a play on the word ‘balls/ache’ (possibly?). They were known as great drinking buddies.

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