Category: Modern First Editions

MOONRAKER Stock code: 14606

Author / Artist:

Fleming, Ian


London: Jonathan Cape. 1955


First edition, first impression, first state. Original black cloth with silver titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding firm little bumping at the spine tips and corners, the cloth clean with the titles bright. The contents are entirely complete and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. The text block is toned as always with this "shoo" issue due to it being printed on thinner, inferior quality paper and there is some spotting in places to the extreme top edge. Complete with the correct first state dustwrapper which is entirely without loss or tears, showing some toning to the panel edges and the habitual fading of the spine. Not price-clipped (10s. 6d. net to both the front and rear flap, as called for). Housed in a bespoke quarter black morocco solander case. An attractive example of the third James Bond novel, offered here in its rarest, primary state.




Gilbert first state of text, with "shoo" instead of "shoot" at line 31 of page ten and the text block on thinner paper bulking at 15mm. Rare thus. [Gilbert A3a (1.1).]