Fleming mss., 1952-1962

Manuscripts for the James Bond novels

  1. 1952. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    "Casino Royale". T.D. [240]leaves. 33cm.

    Corrected throughout in blue-black ink and red and lead pencil marks. Unmatched pages in pica and elite type. Bound in green quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Spine in faded condition. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1953. Information about its writing is given in the front of the Lilly printed copy in the author's hand.

  2. 1953. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    Live and Let Die. T.D.S. [141]leaves. 33cm.

    Heavily corrected throughout in blue-black ink. Holograph insertions written on versos. Insertions 112A and 119A hand-written on stationery of R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. Leaves 114-118 1/2 typed with red ribbon with corrections in pencil. Bound in purple quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1954. Information about its writing is given in the front of the Lilly printed copy in the author's hand.

  3. 1954. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    The Moonraker. T.D. [150]leaves. 33cm.

    Text preceded by a list of chapter titles. Extensive revisions and additions in blue and red ink throughout and on versos. Insert between 7-8 written on stationery of the Congress of the United States, House of Representatives. Bound in orange quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published by Jonathan Cape in London in 1955. Information about its writing is given in the author's hand in the front of the Lilly printed copy. Later retitled Too Hot to Handle when published in New York by Permabooks in 1957.

  4. 1955. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    [Diamonds are Forever]. T.D. [195]leaves. 33cm.

    Lacks title page. Corrected extensively throughout with blue-black ink with occasional pencil marks. Insertions sometimes written on the verso. Bound in blue quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1956. Information about the writing of the book is given in the author's hand in the front of the Lilly printed copy.

  5. 1956. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    [From Russia with Love]. T.D. 231 leaves. 33cm.

    Lacks title page. Extensive corrections throughout in blue-black ink. Bound in black quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1957. Information on its writing is given in the author's hand in the front of the Lilly printed copy.

  6. n.d.[1957]. [Fleming, Ian Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    [Doctor No]. T.D. [206]leaves. 33cm.

    Lacks title page. Corrected throughout with blue-black ink. Occasional insertions on verso. Bound in maroon quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1958.

  7. n.d.[1958]. [Fleming, Ian Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    Goldfinger. T.D. [212]leaves. 33cm.

    Extensively corrected throughout in blue-black ink. Full leaf holograph insertion between 20-21. Width of leaves varies from 20 to 22cm. Bound in gold quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1959.

  8. n.d.[1959]. [Fleming, Ian Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    [For your eyes only]. T.D. [141]leaves. 33cm.

    Lacks title page. Contents: From a view to a kill, 23ll.; Death leaves an echo, 34ll.; Quantum of solace, 21ll. (on paper about 20cm. wide rather than the 21cm. of the rest of the mss.); Risiko, 31ll.; The Hildebrand rarity, 32ll. Corrected throughout in blue-black ink. Bound in crimson quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published by Jonathan Cape in London in 1960.

  9. n.d.[1961]. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author, and Vivienne Michel.
    The spy who loved me. T.D. [114]leaves. 33cm.

    Has title and author page. Corrections in blue ink throughout. Vivienne Michel is the fictitious narrator of the story. Bound in ivory quarter morocco with title and author in gold on black spine labels. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1962.

  10. n.d.[1962]. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service. T.D. [198]leaves. 33cm.

    Has title and dedicatory leaves. Several leaves of text typed on bond paper, occasionally 1 cm. more narrow than the other leaves and single spaced. Corrections in blue ink. Bound in blue quarter morocco with title and author in gold on spine label. Published by Jonathan Cape in London in 1963.

  11. n.d.[1963]. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    You only live twice. T.D. [178]leaves. 33cm.

    Has title, dedication, author, and quotation leaves. Corrections in blue and black ink. Leaves 149-151 in carbon. Bound in gray quarter morocco with gray, black, and white stylized leaf paper covering on boards. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1964. (Lilly PR6056 .L4 Y6).

Manuscripts for other works by Ian Fleming

  1. 1959-1962. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    Thrilling Cities. T.D. [316]leaves. 26cm.

    Thirteen essays on cities of the world, written for the Sunday Times in 1959 and 1960. Author's notes dated 1962, Sept. 12 and 14, but crossed out. Has title and author page. Corrections in red, blue and black ink. Bound in green one-eighth morocco with green and brown stylized leaf paper covering on the boards. Published in London by Jonathan Cape in 1963.

  2. 1960, Dec. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    State of excitement; impressions of Kuwait. Carbon of T.D.S. [151]leaves. 26cm.

    Prefaced by typed statement signed by Ian Fleming that this is the "only bound copy"; that it did not receive the approval of the sheikhs and was thus "stillborn"; that the "copyright is the property of the Kuwait Oil Company and may not be set up in print or quoted from without written approval of the Company." Minor holograph and typed corrections and additions. Sixteen full page black and white glossy photographs. Pasteup of inside cover of coins on a maroon background with title and author handlettered in white. Bound in maroon morocco and lettered in gold.

Other Fleming-related manuscript material

  1. n.d. F[leming], A[nne Geraldine Mary (Charteris)], 1913- .
    "dedicated to 'Ivar Bryce' who afterwards betrayed Ian in the law suit concerning 'Thunderball'-- the case undoubtedly caused Ian's coronary." A.D.S. 1p. 18.5cm.

    In blue ink. On front pastedown of Fleming, Ian, Diamonds are Forever. London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. 1991.
    Lilly PR6056 .L4 D54 1956 copy 2.

  2. n.d. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    "This was written in January & February 1955 at Goldeneye..." Discusses persons to whom he dedicated the book and some background on characters and plot. A.D.S. 1p. 18.5cm.

    In blue ink. On front flyleaf of Fleming, Ian, Diamonds are Forever. London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. 1991.
    Lilly PR6056 .L4 D54 1956 copy 2

  3. 1963, Aug. 26. Fleming, Ian [Lancaster], 1908-1964, author.
    "This book was cut by me so that I could read it over dinner...." A.D.S. 1p. 19.6cm.

    In blue ink. Inscribed on limitation notice page, i.e. p.[6], of Simenon, Le roman de l'homme. [Paris]: Presses de la Cite, 1959. 1987
    Lilly PQ2637 .I53 R758 1959

  4. 1963, Aug. [26]. Simenon, Geo[rges], 1903-1989, author. To Ian [Lancaster] Fleming.
    Inscription stating that the book is a result of a conversation between Simenon and Fleming. A.D.S. 1p. 19.6cm.

    In French. In black ink. On blank leaf preceding half-title, i.e. p.[3], of Simenon, Le roman de l'homme. [Paris]: Presses de la Cite, 1959. 1987.
    Lilly PQ2637 .I53 R758 1959

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