London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. A bright, Near Fine copy of the book with the spine a trifle cocked, otherwise in excellent condition. Small previous owner's stamp on the front end paper has been covered over with a thin layer of paint. First state binding with a very bright gilt gun on the upper board. In a Near Fine, dust jacket that has one small (1/8 inch) tear at the crown and a minuscule nick at the top of the rear panel.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 Near Fine dust jacket.
(Inventory #: 1610)
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