Casino Royale, 1953
This copy of Casino Royale is a 1953 first edition – but its origin is a mystery. This appears to be a book club edition but it is different to other American book club first editions that we have seen.
The UK first edition of Casino Royale was published in 1953. It was then first published in America in 1953-1954.
Our copy was also published in 1953 in America. It is a hardback in excellent condition. It has black boards with a blue strip on the cover and gold lettering on the spine. The book is in almost unread condition. There is very slight bumping on the corners. It is printed on deckled-edge paper. This first edition was published nearly seventy years ago, and was part of the launch of a publishing sensation.
According to Wikipedia sales of Casino Royale, Ian Fleming‘s first James Bond book, were poor in America. However, sales grew and the iconic character James Bond, 007 became know worldwide. Ian Fleming wrote a further eleven James Bond novels plus two sets of short stories. The books became a publishing and movie phenomena.
The dust jackets for the first editions are interesting. We have seen different dust jackets for the USA book club edition. One of the first American book club covers are shown below.
With this book we are including a facsimile dust jacket from the authentic first American addition.