A collection of five early literary magazines featuring articles associated with Ian Fleming and James Bond.


Collection includes:

  • The London Magazine: Vol. 6, No. 12, 87 pp. 21.5x14cm. Lehmann, John, editor. Great Britain: Shenval Press, December 1959. Bright printed blue wrappers, very slightly rubbed, minor bumps to front cover edges, previous owner signature in pencil to back cover, pages clean: Near Fine. Issue includes Ian Fleming’s 12 pp. memoir of his friendship with Raymond Chandler, including random comments, reflections, and letters they exchanged. Fleming writes ‘But I do apologize for dragging my own books and what he wrote about them into this biographical note. We came together over my books and not over his, and our friendship would not have existed without them.’ Chandler was an American-British novelist best known for crime / detective fiction including Farewell, My Lovely and The Big Sleep. Scarce.
  • The London Magazine (New Series): Vol. 3, No. 1, 88 pp. 21.5x15.5cm. Ross, Alan, editor. Great Britain: Shenval Press, April 1963. Bright printed two-tone green wrappers, very slightly rubbed, mild bumping to corners, minor wear to spine, minor staining to front and rear cover, small pencil marking to back cover, pages clean: Very Good. Issue includes one of the earliest Bond pastiches, the first appearance of Cyril Connolly’s Bond Strikes Camp. Scarce.
  • Encounter: Vol. 24, No. 1, 96 pp. 24.5x17.8cm. Spender, Stephen & Lasky, Melvin J., editors. Great Britain: Rolls House Publishing, January 1965. Bright printed two-tone red wrappers with an image of two fists, very slightly rubbed, pen marking to top left corner, minor creasing and scuffing to front and back covers, small tears to rear cover, pages clean: Very Good. Issue includes William Plomer’s tribute to his friend Ian Fleming, who passed the previous year. Plomer and Fleming were long time friends, despite their very different lifestyles. Plomer claimed that he was one of the first people Fleming showed his books to before being published, always offering feedback and engaging with Fleming in robust conversations. Regarding Fleming’s success, Plomer writes ‘In the popular imagination Fleming is confused with or thought to have been identical with James Bond. There may be something Flemingish about Bond, but I didn’t see much of Bond in Fleming, who was more perturbable. Let us admit, as Fleming himself did, that Bond and his adventures are something of an adolescent fantasy. Is there anything wrong in that? Not at the box office. At the time of his death, some 20 million copies of his books had been sold and they had been translated by then into eighteen languages. The films have already captured vast audiences.’
  • Encounter: Vol. 53, No. 3, 96 pp. 24.5x17.3cm. Lasky, Melvin J. & Thwaite, Anthony, editors. Great Britain: Encounter Ltd., September 1979. Bright printed red wrappers with bold black lettering, very slightly rubbed, minor scuffing to front and back covers, mild foxing to front and back covers also affecting first few pages, otherwise pages clean: Very Good. Issue includes David Cannadine’s piece James Bond and the Decline of England. In this work, Cannadine, a British author and historian, presents a fascinating analysis of the Bond novels and their complex relationships with evolving British attitudes and Great Britain’s place in the world. A very interesting read.
  • The Twentieth Century: Vol. 163, No. 973, 96 pp. 21.7x14cm. Wall, Bernard, editor. Great Britain: The Whitefriars Press Ltd., March 1958. Yellow wrappers with an illustration of a lion and other figures (designed by Edward Bawden), slightly rubbed, few darkened spots to front cover, minor creasing and scattered foxing to back cover, minor foxing and staining to text block edges, pages bright: Very Good. According to Wikipedia, this periodical, published originally as The Nineteenth Century and After, was intended to publish debate by leading intellectuals. In this issue, Bernard Bergonzi takes aim at Fleming’s James Bond books through his piece The Case of Mr. Fleming. Bergonzi writes ‘Mr. Fleming, I imagine, knows just what he is doing: but the fact that his books are published by a very reputable firm, and are regularly reviewed – and highly praised – in our self-respecting intellectual weeklies, surely says more about the present state of our culture than a whole volume of abstract denunciations. Scarce.

Collection of Literary Magazines Feat. Articles with Ian Fleming and Jame Bond