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00-Agent wrote:

I would be happy to hear your thoughts on the bibliography Superado once you have had a chance to look it over.  I have been tempted to buy it, but have so far resisted.  I never thought of checking Amazon UK, I'll have to do that.

 

Will do, 00-Agent.  Tonight, I plan to read over the stuff at the front end, the preface, intro, etc.  There's been so many recommendations about this book among Literary Bond fans, but really no substantial review or synopsis to be found online, so that I've been building up an expectation of what's ahead based on whatever snippets from others that do exist.  I'm hoping for some really obscure, esoteric information, similar to the research that John Griswold undertook for his "Annotations and Chronologies" book, deriving much of its content from the archived Fleming manuscripts at the Lilly Library in Indiana.  However, I'm getting a bad feeling that some of the pages I've flipped over contain, instead, lots of publishing minutiae about the Fleming book editions and other works that involve him; it was for similar qualities in the "illustrated James Bond" that made me mail it back after barely flipping over the first half of the book.  I hope my first impressions are wrong and that I do unearth some good nuggets of the shiny kind and not of the dried, chunky, fibrous variety of the organic kind.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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superado wrote:

Will do, 00-Agent.  Tonight, I plan to read over the stuff at the front end, the preface, intro, etc.  There's been so many recommendations about this book among Literary Bond fans, but really no substantial review or synopsis to be found online, so that I've been building up an expectation of what's ahead based on whatever snippets from others that do exist.  I'm hoping for some really obscure, esoteric information, similar to the research that John Griswold undertook for his "Annotations and Chronologies" book, deriving much of its content from the archived Fleming manuscripts at the Lilly Library in Indiana.  However, I'm getting a bad feeling that some of the pages I've flipped over contain, instead, lots of publishing minutiae about the Fleming book editions and other works that involve him; it was for similar qualities in the "illustrated James Bond" that made me mail it back after barely flipping over the first half of the book.  I hope my first impressions are wrong and that I do unearth some good nuggets of the shiny kind and not of the dried, chunky, fibrous variety of the organic kind.

Bear in mind this is a bibliography first and foremost.  If you are serious about collecting Fleming books then its invaluable - it allows you to check every detail of books you own or about to buy.  Most books are now sold with a note such as "Gilbert 1.1" which is great - you know the person selling has checked the book, dust jacket etc is correct.

As above, the primary use of the book is a reference book - you look up details on a specific book.  Beyond this however it is full of interesting facts / figures & stories that again as a collector makes the book dual purpose - its an interesting and informative book to browse as well.

Although I am a huge fan of this book and in awe of the effort put into making it I can see that if you are not interested in collecting Fleming books (as opposed to just reading them) then its probably not the best book to own.

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Congrats Superado. I am very confident that you won't regret it and even if you find the contents of the book disappointing, you can always use the tome itself to get into shape, press small rodents to place in your album, or as an anchor to stop your house from blowing away in strong winds.

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The book has everything, I think it's the best book on Fleming/Bond available.  If there's a problem, it's how to read the monster, certainly not the easiest book to handle due to it's size!

This is where we leave you Mr. Bond. (Pilot, Apollo Airlines)

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Polar Bear 0007 wrote:

The book has everything, I think it's the best book on Fleming/Bond available.  If there's a problem, it's how to read the monster, certainly not the easiest book to handle due to it's size!

True...but on the bright side by the time you finish reading it, you'll have Daniel Craig's arms!

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alantong wrote:
superado wrote:

Will do, 00-Agent.  Tonight, I plan to read over the stuff at the front end, the preface, intro, etc.  There's been so many recommendations about this book among Literary Bond fans, but really no substantial review or synopsis to be found online, so that I've been building up an expectation of what's ahead based on whatever snippets from others that do exist.  I'm hoping for some really obscure, esoteric information, similar to the research that John Griswold undertook for his "Annotations and Chronologies" book, deriving much of its content from the archived Fleming manuscripts at the Lilly Library in Indiana.  However, I'm getting a bad feeling that some of the pages I've flipped over contain, instead, lots of publishing minutiae about the Fleming book editions and other works that involve him; it was for similar qualities in the "illustrated James Bond" that made me mail it back after barely flipping over the first half of the book.  I hope my first impressions are wrong and that I do unearth some good nuggets of the shiny kind and not of the dried, chunky, fibrous variety of the organic kind.

Bear in mind this is a bibliography first and foremost.  If you are serious about collecting Fleming books then its invaluable - it allows you to check every detail of books you own or about to buy.  Most books are now sold with a note such as "Gilbert 1.1" which is great - you know the person selling has checked the book, dust jacket etc is correct.

As above, the primary use of the book is a reference book - you look up details on a specific book.  Beyond this however it is full of interesting facts / figures & stories that again as a collector makes the book dual purpose - its an interesting and informative book to browse as well.

Although I am a huge fan of this book and in awe of the effort put into making it I can see that if you are not interested in collecting Fleming books (as opposed to just reading them) then its probably not the best book to own.

Yes, now that I have the book in hand, I have a better understanding of the content and the lay of the land, which was pretty much what I thought as posted earlier.  The problem as I mentioned earlier was, no adequate review of the book could be found online, not even Amazon.

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The Domino Effect wrote:

Congrats Superado. I am very confident that you won't regret it and even if you find the contents of the book disappointing, you can always use the tome itself to get into shape, press small rodents to place in your album, or as an anchor to stop your house from blowing away in strong winds.

Polar Bear 0007 wrote:

The book has everything, I think it's the best book on Fleming/Bond available.  If there's a problem, it's how to read the monster, certainly not the easiest book to handle due to it's size!

That's true, reading it is not a simple physical feat!  It hasn't become my new bedside companion, since it's so difficult for me to read it while leaning on the headboard.  You really can't rest it at an angle on your lap or on some other surface if you don't want to damage the spine.  I need to read it on a flat and clean surface with adequate lighting like my desk and not the kitchen or dining room table lest I stain the cloth cover.  I can't even read it on comfortably on my couch since there's the need to lift up the book to the light when getting to the bottom of the page (it could just be age!)  I'm not sure if I'll be using it to identify the edition and printing of my Bond paperbacks and comics, though I just might check on my Jonathan Cape editions for fun.  Nonetheless, so far I am enjoying it, but I still can't find reproductions of Ian Fleming's scribbles on napkin scraps that I've only heard about...

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....

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I desperately want this.

Hiding a $300 purchase from my wife isn't a good idea though.  ajb007/lol

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Join the club JamesBondBlog, we've ALL been there.   ajb007/lol   ajb007/wink

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Is there a Kindle Version?

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AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

Is there a Kindle Version?

If there was, you'd need the Tianhe-2 just to read it!  ajb007/smile

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Just ask Q for that  ajb007/lol

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Just a heads up.  It appears this is now near impossible to get unless you go the second hand route which is already inflated.

Queen Annes Press and Harrington Books no longer have any copies and upon enquiry Jon Gilbert personally told me to try the following:

http://www.oakknoll.com/pages/books/114 … bliography

They have a few copies left - maybe your last chance (for a first edition anyhow, Jon didn't mention any plans for another printing)

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Wow. That's fantastic news for Jon and for the publishers and proves that there's still enough interest in Fleming to justify future works on him.

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The Domino Effect wrote:

Wow. That's fantastic news for Jon and for the publishers and proves that there's still enough interest in Fleming to justify future works on him.

Did NOT sound like any plans for more mate hence the link to the last few available

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Sorry Welshie, I didn't mean more copies of the bibliography, I meant if another established author approached a publisher with a project on Ian Fleming, the sales of the bibliography could help it be approved for production. Hopefully last year's Goldeneye did well and Fergus Fleming's collection of letters will also do well later this year.

I doubt that the bibliography would get a second edition or a paperback printing because of its size and because it's very much a specialist publication. But the fact that the first edition has sold out proves the viability of even specialist projects. I hope  ajb007/smile

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Ah sorry - understood!!!!  Yes looking good with all these publications continuing!

Im glad I got one at the last min, I was too tight to pull the trigger on initial launch!!

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welshboy78 wrote:

Ah sorry - understood!!!!  Yes looking good with all these publications continuing!

Im glad I got one at the last min, I was too tight to pull the trigger on initial launch!!

Glad you got one. It's an absolutely superb book. I have most of the books written on Fleming and my must-have three are the bibliography, Andrew Lycett's biography and Matthew Parker's Goldeneye. All three are very different but equally valuable in their own way.

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I purchased the Goldeneye Biography at the Weekend. I can't wait to start reading it  ajb007/martini

1.On Her Majesties Secret Service 2.The Living Daylights 3.license To Kill 4.The Spy Who Loved Me 5.Goldfinger

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I think you'll enjoy it, AOS. It's a great read and very readable. Lots of insight into Fleming in general and his time in Jamaica in particular.

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superado wrote:

There's been so many recommendations about this book among Literary Bond fans, but really no substantial review or synopsis to be found online

Almost but not quite correct--the James Bond Memes Blog published a good review back in 2012:
http://jamesbondmemes.blogspot.com/2012 … eview.html

That review convinced me to buy the book, the most expensive item on my shelf. To be honest, I think book collecting is one of the most boring activities in the world, and my eyes glazed over when reading about the minute details between the 7th and 8th hardcover editions of Live and Let Die, but I'm still glad to have bought the Bibliography, because Gilbert might be the world's most knowledgeable Fleming expert--there doesn't seem to be a single Fleming-related book that he hasn't come across. I especially look forward to using his bibliography to track down Fleming's journalism and interviews. This is the sort of book that's only printed once and you have to get it while you can.

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I have a collected years of research material and books on Fleming and the novels.  My question to those of you have obtained the book - is there anything new or revealing that is not well known or hasn't been covered in past publications?  Yes, it would be nice to own such a collectable, but it would be even more if it came with some hidden treasures.

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Popped into Adrian Harrington Rare Books in Tunbridge Wells today, and they are taking orders for an updated edition at a cost of £175 for signed copies.  ajb007/martini

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I've had it for 2 years now and have read it through several times. VERY worth the money especially for serious Fleming Bond hardcover collector's. A fun read for everyone else.
I've just learned that a new edition is being released this year with changes and updates. I can't afford it at 175 pounds and not sure if I would splurge for the 2nd edition if I had the money.