Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1959. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first impression, first issue, second state. Publisher's black cloth, stamped to front board in blind with a design of a human skull, lacking the small area of detail in the upper left-hand portion that appeared in the first state, with a 50-dollar gold piece stamped in gilt in each eye socket; in the original dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping with an illustration of a human skull carrying a rose between its teeth, and with a single gold piece in each eye socket. A near fine copy with a touch of light rubbing to spine ends, slight lean to spine, and toning to top edge of text block; in an about very good dust jacket with wear and toning to extremities and spine panel, a few closed tears and creasing to top edge, scattered soiling. Overall, a presentable copy with a clean, bright text block. Gilbert A7a (1.2). Goldfinger features the villain Auric Goldfinger, the richest man in England whose wealth is stored in his namesake mineral- gold. Indeed, the symbol of gold plays an important role throughout the text; the name "Auric" comes from the chemical element symbol for gold "Au," and Goldfinger murders his ex-girlfriend by covering her body completely in gold. In this novel, Bond must stop Goldfinger from completing Operation Grand Slam, a gold-smuggling plot that would cripple the world economy and give the Russian spy organization SMERSH total power over the West. Goldfinger also introduces one of the most memorable villainous sidekicks, Oddjob, whose deadly aim and razor-edged bowler hat make him a force to be reckoned with.