Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first impression, first issue, second state (as usual) with "swop" on p. 57, line 12, in Gilbert's Binding A. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, green patterned endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping, featuring a wraparound illustration of a golden gun with an ivory butt-plate, a snake's skull, green leaves, two flies, and four golden bullets arranged in an "M" shape. Near fine book, with light spotting to top edge of text block, a touch of soiling to fore edge of text block, and a tiny spot of soiling to p. 167; very good or better unclipped dust jacket with light toning to spine, light wear to spine ends, a touch of spotting to jacket flaps, a small spot of soiling to gun butt on front panel, and very light creasing to upper edges. Overall, a very pleasing copy, and internally clean. Gilbert A13a (1.2). The Man with the Golden Gun involves one of 007's most seemingly impossible missions. M sends him to Jamaica to kill "Pistols" Scaramanga, known for his weapon of choice- a gold plated Colt .45 loaded with bullets made of solid gold. An assassin trained by the KGB, Scaramanga has blown through a trail of M16 agents and has a bullet etched with the number 007. While many have hypothesized that the character of James Bond is Fleming's fictional representation of himself, it is Scaramanga that bears unusual similarity to Fleming; both are retired intelligence agents living in Jamaican bungalows. Fleming wrote all of his James Bond novels from his Goldeneye home in Jamaica, including The Man with the Golden Gun, which was published posthumously.