Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Ian Fleming Bibliography


"Ian Fleming - The Bibliography", Jon Gilbert, Queen Anne Press 2012. Comprehensive list and description of all Ian Fleming works published in UK and US including rare instances such as "Berlin Escape" (The Living Daylights) in Argosy Magazine.

7 comments:

teeritz said...

I may just have to snap this up just for the cover art alone. Thanks for the heads-up!

Anonymous said...

Mine is on its way.

Way better then porn. ;0)

/ Stephan

Dan Gale said...

I would love to see this but it is so outrageously expensive. Cassell Illustrated can release a very popular book like 1001 Movies to See Before You Die at 900 pages, full colour throughout, for £20. Making the standard and deluxe versions of this book £125 and £250 is taking the whole Fleming-as-snob theory a little too literally and is preventing most people who'd want to buy it from doing so. What is it printed on, platinum?

Mr Gilbert, Remember what the subject of this book is! Fleming's (someone dodgy) description of his own books was ""I write for warm-blooded heterosexuals in railway trains, aeroplanes and beds." i.e Joe Public. Your hardback only release of this book seems to suggest you are only aiming this at a certain type of people who'd want to read it (collectors), not the general public - who can't seriously afford to pay 1/5th of a month's rent on a book - these are the very people Fleming wrote for.

Please consider a paperback version, you might be surprised when they suddenly start selling.

Anonymous said...

Dan Gale if you knew anything about book production you would see and know there is a whole world of difference between this book and 1001 Movies to See Before You Die, from the printing to the sheer amount of research that has gone into this. I suggest this is most probably a niche market unlike the aforementioned book which is clearly written for mass market consumption. Yes this is expensive but I don't think this will be a viable commercial proposition if this was mass produced. It is clearly for the Fleming geek. And I am proud to be one.

Dan Gale said...

Me too! But I simply can't afford those prices and doubt I'm the only Fleming geek who sees that price tag and just thinks "forget it, then.". I know it would sell more units if it was cheaper and then it would make the publisher more money! Isn't that what every publisher and author wants? A radical idea, I know...!
I understand this book contains years worth of work but the amount of effort/blood/swear/tears it takes to write it isn't what determines the price of a book. Otherwise The Bible would be several millions of points per copy and Fifty Shades of Grey (a novel that was sneezed out) would be free.
I hope it sells out for the author's sake but unless its very limited edition I can't see that happening in a recession.
I'm assuming (hoping) it'll come down in price eventually or a paperback will come out for £50.
I admit I know nothing about publishing! I guess that's self evident.

Jon Gilbert said...

Hello Mr Gale. I also manage Adrian Harrington Ltd., who distribute the book, where we have display volumes available. You are welcome to come and peruse these- our details can be found online. It's not just the time and expertise invested in this book but the whole production process which determines the price. I am honoured to have the Queen Anne Press publish it, and they are effectively a Private Press specialising in high quality limited editions. Even 'regular' bibliographies average £100 or so, and this volume really is a cut above the rest (I'm just echoing the thoughts of other reviewers when I say that). The subject of this volume by the way is not just the James Bond novels, but the whole literary output and endeavours of the author- primarily it's a bibliography of Ian Fleming not of James Bond. Naturally the author wrote popular thrillers for the masses, but he also ran the Queen Anne Press, was a respected bibliophile and book collector himself and produced the Book Collector journal- a landmark publication in the field. And don't forget there was a limited version of one of his own novels (priced at a whopping 63 shillings in 1963). Given the vast amount of mass-market Fleming and Bond-related books now available (some good, some bad and some indifferent), I rather think he might approve of such a quality production celebrating his life and work. I welcome any and all discussion on the subject, and hope you will be able to view a copy soon.

Dan Gale said...

Thank you for your patient response to my ramblings. I hope so, too!

Best wishes

Dan