London, Longmans and Co. 1963. [James Bond] First printing. Quarto. Publisher's red cloth in jacket. Contains the first appearance of the James Bond story 'The Property of a Lady', by Ian Fleming. This did then not appear in book form until it was included in the first paperback edition of Octopussy, (1967). Discreet inscription else a fine copy of the book, in a near fine, spine-toned jacket. 'The Property of a Lady' appears on pp.vii–xxi, with an illustrated frontispiece of the Fabergé globe described in the accompanying story. Also includes an interesting illustrated article on gun collecting. The screen version of Octopussy, starring Roger Moore, is in fact, an extended version of this story! The Ivory Hammer is a review of Sotheby sales throughout 1962-3 and is an exceptional reference book containing colour and black and white photographic plates of silver, jewellery, furniture, books, paintings and objets d'art. These items are reviewed by acknowledged experts in their field. Item #60258
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