London: Pan Books, 1960s. [Spy thrillers] JAMES BOND PAPERBACKS. Fourteen volumes, octavo (18 x 12 x 18). A vintage set of Pan paperback printings in the classic 'X' series with cover artwork and bold 'James Bond' lettering after designs by Raymond Hawkey. Surname 'Roberts' to first title else free of ink names/ownership marks. Lightly handled, clip to corner of 'From Russia' else a crisp, fine set with unfaded spines. Two titles (Thunderball, Spy) are first printings. Most attractive, with a few titles in this series becoming rather scarce. Introduced in 1963, the stylish 'X' series featured "iconic JAMES BOND lettering, being larger and bolder than either the book title or the author's name. His [Hawkey's] cover art was applauded by Fleming and remained unchanged until 1969" (Gilbert p.36, 311). Item #61100
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