Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Otto Penzler Auctioning Part of His Spy and Thriller Library

Thanks to Sarah Weinman on Twitter for this tip. This is from the Swann Auction Gallery web site:

"On Thursday, April 8 Swann Galleries will offer The Otto Penzler Collection of British Espionage and Thriller Fiction. The sale represents a select portion of the private library of the well-known mystery fiction specialist and bookseller who amassed his collection over 40 years. In that time, Penzler befriended many noted authors including Eric Ambler, Ken Follett, John Gardner and others, who inscribed copies of their works.

....Perhaps the best known of the British espionage works are Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, which were the source material for the iconic films spanning the last several decades. The auction offers more than 25 of these books, and among the most notable are a first edition of the first Bond book, Casino Royale, in near perfect condition, 1953 ($20,000 to $30,000); a fine copy of Moonraker, inscribed and signed by the author to known Fleming collector Eileen M. Cond, 1955 ($15,000 to $25,000); and a signed limited edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the first novel published after the debut of the film series and an immediate bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic, 1963 ($6,000 to $9,000)."

Go here for the complete description.

Good luck, all you bidders out there! Wish I could join you!


Richard R said...

I'd be there bidding, but I seem to have used up my book budget last weekend at the paperback show. I wonder why these are being sold?

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yikes! This is too rich for me, for sure.