License to Thrill First Edition of Casino Royale Sells for £24,180 A first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, (1953) thrilled bidders, selling for £24,180 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Modern Literature on Friday 11th April, held at their saleroom
of the works of P.G. Wodehouse garnered much pre-sale interest from Wodehouse enthusiasts. Lots 150-208 included an extremely rare first edition of the author’s first adult novel, Love Among the Chickens (1906). In 1921 Woodhouse re-wrote the first five chapters to change the narrative from the third to the first person, making this first edition extremely sought after. The book sold for £4,712. [Lot 157]
Also from the Wodehouse collection, titles that are rarely seen in their dust-jackets included a copy of The Inimitable Jeeves (1923), which sold for £2,356 [Lot 170], and Carry On, Jeeves (1925), which sold for £1,364. [Lot 173]
The auction was held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' London saleroom in the heart of Mayfair on Friday 11th April. The catalogue and full results from the sale can be found online at www.bloomsburyauctions.com.
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