Rare James Bond book worth thousands donated to Brotherhood Books

12 December 2018

A rare James Bond novel worth thousands of dollars has been donated to Brotherhood Books – a Brotherhood social enterprise.


‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, published in 1965, is the last in the James Bond series by Ian Fleming and came out after his death. The publisher did a limited print run with a gold embossed gun on the front cover, but it proved so costly that only 800 of the 82,000 copies published feature the golden gun.

Brotherhood Books manager Greg Simpson told Ross and John on 3AW Breakfast a volunteer book sorter found the rare treasure.  

“Peeling off the dust jacket exposes the gold embossing. It’s rare enough that there are actually fakes out there, but we have checked carefully to ensure this one is the real thing!’ he said. 

“It’s a real thrill to have such a collectable book. One hundred per cent of our profits go to the Brotherhood’s programs to alleviate poverty, so we want to make sure we get the best possible price.”

‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ is not the only collectable to be donated to Brotherhood Books. Last year a 362-year old legal text ‘The First Book of Judgements’ was sold for $1,750 within two hours of being promoted on the Brotherhood Books website.

Brotherhood Books is Australia’s only online not-for-profit second-hand bookstore and stocks over 60,000 titles in a range of categories including children’s picture books, biographies, gardening, health and fitness and self-help, through to the great classics of literature. 

The newly launched website www.brotherhoodbooks.org.au is mobile friendly, features a powerful search tool and allows book lovers to read and post reviews. Since 1930, the Brotherhood of St Laurence has worked to prevent and alleviate poverty. We invest in research and deliver programs and services in a wide range of areas, including early learning, training and employment, aged care and disability.

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