From Asprey, With Love
Despite the fact that he’s no longer with us, Ian Fleming is about to have his very own Willard Scott moment. To celebrate the centenary of Fleming’s birth, Asprey is introducing limited-edition collections of the author’s complete works, published by Queen Anne Press. There are 18 volumes in all and his literary range is pretty impressive, from the entire James Bond oeuvre to the kids’ classic Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. (Fun fact: Fleming was managing director at the publishing house from 1952 to his death in 1964.) And true to the Asprey company roots, each set is luxed-up to the hilt, clothbound and with gilt edges ($4,000) or with vellum spines, individual slipcases and handmade stamped endpapers ($12,000). For the truly reckless, there’s the leather-bound set priced at $28,000, bedecked with gold leaf and diamonds.