Ian Fleming (1908-1964) is well known today as the literary creator of master spy James Bond, but long before Bond, Fleming was a collector of rare books, and his collection, along with his specially-bound corrected typescripts of the Bond novels and the first published editions, are housed in the Lilly Library at Indiana University in Bloomington. Fleming's collection, which was remarkable both in its conception and scope, focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century “books that had started something,” from landmarks in science and technology to instructional volumes on sports and games. Books from Ian Fleming’s personal collection are now on exhibit at the Lilly Library, alongside typescripts and early editions of the James Bond novels.
Library services, including paged pickup and reference services, will be paused Friday 7/3 for the Independence Day holiday. Buildings remain closed. Find info on current library services.