|The elusive 1991 John Gardner paperback reprints|
For Licence Renewed, this marked it's 19th printing. For Special Services and Icebreaker were both 5th printings. Role of Honor does not show a printing number, but its the fourth paperback version of this book on my shelf.
Nobody Lives Forever, No Deals, Mr. Bond, and Scorpius were also reissued around the same time (NLF and NDMB in 1990 and Scorpius in '91), but the cover art was basically the same as their first edition paperbacks with un-raised lettering and new blurbs touting their New York Times Bestseller status and the newer books.
Yes, it's been a long time since Mr. Gardner's Bond has graced the shelves of U.S. bookstores. Here's looking forward to October.
I like the tombstone illustration of NLF very much !ReplyDelete
Pfff...19 US printings for License Renewed ? We only got ... Twos in France
Was Icebreaker not a "New York Times Bestseller" (seems unlikely, but it's the only one that doesn't mention the NYT on the cover), or was that just a quirk of the cover?ReplyDelete
Good question. That is odd. I'm sure Icebreaker made the NYT Bestseller list. All the early Gardners charted. Curious.ReplyDelete
Maybe the reason Icebreaker doesn't mention the New York Times is that it got a very bad review in that paper? They didn't just give the book a bad review but Gardner himself. Calling him under qualified to be Fleming's heir and just shredding his ability to write.ReplyDelete
Yes, you could be right about that, Brownie.Delete