James Bond illustrator’s book ‘worth £500’

A book with connections to James Bond novelist Ian Fleming and believed to be worth up to £500 has been donated to an Aylesbury charity shop.

The donation was made to the Oxfam bookshop in the High Street and was one of two rare items handed over in the past week.

Aylesbury's Oxfam bookshop manager Ian Mulcock is pictured with two books of interest that were donated to the store - he is pictured with both books The Fly by Richard Chopping and a rare copy of History of Aylesbury

Aylesbury's Oxfam bookshop manager Ian Mulcock is pictured with two books of interest that were donated to the store - he is pictured with both books The Fly by Richard Chopping and a rare copy of History of Aylesbury

The 007 connected work is a signed copy of ‘The Fly’ by Richard Chopping, a British illustrator best known for his work on the front covers of several James Bond novels, including Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice.

It was donated anonymously by someone from Aylesbury.

Shop manager Ian Mulcock said: “Although there is no local connection attached to the story, the connection with James Bond means the book could have a value of up to £500.”

The other book entitled History of Aylesbury was written in 1885 by Robert Gibbs and has special significance because it belonged to an influential local figure.

Mr Mulcock said: “This particular book belonged to former Aylesbury MP Timothy Raison and is signed by Mr Raison as a limited edition, so it could have a value of up to £100.”

Mr Raison was the town’s MP between 1970 and 1992.

During this time he also served as Minister for Overseas Development between 1983 and 1986.

He was succeeded upon his retirement in 1992 by the town’s current serving MP David Lidington.

Mr Mulcock added that the identity of who donated the book was unknown but that it came from a shop in Thame.

On Monday the charity shop celebrates 10 years in the town and to mark the anniversary, former volunteers are being invited back to join new mayor Tom Hunter-Watts at a celebration.

The event gets under way at 3pm and there will also be a raffle and special offers for customers to mark the anniversary.