The Folio Society
Charming gift editon of Ian Flemming’s ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ian Fleming
Illustrated by John Burningham
Afterword by Fergus Fleming

‘This is why the book holds up, fifty years after its original
publication: its sense of the world as an inexplicable but also
miraculous place.’ LOS ANGELES TIMES

Ian Fleming only wrote one children’s book but it became one of the best-loved in Britain and beyond. This beautiful new edition pays homage to Fleming’s brilliant creation and includes every one of John Burningham’s unforgettable illustrations from the first editions.

John Burningham’s first children’s book had just been awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal when his publisher Jonathan Cape was looking for an illustrator for Fleming’s story. Burningham’s unique style – a blend of realism, charm and wit – got him the commission,
and his brilliant interpretations of Fleming’s fantastical adventures are now so closely associated with the text that his is the only artwork Folio considered using in this unique collector’s edition. Every original illustration has been beautifully reproduced, in full colour wherever possible, and they are integrated for a truly immersive reading experience. Burningham’s drawings also appear on the endpapers, while the binding features his portrait of the flying car.

The story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang began long before the publication of the book, and Fergus Fleming brilliantly describes how it came together. Despite being a best-selling author, Ian Fleming was a novice children’s writer when he had the idea for the story. He loved blending fact and fiction in his work so the magical car was based on a real-life series of racing cars with almost the same name. The Afterword is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, previously unpublished Burningham sketches and the original designs for Chitty, produced by automotive engineer Amherst Villiers

Who couldn’t fail to fall in love with the antics of a decrepit ex-racing car saved from the wrecker’s yard and restored into a beautiful automobile with magical powers?

Bound and printed in blocked cloth, this charming gift edition features Burningham’s drawings throughout and on the endpapers, while the binding features his portrait of the flying car.

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Holiday Orders

Orders must be place by December 11 for standard delivery and December 17 for express delivery.


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