London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.288. Publisher's dark grey cloth-effect paper over boards with silver titles to spine, in original jacket designed by Richard Chopping, priced at 16s. Inscribed by the author to his close friend John Hayward; "To John | to pick holes in! | from | Ian". A lovely near fine copy in a morocco-spined clamshell box. A charming and close association; Hayward (1905-65) was a fellow bibliophile and writer who lived in the same Chelsea apartment block as Ian Fleming. The written comment refers to Hayward's assiduous editorial skills; Hayward sat on the board of Fleming's Book Collector journal and, for many years, was its editor-in-chief. This copy has resided in two prominent collections, firstly that of Roger Rechler (sold at Christies, 2002, $11,950) and later the property of Football Hall of Famer Pat McInally. Item #54249
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