Jonathan Cape, 1957. Octavo. Original black boards (Gilbert's A binding, no priority), red and silver lettering on spine and revolver and rose motif on front cover. With dust jacket. Housed in a custom black quarter morocco solander box. A near-fine, clean copy, in very good dust jacket, not price-clipped, shallow chips at ends of spine and folds, light rubbing and spotting, otherwise bright. First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "And from Ian, with shame! For Andrew". From Russia, With Love, along with For Your Eyes Only, is one of the most difficult James Bond first editions to find inscribed. The recipient is the poet Andrew Young (1885-1971), a friend of Ian Fleming who shared the same publisher, Jonathan Cape. A clergyman and amateur botanist, Young made himself known as a poet of the British countryside, and his circle of friends included poets such as Christopher Fry, Ted Walker, John Arlott, and his literary executor, Leonard Clark. In the same year From Russia, With Love was published, Clark edited the collection of essay tributes Andrew Young: Prospect of a Poet. This copy is from the significant Ian Fleming collection of Martin Schøyen (b.1940), with his bookplate. Schøyen's private collection of manuscripts, which span all cultures and all time periods, is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Item #155898
Gilbert A5a(1.1); The Schøyen Collection No. 41.
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