Jonathan Cape, 1965. Small octavo. Original black boards, spine lettered in gold and metallic blue and red, gilt endpapers. With dust jacket. A near-fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition, first impression. Kingsley Amis wrote The Book of Bond as a tongue-in-cheek manual for prospective secret agents, illustrated with examples from Ian Fleming's novels. For this work, the author used the pseudonym Lt. Colonel William ("Bill") Tanner. Includes reversible dust jacket. Bill Tanner is a fictional character in the James Bond book and film series, who holds the position of MI6 Chief of Staff. Ian Fleming reveals that he is James Bond's closest friend in the service, and he was a regular character in the later continuation series by novelists John Gardner and Raymond Benson. 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 #156013
Book & Magazine Collector, No. 1, pages 4-13 Fleming and Bond: Related Titles; The Schøyen Collection No. 231.
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