The Spy Who Loved Me (A James Bond novel). Ian Lancaster FLEMING.
The Spy Who Loved Me (A James Bond novel).

The Spy Who Loved Me (A James Bond novel).

London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. [James Bond] INSCRIBED First Impression, State A. Publisher's cloth-effect paper over boards with scarlet endpapers in the pictorial dust-jacket illustrated by Richard Chopping, priced 15s. to the flap. An intriguing association copy, signed and inscribed by the author. With autograph note to the flyleaf; "To | Carmen | With the usual | four kisses for | Penny. X | Ian". There is a further gift inscription opposite, in another hand, noting that Fleming "was a great friend of mine". The book is used and has been subject to the Caribbean climate; there is some edge toning and browning, and some similar toning to the wrapper, which is also a little rubbed and dusty. Still presentable. Now resented in a black leather spined clamshell case. The recipient is the Jamaican socialite Carmen Pringle [deLissa], friend of the author and long-time owner of the Sunset Lodge Club in Montego Bay. Carmen's son Morris Cargill collaborated with Fleming on a book about Jamaica and was named as a character in the James Bond books. Despite great effort, I am unable to trace the 'Penny' referred to in the inscription; the link with 'Moneypenny' (affectionately called 'Penny' by James Bond) is too obvious, but curious nonetheless. Item #39909

Lycett p.174, Gilbert, p.330 and p.662.

Price: £16,500.00

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