London: Jonathan Cape. 1963. 2 copies from the collection of Aubrey Forshaw; a 1963 first impression inscribed by the author, together with an annotated proof copy [issued 1962] in the proof-only dustwrapper. The first edition has a signed presentation inscription to the flyleaf; "To Aubrey / who wrote some of it! / From Ian". Laid in is a typed letter from Jonathan Cape chairman Michael Howard (drafted by Valerie Kettley) to Aubrey Forshaw, dated 10th December 1962 it reads "I finally got Ian to adopt a more intelligible variant of the offending back axle passage in OHMSS and I have checked that all the literals you marked have been corrected in the press proof. I have an idea you said you wanted your proof back and therefore return it herewith..." All three items are housed in a purpose-made quarter leather clamshell box. The hardcover volume is in very good condition; dustwrapper a little rubbed and nicked. The corrected softcover proof is in very good condition; the oversized dustwrapper has a few nicks and marks, with some creasing to the unsupported area along the top edge. Aubrey Forshaw was asked by Fleming to read the proof of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and correct any errors, specifically those relating to cars. The inscription relates to the passages corrected by Forshaw, particularly regarding motoring matters, as found within his proof copy of this title. Both the book and jacket differ considerably to the published version. "[T]he offending back axle passage" referred to in Michael Howard's letter appears on page 23, with Aubrey's corrections in pencil to the margins. Further corrections, suggestions and typographical errors appear in the margins elsewhere, all of which are adopted within the first edition text. An outstanding presentation with additional manuscript material relating to the tenth James Bond novel. Item #39953
Gilbert A11a (1.1).
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