The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philaelphia: Printed at the Waverley Press, Baltimore January 1936. FIRST EDITION. Pp.456. Publisher's gilt stamped green buckram with 'small' imprint lettering blocked to spine. With sepia map of the islands, colour frontispiece, and many illustrations throughout. Internally fine; discreet name to back of map, binding shows some acceptable use, sunned to extreme top edge, gilt bright; a very good copy indeed. This is one of two known bindings (priority unknown); the other is in grey-green cloth with some variations to the blocking. Source; The Ian Fleming Bibliographical Archive. IAN FLEMING took the name for his infamous hero from the ornithologist James Bond. Fleming was looking for a most plain, unsophisticated name for the character who became synonymous for flamboyance and style. Fleming had a copy of the 1947 re-issue, and instantly decided upon the name after seeing it. This true first printing is scarce. Item #45739
Lycett: Life of Ian Fleming. Bryce: You Only Live Once. See also Gilbert: Ian Fleming - The Bibliography.
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