London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
First edition, first printing. 1 vols. 8vo. INSCRIBED TO LORD BEAVERBROOK. Original black boards, titles to spine in silver, skeletal hand motif to upper board in blind. Small stain on spine and cover and lightly worn dust jacket, but a near fine copy. Housed in custom quarter morocco clamshell case. Item #316949
Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Sir Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, "To Max, who, by Heaven, deserves a free copy, From Ian."
The media magnate Beaverbrook (1879-1964) had a long and sometimes contentious relationship with Fleming. His Daily Mail mail published serializations of several of the Bond novels, as well as comic strip adaptations of the novels that proved popular until they were abruptly terminated midway through Thunderball, when Fleming published a story with a rival paper (the adaptations were resumed after the two men reconciled). Beaverbrook was also a confidant of Fleming's wife, Ann Charteris. An outstanding association.
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