First edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's original black cloth with silver titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. An important presentation copy. A fine copy in the lightly rubbed and spine faded dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. Housed in a black purpose made folding morocco box with the titles in gilt to the spine. An exceptional association copy.
Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper to his close friend and primary model for James Bond, Ivar Bryce "To Ivar / Vol III of the / Collected Works. / Ian." A finer association copy is scarcely imaginable. Bryce first met Fleming in 1917. They both attended Eton College and during the Second World War, worked for the head of the British Security Coordination, based in New York (along with other noted members Roald Dahl and David Ogilvy). For part of the war, Bryce was based in Jamaica and later helped Fleming find the plot of land to build "Goldeneye", where the Bond novels would later be written. Fleming dedicated Diamonds Are Forever, to (among others) his friend Ivar, and named the character Felix Leiter, Bond's friend and CIA operative, after him (his middle name was Felix). Provenance: John Felix Charles Bryce ("Ivar"); Josephine Hartford Bryce; Nuala O'Donnell Pell (Jo Bryce's daughter from an earlier marriage, and the wife of Senator Claiborne Pell).
Stock code: 11179