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2 Sackville Street
Piccadilly
London
W1S 3DP
Contact Andrew McGeachin
Telephone 020 7439 6151
Fax 020 7434 2019
Specialists Literature, Modern Firsts, Bindings, Art, Architecture, Travel, Natural History, Children's, Illustrated, Prints
Henry Sotheran Limited
Stand F07

"Fleur from Ian"

FLEMING, Ian.

Casino Royale., Jonathan Cape, 1953. 1953

8vo., original cloth with supplied dust wrapper. Wrapper with just a little chipping and creasing, back panel a little dusty, otherwise a very good copy.

Second impression, printed the month after the first edition. Inscribed by Ian Fleming to Fleur Cowles, "Fleur from Ian 1953".

How well Fleur Cowles knew Ian Fleming is not immediately clear. Certainly they moved in similar social circles in both New York and London, Fleming often staying in New York on his way to and from his home in Jamaica. They also both had a background in journalism; both writing for holiday and leisure magazines, with the New Yorker Fleur Cowles editing 'Look', 'Flair' and 'Quick' magazines.

A direct connection relating specifically to the writing of the James Bond books can however be found in Fleming's correspondence. In 1954 Fleming wrote to Fleur Cowles in New York to promote his second novel Live and Let Die. "Here is the second volume of my collected works and you were so sweet about giving Casino Royale a fine send off in Look that I wonder if you would continue to make my fame and fortune by passing Live and Let Die with your blessing, to the Literary Editor. If not, I should be proud to have the book go into that very handsome waste paper basket of yours."

Intriguingly we have not found a copy of Live and Let Die in Fleur Cowles's library.

Binding
Original cloth
£25,000