FIRST EDITION, First Impression, Binding A. Octavo, 257 pp. Publisher’s
black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in pictorial
dustwrapper designed by Pat Marriott, housed in a quarter leather clamshell
box. An ASSOCIATION COPY, formerly belonging to Sefton Delmer, a fellow
intelligence agent, journalist colleague and close friend of Ian Fleming.
Delmer bookplate (Valley Farm) to pastedown. A used copy, showing some
general wear and handling but with a wonderful association; Delmer himself
is characterized on page 23, as a boyfriend of James Bond’s secretary Lil.
The young reporters Delmer and Fleming met in Moscow in the ‘thirties and
they would soon work closely together in Naval Intelligence. After the war,
they took similar career paths, with Delmer becoming Chief Foreign Affairs
Correspondent for the Daily Express and Fleming joining The Sunday Times as
their Foreign Manager. In a typed statement, Sefton Delmer records “He
[Fleming] was the godfather of my son. ‘Call him Felix’ he had said, ‘there
are too many Felix’s in this world’. And he followed his own advice by
creating an American partner for James Bond called Felix Leiter” [source:
Ian Fleming Bibliographical Archive]. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, A4a
(1.1), pp.131, 639-40.