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Mather, Berkely (pseudonym of John Evan Weston-Davies, 1909-96)
London: Collins, 1960. Accompanied by the publisher's wraparound band emblazoned "read what IAN FLAMING says" on the spine and the James Bond author's endorsement on the front: "THE ACHILLES AFFAIR, Berkely Mather's first book, was one of the best thrillers of 1959. THE PASS BEYOND KASHMIR takes the author triumphantly over the hump of the 'second book' and into the small category of those adventure writers whose works I, for one, will in the future buy 'sight unseen'." It was Fleming who suggested that Mather write the script for the first James Bond film, Dr. No. In fact a script was already in existence, and Mather lightened it considerably, judicially injecting a certain amount of camp satire in the Bond character. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Mather to Eileen Cond on a decorative bookplate affixed to the front flyleaf. Cond was a noted English book collector who sent her bookplate to favorite authors, many of whom signed and returned them by mail. Octavo. Original blue cloth binding, with gilt titles. Ink date to the front flyleaf. The bottom corners are lightly rubbed. The band is unevenly browned, with some very light rubbing to the dust jacket, which is price-clipped. Better than very good. Very good in Very good jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: johnson rare books & archives, ABAA [Covina, CA, U.S.A.]

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