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Field Guide of Birds of the West Indies.
New York, NY: MacMillan, 1947.. FIRST MACMILLAN PRINTING. Octavo, pp.xii, 257, [1], blank. With colour plate illustrations and line drawings by Earle Poole. Publisher's brown cloth titled in black to spine and front board, map endpapers, original dust-jacket. Book is very good aside from a bookplate affixed to the verso of the half title page, which has caused some crinkling; jacket a little soiled and torn, price-clipped to foot but showing $3.75 to top of flap. A very good copy. The acclaimed work by the ornithologist James Bond, whose name was famously appropriated for fiction's most celebrated hero. The original edition was published by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, in a different format. This eyecatching edition 'has been completely rewritten in a popular style', and is certainly the printing which influenced Fleming; when writing his debut novel in 1952, this version of the book was on his shelf and not the obscure original work; Fleming had purchased land and built a Jamaican home in 1945 and, according to Ben McIntyre, (and re-affirmed by Fleming throughout his life), while pondering his character Fleming 'simply lifted the name from his bookshelves, his eye having alighted upon 'Field Guide to [sic] the Birds of the West Indies' by James Bond, the standard reference book published by MacMillan in 1947'. Due to the connection, this book has simply dried up in recent years- whilst reprints may be obtained, this 1947 first edition is rather scarce, with no copy appearing in book searches at the time of writing.
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