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The Spy Who Loved Me.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1962 - Octavo. Original dark grey boards, titles to spine in silver, dagger design to front board in silver and blind, red endpapers. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Spine gently rolled, tiny bump to head of front board, faint mark to top edge, internally clean, in the bright jacket with nick to foot of spine panel, and a little rubbing to extremities. An excellent, fresh copy. Double-page spread illustration pp. 6-7. First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Hugh. This rather forward child of his trusteeship! from Ian". Fleming presented this copy of the most sexually explicit of his Bond novels to Hugh Greenwood, one of the two trustees who administered the Book Trust, which Fleming had created for the purpose of holding the rights to his books. This is the variant issue, with the printer's quad mark (a spacer between the type) on the title page, "no priority between the two variants has been established as few as one in ten copies exist in this state". The novel is the only Bond book to be written in the first person, presented as the testimony of a 23-year-old Canadian woman, Vivienne Michel with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. Bond himself does not appear until two thirds of the way through the book. In furtherance of this pretence, Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author, whose manuscript allegedly simply appeared on Fleming's desk. The Spy Who Loved Me was Roger Moore's fourth Bond film, released in 1977. However, when Fleming sold the film rights to Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli he only gave permission for the title to be used rather than any aspects of the plot. Gilbert, A10a (1.2). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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