New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1960. FIRST US EDITION. ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Octavo, pp.218. Publisher's yellow and green cloth in pictorial dust-wrapper illustrated by Richard Chopping, priced at $3.50. With presentation note to the flyleaf 'The rest will have / to wait. / x / Ian. (underlined). A fine copy in a very good jacket with a few chips and tears. Inscribed copies of American editions are notably scarce. The recipient is Marion 'Oatsie' Leiter, a close friend of the author whose name Fleming had appropriated for James Bond's trusted ally Felix Leiter of the CIA and Pinkerton's Detective Agency. Marion Leiter had recommended the James Bond novels to her friend Senator John F. Kennedy while recovering from an operation, and she subsequently hosted a dinner so both men could meet. The two became friends and, in a literary article in Life Magazine, President Kennedy cited 'From Russia With Love' as one of his favourite reads giving Fleming significant exposure in America. The wedding reception of their mutual friend Ivar [Felix] Bryce was held at Marion Leiter's home in Aiken, South Carolina. Item #55981
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