Andre Deutsch, 1965. Octavo. Publisher's russet-coloured cloth hardcovers lettered in gilt to the spine, with cartographic endpapers printed in orange and brown, top edge tinted ochre, in a photographic dust jacket, priced at 42s. A near-fine copy in a very good dust jacket. First edition, first impression, inscribed copy. This copy bears an inscription from one of the contributors, Phoebe Hart, to the front pastedown. Hart wrote the chapter entitled Birds, which was singled out by The Telegraph as the best entry within the book. She knew the original James Bond, as both were Jamaica-based ornithologists. Ian Fleming introduces the island where, at his coastal winter retreat named "Goldeneye", he wrote one James Bond novel per year from 1952/3 to 1964. The main body of this readable work is devoted to the natural history, literature, architecture, politics, leisure, and general culture of Jamaica. Ian Fleming died before this volume was published, so no copies autographed by him are available. Loosely inserted is a signed airmail letter addressed to Mrs James Bond [Mary Wickham Bond], mentioning the healthy sales of Ian Fleming Introduces Jamaica, together with a Christmas greetings card with a lengthy manuscript note from Phoebe Hart. This copy is from the significant Ian Fleming collection of Martin Schøyen (b.1940), with his bookplate. Schøyen's private collection of manuscripts, which span all cultures and all time periods, is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Item #155999
Gilbert B6a; The Schøyen Collection No. 215.