London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. [James Bond] FIRST EDITION ASSOCIATION COPY, First Impression, Binding A. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.257. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in pictorial dust-wrapper designed by Pat Marriott, housed in a quarter leather clamshell box. An association copy, formerly belonging to Sefton Delmer, a fellow intelligence agent, journalist colleague and close friend of Ian Fleming. Delmer bookplate (Valley Farm) to pastedown. A used copy, showing some general wear and handling but with a wonderful association; Delmer himself is characterized on page 23, as a boyfriend of James Bond's secretary Lil. Housed in a bespoke black cloth clamshell to a uniform design by Gilbert. The young reporters Delmer and Fleming met in Moscow in the 'thirties and they would soon work closely together in Naval Intelligence. After the war, they took similar career paths, with Delmer becoming Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Daily Express and Fleming joining The Sunday Times as their Foreign Manager. In a typed statement, Sefton Delmer records "He [Fleming] was the godfather of my son. 'Call him Felix' he had said, 'there are too many Felix's in this world'. And he followed his own advice by creating an American partner for James Bond called Felix Leiter" [source: Ian Fleming Bibliographical Archive]. Item #39806
Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, A4a (1.1), pp.131, 639-40.