London: Micheal Joseph. 1963. FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo. Pp.406. Publisher's red cloth with original pictorial dust-jacket. Lightly worn, spine of jacket frayed at head and tail; near fine. A particularly nice copy A collection of outstanding articles contributed to the Sunday Times, this is the FIRST EDITION in book-form. Ian Fleming provides a humourous report on his performance in the Bowmaker Invitation Amateur/Professional Tournement at the Royal Berkshire (a James Bond golf course). Like Fleming, 007 was a keen golfer, noted as playing "on courses around London - Huntercombe, Swanley, Sunningdale, the Berkshire." There are also articles from close friends within the Fleming/Sunday Times circle, including Cyril Connolly (the poet and 'Bond' parody author), Leonard Russell (Fleming's editor), Robert Harling (noted typographer, served under Fleming in 30 Assault Unit), Lord David Cecil (former Eton schoolmate), Evelyn Waugh (novelist and friend), thriller writers and literary mentors Raymond Chandler and William Somerset Maugham, and Henry Longhurst (golfing colleague). Item #39840
Gilbert C65, see also page 204.