A Grue of Ice. Geoffrey JENKINS.

A Grue of Ice

London: Collins 1962. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED. Pp.320. Publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in prictorial dust-wrapper illustrated by H.A.Darroll (who designed the Fleming-introduced All Night at Mr Stanyhurst's) The dustjacket features a quote from Ian Fleming on the rear panel. A used copy, the jacket showing some chips and loss. Nonetheless presentable, and bearing an inscription form the author to the title page (dated Christmas 1962, the book being published that August) and with an inscription to the endpapers from the recipient, noting the presentation. Appropriately enough, this copy was originally sold in Pretoria, South Africa (bookstore ticket to pastedown). Signed copies are evidently scarce. Jenkins, Geoffrey (1920–2001) was a South African thriller writer of the 'Ian Fleming school' whose adventure novels often involved smuggling and Royal Navy Commandos; Fleming gave a glowing review of his debut novel A Twist of Sand (1959) and he also reviewed Jenkins' third novel A Grue of Ice (1962). The As a young journalist, Jenkins had won the Lord Kemsley Commonwealth Journalistic Scholarship, which brought him, as a junior, to Fleet Street, where he spent the Second World War as a war correspondent. Jenkins progressed to the Foreign Department of Kemsley House, and befriended Ian Fleming (the Foreign Manager) and journalist John Pearson (Fleming's assistant and biographer). Around 1957 Jenkins collaborated with Fleming on an outline for a James Bond adventure set in South Africa, which he continued with after Fleming's death; the full novel Per Fine Ounce was submitted to Glidrose Productions as the first 007 continuation novel in early 1967. It was not published, however, and shortly after Glidrose ran with Kingsley Amis's Colonel Sun (Cape, 1968). Item #39891

Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, pages 556-7, see also Appendix A, page 646.

Price: £120.00