London: Jonathan Cape, 1955. FIRST IMPRESSION, FIRST PRINTING, BINDING A (Fabroleen material). INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY. This version with 'shoot' correctly printed to page 10. Octavo, pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, titled in silver, in 'flame' design dustwrapper by Kenneth Lewis. A fine copy in the lightly rubbed and spine-faded dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. Housed in a custom-made clamshell box. An exceptional association copy. Signed and inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper to his 'most trusted lifelong companion' Ivar Bryce; "To Ivar / Vol III of the / Collected Works. / Ian." Bryce first met Fleming in 1917. Both attended Eton College and during the Second World War, worked for the head of the British Security Coordination based in New York (along with other noted members Roald Dahl and David Ogilvy). For part of the war, Bryce was based in Jamaica and subsequently arranged the purchase of "Goldeneye" where the Bond novels would be written. James Bond uses the name Bryce as an alias in both Live and Let Die and Doctor No, and Bryce was a dedicatee of the fourth 007 adventure Diamonds Are Forever. Fleming named the character Felix Leiter, Bond's CIA ally, after him (Bryce's middle name was Felix). Item #44653
Gilbert A3a (1.2). Provenance: John Felix Charles Bryce ("Ivar"); Josephine Hartford Bryce; Nuala O'Donnell Pell (Jo Bryce's daughter from an earlier marriage, and the wife of Senator Claiborne Pell).