London: Neville Spearman, Holland Press, 1964. [Reference/ Literary criticism] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.160. Publisher's black cloth hardcovers in Richard Chopping-style dust-wrapper, priced at 18s. Discreet Foyle's label beneath flap, jacket lightly rubbed only with one small nick to spine. Near fine. The very first book-length critique on James Bond. Uncommon. A former book illustrator and intelligence operative in Russia, Oswald Frederick [Fred] Snelling was a highly-regarded member of the antiquarian book trade, serving as the Chief Clerk for London's Hodgson's and then Sotheby's Rare Book Department where he befriended the book collector Ian Fleming and assisted him in research for the James Bond novels. Snelling is best known for his 1964 analysis of the James Bond books, 'Double O Seven, James Bond, A Report', the earliest serious study of the James Bond phenomena. Item #51736
GILBERT, Jon. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, p.610.