London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. [Literary Biography] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (25 x 16cm), pp.352, with sixteen pages of photographic plates. Attractively bound in half black calf over matching cloth sides, top edge red, original endpapers (with Fleming family crest) and dust-jacket panel preserved at rear. Internally clean, minor discolour to top edge, exterior unmarked; a fine copy. John Pearson began his career as a journalist at the Sunday Times, where he worked as assistant to Ian Fleming on the prestigious Atticus column. Following Fleming's death, Pearson wrote the first biography of his friend. In 1973 Pearson became the second official author of James Bond continuation fiction, with 'James Bond: The Authorised Biography', a fictionalised account in which Pearson interviews Bond as he looks back on his life. This was sanctioned by Glidrose Publications, the parent company and copyright owner of the James Bond chronicles. Item #52453
Gilbert, Jon. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, page 592.