Field Guide of Birds of the West Indies. James BOND, Earle POOLE.

Field Guide of Birds of the West Indies.

New York, NY: Macmillan, 1947. [Ornithology] FIRST MACMILLAN PRINTING. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.xii; 257; [1], blank. With a colour plate frontispiece, one black and white plate, and numerous line drawings by Poole. Publisher's brown cloth titled in black to spine and front board, map endpapers. Edges a little dusty, covers slightly bowed. A very good copy indeed. The acclaimed work by the ornithologist James Bond, whose name was famously appropriated for spy fiction's most celebrated hero. The original edition was published by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, in a different format. This eye-catching edition 'has been completely rewritten in a popular style', and is certainly the printing which influenced Fleming; when writing his debut novel in 1952, this version of the book was on his shelf and not the obscure original work; Fleming had purchased land and built a Jamaican home in 1945 and, according to Ben McIntyre (and re-affirmed by Fleming throughout his life), while pondering his character Fleming 'simply lifted the name from his bookshelves, his eye having alighted upon 'Field Guide to [sic] the Birds of the West Indies' by James Bond, the standard reference book published by MacMillan in 1947'. Due to the connection, copies are desirable. Item #55594

Price: £295.00

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