London: Jonathan Cape, 1958. [James Bond] FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, with full signature. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.256. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, 'Dancing Lady' design to the front cover, silver titles to spine, pictorial dust-wrapper designed by Pat Marriott. With presentation note to flyleaf "To / Una / With apologies for / her sudden death! / from Ian Fleming" [underlined]. A very good copy in a slightly chipped and handled jacket, which is a little toned to the spine. Housed in an elegant clamshell box. An important copy; Una Trueblood was Ian Fleming's trusted aide and his secretary at The Sunday Times throughout the 1950s. Fleming appropriated her name in Dr No, for the agent Mary Trueblood, No.2 at Station (C), the Caribbean Branch of the British Secret Service. Trueblood is a former Chief Officer WRNS, described as having "dashing good looks" and "elegant knees" [chapters 1-2]. Her disappearance is the catalyst for the Crab Key investigation, leading Bond to Honey Rider and Julius No. Una Trueblood copied for the author the manuscript of the first James Bond tv treatment, which eventually became Dr No. (Ian Fleming The Bibliography, p.652). Fleming seldom refers to characters and plot within inscriptions, making this a most significant presentation indeed. Item #60057
Gilbert A6a (1.2).