The Day of The Jackal.

London:Book Club Associates. 1971. [Spy Thriller] HENRY BLOFELD's copy. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.358 [4]. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine and grey endpapers. With the glossy dust-jacket designed by Tom Simmonds and Trevor Vertigan. Signed by Blofeld in blue ink to flyleaf. Edges dust/spotted, jacket slightly edge worn, not sunned. Very good. A gritty post-Fleming espionage classic, concerning an anonymous English political assassin, code-named The Jackal. The present copy is signed by Ian Fleming's friend Henry Blofeld; the author named Bond's nemesis after John Blofeld (1903-1986), a fellow Etonian and member of the Gentleman's club 'Boodles' in St. James, London (which became the 'Blades' club of the novels). Blofeld's son Henry later befriended Fleming, as well as Noel Coward (who was Fleming's neighbour in Jamaica). A First-Class cricketer, Henry Blofeld later moved into sports journalism and found fame as the pithy raconteur and commentator for BBC Sports' 'Test Match Special'. An interesting association, from the comprehensive Ian Fleming Bibliographical Archive assembled by Jon Gilbert, with his pencilled note to free endpaper. Item #64947

Gilbert, p.296.

Price: £275.00