Category: Highlights

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Inscribed Presentation Copy of the first edition together with the marked up Uncorrected Proof Copy. Stock code: 9528

Author / Artist:

Fleming, Ian


London: Jonathan Cape. 1962


First edition, first printing together with the Uncorrected Proof Copy. The first an inscribed presentation copy. Original cloth in dustwrapper. A very good copy, in the very good rubbed and nicked original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Aubrey / who wrote some of it! / From Ian". The uncorrected proof copy; bound in the publisher's original card covers, in dustwrapper. A very good copy in the very good rubbed and nicked oversized proof dustwrapper which differs considerably from the published version. Laid in is a typed letter from Jonathan Cape chairman Michael Howard to Aubrey Forshaw. Dated 10th December 1962, it reads, "I finally got Ian to adopt a more intelligible variant of the offending back axle passage in O. H. M. S. S. and I have checked that all the literals you marked have been corrected in the press proof. I have an idea you said you wanted your proof back and therefore return it herewith..."




Provenance: Aubrey Forshaw, Managing Director of Pan Books, publisher of the James Bond novels in paperback and Ian Fleming's expert for technical information concerning James Bond's cars. It was in this respect that he was asked by Fleming to read the proof of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and correct any errors. "The offending back axle passage" referred to in Michael Howard's letter appears on page 23, with Aubrey's corrections in pencil to the margins. Further corrections, suggestions and typographical errors appear in the margins elsewhere, all of which are adopted to the first edition text. An outstanding presentation and association, and genuine working manuscript of the tenth James Bond novel.