Lot 54

FLEMING, Ian (1908-64).  Thunderball. London: Jonathan Cape, 1961. 8vo. Half title. Original black cloth with skeletal hand stamped in blind on the upper cover, dust-jacket designed by Richard Chopping (the jacket price-clipped, some chipping at corners). Provenance: THOMAS BLOFELD (armorial bookplate). The fine armorial bookplate of Thomas Blofeld was designed by Sir Henry John Fanshawe Badeley (1874-1951), who was responsible for the design of many bookplates for the Royal Family and members of the Peerage. FIRST EDITION, including Blofeld’s chilling debut on page 49: “… he was one of those men … who seem almost to suck the eyes out of your head. These rare men are apt to possess three basic attributes – their physical appearance is extraordinary, they have a quality of relaxation, of inner certainty, and they exude a powerful animal magnetism … This man’s name was Ernst Stavro Blofeld and he was born in Gdynia of a Polish father and a Greek mother on May 28th, 1908.” Significantly, this is also the date of Ian Fleming’s birth which, perhaps, indicates an association between the author and his arch-villain.

Estimate: £500-£800

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