The present series of Fleming novels are inscribed to Josephine Hartford Bryce and her husband Ivar Bryce, often cited as one of the primary models for James Bond. Fleming named the character Felix Leiter, Bond’s friend and CIA operative, in part after Ivar Bryce, whose middle name was Felix. In 1950, Ivar Bryce married Josephine Hartford; they spent their summers at Black Hole Hollow Farm in Vermont, where Fleming was frequently a guest. He spent summers there hiking and plotting his Bond novels. Fleming first conceived the plot for Diamonds are Forever at the farm, and the primary setting of For Your Eyes Only, Echo Park in Vermont, is based on the farm. This exceptional series of association copies comes from the Estate of Nuala O’Donnell Pell, Jo Bryce's daughter from an earlier marriage, and the wife of Senator Claiborne Pell.
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF NUALA O'DONNELL PELL