11 October 2002
FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball. London: Jonathan Cape, 1961.
8o. Original black boards, stamped in blind and gilt; pictorial dust jacket after a design by Richard Chopping. Provenance: Richard Chopping (presentation inscription, and his signature on lower flap of dust jacket).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY FLEMING TO THE DESIGNER OF THE DUST JACKET, RICHARD CHOPPING on the front free endpaper: "To Dickie Who made this book! from Ian Fleming."
Fleming and Chopping corresponed weekly over the details of the dust jacket design. (See also lots 97 and 103). Thunderball was the source of much frustration for Fleming: he had neglected to credit Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham, with whom he had collaborated on the writing of the screenplay, and they brought suit against him and Ivar Bryce, part-owner of the script. After ten days battling in court, they negotiated a settlement. Fleming gave up his share of the film rights to McClory, and McClory disclaimed any interest in the novel, and received a large settlement.
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