London, South Kensington
28 May 1999
FLEMING, Ian. Goldfinger, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1959. 8, map (first few leaves very lightly spotted), original black cloth with skull stamped in gilt and blind on upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket (torn with slight loss, stained).
PRESENTATION COPY, the front free endpaper inscribed, 'To Nick, [?]fair exchange for all he has suffered at my hands, from Ian.' 'Nick' was Wing Commander H. D. Nicholson, Secretary of the Royal St. George's Golf Club, Sandwich ('St. Mark's' in Goldfinger), and Ian Fleming's occasional golfing partner. Their friendship resulted in Fleming accepting the invitation to be godfather to Nick's daughter, Sally, the vendor of the present copy.
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