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LOT 3007
LOT 3007
FLEMING, Ian. From Russia With Love. London: Pan Books Ltd, 1963. Reprint, signed by Ian Fleming, 8vo (178 x 114mm.) (Browning to margins.) Original card covers (some wear to base of spine, crease to lower cover, textblock at p.158 slightly cracked, minor corner creasing). Note: the vendor's father was Kenneth Risbridger, green-keeper at the Royal St. George golf club in Sandwich, Kent. Ian Fleming was a keen golfer. He had a holiday home near the course and was a committee member of the Royal St. George. Aged thirteen, the vendor bought this paperback book, and asked Fleming to sign it. Fleming had always been friendly and would take him out in his sports car. He remembers how Fleming would stop at the 12th hole of the course because the beer hut was nearby. He would miss the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes, but would rejoin the course at the 16th. On 11th August 1964 Fleming was attending a meeting at the club, and was due to be elected captain and this was also the day that Kenneth Risbridger's son, John, asked Fleming to sign this paperback. Fleming died of a heart attack the following day and so the vendor believes that this is the last book that Fleming signed. Provenance: John Risbridger (signed by the author on the title-page).
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