Ian Fleming Introduces Jamaica
A particularly tidy copy
First edition, second impression, hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 14.5cm, 240pp.
Ian Fleming spent part of every year at "Goldeneye", his Jamaican house in which he wrote all the James Bond books. He loved Jamaica and used to regret that there was no book on it which he considered worthy. His friend Morris Cargill, the distinguished Jamaican journalist and broadcaster, urged him to write one himself. Ian Fleming had no time, but he offered to plan one with Morris Cargill, and to contribute to it: a book after his own heart, saying all that he wished to say about this lovely place in which he was so happy. After many conversations at "Goldeneye" a 'team' was collected: Ian Fleming to open the book, of course, with an 11pp account of his own relationship with Jamaica and a general picture of the pleasures of living there; Morris Cargill and the novelist John Hearne to fill in the background, historical and human; and ten other writers, either Jamaican or long-term residents in the island, chosen because of their special knowledge of and enthusiasm for various aspects of it. This team has produced a book which covers many things:the island's history, its people, its politics, its religions and dialects, its natural history, its birds, its painters and writers, its archives, its stamps, and the delights of skin-diving in its waters and eating its food. Fleming died in 1964 and did not see the completion of this book.
This copy is in exceptionally clean condition. There is a little discoloration to the endpapers and the book has a light musty smell but otherwise appears unread. The dustwrapper has very minor crinkling to the head of the spine but has not been price-clipped (42s).