One of the scarce cased copies.
Plomer, William (Ian Fleming Interest) ~ Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great : Signed By William Plomer : Association Copy
Westerham Press : 1964
The sole UK Printing. which was privately printed at the Westerham Press in 1964. The BOOK is in near Fine condition and is only one of the limited 50 hardcover copies issued. Original black boards, titles to label to front board in black. The book is in lovely condition with just a hint of toning to the page edges and the slightest of pushing at the spine ends. The book has been Inscribed and initialled by William Plomer to John Morris on the title page. Protected in a loose Mylar archive cover. An address given at the memorial for Ian Fleming, by the South African poet and novelist William Plomer. Plomer was a close friend of Fleming, his trusted Editor-in-chief and had been a publisher's reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937. He was instrumental in the publication of Fleming's work and was the very first reader of the James Bond debut 'Casino Royale’. He was also the dedicatee of Goldfinger (Gilbert p. 596). John Morris and William Plomer were close friends and had worked together over the years on many projects and Plomer often addressed himself as ‘W.P.’ to Morris. The recipient, Major Charles John Morris CBE, known as John, was a British mountaineer, anthropologist and journalist, and controller of 'BBC Radio's Third Programme’. From February 1943 to October 1943. He worked in the same department as George Orwell, at 200 Oxford Street. He wrote an article about Orwell, 'Some are more equal than others' for 'Penguin New Writing Number 40', September 1950 which was reprinted in 'Orwell Remembered 'with the title 'That Curiously Crucified Expression'. The Poet Laureate Stephen Spender described Morris in his Journals as: 'A not very daring promoter of the cause of culture, cruelly teased by his friend E.M. Forster, who referred to him as 'the pudding’'. Morris was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1957 and appeared as a 'castaway' on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 16 February 1959. Highly collectible with such attributes.
CONDITION: Near Fine