Letter from Ian Fleming to the author and illustrator Nicholas Bentley – SIGNED by Fleming

Letter from Ian Fleming to the author and illustrator Nicholas Bentley – SIGNED by Fleming

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Letter from Ian Fleming to the author and illustrator Nicholas Bentley – SIGNED by Fleming

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A one page letter to author and illustrator Nicholas Bentley, typed on Kemsley House headed notepaper, with Fleming’s own hand for the greeting and farewell. Fleming, who was Foreign Manager at the Kemsley Group of Newspapers, drafted this letter in regard to Bentley’s position as an illustrator and contributor to The Sunday Times. Measures 10 x 8 inches, two folds – near fine condition. The two writers maintained a professional relationship for about a year, and around the time this letter was written, Fleming was finishing the first draft of ‘Casino Royale’. Whilst pressing his publisher for a print run of 10,000 copies, Fleming would cite as an example in support of his claims Nicholas Bentley’s mystery ‘The Tongue-Tied Canary’, which sold 13,000 copies, despite being (according to Fleming) a “very moderate and conventional work” (cf. Gilbert 2012, p.22). Available framed or unframed.

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A one page letter to author and illustrator Nicholas Bentley, typed on Kemsley House headed notepaper, with Fleming’s own hand for the greeting and farewell. Fleming, who was Foreign Manager at the Kemsley Group of Newspapers, drafted this letter in regard to Bentley’s position as an illustrator and contributor to The Sunday Times. Measures 10 x 8 inches, two folds – near fine condition. The two writers maintained a professional relationship for about a year, and around the time this letter was written, Fleming was finishing the first draft of ‘Casino Royale’. Whilst pressing his publisher for a print run of 10,000 copies, Fleming would cite as an example in support of his claims Nicholas Bentley’s mystery ‘The Tongue-Tied Canary’, which sold 13,000 copies, despite being (according to Fleming) a “very moderate and conventional work” (cf. Gilbert 2012, p.22). Available framed or unframed.

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