Typed letter signed to Eileen Cond.
Typed letter signed to Eileen Cons.
London, 5 December 1957
Fleming writes to this "most faithful follower" of his fortunes: "I well remember my pleasure at getting your letter shortly after 'Casino Royale' was published. It was my first fan letter from a member of the public!... here, with my very best wishes, is your bookplate for 'The Diamond Smugglers'." Eileen Cond was a book collector who sent out her bookplate to her favourite authors, many of whom signed and returned them to her. Cond's copy of The Diamond Smugglers, which was published a month prior to this letter, was sold at Heritage Auctions in 2008; Fleming inscribed the bookplate "To Eileen Cond - the faithful one - from Ian Fleming, 1957".
Single sheet (204 x 127 mm), letterhead of Kemsley House, London, W.C.1., with recipient's name handwritten, addressed to: Miss Eileen Cond, Stream Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon.
Lightly creased where folded, tiny closed tear to lower right-hand tip, in excellent condition.
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