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A first edition of Ian Fleming’s 'From Russia With Love', priced at £30,000 from John Atkinson.

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This first edition of Ian Fleming’s 007 novel From Russia With Love is signed and inscribed to Una Trueblood – Fleming’s secretary and real-life Miss Moneypenny.

The book, priced at £30,000 from specialist dealer John Atkinson, is inscribed on the front endpaper: To Una/Who will at last/get to the end!/from/Ian Fleming.

Known as a ‘demon typist’, Trueblood worked for over 10 years as Fleming’s secretary at The Sunday Times, typing the manuscripts of his Bond novels on his return from Jamaica each year.

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The inscription to the first edition of Ian Fleming’s 'From Russia With Love', priced at £30,000 from John Atkinson.

She also gave her name to Mary Trueblood, a character in Doctor No, and once remarked that Fleming wrote his first novel Casino Royale because he was on the plane to Jamaica and “read such a bad, boring thriller that he thought he could do better himself”.

The book is one of several inscribed first edition 007 novels from Trueblood’s collection for sale at John Atkinson.

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