Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang - The Magical Car - Adventure Number 1 -
Ian Lancaster Fleming
1964 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
The very scarce first edition first printing, without publishers dust jacket.
Written by Fleming for his son Caspar, with illustrations by John Burningham.
Fleming took his inspiration for the car from a series of aero-engined racing cars built by Count Louis Zborowski in the early 1920s at Higham Park, christened "Chitty Bang Bang". Fleming had known Higham Park as a guest of its later owner, Walter Wigham, chairman of Robert Fleming & Co.
This is the first of three adventures, published between 1964 and 1965.