"When I think how you fought against
my suggestion that I should toss your firm double or quits
for the author's copies of CASINO, I wonder you are not
ashamed to accept those eight copies!
There is something mysterious about the way the law of
average was set at naught in the office of Michael Howard,
and the next time I come over to your gambling rooms in
Bedford Square I shall bring my own coin".
Double or Quits
The letter proves that Ian Fleming gambled away his eight
copies in an attempt to double his quota sent to him by
Michael Howard, who is referred to in the letter, was the
son of George Wren Howard, and was appointed to the Jonathan
Cape board in 1950 to create a more aggressive marketing
strategy and to select more modern and innovative authors.
Right: The letter Ian Fleming wrote to
publisher Jonathan Cape in October 1953.