Mary Wickham Bond papers on the "real" James Bond, 1907-1997.


Mary Wickham Bond papers on the "real" James Bond, 1907-1997.

This is a collection of materials related to the ornithologist James Bond. The collection consists of Mary Wickham Bond's collection of information regarding her husband, her own works on the writing, publishing and promoting of her books about her husband, and David Contosta's writings about her husband. The collection contains James Bond's ornithological writings, newspaper clippings regarding his career and awards he received, correspondence, and photographs, including a photograph of James Bond meeting Ian Fleming. The collection also contains Mary Wickham Bond's correspondence with editors, publishers, fans, students, historians, collectors of Bondiana, and with Ian Fleming's secretary. Manuscripts by Mary Bond include a published copy and advance proofs of How 007 Got His Name; and publisher's proofs of To James Bond with Love. There is an audio tape of Mary Bond being interviewed by the BBC in 1966, and four scrapbooks compiled by Mary Bond relating to the fictional James Bond, James Bond's work as an ornithologist, Mary Bond's published works and her articles in local newspapers and newsletters, the awarding of the Leidy medal to James Bond, and the death of James Bond. The David Contosta papers include a manuscript of and clippings on The Private Life of James Bond, which was written by Contosta, a friend of the Bonds.

1.25 linear feet

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Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department (corporateBody)

Bond, James, 1900-1989 (person)

Contosta, David R. (person)

Bond, Mary Wickham (person)

James Bond (1900-1989) was a leading American ornithologist. He was born on January 4, 1900 in Philadelphia. He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire; Harrow School in England; and Cambridge University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in 1922. In 1925, Bond began working for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, eventually rising to the position of Curator of Birds. He was an expert in Caribbean birds and wrote the definitive book on the subject, Birds of the We...