As I mentioned last week I had two visits lined up and to quote Hannibal Smith “I love it when a plan comes together” There were no hold ups to speak of on the motorways, the weather was great and the company most acceptable
The first ‘port of call’ to use an appropriate idiom was Milford-on-Sea to visit Gordon and Chrissie Young who we last met 20 months ago at PAN’s 70th Birthday bash in London. Gordon was first mate on the Laloun back in 1947 bringing books over from France where they were printed due to a UK paper shortage. If you haven’t already done so click HERE to read the first part of his story.
Below is our camper parked up for the night on Gordon’s drive.
The intention of this visit was to catch up on his time at PAN as Export Manager and although we touched on it a few times we were too busy touring around the coastal villages, enjoying a very nice meal in a quite Lymington location and tucking in to Gordon’s five star breakfast.
Gordon showed me an album of post cards that were drawn by Charles Clixby Watson and sent to him every time he got a new assignment overseas. Here is the one he was received when he went to Africa.
After saying “Goodbye” to Gordon and Chrissie and promising to meet up again soon we headed north to Basingstoke where we met up with Alysoun at the PAN Macmillan Archives.
Alysoun had kindly retrieved my one missing title so I could convince myself yet again it does exist in spite of all my searching. She also got out the print record, incorrectly listed as Piccolo which didn’t come into being until 1971, to show there were 40,000 copies of the first print run numbered X705 while only 15,000 of a second printing with a SBN so how come that’s the one I managed to find?
Alysoun had also got out artwork, a lot more printing records especially for all the Bond titles, order sheets and several photographs from 1964 showing the PAN Macmillan warehouse in Basingstoke. You can see the vans with the name on the side and if you look carefully in the packing department there is a copy of ‘The Case of the Sunbather’s Diary’ lying on the table bottom middle.
I would like to say a very big “Thank You” to Gordon, Chrisse and Alysoun for taking the time and trouble to humour an old man when I’m sure they had much better things to do (and my wife for indulging me)
PS More bits and pieces from the visits will appear in later blogs.
I was attracted to your blog with the mention of Charles Clixby Watson. I was looking for some of his artwork for my mother who happens to be his first cousin. She is 102 years old now but still talks about Charlie. It seems Gordon was a good friend of his and I would love to hear more about him. Thanks. Jackie
Hi Jackie, Many thanks for getting in touch. I do like to get coments and I am answering yours in a direct email initially. Cheers, Tim
Hi Tim, Will Macmillan allow you to do your own research in their archive, there must be so much stuff you would like to unearth? I do like the warehouse picture, it takes me back to my own book warehouse days.
Hi Fred, I think I would really have to plead my case to get access. Everything is stored away in sealed boxes but I mentioned to Alysoun what I was interested in before I went so she had got those out. What they hadn’t got, surprisingly was a copy of any of the ‘PAN Record’ magazines so I gave her one of my duplicates. Even more surprising;y was that they hadn’t got a copy of ‘Casino Royale’ so in a mad moment I sent them a 1st edition 1st printing from 1955!!!! Cheers, Tim