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Live and Let Die

Fleming, Ian.
Live and Let Die
Jonathan Cape, London, 1954


First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Philip who stopped the Knave rubbing the Queen! From The Author 1954". The recipient was Fleming's old friend from Eton, Phillip Brownrigg. It was through Brownrigg, a senior executive at the diamond merchant De Beers, that Fleming gained access to a number of contacts connected to the illicit diamond trade, including former head of MI5 Peter Sillitoe, who assisted with his research for Diamonds are Forever (1956) and the non-fiction work The Diamond Smugglers (1957).


Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and roundel to front cover in gilt. With the first issue dust jacket. Housed in a custom blue half morocco box, spine lettered in gilt, blue cloth sides.


Slight lean to spine, very faint foxing to endpapers, light spotting and very minor stain to top edge. A very good copy in the very good jacket, lightly chipped and creased at extremities, crease to front panel, minor toning and foxing to rear panel.

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