Rare Books & Manuscripts

The Diamond Smugglers

Fleming, Ian.
The Diamond Smugglers
With an Introduction by 'John Blaize' formerly of the International Diamond Security Organization.
Jonathan Cape, London, 1957


First edition, first impression, first state with white spine lettering. One of only two non-fiction books published by Fleming, it was written in collaboration with John Collard (under the pseudonym "John Blaize"), the MI5 agent who co-ordinated the elimination of a diamond smuggling racket in West Africa during the mid-1950s, and Sir Percy Sillitoe, the former head of MI5 and founder of IDSO.


Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in white. With the dust jacket.


Engraved frontispiece, 31 black and white photographs, and 3 maps.


Slight lean to spine, small white blemishes to cloth, light spotting to preliminaries and edge of text block; a very good copy in the jacket, spine lightly faded and creased at head and edges

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