"DEATH IS FOREVER. BUT SO ARE DIAMONDS"
FLEMING, Ian. Diamonds Are Forever. London: Jonathan Cape, (1956). Octavo, original black paper boards, original dust jacket.Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $11,000.
First edition of Fleming's fourth James Bond thriller, a fast-paced, globe-spanning race through the deadly world of diamond smuggling. A lovely copy in unrestored original dust jacket.
"In the 1950s, the mystique of America as a land of wealth and excitement held great sway in a Britain still in the grips of austerity" (Black, 25), and this mystique influenced Fleming's fourth Bond thriller, in which the super-spy visits the States to battle diamond-smuggling gangsters. Made into the 1971 film of the same title starring Sean Connery as Bond and Jill St. John as Tiffany Case. With all first-issue points as called for in Gilbert. Gilbert A4a(1.1). Biondi & Pickard, 42.
Book fine with faint foxing to fore-edge and endpapers, bright unrestored dust jacket with only minor toning to edges. A very nearly fine copy.