Diamonds are Forever


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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.

First edition of Fleming's fourth James Bond thriller, a fast-paced, globe-spanning race through the deadly world of diamond smuggling, in a very nice 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, including "His friends call him 'Boofy'" for "His friends call him 'Dolly'" on page 134. This change marked the only time when Fleming's "little habit of amusing himself by bestowing the names of friends or relatives on characters in his novels" offended the recipient of the author's winking tribute. The columnist Lord Arran, aka Arthur "Boofy" Gore, was deeply offended when Fleming attached his nickname to one of the killers in the book. "This was the only occasion when Fleming is known to have apologized and changed the name of one of his characters in subsequent editions… Fleming revised the name after the proof stage, and the villain is named 'Kidd' instead of 'Gore.' There was one mention of 'Boofy,' however, in the published edition, which was swiftly changed to 'Dolly' for the second impression" (Pearson, 280). Gilbert A4a(1.1). Biondi & Pickard, 42.

Book about-fine with a hint of foxing to text block edges; scarce unrestored dust jacket with a couple of short closed tears and minor creasing, tiny chip to foot of spine, showing none of the fading or toning to spine lettering often seen, near-fine. A lovely copy.

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