Diamonds are Forever (Presentation copy)
London: Jonathan Cape, .
London: Jonathan Cape, . First Edition. A Near Fine copy in like first issue dust jacket. Publisher's full black cloth with spine and front board stamped with silver. Jacket in pleasing condition, with only mild rubbing and short tears at the extremities. Textblock tight and complete, with minor foxing to preliminaries and edges.
INSCRIBED TO THE WIFE OF THE DEDICATEE on the front free endpaper: "To Jo Who knows the main characters! From Ian 1956." Jo Bryce's diamond, "Afghanistan," is depicted on the dust jacket for this work, and it was at Ivar and Jo Bryce's Black Hole Hollow Farm in Vermont where Fleming first thought of the plot for Diamonds are Forever.
Lauded as one of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945 by The Times, Ian Fleming sold over thirty million Bond novels within his lifetime. Fleming wrote his fourth Bond novel, Diamonds Are Forever, while at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica after reading an article on diamond smuggling. In this novel, the Bond investigates a diamond smuggling ring in Sierra Leone and traces it to the Spangled Mob, a ruthless American gang run by Jack and Seraffimo Spang. Acting as a diamond smuggler, Bond infiltrates the mob and meets Tiffany Case, a beautiful gang member who assists him in shutting down the ring. The book was well received and later adapted into a film starring Sean Connery. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #3282)