Live and Let Die.
Ian Fleming

Live and Let Die.

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A seriously scarce example of the second James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, in the true first state dustjacket.

These first state dustjackets  made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. Jonathan Cape, the publisher, created a stamp and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstamped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This rather haphazard solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit.

As such, copies of the first issue in a condition as seen here are incredibly hard to find making these first states all the more desirable to the collector.

First edition, first impression. Publishers original black cloth, titles to upper board and spine. A near fine copy, the binding tight and square, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Near fine lightly rubbed first state dust-jacket, with minor darkening to the flap edges and minor rubbing to the extremities. Presents beautifully.

Published by Jonathan Cape, London, 1954.