Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die
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Live and Let Die

Author
Ian Fleming
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$25,000.00
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London: Jonathan Cape, 1954

First edition. The first in impression, issue, and state, with all requisite points present. A tight, solid volume. The boards crisp and just about fine, only with a slight bump to one of the corners.  Edward IV gold coin on the front board and the lettering on the spine both in bright, unfaded gilt. A small booksellers ticket to the front pastedown (from Johannesburg). A little trace of damp stain to the top edge of the outer text block, not affecting the inside. The contents remarkably clean and bright, only with the faintest toning. An all but fine copy. A superior example of the magenta dust jacket as well - very good to near fine. Unclipped (10s 6d) and without credit to the artist, as called for in the first state. Minor edge wear and chipping to the extremities, and a bit of toning and rubbing to the rear panel. A small touch of damp staining to the verso, not affecting the front. Overall an outstanding example, rare in the original jacket and in such nice condition. Housed in a custom box with oxblood calfskin leather over marbled boards. 

Adapted to film almost two decades later, Live and Let Die was written at Ian Fleming's Goldeneye estate before the publication of Casino Royale - before the world was introduced to James Bond. 17th Century gold coins, treasures from a shipwreck off Jamaica, have been smuggled into America. Bond is to investigate and halt “Mr Big,” a Harlem gangster who controls his minions with Voodoo. Scarily, Mr Big is ultimately an agent of SMERSH, Soviet counter intelligence, and the stolen gold is being used to finance espionage operations against the United States.

The thriller reflects the complicated geo-political and social landscape of the time, all with a constant backdrop of a perceived Soviet threat.