London: Jonathan Cape, 1954
First edition. First impression, in the unclipped, first issue dust jacket. A near fine copy in like jacket. A tight, solid volume. A little bump to one of the corners of the boards. The gilt bright and unfaded. Booksellers ticket to the front pastedown. Faint blemish to the top edge of the outer text block, not affecting the contents. Very slight edge wear and chipping to the jacket, as well as a bit of toning and rubbing to the rear panel. A touch of damp stain to the verso, not apparent to the front. An uncommonly sharp example overall. Housed in custom box in calfskin leather over marbled boards. Scarce in the first issue, particularly in such nice condition. Adapted to film almost two decades later, Live and Let Die was written at Fleming’s Goldeneye estate before the publication of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale.