First impression, first issue of the 2nd James Bond novel, a lovely copy in the rare first-state dust jacket.
About fine in near-fine jacket.
"I think there are plenty of bullets left in Bond's gun." – Ian Fleming to his publisher, 1954
LIVE AND LET DIE was the second Bond book but the first to be banned (by the Republic of Ireland), which naturally led to higher sales. Its polarized reception would become characteristic of the series, with those decrying the latest installment facing those who admitted helplessness in the face of the fast-paced intrigue and violence that Fleming so skillfully composed. As an early Bond novel, its first issue print run was significantly smaller than later books in the series: fewer than 5300 copies, with only a portion of those including the first-state dust jacket as here. Increasingly difficult to find in this condition.
Read more: Gilbert, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, A2a 1.1; Lycett, Ian Fleming.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1954). 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original black cloth, gilt-stamped central coin vignette on front board, gilt-lettered spine. In original unclipped (10s. 6d. net) magenta dust jacket with yellow letterforms, no artist's credit on front flap. 240 pages. Barest trace of marginal toning and bits of faint foxing, else beautiful, with no bumps to extremities. Jacket with a couple shallow nicks, touch of rubbing to corners and spine ends, uniform light toning to rear panel: really stunning overall.
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