The Diamond Smugglers:
Book: Black cloth boards in fine condition with no signs of shelfwear. White lettering on the spine. White end papers. Copyright page states First Edition 1957. Signature and Johannesburg address plus small booksellers sticker on front end pages. Contents and photos are all in clean and tidy condition.
Dust jacket: Dust jacket has bright orange colours wrapped across the front and back of the covers. Illustrations attributed to Denis Piper. Fading on the spine and tiny chips on spine ends and corners. Rear of the cover has three reviews of Ian Fleming’s works. Front flap has summary of the Diamond Smugglers. Unclipped 12s 6d net stated on the flap. Back flap has reviews of From Russia with Love. Cartoon by Bob Connolly facing the title page. The jacket is protected by a clear film.
The Diamond Smugglers is a non-fiction work based on two weeks of interviews with John Collard who was a member of the International Diamond Security Organisation (IDSO). The initial interviews were published in The Sunday Times in 1957 and Fleming developed them for this book publication. The IDSO was established by the ex-chief of MI5, Sir Percy Sillitoe, to fight against the prolific smuggling of diamonds from Africa. The Diamond Smugglers is a valuable addition to an Ian Fleming collection of books.