The Diamond Smugglers by Ian Fleming


First Edition 1957.

Published by Jonathan Cape, London

A very good, close to fine, hard backed copy with very good dust jacket of this 007 James Bond novel. Includes an introduction by ‘Jon Blaize’ formally of the International Diamond Security Organization.


The Diamond Smugglers:

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. Illustrations attributed to Denis Piper.

Black cloth boards in very good condition with minimal signs of shelfwear. Clean end papers. Signature and Johannesburg address plus small booksellers sticker on front end pages. Contents and photos in clean condition. Dust jacket with mild rubbing. Fading on the spine and light chipping 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. 8vo