29 June 2005
FLEMING, Ian. Live and Let Die. London: Jonathan Cape, 1954.
8o. Original black boards, stamped in gilt; dust jacket (head of spine panel lightly rubbed, otherwise very fine); quarter morocco folding case with onlaid cloth panel.
FIRST EDITION. Ian Fleming's second James Bond novel was well received and met with good reviews. Raymond Chandler (Fleming's literary godfather [see lot **]) provided a blurb for Live and Let Die: "Ian Fleming is probably the most forceful and driving writer of what I suppose still must be called thrillers in England..." A critic of The Times Literary Supplement wrote: "Mr. Ian Fleming is without doubt the most interesting recent recruit among thriller writers. The second adventure of his Secret Service agent...contains passages which for sheer excitement have not been surpassed by any modern writer in this kind."
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