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INSCRIBED BY FLEMING’S CO-WRITER The Diamond Smugglers

Ian Fleming - ‘John Blaize’ - John Collard
First edition, first state inscribed with gratitude to South African friends who had supported Fleming’s co-writer John Collard - credited as ‘Jo… Read more
Published in 1957 by Jonathan Cape.
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First edition, first state inscribed with gratitude to South African friends who had supported Fleming’s co-writer John Collard - credited as ‘John Blaize’ in the book - with the creation of the work. Blaize has written on the flyleaf: ‘Gene and Myrtle. Sorry this is not the original but I did appreciate your encouragement! With best wishes to you both. John (”Blaize”). Dec. 57.’ Previously John Collard had worked for the International Diamond Security Organisation (IDSO) and assumed the alias ‘John Blaize’ in order to document their work, but without the consent of De Beers. Collard’s manuscript was developed by Ian Fleming during April 1957 and as Fleming himself said ‘it was a good story until all the possible libel was cut out’ following legal action by De Beers. It is this process, prompted by De Beers’ legal objections that Collard refers to in his inscription.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Black cloth binding with white spine lettering; square with sharp corners. Blaize/ Collard’s inscription appears on the flyleaf. Residue of tape used to protect the jacket on the front and rear pastedowns. Opposite the half title the ink stamp of ‘E C Burton.. Johannesburg’ - presumably the bookseller. The jacket is in good condition, not price-clipped. Bearing similar tape marks to those on the pastedowns. A little rubbed to edges and corners. Gilber A15a 1.1


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Publisher Jonathan Cape
Date published 1957
Subject 1 Book
First edition Yes
Dust jacket Yes
Signed Yes
Product code 8626


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