London: HMSO, 1954. [Travel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm). Hardback in pictorial wrapper. With colour frontispiece, fold-out colour map to rear, numerous photographic plates, illustrated endpapers. Slightly dusty and a trifle handled, jacket chipped at extremities; very good. An important source book used by James Bond author Ian Fleming, whilst researching his 007 novel 'Diamonds Are Forever' and his factual work 'The Diamond Smugglers', both of which concern gemstone mining in Sierra Leone. Journalist and travel writer Roy Lewis worked for the Statist, The Economist, and from 1961 was a features writer at The Times, where he was a colleague of Fleming. He also wrote novels, and apart from the 'Sierra Leone' volume, his non-fiction includes 'Shall I Emigrate?' (1948) and 'The British In Africa' (1971). He was a life-long bookman, and, like Ian Fleming, owned a small private press, the Keepsake Press; Fleming ran the Queen Anne Press. Item #52961
Gilbert, section L, p.626. See also 'The Life of Ian Fleming' (John Pearson, 1966), p291. 'KKBB' Magazine, Issue 2, 2005.
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