London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. [True Crime] FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.160. Illustrated with photographs. Publisher's black cloth with white titles to the spine in original dust-jacket illustrated by Denis Piper, priced at 12/6. Contents fine, page edges toned, jacket rubbed at joints, chipped to crown, old tape mend to reverse side, sunned to spine as usual. Very good. Fleming's first non-Bond book, and also his first non-fiction work. Written with the assistance of Diamond expert John Collard, who is noted in the book as 'John Blaize'. Item #54193
Gilbert A15a (1.1).
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