London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. [True Crime] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.160. Illustrated with photographs. Publisher's black cloth with titles to the spine in bronze. A clean ex-library copy without jacket. 'Withdrawn' stamp to flyleaf, discreet shelf number to foot of p.6, no library marks to title page, gilt to binding tarnished as usual. A scarce issue, being bound in the rarer of the two bindings (the other using a higher quality cloth with white lettering). 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 #58813
Gilbert A15a (1.2).
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