Lot 41

FLEMING, Ian (1908-64).  The Diamond Smugglers. With an Introduction by ‘John Blaize’. London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. 8vo. Half title, frontispiece cartoon by Bob Connolly, half tone illustrations. Original black cloth, spine lettered in white, dust-jacket with price of 12s. unclipped (the jacket with some chipping and light staining). Provenance: THOMAS BLOFELD (armorial bookplate). FIRST EDITION. The fine armorial bookplate of Thomas Blofeld was designed by Sir Henry John Fanshawe Badeley (1874-1951), who was responsible for the design of many bookplates for the Royal Family and members of the Peerage. With 5 other books, namely the same author’s From Russia, with Love (London, 1957, reprint, original cloth, without the dust-jacket), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Magical Car (London, 1964), Peter Fleming’s [Ian’s brother] A Story to Tell and Other Tales (London, February 1942, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, “Peter Fleming (scripsit), Nettlebed 1946”), Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal (London, 1971), and John Gardner’s Licence Renewed (London, 1981), all FIRST EDITIONS IN DUST-JACKETS. "What more can one say about Ian Fleming? I knew him slightly and had that memorable lunch with him at Goldeneye when I met Noel Coward. These books have my father's bookplates. He and Fleming had been at Eton together and my father, Tom, was the 'sinister' prototype for Ernst Stavro! But he didn't have a white pussy!" (H.B.). (6)

Estimate: £200-£300

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