Diamonds Are Forever 1st/1st
Jonathan Cape. 1956 (257 pages): 1st/1st. An intriguing binding with yellow boards and a front cover 'ex-libris' (from the library of) stamp. There are no other clues internally to determine where this book came from, making it an enigmatic example to say the least. Endpapers do not look different to the rest of the book. Is it an early presentation copy or an unknown advance variant binding? It's hard to know with any clarity. The book has trimmed top and bottom pages, making it smaller than a standard Cape, but taller than a Boots Library advance variant binding. Internally the pages are bright, and clean and creamy white, and are free of all marks and other blemishes. The page block shows only mild tanning. A fascinating example of a very rare book, with an added history likely to be as mysterious as the plot of this book itself!