Diamonds Are Forever - First Print, Signet Books: 1961
This is an absolutely stunning book - in what appears to be a totally unread condition. This 1961 first print of Diamonds Are Forever is the last of the so-called 'early Signets', and the first to feature the 'James Bond Thriller' design that Signet would then use as its template to redesign and republish its earlier Bond titles in the same format. Seeing really is believing. This is as near perfect as is possible. The book has not been opened out fully at all - amazing for a 60 year old book. The pictures show it as wide as I've dared to open it. There is compete resistance to it being opened any wider. Completely clean and as bright as the day it was published, this is an utter rarity, and a true find for Signet first print collectors. A tiny fold shows on the lower right corner of the front of the book, but that is all. A remarkable find.