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Live and Let Die.

Published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1954

Stock code: 96740

Price: £15,000

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First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstepped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This slightly amateurish solution was swiftly abandoned and the jacket was reset and reprinted to include the Lewis credit. Copies of the first impression exist with all three states though we note that the third state dust jacket may readily be found on reprints and must be regarded with some suspicion. What remains palpable is that copies of the first issue in such condition as the present example are increasingly hard to find.

Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine and roundel to front board gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Spine gently rolled, a little foxing to edges. An excellent copy in the bright jacket that has some minor nicks to extremities.

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