Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first impression with "Boofy" on p. 134, line 26, in Gilbert's Binding A (no priority determined). Publisher's black cloth, ruled in blind with a repeating diamond pattern, stamped in silver with a diamond motif to front board, lettered in silver to spine, plain white endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Pat Marriott, featuring Tiffany Case, dressed in a black dress and wearing a large pear-shaped diamond pendant, over a black background. Fine book; very good or better unclipped dust jacket, with light rubbing and soiling to panels, light chipping to spine ends, a couple of small closed tears to top edge of rear panel, and lightly nicked corners. Overall, an attractive and tight copy. Gilbert A4a (1.1). Diamonds are Forever follows British Secret Service agent James Bond from Sierra Leone to the United States in an attempt to thwart an illegal diamond smuggling trade. Although he was an English citizen, Fleming's "familiarity with many aspects of American life, shiny and shady, gives cold actuality to the most exciting and ingenious story he has written." It was adapted into a film of the same name starring Sean Connery as Bond in 1971. Notably, Fleming's background research for this novel, specifically the interviews he conducted with the International Diamond Security Organization, ultimately formed the basis for his later non-fiction work The Diamond Smugglers.