Live and Let Die - Ian Lancaster Fleming 1954 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big - master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition - he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men he has ever faced, and nobody,not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end.

A bright sharp copy of the second Bond novel, the scarce ‘First, First, First’ edition, smartly and appropriately housed in a custom made black morocco leather, felt lined, clamshell case, with gilt lettering to the spine.
  Of the 7,800 first printing first issue jackets, 2,500 where later overprinted with the artist’s credits to the inner flap (First Impression, First Issue, Second State), leaving only 5,300 of this first state jacket. Following this was a second printing (issue) of 2,122 jackets with the text reset incorporating the printed artist credit to the front flap (First Impression, Second Issue). The rear panel text contains either ‘author’sskill’ or ‘author’s skill’ within the final line of the Irish Times review, with no priority established (this copy has ‘author’s skill’). A further printing error occasionally surfaces (i.e. at random), where a small section of purple from the front panel has crept onto the front flap, to the lower edge at the fold (this copy has that error). - Our thanks go to Jon Gilbert for his excellent Bond Bibliography.

References: Gilbert A2a (1.1) Penzler; Fleming’s James Bond. Biondi/Pickard; Firsts Vol 8 No4. Campbell; Fleming- Catalogue of a Collection. Steinbrunner & Penzler; Ency.of Mystery & Detection. Quayle; Detective Fiction. BBA sale 634.

Octavo (19.5 x 13.3 cm). pp. 240. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper-covered boards, titled and decorated in gilt.
  Condition: Near fine, lettering to title reasonably bright, in very good dust jacket, minor wear to corners and spine ends, very light toning to rear panel, 1mm spot of abrasion to top of front panel, short closed tears to spin end folds, one small closed tear to lower corner of front flap.   Ref: 108999   Price: HK$ 200,000