Chopping, Richard. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. 1st Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing of the fourteenth and final book in the James Bond series. Publisher's dark gray cloth with metallic silver lettering, light gray endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping, with an illustration of a conch shell covered in flies and venomous stone fish to the front panel, black lettering, photograph of Fleming by Horst Tappe to the rear panel. Book fine; unclipped dust jacket, fine, bright and fresh. A beautiful copy. Gilbert A14a (1.1). A collection of short stories, Octopussy and the Living Daylights was published posthumously by Jonathan Cape and includes the two title stories "Octopussy" and "The Living Daylights," which were written for "a further collection which he had planned to publish." Subsequent editions also included "The Property of a Lady" and "007 in New York." Like many of the other 007 James Bond novels, Octopussy's dust jacket bears the artwork of Richard Chopping. However, this jacket represents the artist's unrestrained illustration which included "a larger number of his favoured flies… than before;" Fleming had devised the dust jackets for his first four Bond novels and remained involved in the design process even after Richard Chopping took over as illustrator. Interestingly, the film adaptations of these stories did not feature the same actor playing James Bond; Octopussy, starring Roger Moore, was followed by A View to a Kill and then by The Living Daylights, which introduced Timothy Dalton.