Chopping, Richard. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First impression, second state ("First published March 1964" to copyright page), binding B. Publisher's dark gray cloth (Gilbert's A cloth) stamped to front board in gilt with seven Japanese characters, lettered in silver to spine, bamboo-patterned endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping with an illustration of a poisonous toad and a dragonfly beneath a pink chrysanthemum on a bamboo platform. About fine with just a touch of darkening to some of the gilt to front board; in a very good or better dust jacket, uncipped with some light rubbing to extremities and a couple of tiny nicks to top edge near folds, else very bright and clean. Gilbert A12a (1.4). You Only Live Twice is "perhaps the most bizarre and doom-fraught of all James Bond's adventures." It is the final installation in the trilogy featuring the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leader of the spy organization SPECTRE. After Blofeld murders Bond's young bride in the preceding On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), M throws the disheartened 007 into what seems like an impossible mission in Japan where he will once again encounter his nemesis. You Only Live Twice is the last Bond novel to be published during the author's lifetime.