Chopping, Richard. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First impression, first state ("First published 1964" to copyright page), binding A. Publisher's black cloth (Gilbert's C 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. Near fine with a touch of darkening to a few of the gilt stamps on front board, light toning to page edges, contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper; in a near fine dust jacket, unclipped with very light wear to extremities, a faint gray mark to rear panel, one crease to the bottom corner of the front flap, else very bright. Gilbert A12a (1.1). 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.