Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First impression, second issue, with the price sticker showing as 16s covering the original price. Publisher's dark gray cloth lettered in silver to front board and spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping with an illustration of a conch shell covered in flies and an exotic fish lying beneath. A fine copy with a bright, clean text block; in a fine dust jacket, free of wear. A beautiful copy. Gilbert A14a (1.3). 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.