Chopping, Richard. Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. First Edition. Very Good / dust jacket Included.
First edition, first impression, first state with "First Published in 1964" to copyright page, binding A. Publisher's black cloth stamped to front board in gilt with seven Japanese characters running vertically down the left-hand side of the board, lettered in silver to spine, bamboo-patterned endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping and featuring an illustration of a poisonous toad, a dragonfly, and a pink chrysanthemum on a bamboo platform. A very good copy with some spotting to text block edges and offsetting to endpapers; in a very good dust jacket, price-clipped and with some rubbing to extremities, one short closed tear to upper rear fold at the outer edge. Overall, a nice copy. 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.