Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. First Edition. Fine / Fine.
First edition, first impression, first state, in Gilbert's Binding A. Publisher's black cloth stamped in gilt with seven Japanese characters to front board, lettered in metallic silver to spine, with bamboo printed endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping featuring a poisonous toad, a dragonfly, and a pink chrysanthemum on a bamboo platform, lettered in black. About fine with only a small white circular stain to front board; in an extremely fine and fresh dust jacket. An exceptional example of the dust jacket, free of any wear or fading. 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.