Hard Cover. London: Jonathan Cape, 1966. First Edition. Near Fine / Very Good.
First edition, first impression, first issue with "44" in mixed bold and regular type on p. 61, line 3, in Gilbert's Binding A. Publisher's dark brown cloth, lettered in silver to front board and spine, gray marble-patterned endpapers; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping featuring an illustration of a conch shell covered with flies and an exotic fish, photo of Fleming taken by Horst Tappe to rear panel. Very good book, with a tiny indentation to rear joint, top corner of front free endpaper clipped, very faint dampstaining to bottom edges of pp. 29 - 62 (no dampstaining at all to a few of these pages), and a bit of red staining to top edge of rear free endpaper; very good unclipped dust jacket with small closed tears to upper right corner of front panel and head of spine, light wear to spine ends including a small chip to head of spine, corners lightly nicked, a touch of red staining to rear jacket flap, light dampstaining to jacket verso, and minor clear-tape reinforcement to jacket verso. Overall, a solid copy that presents well. Gilbert A14a (1.1). 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.