You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming, First Edition, in Original Dust Jacket, 1964

Fleming, Ian, You Only Live Twice. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. First edition, first state, octavo. Original dust jacket with custom slipcase.

Offered is Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel, You Only Live Twice. The book was published by Jonathan Cape out of London with the stated “first published 1964” on the edition page, denoting it as a first state rather than second state (which would have “March 1964” on edition page). The book was the last Bond novel to be published during Ian Fleming’s lifetime.

Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was an intelligence officer, journalist, and creator of the fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond. Beginning in 1939, he served as a liaison between the Navy and the other secret services, where he was privy to the highest levels of intelligence and became known for his creativity in planning operations, work that inspired his later novels. After the war, Fleming became a journalist and in 1953 published his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. It was a success, and Fleming wrote a new book each year until his untimely death in 1964.


Overall very good condition for age and use. Some light toning, but otherwise quite internally clean. Presented with original dust jacket and a custom slipcase. Dust jacket has some creasing at spine, clipped corners, and scattered foxing but still retains bright coloring. Archival slipcase includes a gilt inset Bond design on front.

Dimensions (with slipcase): 8" H x 5.5" W x 1.5" D

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