You Only Live Twice. (a James Bond novel). Ian Lancaster FLEMING.
You Only Live Twice. (a James Bond novel)
You Only Live Twice. (a James Bond novel)
You Only Live Twice. (a James Bond novel)

You Only Live Twice. (a James Bond novel)

London: Jonathan Cape, 1964 [actually issued late 1963]. [Thriller] An UNCORRECTED PROOF copy of the first edition, in proof-only jacket. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.256. Printed green wraps. One of just 500 copies. Jacket shows minor variations to blurb on the rear flap over the published book, a change to copyright details and two rubber stamps noting 'probable publication' date and 'proof only'. This is the rare of two variants noted in the bibliography, the other with typed proof details rather than 'a few copies' with purple ink stamps (as present copy). Some trivial handling but essentially a lovely fine copy, preserved in custom-made green leather-spined clamshell box.Joints slightly rubbed, minor mark to fore-edge, jacket trimmed slightly oversized to book dimensions. Near fine. Housed in a custom chemise with ribbon pull, within a glit-lettered blue morocco-backed slipcase. The proof copy features numerous typographical (rather than textual) mistakes which were corrected in the published book. From the collection of Dr Martin Schøyen (b.1940), whose renowned archive of world heritage manuscripts covers a wide variety of subjects, eras and civilizations. Much of the Schøyen Bond material was sourced by the award-winning Ian Fleming bibliographer Jon Gilbert. A detailed hardcover catalogue is available separately. Item #61934

Gilbert A12a. The Schøyen Collection No.90 (neat booklabel present).

Price: £4,750.00

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