By Ian Fleming
London   Jonathan Cape
7.5" by 5" [14], 15-255, [1pp]
A superb first impression of the eleventh James Bond novel, later made into a film with Sean Connery as Bond. From the library of Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie.
By Ian Fleming

1964 You Only Live Twice

London   Jonathan Cape
7.5" by 5" [14], 15-255, [1pp]
A superb first impression of the eleventh James Bond novel, later made into a film with Sean Connery as Bond. From the library of Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie.
£550.00
: 0.5kgs / : 793P18

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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper

A first edition, first impression of this work, with 'First Published 1964' to the copyright.

In the original unclipped dustwrapper by Richard Chopping.

The eleventh James Bond novel, 'You Only Live Twice' starts eight months after the murder of Tracy Bond, seeing James Bond drinking and gambling heavily, and making mistakes on his assignments. He is sent to Japan on a semi-diplomatic mission, and ends up being challenged by the head of the Japanese Secret Service to kill a mysterious Doctor Guntram Shatterhand.

From the library of Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie, from her library at Julians Park, Hertfordshire. After being widowed at 25, Audrey married the fabulously wealthy American department store heir, Marshall Field III, later divorcing him and marrying the Honorable Peter Pleydell-Bouverie. In 1940 she bought Julians Park and redesigned the interior. Her library was impressive, with many examples of her own bookbinding.

Audrey was an extravagant socialite and renowned beauty, the illegitimate granddaughter of King Edward VII (though she was also rumoured to be his daughter, or the lover of King Edward VIII), featured in the 'Book of Beauty' by Cecil Beaton. She had many high profile friends, such as Winston Churchill, Coco Chanel, Fred Astaire, and Nancy Mitford, a sparkling hostess of the Edwardian period, her hedonistic antics bringing her into the Bright Young Things.

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In the original publisher's cloth binding, in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally, fine. Dustwrapper with some light edge wear, resulting in some small chips and closed tears. A little discolouration and a few marks and spots to the wraps. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.

Fine

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