London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.
London: Jonathan Cape, .
First edition, first printing (with “First published 1964”.) Small octavo (7 3/8 x 4 7/8 inches; 188 x 124 mm). 255,  pp.
Original full black cloth-patterned paper over boards,. Top board blocked in gilt with Japanese characters (reading "you only live twice"). Spine lettered in silver with silver Cape logo at foot. Light brown wood-grain patterned endpapers. Small tape residue on endpapers. Some foxing to text block edge. Binding slightly skewed. Dust jacket by Richard Chopping, using a wraparound piece of artwork for the first time. Light sunning and small hole to jacket spine. Light foxing to back panel of jacket. Still a near fine copy.
"You only live twice: Once when you are born, and once when you look death in the face." After Basho, Japanese Poet, 1643-94.