You Only Live Twice | Taiwanese Pirate Edition

You Only Live Twice | Taiwanese Pirate Edition. You Only Live Twice. Taiwanese Pirate Edition
You Only Live Twice. Taiwanese Pirate Edition
You Only Live Twice | Taiwanese Pirate Edition. You Only Live Twice. Taiwanese Pirate Edition (rather tasteful binding)
You Only Live Twice. Taiwanese Pirate Edition (rather tasteful binding)
You Only Live Twice | Taiwanese Pirate Edition. Version with dark green binding - see text
Version with dark green binding - see text
You Only Live Twice | Taiwanese Pirate Edition. The dust jacket appears to be an original design
The dust jacket appears to be an original design
You Only Live Twice | Taiwanese Pirate Edition. The text is a straight copy of the UK Cape 1st edition
The text is a straight copy of the UK Cape 1st edition
You Only Live Twice | Taiwanese Pirate Edition. Two different version of the book and jacket have been seen - see text
Two different version of the book and jacket have been seen - see text

12. You Only Live Twice

Author : Ian Fleming
Publisher : Unknown
Format : Hardback
Series : Taiwanese Pirate editions
Edition : Pirate edition
Year : 1965 (first published with this artwork)
Country published : UK
Artwork designer : Unknown

General Notes

Part of the so called “Taiwanese Pirate” series of the Fleming titles. These unofficial copies “borrow” the content and text from UK and US publications (Pan, Cape, Viking, NAL). The dust jacket artwork is a curious mix of elements stolen from the original books and locally designed artwork.

The exact date of publication is unknown as where books have publication dates they represent the books the content was copied from - 1965 is an approximate date for the series.

​Putting together a set of these pirate editions is not an easy task. They were cheap / disposable books in the first place and some of the dust jacket designs makes them difficult to tell apart from original books in adverts on ebay etc. If you have any books in this series not shown or variants of ones shown then please get in touch.


Editions and pricing variants found with this artwork

The dust jacket appears to be an original design. The text is a straight copy of the UK Cape 1st edition

The brown dust jacket (with trimmed edges to the flaps) has been found with the green marbled covers. The dust jacket with the red printing has been found with the book with dark green cloth.

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