If you are collector of PAN X James Bond First Edition paperbacks your collection is not complete without this extremely rare variant of Ian Flemings You Only Live Twice.

The first edition PAN X434 was published in the UK in 1965 with a cover by Raymond Hawkey. The copies are renowned for their shiny cover which may have been laminated, the finish of this edition varied from subsequent editions PAN published in the series. The books were printed "Not for sale in the in the UK" on the back, there were 250,000 copies printed in July 1965.

The second edition of PAN X434 was printed in 1966 and the 250,000 shipped with a movie tie-in cover replacing the Hawkey scorpion and pearl cover. PAN Books however had remaining stock of the first edition printed in 1965 with the Hawkey cover and applied a wrap of the movie tie-in edition of 1966.

There is no record as to how many of these variants were shipped by PAN, there have been replicas of the book available via questionable online market places in the past. The majority of the authentic variant discovered over the years have been found in Australia.

This a good unread copy, has tanned pages and foxing. The foxing is on the inside of the cover and first page, first page has a vertical tanning section where the wrap faces, this tanning supports the authenticity of this being the actual book shipped with the wrapper and not swapped out for another book, additionally there is a remains clipping to the front cover. The back cover has foxing inside and outside the cover, there is slight foxing to the last promotional page.There are no markings or inscriptions.

The movie tie-in wrap is complete and intact, there is a small section where the photographic image has been rubbed away on the front, there are some small pin hole perforations and minor holes on the folds of the wrap, there are some small tears and wears to the edges and other minor wear. Colours in wrap show slight fading. Inside of the wrap shows some slight discolouration/foxing. There are no markings or inscriptions to the wrap.


We are currently fitting this book with the appropriate protective jacket and will add images of the book in jacket once completed. 


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Lavercombes Commentari


If the PAN OHMSS First edition with no pircing is considered the unicorn of the PAN series this variant is the double-horned unicorn.

You Only Live Twice - Rare Movie Tie-In Wrap

  • Author

    Fleming, Ian

  • Publisher

    Pan Books

  • Place


  • Edition

    First Printing

  • Date


  • Condition

    Good +

  • Binding

    Paperback with Movie Tie-In Wrap

  • Attributes


  • Shipping

    For Secure Carriage and Insurance, this item will ship as Large Book Item within Australia.

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