Chopping’s next work, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service proved to be troublesome for the artist because he felt that perspective was not his strong point. This edition was the only Fleming-signed limited edition released, and was limited to 250 copies, although some reports indicate that 293 copies were in fact printed.
The cover did not feature the usual juxtaposition of beauty, danger and death, which, especially considering the content of this particular novel, is unusual. Instead this cover depicted an artist, illustrating James Bond’s heraldic coat of arms with the Latin ‘Orbis Non Suffict‘, which translates to ‘The World Is Not Enough‘.
This image is somewhat reminiscent of M.C. Escher’s ‘Drawing Hands’ from 1948, in which one hand draws another; especially considering that for this cover Chopping himself is the illustrator.
A small number were printed compared with 45,000 of the regular trade edition. There are textual differences from the regular first edition (sometimes brand names were different, grammar & spellings not corrected, etc.) The proof dust wrapper has the same Richard Chopping artwork on the front but a different back than the regular edition.
[Extract: Ben Williams, “Beauty and Death” mi6 confidential, January, 2012.]