New York: Rinehart and Company, 1948. First printing. Hardcover. 721pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Black cloth. Very good/Very good. Library company stamp of the verso of the rear free endsheet. The title, author, date (5/7/48 - the day after the official Rinehart release) and price ($4.00) by hand in ink filling in the appropriate blanks of the stamp. First issue jacket shows very subtle rubbing at the corners and minor toning to the spine. Signed by the author in blue ink on the front free endsheet. Overall a nice copy of this post war heavy. Item #32007
Signed first edition of the author's highly successful, and Pulitzer Prize winning, first book that was based on the author's own wartime experiences. Burgess 99 title.
"I came out of the Army with an idea for a novel about a long patrol, an idea which had been bound in its origins to a mountain which was to serve as both an actual mass of stone and as a symbolic base for the book. The original conception was allegorical. The mountain was a consciously ambiguous symbol, something too complex, too tangible, to be defined by language." - Norman Mailer.