Shelton, Connecticut: First Edition Library, 1989. First thus. Hardcover. 443 pp. Octavo. [22 cm]. Blue cloth over boards with white title stamped on spine. With facsimile of the original dust jacket. Housed in a grey cloth slip case with a paper label mirroring front and back of dust jacket pasted onto sides. Fine. Item #62529
This facsimile of the first edition of Heller's most popular novel, "Catch-22", follows the ethical and personal struggles of a WWII bombadier. Its title has become a popular slang phrase, but was originally named "Catch-18", but was changed to double twos for aesthetics and to distinguish the book from "Mila 18", a popular war novel published in 1961.