The Art of War.
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle": First Edition of Sun Tzu's The Art of War; Signed by James Clavell
The Art of War.
SUN TZU; EDITED BY JAMES CLAVELL,.
Item Number: 107833
New York: Delacorte Press, 1983.
First printing of this edition edited by James Clavell of this fundamental treatise on military strategy. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by James Clavell on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Clavell was strongly influenced by Sun Tzu’s writings and was the best-selling Asian saga consisting of Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-jin, King Rat, Noble House, and Whirlwind. We have never seen another example signed by Clavell.
The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise dating from the 5th century BC. Attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, the text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly thought of as a definitive work on military strategy and tactics. It was placed at the head of China's Seven Military Classics upon the collection's creation in 1080 by Emperor Shenzong of Song, and has long been the most influential strategy text in East Asia. It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.