"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Signed by Herman Wouk
The Caine Mutiny.
Item Number: 74037
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Very good in a very good second issue dust jacket with “City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull.
The Caine Mutiny was published in March, 1951 and word of mouth quickly spread and a second printing was issued in April 1951, and four more printings in June alone. By September 1951, The Caine Mutiny had become the best-selling novel in the country. The book remained on the best-seller list for two and a half years, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1952. The Caine Mutiny was both a Broadway play and a Hollywood film starring Humphrey Bogart in an unforgettable performance as Captain Queeg.
Other Books by this Author
“REMEMBER THIS, IF YOU CAN--THERE IS NOTHING, NOTHING MORE PRECIOUS THAN TIME”: First Edition of Herman Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival; Inscribed by Him To His Physician
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1965.
First edition of Wouk’s classic comedy. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by the author to his physician in the year of publication, “Gratitude and good wishes to Dr. Abe Levine Sincerely Herman Wouk 9 III 65 New York.” Fine in a very good dust jacket light wear to the extremities. Jacket painting by Janet Gasson. Jacket design by Owen Scott. A nice association.
First Edition of Herman Wouk's The Will To Live On: This is Our Heritage ; Inscribed by Him in the year of publication to fellow writer
New York: Cliff Street Books, 2000.
First edition of this work, which examines the changes affecting the Jewish world. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For George Wiegel a fellow toiler in the vineyard with deep respect Herman Wouk Feb 00.” The recipient George Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation and is the author of the best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope and Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Irving Freeman.
“Peace, if it ever exists, will not be based on the fear of war, but on the love of peace": First Edition of Herman Wouk's The Winds of War; Signed by Him
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1971.
First edition of Wouk’s masterpiece of historical fiction, a sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America’s Greatest Generation. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears and minor chips. Jacket photograph by Jill Krementz.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1959.
First edition of Wouk’s classic introduction to Judaism. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Robert Galster.
“When I grow old I want to regret the things I've done, not the things I haven't done": First Edition of Herman Wouk's Youngblood Hawke; Signed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1962.
First edition of this fictionalized work based on the life of Thomas Wolfe. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Paul Bacon.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer": First American Edition of Albert Camus Classic Novel The Stranger; Inscribed by Him to fellow novelist Vincent Sheean
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946.
First American edition of Camus’ first novel and masterpiece. Octavo, original beige cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “A Vincent Sheean pour le remercier de savoir si bien parler de Stendhal Sympathiquement Albert Camus.” The recipient, Vincent Sheean was an American journalist and novelist. Sheean’s most famous work was Personal History, which won one of the inaugural National Book Awards: the Most Distinguished Biography of 1935. Film producer Walter Wanger acquired the political memoir and made it the basis for his 1940 film production Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Sheean wrote the narration for the feature-length documentary Crisis (1939) directed by Alexander Hammid and Herbert Kline. He translated Ève Curie’s biography of her mother, Madame Curie (1939), into English. Sheean wrote Oscar Hammerstein I: Life and Exploits of an Impresario (1955) as well as a controversial biography of Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy and Red (1963). He studied at the University of Chicago, becoming part of a literary circle which included Glenway Wescott, Yvor Winters, Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Janet Lewis while he was there. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Warren Chappell. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Presentation copies of The Stranger are rare, with only one appearing at auction in the past 70 years. Exceedingly scarce and desirable.
"Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself": First Edition of Jack Nicklaus' Autobiography The Greatest Game of All; Inscribed by Him and Co-author Herbert Warren Wind
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1969.
First edition of the golfer’s autobiography, which includes six full chapters on instruction. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by both Nicklaus and Herbert Warren Wind. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “To Mike all the best Jack Nicklaus.” Additionally inscribed on the half-title page, “For Mike Reese with all good wishes I wonder if Jack will be able to make a successfull return to tournament golf following his recent operation Herbert Warren Wind.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the dust jacket. Jacket design by Milton Charles. Foreword by Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. Rare and desirable signed by both Nicklaus and Warren Wind.
“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them": Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1946.
Early printing of Huxley’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Antoinette Hurtrel with all good wishes, Aldous Huxley, 1947.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, which is a slightly shorter than the book with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by E. McKnight Kauffer. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Tokyo: Kodansha, 1987.
First edition in English of Murakami’s first novel. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Translated by Arnold Birnbaum. Signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with the wrap-around band present.