"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Inscribed by Herman Wouk to Ira and Lee Gershwin

  • The Caine Mutiny.
  • The Caine Mutiny.
  • The Caine Mutiny.

The Caine Mutiny.


Item Number: 99838

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.

First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “For Lee and Ira- Affectionately, Herman Wouk 7 March 1951.” The publication date was March 19, 1951. From the library of Ira Gershwin. The Wouk’s and the Gershwin’s were closed friends, and Ira is cited in the author’s 1985 novel Inside, Out, where the protagonist Goodkind comes face to face with the brothers George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with “The City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull. An exceptional association.

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.

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