"He described the night vividly, the endless hours, the bombers thundering low over the storms of fire": First Edition of James Salter’s The Hunters; Signed by Him

  • The Hunters.

The Hunters.


Item Number: 4442

New York: Harper Brothers, 1956.

First edition of the author’s first novel and landmark in the literature of war. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by James Salter on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some fading to the spine.

Salter's 1956 fighter pilot novel stands out as a literary endeavor in a genre dominated by cheap adventure yarns. Salter goes beyond the usual gung-ho fighter jock glitz to present the story of Capt. Cleve Connell, whose intentions of becoming an ace are thwarted by enemy pilots with plans of their own. "Anyone under forty may not appreciate how profoundly Salter influenced my generation. [He] created the finest work ever to appear in print--ever--about men who fly and fight" (Robert F. Dorr).

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