Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo 1939 - J. B. Lippincott Company, New York Philadelphia Toronto - First Edition A fine copy in near fine, and thus exceptionally scarce dust jacket.

‘It was the war to end all wars, the global struggle that would finally make the world safe for democracy - at any cost. But one American soldier has paid a price beyond measure. And within the disfigured flesh that was once a vision of youth lives a spirit that cannot accept what the world has become.

An immediate best-seller upon its first publication in 1939, Trumbo's stark, profoundly troubling masterpiece about the horrors of the First World War brilliantly crystallised the uncompromising brutality of war and became the most influential protest novel of the Vietnam era.’ -
Penguin Classics.

‘A terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity.’ –
The Washington Post.

‘A terrible story, remorseless, uncompromising... this book was a shocking and violent experience.’ –
Herald Tribune.
  Shortly after the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union, Trumbo and his publishers suspended reprinting of the book

Dalton Trumbo (1905-76) was among the most prolific and important literary figures of his time. One of the famous
Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify about his alleged Communist affiliations before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Johnny Got His Gun won a National Book Award in 1939.

‘Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence.’ –
The New York Times.

Reference: Penguin Classic, web.
pp. 309 [3]. In publisher’s yellow cloth lettered in black to spine and front board, top edge stained red. Dust jacket priced $2.50 to lower corner of front flap.

Note: This is the ‘First Edition’ meaning it is from the first print run, there are no additional printings stated on the copyright page. There was a subsequent print run of the book, prior to it’s publication date (that is the date it was to be officially released to the public), and this is stated clearly on the copyright page of those second editions as ‘Second Printing Before Publication’. Why? At least two possible scenarios, first being that Lippincott (the publisher) placed an initial order with the printers (the correct ‘First Edition’), but Lippincott did not predict the high number of pre-orders from bookshops and so had to place another order for a second print run (the second edition) before the official date that the book was to be placed upon the shop shelves. The alternative scenario is that Lippincott deliberately kept the first print run small, so that they could proudly announce the necessity of a ‘Second Printing Before Publication’. Either way, a copy that states ‘Second Printing Before Publication’ on the copyright page is
not a First Edition.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, with minor wear to spine ends, and faint soiling to panels.   Ref: 108681   Price: HK$ 40,000