The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene 1940 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition, First Printing ‘Graham Greene's masterpiece... The power and energy of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion, and ideal communism even more Christian than Communism. Its unit is the individual, not any class’ – John Updike.

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny, reluctant to abandon those who need him, and those he cares for.

In
Ways of Escape, Greene comments that the novel was written to a preconceived thesis: there is a distinction between a man (in this case a drunken priest) and his office. He also remarks how many of the characters in the novel had their origin in people he met in Mexico in 1938, when researching The Lawless Roads.’ – Wise & Hill.
  ‘Graham Green is one of the few Catholic writers who is also a modernist.’ – Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement.

The novel's popularity in France led to it being denounced by two Catholic Bishops to Rome on two separate occasions, and in 1953 Greene was summoned by Cardinal Griffin to Westminster Cathedral, where the author was read a letter from the Holy Office demanding changes to the text.

Provenance: R. A. Nunn with his signature dated 10/4/40 to front and company stamp of World Wide Shipping of Santos, Brazil.

First printing, (copyright page shows ‘First Published 1940’ with no further printings stated, the second printing states ‘First Published March 1940 Reprinted March 1940’), one of 3,500 copies. Both first and second printings were issued in a yellow cloth binding, the third printing of April 1940 can be found in both the yellow cloth binding and also a slightly shorter binding of blue cloth (assume they used up the remaining yellow cloth before switching to the blue).

References:
Vintage Classics, introduction to the reprint. Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement, 88. Wise & Hill, The Works of Graham Greene, A15.

Octavo (19.7 x 14 cm) pp. [6] 280 [2]. In publisher’s mustard cloth, spine lettered in red.
  Condition: Very good, toning to spine but red lettering brighter than usually encountered, toning to endpapers, foxing to outer margins of pages, minor wear to corners slightly heavier to spine ends.   Ref: 109056   Price: HK$ 6,000