Very Good in Very Good jacket. New York: Random House, 1957. First edition. Hardcover. 270 pp. Very good, in a very good unclipped jacket. Spine has a light twist with rubbed/bumping to tail. Jacket has light soil and edge wear, toning, and darkening to interior of spine from ink on book's spine. Front flap creased at top corner.
Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Dark purple hardcovers like new, bright and clean, no wear. Publisher's black tape on copyright page (stained through to author's name on title page), else interior fine, clean and tight. Dustjacket has minor rubbing only, not price-clipped, in new mylar cover. 8vo Professional bookseller for twenty years. Orders shipped daily in cardboard bookfolds.
Very near fine in bright yellow cloth covered boards with black text on the spine with the first free end paper tanned due to a news clipping having been laid-in. In a very good dust jacket with a 1/4" chip at the upper edge of the spine area a mild 1/2" ink stain on the rear panel and lightly rubbed at the edges and folds. Overall a very handsome copy. Interestingly the top line on the copyright page has been blackened-out with narrow tape no doubt by the publisher.
Very Good in VG+ jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Tan cloth, lettered in red and black on spine panel. Possible 1st edition with correct binding, but title page shows no indication of edition/printing and appears to be different paper, thus a possible cancel. xi, 270 pp. Mild shelf wear, small area of wax drip and another of mild flecking on front cover, a bit rubbed at corners and spine extremities with exposure to bottom corners. Library stamp to copyright page, no other marks or stamps. Later issue dust jacket shows faded red spine lettering, sticker shadow to lower spine, price clipped front flap, displays well in archival mylar. Signed by author on half-title, full signature, no inscription.
VERY GOOD. Pages clean. Binding sound. 1972. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author to title page. Originally published 1957 by Random House. Mass Market Paperback. Publisher's stain to all edges. 224pp. A thorough account of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the horrors of a communist take-over. One of Michener's greatest books. Copy of COA from JG Autographs..
Near Fine in VG- jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Tan cloth, lettered in red and black on spine panel. Stated First Edition. xi, 270 pp. Mild binding lean appears original to issue; slightly rubbed spine extremities. Notably well preserved copy. Dust jacket chipped with several closed tears and minor loss at spine extremities, area of surface paper loss along top rear edge, chipped corners, mild creasing to rear flap. Original $3.50 price and 3/57 date intact on front flap, now in mylar; overall DJ condition G to G+. Inscribed by author on front flyleaf, to Robert Archer, dated Jenkintown (Pennsylvania), 11 June 1957. Author's eighth book, desireable vintage inscription dating within three months of initial publication in March 1957.
Very engrossing story of the 1956 hungarian uprising, which sadly has largely faded from our collective memory. Still, there was undaunted heroism and it presaged by many years the very same nationalist surges that ultimately brought down the Soviet empire. Very readable, but the part about the torture of prisoners is revolting. Be warned.
May 24, 2007
Not James Michner as you normally expect. However the book is right on a little known historical event. Some of the people in the book are composites instead of 100% authentic. This is used to condense the details. I enjoyed reading the book.
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