Captain Cleve Connell arrives in Korea with a single goal: to become an ace, one of that elite fraternity of jet pilots who have downed five MIGs. But as his fellow airmen rack up kill after kill - sometimes under dubious circumstances - Cleve's luck runs bad. Other pilots question his guts. Cleve comes to question himself. And then in one icy ...
Captain Cleve Connell arrives in Korea with a single goal: to become an ace, one of that elite fraternity of jet pilots who have downed five MIGs. But as his fellow airmen rack up kill after kill - sometimes under dubious circumstances - Cleve's luck runs bad. Other pilots question his guts. Cleve comes to question himself. And then in one icy instant 40,000 feet above the Yalu River, his luck changes forever. Filled with courage and despair, eerie beauty and corrosive rivalry, James Salter's luminous first novel is a landmark masterpiece in the literature of war.
Good. Small Octavo. 21cm. Cloth Hardcover. First Edition. 1956. The dustjacket is fair; unclipped, with some chipping and tearing. Surfaces foxed. 244pp. Bound in black cloth with red lettering. Cover shows some faint spotting, and mild edgewear. Hinges and textblock are sturdy. Â Pages are clean, with some light to moderate foxing on edges and endpapers. Author's first novel. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Hardcover. First British edition. A very good book in a very good dust jacket. Wear and creasing to the front panel. Some soiling to the rear panel. Price clipped. This is the first novel by Salter, who died in 2015. A tale of jet fighter pilots during the Korean War. Salter, a graduate of West Point, was a fighter pilot himself. Dust jacketed copies of this edition are quite scarce.
Fine. REVIEW COPY. (Publisher's printed review slip laid-in) Fine in a heavily foxed very good only dj. (Stains & foxing to review slip as well. Some dampstaining evident on rear panel of dj. A few shallow chips & traces of discoloration on spine of dj. ) Author's FIRST book.
Very Good in Good + jacket. 8 1/4" "The drama of flight, the desperate action of battles in the air, the piercingly real ordeal of a man fighting to regain his sense of his own identity make this a breath-taking story." A novel of the Korean War. Text is clean and tight. Black & blue cloth cover with orange lettering is lightly rubbed on the ends of the spine. Dust jacket is lightly soiled, sunned on the bottom of its spine, creased with msall teas on its top edge, largest is 1/2".
Fine in very good dust jacket. Harper & Brothers, New York, NY, 1956. 1st Edition, 1st Printing, Fine/VG, Hard Cover, Size=6"x8.5", 244pgs. 1/4" high DJ chip across head of spine, 1/2" DJ tear top front spine edge, bottom 2" of DJ spine (red portion) faded, 1/8" very faint foxing spots (2) at rear endpaper fore-edge, o.w. clean, bright & tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. Price unclipped. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Fine dust jacket. The first printing of the reissue of his first novel, about a Korean War fighter pilot who is trying to "chalk up enough kills [against Soviet aircraft] to become an ace." Inscribed by the author to Peter [Matthiessen] in the year of publication: in part, "...your backhand is invincible, your forehand is a killer, you have all the qualities of an ace--..." Signed, "[heart] Jim." Matthiessen provides a blurb for the dust jacket. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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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