Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1952-1961. First American Editions. A trilogy of novels by Waugh which loosely parallel his experiences during World War II. Waugh received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the 'Men At Arms,' and the trilogy is considered by many critics to be the finest novel series of the Second World War. Interesting bibliographic note: while the review slip for 'The End Of The Battle' supplies a proposed publication date of January 10, 1962, we have seen a set of comb-bound proofs which give a publication date of November 6, 1961. Item #1878
First Printings. Three octavo volumes; red, turquoise, and black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spines; dustjackets; 342; 339; 319pp. Men At Arms: previous owners name to front endpaper, with the spine gilt slightly dulled; Near Fine in a Near Fine, unclipped dustjacket, with some pinpoint rubbing to extremities. Officers and Gentlmen: Fine in a very Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped, with a few pinpoint rubs to spine ends, and faint trace of sunning to spine and rear panel. The End of the Battle: a review copy, with publisher's printed slip laid in; faint foxing to text edges, else Fine in a dustjacket that's Very Good+ or better; unclipped and unfaded, but with some dust-soil and foxing to rear panel, and evident to a lesser extent on verso. A uniformly handsome set.