Edition: First printing
New York: Harper, 1947. Galley proof. 28.5 x 15 cm. Plain tan card covers. Text printed on rectos only. Chip to upper inner corner of front cover, across head of spine, and small at foot of spine; short splits to spine folds; damp stain to spine; short tear to bottom front cover; soft curls to outer corners of front cover and early leaves; "Property of the Literary Department, William Morris Agency, Inc., 1270 Sixth Avenue, New York City" on first (blank) page; in all, a good copy. The gay American writer's first novel, an acclaimed novel of WWII. Maybe 12-15 published rejected the novel and it only got taken by Harper because of the urging oif his friend Beulah Hagen, asssistant to Cass Canfield, Haper's President. The book did well in the marketplace and was a critical success, unlike his other two novels. Burns became a heavy drinker and a hater of most everybody and died young and bitter. This advance is rare.
Condition: Binding: Softcover