All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
translated from the German by A. W. Wheen
London: Putnam, First Cheap Edition April 1930 [and] reprinted eleven times completing 394,000
Circa 1937* printing of the hugely successful Great War novel. This ‘cheap’ edition features a different wrapper design to other printings which had a plain green wrapper with white lettering. The artwork to this wrapper is similiar in subject but somewhat different in style to the Paul Wenck wrapper of the US edition published by Little, Brown and Company. There appears to be an artist credited to the lower right-hand corner but unfortunately illegible.
Hardback – grey cloth with black titles, in dustwrapper. 320pp. 7.5 x 5.25 inches approx. (191mm x 132mm).
Dustwrapper rubbed and worn to extremities and folds, very small loss to spine ends; spine discoloured and darkened; grubby and darkened to rear panel. Cloth clean with just a little discolouring to spine; spine with lean/slightly cocked; name in ink to front paste-down; foxed and offsetting to endpapers; foxed to preliminaries and final pages; tanned and spotted to edges of page-block with some encroachment on to margins however pages otherwise generally clean with just occasional dustiness or mark.
Nonetheless, remains a particularly nice copy and uncommon to find complete with dustwrapper.
*Dated from the list of author’s previous works; ‘Three Comrades’ first English translation being published in 1937.