Title: THE GREAT WAR: JULY 1, 1916: THE FIRST DAY ...
Publisher: London, England: Jonathan Cape, 2013
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 54 pages. Published in 2013. The artist/illustrator's pictorial re-creation of The Great War. One of the greatest illustrated art books of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a bookplate. Published in a small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Edition, which sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Joe Sacco's "The Great War". "A monumental, wordless depiction of the most infamous day of World War I. Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of The Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. 20, 000 British soldiers were killed and another 40, 000 were wounded that first day. There were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive ended. In 'The Great War', Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary 24-foot-long panorama: From General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going over the top and getting cut down in no-man's-land to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse. Printed on fine accordion foldout paper and packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a 16-page booklet, 'The Great War' is a landmark that allows us to see the 'War To End All Wars' as we've never seen it before" (Publisher's blurb). "Worldless" is the key word here. The voluble Henry James, who never once ran out of words, said that there were no more words in the English language to describe the barbarism called war after the Battle of the Somme. An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Joe Sacco and history book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Joe Sacco. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on the publisher's bookplate, as most copies are. Sacco did not tour in the United States to promote his book. Hence the signed bookplates only. But he took the trouble of flying to London to launch the British Edition and to sign copies in person, itself a gesture, however small, that honors the young British soldiers whose sacrifice and death his work commemorates. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First British Slipcased Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. 24 plates, presented in an accordion-foldout format. Regarded by Chris Ware as a masterpiece of the graphic artist/illustrator's art. One of the greatest artist/illustrators of our time. A fine collectible copy. ISBN 0393088804. Bookseller Inventory # 19026
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