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Catch-22

By Heller, Joseph




Catch-22 is Joseph Heller’s first novel and his most acclaimed work. Set during World War II, the novel uses a distinctive non-chronological third-person omniscient narration, mainly focusing on the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Occasionally, the narrator also shows us how other characters, such as the chaplain or Hungry Joe, experience the world around them. As the novel’s events are described from the different points of view through separate out-of-sequence storylines, the timeline of Catch-22 develops along with the plot.

The novel's title refers to a plot device that is repeatedly invoked in the story. Catch-22 starts as a set of paradoxical requirements whereby airmen mentally unfit to fly did not have to, but could not actually be excused. By the end of the novel, the phrase is invoked as the explanation for many unreasonable restrictions. “Catch-22” has since entered the English language and can be understood as an unsolvable logic puzzle, a difficult situation from which there is no escape.

Upon publication, the book was not a best seller in the United States. It was merely a cult favorite until the publication of the paperback edition in 1962, which set record sales — most likely benefitting from a national debate about the pointlessness of the Vietnam War. Catch-22 has since been ranked as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library, one of the 20th century's top 100 novels by the Radcliffe Publishing Course, and one of the 100 greatest novels of all time by The Observer. 

First edition identification and notes

Simon & Schuster first published Catch-22 in June of 1961. The first edition is bound in blue cloth, the top edges of its pages are stained red, and the statement “First Printing” appears on the copyright page. The dust jacket of the first edition has the original $5.95 price on the bottom of the front flap and author's picture on the back panel with no blurbs.

Other collectible or notable editions

Other notable editions include the first UK edition published by Jonathan Cape in 1962 and the 1978 Franklin Library leather-bound and signed limited edition. 


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CATCH-22

Heller, Joseph

Heller on the origin of the title "Catch-22". FIRST EDITION. Inscribed and signed by Heller: "To Jim Pepper: Who might be interested to know that if not for a novel by Leon Uris called Mila 18, this copy of Catch-22 would be Catch-18. Best wishes Joseph Heller 9/20/78." Heller planned to call the novel Catch-18, but his editor, Robert Gottlieb, warned that best-selling novelist Leon Uris was about to publish Mila 18. As an alternative, Gottlieb suggested Catch-22, and the term became part of our everyday language. For Heller and Uris, both of whom were Jewish, the number 18 had special meaning. The Hebrew number 18, yud-het, uses the same letters as the word for life, het-yud. For this reason, donations to Jewish charities and gifts for special occasions are commonly made in multiples of 18, and the number is traditionally associated with good fortune and vitality. A wonderful inscribed copy of this modern classic.

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Price: $12,500.00


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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First edition. Original blue cloth, fine in a nearly fine dust jacket (faint wear and discoloration on the spine). Inscribed by Heller.

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Catch 22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, New York, 1961 First Edition, First Printing INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Joseph Heller. A stunning copy. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO fading. This unrestored first issue dustjacket has the $5.95 printed price present. The book is in wonderful shape and appears UNREAD. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with slight wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A magnificent copy SIGNED by the author in collector's condition. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy SIGNED Heller First Editions.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First. hardcover. fine/fine. 8vo, blue cloth, d.w. N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First Edition. Presentation copy. To.... With sincere good wishes in this first edition of my first novel to my first and favorite collector/ May 5, 1978. Fine copy in a fine, un-clipped dust wrapper.

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Catch 22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, New York, 1961 First Edition, First Printing with the words "FIRST PRINTING" printed on the copyright page. This copy is authentically SIGNED by Joseph Heller. A spectacular dustjacket that is vibrant in color with a hint of wear to the spine ends. This original FIRST ISSUE DUSTJACKET has the $5.95 price present with no chips or pieces missing. The book is in excellent shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with slight wear to the panels. The pages are exceptionally clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a beautiful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Joseph Heller First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Catch-22.

Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First edition of Heller's classic first book. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation coy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Albert Raman, Best wishes to you. Joseph Heller 3/20/80 New York." The recipient was a lawyer and well-known book collector. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A very nice example. "Catch-22, Joseph Heller's first and best-known novel, depicts a military world turned upside down. In Heller's World War II, a supplies manager has more power than a general, and anyone seeking a discharge on the grounds of insanity is declared sane enough to keep on fighting. When the novel appeared in 1961, World War II veterans appreciated its satire of the military bureaucracy and chaos of war. By the mid-1960's, it had become a cult classic among counterculture activists for its biting indictments of war. Many consider the novel to be the definitive statement of the modern antiwar position. The phrase 'Catch-22', symbolizing the absurdity of all institutional logic, has become a permanent part of our language" (NYPL Books of the Century 177). Basis for the 1970 film directed by Mike Nichols. The cast included Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Olimpia Carlisi, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Charles Grodin, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles.

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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961. FIRST EDITION. Original blue cloth, with the dust jacket in near perfect condition (slight tear on the spine). Signed by Heller on the title page. First edition, first printing of one of the most significant novels of the twentieth century. Heller's famous satire on war and bureaucracy is set during World War II and follows a soldier seeking any way to return home from his tour of service. The phrase Catch-22 has since become a famous synonym for contradictions or dilemmas, especially concerning absurdity of institutional logic. Heller (1923-1999) was an American author of novels, short stories and plays.

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Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First edition of Heller's classic first book. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Joseph Heller on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small chips to the crown of the spine. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. "Catch-22, Joseph Heller's first and best-known novel, depicts a military world turned upside down. In Heller's World War II, a supplies manager has more power than a general, and anyone seeking a discharge on the grounds of insanity is declared sane enough to keep on fighting. When the novel appeared in 1961, World War II veterans appreciated its satire of the military bureaucracy and chaos of war. By the mid-1960's, it had become a cult classic among counterculture activists for its biting indictments of war. Many consider the novel to be the definitive statement of the modern antiwar position. The phrase 'Catch-22', symbolizing the absurdity of all institutional logic, has become a permanent part of our language" (NYPL Books of the Century 177). Basis for the 1970 film directed by Mike Nichols. The cast included Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Olimpia Carlisi, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Charles Grodin, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, New York, 1961 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Joseph Heller on the title page. A wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the words "FIRST PRINTING" printed on the copyright page. This First Issue dustjacket is vibrant in color and has the $5.95 printed price present on the front flap. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy SIGNED by the author in collector's condition.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $5,000.00


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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. hardcover. near fine. Rebound in full blue morocco, raised bands, a.e.g. N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1961. Fine. Very early presentation copy, dated Sept. 11, 1961 - "To Milton Perlman- With all good wishes, and sincere gratitude for your help and encouragement in these pre-publication days. Joe Heller".

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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First. hardcover. very good(+)/good. 8vo, blue cloth, d.w. N.Y.: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First Edition. Presentation copy. To.... Who's been collecting me for longer than I realized....I hope there'll be much of me for you to keep collecting..." The dust wrapper is creased on the front cover, and price clipped; light blue binding partially discolored; previous ownership rubber stamp.

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Catch 22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, 1961 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED Joseph Heller on a tipped in page. An attractive dustjacket that is rich in color with slight wear to the edges. This original FIRST ISSUE DUSTJACKET has the $5.95 price present with no chips or pieces missing. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are fresh with slight wear to the edges. The pages are clean with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Catch 22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, New York, 1961 First Edition, First Printing with words "FIRST PRINTING" printed on the copyright page. A beautiful copy. This First Issue dustjacket is rich in color with some repair. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A sharp copy of this true first edition with the ORIGINAL dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961 First edition, first printing. Signed and inscribed by Heller to front free endpaper: "To --- / Sincere good wishes. / Joseph Heller". Publisher's light blue cloth, lettered in white to spine, top edge stained red; in the original dust jacket designed by Paul Bacon. A near fine copy with some light toning to extremities and fading to top edge of boards, faint smudge near Heller's inscription; in a very good dust jacket with light fading to spine, some wear to extremities and a some loss to the bottom right corner of the rear panel. Overall, a handsome copy. Considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, Catch-22 is a satirical text that tells the story of United States Air Force Captain John Yossarian during World War II. Heller coined the term "Catch-22," a paradoxical situation in which a given problem's solution is inherently denied by the nature of the problem. In this novel, the "catch-22" is Yossarian's enrollment in the Army; in order to be discharged, a soldier must be proven insane, but, by completing the discharge application, one essentially proves his or her own sanity. Based on Heller's own experience in the Air Corps, Catch-22 combines realistic depictions of war scenes with satirical paradoxes that border on the unreal. As Orville Prescott agrees in his 1961 review for The New York Times, "Catch-22 is realistic in its powerful accounts of bombing missions with men screaming and dying and planes crashing. But most of Mr. Heller's story rises above mere realism and soars into the stratosphere of satire, grotesque exaggeration, fantasy, farce and sheer lunacy." Paul Bacon is a prolific American illustrator and dust jacket designer, best known for his "Big Book Look." His dust jacket design for Catch-22 is exemplary of this style, with large prominent text accompanied by a small, conceptual design. Interestingly, Bacon described the Catch-22 jacket as his "most difficult," since he created over 10 designs before making the final illustration. Other notable dust jackets include Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter-House Five (1969), William Styron's Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), and Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962). In total, Bacon has designed jackets for over 5,000 books.. Illus. by Bacon, Paul. Inscribed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

New York NY: Simon & Schuster. Hardcover. 6 x 8.5 Inches Signed By Author on Flyleaf Novel Condition Good; Dj Condition Good; 443 pps. dust jacket edgeware along top and bottom, triangular hole on back; 2 creases on top front; hard cover faded at top, bottom edges, dots along front edge and back edges; text clean and unmarked; inside covers yellowing; text clean and not underlined; signature in pencil on fly leaf " To Christine Van Dyck--With all good wishes, with the sincere hope that you will enjoy this book at least as much as you enjoyed the McCall's presentation this afternoon. Joseph Heller January 18, 1962 Rochester . Good. 1961. First Edition.

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CATCH-22

Heller, Joseph

New York: SIMON & SCHUSTER A NEAR FINE FIRST edition second printing IN VERY GOOD DJ WITH FOUR TINY TAPE STAINS. SIGNED BY HELLER ON TITLE PAGE. with letter signed by Heller also.. Signed by Author(s). FIRST. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Book.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, 1961 A very good first printing (so stated on the copyright page) in a very good dust jacket, signed by Joseph Heller on a page tipped-in after the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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Catch 22

Joseph Heller

Simon and Schuster, 1961. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Simon and Schuster, New York 1961. First Edition / First Printing. Stated First Printing. Blue cloth boards. Signed by Joseph Heller on a tipped in page at the endpaper. The signature is guaranteed authentic. Book Condition: Fine, clean boards, tight spine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, shelf wear, short tears, price clipped.

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Price: $2,850.00


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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, New York, 1961 First Edition, First Printing. An attractive First Issue dustjacket with the publisher's $5.95 printed price present and a picture of the author on the back panel. This original dustjacket has light chipping to the spine NOT effecting any lettering and some wear to the back panel. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight with light wear to the boards. The pages are clean with minor wear to the edges. There is NO marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with words "FIRST PRINTING" printed on the copyright page.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Catch-22.

HELLER, Joseph.

Simon and Schuster Inc., New York,, 1961. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full royal blue morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, plain coated endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy. First Edition, First Printing.

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Catch-22 (Uncorrected proof, Agent's copy)

Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First edition, uncorrected proof. This is Candida Donadio's copy. Donadio was Joseph Heller's agent and responsbile for the "22" in Catch-22. Donadio's name and address have been written on the front cover between "Catch-22" and "Joseph Heller". This was the working copy in Donadio's office. It is, therefore, a very good copy in somewhat darkened wrappers with a few random spots. The interior text is, for the most part, in fine condition, but a few pages have been roughly opened along the bottom edge.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.

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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph (1923-1999)

London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. [Wartime satire] FIRST UK EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Octavo, pp.[2] 443 [3]. With publisher's PROMOTIONAL CARD, featuring an illustration of Captain Yossarian, loose to prelims. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine, top edge green, first issue dust-jacket with section of text on rear panel. Jacket spine very lightly toned; a near-fine example. American author and former combat pilot Joseph Heller's defining work; the satirical anti-war novel, set in Italy during the Second World War.

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Catch-22

HELLER, JOSEPH

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First Edition. Nearly fine in a very slightly soiled dust jacket with several tiny nicks; in a custom clamshell box.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1961. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Blue cloth binding has traces of fading on edges and a small area on the spine top. No internal markings. Dustjacket has moderate edgewear which includes small tears and light crease lines. There are two small chips out at the head and tail of the spine. Spine shows some soiling / darkening. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 443 pages .

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Catch 22

Joseph Heller

N.Y: Simon & Schuster, 1961 A fine, tight copy bound in light blue cloth, stamped in white lettering on spine. Internally very clean, bright, crisp and unfaded. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1961. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Stated first printing. Blue cloth lightly stained. Slight offset to endpages. Red topstain a bit faded. Slight spine lean. Unmarked copy. Jacket in mylar has price of $5.95, shallow chipping to spine ends, a touch of toning/soil to folds. Housed in a fine custom clamshell case. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Light blue cloth, faded on spine. Slight wear to panels. Small spot on top stain. No marks or inscriptions. Signed by the author on a laid-in paper slip. In a very good/near fine unclipped ($5.95 price) dust jacket with small tears, light chipping and minor tape repairs to the reverse. DJ is bright with vibrant colors. A very attractive copy..

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CATCH-22.

Heller, Joseph.

New York: Simon and Schuster.. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1961. First Edition; First Printing. Softcover. ADVANCE READING COPY. Very good+ or better copy in white printed wrappers. (Faintly discernible damping at bottom fore edge running through most the book. Not at all messy. Trace of toning at unprinted spine and front cover. Mild crease at bottom edge of rear cover. ) Uncommon advance issue of the author's acclaimed FIRST book. ; 5 1/2" X 8 1/4" .

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Catch-22 (Signed plus Personalized Note)

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, 1961. First Edition (first printing). The first novel by the author of GOOD AS GOLD and CLOSING TIME, a high-spot of twentieth century American literature which originated the phrase "catch-22" for double-bind dilemmas. Basis for the film. Very Good+/Very Good. The boards have slight fading around the edges and the lower corners are rubbed. A short tape shadow to the front free end paper. The price-clipped dust jacket panels are bright and clean but there is some minor chipping at the head and foot of the jacket spine (which appears to have been repaired with tape at one point). Signed by Heller on the title page. Additionally, there is a note laid-in (not attached) from Heller on a small page with his name printed in the corner which reads as follows: "Dear Mr. Merry: I've signed it on the page most book collectors prefer. Take good care of it. People tell me first editions are worth more that $800 today, and $200 more with a good dust jacket. The ink has been flowing more and better than ever since I got the use of my hands back. J. H." . Signed by Author. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Little needs to be said about this novel; it's one of the 20th century's most enduring works of fiction. Basis for the comical 1970 film directed by Mike Nichols, starring Alan Arkin, Bob Newhart, and Martin Balsam. A very nice copy of the first edition, in a somewhat problematic jacket. First Printing. Octavo (22cm); blue cloth with titles stamped in white on the spine; orange topstain; dustjacket; 443pp. Some rough erasure to front endpaper, else Near Fine, with the topstain still bright and without any rubbing or flaking to the white spine lettering. Dustjacket is unclipped, with rubbing and wear to the panels and along the edges, a few shallow chips at spine ends and cornertips, some short edge tears, and several clear tape mends on the verso; just Very Good.

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HELLER, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. Very Good/Good. First edition. Drink rings on the front board, else about near fine in a good plus dustwrapper with a few moderate chips. Author's first novel, whose satiric anti-war attitude set the tone for the 1960s, and whose title quickly became part of the language.

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Simon & Schuster, 1961. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Stated First Printing with $5.95 price on jacket. Author photo on rear panel of jacket. One-inch tear to jacket and two eighth-inch chips to spine ends of jacket, else light rubbing..

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Joseph Heller

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Simon and Schuster, 1961. Book. Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. 1961 Simon & Schuster TRUE STATED FIRST PRINTING of this classic novel **SIGNED** on a bookplate on the inside board.( Rolland Comstock collection) This copy is in GOOD +/ GOOD+ condition. The HB is solid but there is a long inscription onthe ffep where there was also some water which has caused very minor rippling along some of the top page edges. Otherwise a clean and tight copy with very minor bumps at the corners and a tad of fading at the spine. The DJ is price-clipped and Heller's bright. There is minor wear at the edges and spine ends and one tiny chip at the left top edge. A most excellent copy! **Brenbooks specializes in books made into films. VERY RARE!.

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HELLER, Joseph.

London: Jonathan Cape,, 1962. Octavo. Original proof wrappers, review label affixed to front wrapper. Four promotional postcards laid in. Spine sunned and a little cocked and creased, wrappers a little marked and dust soiled, very light rubbing to extremities, but a very good copy overall, entirely sound. One of the post-cards spotted. Scarce prepublication proof review copy of the first UK edition of Heller's masterpiece, this copy from the library (though without ownership inscription) of Sunday Times reviewer Philip Oakes (1925-2008), who began his journalistic career as a conscript in the Second World War, working on the troop newsletter. It is offered with four scarce postcards produced by Cape to advertise the book, each giving a portrait sketch of one of the characters with a pertinent quotation from the book.

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Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961 Stated First Printing, in first state Paul Bacon designed dust jacket, light blue cloth-covered boards, stamped in white on the back-strip; top edge stained orange, as called for, 443pp. Book in near fine to fine condition, with a small light stain to book edge; in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with minor wear and loss to the jacket edges, with a few short, closed tears.

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New York: Simon & Schuster. 1961. First Edition; Twelfth Printing. Hardcover. Book condition is Very Good; with a Very Good dust jacket. Text is clean and unmarked. ; Signed and inscribed by the author, Joseph Heller, on the front end page. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author .

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Catch-22.

HELLER, Joseph.

London:: Jonathan Cape,. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1962. Hardcover. B00CFUH1YG . The author's first book. Made into the 1970 film. First British edition. Octavo, red cloth with gilt lettering on spine, top edge green. Top edge stain is somewhat faded, else about fine in a near fine (half inch closed edge tear at the base of the front panel, slightest trace of edge wear to the crown of the spine and front corners, trace rubbing to rear panel) first state (no author blurbs on rear panel) dust jacket. The flaws are quite minor: overall, a rather well preserved and attractive copy. ; 443 pages .

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Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. Uncorrected Proof. Softcover. Very Good. First Edition. Advance Reading copy in printed wrappers. "First Printing" statement on the copyright page. In About Very Good condition. Wraps are lightly soiled, toned and a bit worn. A rare.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. 1961. Hardcover. Good, very light edge wear and soil to the edges in DJ; INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR To Marilyn Reiss, actress and publicist for Bing Crosby and others, dated 1975. DJ is not price-clipped, minor edge wear; 3rd Ptg; Blue cloth; 8vo; DJ .

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

NY: Modern Library, 1966 Signed by Heller on title-page. Slight crinkling to fly-leaf. DJ has fading down backstrip, slight rubbings on front along fore-edge, light shelf wear top/bottom of backstrip. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Cloth. Almost Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Modern Literature.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing stated. Very Good, with long previous owner gift inscription to front free end paper, hinge at rear of text block slightly exposed, bottom corners bumped and bottom page corners lightly creased, in a Good, lightly tattered dust jacket with publisher's price of $5.95 intact, rubbing, edge wear with chipping at the spine ends, several short edge tears and a cup ring indent on the front panel.

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Joseph Heller

UK first edition, first impression (Jonathan Cape, 1962). Originally published in the US the previous year. Signed by the author to a bookplate affixed to the half-title page. Soon to be made into a TV series in 2019. Occasional foxing to opening pages and to fore-edge; spine a little darkened with mild staining to head and foot; one or two marks to boards. Original second state dust jacket is price-clipped; slight toning to spine panel with some abrasion and minor chips to head and foot; corners chipped with a tear to bottom fore-edge. Very good overall.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster,, 1961. NF/VG. Stated First Printing edition. In clean blue cloth HC with light pink/orange topstain and a very clean and bright blue/white/red dj with a full-page photographic portrait of Heller on the rear cover which shows a long internally tape-repaired tear from the top down to about the left eye of Mr. Heller. Non-clipped dj with the original price of $5.95 on the bottom of th e front flap. Attractive po ex-libris bookplate on the ffep. VERY minor chips off the top of the dj. Highly collectible.. STATED FIRST PRINTING. Near Fine/Very Good.

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Catch-22

Heller, Joseph

Simon and Schuster, 1961 Published in New York by Simon and Schuster in 1961. Third Printing stated on copyright page. This copy is INSCRIBED by the author to author Kaye Gibbons on the title page, "To Kaye and Frank--/ Hostess and host./ Thanks and good wishes./ Joseph Heller/ April 14, 1995/ Raleigh, N.C." Book very good, wear at ends of spine and corners, rubbing and soiling on spine, soiling on both covers, and discoloration/soiling on paste-downs and free endpapers. DJ very good, chipping at ends of spine and corners, small hole in real spine hinge, 1" tear at tail of front spine hinge and resulting crease, some small tears and creases on edges, darkening to flap hinges, and soiling on front, rear, and cover. DJ price reads $5.95. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item.. Inscribed by Author(s). Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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Catch-22

Joseph Heller

Delta, 1904-08-15. Paperback. Good.

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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph (1923-1999)

London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. [Wartime satire] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x14cm), pp.443; [1]. Publisher's red cloth, gilt titles to spine, top edge tinted green, second issue dust-jacket, with five reviews replacing the section of the text reprinted on the rear cover. Slightest sign of shelf wear to the cloth. Dust-jacket shows very well with just a couple of thumb marks to the rear panel, slight toning to the spine, and a little creasing to the top edge. Near fine. American author and former combat pilot Joseph Heller's defining work; the satirical anti-war novel, set in Italy during the Second World War.

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CATCH-22 Signed 1st Franklin Library

Heller, Joseph

Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: Franklin Library. 1978. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. Leather bound, Accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. A Limited Edition. ; Signed Limited First Edition. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author .

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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph

London: Jonathan Cape, 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. London, Jonathan Cape, 1962 (first UK edition). Octavo; red papered boards, top edge green, with the second-state dustwrapper (unclipped, but the price has the original new bookseller's printed tape label over it, and this has offset very lightly onto the front flyeaf); essentially a very fine copy with the very fine dustwrapper. The rear panel of this dustwrapper carries quotes from five reviews, replacing the 28-line excerpt from the book featured on the first-state dustwrapper.

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Catch-22

HELLER, Joseph

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961. hardcover. fine/very good(+). 8vo, blue cloth, d.w. New York: Simon & Schuster, (1961). First Edition. Fourteenth printing The dust wrapper is priced $7.95, and has a picture of the author on the back panel. The book is inscribed "To..., Congratulations to you on your Bar Mitzvah and sincere good wishes to you n ow and for the future. Joseph Heller, May 13, 1972

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Catch-22.

HELLER, Joseph.

Jonathan Cape, London., 1962. First U.K. edition. Octavo. 443 pages. The author's first book. He didn't write another novel for thirteen years. Apparently, he was once asked why he had never written anything else as good as Catch-22; ''Who could?'' was the reply.On the front free endpaper is the contemporary (1962) ownership inscription of Peter Hope Lumley who was a well-known figure in the London fashion world of the fifties and sixties. Cover edges a little bruised. Very good in very good second-state dustwrapper (with five blurbs by other authors on rear panel) a bit spotted and rubbed at the edges.

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