"THAT'S SOME CATCH, THAT CATCH-22": FIRST EDITION OF CATCH-22, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY JOSEPH HELLER
HELLER, Joseph. Catch-22. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Heller's extraordinary first novel whose title has come to define an unwinnable situation— an "explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant book"— boldly inscribed by him, "To J— R— With best regards from Ed Miller, and with the very sincere hope that you will enjoy it. Joseph Heller, October 12, 1961, McPall's."
"One of the most bitterly funny works in the language," Joseph Heller's first novel quickly became a classic of anti-war literature. So effective were Heller's humor and insight that the title passed cleanly into the English language with its precise evocation of an unwinnable situation. "I believe that Joseph Heller is one of the most extraordinary talents now among us," wrote critic Robert Brustein. In Catch-22, "even the logic of survival is unworkable. But at least we can still contemplate the influence of its liberating honesty on a free, rebellious spirit in this explosive, bitter, subversive, brilliant book" (New Republic). "First Printing" on copyright page. Bruccoli & Clark II:197. Burgess, 99 Novels, 79. The recipient of this copy is reportedly John S. Robling, vice president at Encyclopedia Britannica, who was in charge of public relations for the firm from 1961 to 1984.
Inscription fine, small closed tear to rear blank; sweeping hairline scratch to front panel, short closed edge-tear to rear panel of bright dust jacket. An about-fine inscribed copy.