INSCRIBED BY PAUL SCOTT: THE MARK OF THE WARRIOR, 1958 FIRST EDITION
SCOTT, Paul. The Mark of the Warrior. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1958. Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. $350.
First edition of the fourth novel by the author of the Raj Quartet, based on his experiences in the British Army in India and Burma during World War II, inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: "B—, All very best wishes, Paul."
"Those who have to enter the jungle as soldiers must find in their leader one quality above all: the instinct of the born fighter. This may be found in a good or a bad man because it goes back further in history than our morality, but those who have it, carry its mark and are known by it."
Book fine, dust jacket with closed tear to lightly soiled rear panel; front panel and spine bright and fine. A very nice inscribed copy.