Paths of Glory.
First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on front flyleaf: “For Louis Greenfield from Humphrey Cobb.” Cobb’s popular anti-war novel, set in the trenches of World War I, took its title from Gray’s Elegy: “The paths of glory lead but to the grave”. The book later served as the basis for the critically acclaimed 1957 film of the same name, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas.
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Octavo. Original blue and pink cloth, titles to spine and front cover gilt, top edge pink. With the dust jacket. Spine gently cocked with slightly worn ends and lightly rubbed gilding, top edges of boards slightly discoloured, small light marks to bottom edges of boards. A very good copy in slightly rubbed jacket with sunned spine and some chipping to spine ends and corners.