Into the Valley (1943)


First Edition of John Hersey's Into the Valley, 1943

Hersey, John. Dickson, Donald L., illustrator. Into the Valley. A Skirmish of the Marines. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this journalistic recounting of a skirmish at Guadalcanal during World War II's Pacific Campaign, in the original dust jacket. Written by acclaimed author John Hersey, best known for Hiroshima, Into the Valley captures a skirmish during the Pacific Campaign–remarkable not so much for its influence on the war so much as how it was like the hundreds and thousands of other skirmishes that Marines fought and died in. Hersey excelled at showing the home front the realities of life for their loved ones at war overseas. Bookplate. Book fine, dust jacket with general light wear and a large, but oddly unobtrusive, scrape to front cover.