First edition, first printing of Men on Bataan by John Hersey.
Octavo, 313pp. Maroon cloth cover, beige cloth spine, title printed in blue on spine and blind stamped on cover. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Top edge stained blue, light offsetting to endpapers. Text block fine. Publisher’s first state dust jacket, with $2.50 on front flap, light sunning to spine, short closed tear to rear panel along top edge, a bright example. A nice example of John Hersey’s first book.
Men on Bataan by John Hersey is a poignant account of the Battle of Bataan, a critical episode in World War II, where American and Filipino soldiers stood against the formidable Japanese forces. Drawing from firsthand testimonies, he brings to life the harsh realities of war – the relentless combat, scarce resources, and the unyielding spirit of the men fighting for survival and freedom.