First American edition of Ernst Junger’s Storm of Steel, published in 1929, in scarce first state dust jacket.
Octavo, xiii, 284pp. Blue cloth, title and illustration in silver on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. Some rubbing to silver title on spine, light wear to cloth at spine. Previous ownership signature on title page. In publisher’s first state dust jacket, $2.50 on front flap, fold on front panel, short closed tear to top edge of rear panel, but otherwise bright illustrations. Housed in custom clamshell, half brown calf, title in gilt with raised bands. An exceptional copy.
Storm of Steel is the World War I memoir of German officer Ernst Junger, detailing his experiences on the Western Front. It was first printed in German in 1920, making it one of the first personal accounts of the war, titled In Storms of Steel: from the diary of a Shock Troop Commander, Ernst Junger, War Volunteer, and subsequently Lieutenant in the Rifle Regiment of Prince Albrecht of Prussia. This first American edition was translated by Basil Creighton and published in 1929. The dust jacket was designed by A.R. Tobias.