First edition, first printing of The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan.
Octavo, 350pp. Black boards with black cloth spine, title in silver on spine. Top edge stained dark blue. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. Endpapers illustrated with maps. Toning along upper edge of front and back covers, upper corners bumped, some small stains to first few pages. In publisher’s original dust jacket, $4.95 retail price on front flap, spine rubbed, shelf wear to panels, creases to back panel and front flap fold. Chipping and tears to top/bottom edges, one large tear on back panel repaired with tape on verso.
The Longest Day relates the story of D-Day, June 6, 1944, the first day of the Allied invasion of Germany during World War II. It’s based on hundreds of interviews of D-Day survivors from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France and Germany. In 1962, the book was adapted into a film featuring an all-star cast, including John Wayne, Kenneth More, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery and many others.