Fuller | J.F.C. [Gen. James M. Gavin]

The Second World War 1939-45

First American Edition | First Printing



× Ask a Question re: The Second World War 1939-45

SKU: 15484 Categories: , ,


The first American edition of The Second World War 1939-45 by British Major General J.F.C. Fuller, from the library of Major General James M. Gavin.

Octavo, xiv, [15]-431pp. Maroon hardcover, title stamped in gilt on spine. Stated “first printing” on copyright page. The first issue of this book was printed in London by Eyre & Spottiswoode in 1948. Dampstain to foredge of cloth and top quarter of text block, no internal impact. Complete with 61 individual maps. Includes the publisher’s dust jacket, $5.00 on front flap, chipping to edges, archival tape repair to verso, shelf wear to rear panel.

Signed on the front free endpaper: “Property of Major General James M. Gavin / 12/5/53 ER.”

General James M. Gavin (1907-1990), known as “The Jumping General,” served as a battalion and regimental commander in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. Gavin participated in major airborne operations, including the invasion of Sicily and Normandy, and Operation Market Garden. He was the youngest major general to command a division in combat during the war. Post-war, he held various high-ranking positions, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Administration. Gavin retired from the military in 1958 and later served as U.S. Ambassador to France. He passed away in 1990.

Additional information

Location Published

New York


Duell, Sloan and Pearce


First American Edition, First Printing

Date Published






Jacket Condition



Fuller | J.F.C. [Gen. James M. Gavin]


[Gen. James M. Gavin]

Author Display

J.F.C. Fuller