The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. First Edition / First Printing 1984. Book Condition: Very good+ tight, slightly cocked yet square with the gutters strong and firm having clean boards, sharp corner tips very lightly worn and typical light creasing at the head / tail of spine free of any fraying or closed tears. The text block has slight tinges of soiling hardly noticeable and the bottom edges of the boards exhibit no shelf wear.
The front and rear free end papers have noticeable soiling.. Other than Tom Clancy's signature the text is crisp and clean with pages snow white and no writing, highlighting, underlining , dog ears, tears or creases cover to cover. There is no foxing, damp stains, water stains, water damage nor any smell or musty odor.Dust Jacket : Very good+ retaining much of it's brightness and light abrading and slight creasing at the head and a bit more so at the front of the tail at the spine. There are light indentations on the front and back cover that do not break the surface and a 1/2" crease on the cover at the front fold at the side edge 2 3/4" from the top. There is a 1/4 closed tear inner right fold at the top above the s in skills.
Overall the jacket is clean and bright having no fading / sunning. The book weighs 1 pound, 13 ounces and 9.25 tall.
It is red cloth bound with a Russian hammer, sickle and a submarine embossed on the front, with silver lettering on the spine and the rear panel ISBN is silver. The dust jacket has no price and 6 review blurbs on the back. Bookplate: Clancy's name is very bold and crisp signed in blue ink well defined typical of his signature during that time frame on the affixed bordered book plate measuring 4.5" x 3.5" which has typing in a larger font indicating: By Tom Clancy - "The Hunt for Red October " - (First Novel).Typically publisher's book plates issued were cheap, thin, smaller, borderless or borderless and a book opened in the lower left corner or Tom Clancy was stamped on a small borderless book plate and signed. This is a fine example from the norm of an atypical affixed book with typing that I have not seen before on any book plate signed by Tom Clancy. The Hunt for Red October. Was Clancy's 1984 debut novel. The story follows a CIA analyst who leads a group of US Navy officers to take possession of a cutting-edge Soviet nuclear submarine from 26 defecting Soviet officers, and the intertwined adventures of Soviet submarine captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius and Jack Ryan , a Marine turned CIA analyst. It was loosely inspired by the mutiny on the Soviet frigate, Storozhevoy in 1975. This would make an excellent addition to a collectors library with a first printing of 5,000 copies. In the event you have any questions do not hesitate to ask for I will respond in a timely fashion. Thank-you for your interest and visiting the site. Please see sellers other items for books which may be of interest. The item "The Hunt for Red October First Edition / First Printing SIGNED" is in sale since Friday, June 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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