• Signed by the Author
  • Hardcover
  • UK First Edition, First Printing
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Released January 1, 1962

£2,500.00

Set in the closing months of World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. His real problem is not the enemy - it is his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions then he is caught in Catch-22: if he flies he is crazy, and doesn't have to; but if he doesn't want to he must be sane and has to. That's some catch...

Book Condition & Notes

In second-state dustjacket.

Good first edition, signed to title page. Bumping to bottom front corner, and slight wear to other corners. Some damage to bottom of spine - tearing/loss of material. Slight bleaching to top of spine. In a good, unclipped second-state dust jacket, with chipping to spine and corners, and a slight tear to front top corner and to top of back cover.


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Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller was an American author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays. His best-known work is the novel Catch-22, a satire on war and bureaucracy, whose title has become a synonym for an absurd or contradictory choice.

While sitting at home one morning in 1953, Heller thought of the lines, "It was love at first sight. The first time he saw the chaplain, [Yossarian] fell madly in love with him." Within a week, he had finished the first chapter and sent it to his agent. He did not do any more writing for the next year, as he planned the rest of the story. The initial chapter was published in 1955 as Catch 18, in Issue 7 of New World Writing. Just before publication, the novel's title was changed to Catch-22.

The novel was published in hardback in 1961 to mixed reviews, with the Chicago Sun-Times calling it "the best American novel in years", while other critics derided it as "disorganised, unreadable and crass." It sold only 30,000 hardback copies in the United states in its first year of publication. Reaction was very different in the UK, where, within one week of its publication, the novel was number one on the bestseller lists.

In 1981, Heller was diagnosed with Guillan-Barré, a debilitating syndrome that was to leave him temporarily paralysed. He died of a heart attack at his home in Long Island, in December 1999, shortly after the completion of his final novel, Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man.

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Book Condition & Notes

In second-state dustjacket.

Good first edition, signed to title page. Bumping to bottom front corner, and slight wear to other corners. Some damage to bottom of spine - tearing/loss of material. Slight bleaching to top of spine. In a good, unclipped second-state dust jacket, with chipping to spine and corners, and a slight tear to front top corner and to top of back cover.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.