MACLEAN, Alistair (author). The Guns of Navarone. London, Collins, 1957.
8vo. Original dark blue linson boards lettered gilt to spine, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 7-318; with a map in line and a full-page diagram of the harbour; a fine, fresh copy bar slight dusting and spotting to top edge of book block, uninscribed, protected by a near fine, unclipped dustwrapper (14s.) with a little rubbing to spine ends and corners and a touch of toning to lower panel.
First edition. The 1961 British-American war film of this novel, directed by J. Lee Thompson, concerns the Dodecanese Campaign of World War II; an attempt, by Allied forces, to save 1200 British soldiers trapped on the isolated island of Kheros, off the Turkish coast. The blockbuster movie famously starred a raft of Hollywood talent including Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, and Anthony Quayle.