The Guns of Navarone

MacLEAN, Alistair (author). The Guns of Navarone.

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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 very good clean copy with the usual dulling to spine gilt, one tiny dint to fore-edge of upper board and light speckling to edges of book block, protected by a very attractive, lightly dusted, and unclipped jacket (14s) with light overall dusting, mild rubbing, and very small abrasions and nicking to spine ends.
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.