All-Out on the Road to Smolensk (Signed copy)
Signed by Erskine Caldwell, his account of Russian life in the first months of the Second World War
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 21 × 14cm, 230pp.
Signed and dedicated in by Erskine Caldwell to the ffep, "To E E Loebe, best wishes Erskine Caldwell." A pencil annotation to the half-title states "Edward E Loebe was head of Regenstein printers and publishers, who printed Esquire magazine in the 1930s and 1940. Also printed the early issues of Playboy." There is also a previous owner's stamp to the same page.
Erskine Caldwell's account of life in Russia when the Nazis invaded—the blackouts in Moscow, the People's Army, the fighter pilots, battlefields and bombings. As he writes in his introduction, "For several years I had had a growing desire to visit the Soviet Union, but it was not until the first week of 1941 that I finally decided that the time had come for me to go. My reason for going then was that I wished to see Moscow before the Germans began their attack on the Russians..."
The book is in very good condition with a little tanning to the endpapers. The dustwrapper is sunfaded to the edges and creased to the spine but is in otherwise good order.