DescriptionTom Lea. Peleliu Landing. El Paso: Carl Hertzog, 1945. Deluxe edition limited to 500 copies of which this is number 23, hand-numbered and signed by the author on introduction page bound in front. 4to, 34 pages. Illustrated with ten of the author's original battle sketches. Lacking the eight-page Life magazine color insert laid-in all copies of the deluxe edition. Bound in olive green herringbone twill cloth, the same material as Marine Corps combat dungarees, with titles printed in black on the front board. Tom Lea combat photograph used as endpapers. Page edges untrimmed. Aside from some light toning, this copy is in very nice condition.
As a war correspondent for Life magazine, Lea was present for the first 32 hours of the Marine's assault on Peleliu Island. His text and sketches brilliantly capture the terror and shock experienced by the Marines in those first few critical hours. Hertzog's choice of type face, paper and binding is integral to Lea's narrative and sketches and one finds it difficult to image that one could stand without the other. Certainly this work must be counted as one of Hertzog's greatest achievements.
Reference: Lowman 29A.
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