Hard Cover. London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1929. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First English edition, first printing. Translated from the German by A. W. Wheen. Publisher's coarse beige cloth, lettered in dark green to front board and spine, top edge stained green; in the original dark green dust jacket, lettered in white. About fine, light toning to top edge and fore edge of text block, faint offsetting to front endpaper, previous owner's bookplate also to front free endpaper; in an unclipped dust jacket dust jacket with some shallow chipping to the spine ends and corners of flaps, some tape reinforcement to jacket verso, else a very good or better copy that presents well. All Quiet on the Western Front is a historical novel, based on the author's own experiences in the Germany Army, that tells the story of Paul Bäumer, a young German soldier who is deployed to the Western Front shortly after enlisting. Rather than focusing on particular battles or events, All Quiet on the Western Front details the daily life of soldiers in trench warfare, their growing disbelief in a better future, and increasing disconnect from society that bred the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s-1930s. As Remarque writes in his preface, "This book is neither to be an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war." Originally published serially in Vossische Zeitung from November - December 1928, All Quiet on the Western Front was first published in book form in German as Im Westen Nichts Neues in January, 1929. Notably, this first English edition, published in March 1929, precedes the first American edition, which was published in June of the same year. All Quiet on the Western Front was adapted into an Oscar-winning film of the same name directed by Lewis Milestone in 1930.