Hard Cover. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1929. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First American edition, first printing. Translated from the German by A. W. Wheen. Publisher's coarse tan cloth, lettered in black and red, top edge stained red; in the original pictorial dust jacket illustrated to front panel with a painting of a soldier. A very good copy with some rubbing to the extremities and light soiling; in an unclipped jacket with several small chips, tears and creases, some moderated soiling, else very good. 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 to December 1928, All Quiet on the Western Front was first published in book form in German as Im Westen Nichts Neues in January, 1929. All Quiet on the Western Front was adapted into an Oscar-winning film of the same name directed by Lewis Milestone in 1930.