This is a fine, like new, leather-bound hardcover. Franklin Library Signed Limited Edition 1978. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. Pages crisp and clean, free of markings. Signed by author with tissue guard. Bound in green full leather with gold gilt accents and lettering. Pages edges tipped in gold gilt. Handsome Smyth sewn binding like new and rubbed spine accents the fine binding. Peach silk moire endpapers with attached silk ribbon bookmark.
Published in 1944, this novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1945. It is the story of an Italian-American officer in Sicily during World War Two. Set during the Allied occupation of a fictional town in Italy. When asked what the town needs most, food is the first response, and second is a replacement for the 700 yr old bell that the Nazis melter down for arms. The bell was a sign of unity and pride for the town and the officer is moved by their dedication to it. He then sets forth to find the bell or a replacement.
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