Three-Quarter Leather. First Trade Hardcover Edition. One-of-a-kind. Unique “founder’s copy” of first trade hardcover edition (preceded in hardcover only by an American book-club edition), and first British edition. (The statement of printing on the copyright page is incorrect, the British hardcover edition precedes the British paperback edition.) Bound-up from the first sheets supplied to the publisher from the printer. This copy was specially bound for the founder of Kinnell Publications Limited, in three-quarter tan Morocco (goat skin) with gold lettering on a red Morocco lettering-piece, gold stamping, raised bands, and top and fore-edge gilt. This copy, and this copy only, has a colophon. This copy then is the first copy of the first trade hardcover edition and the first copy of the first British edition, in a unique and handsome binding. With a signed letter of provenance from Kinnell’s founder A.E. Cunningham.
A Talent for War is the first novel of the Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt. It was first published in 1989, while its sequels did not begin to be released until 2004, and most recently book 7 in 2014.A portion of A Talent for War was published in part in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine in1987 titled “Dutchman.“
Jack McDevitt is a science fiction author who most oftenexplores the themes and circumstance relatingto first contact with an alien race. His novels regularly dive into the study of Xenoarchaeology, specifically looking at the social and cultural intricacies of extraterrestrials. Although McDevitt was nominated a whopping 16 times for a Nebula Award, his only win to date was in 2006 for his novel Seeker.