WAR NURSE. The True Story of a Woman Who Lived, Loved and Suffered on the Western Front.

New York: Cosmopolitan, 1930. 1st edition. [6], 265 pp. Crown 8vo. Black cloth binding stamped in gilt. Red topstain. White dust jacket with color pictorial of a nurse to front panel. Gilt bright. Slight lean. Bit of spotting to top edge. Withal, a VG+ copy in a VG jacket that shows some edgewear, light soiling & chipping to spine panel ends. Item #9226.3

Originally published in serial form in Cosmopolitan in the late 1920s, and falsely advertised as a journalistic account drawn from the heroine's own diaries, the novel depicts the adventures and love affairs of a wealthy young New Yorker turned nurse in World War I. Due to its frank and rather bleak portrayal of the sexual mores and moral ambiguity of the WWI and post-war era, the novel was considered somewhat shocking for its day. West disowned the novel when it was issued as a book in 1930 -- presumably more out of dissatisfaction with the novel's limitations than out of a desire to avoid controversy.

This the first edition in book form, uncommon in a jacket.

Price: $375.00