Clancy, Tom. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1984. True 1st edition, 1st printing. Limited to 5,000 copies. Red cloth, with jacket and a custom slipcase. 387 pp. 8vo. Near fine in a near fine jacket.
All first edition points are present: 9.25 inches in height; 18 lines of text on the copyright page; no price on the jacket; 6 blurbs on the back cover; weighs 1lb., 13oz.; full red cloth with an embossed sickle on the front board. Jacket is minimally toned, with tiny chips along the edges. Hardcover likewise in excellent condition, with just a touch of scuffing to the extremities; pristine text block. Slipcase with occasional wear.
The Hunt for Red October was Tom Clancy’s 1984 debut novel. The story follows a CIA analyst who leads a group of US Naval officers to take possession of a cutting-edge Soviet nuclear submarine from 26 defecting Soviet officers, and the intertwined adventures of Soviet submarine captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius and Jack Ryan, a Marine turned CIA analyst. It was loosely inspired by the mutiny on the Soviet frigate Storozhevoy in 1975.