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Joseph Heller, born 1923 and died 1999, was responsible for one of the best known American novels ever written, and also one of the most collectable modern first editions. His commentary in the anti-war book, based on his own military experiences, is simply a superb example of black-comedy. Even the books title gave us a new phrase, the meaning of which is now universally known. It was also the basis of a successful big screen adaptation. For collectors, once you have the first book the rest is relatively easy, there are issue points that you should be aware of and anything not first issue  drops hugely in value. There have also been several signed limited editions issued for several of the titles, some being contemporaneous others years after. American editions precede their English counterparts and are also of greater value, due largely to greater American interest in the writer. Overall an important and very collectable author.
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Title   Date Notes
Catch 22 Schuster 1961 US first issue has dj priced at $5.95
Catch 22 Cape 1962 UK first issue has blurb about book to rear. Second issue has author comments to rear
We Bombed in New Haven Knopf 1968 UK: 1969 Cape
Clevinger's Trial French 1973 Wrappers
Something Happened Knopf 1974 UK: 1974 Cape. 350 signed copies with slip case also done (US)
Good as Gold Franklin 1979 UK: 1979 Cape. in US the Franklin library edition precedes the trade first by Schuster
God Knows Knopf 1984 UK: 1984 Cape, US signed limiteds also
No Laughing Matter Knopf 1986 UK: 1986 Cape
Picture This Putnam 1988 UK: 1988 Macmillan
Closing Time Franklin 1994 UK: 1994 Schuster. US the Franklin library edition precedes the trade first by Schuster
Now and Then From Coney Island to Here Franklin 1994 UK: 1998 Schuster. in US the Franklin library edition precedes the trade first by Knopf, 1998
Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man Scribner 2000 UK: 2000 Schuster

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