Naval Institute Press, Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing

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Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October" Signed First Edition - First Printing
An original First Edition, First Printing, hand signed and dated by Tom Clancy with a personal inscription to Rear Admiral Ted Levy, A Veteran of the Korean War. Signed on the date of publication:

"To RADM Ted Levy
Best Regards, 
Tom Clancy

Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision: the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on....

The Hunt for Red October is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and convincing that the author was rumored to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a runaway top secret Russian missile sub.

Naval Institute Press, 1984.  Annapolis, Maryland. Tom Clancy "The Hunt for Red October". First edition First printing. Signed First Edition. A rare and very collectible example of this book. True 1st edition/1st printing of the book and 1st issue of the dust jacket in original condition.

This copy is one of only 5000 First Printings with all the correct points of issue:

  • Six "blurbs" on the back of the dj. - The 3rd blurb by Clive Cussler.
  • The dj is NOT priced. 
  • There is NO stated printing and no "First Edition" on the copyright page. 
  • There are 18 lines of print on the copyright page. 
  • The ISBN appears on the back of the dj and on the back of the binding.

Condition: Very Nearly Fine. Clean and straight boards, free or makings, writings, or stamps. The binding is uniform and tight. A crisp, bright, wonderful copy. This book stands out as having had excellent care. Protected in a brand new Mylar covering. Slight rubbing to bottom end of front hardcover. No rips, tears or creases to dust-jacket. Free of bookplates. An exceptional collector's grade hardcover book for your signed first edition collection. 


Rear Admiral Ted Levy:
A Veteran of the Korean War
by Seymour “Sy” Brody
Rear Admiral Ted Levy is a veteran of the Korean War and on active duty in the Berlin Emergency in 1961.

Levy was born on June 15, 1930. His parents were Gladys (Loring) and Abram Levy. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Architecture and Civil Engineering. He was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1952, through the Holloway Plan when he went to Gerogia Tech.

In the Korean War, Levy served aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823) as a qualified Surface Warfare Officer. He went for flight training and when he was finished, Levy became a Patrol Plane Commander and Avionic Officer with Patrol Squadron 18.

He accepted his reserve commission in 1956 and he was assigned to Patrol Squadron 672 and then Patrol Squadron 674 as Patrol Plane Commander and Operation Officer. In 1961, Levy was recalled to active duty for the Berlin Emergency and he served as a Patrol Plane Commander and Maintenance Officer with Patrol Squadron 741, which was involved with the Cuban Missile crisis.

Levy became the Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron 67, which won the Noel Davis Trophy awarded to the leading Reserve Patrol Squadron. Ley unit also won the Commander ASW Forces Atlantic Rediness Excellence Award.

As Rear Admiral Ted Levy went up the ladder in promotions, he undertook many assignments: He became the Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Reserve Staff B1, Naval Air Station 608 and Volunteer Training Unit 6767; He was on many promotion and major selections Boards; He was the director on the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Control and Editorial Board; He served as Chairman of the Secretary of the Navy’s National Naval Reserve Policy Board.

Rear Admiral Ted Levy continued to take leadership responsibilities: He was an Active Deputy Director of the Naval Reserve, Office of the Chief of Operations, Washington, D.C. His mobilization billet is Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, Commander Maritime Surveillance, Reconnaissance Force Sixth Fleet. He became the Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region EIGHT, on May 21, 1983.

In his private life, he was an architect and the leader of his firm Ted Levy, AIA, Architect. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Renata, and his daughter, Kim and his two sons, Bret and Keith.

Book Information

The Hunt for Red October is a novel by Tom Clancy. The story follows the intertwined adventures of Soviet submarine captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius and CIA analyst Jack (John) Patrick Ryan.

The novel was originally published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press�the first fictional work they ever published and still their most successful.

"The Hunt for Red October is Tom Clancy's superb, exciting story, only made better by the reading of Richard Crenna...Even if you have read the book and seen the movie, this cassette with Crenna's voice will give you two hours and 41 minutes of thrills...Don't miss this listening pleasure!" -- The News Chief

The Hunt for Red October was the start of a loosely connected series by Tom Clancy which shared a rough continuity and many of the characters in the novel. Jack Ryan in particular went on to be the central character of many of Clancy's later novels, though some of Clancy's novels were explicitly unrelated (such as Red Storm Rising).

The ultimate fate of the Red October is explained in the Clancy novel The Cardinal of the Kremlin, where it is revealed that the vessel was reverse engineered and stripped of all technology. The Red October was then sunk in a deep ocean trench to avoid discovery.

Film Adaptation

The novel was made into a commercially-successful movie in 1990, starring:

Sean Connery as Marko Ramius
Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan
James Earl Jones as Adm. James Greer
Scott Glenn as Cmdr. Bart Mancuso
Sam Neill as Captain 2nd Rank Vasily Borodin
Fred Dalton Thompson as Rear Adm. Joshua Painter

There were several differences between the novel and the film, including the Red October traveling up the Chesapeake Bay and near Tom Clancy's Calvert County home on the water and the prominence of the Royal Navy, including the HMS Invincible. The order of many events also has been changed.

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Naval Institute Press (1984)
9" x 6.5" x 1"
Signed First Edition, First Printing
Near Fine