Boulder, CO: Panther Publications, 1963. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
First edition in English of Spanish civil war veteran, professional revolutionary and self-styled "General," Alberto Bayo's practical guide to guerrilla warfare. Bayo mentored and trained a small cadre in the summer of 1956, which included Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, crediting his training style with the successful overthrow of the Batista regime. Written in a question and answer format, Bayo covers leadership structures, assigning duties, equipment, digging tunnels, building shelters and making explosives (though the editor warns against this in his preface) among other specifics. Bayo printed and circulated five previous Spanish editions in various parts of Central and Latin America during the 1940s and 50s, making it a staple in communist-led revolutions, but this translation comes from a 1959 Havana edition. This edition also marks the first publication of Robert K. Brown's Panther Publications (later renamed Paladin Press to avoid association with the Black Panthers), setting the tone for the publisher's future list: specialized military subjects, improvised warfare, self defense, home explosives and other controversial "action topics." Once credited as the "most dangerous publisher in the world," the press was sued over several murders in the 90s in connection with one of their titles, Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors. Stated first printing. Rubbing and creasing to wraps with lower hinge somewhat weak; chipping to spine tail. Previous ownership signature to rear free endpaper. A good copy of a scarce book. Item #2096