(Lexington, KY: Joe Petro III, 2004). First edition. "Vonnegut's searing and wry recounting [that] laid the foundation for his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five" (publisher Joe Petro). Prints Vonnegut's heartbreaking May 29, 1945, letter to his parents informing them he is no longer missing in action and recounting his capture and escape from behind enemy lines. Number 5 of 100 numbered copies SIGNED BY VONNEGUT WITH A SELF PORTRAIT AND DATED MAY 29, 2004, fifty-nine years to the day he wrote the original letter. ALSO WITH "KILGORE TROUT" SILKSCREEN SIGNED BY VONNEGUT BOUND IN, as issued. A beautiful production. Quarto gilt-stamped half brown leather with marbled paper boards; in unprinted gray linen slipcase, as issued. Fine in fine slipcase. Scarce to rare. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION -- HEARTBREAKING LETTER TO HIS PARENTS.