New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 480 pp. Very Good / good. Item #14032729
Ernest Hemingway’s (1899-1961) novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" displays his strong feelings towards the Spanish Civil War, which ravaged the country throughout the late 1930s; the novel explores themes of wartime individuality, the effects of war on its soldiers, and whether an idealistic view of the world justifies violence. This volume is the first edition, first printing of Hemingway's book, with the Scribner A on the copyright page, and has the first state dust jacket, which lacks the photographer's credit on the rear panel.
___DESCRIPTION: Full beige cloth, facsimile of Hemingway's signature in black on the front board, red cloth labels on the spine with black lettering and rules, top edge stained light brown, fore-edge rough cut; octavo size (8.5" by 6"), pagination: [i-ix] 1-471. In a black paper dust jacket with red and white lettering on the front panel and spine, landscape illustration wrapping around the front panel and spine, black-and-white photograph of Hemingway on the rear panel with his name inside a red rectangle, and a description of the book on the front and rear panels; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $2.75 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; boards are clean with some light spots of soiling, top corners are gently bumped, spine is lightly sunned and cloth labels are rubbed, light toning to the endpapers. The dust jacket is good plus, unclipped, with bright colours, overall soiling and edge wear, a one-inch closed tear to the front panel, and some loss to the head and tail of the spine, but with no loss of text.
___CITATION: Hanneman 18a, first printing book (with Scribner A) and first state dust jacket (no photographer credit).
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