Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First Edition, Later printing. Octavo, Rebound in quarter leather and cloth boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In a new archival cloth slipcase.
Presented is a first edition, later printing of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York, in November of 1929, this later printing is presented rebound in quarter leather and cloth boards with gilt tooling, titles, and raised bands to the spine.
Set during World War I, A Farewell to Arms tells the story of a young American Lieutenant serving as an ambulance driver in Italy struggling through love and war. The story is told through first person narration detailing many aspects of war that would have been very familiar to readers at the time, as the book was published only 11 years after the 1918 armistice. The simple, direct tone his character uses when giving his unromanticized account of the war later defined Hemingway’s writing style.
A Farewell to Arms is loosely based on Hemingway’s own experiences. The author briefly served overseas as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army, sustained injuries, and met a nurse who he eventually proposed marriage to but was declined. The novel’s post-war disillusionist subject assigned Hemingway to the “Lost Generation” of Modernist artists. The novel secured Hemingway’s place as a popular American author and became his first bestselling book.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was an American author and journalist. His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy of words and dry understatement, strongly influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and his public image. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Hemingway published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works during his lifetime; a further three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are now considered classics of American literature.
Octavo. Presented rebound in quarter leather and cloth boards with gilt titles, stamps, and raised bands to the spine. New archival cloth slipcase with a facsimile gilt signature and Hemingway photograph inlaid to the front. Clean pages, with only minimal toning. 355 pp.
Book Dimensions: 7 3/4" H x 5 3/4" W x 1 5/8" D
With Slipcase: 8 1/8" H x 5 7/8" W x 2" D