Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway, Halcyon House Edition, 1932

Hemingway, Ernest, Death in the Afternoon. New York: Halcyon House, 1932. Original dust jacket. Housed in a custom archival slipcase.

Presented is the Halcyon House edition of Ernest Hemingway’s dramatic novel Death in the AfternoonCharles Scribner's Sons first published Death in the Afternoon in 1932. This Halcyon House edition was published the very same year and includes 82 illustrations. This book retains its original dust jacket and both the book and dust jacket are housed in a custom archival slipcase featuring an inlaid photo of Hemingway and his embossed facsimile signature.

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. Hemingway wrote most of his work between the 1920s and the 1950s, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Despite his fame as a fictional short story writer and his love of drama, Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon is a nonfiction work exploring Spanish culture and the tradition of bullfighting. Written as part personal essay and part historical analysis, Hemingway explains the modern sport "emotionally and practically” for an audience of American readers.

Hemingway first visited Spain after serving in WWI. He fell in love with the country and developed a fascination with bullfighting and its ceremonies. Hemingway took annual trips to Pamplona, where bullfights were held in connection with the religious festival of San Fermín.  


Overall very good condition. Original dust jacket has some minor wear along the top and bottom edges but no notable damage. It is now protected by a clear mylar cover. Internally, the pages are slightly toned from age but otherwise clean and without damage. The book is housed in a custom red archival slipcase featuring an inlaid photo of Hemingway and a black embossed facsimile signature.


Book: 9 ½” H x 7” W x 2 ¼” D

Slipcase: 9 ⅞” H x 7 1/16” W x 2 ¾” D

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