To Have And Have Not by Ernest Hemingway, First Edition, 1937

Hemingway, Ernest, To Have and Have Not. New York: Charles Scriber’s Sons, 1937. First edition, first printing. Beautifully rebound in 1/4 gray Moroccan leather and cloth boards, with raised bands and gilt tooling and titles to the spine. Housed in a matching cloth slipcase.

This first edition, first printing of Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not was published in New York by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1937. The original internal pages have been professionally rebound in quarter gray Moroccan leather and cloth boards with raised bands, gilt titles, and gilt tooling to the spine. The book is housed in a custom matching archival slipcase.

Set during the Depression, Hemingway’s novel follows the dramatic story of fishing boat captain Henry Morgan who turns to a life of contraband running between Cuba and Florida to save himself and his family. To Have and Have Not began as a short story, published as "One Trip Across" in Cosmopolitan in 1934, introducing the character of Harry Morgan. A second story, "The Tradesman's Return," was written and published in Esquire in 1936, at which point Hemingway decided to write a full novel about Harry Morgan. Hemingway wrote the book and revised it between 1935 and 1937, as he traveled back and forth from Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Critical of American capitalism, the novel explores social circumstances and situations in Key West and Cuba, “that paradise of the ‘haves’ and purgatory of the ‘have nots.” 

To Have and Have Not was first published by Charles Scribner's Sons on October 15, 1937 to a print-run of approximately 10,000 copies. It was also published as an "Armed Services Edition" during WWII.

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.


Very good condition. Beautifully rebound in quarter gray Moroccan leather and cloth boards, with raised bands, gilt embossed titles, and gilt stamps to the spine. Internally, the first edition pages are slightly toned from age but are clean and free of marks or tears. This first edition has an "A" and the Scribner's seal on the copyright page. Book is presented with a new archival gray slipcase.

Dimensions: 8 1/4" H x 5 7/8" W x 1 1/2" D (Book). 8 3/4" H x 6" W x 1 7/8" D (Slipcase).

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