Winner Take Nothing by Ernest Hemingway, First Edition, First Printing, 1933

Hemingway, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. First edition, first printing. Octavo, bound in quarter leather raised and gilt spine. Housed in a custom slipcase that features a portrait of the author on the cover.

This first edition of Hemingway's distinguished collection of 14 short stories, including some of his more celebrated poems: “A Natural History of the Dead,” “After the Storm,” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.” Thanks to this beloved collection, Hemingway secured his reputation as “the modern American master of the short story” and furthered his reputation with the panache of his personal life. Hemingway’s “epigraph to Winner Take Nothing… is perhaps the finest and most accurate brief description of Hemingway’s heroes, of what he set out to do in his best work and what in the main he accomplished” (McCormick, 55-6).

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.


Overall very good condition. The professionally rebound first edition book is housed in an archival slipcase. Internally the pages are slightly toned from age but clean and without marks or damage.


Book: 7 ¾” H x 5 ¾” W x 1 ½” D

Slipcase: 8 ⅛” H x 5 13/16” W x 2” D

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