In 8s (7 1/2 x 5 3/16 ; 190 x 131 mm). Original black cloth, printed gold paper labels. Pictorial dust jacket by Cleonike depicting a seated classical figure on the front (repeated on the title-page); some trivial soiling. Red half morocco slipcase.
Hanneman A6a; Connolly, The Modern Movement 50
First edition, first issue, with the typo “stoppped” on p. 181, line 26. With a long inscription by Hemingway about the novel to Dr. Don Carlos Guffey, the obstetrician who delivered Hemingway’s two sons by his second marriage, the inscription running to 20 lines and filling the front free endpaper: “To Dr. Don Carlos Guffey — Dear Dr. Guffey: —Since you are a collector, marks, mis-spelled words and other evidences of seniority in a volume are probably more important that how it was written but if it is of any interest to you the first draft of this book was commenced on my birthday, July 21 , in Madrid and it was finished September 6 of the same year — in Paris [these last two words added by Hemingway in pencil] — It was written at Madrid, Valencia, Madrid, San Sebastian, Hendaye and Paris — after it was finished I wrote The Torrents of Spring in the week preceding Thanksgiving of that year. — In November we went to Schruns in the Voralberg in Austria and there I re-wrote the 1st part of this book — went to N.Y. and came back and re-wrote the rest — the portrait on the jacket [the back of the jacket carries a reproduction of a drawing of Hemingway by John Bloomshield, dated Paris 1925] was by a twirp who said he was making drawings for Vanity Fair and then sold this, which he got me to sign [Hemingway’s facsimile signature appears below the drawing], to Scribners — Ernest Hemingway.” In addition, Hemingway has annotated the dedication page, which is printed: “This book is for Hadley and for John Hadley Nicanor.” Beside his first son’s name Hemingway has pencilled: “only child of any sort of E. H. not born through Caesarian section.” See previous lot for note regarding Dr. Guffey.
“The Sun Also Rises did not rock the country, but it received a number of hat-in-the-air reviews and it soon became a handbook of conduct for the new generation ... how much of the novel seems as marvelously fresh as when it first appeared! Count Mippipopolous, his wound, and his champagne; the old couple from Montana on their first trip abroad; the busload of Basque peasants; the whole beautiful episode of the fishing trip in the mountains, in the harsh sunlight, with bright water tumbling over the dam; then by contrast the dark streets of Pamplona crowded with riau-riau dancers, who formed a circle round Brett as if she were a revered witch — as indeed she was, and as Jake in a way was the impotent Fisher King ruling over a sterile land — in all this there is nothing that has gone bad and not a word to be changed after so many years. It is all carved in stone, bigger and truer than life; and it is the work of a man who, having ended his busy term of apprenticeship, was already a master at twenty-six” (Malcolm Cowley, A Second Flowering, pp. 70-73. An exceptional copy: in fine condition (now very rare) and with a marvelous inscription.
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