155
155
Hemingway, Ernest
A FAREWELL TO ARMS. NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, 1929
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 4,750 GBP
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155
Hemingway, Ernest
A FAREWELL TO ARMS. NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, 1929
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 4,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Hemingway, Ernest
A FAREWELL TO ARMS. NEW YORK: CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, 1929
8vo (188 x 131mm), FIRST EDITION, first issue (without the author's note), original black cloth with gold paper labels, DUST-JACKET (with design by Cleon), green cloth folding box, light browning, spine very slightly bumped, few abrasions to slightly soiled dust-jacket, small labels to lower endpapers
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Literature

Cohn pp.31-34; Hanneman A8a; Connolly The Modern Movement 60

Catalogue Note

Hemingway's hugely popular novel, the book which established his reputation. A Farewell to Arms was published on 27 September 1929 in a first printing of 31,050 copies, after serialization in Scribner's Magazine from May to October. Within four weeks sales climbed to 33,000 copies, and a month later, despite the stock market crash, they soared past 50,000. A profile of Hemingway by Dorothy Parker in The New Yorker in November marked the point at which the author "passed beyond fame into living legend" (Lynn, Hemingway). "Its success was so enormous that it may be said to have ended Hemingway's influence as a writer. After it one could no more imitate that musical crystal-clear style; blown like glass from the white-heat of violence..." (Cyril Connolly, The Modern Movement). The dust-jacket for the first printing carries a blurb in which the name of the heroine is mis-spelled "Katharine Barclay" on the front flap.

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