ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, INSCRIBED BY HEMINGWAY
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1940. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of this classic Hemingway novel, in first-issue dust jacket, inscribed by the author, “To Gregg Sinclair, with all good wishes, Ernest Hemingway.”
“This is the best book Ernest Hemingway has written, the fullest, the deepest, the truest. It will, I think, be one of the major novels of American literature… Hemingway has struck universal chords, and he has struck them vibrantly” (J. Donald Adams). First issue, with Scribner’s “A” on copyright page, in first-issue dust jacket without photographer’s name. Binding is a variant with lettering on white panels on the spine, as opposed to on red panels, as usually seen. Hanneman A18a. Inscribed to Gregg Sinclair, presumably the University of Hawaii professor who hosted a luncheon for Hemingway at the Willows Restaurant during his Hawaiian vacation in February 1941.
Book with light staining to endpapers; rear inner paper hinge split; light soiling to spine. Light restoration to dust jacket. Minor water spot to inscription. A nice inscribed copy.