RARE PRESENTATION FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES, INSCRIBED BY HEMINGWAY
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Across the River and Into the Trees. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and slipcase. $21,500.
First American edition, preceded only three days by the first English edition, of Hemingway’s first novel since For Whom the Bell Tolls, warmly inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: "To Maria Altagracia best always from her friend, Ernest Hemingway, May 1957."
A decade after For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway published his next novel, Across the River and Into the Trees, a work he considered "the best book he had ever written" (Reynolds, Final Years, 214) and "his best and most carefully thought-out book" (Newsweek). The title of Across the River was taken from the last words of Stonewall Jackson as he lay mortally wounded and delirious in the Chancellorsville campaign: "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees." To publisher Charles Scribner, the novel is "filled with 'beauty, restraint and understanding,' more so than in Ernest's earlier books" (Reynolds, 214). First American edition with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. Grissom's dust jacket B with yellow lettering on spine rather than orange, no priority determined (Hanneman describes the yellow lettering as indicative of an earlier state). Preceded three days by the first English edition, this first American edition is generally preferred. Hanneman A44a.
Book about-fine, dust jacket with a bit of discoloration to rear panel, otherwise bright and near-fine. A lovely inscribed copy.