“THAT MUSICAL CRYSTAL-CLEAR STYLE, BLOWN LIKE GLASS FROM THE WHITE-HEAT OF VIOLENCE”
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Farewell to Arms. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Octavo, original black cloth, gold paper labels, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First trade edition, first issue, of the novel that “placed Hemingway, early, among the American masters,” in scarce first issue dust jacket.
"Probably [Hemingway's] best… Its success was so enormous… After it one could no more imitate that musical crystal-clear style; blown like glass from the white-heat of violence… the beginning, like all his beginnings, seems effortless and magical" (Connolly, Modern Movement 60). "The novel that placed Hemingway, early, among the American masters… the most satisfying and most sustained, the consummate masterpiece, among Hemingway's novels. It bears the mark of Hemingway's best gifts as a writer" (Mellow, 377-79). First edition, first printing with publisher's seal on copyright page, no disclamer on page x; in first issue art deco dust jacket by Cleonike Damianakes, with front flap misspelling of the heroine's name as "Katharine Barclay" instead of "Catherine Barkley." Appeared simultaneously with a limited edition of 510 numbered copies. Hanneman 8a. Bruccoli & Clark, 178.
Book fine. Scarce original dust jacket unrestored with a bit of toning to spine and mild edge-wear to spine ends and front upper corner only; lovely front panel clean and quite bright. A beautiful about-fine copy, most scarce in this condition.