“THAT MUSICAL CRYSTAL-CLEAR STYLE, BLOWN LIKE GLASS FROM THE WHITE-HEAT OF VIOLENCE”: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF HEMINGWAY’S A FAREWELL TO ARMS, THE ONLY ONE OF HIS WORKS SO ISSUED
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Tall octavo, original white parchment spine and corners, green paper boards, uncut, original slipcase. $18,500.
Signed limited first edition of Hemingway’s “consummate masterpiece,” number 382 of only 510 copies signed by him.
"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" (Connally 60). "A Farewell to Arms was the novel that placed Hemingway, early, among the American masters… [it is], in fact, 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). The only signed limited first edition of any of Hemingway's works. Without scarce original glassine. Hanneman A8b.
Text very fresh and clean, expert repair to rear inner paper hinge, vellum fine. Slipcase with expert repairs along joints and copy number erased from label. A lovely signed copy.