FIRST REVISED AND EXPANDED EDITION OF HEMINGWAY’S IN OUR TIME, ONE OF HIS VERY FIRST BOOKS, CONTAINING THE FIRST PRINTING OF “ON THE QUAI AT SMYRNA” (HERE TITLED HIS “INTRODUCTION”), WITH REVISIONS TO OTHER STORIES, IN SCARCE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. Octavo, original black cloth, printed gold labels to front cover and spine, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $7000.
First revised and expanded edition of In Our Time, first Scribner’s edition of the first of Hemingway’s books published in the United States, newly featuring his “Introduction by the Author” (later retitled as “On the Quai at Smyrna”), along with revisions to two short stories, in rarely found dust jacket with the dramatic gold and black printed design by Cleonike.
This revised and expanded 1930 edition of Hemingway's In Our Time is the first to include his "Introduction," which is the first printing of his story later retitled, "On the Quai at Smyra." In addition, this important edition includes his revisions to "A Very Short Story" and "Mr. and Mrs. Eliot." This superb collection of stories presented a number of Hemingway's finest short pieces to the American public, including "Indian Camp," "The Battler," "The Three Day Blow," and both parts of "Big Two-Hearted River." In 1924 Three Mountains Press in Paris published the similarly titled in our time in an edition of only 170 copies; that much-shorter work contained only the vignettes that are here called "Chapters" and interspersed among the 15 longer stories collected here for the first time. (Two of the 18 pieces that originally appeared in in our time were given titles and included here as full stories: "A Very Short Story" and "The Revolutionist."). Second American edition overall: preceded by the Boni & Liveright 1925 edition, 1926 London first editon. On acquiring the plates, bound stock and reprint rights, Scribner's issued this revised and expanded edition in 1930. With original blue dust jacket, printed gold and black, design by Cleonike. Hemingway's "Introduction," later retitled "On the Quai at Smyrna," would not be printed again until its inclusion in The Fifth Column and the First Forty-nine Stories (1938). Also with the Introduction by Edmund Wilson, which declares this to be a pioneering work that already clarifies "the centre of Hemingway's point of view." Hanneman 3A-B; 16A.
Book near-fine, dust jacket with expert restoration to extremities.