“IF IT ISN’T ENJOYABLE-WHY DO IT?”: FIRST EDITION OF TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. To Have and Have Not. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. Octavo, original full black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $3200.
First edition, first issue of Hemingway’s first novel since A Farewell to Arms, basis for the Howard Hawks film co-scripted by Faulkner and featuring Bogart and Bacall together for the first time, in scarce original dust jacket.
This novel, Hemingway's first since A Farewell to Arms was published eight years earlier, follows the life and adventures of Harry Morgan from rum-running to revolution. Brimming with criticism directed at American capitalism and the bureaucracy of the Roosevelt administration, the novel explores social circumstances and situations in Key West, "that paradise of the 'haves' and purgatory of the 'have nots." "In To Have and Have Not, Hemingway for the first time showed an interest in a possible solution of social problems through collective action" (Hart, 327). With Scribner "A" on copyright page; in original dust jacket with black-and-white photograph of Hemingway by Joris Ivens on the back. Hanneman 14A. Owner signature.
Book with slightest embrowning to text, light rubbing to extremities, and only mild toning to spine. Dust jacket with a bit of wear mainly to extremities, a few tape repairs to verso, and slight toning to spine. An extremely good copy.