“THIS IS BULLFIGHTING FROM THE INSIDE… NOT EVEN ERNEST HEMINGWAY AT HIS BEST HAS EVER DONE A BETTER JOB OF GETTING THE WHOLE THING ON PAPER”: FIRST EDITION OF THE BRAVE BULLS, SIGNED BY TOM LEA
LEA, Tom. The Brave Bulls. Boston: Little, Brown, 1949. Octavo, original pictorial pink cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket.
First edition of Lea’s first novel about bullfighting, with illustrated color title page and numerous in-text illustrations, signed by him.
“A good painter and a good writer… [Lea] loved his native Southwest, was steeped in its history and traditions. In his first novel The Brave Bulls, he was an artist writing exactly and movingly about another art: bullfighting. He was also a surprisingly good novelist exploring the range of courage, despair and fear in the heart of a brave man” (Time Magazine). “This is bullfighting from the inside, the way it looks to the people who make it a profession, and not even Ernest Hemingway at his best has ever done a better job of getting the whole thing on paper” (New York Times). Tom Lea was a close friend and favorite writer of President George W. Bush, who quotes him often; one of Lea’s paintings hung in the Oval Office. This novel was the basis for the 1951 film starring Mel Ferrer and Anthony Quinn.
front inner hinge expertly reinforced, bright price-clipped dust jacket extremely good, with light soiling to panels and shallow chipping to extremities. A lovely signed copy.