For Whom the Bell Tolls(146 views)
Description: FIRST EDITION of arguably Hemingway's greatest work, with extremely scarce Scribner's outer jacket over the original dust jacket. "In February 1939, with his marriage to Pauline essentially over, Hemingway took his fishing boat, the Pilar, to Havana, where, living in his favorite room in the Hotel Ambos Mundos, he began writing what would be received as his finest novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. In April Gellhorn rented and made habitable a property outside of Havana, "La Finca Vigia," where she and Hemingway set up their writers' workshop. He worked steadily on his Spanish Civil War story of an American dynamiter, Robert Jordan, and his epic task of destroying a bridge behind Republican lines "At the end of July 1940 Hemingway delivered his completed typescript of For Whom the Bell Tolls to Max Perkins. The novel appeared on 21 October to ecstatic reviews; four days later Paramount Pictures offered Hemingway $100,000 for the film rights" (American National Biography). First issue: Without photographer's name on back panel of dust jacket. New York: Charles Scribner's, 1940. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket, original Scribner's printed outer jacket. Book with toning to pastedowns, dust jacket with a little edge wear; outer jacket with toning to spine and wear to fold and edges. An exceptional copy: the outer jacket has kept the dust jacket extremely bright and fresh; the outer jacket is the only such example we've seen on the market.
Artist or Maker: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST