A Farewell To Arms.

“Why, darling, I don't live at all when I'm not with you": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway’s Classic Novel A Farewell To Arms; Warmly Inscribed by Him in the year of publication

A Farewell To Arms.



Item Number: 138836

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.

First edition, first issue of this early Hemingway classic, which established him among the American masters. Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “To Eleanor Havre from her friend Ernest Hemingway Paris October 18 1929.” Near fine in a very good first state dust jacket with the misspelling “Katharine Barclay” in the blurb on the front flap. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt Bindery.

Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield—weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. Ernest Hemingway famously said that he rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times to get the words right. It is the basis for the 1932 film bearing the same name directed by Frank Borzage and starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, and Adolphe Menjou.

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