"I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms; Inscribed by Him

  • A Farewell To Arms.
  • A Farewell To Arms.

A Farewell To Arms.

$25,000.00

Item Number: 51075

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.

First edition of this early Hemingway classic which established him among the American masters. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To C.G. Fox Esq. with all best wishes Ernest Hemingway Key West 1930.” Opposite is a mounted photograph of Hemingway on a fishing boat with a recently caught barracuda, and is initialed “EHin his hand. First issue and in the first state dust jacket with the reading “Katharine Barclay” in the blurb on the front flap. Very good in a bright very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears and wear to the spine.

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.

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