"I would take anything I love and throw it off the highest cliff you ever saw and not wait to hear it bounce": First Edition of Across the River and Into the Trees Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey

  • Across the River and Into the Trees.
  • Across the River and Into the Trees.
  • Across the River and Into the Trees.
  • Across the River and Into the Trees.
  • Across the River and Into the Trees.

Across the River and Into the Trees.

$1,200.00

Item Number: 100388

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950.

First edition of Hemingway’s first novel since For Whom the Bell Tolls. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco gilt by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.

Set in Venice at the close of World War II, Across the River and into the Trees is the bittersweet story of a middle-aged American colonel, scarred by war and in failing health, who finds love with a young Italian countess at the very moment when his life is becoming a physical hardship to him. It is a love so overpowering and spontaneous that it revitalizes the man's spirit and encourages him to dream of a future, even though he knows that there can be no hope for long. Spanning a matter of hours, Across the River and into the Trees is tender and moving, yet tragic in the inexorable shadow of what must come. "Hemingway is the most important author since Shakespeare" (The New York Times Book Review).

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