“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it": First Edition of For Whom The Bell Tolls; Inscribed by Ernest Hemingway

  • For Whom The Bell Tolls.

For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Item Number: 4656

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.

First edition, early printing of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “To Nicholas Wreden with all best wishes Ernest Hemingway.” The recipient, Nicholas Wreden was an editorial director at E. P. Dutton, and noted translator of several Russian titles, among them Leo Tolstoy. Some toning to the spine, a very good example in an excellent dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

For Whom the Bell Tolls combines two of Hemingway's recurring obsessions: war and personal honor. "This is the best book Ernest Hemingway has written, the fullest, the deepest, the truest. It will, I think, be one of the major novels of American literature Hemingway has struck universal chords, and he has struck them vibrantly" (J. Donald Adams). It was the basis for the 1943 film directed by Sam Wood, starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress; however, only the Greek actress Katina Paxinou won an Oscar for her portrayal of Pilar.