“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.


Item Number: 4656

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.

First edition, later printing without the Scribners A on the copyright page. 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 the author'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).

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