First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls; Inscribed by Him

  • For Whom The Bell Tolls.
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls.

For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Item Number: 43078

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.

First edition, with the Scribners A on the copyright page of the novel that is regarded as one of Hemingway’s best works. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ed Lind with very best wishes always Ernest Hemingway.” Hemingway has corrected the spelling of the recipient’s name. Near fine in a excellent near fine first issue dust jacket with a few  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.