"How little we know of what there is to know": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls; Signed by Him
For Whom The Bell Tolls.
Item Number: 94933
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. Signed by Ernest Hemingway on the page following the front free endpaper. Fine in a excellent near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Hemingway.
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.