Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing, in the first state dust jacket lacking photographer's credit to rear panel (which was added in later states). Publisher's beige cloth, stamped to front board in black with author's facsimile signature, stamped in red and black to spine; in the original black, red, white, and blue dust jacket with a photographic portrait of the author to the rear panel. About fine with a touch of toning to page edges and faint offsetting to endpapers; in a very good or better dust jacket, unclipped, with some wear to extremities, shallow chipping to spine ends, short closed tears to bottom edge of front panel, one-inch closed tear to top edge of front panel near spine head, and to top and bottom edges of rear panel about an inch from the spine. Overall, a bright copy that presents very well in the original first state dust jacket, much nicer than usual. Hanneman A18a. For Whom the Bell Tolls is Hemingway's account of the Spanish Civil War, based on his experiences living as a journalist in Spain during the conflict. It tells the story of protagonist Robert Johnson, an American fighting for the republicans during the war. Notably, For Whom the Bell Tolls describes the struggle of the Spanish people without glorifying the war effort. Along with The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and the Sea, and A Farewell to Arms, this text is considered one of the author's best novels. Indeed, in his 1940 New York Times review, Ralph Thompson praises it as "the most moving document to date on the Spanish Civil War," "the first major novel of the Second World War," and even Hemingway's "finest novel." At 211,000 words, For Whom the Bell Tolls is also Hemingway's longest text.