Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First American Edition. Very Good / 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 photograph of the author to rear panel. A very good copy with some light rubbing to spine, front hinge tender but generally stable, page edges toned, bookseller's sticker to bottom of front free endpaper, a few light pencil notes; in an about very good dust jacket with wear to extremities including a chip to top edge of front panel extending about halfway down the "F" in the title, shallow chipping to spine ends and corners, short closed tears to edges, dampstain to rear fold, a few scratches to rear panel. Overall, a sturdy, presentable copy. 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.