Gris, Juan. Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Juan Gris. First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth stamped in gilt with author's facsimile signature to front board, decorated and lettered in gilt to spine; in the original yellow pictorial dust jacket lettered in black with Roberto Domingo's illustration of a matador fleeing a bull to front panel. A near fine book with a touch of fading to top edge and a slight lean to spine, rear pastedown with a small booksellers sticker and a few abrasions, text block edges lightly toned; in a fair dust jacket with significant wear and some loss to extremities, split completely down the length of the spine where it meets the front panel, a few large chips to top edge including one affecting "Death" where it is printed on the spine, all other text still readable and mostly intact, variously rubbed and soiled. Hanneman A10a. Death in the Afternoon is Hemingway's non-fiction book about the sport of bull-fighting, which ranges from technical descriptions of the art of the sport to philosophical conjectures about people who are interested in or partake in bull-fighting. Hemingway first became interested in bull-fighting after attending the Festival of San Fermínin in Pamplona, Spain in 1923, and became a lifelong aficionado. This technical text is enlivened by Hemingway's clear passion for the sport and keen understanding of its nuances. Although Death in the Afternoon is the author's first full book-length non-fiction piece, Hemingway's love for bull-fighting can also be seen in his 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.