In Our Time
Hard Cover. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First American Edition. Very Good.
First American edition, first printing of the author's first book published in the United States. One of 1,335 copies. Publisher's black cloth, with a concentric square pattern to the front board in gilt, lettered in gilt; lacking dust jacket. Very good, spine lettering faded as usual, extremities lightly rubbed with mild wear, and a tiny bookseller’s stamp to rear pastedown. Hanneman A3a. In Our Time is Hemingway's first collection of short stories, which was published before he gained notoriety as an author. The book was preceded by a collection of 18 short untitled "chapters" published in a limited edition of 170 copies by the Three Mountains Press in Paris in 1924. This first American edition includes seventeen of the original vignettes, fifteen of which are interwoven with longer stories as "interchapters." The other two original vignettes were titled "A Very Short Story" and "The Revolutionist" and are published here along with "Indian Camp," "Big Two-Hearted River" (Parts I and II)," "The End of Something," "Cat in the Rain," and "My Old Man," among others. Hemingway's distinct writing style drew attention, and as The New York Times wrote in its 1925 review, the "very prose seems to have an organic being of its own. Every syllable counts toward a stimulating, entrancing experience of magic... The covers of his book should strain and bulge with the healthful ferment that is between them."