Item #EH268 A Farewell to Arms. Ernest Hemingway.

A Farewell to Arms

Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First Edition. Very Good.


First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth, gold title panels with black lettering to the front board and spine, pictorial endpapers with bull illustration and stripes in yellow. About very good, extremities rubbed and a bit worn, slight fraying to upper board, spine slightly faded, labels dimmed; internally, tight and clean. Hanneman A8a. Set in Italy during World War I, A Farewell to Arms tells the story of a romance between the protagonist Frederic Henry, an American serving as a lieutenant in the Italian ambulance corps, and Catherine Barkley, a British nurse tending to wounded soldiers. Widely considered one of the best novels to come from the war, the novel is, as the dust jacket proclaims, "the very essence of beauty as twisted and made tragic by war" that "expresses the innermost nature of war." Unlike many of the other war novels by contemporary writers, A Farwell to Arms addresses not only the aftermath of WWI but the events of the war itself and specifically the Italian Front around the Battle of Caporetto of Autumn 1917. Accordingly, it stood out amongst the war novels, becoming Hemingway's first best-seller and establishing him as a premier American writer. Interestingly, in his 1958 interview with The Paris Review, Hemingway famously remarked, "I rewrote the ending to A Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied."


Item #EH268

Price: $400.00