Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing, in the first state dust jacket lacking photographer's credit to rear panel. 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 taken by Lloyd Arnold to rear panel. Very good or better, with light toning to spine, light rubbing to red spine labels, some offsetting to endpapers, a couple of light spots of dampstaining to right of front free endpaper, and very light dampstaining to bottom edge of text block and bottom corners of most pages; very good unclipped dust jacket, with light rubbing to panels, light wear to spine ends, light edgewear including a couple of small closed tears to top edge of rear panel and one to bottom edge of front panel, tiny chip to bottom edge of front panel, light black mark to author's face on rear panel, and light dampstaining to top portions of jacket flaps and rear panel (visible all the way around the top portion of jacket on verso). Overall, a handsome example of one of Hemingway's masterpieces. 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.