Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First American edition, first printing, in a first state dust jacket with black and yellow lettering to spine (later states have orange lettering on spine). Publisher's black cloth, author's signature stamped in gilt to front board, titles in gilt to spine; in the original first state dust jacket designed by Adriana Ivancich, with an illustration of Venice to the front panel, and photograph of Hemingway by Paul Radkai to rear panel. Near fine book, with light rubbing to gilt on spine, bottom corners of boards lightly bumped, a touch of offsetting to endpapers, and a postage stamp with Hemingway illustration affixed to title page; very good unclipped dust jacket, with light chipping and wear to head of spine, light edgewear with a couple of small closed tears, corners lightly nicked, and a bit of creasing to front flap. Overall, a handsome book in an unfaded example of its earliest state dust jacket. Hanneman A23. Originally published serially in Cosmopolitan from February - June 1950, Across the River and Into the Trees tells the story of American Colonel Richard Cantwell during the last day of his life as he recalls his experiences in war and love as a younger man in Venice. Hemingway took the title of this novel from the last words of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, quoted on page 307: "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees." Like much of his writing, this novel is highly autobiographical. Also in typical Hemingway fashion, Across the River utilizes the Iceberg Theory, in which the true essence of the story is not expressly said in the plot but rather is meant to be inferred. Adriana Ivancich, who designed this edition's dust jacket, made Hemingway's acquaintance while the author was visiting Venice in 1949 and subsequently became his muse. This first American edition, published on September 7, 1950, was preceded by the British edition, which was released only 3 days prior on September 4th. Item #EH296