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A Farewell to Arms

by HEMINGWAY, Ernest

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HEMINGWAY, Ernest: AN EXTRAORDINARY SIGNED HEMINGWAY RARITY. One of only 10 copies intended solely for his own private distribution of A farewll to Arms. His first bestseller, this copy of Arms from the library of Owen Wister Jr., the father of Western fiction, author of the bestselling 1902 novel The Virginian. Hemingway held Wister in high regard, describing Wister s stories as a lesson to our generation in how to write, to his editor Maxwell Perkins. Arguably Hemingway s greatest work, A Farewell to Arms is the only Hemingway work issued in a signed limited edition. Five hundred copies were numbered and sold to the public. This is one of the ten unnumbered copies intended only for Papa s personal sharing. 8vo (222 x 146 mm). Full crushed blue morocco, covers twice ruled in gilt with gilt cornerpieces, upper cover reproducing the original design of the first trade edition dust jacket of this title by Cleon (1895-1979) in various color morocco onlays and gilt-work, flat spine lettered in white and blazing orange with a single vertical gilt filet and small gilt devices, edges gilt, hand-marbled endpapers, turn ins gilt, GILT STAMP-SIGNED BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE. Positively Sumptuous. We see no other such copy available for decades past. Book #vP1453. $43,500. We specialize in Rare Ayn Rand and other legends and landmarks of lifetimes.


Set during World War 1, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms is the story of Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian army, and his love affair with an English nurse named Catherine Barkley. The novel is semi-autobiographical, based on Hemingway's own experiences serving in the Italian campaigns during the war. While some assume the title of the work to be taken from a poem by 16th century English dramatist George Peele, others believe it to be a simple pun of the word “arms.” A Farewell to Arms was first serialized in the May-October issues Scribner's Magazine 1929. It was published in book form in September of that year. As the work became available to the public just over ten years after the November 1918 armistice, Hemingway assumed his audience would recognize many of the references. In fact, certain basic information isn't alluded to in the book at all, as it was common knowledge around the time of publication. The result of this immediacy? Arguably one of the best novels written about World War I… ever. A Farewell to Arms was Hemingway's first bestseller, affording him financial independence and cementing his stature as a modern American writer. More specifically, the novel and its content helped to established the author as a key member of the “Lost Generation,” a subset of Modernist artists namely defined by their post-war disillusionment. A Farewell to Arms is ranked 74th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. 

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