FAREWELL TO ARMS

(London: Jonathan Cape, 1929).

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION IN AN IMPRESSIVE AND HANDSOME ASPREY BINDING of this true high-spot of 20th century literature and one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of that century. Hemingway’s moving and tragic tale of an American service man and the British nurse he falls in love with during the horrors of the first World War was only his second published novel. Hemingway’s characters in even such an early novel as this, reflect the honesty and resonance that is so distinctive to his prose. The novel was based on Hemingway's own experiences serving in the Italian campaigns during the First World War. The inspiration for Catherine Barkley was Agnes von Kurowsky, a real nurse who cared for Hemingway in a hospital in Milan after he had been wounded. He had planned to marry her but she spurned his love when he returned to America.
The Asprey bindings were produced for the firm by both Sangorski and Sutcliffe and by Zaehnsdorf, both highly important English binderies. Item #29795

First English edition, published the same year as the first American edition. 8vo, in a very handsome Asprey of London binding of full red crushed morocco, the boards framed in gilt, the spine with tall gilt tooled raised bands creating gilt framed compartments, four of which with handsome central gilt tool of crossed arms and bugle, gilt lettering in two compartments and gilt date at the foot, board edges gilt tooled, as are the turn-ins, red marbled endpapers, a.e.g. 350. A very fine and handsome copy both inside and out.

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Price: $495.00