London: Jonathan Cape, 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression, second state ("serious" spelled correctly, p. 66), of Hemingway's "first full-length novel and probably his best." (Modern Movement) Crown 8vo (190 x 122mm): 350pp. Publisher's calico-grain magenta cloth, spine stamped in gold, bottom edge untrimmed; white dust jacket printed in blue, green, and black, beautifully illustrated by Lee Elliott and priced 7s/6d (Grissom's Jacket B, with Arnold Bennett blurb on front flap). Better than Near Fine (spine lightened a degree, edges dust-soiled), tightly bound and clean throughout (apparently unread); about Fine jacket, vivid and bright (imperceptible professional restoration to spine tip nicks, short closed tear to front panel). Uncommon in this condition. Hanneman 35A. Grissom A.8.2.a. Modern Movement 60. Near Fine+ / Fine-. Item #BB2244
With A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway "consolidated the reputation he had made with The Sun Also Rises and two major collections of short stories. Set on the Italian front during World War I and partially based on Hemingway's wartime experience with the Red Cross in that theatre of the war, A Farewell to Arms is both a war story and a love story, the work that the author once referred to as his Romeo and Juliet." (Literary Encyclopedia) The subject of numerous film and television adaptations, most notably the 1932 Academy Award-winning Frank Borzage film starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, and Adolphe Menjou, and the 1957 Oscar-nominated Charles Vidor film starring Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of many British editions of American authors's works. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).