New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. First Edition. First printing: with Scribner "A" on copyright page. First issue dust jacket with green bar on rear panel extending "through seven lines of the blurb" (Grissom A.13.1.a). Only light toning to cloth as almost always; light edge-wear, toning to spine of scarce unrestored dust jacket. Exceptional first edition, a very memorable presentation/association copy inscribed to the colorful founder and owner of Manhattan's star-studded Stork Club—one of Hemingway's favorite watering holes: "To Sherman Billingsley, the perfect host, wishing him lots of luck (and keep away from Finney) Ernest Hemingway."
After publishing Winner Take Nothing (1933), "Hemingway went to Africa to shoot the bounding kudu and to reply to his critics. The result is Green Hills of Africa… It is the most literary hunting trip on record" (New York Times). Here Hemingway "attempted to write an absolutely true book to see whether the shape of a country and the pattern of a month's action can, if truly presented, compete with a work of the imagination”. This distinctive presentation/association copy is inscribed by Hemingway to the founder and owner of "Manhattan's Stork Club, one of the most famous watering holes in the long history of American nightclubbing… The slick, sexy, smoky creation of a native Oklahoman and ex-bootlegger named Sherman Billingsley " (Time). The "Finney" of Hemingway's inscription refers to Ben Finney. The two were longtime close friends and adventurers who also shared a fondness for nightclubs. A friend, as well, with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Finney was a witness at Hemingway's 1946 marriage to Mary Welsh Hemingway. A most desirable presentation copy with a striking association. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2146)