Green Hills of Africa (Inscribed first edition)
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. First edition. First printing in early issue dust jacket with green bar on rear panel extending through nine lines of the blurb. A Very Good copy in like dust jacket. Book with spine toned, fading to the boards and a faint dampstain to front board. Price-clipped dust jacket with spine toned, a large crease running down the front panel, and some chipping and wear at the spine ends and extremities. Inscribed by the author: "For Daisy G. Roe | Wishing her all good luck from her friend Ernest Hemingway. Key West March 18, 1936." The recipient Daisey G. Roe was a Florida neighbor who had recently married up-and-coming politician (and future Jacksonville, Florida mayor) Caulie F. Whitehead. Authentic signed Hemingway material is becoming scarce on the market.
After publishing Winner Take Nothing in 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.” It stands as one of his most memorable books set in the continent and, along with The Snows of Kilimanjaro, helped to establish his reputation as a safari-hunter and outdoorsman. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #5255)