A Farewell to Arms (Signed Limited Edition)
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. In an exquisite contemporary binding by a Riviere exhibition binder, L. Mounteney. One of 500 copies signed by the author, and Hemingway's only novel released in a signed, limited edition. In three-quarters burnt-orange crushed levant morocco with square corners over paper-covered boards. Spine panel inlaid with intricate flower designs and delicate gilt detailing. With green moire silk doublures and endsheets and all edges gilt. In Near Fine condition with minor rubbing to lower edges of boards and with first few pages a trifle loose, but not detached. While some beat-up copies are rebound to make them more palatable, contemporary fine bindings are quite scarce and this one was made to impress. A fantastic copy of Hemingway's semi-autobiographical account of an American ambulance driver in an Italian regiment in WWI and his fleeting romance with a British nurse. Quintessential Hemingway, written at the height of his powers. From the library of collector Earl J. Brady. Near Fine (Item #751)