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In Our Time - Ernest Hemingway

1925 - Boni & Liveright, New York - First Edition, First Printing
First edition of Hemingway’s first American publication and his second book, published October 5th in a run of only 1,335 copies.

‘No other writer here recorded stepped so suddenly into fame, or destroyed with such insouciance so many other writers or ways of writing or became such an immediate symbol of an age.’ – Cyril Connolly,
The Modern Movement.

‘On October 18, 1925, an American writer, not yet turned twenty-six, was first reviewed in
The New York Times, whose anonymous critic called his short stories "lean, pleasing, with tough resilience," "fibrous," "athletic," "fresh," "hard," and "clean," almost as if an athlete, not a book, was being reviewed.

Hemingway had that effect on reviewers and readers alike. His prose style was dramatically different, demanding equally new ways of describing it. Not more than a handful of the newspaper's readers likely knew the Hemingway name, but the review of "
In Our Time" could not have been more propitious.’ - Reynolds, New York Times. 
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Men Without Women - Ernest Hemingway

1927 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition First Printing in First Issue Dust Jacket
A near fine copy of the first edition in elusive near fine first issue dust jacket, without restoration or tears.

‘There were fine and important stories among the fourteen collected in the volume, some of them certified masterpieces: '
The Undefeated,' 'Hills Like White Elephants' and 'In Another Country' ‘. - James R. Mellow: Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences [p.353]. 
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A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

1929 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition, First Issue, in First Issue dust jacket
Hemingway’s classic novel, based loosely on his experiences in World War I as an ambulance driver and his relationship with Agnes von Kurowsky, portrayed as the tragic romance between Frederic Henry and Catherine Barclay. This novel together with The Sun Also Rises cemented Hemingway’s reputation. In the wonderfully art-deco dust jacket designed by Cleon.

A near fine example of the first edition, first issue, with Scribner's device on copyright page and without the legal disclaimer present on page x (which was added only to the second issue), in bright first issue dust jacket with ‘
Katharine Barclay’ rather than ‘Catherine Barkley’ on the front inner flap. 
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Death in the Afternoon - Ernest Hemingway

1932 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
A fine copy in bright delicate very good dust jacket. With a beautiful coloured frontispiece ‘The Bullfighter’ by Juan Gris, and numerous black and white photographs throughout.

‘Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick." Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes an art, a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great grace and cunning’ [from a later edition]
 
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Winner Take Nothing - Ernest Hemingway

1933 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
One of Hemingway’s best collection of short stories, fourteen in total including: After the Storm; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; The Light of the World; God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen and Fathers and Sons. Six of these short stories appear here for the first time. 
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Green Hills of Africa - Ernest Hemingway

1935 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First Edition, First State dust jacket
There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave

A very good example of what is a notoriously difficult first edition to find in prime condition.

‘In the winter of 1933, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Pauline set out on a two-month safari in the big-game country of East Africa, camping out on the great Serengeti Plain at the foot of magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. "
I had quite a trip," the author told his friend Philip Percival, with characteristic understatement.’ - from a later edition. 
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The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories - Ernest Hemingway

1938 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
First edition of this work which collected all of the short stories Ernest Hemingway had published up to 1938 and his only full-length play, The Fifth Column. Besides reprinting the stories from Three Stories and Ten Poems, In Our Time, Men Without Women, and Winner Take Nothing, the collection also offers Hemingway's four most recent stories, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, “The Capital of the World”, and “Old Man at the Bridge”. The first two of these stories are among Hemingway's most popular short works and are frequently anthologised. 
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Islands in the Stream - Ernest Hemingway

1970 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition of the first of Hemingway’s fictional works to be published posthumously.

Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini, where his loneliness is broken by the vacation visit of his three young sons, to his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. The greater part of the story takes place in a Havana bar. 
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