SOLD - The Trouble I’ve Seen - Martha Gellhorn, H. G. Wells (preface)

1936 - Putnam, London - First Edition
‘The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.’

An attractive copy of Martha Gellhorn’s first work of fiction, with a preface by H. G. Wells. This brilliant collection reveals four tender, yet unflinching, portraits of men and women whose lives are devastated through poverty, forced migration, and war. Enraged by the inequality and ruin she witnessed throughout her career as a foreign correspondent, Gellhorn fought to bring these issues into the spotlight, and her work in both fiction and journalism was met with critical acclaim. Although it has been over eighty years since ‘
The Trouble I’ve Seen’ was first published, the messages and themes within it remain as prevalent today as they were in the 1930’s.

Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998): One of the finest war correspondents of the 20th century. Gutsy, insightful, and never polite for the sake of it, she was a pioneer in the field of investigative journalism, and a prolific travel-writer. She became Ernest Hemmingway’s third wife in 1940, though they eventually divorced following a tempestuous nine year relationship. 
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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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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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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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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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Across the River and into the Trees - Ernest Hemingway

1950 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first extended visit to Italy in thirty years. His re-acquaintance with Venice, a city he loved, provided the inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees, the story of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War, and his love for a young Italian countess. [Scribner’s]

Hemingway's last full-length novel published in his lifetime.

In the distinctive dust jacket designed by Hans Tisdall. The first English edition was published on September 4, 1950, preceding the American edition by three days.
 
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Price HK$ 2,700