HEMINGWAY, ERNEST For Whom The Bell Tolls.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First edition, inscribed by Hemingway on the front blank (see note), first issue with 'A' on copyright page. Publisher's cloth, in first issue dust jacket without photographer's name below portrait of Hemingway on rear panel and $2.75 price intact. [i-x], 471 pp. Vertical abrasion to dust jacket between title lettering and touching the blue below, extremely minor shelfwear, the cloth with some light spotting and toning to joints, a nicer copy than usually encountered.
Hemingway has inscribed this volume "For Helena Guest/Wishing her all good luck always/Ernest Hemingway." Helena Guest was the first wife of the Anglo-American polo star and Hemingway friend, Winston Guest. The pair divorced in 1944 and his second wedding, to the inimitable socialite C.Z. Guest, was held at Hemingway's Cuba home with the author acting as best man. A fine association. Provenance: Between the Covers, purchased 1991. Hanneman A18.A; Grissom A.17.1.a.
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