For Whom the Bell Tolls. By Ernest Hemingway. First Edition, First Printing. Scribners. New York, 1940.


Published at the end of the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls captures a significant European conflict that is otherwise overlooked by the greater cloud of WWII. The protagonist, Robert Jordan, is an American volunteer and dynamiter whose resourcefulness and dedication to his mission prove crucial to the guerilla army opposing the Spanish fascists. Jordan also falls in love with a Spanish woman named Maria–a romance that, in true Hemingway fashion, inspires the protagonist to embrace life, bravery, and action. For Whom the Bell Tolls is one of Hemingway’s best-selling works. Critics and literary scholars also place it among his greatest achievements, alongside The Sun Also Rises, Farewell to Arms, and The Old Man and the Sea. It has been adapted to film and television numerous times, and remains one of Hemingway’s most popular novels. In 1941, the work was infamously snubbed of the Pulitzer Prize after the former head of the committee reversed its nomination on the grounds that the work was politically offensive. Indeed, fascist sympathizers and political operatives in the U.S. and abroad considered the novel deeply antagonistic. But after WWII, historians began citing For Whom the Bell Tolls as an important early criticism of European fascist movements.

This first edition, first printing is in very good condition. In the original full cloth boards, very good with only fading to spine and minor bumping to corners. Text block very good, only former owner’s signature to front pastedown, minor fading to endpapers, and minor fading to edges. Scribner’s A on the copyright page. In the original first state dust jacket, very good with only minor chipping, creasing, and closed tears to edges, and spine lightly faded. Price $2.75 and lacking photographer credit, indicating a first state dust jacket.

A very good first edition of Hemingway’s classic, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls. By Ernest Hemingway. First Edition, First Printing. Scribners. New York, 1940.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in