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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

The first edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1940 by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. It was one of Hemingway’s more successful books and had a large printing run of over 100,000 copies. However it can be a bit hard to find a Fine copy.
It was published in oatmeal colored cloth stamped in red and black. Dust Jacket front panel and spine are black with red and white lettering. Rear panel has a photo of Hemingway. Dust Jacket was priced $2.75 on front flap.

First Edition Points:

  • Published by Scribner
  • 1940 date on title page
  • “A” on copyright page below copyright info
  • No Scribner seal (one of the exceptions to the rule!)
  • First State has no mention of photographer’s name in the caption of the photo on the rear panel of the dust jacket
  • Second State has mention of photographer’s name

Value:
First State: Very Good $500-$700, Fine $2000-$2500.
Second State: Very Good $150-$200, Fine $400-$500.
Signed copies generally sell for between $5000 and $16000 depending on the importance of the inscription.

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References:
Hanneman, Audre. Ernest Hemingway: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967.



 

3 Responses to “For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway”

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    The Old Man and the Sea First Edition Points and Information | Modern First Editions Blog:

    [...] The first edition of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1952 by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. Though after it was published it was received with several awards, including the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature,  it was not printed in as high of numbers as the first edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls. [...]

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    JJKypta:

    I have an Ernest Hemingway, 1968 Edition by Scribner’s Sons, New York “For Whom The Bell Tolls” in excellent condition. It does not have a dust jacket. The hard cover is in dark and medium blue.
    I also have “A Farewell To Arms.” 1957. This book is in excellent condition, as well. . .Except for the back book cover and last page. A child had printed in it, but this can be erased. . .?

    Could you tell me if either have any value?

    Thanks for your time, in advance.
    JJKypta

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    gutenburg:

    JJKypta: Perhaps $5 a piece. Later printings are not desirable except for reading copies.

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