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