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    Inscribed by Hemingway While in Cuba in 1955

    Ernest Hemingway. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.

    First edition (Scribner's "A" on the copyright page). Inscribed and signed "To Mariana Stevez [?] / best always from / her friend / Ernest Hemingway / Havana 1955" on the front free endpaper. Octavo. 471 pages.

    Publisher's tan cloth with black spine titles on a red field. First issue pictorial dust jacket (no photo credit under Hemingway's name on the rear panel). Mild soiling to the binding cloth. Minor shelf wear, including a bit of fading to the spine titles. Lightly rubbed corners. Textblock edge somewhat toned, but the internal text is clean. Usual binder's glue stains at the hinges. Previous owner's name at the top of the front free endpaper, well clear of Hemingway's inscription and signature. Minor paper loss along the edges of the dust jacket. Also, the edges and flap folds have been sealed in clear adhesive tape to protect from further chipping. Overall, a very good copy of a book rarely found signed by its legendary author.

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