Inscribed by Hemingway with a Rare Left-Hand Inscription

    Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition, later issue (issued two months after publication), in later issue jacket. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hemingway in an uncommon left-handed inscription on the front free endpaper: "To Earl Snook/with many thanks/and all best wishes/Ernest Hemingway". Octavo. [x], [1]-355, [3, blank] pages. Publisher's black cloth, with printed paper labels on front board and spine. Original pictorial dust jacket. Jacket spine somewhat worn (chipped and with one tear) and a bit browned, some moderate wear to jacket panels, mild rubbing and a few small spots to binding. Overall, a very good copy. This inscription was done during the time period that Hemingway was convalescing following a car accident leaving Yellowstone National Park on November 1, 1930. He had severely fractured his right arm, and spent the next several weeks at St. Vincent's Hospital and then at Red Lodge, both in Montana. Earl Snook (a friend of western artist Will James) visited Hemingway on several occasions, and compared him to a restless lion while he paced in his room. Hanneman A8a. Baker, Ernest Hemingway A Life Story, page 217.

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