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    Ernest Hemingway. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940. First edition, one of 15 advance issue copies, with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by Hemingway to his friend Richard Watts on the front free endpaper, "For Richard Watts / as a souvenir of / reading so many papers / from his friend / Ernest Hemingway." Octavo, measuring 8.625 x 5.75 inches; 219 x 146 mm. The 15 advance copy issues can be distinguished from the trade issue because they were printed on slighter larger paper (trade issue measures 8.25 x 5.625 inches; 210 x 143 mm). [x], 471, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's beige cloth, author's signature stamped in black on the front cover, spine stamped in black and red; spine sunned, front board sunned at the top, the advance copy not issued with a dust jacket. Cream-colored endpapers, edges uncut. A near fine copy of this hallmark of American literature, with an excellent association inscription by Hemingway.

    Richard Watts (1898-1981) and Ernest Hemingway were longtime friends who traveled in the same social circle, even before both were sent to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War. Bruccoli writes in a biography of Watts and Hemingway's mutual friend John O'Hara, "By October 1935 O'Hara was planning to marry Barbara Kibler, and Adele Lovett gave a party on 28 October for his friends to meet her. Among the guests were Joe and Mary O'Hara, Ernest and Pauline Hemingway, Deems Taylor, Jed Harris, Richard Watts, Hoagy Carmichael, George and Ira Gershwin, Burgess Meredith, Robert Benchley, Tallulah Bankhead, Marc Connelly and John McClain." Watts and Hemingway both spent 1937 and part of 1938 in Spain as foreign news correspondents (although each worked for a different American paper). Following the Spanish Civil War, Watts spent time in Asia again as a foreign news correspondent and during World War II, he worked in the Office of War Information. He spent the majority of his journalistic career as a revered drama critic, working first for The New York Herald Tribune and later for The New York Post when the two merged. Watts' distinguished career spanned more than six decades.

    Provenance: inscribed by Hemingway to Richard Watts, gifted by Watts to his protégé, noted journalist and film critic Jay Carr, thence by descent to Mr. Carr's daughter, Ms. Julia Carr.

    Bruccoli, The O'Hara Concern, page 126; Hanneman A18a.




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