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    Inscribed by Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929.

    First edition, first state. Inscribed by Hemingway on the half-title page ("To [name not discernible] / with the best wishes / from her friend / Ernest Hemingway"). Octavo. 355 pages.

    Publisher's smooth black cloth with gold paper labels, lettered and ruled in black. Top and bottom edges trimmed; fore-edge untrimmed. Binding very slightly cocked. Top edge of spine modestly worn. Offsetting to endpapers, most noticeably to front free endpaper. Front hinge cracked after free endpaper. A blank preliminary page is creased. Pages evenly toned; some scattered foxing and minor soiling. This first state book is accompanied by a later issue dust jacket. Jacket is price-clipped, but with a $2.75 rubber stamped price. Chips along edges, particularly at spine ends; splits along flap folds. Dampstaining along spine of jacket and at foot of spine, intruding onto author's name on front panel. (As this jacket was later married to this book, binding shows no evidence of any dampstaining.) Overall, book is in near very good condition and comes in a custom clamshell box.

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