A Farewell to Arms. Ernest Hemingway.

A Farewell to Arms

London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. 'New Edition', Eighth Printing. Hardcover. Rare edition. Used - Good/Very Good. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners sharp. Binding tight and square. Endpapers have some toning/discoloration. Edges toned. Text box toned but clean and unmarked. 13 x 19.5 cm. 287 pp. / Good. Price clipped. 'J. Cape' price sticker on front flap. Spine discolored. Toned and foxed especially along the edges. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #9945

From our Instagram post for this book, dated 25/3/19:

This is a rare ‘new edition’ of Hemingway’s classic novel of love and war that was first published by Jonathan Cape in 1957, and subsequently reprinted many times over; the book featured here is an eighth printing (1978).

Like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Hemingway was also at one time interviewed by the Paris Review about his life as a writer, where he was asked, among other things, about his writing routine. Here’s Hemingway’s response:

When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.

Price: HK$220.00

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