This first edition, first printing of Ernest Hemingway’s first book, “The Sun Also Rises” (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons) is presented in its unrestored first state dust jacket.
Published by Scribner’s in 1926, the first printing of Hemingway’s novel had an original print run of 5,090 copies. The story involves early Hemingway mentions of his passions, bullfighting and the running of the bulls which feature in some of his later works.
This copy sold at auction for $14,739 and includes the original first-issue dust jacket which lists “In Our Times” on the front panel. The book itself includes the telltale errors which identify it as a first printing including the misspelling of the word “stoppped” at p.181, line 26; the “Book Three” reading, and the misspelling “Down-staris” on p.169.
In 1930, “The Sun Also Rises” was banned in Boston and banned in Ireland in 1953 because of its language and its focus on sex and promiscuity.
This is a very collectible copy of Hemingway’s debut novel and especially of the rarely seen original dust jacket.
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