A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation on the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's pungent commentary on life and literature. Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes an art, a richly choreographed ballet, ...
A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation on the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's pungent commentary on life and literature. Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes an art, a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great grace and cunning.
Octavo; G+/Fair; spine black with yellow lettering; dust jacket clean, back cover and inside flaps age toned, front inside flap torn off completely (still present, price clipped, front cover has significant wear (various open tears) on top edge, moderate wear on front bottom edge (on small open tear), front spine joint has 3/4" open tear and 1.5" closed tear at top, front spine joint has 3/4" closed tear at bottom, some cracking/scratching along both joints, spine head has 1/2" open tear, spine back joint has 1.5" open tear at top and 2" open tear at bottom, back joint has 1/2" open tear near top open tear, moderate other edgewear (small open and closed tears) on back cover, back inside flap separated from cover at all but 3" of paper, protected by mylar cover; boards strong, some dampstain (mold-type remnants) on top edges, discoloration on pastedowns from adhesive, minor edgewear on spine head and tail, minimal other edgewear; textblock has minimal edgewear, free end papers discolored from impressions of pastedowns, light pencil marks in margins, musty odor, scratch on bottom edge, newspaper clippings of matadors and of other Hemingway book reviews laid in throughout, some page discoloration from newspaper clippings, contains many b/w photos of matadors. pp. 515. Rockville.
NY, Scribners, 1955 reprint, black cloth hardcover, moderate wear to cover extremities, sound square tight unmarked copy, about very good but there is what appears to be a coffee stain/spill on the bottom edge of the textblock which has caused the bottom edges of the photo section and adjacent text pages to be mildly rippled (pages are NOT stuck together, and the photos are not discolored...text pages are slightly discolored...no stuck pages, mildew, mold, odors or other nastiness. No dust jacket. A very decent reading copy that looks fine on the shelf. 6-3/8"x9-1/4".
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Fair. No Jacket. Ex-Library Later printing, lacking an A on the copyright page. Black cloth. No jacket. 517 pp. With a lengthy section of black and white photos, as well as color frontis painting by Juan Gris. A musing on bullfighting, exploring the philosophical and religious aspects of the practice, as well as its history and importance, especially to the Spanish culture. FAIR condition, ex-library. Many stamps on the inside covers, with a few stamps throughout. No exterior markings. Heavy fading and scuffing to the cloth, with some soiling and minor staining. Large diagonal crease/wrinkle to the cloth on the rear cover, perhaps part of the binding process. A ½ inch chip/gouge on the cloth at the center rear fore edge. Cloth very scuffed, frayed and worn along the extremities. Partial dust jacket glued to the front endpaper and inside front cover. Interior hinges cracked, with the rear cover starting to separate from the text block. Text block solid but toned.
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