Hemingway's first bestselling novel, the story of a group of Americans and English on a sojourn from Paris to Paloma, evokes in poignant detail, life among the expatriates on Paris's Left Bank during the 1920s and conveys in brutally realistic descriptions the power and danger of bullfighting in Spain.Hemingway's first bestselling novel, the story of a group of Americans and English on a sojourn from Paris to Paloma, evokes in poignant detail, life among the expatriates on Paris's Left Bank during the 1920s and conveys in brutally realistic descriptions the power and danger of bullfighting in Spain.Read Less
First edition, first issue of the first printing, with the misprint ("stoppped") on page 181 line 26, in the first issue dust jacket with the misprint on the front panel ("In Our Times" vs. "In Our Time"). Octavo, original black cloth. A near fine copy with a bookplate to the inside pastedown in a very good first issue dust jacket, which has had professional restoration, mostly in strengthening the paper and with a small bit of paper replacement at the upper front flap fold. The Annette Campbell-White copy brought $120, 000 at Sotheby's in 2007. The Sun Also Rises was published by Scribner's in 1926, and a year later in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape under the title Fiesta. Though it initially received mixed reviews, it is now "recognized as Hemingway's greatest work" (Meyers, 1985). The fictional plot depicts a love story between war-wounded and impotent Jake Barnes and the promiscuous divorcée Lady Brett Ashley, but the novel is a roman à clef; the characters are based on real people and the action is based on real events. Hemingway proposes that the "Lost Generation, " considered to have been decadent, dissolute and irretrievably damaged by World War I, was resilient and strong. Naturally, themes of love, death, renewal in nature, and the nature of masculinity are heavily investigated. For example, the characters engage in bull-fighting, which is presented as an idealized drama: The matador faces death and, in so doing, creates a moment of existential nothingness, broken when he vanquishes the possibility of death by killing the bull (Stoltzfus, 2005). The Sun Also Rises is seen as an iconic modernist novel for future generations (Mellow, 1992), although it has been emphasized that Hemingway was not philosophically a modernist (Reynolds, 1990). "The Sun Also Rises is Hemingway's masterpiece-one of them, anyway-and no matter how many times you've read it or how you feel about the manners and morals of the characters, you won't be able to resist its spell. This is a classic that really does live up to its reputation" (David Laskin).
First State, with the word "stopped" spelled incorrectly as "stoppped" on p.181, line 26. Octavo (20cm); smooth black cloth with gold paper labels on spine and front panel, lettered and ruled in black; dustjacket; 259pp. Gold labels a bit dulled, with some creasing and a few scratches (though still perfectly legible); faint dampstain to front panel, a bit frayed at the spine ends, with minute wear to corner tips and bottom edge. Bookplate of capitalist George H. Bissinger on front pastedown, with a tiny stain to the same, else clean throughout; Very Good+. The Second Issue dustjacket is unclipped, with shallow chipping, tears and wear along the edges, and a triangular chip on the lower left corner of the rear panel affecting part of the text; spine is toned, with several old cellotape mends to verso of same; a Very Good presentable example. Hemingway's second novel, and one that became synonymous with the "Lost Generation." HANNEMAN A6.a. CONNOLLY 100.
Octavo. Original black cloth, gold labels to spine and front board, Cleon design of a seated classical figure to the title page. Extremities lightly rubbed, a couple of tiny white specks to boards, faint bumps to bottom edge of front board and bottom corners, spine faded, tanning to endpapers and mild spotting to edges of text block. An excellent copy. First edition, first printing, the first issue with the misprints "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26, "down-staris" on p. 169, l. 34, and the third book being designated as "BOOK THREE" instead of "BOOK III" (p. ). Hemingway's second novel is a roman à clef drawing on his and Hadley's tumultuous time in France in the 1920s. Grissom A.6.1. a; Hanneman 6A. "You are all a lost generation."-Gertrude Stein in conversation.
Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First Edition, First Printing.
Sixth printing (February 1927). This early printing has the dust jacket artwork used in the first printing. In the next printing, the seventh, the publisher removed the rear dust jacket drawing panel of Hemingway and replaced it with a photograph of the author. Former ownership signature dated February 1927, else very good in a dust soiled and used dust jacket with some restoration by an expert paper conservationist. Enclosed in a custom cloth clamshell box. The quintessential Paris expatriate novel and one of the great landmarks of the 20th Century American Literature.
Octavo. Finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in black morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, roll to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine copy. First edition, first printing. Hanneman A6a.
First printing with misprint "stoppped" on page 181. A finely bound copy in full blue morocco with gilt spine, stamping to boards and top edge; marbled end papers. Binding in excellent condition, internal contents Very Good with the occasional smudge or small stain. Hemingway's classic novel--a Roman a clef about a group of American and British expats in Spain, centered around the characters of Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. It was based on Hemingway's own experiences in Spain in the 1920s, visiting there with his wife and friends and watching bullfighting. It is without question one of the great American novels--perhaps the most important to depict The Lost Generation. The novel was an immense success-college students began to emulate the dress and manner of the characters and Hemingway was made a household name. Interestingly enough, the first printing of the novel was only around 5000 copies, but this, and a second printing of a few thousand copies, quickly sold out. " [Hemingway] writes as if he had never read anybody's writing, as if he had fashioned the art of writing himself." (Contemporary review in "The Atlantic").
Small smudge to back panel; very slight rubbing to corners and edges; a touch of use to the spine label; ink name and date to front free endpaper; a very attractive copy, much better than usually seen out of the jacket. 259 pp. 8vo,
Interesting book. Seems like a biography in a way. Well worth the time to read.
May 23, 2013
I was satisfied with the product and service. I would recommend this seller to anyone.
Jan 1, 2011
I picked up the Sun Also Rises as my first introduction to Hemingway. While I was very excited - I have to say however that I was fairly disappointed with this 200+ page novel. More than once during this novel, I had thoughts of putting it down never to return to it.
The pace of the book, extremely slow and methodical, make it very difficult to get through the whole story. The tone is fairly monotonous for most of the book with the plot unwinding in very ordinary fashion without much intrigue whatsoever.
I found the characters in the book to be a bit annoying - their excessive eating and drinking along with their rather quick, undeveloped dialogue proved difficult to digest. The characters appeared to avoid some of the major topics, situations and events that were laid out in the novel in favor of drinking, eating & socializing.
The saving grace of this book is Hemingway's depiction of bull-fighting towards the end. Even though many pages are not spent in this area, there was well-written, intriguing and even suspenseful prose in those bull-fighting pages.
The main reason I read this book through till the end was to find out how things would develop and end with the character Brett - and her relationship with Jake.
As I mentioned - however - the novel proved to be a disappointment.
Sep 16, 2010
Excellent transaction. Super fast shipping. Honest. Outstanding customer service. Merchandise in great condition.
Sep 18, 2008
I was under the impression I was buying an Ernest Hemingway book. I'm sure I failed to read some 2 point font somewhere, but it is NOT an Ernest Hemingway book. More like Cliff's Notes. Trash canned it.
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