Pub Year

Title

Author

Publisher

Original Price

Pages

1929

A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway, Ernest

Charles Scribner's Sons

$2.50

355

The first edition was limited to 510 signed copies issued in a slipcase. The first trade edition states 1929 on the bottom of the title page. The copyright page has a matching copyright date of 1929 and the Scribner's seal on the bottom. There is a first issue of the first trade edition that lacks a legal disclaimer found on later printings on page x. In later printings, the disclaimer says "None of the characters in this book is a living person, nor are the units or military organizations mentioned actual units or organizations. -E. H." The first issue dust jacket front flap has a price of $2.50 and a misspelling - "Katherine Barclay" instead of "Catherine Barkley".



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This is the 1926 first trade edition dust jacket for A Farewell to Arms.

This is the 1926 first trade edition dust jacket for A Farewell to Arms.

This is the first trade edition copyright page for A Farewell to Arms.

This is the first trade edition copyright page for A Farewell to Arms.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for A Farewell to Arms.

Picture of dust jacket where original $2.50 price is found for A Farewell to Arms.

This is the back dust jacket for the first trade edition of A Farewell to Arms.

This is the back dust jacket for the first trade edition of A Farewell to Arms.

This is the first trade edition boards for A Farewell to Arms.

This is the first trade edition boards for A Farewell to Arms.

This is the first trade edition title page for A Farewell to Arms.

This is the first trade edition title page for A Farewell to Arms.

The front flap of the first issue dust jacket has the misspelling "Katherine Barclay"

The front flap of the first issue dust jacket has the misspelling "Katherine Barclay" instead of "Catherine Barkley".

The signed limited edition was issued in a slipcase.

The signed limited edition was issued in a slipcase.

The signed limited edition was signed by Ernest Hemingway and numbered.

The signed limited edition was signed by Ernest Hemingway and numbered.



Other first edition points for books by Ernest Hemingway include: The Old Man and the Sea, Across the River and into the Trees, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sun Also Rises, To Have and Have Not, Men Without Women.

      


James Finch
October 7, 2009, 11:36 am
I have a 1929 "A Farewell to Arms" book. However I am having trouble finding its value. It is slightly different than any other version I have found on the internet. The front cover label is red not gold, however the binding label is gold. It has no Scribner stamp, however it has only one date which is 1929.
Lori Eckert
November 19, 2011, 1:47 pm
I found a 1929 Scribner edition in my attic. It is not signed and does not have a dust jacket. the front cover lable is gold. How do I find out it's worth?


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