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DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON - Hemingway Ernest - 1932. [1214810]
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. First Edition and issue, with Scribner's "A" on copyright page as called for. Frontispiece in colour by Juan Gris and a profusion of full page photographs of the bullfights. Large 8vo, publisher’s original black cloth with gilt lettering and designs on the spine and gilt facsimile of Hemingway’s signature on the upper cover. [xii], 515 pp. A nice, honest collectable copy, the textblock essentially fine with only some very minor and occasional signs of age, the black cloth with some minor rubbing and mellowing, the gilt on the spine dulled as is usual. FIRST EDITION OF A CLASSIC WORK BY A MASTER WRITER OF THE 20TH CENTURY. "In this book, Hemingway has brought into focus a great deal that is significant about human living and dying, and about the trade called literature...put into this book, [are] the profound and subtle reasons why bullfighting is so wonderful to so many men...why it is moving and important and exalting. By virtue of an undismayed and undeceived honesty he has been able to see what actually happens during moments of overwhelming emotion when the exact cause of the exaltation is usually unnoticed...There are episodes of gorgeous comedy and satire...dicta about writing so honest and true...will very likely become common axioms, so vivid and sincere and convincing is their presentation."
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