HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. 1899-1961. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
Lot 1042
HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. 1899-1961.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
Sold for US$ 81,250 inc. premium

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HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. 1899-1961. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. 1899-1961.
For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
8vo (237 x 160 mm). Original cloth stamped in black and red. Top edge untrimmed. Fine copy, with slight rubbing to spine, corner crease to endpaper and ad list.
Provenance: Harold Cadmus (1881-1964, presentation inscription); thence by descent.

PRESENTATION COPY, ONE OF 15 ADVANCE COPIES of the first edition, specially bound for the author and measuring slightly larger, with edges untrimmed, and without dust jacket as issued. A bright copy, inscribed and signed on the front free endpaper to the book's printer: "To Harold Cadmus / with grateful appreciation / Ernest Hemingway."

Harold Cadmus joined Scribner's at the age of 16, becoming manager of the Scribner press in 1921 and was named a director in 1933. A pioneer of the printing industry, he was credited with the development of printing from molded rubber plates among other things, and For Whom the Bell Tolls was one of the first trade books to be printed in that fashion.
Laid-in are copies of a valedictory resolution by Scribner's on the occasion of Cadmus's retirement explaining his contribution to printing technology; and a copy of a handwritten note from Charles Scribner detailing the disposition of the 15 advance copies of For Whom the Bell Tolls, letting him know "[your work] greatly contributed to the book's success / CS" and at head: "We gave all 15 copies away EH 7 / myself 8 / CS." Hanneman A18a, note.
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