First American edition, first printing, of Hemingway's second published book, an ambitious collection of short stories shepherded to publication with the help of Ezra Pound.
"in between each one comes bang! the In Our Time. It should be awfully good, I think." – Hemingway, letter to Edward J. O'Brien, 12 September 1924
Early in his career, Hemingway enjoyed the support of the great modernist mentor Ezra Pound, who set this book in motion by commissioning short pieces from Hemingway for THE LITTLE REVIEW. While many of these short stories first appeared in individual publications like THE LITTLE REVIEW, Hemingway had ambitions to tie them together into a unified whole for publication in book form: "I've tried to do it so you get the close-up very quietly but absolutely solid and the real thing but very close, and then through it all between every story comes the rhythm of the in our time chapters" (letter to Edward J. O'Brien, 12 September 1924). Pound also introduced Hemingway to the book's first publisher in Paris, Bill Bird, who produced an edition of 170 numbered copies that precedes this one. The first American edition is therefore the first widely accessible edition of this collection, made into a cohesive whole through miniature chapters added between each story – often left out of modern reprints of the individual stories.
Read more: Grissom, Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography, A.3.1.a; Baker (editor), Ernest Hemingway, Selected Letters, 1917-1961.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. 7.5'' x 5.25''. Original black cloth, front board stamped in a series of concentric gilt rules, gilt-lettered spine. Fore-edge and bottom edge uncut. 214,  pages. Bookplate on front pastedown, bookseller ticket in gutter of rear pastedown. Three small ink checks and manuscript word "chapter" in ink on table of contents page, else clean. Gilt faded on spine, somewhat rubbed on front board.
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