First edition, first printing of this mammoth anthology, including Hemingway's only play and four previously uncollected stories.
Near fine in very good jacket.
THE FIFTH COLUMN
"It would be a fine big lot of reading matter." – Hemingway to Max Perkins, on the makeup of THE FIFTH COLUMN, 12 July 1938
This anthology leads with Hemingway's play about an American spy in the Spanish Civil War, THE FIFTH COLUMN, but the meat of the collection has always been his short stories. Two of the best of his career, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," appear first in book form here (after their appearances in ESQUIRE and COSMOPOLITAN respectively in 1936). This anthology also collects many of his best short works from the previous collections IN OUR TIME, MEN WITHOUT WOMEN, and WINNER TAKE NOTHING, such as "Big Two-Hearted River" and "Hills Like White Elephants."
Read more: Grissom, Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography, A.16.1.a; Baker (editor), Ernest Hemingway, Selected Letters, 1917-1961.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938. 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original red cloth stamped in black and gilt. In original unclipped ($2.75) red and gilt typographic dust jacket designed by Neely. Scribner's A and seal on copyright page. x, 597,  pages. Bookshop ticket in gutter of front pastedown. Offsetting in gutters, else book clean with fresh cloth; jacket with mild rubbing, sunned spine, and a couple short closed tears.
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