A Farewell to Arms
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. Octavo. Rubbing along the edges of the black boards and to the lightly bumped crown and heel of the spine. Short tears to the paper lining the inside of the front and back boards along the hinges, remnants of pencil markings on the first free end paper that have been erased. 355 pages. First edition, first printing, first issue without a dust jacket (lacks the disclaimer and has the Scribner's seal on the copyright page). Near fine.
The story of an American soldier in the ambulence corps, serving in the Italian campaign of the first World War. A rare first edition of the canonical work in excellent condition.
“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”