Green Hills of Africa
Green Hills of Africa
Green Hills of Africa
Green Hills of Africa
Green Hills of Africa
Green Hills of Africa
Green Hills of Africa

Green Hills of Africa

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1935. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, first printing in the first issue dust jacket of Hemingway's second non-fiction book (after Death in the Afternoon), based on his 1933 safari in East Africa. Hemingway writes in his Foreword: “Unlike many novels, none of the characters or incidents in this book is imaginary. Any one not finding sufficient love interest is at liberty, while reading it, to insert whatever love interest he or she may have at the time. The writer has attempted to write an absolutely true book to see whether the shape of a country and the pattern of a month’s action can, if truly presented, compete with a work of the imagination.” The first edition is bound in a smooth, light green cloth with the author’s gilt-stamped signature on the front cover and the title, author, and publisher gilt-stamped in two black bands on the spine. The striking first issue dust jacket was printed in black, white, and green with a wide, illustrated green band on the left side of the front cover and an illustrated green panel on the lower spine. The back cover features a photograph of Hemingway taken in Africa in 1934 above a blurb printed in black over green and then white bands (the thicker green band denoting the first issue dust jacket). The front flap lists “The People in the Book” below a price of “$2.75”. Both the green cloth binding and green spine panel on the dust jacket proved exceptionally vulnerable to sunning. This copy is very good, with the usual toning to the spine and board edges, but otherwise quite clean, the binding square and tight with sharp corners. The contents show age-toning to the otherwise clean page edges, but suffer no spotting or previous ownership marks and retain a crisp feel. The dust jacket is complete, unclipped and clean with light wear to extremities and toning to the spine, whose green panel has sunned to yellow, as has a narrow, sun exposed portion of the green front cover. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. Green Hills of Africa was originally serialized in Scribner’s Magazine. In 1935, there swiftly followed this volume publication. The text is divided into four parts: “Pursuit and Conversation”, “Pursuit Remembered”, “Pursuit and Failure”, and “Pursuit as Happiness”. Threaded among the spare, compelling descriptions of Africa and of hunts and kills is scathing literary criticism. Among the characteristically blunt Hemingway pronouncements: “Writers should work alone. They should see each other only after their work is done, and not too often then. Otherwise they become like writers in New York. All angleworms in a bottle, trying to derive knowledge and nourishment from their own contact and from the bottle.” New York responded in kind. Writing for the New York Times, John Chamberlain wrote: “…Mr. Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa” is pretty much evenly divided between big game lore and salon controversy… For all his talk about seeing things “truly,” he is not really interested in the underlying aspects, the fundamental meaning, of the human comedy – or tragedy. His book is all attitude, all Byronic posturing.” Hemingway would complain that critics had killed the book, but even critics acknowledged Hemingway’s craft. C. G. Poore, also for the New York Times, said “…it is the best-written story of big- game hunting anywhere I have read… his writing is the thing; that way he has of getting down with beautiful precision the exact way things look, smell, taste, feel, sound. And all the interrelations. If you do not take your attention off the page too often to ask him to write about things outside his experience you will see once more how well he can write about what he knows.” Bibliographic reference: Hanneman A13a. Item #005165

Price: $1,850.00

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