New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Later printing. Large octavo, publisher's black cloth, spine decoratively gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
Midcentury reprint of Hemingway's classic non-fiction work on bullfighting in Spain. "The only place where you could see life and death, i.e., violent death now that the wars were over, was in the bull ring and I wanted very much to go to Spain where I could study it. I was trying to learn to write, commencing with the simplest things, and one of the simplest things of all and the most fundamental is violent death." Illustrated with dozens of black-and-white photos of bulls and matadors by Spanish photographers Vandel and Rodero; with a glossary. Originally published in 1932, and reissued here one year before Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Light embrowning to endpapers; price-clipped dust jacket with light edgewear and shallow chipping to spine-ends. Near fine. Item #1612