New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1985. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth over blue paper-covered boards, spine sand upper board gilt, tan endpapers, top edge stained red, original printed dust jacket.
First edition of this posthumously published account of Hemingway's late-in-life return to Spain, a country he loved and to which he devoted several works, including Death In the Afternoon and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Commissioned as a piece for Life magazine in 1959, the manuscript metastasized from 10,000 words to 120,000. Like its direct predecessor, Death In the Afternoon, the book is largely given over to Hemingway's ardor for bullfighting. "My own judgment...was that Hemingway was unwise to have attempted this return to his youth; that he tried to hang far too much on the slender, esoteric thread of one series of bullfights; but that he produced a manuscript that revealed a great deal about a major figure of American literature. It is a record worth having" (from the even-handed introduction by fellow novelist James A. Michener). Sticker residue to upper pastedown, else fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #1924