Green Hills of Africa. ERNEST HEMINGWAY.

Green Hills of Africa

"All I wanted to do now was to get back to Africa… I loved the country so that I was happy as you are after you have been with a woman that you really love, when, empty, you feel it welling up again and there it is and you can never have it all… Now being in Africa, I was hungry for more of it."

FIRST EDITION, FIRST APPEARANCE of Hemingway's classic account of his 1933 African safari; this Scribner's magazine appearance precedes the first edition in book form.

"Green Hills of Africa was written in Key West in 1934, mostly over a period of several months, with interruptions for fishing expeditions in the Caribbean and another trip to Cuba. Published in October [25,] 1935 after serialization in Scribner's magazine, it was indeed a book about landscape, though Hemingway referred to it in more magical or mystical terms as 'country,'… 

"It is probably that this communication of the sense of place and the sense of the immediacy and palpability of the experience in that place, is what gives the Green Hills of Africa its special distinction...

"But even more than country, Green Hills of Africa is a book about writing and writers… As a writer, he wanted to see 'how far prose can be carried if any one is serious enough and has luck,' to see if prose could attain a fourth and even a fifth dimension…" (Mellow, Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences; Baker, Hemingway, the Writer as Artist). 

IN: Scribner's Magazine, May - November, 1935. New York: Scribner's, 1935. Quarto, original wrappers; custom box. Seven issues (complete). Without any of the usual stamps or labels. An outstanding set - the finest we’ve seen. .

Price: $1,650 .

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