215. Hemingway (Ernest) in our time, first edition, number 138 of 170 copies, woodcut frontispiece portrait of the author after Henry Strater, browning to endpapers, original printed boards, spine ends a little chipped and bumped, light rubbing to extremities, but overall an excellent copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, large 8vo, Paris, 1924.
'I am inclined to think that this little book has more artistic dignity than any other book that has been written by an American about the period of the war.' Edmund Wilson, review in The Dial, October 1924.
est. £20000 – £25000
Ezra Pound had arranged with William Bird, the owner of The Three Mountains Press to publish a series of six volumes by contemporary writers, under the collective title 'The Inquest into the State of Contemporary English Prose'. Contributors included Pound himself, Ford Maddox Ford, William Carlos Williams and Ernest Hemingway. For his contribution Hemingway selected the 6 sketches that had already been published in The Little Review in 1924, to which he added a further 12, the resulting publication was titled in our time, an ironic reference to the twelth line of the Episcopalian Evening Prayer: 'Give peace in our time, O Lord'.