HEMINGWAY, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York, 1929. 8o. Original black cloth, gilt labels to spine and upper cover; dust jacket (spine panel very lightly rubbed, very minor fraying with a few tiny spots of loss and short tears at spine ends); cloth folding case. FIRST EDITION, ASSOCIATION COPY warmly inscribed by Hemingway on the flyleaf: "To Earl Snook, with much affection and gratitude from his old friend Ernest Hemingway."
Snook was a friend of fellow Scribner's author Will James and a frequent visitor to Hemingway's Montana hospital room where the author spent nearly two months recovering from a compound fracture received in a car wreck near Billings on November 1, 1930. (The other passengers in the car were John Dos Passos and Floyd Allington.) Snook commented to Hemingway that such an extended convalescence (with a beautiful view from his room) would no doubt affect his writing in the future. Snook was right. Hemingway wrote "The Gambler, The Nun, and the Radio" about his experiences in Billings. A very good association. Connolly 60; Hanneman A8a (first issue).