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Hemingway Sun Also Rises

Often called the "greatest work" of Ernest Hemingway, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, The Sun Also Rises was published in 1926 by Charles Scribner's Sons. This is one of Hemingway's most collectible novels, and so it is important to be able to identify when you have a true first edition on your hands. The cover and spine of the first edition is dark blue, with the type in gilt and white. However, the most truly valuable copies will also have the dust jacket, which is white with brown type and an illustration of a reclining woman. However, to be truly certain you have a first edition copy, open the book to page 181 and look for the word "stopped" spelled as "stoppped".

There are not very many signed copies of The Sun Also Rises available in the first edition, which raises the price points of both unsigned first editions in good condition and signed later editions. A first edition in good condition will commonly sell for $4,000 to $6,000, but a distinguished copy, such as one signed by the illustrator, might bring in as much as $100,000. A Christie's auction of a fine first edition copy with an excellent dust jacket sold for $91,000 even without a signature.

Because the book was so immediately popular, there were several printings done very soon after the first edition. These printings can still sell for several hundred dollars, but a signed copy can quickly multiply that exponentially. A signed copy of a later edition of The Sun Also Rises might be expected to sell for $30,000 or more if it is in excellent condition.