For Whom the Bell Tolls
Owned & signed by Joan Rice, WW2 WAAF diarist, in Cairo in 1942
First edition, sixth impression. Hardback with gilt titling to spine. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 462pp.
This copy appears to have been owned by Joan Rice (author of Sand In My Shoes: Coming of Age in the Second World War: A WAAF’s Diary, a Second World War memoir published in 2007, of a lady who enlisted in the early years of the war, saw the Battle of Britain before being posted to Cairo before being forced to flee by Rommel, and is considered a testament to the many women who kept the RAF in the air.) This copy has been signed by Joan Rice to the front pastedown and dated Cairo, 1942.
Hemingway's great novel of the Spanish Civil War. Robert Jordan, a young American volunteer serving with a guerrilla band, is planning to dynamite a bridge. He feels the dangers and the intense comradeship of war, and discovers Maria, a young woman who has escaped from Franco's rebels.
A good copy, some small rips and rubs to the fabric of the spine ends but otherwise in good order.