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Ernest Hemingway First Edition
If you ask most American serious fiction book readers who there favorite American author is, we would wager to say it is Ernest Hemingway. So, it is not surprising that an Ernest Hemingway first edition is one of the most coveted among bibliophiles. Here are a few Ernest Hemingway first edition books & some letters that we have sold. Enjoy.
Ernest Hemingway signed limited first edition of his post-WWI classic, ”A Farewell to Arms”, housed in its original limited edition slipcase, with numbers matching. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1929. Published on 27 September 1929 in a limited edition of 510 numbered copies, this being #214, signed boldly ”Ernest Hemingway” in black fountain pen. In matching slipcase with Charles Scribner’s Sons plate, again listing the limited edition as #214. Measures 6.5” x 9.5”. Some chipping to seams of slipcase, overall in very good condition. Chipping to spine label, otherwise book is near fine. Sold for $10,313.
Ernest Hemingway signed “Men Without Women”, Charles Scribner’s Sons: New York: 1955. Hemingway’s autograph dedication to the front free endpaper is to the son of actress Helen Hayes and reads in full: “To Jim MacArthur / With best wishes from his friend / Ernest Hemingway / Finca Vigia / San Francisco de Paula / Cuba”. Hemingway’s short story collection is bound in oatmeal cloth boards with gilt lettering and black print to spine. Measures 5.25″ x 7.5″. Cocking to spine, mild sunning to backstrip and wear to spine ends, else near fine. From the estate of Helen Hayes. Sold for $8,159.98.
Spectacular image of a male lion, in profile, with one paw placed upon a zebra it has just killed. Vintage photograph is made all the more spectacular as signed by Ernest Hemingway, famously known for his African safaris. Sepia matte-finish photo measures 11” x 9”, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, ”To Lynn Bogue Hunt from his friend / Ernest Hemingway.” Taken while on safari in Tanganyika, Hemingway here inscribes the awe-inspiring photograph to Hunt, one of the most famous sporting artists of the 20th century. Matted and framed to an overall size of 17.5” x 15.5”. Scattered light creasing, light rippling to top edge, and mild silvering to darker areas of image, otherwise fine condition. A fantastic, one-of-a-kind piece. Sold for $6,544.
Ernest Hemingway first edition signed of ”For Whom the Bell Tolls.” New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons: 1940. Ernest Hemingway first edition, first printing indicated by Scribner’s ”A” on copyright page. Hemingway signs and inscribes on the front free endpaper, ”To Dr. Nathan Ratnoff / with sincere good wishes / Ernest Hemingway”. Considered one of the finest novels of the modern movement, Hemingway’s work mulls the impact of our lives and deaths upon each other. The ultimate answer seems to lie in the title, taken from John Donne’s ”Meditation”: ”No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” Book, lacking the dustjacket, is in very good condition with some foxing. Boards are uniformly toned with some soiling. Signature page is very bold with clear handwriting. Sold for $5,407.
Ernest Hemingway signed limited edition of his classic, ”A Farewell to Arms.” New York: Scribners: 1929. First edition is numbered 337 out of 510 copies signed ”Ernest Hemingway” on the limitation page. Book measures 6” x 9” in original vellum-backed boards with vellum corners and a black morocco spine label. Housed in a custom morocco-backed case. Spine has mild soiling and there are a few chips to lettering on the label. Very small tear to first two leaves at gutter. Else very good to near fine, with a bold, clear signature. Sold for $4,915.
Tie signed by Ernest Hemingway and his circle of friends in Spain during the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona in the late 1950’s. This time in Pamplona is documented in ”The Dangerous Summer,” Hemingway’s last work, co-written by his best friend and editor A.E. Hotchner. Black and white men’s necktie is signed ”Ernesto Hemingway” in black and bears other signatures in blue including that of his wife Mary, ”Love – M. Hem.” Tie is also signed by Juanito Quintana, the real man on whom Hemingway based the character Montoya in his celebrated novel ”The Sun Also Rises.” Tie measures approximately 19” from knot to tip. Near fine. With a COA from A.E. Hotchner which reads in part, ”Ernest Hemingway’s last published book, ‘The Dangerous Summer,’ contains a section about the week we spent in Pamplona, Spain…On one of those nights, we decided to dress up and have a proper dinner at Pamplona’s best restaurant. For the occasion I bought a souvenir necktie which I untied during dinner and passed around for autographs on its surface. The signatures of Ernest and Mary are discernible along with a few of the others. I have also written about that week in Pamplona in my book, ‘Papa Hemingway’ (pps 210-219). Both books contain pictures of the event.” Sold for $4,915.
Typed letter signed to author Silvano Suarez, dated ”12/10/55” on ”Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula, Cuba” stationery, Hemingway’s home in Cuba, and signed in black grease pencil. Reads in part ”…my work and working for 0515 until dark on the fishing photography of The Old Man and the Sea and the four hurricanes that have passed close enough to disturb things and the death of Mrs. Hemingway’s father and many other things have prevented me from thanking you for your gift of the book you wrote with such keen critical thinking and such loving care. I am not indifferent, kid, am only over-run with work and having a rough year. I appreciate deeply your writing the book and my trouble is that I am shy and embarrassed when people talk about my books or my life…Mostly I write to my children who are widely dispersed and to my lawyer and to my publishers…Have a first edition copy of The Old Man and the Sea…Am working very hard and am on page 626 of the new book.” Single page measures 11” x 8.5”. Uniformly browned due to age, else very good. Sold for $3,049.
Very rare Ernest Hemingway’s ”Green Hills of Africa” signed ”Papa” and inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: ”To Clara [Spiegel] who has seen and been in Africa / this attempt to do the same / with love Papa [underlined]”. A fellow author, Spiegel was a good friend of Hemingway’s with whom he socialized when he visited Sun Valley. Charles Scribner’s Sons: New York: 1953. In publisher’s original green cloth boards with front cover blindstamped and lettered in gilt. Also in original dustjacket, which has significant tears and a large portion of rear panel missing. Book measures 5.75” x 8.5” and is in very good condition. Sold for $3,049.
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