Ernest Hemingway Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Ernest Hemingway Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway.

 

Brief history/biography

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21st, 1899 and died on July 2nd, 1961. Hemingway was an American author and journalist and has gone down in history as having a profound influence on the 20th-century fiction genre.

Hemingway became known as a writer with his first publication of short stories in our time (1942, Paris) and In Our Time (1925, New York). Hemingway's first novel The Sun Also Rises was published in 1926, followed by The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber in 1935, For Whom the Bell Tolls in 1940, The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, A Moveable Feast in 1964 (which was published posthumously) and True at First Light in 1999 (also published posthumously). Hemingway also penned various short stories, non-fiction collections and poems throughout his career as well.

Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Hemingway committed suicide in 1961, and was the fifth person in four generations of his family to do so; (Hemingway's father, brother and sister all committed suicide along with his granddaughter as well). Although initially it was reported that Hemingway's death was accidental, his widow admitted five years after his death that he had in fact ended his own life.

Types of Ernest Hemingway Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

Sotheby's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of In Our Time (1924) for $51,000 in December of 2003.
  • A first edition copy of The Old Man and the Sea (1952) for $164,800 in November of 2004.
  • The first edition copy of Today is Friday (1926) for $84,000 in April of 2004.
  • The first edition of Three Stories & Ten Poems (1923) for $176,000 in April of 2004.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • An original copy of Men Without Women (1927) for $89,625 in October of 2002.
  • An original first edition copy of Death in the Afternoon (1932) for $71,700 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of In Our Time (1924) for $101,575 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of A Farewall to Arms (1929) for $77,675 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of Green Hills of Africa (1935) for $59,750 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923) for $119,500 in October of 2002.
  • A first edition copy of The Sun Also Rises (1926) for $91,000 in December of 2007.

Documents

  • Sotheby's in New York sold the typescript of The Dangerous Summer (circa 1960) for $52,500 in December of 2001, and gallery proofs of the last two chapters of A Farewall to Arms for $102,000 in April of 2004.

  • Bonham's in San Francisco and Los Angeles sold a letter written by Hemingway which referenced bad reviews of his work (circa 1936) for $65,000 in February of 2007.

  • Christie's in New York sold an autograph manuscript of The Light of the World (1932) for $127,000 in May of 2000, and an autograph manuscript of The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber (1936) for $248,000 in May of 2000.

Christie's in London sold an autographed letter written by Hemingway to Ezra Pound (circa 1925) for £78,000 in July of 2007.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of The Old Man and the Sea (1952) and Three Stories & Ten Poems (1923), and The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber (1936) are considered to be the most valuable.

There are only 170 first edition copies of In Our Time (1924).

Restoration of an original copies of Hemingway's works and/or letters is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Hemingway memorabilia, visit www.timelesshemingway.com or www.ernest.hemingway.com.

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