HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. Autograph letter signed ("Ernest Hemingway") to Milton S. Leidner of the Speiser and Speiser law firm in Philadelphia, written from Key West, n.d. [envelope postmarked 12 February 1930]. 1½ pages, written on both sides of a sheet, ...
Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000
Price realised: US$3,680
HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. Autograph letter signed ("Ernest Hemingway") to Milton S. Leidner of the Speiser and Speiser law firm in Philadelphia, written from Key West, n.d. [envelope postmarked 12 February 1930]. 1½ pages, written on both sides of a sheet, small tear across two letters repaired on blank portion of verso, with stamped envelope addressed in Hemingway's hand; in a red half morocco folding case with the tems noted below. HEMINGWAY ON COLLECTING HEMINGWAY Hemingway writes to a lawyer who wants to obtain all of his books: "...My first book was Three Stories and Ten Poems published in Paris in, I believe, 1922 [actually 1923] -- by Contact Editions...the 1st In Our Time was published by Three Mountains Press...these have both been out of print for some years -- the other books are the Liveright In Our Time -- Torrents of Spring -- The Sun Also Rises -- Men Without Women -- and A Farwell T.A. [to Arms] -- Herewith the pamphlet [ Today is Friday ] you speak of -- (which by the way has a funny history) -- They wrote me and asked me for a story and I sent it telling them it was the only MSS. I had and would they please return it to me -- They only paid me $10.00 for the story on a tale they were doing it as non-profit venture etc. and last year in Chicago in the Walden Bookshop -- I found the MSS. of the story with my letter asking them to please send it back as it was the only one I had -- which they had sold! -- Both MSS. and letter. I'm afraid it was a racket after all -- Anyway good luck to you and if you get all the first editions you'll have more than I have!..." Not in Letters, ed. C. Baker, and presumably unpublished. [With:] A copy of Hemingway's Today Is Friday, [Englewood, N.J.: The As Stable Publications, 1926]. Small 8vo, original pictorial wrapper with Jean Cocteau drawing reproduced on front cover, sewn as issued, with the original printed envelope. FIRST EDITION, number 270 of 300 numbered copies of Hemingway's first play. Hanneman A5a . Fine condition. With a typed letter signed from the As Stable publisher George Platt Lynes to Leidner laid in, 14 January 1930, 1 page, 4to, regarding the number of copies available of Today Is Friday: "...[four] I am offering for sale at fifteen dollars each. I believe several bookshops are selling higher numbers [of the limitation] at about five dollars each. First edition values are inevitably fictitious, though justifiable."
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