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Auction: Auction 27.10.1995
was auctioned on: 27 October 1995
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HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. Autograph letter signed ("Your Friend, Ernest Hemingway") to a girl "Dear Emily," Oak Park, Ill., n.d. [apparently after 15 March, probably 1916]. 5 pages, 12mo, in brown ink on tan paper; half morocco slipcase. In fine condition.

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Estimate: US$3,500 - US$4,500
Price realised:  US$4,025
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HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. Autograph letter signed ("Your Friend, Ernest Hemingway") to a girl "Dear Emily," Oak Park, Ill., n.d. [apparently after 15 March, probably 1916]. 5 pages, 12mo, in brown ink on tan paper; half morocco slipcase. In fine condition. "BOXING IS NOW FROWNED UPON IN THIS HOUSEHOLD" A very early letter probably written during Hemingway's junior year at Oak Park High School when he was seventeen years old. Headed "Oakus Parkibus -- III after the Ides of March," the letter opens: "On plendid gknees I peg your bardun va the ladness of this legger. But a gomgination of monthly examinachugs and bad goldt are my eggscuse -- to quote 'them immortal lines,' the books are ruggig -- also my gnose. Your friend [John] Masefield is certainly great. As soon as I received your letter I went down to the library and got 'The Story of a Round House'...But seriously Masefield is a whangdinger. Read all the ones you reccommended and at the same time got another volume -- Sea Ballads [actually Salt-Water Ballads ], or some such name. Hope you read [Kipling's] Stalky & Co. You'll like it..." Hemingway then recounts how he received his bloody nose: "...Dad had been informed that no bodily harm could be done with the 8 oz. gloves and so he had consented to our using the music room. Attracted there by the shouts of the Roman Mob he pushed open the door and beholds a slightly gory spectacle. My beeootiful nose was emulating Old Faithful...my worthy opponent...was in a more or less recumbent position on the floor. Coxy the referee was counting 4-5-6-7-. Did dad break up that little social tea? Wow. Talk about the IV Phillipic. Dad certainly rose to the occasion in the oratory line...Anyway boxing is now frowned upon in this household..." Not in Letters , ed. Baker, and apparently unpublished. Provenance : Jonathan Goodwin (sale, Part I, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 29 March 1977, lot 149).

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 27.10.1995
Date of the auction: 27 Oct 1995
Address: Christie's
New York, Park Avenue