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Auction: Auction 21.02.1996
was auctioned on: 21 February 1996
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HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. One autograph letter signed ("Ernest" in pencil) and three typed letters signed (all in pencil: two "Ernest"--one of them very bold--one "Hemingstein") to Jane Armstrong in Havana; Sun Valley, Idaho, [and probably Havana, and Wyomi...

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:  US$6,900
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HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. One autograph letter signed ("Ernest" in pencil) and three typed letters signed (all in pencil: two "Ernest"--one of them very bold--one "Hemingstein") to Jane Armstrong in Havana; Sun Valley, Idaho, [and probably Havana, and Wyoming], one with envelope postmarked 27 October 1939, the others undated but probably ranging from August 1939 to early or mid 1940. One page, 8vo, and 3½ pages, 4to, the ALS in pencil on both sides of a sheet (light marginal paper clip stain on verso), the TLSs single-spaced (one on inexpensive tan paper), with two envelopes. With nine related items (a cable, a copy of a cable, carbon copies of two Jane Armstrong letters to Hemingway, a mailing label, Air Express receipts, etc.) primarily regarding the mailing of the typescript of For Whom the Bell Tolls. "WHEN I READ THE CHAPTERS YOU JUST TYPED I THOUGH IT WAS WONDERFUL" Mainly regarding the typing of the manuscript of For Whom the Bell Tolls (published October 1940). Jane Armstrong was supervising the typing of the book, which was actually typed by her daughter Phyllis, age seventeen. [Probably August 1939]: "Can you make this triple spaced with 2 carbons? [submitting the first eight chapters of the book for typing]--One carbon pretty sure enough for me unless you want one... You read it [the manuscript] and if you think Phyllis shouldn't (Too old for her or anything) why just call it all off and I will travel in an armoured car with it until get it finished. Am so damned spooked of something happening to original and there being no copy or should just hang onto it and not bother. Tell Phyllis am paying the same Martha [Gellhorn] pays for her excellent typing if that is O.K..." [Probably second week of September 1939]: "... I know you don't do things for dough and I don't either. This happens to be a hell of an emergency. [Hemingway was trying to get the rest of the manuscript typed so he could get a copy to Cosmopolitan magazine who were negotiating with him to serialize it--the serialization never took place.] (I worked 22 hours straight recently without leaving the desk on a similar one and aint over that sort of thing yet.) ... it would be worth $150 for her [Phyllis] if you wanted to ruin yourself and do what no white person has any right to ask any other to do; jam like in a six day bike race and copy the rest of this I am sending... I'm not flattering you pal. I'm just asking if you would like to take hill 416 when it doesn't look like a good job... It is now raining like hell and I have been working since six a.m. and now there will be no tennis which aint good for work tomorrow. Neither is haveling [ sic ] a goddamned wife [Pauline] try to put you out of business [at the time he was travelling with Martha Gellhorn, who would be his third wife] when you are writing the best book [ For Whom the Bell Tolls ] you ever wrote. But let's keep it all clean... If you like the book will you write me because I have been working so long and getting beat so much around the head and neck that am sort of punchy and if you like it makes me feel good. When I read the chapters you just typed I though it was wonderful..." [27 October 1939, on Sun Valley Lodge letterhead]: "... I have been working every day [on the book] and written about sixty pages more here an there is still much to write... Had a wonderful time with the kids. They are all fine.. Bumby [his oldest son] back in school and others in K.W. [Key West]... What you wrote about the Mss. made me very happy; really happy. I haven't missed anything in France so far [referring to the outbreak of World War II]. Will go when finish this book..." [Probably early to mid 1940]: "That certainly was a swell job, pal and there weren't six errors in the whole business. The guy's name was Berrendo. My two rs looked like an n. Maybe before it all goes to press you could co-ordinate the moustaches etc. I'll have to have someone check the Spanish too. I can talk it and understand it and think it

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Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 21.02.1996
Date of the auction: 21 Feb 1996
Address: Christie's
New York, East