HEMINGWAY’S READING LIST: INTRIGUING 1958 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FROM HEMINGWAY TO A BOOKSELLER REQUESTING A NUMBER OF HIS OWN TITLES
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Autograph letter signed. Ketchum, Idaho: October 27, 1958. Octavo, one leaf measuring 6-1/2 by 9-1/4 inches, written on both sides for two pages. $16,500.
Fine autograph letter signed from Hemingway to a bookseller detailing an order of books he would like shipped to him, including Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, a biography of Steven Vincent Benet, and multiple copies of several of his own titles, two of which were out of print at this point in his life.
“Will you also have the following sent by ordinary post:
The Territory Abroad—Harcourt—Wayne Morris
The Deep Sleep
The Huge Season
The Field of Vision—Wayne Morris
Steven Vincent Benet—Yale University—Charles Fenton
Our Man in Havana—Graham Greene
The Rainbow Comes and Goes—Diana Cooper
3 copies of The Green Hills of Africa
3 copies of The First Forty-Nine Stories
2 copies For Whom the Bell Tolls
2 … Torrents of Spring
2 copies A Farewell to Arms
Also another copy of Fighting Indians of the West. Thank you very much, Yours very truly,
[signed] Ernest Hemingway
. Mr. Palmer has made pencil checkmarks and other notations next to the various titles, presumably as he filled the order for his customer, including noting “O.P.” next to the out-of-print titles The Deep Sleep and Hemingway’s The First Forty-Nine Stories and Torrents of Spring.
Two tiny holes to center of leaf, just affecting the “p” in “published.” A near-fine autograph letter providing an intriguing glimpse of Hemingway’s literary regimen.