“THE ESSENCE OF HEMINGWAY”: PRESENTATION-ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED BY HEMINGWAY TO HIS PARIS FRIEND GUY HICKOCK
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Death in the Afternoon. New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $29,500.
First edition of Hemingway’s masterpiece on bullfighting, inscribed by him to his close friend Guy Hickock: "To Guy, or Monsieur Tripas, with much affection, Ernest."
Recipient Guy Hickock was an American journalist who began working for the Brooklyn Eagle in 1914. After World War I, Hickock moved to France, where he opened up a Paris bureau for the Eagle in 1918. The Paris center also served as a travel hub for Americans in Paris, which is likely where Hickock met Hemingway. Despite Hickock being over a decade older than Hemingway, the two became close friends in the 1920s, with Hickock assisting the younger writer as he worked in Paris and traveled abroad. In 1927, the two traveled together to Italy, a trip which would form the basis for Hemingway's short story "Che Ti Dice La Patria?" as well as an inspiration for Hickock's own journal articles (The Hemingway Review 25).
Fellow writer John Dos Passos praised Death in the Afternoon as "an absolute model for how that sort of thing ought to be done," and a contemporary review in The New York Herald Tribune described it as "full of the vigor and forthrightness of the author's personality, his humor, his strong opinions-and language… In short, it is the essence of Hemingway." Illustrated with over 60 full-page photogravures. Hanneman A10. Grissom A.10.1.a.
Book with clean interior, mild discoloration to rear board and light rubbing to extremities, very good. Scarce unrestored dust jacket with splits along folds, some shallow creasing and edge-wear, bright and very good. A desirable presentation-association copy.