Saturday, September 28, 2013

Abebooks top seller for August: signed Ernest Hemingway photograph

 August 2013 Most Expensive Sales on AbeBooks

Another month gone and it’s another rare Ernest Hemingway item on the list of expensive sales. The fifth most-expensive sale on Abebooks in August, 2013 was a photograph of Hemingway, signed by the author in 1937, the year in which he left for Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War, sold for $8,250 last month. The bookseller was a fellow in Boston, Massachusetts. It's a particularly eye-catching Key West image of the author sitting on a boat, barefooted and relaxed.

Hemingway contracted with NANA (North American Newspaper Alliance) to write dispatches for the Spanish Civil War. He was in Spain off and on in 1937 - 1938, reporting and writing from his base at the Hotel Florida in Madrid. From there, he writes and researches for his NANA dispatches, his Ken Magazine articles, and FACT #16 Monograph, titled 'The Spanish War'. It is at this time he researches for is future novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

To find other interesting and collectible Ernest Hemingway items, check out Northwest Press Books.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Recent finds: Signed 1st Robert Frost with poem inscription - 1930 'Collected Poems'

A recent purchase is a signed & inscribed Robert Frost title, 'Collected Poems of Robert Frost', Henry Holt, 1930 1st trade edition (Crane A14.1). Frost has inscribed it with a bit of his (modified) famous lines from 'Two Tramps in Mud Time':
Only where love and need are one/
And the work play for mortal stakes
(signed) Robert Frost

An example of a nice association copy, the previous owner's name R. D. Emerson, who lived nearby Frost on Fayerweather Street in Cambridge, MA. A postcard is included and laid-in with this address postmarked Oct 7th announcing a Robert Frost reading and lecture on Oct 12th, 1935 for Wheaton College's celebration of Founders' Day.

Frost was awarded the 1931 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for this book. 

More information on this and other collectible Robert Frost titles may be found at my bookstore, Northwest Press Books.