Hemingway’s First Book Sells at Auction

“The first and only edition of Ernest Hemingway’s first-ever book was the star lot at Swann Auction Galleries’ Art, Books, Literature, Maps & Atlases and Graphics auction, yesterday (June 17).” For full story read here.  I have heard that copies of his first book have gone for more than double this price at previous auctions, according to a Hemingway Society group email that I saw. Sound like someone got a great deal! 

EH Book sells for $21,000 at auction

Hemingway 1st Edition Sells at Auction

1940 1st edition
1940 1st edition

Having recently purchased a first edition of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast (1964) I began to wonder what some of his novels might sell for at auction if they were in mint condition compared to my “used” 1st edition that I had purchased.  I then came across a press release that mentioned a 1st edition (1st copy) of Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls (1940) recently went for $13,200 – see press release here.