3 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 18,750
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Death in the Afternoon. New York, 1932.
8o. Illustrated. Original cloth (some soiling at edges); pictorial dust jacket (some light rubbing and chipping at edges, two small tape repairs); red quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Eric Knight, friend and author of children's classic Lassie Come Home (presentation inscriptions from Hemingway and Sidney Franklin).
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY HEMINGWAY TO ERIC KNIGHT on the front free endpaper: "To Eric M. Knight hoping he will like it. Ernest Hemingway." FURTHER INSCRIBED BY THE MATADOR SIDNEY FRANKLIN beneath Hemingway's inscription: "And I know you did, Eric-- Sidney Franklin." With Two pencil sketches by Franklin laid-in, one a self-portrait (signed in pencil), the other of a bull and matador (torn through, inscribed "To Eric, Sidney Franklin PA 1-'33." Sidney Franklin was the American matador portrayed by Hemingway in this novel in the section "Short Estimate of the American, Sidney Franklin, as a Matador" (pp.503-506): "Franklin is brave with a cold, serene, and intelligent valor... he is one of the most skillful, graceful, and slow manipulators of a cape fighting to-day... You will find no Spaniard who ever saw him fight who will deny his artistry and excellence with the cape" (p.503). "Franklin was intimately connected to Hemingway's sketch of the idyllic masculine rites that were an inescapable feature of his view of life and literature (Mellow, 407).
Hemingway spent a drunken evening in New York with Eric Knight the year before Death in the Afternoon was published, when Knight came up from Philadelphia to do an article on Hemingway (Carlos Baker, Ernest Hemingway, New York, p. 223). The British-born Knight lived and worked for most of his life in America. He is best known for his classic children's book Lassie Come Home, published in 1940, which was made into a film starring a young Elizabeth Taylor in 1943. A VERY FINE ASSOCIATION COPY. Hanneman A10a.
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