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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 484

    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Torrents of Spring. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.

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    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Torrents of Spring. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926.

    8o. Original dark green cloth, stamped in red; pictorial dust jacket (some light chipping to ends of spine panel and along top edges with two short closed tears); cloth chemise and quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: John Stuart Groves (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION OF HEMINGWAY'S FIRST NOVEL. By late 1925, Hemingway's reputation had been established primarily within literary circles. He had attributed the lack of general public recognition and the poor sales of his In Our Time to a restrictive contract with his publisher Boni and Liveright. The Torrents of Spring was begun in mid-November and completed by Thanksgiving. It was rejected by Boni and Liveright in equally as little time. "I have known all along," Hemingway wrote Fitzgerald, that the firm "could not and would not be able to publish it as it makes a bum out of their present ace and best seller Anderson" (Selected Letters, p. 183). With the contract broken, Hemingway signed with Scribner's. Fitzgerald was very involved on both sides of the negotiation with Scribner's, and actively encouraged the prospect with his editor there, the great Maxwell Perkins. The Torrents of Spring, the book that Fitzgerald would call "the best comic book ever written by an American," was published by Scribner's on May 28, 1926; The Sun Also Rises followed five months later. Hanneman A4a.

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