Rare Hemingway Proof Up For Auction
The book shown here may not look like much bit it is a rare treasure, the only known inscribed and signed advance of Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls. ever to surface will be offered at Swann Galleries' auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature on Thursday, November 29.The proof contains Hemingway's handwritten corrections including a dedication to Martha Gellhorn, and is signed and inscribed to Hemingway's longtime friend and employee Toby Otto Bruce. The inscription reads, "To Otto, with much affection and deep appreciation for all he did to make this book." The proof comes with a handmade suede cover that Hemingway used to protect the book while copyreading and it is also signed. The book comes from Bruce's family and has a pre-auction estimate of $75,000 to $125,000.