Jun 15, 2023 - Sale 2641

Sale 2641 - Lot 78

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
1917 SCRAPBOOK FROM HEMINGWAY'S HIGH SCHOOL HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. High school scrapbook belonging to his classmate, Signed by Hemingway thrice, "Ernest M. Hemingway" or "E.M.H." or "Ernest McDermott Hemingway 'Stein'" [the last incorporating two nicknames], with two small ink drawings, each having holograph captions. The first drawing, showing a glass full of foaming beer drawn below his "Stein" signature and that of his classmate (nicknamed "Cohan"), with Hemingway's caption, "Copyrighted Trademark of the / Firm of Cohen and Stein," on page 70. The second drawing, signed at top of page and again in initials below his arrow pointing to printed bust of an angel, showing a similar glass of beer flanked by tobacco pipes emitting wisps of smoke above a square of velvet, with his caption, "Sources of Inspiration," on page 129. Additionally signed by his sister Marcelline, on page 69. The scrapbook, "Commencement Memory Book" for Oak Park High School's graduating class of 1917, first owned by classmate Zelma F. Owen, bulging due to pasted-in letters from teachers, photographs of classmates and teachers; also containing laid-in or pasted-in printed programs, business cards, flowers, ribbons, and small trinkets. 189 pages. 8vo, publisher's cloth, boards warping, moderate rubbing to edges, few scattered abrasions and minor soiling; hinges starting, previous owner's inscription on front pastedown, some toning and chipping to edges throughout, some staining from flowers pressed to pages 90 and 91. [Oak Park, 1917]

Additional Details

Hemingway worked on preparing the high school yearbook for his graduating class in 1917, the Senior Tabula. The present scrapbook, whose pages were mostly blank when printed except for section headings, were filled by Hemingway's classmate Zelma Owen with content, including photographs and other printed items, some of which are similar to what is found in the yearbook. Hemingway is listed as a performer or participant in various programs pasted to pages throughout the scrapbook: Class Day, p. 35; the senior class play (Clyde Fitch's Beau Brummel), p. 92; an opera (Friedrich von Flotow's Martha), p. 93; Junior prom, p. 96; and Commencement Week, p. 104. Also, Hemingway is depicted in photographs pasted to or reproduced on pages throughout: the Senior Drama Club, p. 109; the entire class of 1917, p. 110-111; and Class Day Speakers, p. 113. Finally, in a brief history of the class written in Owen's hand, Hemingway is mentioned as having contributed to a plan to address food shortages presented by the student Senate, p. 127.
With--Group of 4 items: Photograph, unsigned, group portrait by W.F. Arnold, showing Oak Park High School's entire class of 1917 assembled outside the school building, including Hemingway, who leans on the wall above the main group in a row with his classmates, third from the left. 7 3/4x9 1/2 inches; slight silvering in dark areas. 1917 • Two books by Ernest Hemingway, unsigned: The Sun Also Rises (first printing) and The Old Man and the Sea (later edition). Each 8vo, publisher's cloth; first lacking spine label and dust jacket. New York, 1926; 1952 • Small group of mementos belonging to Owen, including three notebooks containing her holograph diary entries, photographs of herself or her middle school classmates, locks of hair from friends and relatives. 1913-19.