An extraordinary collection of 21 photographs of the young Ernest Hemingway and family, most from c. 1917-1921, and his personal bookplate.


Price: $30,000.00

About the item

Baker, Carlos, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, 1969.

Item #352467

1. Carte-de-visite, 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, mounted on card of photographer "Arnold, Oak Park," of EH in an elaborate lace bodice, inscribed by his verso: "Ernest Miller Hemingway, Age 3 mo. Wt. 17 lbs. Oct 21, 1899. Oak Park, Ill." This is one of the earliest known photographs of the future author. The Hemingway Collection of the John F Kennedy Library possesses another early image, possibly from the same studio session, of EH smiling and looking to the right of the camera, though the infant appears slightly older in that example. Baker produces an earlier photo of EH at 7 weeks with his mother, Grace.

2. Silver print photograph, 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, of EH and Marcelline laughing and wading at the edge of Walloon Lake during his first summer visit, inscribed by his father on the verso: "Entitled— 'Swimming like Papa.' Marcelline 2 yrs old & her brother Ernest Miller 11 months old, at Windermere, Walloon Lake, Mich., June 1900, the children of Dr. C. E. Hemingway, 439 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Ill." Small split

3. Cyanotype, 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches, of EH in an oversize straw hat holding up four caught trout on a fishing line, inscribed verso: "Age 14, at Walloon."

4. Silver print photograph, 3 3/4 x 2 inches, bust portrait of EH, face with some rubbing, verso inscribed "Ernest Miller Hemingway, June 1917" (in EH's juvenile hand?). Hemingway's graduation photo. "In recognition of his literary attainments, Ernest was Class Prophet" (Baker, p. 28).

5. Silver print photo, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, of EH with his parents and siblings, inscribed on the verso, "June 10, 1917."

6. Silver print photograph, 8 3/4 x 7 inches, of EH in uniform riding in a motorcycle sidecar in Milan, circa 1918, inscribed verso: "Don St. John: given me by Marge. Given to her by H. & extracted from her album on my behalf. H. recuperated briefly before returning to America after hospitalization in Milano following his injuries at the Italian front." "[His] wounding, his five month's convalescence, and the unconsummated love affair with Agnes had matured him faster than anything else he had done. Like the scaggia that remained in his legs, the memory of the north of Italy in 1918 would stay with him all the rest of his life" (Baker, p. 56).

7. 5 silver print photographs, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, of EH in Oak Park, IL, shortly after his return home, likely April 1919. In three photos he is in civilian clothing, and in one of them he shakes his father's hand. In the other two he is dressed in his military uniform, in one in his soldier's greatcoat and the other in his Italian officer's cloak.

8. Silver print photograph, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, of EH holding two trout, inscribed on the verso "Hem, in 1919." Hemingway was feeling better in July of 1919 and took three fishing trips, two to the Pine Barrens, and one to Seney in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which gave him the material for his story "Big Two-Hearted River," a Nick Adams story about a lone outdoors expedition to recuperate from his war wounds (Baker, p. 61-63).

9. Silver print photograph, 2 3/4 x 2 inches, of EH fishing midstream. Undated.

10. 4 silver print photographs, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, of EH's marriage to Elizabeth Hadley Richardson in Horton Bay, MI, 3 September 1921. "The day of the wedding was clear and warm... Hadley was a little late in reaching the church because she had also been swimming and her thick hair did not dry easily... She wore a wreath around her slightly damp auburn hair. A veil hung down her back and she carried a bouquet of baby's breath. The organist from Petoskey roared out the usual wedding march. Ernest had trouble kneeling because of his wounded legs. The minister read the service and Hadley marched out with Ernest into the warm September evening. For an hour they posed for group pictures outside Pinehurst Cottage. Then Liz Dilworth called them in for one of her famous chicken dinners." (Baker, p. 81). There is a photo of EH with his groom's party; of EH and Hadley with his best man (Luman Ramsdell or Dutch Pailthorp) and his sister, Marcelline; of EH and Hadley with his parents and younger sisters; and of just EH and Hadley.

11. Silver print photograph, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4, c. 1928, of EH wearing a beret and holding newborn Patrick.

12. 2 silver print photographs, 4 x 5 inches and 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, undated, of Hemingway fishing, likely in Key West. In one photo Hemingway stands with three friends and a young girl, alongside two swordfish and a giant Blue Marlin that has been half eaten by sharks on the tow inland.

13. Silver print photograph, 7 x 9 1/2 inches, of EH with "Gerald Brenan, Carol Woolsey, and Annie Davis" (inscribed on verso), likely in Pamplona in 1959, celebrating San Fermin and Hemingway's 60th birthday in a weeks' long bender (Baker, p. 547-8). He was following the bullfighters and brothers-in-law Luis Miguel Dominguín and his brother-in-law, Antonio Ordóñez, during the "dangerous summer" of 1959, writing about their rivalry in his last book of the same name, not published until 1985.

14. Personal Bookplate, made for EH. 6 x 4 1/2 inches. n.d. Printed in blue on card stock, toned but near fine. Design with a scroll and inkwell and quill crossing the phrase "EX LIBRIS / ERNEST HEMINGWAY" and with a cabin fishing scene above and picador fighting a bull below. Engraving signed at the bottom right E.C.Y.