TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT by Ernest Hemingway, 1937, first edition in original first state dust jacket with 2-page typed letter to Maxwell Perkins SIGNED by Ernest Hemingway, plus a typed and signed letter by artist and friend of Hemingway, Waldo Peirce. Hemingway's letter to Max Perkins vehemently complains about Peirce's artwork submitted for the dust jacket of TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. SUPERB PROVENANCE authenticating Hemingway and Peirce signatures and letters!
Original first state dust jacket is in very good plus to near fine condition: there is no fading or tears, and original price of $2.50" is still present; however, there is some very light flaking at head and toe of spine.
First edition book is in its original cloth: front and back are in near fine condition with no stains or spots; however, there are two thins lines of almost imperceptible indentations at top of front cover; gold and green print on spine are bright with no rubbing or flaking; there are NO bookplates, inscriptions or previous owners' names; interior pages are bright and clean; tiny "May Company for Books, Denver" stamp in upper left-hand corner of back paste-down.
TYPEWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED BY ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Dated July 27, 1937. To Scribner's legendary editor, Maxwell Perkins. Letter expresses Hemingway's strong displeasure with the two designs submitted by Waldo Peirce, Hemingway's friend, for the dust jacket of TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. Provenance for these letters will be provided to buyer.
Letter to S. Elizabeth De Voy, art director for Charles Scribner's Sons concerning Hemingway's comments on his artwork for Hemingway's novel, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. Waldo Peirce, artist and friend of Ernest Hemingway, had been commissioned to do the original artwork for Hemingway's book, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT. However, Hemingway, as clearly emoted in his letter to Max Perkins, was displeased with Peirce's work and was more interested in an abstract design for the dust jacket.
S. Elizabeth ("Betty") De Voy, born 1889 in Brooklyn, New York - died 1975 in the West Hamptons, New York. Miss Betty De Voy was the daughter of John De Voy and Katherine Russell De Voy. John De Voy worked for Andrew Carnegie to establish the Carnegie library system. As a director on the board for this $5,200,000 project, John De Voy assisted Carnegie in establishing 65 libraries throughout the country. Miss Betty De Voy was employed by Charles Scribner's Sons for over thirty years, the majority of that time as the Company's vital art director. Miss De Voy was intricate in critical decisions made on the dust jackets and illustrations for books by Scribner's authors and artists, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Maxfield Parrish, Edith Wharton, George Santayana, Ring Lardner, and many others from the "Golden Age" of 20th century American literature. Betty De Voy was an extraordinary personality, a woman who did not let the social norms of the time hinder her ambitions. She was determined to work in and significantly contribute to the realm of American literature. Her artistic knowledge and perspective can be seen in iconic dust jackets such as the one designed for F. Scott Fitzgerald's TENDER IS THE NIGHT, one that has been recognized for decades as a classic view of the French Riveria in the 1920s. Betty De Voy was crucial in the selection of Edward Shenton as the illustrator of Fitzgerald's complex psychological novel.
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Original letter from Charles Scribner III to S. Elizabeth De Voy, dated July 19, 1946, showing appreciation for her work at Charles Scribner's Sons, Publishers.
This offering: Ernest Hemingway's letter of July 27, 1937 to Max Perkins; Waldo Peirce's letter to S. Elizabeth DeVoy, art director for Scribner's in 1937; and first edition book, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, in original first issue dust jacket. Both letters are highly significant to editorial and art decisions made for the publication of TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.
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