The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories.New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938 Stock Code: 121928
NotesFirst edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper, "To Cuyler Stevens with all good luck Ernest Hemingway", with Cuyler Stevens's bookplate to the front pastedown. Hemingway is known to have inscribed copies of several of his books to Ralph Cuyler Stevens (1903-1965), including Winner Take Nothing (the Goodwin-Neville copy), The Torrents of Spring, and a copy of The Sun Also Rises, which we have handled.
Cuyler Stevens entered Princeton in 1922. "At Princeton he made a host of friends and was known for his story telling ability and wonderful sense of humor. Cuyler wrote for the Princeton Tiger, was a member of the Glee Club, Triangle Club, Nassau Herald Board and Campus Club. After graduation he went into the business world. But Cuyler was always interested in advertising, so he left the Prudential Insurance Co. in 1934 to join J. Walter Thompson Co. as a copy writer". The exact circumstances under which he and Hemingway became acquainted are not known. But we have traced a possible connection during Stevens's stint at J. Walter Thompson. A. E. Hotchner mentions JWT in a letter to Hemingway of 21 February 1951, discussing a deal to adapt Hemingway short stories for television: "In the past two months I have talked to most everybody in the business... So you know the lode has been worked here's the people I've had dealings with... Rieber at J. Walter Thompson... I think we're on solid ground and that we will keep the name okay with healthy payments to Dr. Hemingstein" (DeFazio, p. 118). In 1954 Cuyler Stevens became vice-president of another large agency, Cunningham & Walsh, Inc. He remained there until he retired in 1962, the year after Hemingway's death, and moved to Spain.
Octavo. Original red calico-grain cloth, spine lettered in gilt on black panels, front cover with facsimile signature in black. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Gilt to spine a little rubbed, internally fresh, in the jacket with slightly faded spine panel, head of spine creased and nicked, a little rubbing to extremities. An excellent copy.
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