We specialize in Americana, especially manuscript materials. We offer manuscript letters and archives, diaries, journals, personal and business correspondence from the 17th century through the 20th.

  • Ernest Hemingway's Signature in a volume of O. Henry purchased in 1919
    A group of books from Ernest Hemingway’s personal library part of the Toby and Betty Bruce Collection. Hemingway was a notorious pack-rat who threw nothing away during his lifetime. The volumes offered here span his entire life from some of the earliest childhood books which Hemingway read as a child, to volumes which influenced his early writing, to books from various phases of his career. Many of the volumes are signed or inscribed by Hemingway. Many of the volumes bear presentation inscriptions to him, from both family members and fellow writers. (see inventory below).
    The collection includes books given to the young Hemingway both as Christmas and birthday gifts. His birthday, in July, often found him with his family at their cottage on Walloon Lake, Michigan. It was here that his writing germinated. The books include tales of adventure, travel, and sport, as well as literature, given to him by his parents and siblings. The collection includes a book given to Hemingway, on his sixteenth birthday, in Michigan, from “Marge” Bump, a significant figure in his early life, and who appeared in two of his iconic early short stories set in Upper Michigan. There is also a volume of O. Henry stories, purchased by Hemingway while on his way home from Italy after being wounded there in World War One. O. Henry was one of the young Hemingway’s favorite authors, and after his return from overseas he modeled his first attempts at story writing on Henry’s. Four months after purchasing the volume he was in Michigan where he wrote two of his most famous early stories: Big Two Hearted River and Up in Michigan. One volume bears a brief note in Hemingway’s hand referring to a story which eventually became A Farewell to Arms. The collection includes books associated with his Paris years, Spain, and elsewhere, as well as with bull fighting and,… more >