"Your friend, Ernesto Hemingway" Original Photograph, Inscribed and Signed
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Original Photograph, Inscribed and Signed. Madrid: Cano y Guerra , 1959.
Original black and white photograph of Ernest Hemingway and Friends by renown Spanish photographer Francisco Cano (who is especially well known for his photographs of bullfights and matadors). (7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches; 182 x 240 mm). Numerous 'Cano' stamps to the reverse. A wonderful photograph with an even more wonderful inscription. Some very minor blue ink marks on photo, not affecting inscription of image of Hemingway. Reverse with some tape removal evidence. Otherwise about fine.

Inscribed by Hemingway in black ink across the top of the photo: "El Papa peregrino and Val with our gang -/ in maravilloso Espectaculo - Viva Espaņa - Nunca Basta./ Your friend/ Ernesto Hemingway" The photo is of Hemingway seated at Bar Txoca in Pamplona, in a group including Valerie Danby-Smith. On the bottom front it is also signed "Cano". On the reverse, it is signed again "Cano" and also has Cano's stamp.

"[This photograph was] taken by the Spanish photojournalist Paco Cano Lorenza who specialised in torero photography. They were taken during Hemingway's final visit to Spain, on an assignment for Life magazine about the rise of the bullfighter Antonio Ordonez... Hemingway's text was finally published in book form as The Dangerous Summer in 1985." (Sotheby's)

1959 was an eventful year for both Hemingway. He went on his last trip to his beloved Spain in that year. The inscription is somewhat ironic as his Spanish trip was one of the low points of his drinking career and according to Kenneth S. Lynn he spent nearly the entire trip inebriated. Of course, Hemingway killed himself three years later in 1961, in large part due to the depression and maladies brought about by his alcoholism.

HBS # 67988 $3,200