Two volumes of:

Poetry, A Magazine of Verse

Volume 21 #4 - January 1923

Volume 37 #5 - February 1931

Edited by Harriet Monroe & Louis Zukofsky

Includes Ernest Hemingway's six of the first 10 poems

found in Three Stories and Ten Poems.


Contents: A rare, complete collection of Ernest Hemingway's contributions to Poetry, A Magazine of Verse:

Volume 21 contains six very early Hemingway poems, found within the collection titled "Wanderings" - "Mitrailliatrice", "Oily Weather", "Roosevelt", "Riparto D'Assalto", "Champs d'Honneur", and "Chapter Heading" (Hanneman #C 121). This is an extremely early (and rare) magazine appearance by Hemingway. These six poems make up six of the ten poems featured in his first published work, THREE STORIES & TEN POEMS. This collection of poems was published six months BEFORE the first and only limited edition publishing of TSTP in Paris by Contact Publishing - 300 copies of TSTP was published in July, 1923.

A biographical note, on page 231 of Poetry Magazine, states "Ernest M. Hemingway, a young Chicago poet now abroad, who will soon issue his first book of verse."

The acknowledgement found on p. [xi] of TSTP states: "Five of these poems were first printed in Poetry A Magazine of Verse." This is incorrect. Six of the poems were printed. In this offered bound magazine, "Mitraigiatrice" (July printing of TSTP) was spelled "Mitrailliatrice" (January printing, Poetry Magazine).

Volume 37 contains "They All Made Peace - What Is Peace?", an early poem originally published in the Little Review #9, Spring 1923; found within 'Program: Objectivists 1931', an article written by Louis Zukofsky. Zukofsky was one of the most important second-generation American modernist poets. He was co-founder and primary theorist of the Objectivist group of poets and was to be an important influence on subsequent generations of poets in America and abroad. Volume 37 is the first printing of the newly-established Objectivists poetry movement.

Other noteworthy poets of these two volumes include are Edna St. Vincent Millay, D.H. Lawrence, Edgar Lee Masters, Robert McAlmon, William Carlos Williams, and Malcolm Cowley (a future editor of Hemingway and 'Lost Generation' authors' collected works). Volume 37 is the first printing of the newly-established Objectivists poetry movement, including first published works in Poetry by Basil Bunting, Carl Rakosi, Charles Reznikoff, & George Oppen.


Volume 21 Chicago: Poetry, A Magazine of Verse. Published October 1922-March 1923. Volume 21, issues #1-6. Light green cloth publishers binding lettered in black title on spine and front cover. 348 pp. Front and back covers (wrappers) of bound magazines are removed. Overall 6-month contents page included. Volume 37 Chicago: Poetry, A Magazine of Verse. Published October 1930- March 1931. Volume 37, issues #1-6. Tan buckram library binding with gilt title on spine. 356 pp. Overall 6-month contents page included.


Volume 21 Overall, book is clean and tight. Cloth binding in very good condition with minimum wear visible. Spine darkened with age but still readable; extreme cover margins, fore and bottom page block edges, and extreme page margins are also darkened. Slight rubbing to corners and head & tail of spine. Top edge of page block gilt, fore and bottom pages deckled. Pages are unmarked and clean. No writing, ink stamps,tears, dog-ear pages, etc. found within book. Ex-library copy (university of Chicago). Usual library internal stamps, otherwise no other interior writing, marks, tears, stamps, etc. Tight binding with no loose pages and no spine cracks. Absolutely no marks, stamps or any flaw found within the Hemingway inclusion to this book. Collectible condition. Volume 37 Overall, book is clean and tight. Buckram in excellent condition with no wear visible. Light soiling to back cover. Corners in very good condition - no cloth missing from corners. Ex-library copy, previously individual monthly magazines bound together. Ornate library bookplate on inside cover. Inkless (blind embossed) library stamp on front title page. No other writing, ink stamps, tears, dog-ear pages, etc. found within book. Tight binding with no loose pages and no spine cracks. Absolutely no marks, stamps or any flaw found within the Hemingway inclusion to this book. Collectible condition.

Bibliography cited: Ernest Hemingway A Comprehensive Bibliography by Audre Hanneman, 1967. Listed in Section C, #121 and Section C, #197 (Contributions to newspapers and periodicals)

This is a very rare and extremely early appearance of Hemingway. Only the second publishing by him, besides articles written in his high school yearbook, Tabula, or any articles written for Toronto Daily Star or Toronto Star Weekly. His first publishing found within Double Dealer, a literary magazine in June 1922. These would make a wonderful early edition to any serious Hemingway collection.

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