Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway, inscribed by the author and Spanish bullfighter, Antonio Ordóñez.
Octavo, 358pp, . Maroon cloth, title stamped in gilt on spine. Stated “eighth impression 1956” on copyright page, with the first edition published in 1932. Some foxing to outer edge of text block, faint toning to endpapers, not affecting text or illustrations. Bookseller’s label on front pastedown endpaper. In publisher’s later state dust jacket, retail price on both flaps, light wear to edges, some toning to verso, but bright and vibrant colors. Housed in custom black leather clamshell, lined in red linen, title in gilt on spine.
Signed by Ordóñez and dated 1959. Signed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper: “To Col. and Mrs. Wm. C. Burry, best luck always, Ernest Hemingway.”
Antonio Ordóñez, the famous Spanish bullfighter, was a lifelong friend of Ernest Hemingway, whom he called Father Ernesto. Hemingway wrote an account of Ordóñez’s fight with matador Luis Miguel Dominguin called The Dangerous Summer. The father of Antonio Ordóñez, Cayetano Ordóñez, was nicknamed Niño de la Palma and served as the inspiration for Pedro Romero in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Provenance: RR Auction of Boston, September 2020.