Only 300 first edition copies of Ernest Hemingway's first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923) were printed. Publisher Robert McAlmon gave Hemingway four "author's copies" of the book. We know what Hemingway did with one of his author's copies. We may now know what Hemingway did with another.
Hemingway inscribed one of his author's copies of Three Stories and Ten Poems to Sylvia Beach, owner of Shakespeare and Company, a Paris bookshop he frequented in the 1920s. This copy was auctioned in 2004 for $176,000. Hemingway inscribed another copy of Three Stories and Ten Poems to Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, the American co-editors of The Little Review. Heritage Auctions' rare books cataloger Paula Bosse says: "The first edition of Hemingway's first book is collectible even when not signed. But this copy, inscribed by Hemingway to Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap — the only copy of any book that we know of inscribed to both women — is an incredible association item."
The book inscribed to Anderson and Heap, which may be one of Hemingway's author's copies, is set to be auctioned off on February 8th, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. For more information, see the official listing page for the book.