HEMINGWAY, ERNEST (1899-1961, American writer)
EARLY AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT, UNREVISED, BUT SUCCESSIVE ATTEMPTS AT A POEM ENTITLED 'CHAMPS D'HONNEUR', 12 lines in all, divided by a horizontal line, written in pencil, the last line of the first attempt written over rubbed out but visible text, 1 page, small octavo, written on the verso of cut-down stationery of Greig & War Advertising, 
Firm frozen ground
And snow blown tufts of grass.
An empty ditch
A rusty bit of wire
The earth that spouted
Now is dull and still
God gathers up his thunderbolts of fire...
UNPUBLISHED: not in Complete Poems.
Another entirely different poem of this title appeared through the influence of Ezra Pound in the January 1923 issue of Harriet Monroe's Poetry, A Magazine of Verse; it was also included in Hemingway's first book, a limited edition, Three Stories and Ten Poems, 1923, [A1a].
RARE: only two other poetical manuscripts by Hemingway have been sold at auction.
REFERENCES: James R. Mellow, Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences, 1993; Audre Hanneman, Ernest Hemingway: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1967; Ernest Hemingway: Complete Poems, edited by Nicholas Gerogiannis, 1992.