PLATH (SYLVIA) Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959]
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PLATH (SYLVIA)
Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959]
Sold for £ 32,500 (US$ 43,183) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA) Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959] PLATH (SYLVIA) Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959] PLATH (SYLVIA) Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959] PLATH (SYLVIA) Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959]
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Sylvia Plath's Hermes 3000 typewriter, with serial number 3001432, light green, in original case with handle, approximately 310 x 330 x 175mm., [1959]

Footnotes

  • SYLVIA PLATH'S HERMES 3000 - THE TYPEWRITER ON WHICH SHE WROTE THE BELL JAR.

    Sylvia Plath is known to have had four typewriters during her career. The first, a Royal, was used by her whilst a student at Smith College between 1950 and 1955, and is amongst the College's collection. She also had a Smith-Corona around the same time, which she sold in 1957, and her third typewriter was an Olivetti Lettera 22, which her mother Aurelia had bought for her in the summer of 1956.

    The Swiss-made Hermes was her last machine. The serial number 301142 indicates that it was manufactured in 1959, and it seems almost certain that this is the year that Plath acquired it: in a letter sent to her mother and brother from Yaddo on 10 September 1959, she wrote "My typewriter is marvelous. I love it". The label states "Distributed in U.S.A.", and the serial number is also noted by Plath in an address book she used whilst in America during the years 1956-1963 (held by Smith College).
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