“Call saw that everyone was looking at him, the hands and cowboys and townspeople alike. The anger had drained out of him, leaving him feeling tired. He didn’t remember the fight, particularly, but people were looking at him as if they were stunned. He felt he should make some explanation, though it seemed to him a simple situation.
“I hate a man that talks rude,” he said. “I won’t tolerate it.”
— Passage from “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry
You could own the typewriter that first pieced those words and sentences together. And you just thought you were the “Lonesome Dove” fan who had everything.
Actually both typewriters author Larry McMurtry used to write his Pulitzer-winning Western novel will be up for auction March 8-9 in New York.
McMurtry kept one of the Hermes 3000 portable typewriters at his Washington D.C. residence and the other at home in Archer City.
The prized typewriters are part of Heritage Auctions’ Rare Books Signature Auction. The auction includes first editions of such classics as “A Farewell to Arms” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” as well as more unusual items such as a copy of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America and a stagecoach trunk once owned by Mark Twain.
Oh, and if you’re aiming to bring those typewriters home to Texas, be sure to pack a hefty wallet — bidding will begin at $10,000.