Typewriters used to write ‘Lonesome Dove’ up for auction in New York

Tommy Lee Jones starred as Woodrow F. Call in the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” based on the Pulitzer-winning book of the same name by Texas author Larry McMurtry. Photo by CBS

Tommy Lee Jones starred as Woodrow F. Call in the 1989 miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” based on the Pulitzer-winning book of the same name by Texas author Larry McMurtry. Photo by CBS

“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.

Lonesome Dove book cover

Lonesome Dove book cover

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.

Pulitzer prize winning author Larry McMurtry among his books in Archer City, TX, in 2012. McMurtry has also written classics such as "The Last Picture Show" and "Terms of Endearment." Photo by David Woo/The Dallas Morning News

Pulitzer prize winning author Larry McMurtry among his books in Archer City, TX, in 2012. McMurtry has also written classics such as “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment.” Photo by David Woo/The Dallas Morning News

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