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  • BELLOW, SAUL

    “By the St. Lawrence,” Autograph manuscript signed. No place, Prob. March 1995

    A MAJOR LATE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SHORT STORY. In this heavily revised manuscript story, Bellow revisits the scenes of his immigrant childhood and reflects on the nature of memory and loss. The story, with important changes from the present manuscript, was published in Esquire (1995) and then in Bellow’s Collected Stories (2001). A reviewer of the latter book observed, “the volume opens with the most recent piece, “By the St Lawrence,” which becomes a kind of retrospective manifesto for the characteristic forms and themes of Bellow’s stories as a whole” (Christopher Tayler, The Telegraph).

    $32,000

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844]

    VERY EARLY DARWIN INVESTIGATION OF THE RACES OF MAN. In 1834 Darwin heard that head lice vary among the races of man while on the voyage of the Beagle. In his Beagle zoological diary he wrote, “Mr Martial, a surgeon of an English Whaler assures me that the Lice of the Sandwich Islanders … if they strayed to the bodies of the English in 3 or 4 days died … If these facts were verified their interest would be great.— Man springing from one stock according his varieties having different species of parasites.— It leads one into many reflections.” Intrigued by the implications of this observation, Darwin began collecting specimens for further research.

    $27,500

  • (Alabama.) Lalouette, Antoine Prudence (1777-1855)

    An important manuscript collection including 16 long, closely written letters written from Alabama. Alabama, New Orleans, Paris, and elsewhere, mainly 1821-1823

    This tremendous manuscript collection documents in great detail a pioneering French settler’s ambitious struggles to establish a home in the new state of Alabama in the early 1820s.

    $25,000

  • CLEMENS, SAMUEL (MARK TWAIN.)

    Collection of 13 photographs of Samuel Clemens, his family, and Missouri relations, two bearing inscriptions by Clemens. Various places, c. 1870s

    This wonderful group of Clemens family photographs includes two portraits sent to his relatives in Missouri while the author was on a lecture tour in England.

    $25,000

  • ARMSTRONG ,NEIL

    Typed letter signed to Dr. Joseph F. Rorke.. Houston, NASA, 15 January 1970.

    In this historic letter Armstrong details the history of the Apollo XI in-flight cancellation of the “First Man on the Moon” stamp and of the die famously carried to the moon by Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins

    $25,000

  • (Astronomy.)

    Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. Lyon, 1660s

    This fascinating 17th-century scientific manuscript documents the state of scientific knowledge and education in France in the years following Galileo’s trial and the Church’s prohibition of Copernican theory.

    $25,000

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877]

    CHARLES DARWIN ON SEXUALITY AND THE TRANSMISSION OF HEREDITARY CHARACTERISTICS.

    $22,500

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    The Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852

    FIRST EDITION.  AN ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE GREATEST INTEREST, inscribed and signed by the subject of the book, President-elect Franklin Pierce, lifelong friend of the author. Pierce has inscribed the book to the Ohio newspaper publisher Washington McLean: “For Washington McLean from Frank. Pierce Concord N.H. Feby. 5. 1853.”

    $22,000

  • EMERSON ,RALPH WALDO

    Autograph Letter Signed to Abby Dwight Woodbridge.. Concord, 6 July 1841

    In this tremendous letter on his philosophy of the individual and on writing poetry, Emerson describes for a prospective contributor the workings of his fabled literary magazine, The Dial.

    $22,000

  • FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT

    This Side of Paradise. New York: Scribner’s, 1920

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. Fitzgerald’s first novel, one of only 3000 copies. Presentation copy inscribed on the title page: “For Kenneth Brightbill from F. Scott Fitzgerald April 30th, 1921.” Brightbill and Fitzgerald seem likely to have been classmates, perhaps at the Newman School in New Jersey. Fitzgerald inscribed several of his early books to Brightbill.

    $22,000