(VALLEY FORGE.) FISH, NICHOLAS, Major
Autograph letter signed with initials to Lt. Col. Richard Varick. Camp Valley Forge, 9 May 1778
In this splendid Valley Forge letter Major Fish here describes the soldiers’ reaction to the news of the alliance with France, detailing the day’s events celebrating the glorious news of what would prove to be one of the war’s decisive events
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.
LONGFELLOW ,HENRY WADSWORTH
Early Draft Autograph Manuscript of “Excelsior,” incorporated into an Autograph Letter Signed to Samuel Cutler Ward (“My dear Excelsior”).. Cambridge, 30 September 1841
In this outstanding literary letter, Longfellow writes in full and sends an early draft of his beloved poem “Excelsior,” commenting on its meaning and significance and writing out all thirty-six lines.
Finnegans Wake. London: Faber, 1939
FIRST EDITION, the deluxe issue, one of only 425 numbered copies signed by James Joyce. The notoriously difficult Finnegans Wake is probably the most ambitious work of literature of the twentieth century. The writing of Finnegans Wake occupied Joyce’s life from 1922, the year of the publication of Ulysses, until 1939, two years before the author’s death.
(JEFFERSON, THOMAS--VAN BUREN, MARTIN.) Rayner, B.L
Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson,… Selections of … Private Correspondence.. New York: Francis and Boardman, 1832
FIRST EDITION. An outstanding Democratic Party association copy. Inscribed and signed as president by Martin Van Buren to Mr. & Mrs. O’Neil, dated Oct 30, 1838.
Autograph letter signed “Freud” on cigars to an unidentified correspondent “Honored Sir and Dear Brother.”. Vienna, May 26, 1921
FREUD’S CIGARS. In this fine letter Sigmund Freud asks a friend visiting Holland to bring back his beloved Dutch cigars, writing in small part, “Although I could just as well rely on your taste, in case you get to The Hague and make the purchase there, I’ll give you the address Hagen Spinecka and the brand Soberanos (1400 [presumably a series of the Soberanos brand] 15 dozen). The enclosed 60 florin note is to cover this purchase.” In turn-of-the-century Vienna, the Austrian government maintained strict control over the tobacco industry, and Freud relied on friends to bring him the cigars he smoked endlessly.
(APOLLO 11.) Armstrong, Neil
Photograph of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon with the American flag and the lunar module, signed by all three crew members: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins. NASA, 1969
A CLASSIC SPACE PHOTOGRAPH, signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot).
History of the United States of America during the first administration of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Scribner’s, 1889
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Adams: “For Aunt Eunice with the warmest regards of Henry Adams 1889.”