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  • 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.

    $20,000

  • JOYCE, JAMES

    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.

    $18,500

  • (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).

    $18,000

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    Autograph Letter Signed to James T. Fields. Concord, 16 September 1863

    In this wonderful letter to his close friend and publisher James T. Fields, Nathaniel Hawthorne discusses the presentation copies of Our Old Home

    $18,000

  • ADAMS, HENRY

    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.”

    $17,500

  • (ALI, MUHAMMAD.)

    The Holy Quran. Lahore, 1973

    Presentation copy inscribed by Muhammad Ali to his friend, trainer, cornerman, adviser, inspiration, and phrase-coiner “To Drew Bundini Brown from Muhammad Ali Your Brother Make your life, for the work of Allah 20/6/75 Peace and Love Forever.”

    $16,500

  • LIVINGSTONE, DAVID

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years’ residence in the interior of Africa. London: John Murray, 1857

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by the author: “Mrs Clare with the kindest regards of David Livingstone.” Livingstone lived many years in South Africa and made three great expeditions, the first described in this book 1853-56, and the others in 1858-64 and 1865-73.

    $16,000

  • (HEBREW.)

    Women’s Manuscript Prayer Book in Hebrew. Scribe: Yechiel Menachem Ben Abraham Urbino. Italy, 1775

    This delicate and rare manuscript, prepared exclusively for women includes prayers for healthy and righteous children, a comfortable livelihood, the Mikveh, pregnancy, candle lightening, and the separation of Challah.

    $15,000

  • NEW ZEALAND ,1860s

    An album of early New Zealand photographs, watercolors, manuscript verse, and ephemera assembled by Miss Flaxman. New Zealand, 1866-1870

    This delightful photograph and autograph album chronicles the world of young Miss Flaxman in New Zealand in the 1860s. This 1860s New Zealand album, with dozens of photographs, original watercolors, manuscript poems, and printed ephemera, is a rare survival and a valuable resource for women’s studies.

    $12,500

  • HELLER, JOSEPH

    Catch-22. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961

    FIRST EDITION. Inscribed and signed by Heller:  “To Jim Pepper: Who might be interested to know that if not for a novel by Leon Uris called Mila 18, this copy of Catch-22 would be Catch-18. Best wishes Joseph Heller 9/20/78.”

    $12,500