Walt Whitman on Self and Cosmos: “the visible suggestion of God in space and time … The Milky Way, as if some superhuman symphony, some ode of universal vagueness, disdaining syllable and sound—a flashing glance of Deity, address'd to the soul”WHITMAN, WALT
Autograph Manuscript beginning “The Spirit’s Hour.”. n.p., 1882
This wonderful manuscript reflects Whitman’s mysticism, connecting self and the cosmos.
TOLKIEN, J. R. R
The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1955
FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. This is a very attractive set of the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies).
POE, EDGAR ALLAN
Tales. London: Wiley and Putnam, 1845
FIRST EDITION, ENGLISH ISSUE with the cancel London title page. This is an excellent copy of one of the rarest forms of Poe’s tales, issued in the original cloth from the American sheets with a London title page.
A Tale of Two Cities. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859
FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING, FIRST PRINTING (with page 213 mis-numbered 113 and sig. b present on the list of illustrations, points that were corrected in later copies of this edition).
Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922
FIRST EDITION. This is one of 750 numbered copies (from an edition of 1000) of the most sought-after book of 20th-century literature.
“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).
Tragediae Septem cum commentariis. (Edited by Aldus Manutius and John Gregoropoulos). Venice: Aldus Manutius, August, 1502
Editio princeps of the seven surviving complete plays of Sophocles, the greatest of the Greek tragedians. This volume contains the first printing of Oedipus Rex, generally considered the greatest Greek tragedy.
(WHITMAN, WALT.) George C. Cox
An enormous platinum or bromide photograph after the original portrait photograph by George C. Cox. New York, 1887, printed ca. 1890s-1910s
A SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPH OF WHITMAN IN OLD AGE. This famous portrait was taken in George Cox’s New York studio in April 1887. Whitman was celebrating the success of his lecture on Lincoln, delivered on the same visit to the city.