Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York). By Johnston Smith. [New York: Printed for the author], 1893
FIRST EDITION of Stephen Crane’s notoriously rare first book, privately and pseudonymously published, a grim novel about a New York prostitute.
The Golden Bowl. New York: Scribner’s, 1904
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed “For Grace Edith Barnes, Henry James New York January 1st, 1905.” The recipient, Grace Edith Barnes, was the business manager, assistant, and finally executrix of American artist John La Farge. James was a close friend of the artist, who exposed the author to French novels and painted his portrait. When La Farge died in 1910, James wrote, “I think of him as one of the very small number of truly extraordinary men whom I’ve known.”
TWAIN ,MARK. (CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.)
A collection documenting the early life of Samuel Clemens and his family in Iowa. Various places, mainly Iowa, 1850s-1880s
This unique collection of photographs, books, letters, and other objects is from the Creel family, Samuel Clemens’s relations on his mother’s side. One highlight of the collection is the charming ambrotype portrait of young Ella Creel, one of Sam’s “favorite companions” and a “one-time sweetheart.”
Look Homeward, Angel. New York: Scribner’s, (1929)
FIRST EDITION. A splendid presentation copy of Wolfe’s first regularly published book, inscribed: “To my sister, Mabel, I present this copy of my first book, with love, and with remembrance of the long way we came together. Thomas Wolfe, Oct 15, 1929.” The publication date was October 18.
Leaves of Grass.. Camden, 1876. [and]
This set of the privately-published author’s edition, is inscribed by Whitman in each volume: “Godfrey Lushington from the author.”
"Winesburg, Ohio, when it first appeared, kept me up a whole night in a steady crescendo of emotion." –Hart CraneANDERSON, SHERWOOD
Winesburg, Ohio. New York: Huebsch, 1919
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with top edge stained yellow, with “lay” in p. 86, line 5 and “the” on p. 251, line 3 in broken type.
An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Anderson on the front free endpaper: “To Henry J. Smith, with regards, Sherwood Anderson.”
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.”