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  • 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

  • CRANE, STEPHEN

    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.

    $18,000

  • JAMES, HENRY

    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.”

    $18,000

  • 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.”

    $18,000

  • WOLFE, THOMAS

    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.

    $17,500

  • THOREAU ,HENRY DAVID

    Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854

    FIRST EDITION. A handsome copy of Walden, published in an edition of 2000 copies.

    $17,500

  • WHITMAN ,WALT

    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.”

    $17,000

  • ANDERSON, 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.”

    $15,000

  • TWAIN ,MARK

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).. New York: Webster, 1885

    A lovely copy of Huckleberry Finn.

    $15,000

  • 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