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.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade). New York: Webster, 1885
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION in the publisher’s deluxe binding. This copy has the rare first state of the illustration on p. 283, as well as the other earliest points described in BAL.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: American Publishing, 1876
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (with half-title and frontispiece on different leaves as required). This is one of only 200 copies in the original publisher’s deluxe morocco binding, sold at a premium by subscription.
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886
FIRST EDITION, preceding the London edition by four days. Stevenson’s most famous book, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a timeless story of good and evil and man’s dual nature. The novel has inspired countless versions, parodies, and imitations in literature, stage, and screen, and the character of Jekyll/Hyde is one of the most memorable creations of nineteenth-century literature.
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.