STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, life among the lowly. Boston: Jewett, 1852
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. “These books are of such paramount historical importance that it is difficult to evaluate them as literature” (Merle Johnson). “Three thousand copies were sold on the day of publication, and before its first anniversary, over 300,000 copies were sold in America … More than twenty London editions appeared in 1852, so the English audience must have been as large as the American. No other American novel has been translated into so many foreign languages” (Grolier/American).
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.
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.”
(TWAIN, MARK, ANDREW CARNEGIE, THOMAS EDISON, et al.)
Engineers Club Inaugural Banquet Commemorative of the Opening of the New Club House on which occasion Mr. Andrew Carnegie will be the guest of honor Monday, the ninth of December 1907. [New York: Engineer's Club], 
Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club’s fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York.
[BROWNING.] BARRETT ,ELIZABETH BARRETT
Poems. London: Moxon, 1844
FIRST EDITION of the book that brought Barrett fame. Presentation copy, inscribed by Elizabeth Barrett, “To Miss Heard, with the author’s regards, August 1844.”
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon. Nos. I-VII. New York: Van Winkle, 1819-1820
FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. The Sketch Book contains the first printings of the immortal tales “Rip Van Winkle” (in Part I) and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (in Part VII), among others. This series of tales, published in seven parts in 1819-20, brought Washington Irving instant fame and made him America’s first international literary star. This set contains the uncorrected text points indicating the first printings, as noted in BAL.
ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN
Nye Eventyr. [-Anden Samling]. Copenhagen: Reitzel, 1844-45
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (i.e. title dated 1844 and without indication of later parts or a general title page). A landmark of world literature, this collection contains the first printings of the works that brought Andersen international fame, including “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Snow Queen.”
WELLS, H. G
The War of the Worlds. London: Heinemann, 1898
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE, of “the great classic of interplanetary invasion” (Bleiler), ensured the author’s place as a “father of science fiction.” Wells’s “scientific romances (as they came to be called) remain unsurpassed for their imagination and visionary power” (ODNB).