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  • TWAIN, MARK

    Life on the Mississippi. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE, in the original deluxe binding.

    $5,500

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    Autograph letter signed to Henry W. Dommett. Concord, February 4, 1864

    Hawthorne writes, “I have copied the passage from the Threefold Destiny according to your request, and shall forward the package By express, tomorrow (Friday) morning.” Hawthorne adds in an initialed postscript that he was unsure whether to send the letter to Dommett in Boston or in New York and chose Boston. Dommett was the longtime art critic for the New York Mail and author of A History of the Bank of New York, 1784–1884 (1884).

    $5,200

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Democratic Vistas. Washington, D.C: [Printed for J. S. Redfield, New York], 1871

    FIRST EDITION. One of about 500 copies.

    $4,200

  • TWAIN, MARK

    The Prince and the Pauper. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882

    FIRST EDITION. A departure from Twain’s previous novels, this tale of sixteenth-century England was intended as a work for children and the family circle. The book is illustrated with nearly 200 wood engravings. Twain declared that the boys in those illustrations “look and dress exactly as I used to cast them in my mind … It is a vast pleasure to see them cast in the flesh, so to speak.”

    $3,800

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Leaves of Grass. New York: [for Walt Whitman], 1867

    This is the fourth Leaves of Grass. The failure of Thayer & Eldridge, publisher of the third edition (Boston, 1860), left Whitman in search of a publisher. The poet decided that the events of the Civil War called for another reimagining of Leaves of Grass. Whitman returned to his earlier practice and financed the publication himself, engaging the New York printer William E. Chapin. For the first time, the 1867 Leaves opened with the poem “Inscription,” which introduced the book in subsequent editions.

    $3,500

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Purloined Letter” in The Gift … for 1845. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845 [1844]

    FIRST EDITION. Contains the first printing of “The Purloined Letter,” perhaps the greatest of Poe’s detective stories” (Mabbott). As was customary, this gift book was offered in October or November in time for the holiday trade. This allowed for the printing of an abridged version of the tale in Chamber’s Edinburgh Journal of November 30, 1844. This is a handsome copy of the annual that Heartman and Canny called “outstanding among the annuals for its sumptuous appearance.”

    $2,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Philadelphia, April 1844

    This contains the first printing of “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” a tale combining the themes of reincarnation and mesmerism. Quinn wrote of this important tale:  “The realistic treatment of the supernatural was rarely better done by Poe.” This tale is set near the University of Virginia where Poe had been a student in 1826-7.

    $1,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Daguerreotype” in Alexander’s Weekly Messenger. Philadelphia, May 6, 1840

    First printing of this notice on the Daguerreotype. Poe notes of photography, “until the transcript can be produced on paper, its use can never prove detrimental to the interests of the engraver. This is true in part, but then the production of the Daguerreotype effects on paper is likely to be soon accomplished.”

    $1,200

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass. Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass, 1891

    FIRST EDITION. This form of Good-Bye My Fancy is not in Myerson.

    $1,200

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    “The Philosophy of Furniture” and “The Journal of Julius Rodman [pt 3]” in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine. Philadelphia, May 1840

    First printing of Poe’s “The Philosophy of Furniture,” an essay on interior design and decorating. He contratss the elevated taste of the English, and other Europeans, with that of Americans.

    $800