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  • EMERSON ,RALPH WALDO

    Autograph Letter Signed to Abby Dwight Woodbridge.. Concord, 6 July 1841

    In this tremendous letter on his philosophy of the individual and on writing poetry, Emerson describes for a prospective contributor the workings of his fabled literary magazine, The Dial.

    $22,000

  • (HOLMES ,OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.)

    American Mahogany Butler’s Desk from the Holmes family home at 296 Beacon Street, Boston. American, ca. 1930

    Justice Holmes’s butler’s desk from the family home on Beacon Street.

    $22,000

  • STITH, WILLIAM

    The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia. Williamsburg: William Parks, 1747

    First edition, first issue. The later issues may have been printed as late as 1753. This is a lovely copy of Stith’s classic history of Virginia from its establishment in 1607 through the dissolution of the Virginia Company of London in 1624, written by the third president of the College of William & Mary.

    $22,000

  • 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.

    $20,000

  • (MAGNA CARTA.) Care, Henry, ed

    English Liberties, Or The Free-Born Subject’s Inheritance: Containing Magna Charta . . . The Habeas Corpus Act, And Several Other Statutes. Boston: Printed by J. Franklin, for N. Buttolph, B. Eliot, and D. Henchman, 1721

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This volume, one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta has become “a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable ‘fundamental statute’ that England has ever had” (Pollock & Maitland)

    $20,000

  • JOYCE, JAMES

    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.

    $18,500

  • 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

  • ADAMS, HENRY

    History of the United States of America during the first administration of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Scribner’s, 1889

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Adams:  “For Aunt Eunice with the warmest regards of Henry Adams 1889.”

    $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

  • (ALI, MUHAMMAD.)

    The Holy Quran. Lahore, 1973

    Presentation copy inscribed by Muhammad Ali to his friend, trainer, cornerman, adviser, inspiration, and phrase-coiner “To Drew Bundini Brown from Muhammad Ali Your Brother Make your life, for the work of Allah 20/6/75 Peace and Love Forever.”

    $16,500