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  • LONGFELLOW ,HENRY WADSWORTH

    (English) 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

  • (JEFFERSON, THOMAS--VAN BUREN, MARTIN.) Rayner, B.L

    (English) Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson,… Selections of … Private Correspondence.. New York: Francis and Boardman, 1832

    FIRST EDITION. An outstanding Democratic Party association copy. Inscribed and signed as president by Martin Van Buren to Mr. & Mrs. O’Neil, dated Oct 30, 1838.

    $18,000

  • EICHMANN, ADOLF

    (English) Typed document signed “Eichmann” on the Jewish problem in Austria. Vienna, 19 April, 1938 [stamped date]

    THE NAZI PLAN TO DOMINATE EUROPE JEWRY. Beginning in 1933 the Nazis increasingly restricted the rights of Jews in Germany, stripping them of property and livelihood in order to remove them from German soil. With the Anchluss of March 1938, Germany annexed Austria, marking its first step in the domination of Europe and the elimination of European Jews.

    for sale only to qualified buyers for donation to a major Holocaust museum or other institution: $18,000

  • FREUD, SIGMUND

    (English) Autograph letter signed “Freud” on cigars to an unidentified correspondent “Honored Sir and Dear Brother.”. Vienna, May 26, 1921

    FREUD’S CIGARS. In this fine letter Sigmund Freud asks a friend visiting Holland to bring back his beloved Dutch cigars, writing in small part, “Although I could just as well rely on your taste, in case you get to The Hague and make the purchase there, I’ll give you the address Hagen Spinecka and the brand Soberanos (1400 [presumably a series of the Soberanos brand] 15 dozen). The enclosed 60 florin note is to cover this purchase.” In turn-of-the-century Vienna, the Austrian government maintained strict control over the tobacco industry, and Freud relied on friends to bring him the cigars he smoked endlessly.

    $18,000

  • (APOLLO 11.) Armstrong, Neil

    (English) Photograph of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon with the American flag and the lunar module, signed by all three crew members: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins. NASA, 1969

    A CLASSIC SPACE PHOTOGRAPH, signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot).

    $18,000

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    (English) 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

    (English) 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

  • WHITMAN ,WALT

    (English) 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

  • (ALI, MUHAMMAD.)

    (English) 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

  • LIVINGSTONE, DAVID

    (English) Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years’ residence in the interior of Africa. London: John Murray, 1857

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by the author: “Mrs Clare with the kindest regards of David Livingstone.” Livingstone lived many years in South Africa and made three great expeditions, the first described in this book 1853-56, and the others in 1858-64 and 1865-73.

    $16,000