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  • TWAIN ,MARK

    Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: American Publishing, 1876

    A splendid copy  of the first American edition of Tom Sawyer, one of the first great American boy’s books.

    $35,000

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    (English) Tales. London: Wiley and Putnam, 1845

    FIRST EDITION, ENGLISH ISSUE with the cancel London title page. This is an excellent copy of one of the rarest forms of Poe’s tales, issued in the original cloth from the American sheets with a London title page.

    $35,000

  • SOPHOCLES

    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.

    $28,000

  • STERNE ,LAURENCE

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy. York and London, 1760-1767

    First edition of Tristram Shandy, signed by Sterne

    $27,500

  • 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

  • JAMES, HENRY

    (English) The Golden Bowl. New York: Scribner’s, 1904

    FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed “For Grace Edith Barnes, Henry James  New York  January 1st,  1905.” The recipient, Grace Edith Barnes, was the business manager, assistant, and finally executrix of American artist John La Farge. James was a close friend of the artist, who exposed the author to French novels and painted his portrait. When La Farge died in 1910, James wrote, “I think of him as one of the very small number of truly extraordinary men whom I’ve known.”

    $18,000

  • TWAIN ,MARK. (CLEMENS, SAMUEL L.)

    A collection documenting the early life of Samuel Clemens and his family in Iowa. Various places, mainly Iowa, 1850s-1880s

    This unique collection of photographs, books, letters, and other objects is from the Creel family, Samuel Clemens’s relations on his mother’s side. One highlight of the collection is the charming ambrotype portrait of young Ella Creel, one of Sam’s “favorite companions” and a “one-time sweetheart.”

    $18,000

  • CRANE, STEPHEN

    (English) Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York). By Johnston Smith. [New York: Printed for the author], [1893]

    FIRST EDITION of Stephen Crane’s notoriously rare first book, privately and pseudonymously published, a grim novel about a New York prostitute.

    $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

  • CRANE, STEPHEN ,CRANE, STEPHEN

    (English) Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York). By Johnston Smith. [New York: Printed for the author], 1893

    FIRST EDITION of Stephen Crane’s notoriously rare first book, privately and pseudonymously published, a grim novel about a New York prostitute.

    $18,000