(WHITMAN, WALT.) George C. Cox
(English) An enormous platinum or bromide photograph after the original portrait photograph by George C. Cox. New York, 1887, printed ca. 1890s-1910s
A SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPH OF WHITMAN IN OLD AGE. This famous portrait was taken in George Cox’s New York studio in April 1887. Whitman was celebrating the success of his lecture on Lincoln, delivered on the same visit to the city.
CLEMENS, SAMUEL (MARK TWAIN.)
(English) Collection of 13 photographs of Samuel Clemens, his family, and Missouri relations, two bearing inscriptions by Clemens. Various places, c. 1870s
This wonderful group of Clemens family photographs includes two portraits sent to his relatives in Missouri while the author was on a lecture tour in England.
FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT
(English) This Side of Paradise. New York: Scribner’s, 1920
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. Fitzgerald’s first novel, one of only 3000 copies. Presentation copy inscribed on the title page: “For Kenneth Brightbill from F. Scott Fitzgerald April 30th, 1921.” Brightbill and Fitzgerald seem likely to have been classmates, perhaps at the Newman School in New Jersey. Fitzgerald inscribed several of his early books to Brightbill.
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.
(English) Death of a Salesman. New York: Viking, 1949
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Arthur Miller to William Targ and further signed by the original cast members, who have all signed on the list of cast members printed after the title page.
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.”
(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.”
(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