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    (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) A Boy’s Will. London: Nutt, 1913

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, FIRST BINDING. Presentation copy inscribed by Frost “Margot Adamson from Robert Frost Oct 4 1913.”



    (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



    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) 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.



    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.



    (English) Look Homeward, Angel. New York: Scribner’s, (1929)

    FIRST EDITION. A splendid presentation copy of Wolfe’s first regularly published book, inscribed: “To my sister, Mabel, I present this copy of my first book, with love, and with remembrance of the long way we came together. Thomas Wolfe, Oct 15, 1929.” The publication date was October 18.



    (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.”



    (English) Winesburg, Ohio. New York: Huebsch, 1919

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with top edge stained yellow, with “lay” in p. 86, line 5 and “the” on p. 251, line 3 in broken type.

    An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Anderson on the front free endpaper: “To Henry J. Smith, with regards, Sherwood Anderson.”