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  • [BROWNING,] ELIZABETH B. BARRETT.

    Autograph manuscript notebook, the working notebook for the verses later published in The Seraphim, and Other Poems.. No Place, 1835-1837

    This extraordinary manuscript is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s heavily revised autograph working notebook for The Seraphim, and Other Poems, the book that first brought her fame.

    $550,000

  • JOYCE, JAMES

    Ulysses.. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922

    First edition. Number 44 of 100 numbered copies printed on Van Gelder paper and signed by James Joyce.

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  • LINCOLN, ABRAHAM

    Autograph letter signed as President to Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas [with] American flag bunting from Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theatre. Washington, Executive Mansion, May 27, 1861

    Abraham Lincoln, writing at the outset of the Civil War, recommends that the Army admit three volunteers from the highly divided city of Baltimore. He advises Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas, “I hate to reject any offered from what is called a Southern State.” [offered with] Bunting from the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre.

    two items: $275,000

  • (BEIJING)

    Map of Beijing, painted on silk. [China, Daoguang Period], (1820-1850)

    This splendid, enormous hand-painted map of Beijing shows and names the main streets, official residences of imperial family members, important buildings, temples, geographical features, fortifications and garrisons of the Forbidden, Imperial and Inner Cities.

    $250,000

  • EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D

    Typed Letter Signed as President to Lewis L. Strauss, Chairman, United States Atomic Energy Commission. The White House, Washington, DC, 7 June 1955

    This is the document by which Eisenhower and the United States allowed Israel to become a nuclear power. Through Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative, the United States shared atomic energy material and technology with several countries. One of the first of these agreements was the one sharing the secrets of atomic energy with Israel, as authorized by Eisenhower in this letter. This document laid the foundation for Israel’s ultimate deterrence against destruction by its enemies. It was perhaps the greatest gift possible to the new Jewish state from its greatest ally, the American people.

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  • (APOLLO 11) Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin,and Michael Collins

    United States flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11. NASA, July 16-24, 1969

    This American flag, flown to the Moon on Apollo 11, is one of the most sought-after relics of space exploration.

    $150,000

  • DICKINSON, EMILY

    Autograph manuscript signed “Emily,” the poem “I came to buy a smile – today.”. Amherst, Massachusetts, ca. 1861

    $125,000

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Autograph letter signed to Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Camden, New Jersey, 9 August 1878

    “The Good Gray Poet” to the Poet Laureate. Tennyson was the most important of of the many English literary figures who subscribed to the “Author’s Edition” of Leaves of Grass, privately issued by Whitman in 1876. Hearing that Whitman was “in great straits, almost starving,” Tennyson sent him five pounds virtually as an outright gift, rather than the more modest subscription price (Kaplan, Walt Whitman).

    $60,000

  • (GRANT, U.S.) Mathew Brady

    Ulysses S. Grant. Washington, c. 1865

    $52,000

  • ALCOTT, LOUISA MAY

    Autograph letter signed to Miss Thurston. No place, [c. 1868 or possibly later]

    Louisa May Alcott discusses the impact of Little Women and its place in children’s literature. She observes that “My ‘Little Women’ have much astonished their Momma by making many friends for themselves, & she can only account for it by the grain of truth that lay at the bottom of the little story.”

    $38,000