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  • MERTON, ROBERT C.

    Autograph manuscript signed, the Black-Scholes-Merton formula.. Stockholm, “Nobel Week", December 1997

    In this outstanding financial manuscript, Merton writes the celebrated Black-Scholes (or Black-Scholes-Merton) formula for derivatives pricing, the basis for many of the great fortunes in finance.

    $28,000

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Autograph manuscript on Ralph Waldo Emerson. No place, [ca. 1870s]

    In this fine manuscript Whitman writes, “It is very plain after reading Emerson’s forenoon essays, and then those of his elder age that the latter are not the consecutive fruits or crowning results of the former.”

    $28,000

  • TENNENT, LAETITIA EMERSON

    “Poetry of Flowers” autograph manuscript watercolor album. No place, ca. 1820s

    This splendid album of botanical watercolors and the “poetry of flowers,” the product of years of reading, writing, and painting, was created by Lady Laetitia Emerson Tennent. She collected several hundred poems and lines of verse concerning flowers and the language of flowers written by poets from Shakespeare and Spenser to Wordsworth and other Romantics, the famous and the obscure.

    $27,000

  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher

    Autograph letter signed to Sophia Hawthorne. Andover, 22 June 1863

    Harriet Beecher Stowe arranges a visit to Hawthorne’s Concord home. Stowe wrote this letter the year before Nathaniel Hawthorne’s death. She tells Hawthorne’s wife Sophia,

    “Mr. Stowe & I have long desired to renew our acquaintance with you, but Concord is rather too far off for a card-case call & this leads me to say that on Sunday next we shall pass your house on our way to a friends’ with whom we pass Sunday, & we propose to ourselves then the pleasure of calling & seeing you & Mr. Hawthorne & your family once more.”

    $22,500

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Autograph letter signed to [Fanny Kellogg]. Down, Beckenham, Kent, April 13, 1879

    Darwin discusses the hereditary transmission of behavior and a vivid example of the phenomenon from the opening chapter of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

    $22,000

  • THAXTER, CELIA

    Poems. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1882

    Presentation copy inscribed by the author and artist Celia Thaxter: “Mary Mapes Dodge with much love. Illustrated by Celia Thaxter 1882.”

    $22,000

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949

    FIRST EDITION. One of 760 numbered copies signed and dated by Einstein.

    $18,500

  • CLEMENS, SAMUEL L

    Autograph note signed to Robert Watt with original albumen print photograph. No place, July 16, 1874

    Mark Twain the humorist. Samuel Clemens sent this delightful humorous note with the accompanying half- length standing portrait of the debonair author.

    $18,000

  • HUTH, HELEN ROSE

    Splendid album containing 50 watercolors, 70 photographs, and fine calligraphic selections of poems and prose. Mostly Possingworth and environs, 1879 - ca. 1905

    This magnificent, imposing album was made by a prominent late-Victorian hostess, patron of the arts, and gifted amateur artist. Helen Rose Huth was the wife of the banker Louis Huth. The Huths were major art collectors, and Helen sat for both George Frederic Watts and James Abbott McNeill Whistler who painted the celebrated “Arrangement in Black, No. 2: Portrait of Mrs Louis Huth.”

    $16,000

  • (BROADWAY.) GEORGE M COHAN & SAM H. HARRIS

    Theater financial ledger of Sam Harris and George M. Cohan. New York, 1906-1907

    This massive manuscript ledger charts formative years of the show business partnership of George M. Cohan, the “father of American musical comedy,” and Sam H. Harris, the famed Broadway producer and theater owner.

    $15,000