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  • (ALI, MUHAMMAD.)

    The Holy Quran [Koran]. Lahore, 1973

    Presentation copy inscribed by Muhammad Ali to his friend, trainer, cornerman, adviser, inspiration, and phrase-coiner “To Drew Bundini Brown from Muhammad Ali Your Brother Make your life, for the work of Allah 20/6/75 Peace and Love Forever.”

    $16,500

  • FREUD, SIGMUND

    Autograph letter signed “Freud” on cigars to an unidentified correspondent “Honored Sir and Dear Brother.”. Vienna, May 26, 1921

    FREUD’S CIGARS. In this fine letter Sigmund Freud asks a friend visiting Holland to bring back his beloved Dutch cigars, writing in small part, “Although I could just as well rely on your taste, in case you get to The Hague and make the purchase there, I’ll give you the address Hagen Spinecka and the brand Soberanos (1400 [presumably a series of the Soberanos brand] 15 dozen). The enclosed 60 florin note is to cover this purchase.” In turn-of-the-century Vienna, the Austrian government maintained strict control over the tobacco industry, and Freud relied on friends to bring him the cigars he smoked endlessly.

    $15,000

  • (VALLEY FORGE.) FISH, NICHOLAS, Major

    Autograph letter signed with initials to Lt. Col. Richard Varick. Camp Valley Forge, 9 May 1778

    In this splendid Valley Forge letter Major Fish here describes the soldiers’ reaction to the news of the alliance with France, detailing the day’s events celebrating the glorious news of what would prove to be one of the war’s decisive events

    $15,000

  • HELLER, JOSEPH

    Catch-22. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961

    FIRST EDITION. Inscribed and signed by Heller:  “To Jim Pepper: Who might be interested to know that if not for a novel by Leon Uris called Mila 18, this copy of Catch-22 would be Catch-18. Best wishes Joseph Heller 9/20/78.”

    $12,500

  • (TWAIN, MARK.) CLEMENS ,SAMUEL L.

    The Love Letters of Mark Twain. New York: Harper, 1949

    First edition, one of 155 copies signed by Twain.

    $12,500

  • PERSHING, JOHN J.

    Final Report of Gen. John J. Pershing, Commander-in Chief, American Expeditionary Force. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920

    FIRST EDITION. An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Pershing: “To M. le Maréchal Joffre with sincere esteem and affectionate regards, and with gratitude for his friendship and wise counsel. John J. Pershing Washington D.C.”

    $12,500

  • NEW ZEALAND ,1860s

    An album of early New Zealand photographs, watercolors, manuscript verse, and ephemera assembled by Miss Flaxman. New Zealand, 1866-1870

    This delightful photograph and autograph album chronicles the world of young Miss Flaxman in New Zealand in the 1860s. This 1860s New Zealand album, with dozens of photographs, original watercolors, manuscript poems, and printed ephemera, is a rare survival and a valuable resource for women’s studies.

    $12,500

  • (FLIGHT.) CHANUTE, OCTAVE

    Progress in Flying Machines. New York: American Engineer & Railroad Journal, 1894

    FIRST EDITION of the first published systematic collection of aviation research. A spectacular presentation copy inscribed by Charles Rolls to Henri Farman, two giants of early aviation. Farman has heavily annotated the book.

    $12,500

  • ARMSTRONG, NEIL, et al

    Postal Cover signed by Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and seven other giants of American space flight. Houston, Texas, 21 October 1969

    Signed by nine heroes of the American space program including Neil Armstrong.

    $12,000

  • (TWAIN, MARK, ANDREW CARNEGIE, THOMAS EDISON, et al.)

    Engineers Club Inaugural Banquet Commemorative of the Opening of the New Club House on which occasion Mr. Andrew Carnegie will be the guest of honor Monday, the ninth of December 1907. [New York: Engineer's Club], [1907]

    Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club’s fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York.

    $12,000