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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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (CIVIL WAR MEDICINE, Anna Lowell.) BLISS, D. W.

    Anna Lowell’s collection of 35 broadsides and one signed manuscript document for Armory Square Hospital. Washington, 1863-65

    This is a tremendous collection of broadside orders for the principal military hospital in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. Most are signed in print by one of the leading figures in United States military medicine, Doctor [his real first name] Willard Bliss, M.D. Bliss headed the Armory Square Hospital, a military hospital for Union soldiers, on the National Mall in 1862-65. The National Air and Space Museum now stands in its place.

    $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

  • 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

  • NIGHTINGALE, FLORENCE

    Autograph letter signed to Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. No place, [August 2], 1871

    This splendid letter connects two of the most influential women of the nineteenth century, Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Blackwell.

    $12,000