Finnegans Wake. London: Faber, 1939
FIRST EDITION, the deluxe issue, one of only 425 numbered copies signed by James Joyce. The notoriously difficult Finnegans Wake is probably the most ambitious work of literature of the twentieth century. The writing of Finnegans Wake occupied Joyce’s life from 1922, the year of the publication of Ulysses, until 1939, two years before the author’s death.
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Photograph of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon with the American flag and the lunar module, signed by all three crew members: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins. NASA, 1969
A CLASSIC SPACE PHOTOGRAPH, signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot).
History of the United States of America during the first administration of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Scribner’s, 1889
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Adams: “For Aunt Eunice with the warmest regards of Henry Adams 1889.”
''Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" The Quran inscribed by Muhammad Ali to his trainer and cornerman Drew Bundini Brown(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.”
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.
Women’s Manuscript Prayer Book in Hebrew. Scribe: Yechiel Menachem Ben Abraham Urbino. Italy, 1775
This delicate and rare manuscript, prepared exclusively for women includes prayers for healthy and righteous children, a comfortable livelihood, the Mikveh, pregnancy, candle lightening, and the separation of Challah.
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.”
Early Photographs of New Zealand in a charming Victorian young lady's album with a wealth of manuscript and printed materialNEW ZEALAND ,1860s
An album of early New Zealand photographs, watercolors, manuscript verse, and ephemera assembled by Miss Flaxman. New Zealand, 1866-1870This 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.