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    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.”


  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel

    Liberty Tree: with the Last Words of Grandfather’s Chair. Boston: E. P. Peabody, 1841



    Autograph letter signed to Charles Hine. Brooklyn, 14 July 1871

    In this wonderful letter to the artist Charles Hine, the poet discusses the famous portrait Hine had painted of Whitman ten years earlier. That oil painting was the basis for the engraving of Whitman published as the frontispiece in the third edition of Leaves of Grass (1860).



    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.


  • Irving, Washington

    Manuscript From The Life of Washington. No Place, ca. 1859

    This is a long, revised autograph manuscript for Washington Irving’s The Life of George Washington. This section of the monumental biography presents the growing schism between Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Hamilton, as Washington was considering standing for re-election for a second term. The manuscript, which includes most of chapter 16 of the final volume, opens with Washington reading Jefferson’s letter accusing Hamilton and his followers of using the new Constitution “only as a step to an English Constitution.” It concludes with Washington’s attempts at reconciliation, hoping that “there may be mutual forbearance and temporizing yielding on all sides. Without these I do not see how the reins of government are to be managed, or how the Union of the States can be much longer preserved.”



    A collection of four printed and manuscript items relating to the end of slavery in New York. New York, 1816-1840

    This collection documents the struggle to end slavery in New York in the early nineteenth century.

    4 items: $12,500


    Collection of six autograph letters signed with initials to Charles Sumner.. Cambridge, 25 December 1851 - 8 November 1870

    An important correspondence between Longfellow and his closest friend, Charles Sumner, the abolitionist senator from Massachusetts.


  • Cooper, James Fenimore

    Precaution. New York: A.T. Goodrich & Co., 1820


  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel

    Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1852



    Signed photograph of Watson and Crick with their three-dimensional model of the double-helix DNA molecule. Anthony Barrington, 1953, printed later

    Signed by Watson and Crick in the white lower margin. The discovery of the structure of DNA was the cornerstone event in modern genetics and biology and one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.