(EMERSON, R. W.) CARLYLE, THOMAS
The French Revolution, a History. Boston: Little & Brown, 1838
First American edition. A splendid presentation copy inscribed by Ralph Waldo Emerson to his brother: “Wm. Emerson from his brother Waldo.” The inscription is in pencil in the second volume. Emerson used this intimate signature only with his immediate family. Page 270 of the first volume bears a pencil correction apparently in Emerson’s hand.
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.
POE, EDGAR ALLAN
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840
First edition of Poe’s first published collection of tales, one of only 750 sets printed. Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque contains many of Poe’s finest tales including “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “MS. Found in a Bottle.”
Walt Whitman’s Books. [Washington, D.C., 1872]
Whitman designed this rare broadside to promote his works in bookstores. The broadside advertises four of the author’s most recent publications, together with a biography of Whitman by his friend John Burroughs. Leaves of Grass was in its fifth edition by this date. Although the broadside was designed for bookstore displays, Whitman referred to it as a “show bill” in a note to W. D. O’Connor.
Athalie. Tragédie. Paris: Denys Thierry, 1691
FIRST EDITION. Athalie, Racine’s final play, has long been considered one of the monuments of French theater.
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.”
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.
STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, life among the lowly. Boston: Jewett, 1852
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. “These books are of such paramount historical importance that it is difficult to evaluate them as literature” (Merle Johnson). “Three thousand copies were sold on the day of publication, and before its first anniversary, over 300,000 copies were sold in America … More than twenty London editions appeared in 1852, so the English audience must have been as large as the American. No other American novel has been translated into so many foreign languages” (Grolier/American).
(STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER.) John A. Whipple
Harriet Beecher Stowe. Boston, 1853
This is a fine salt print portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe by John A. Whipple, a leading early American portrait photographer.