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  • WILDE, OSCAR

    De Profundis. London: Methuen, (1905)

    FIRST EDITION, one of 200 copies on handmade paper. A long letter written from prison to Lord Alfred Douglas, De Profundis (“from the depths”) is Wilde’s apologia Wilde entrusted the manuscript to his friend and literary executor Robert Ross, who retained and eventually published it instead of giving it to Douglas.

    $8,700

  • (SOTHEBY’S.) Stainforth, Francis John

    Catalogue of the Extraordinary Library … Consisting Entirely of Works by British and American Poetesses & Female Dramatic Writers. London: J. Davy & Sons, 1867

    This is the catalogue of the pioneering Stainforth library of women’s literature, the first major auction devoted to the literary works of women writing in English from the mid-16th century to the Victorian era.

    $6,500

  • GOODSPEED’S BOOK SHOP

    An enormous run of Goodspeed’s rare book and manuscript catalogues. Vols. 1-360 and 391-575. Boston: Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1899-1973

    Founded in 1898, Goodspeed’s published its first catalogue in 1899. For decades to come the firm would be a dominant force in American bookselling. These catalogues are a witness to that golden age.

    $6,500

  • (WHITMAN, WALT)

    Original drawing of Walt Whitman. no date, no place, 19th century

    This original pen and ink drawing of Walt Whitman is mounted at the front of an 1888 edition of Leaves of Grass. The likeness of a jaunty, casual, Whitman wearing his trademark slouch hat takes its cue from the famous 1855 Hollyer engraving, but here we see an older Whitman with a full beard.

    $4,800

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Democratic Vistas. Washington, D.C: [Printed for J. S. Redfield, New York], 1871

    FIRST EDITION. One of about 500 copies.

    $4,200

  • DICKENS, CHARLES

    Works. Chapman and Hall, [1870s]

    A very handsome set of the famous “Illustrated Library Edition,” here in an early printing. The dedication at the front of the first volume (Pickwick Papers) states, “This the best edition of my books is, of right, inscribed to my dear friend John Forster, biographer of Oliver Goldsmith, in affectionate acknowledgment of his counsel, sympathy, and faithful friendship during my whole literary life.” “The Library Edition came about largely because of the suggestion of Forster that while Dickens’s works were available in volumes in the Cheap Edition and in reprints of the serial parts, there was no high-quality edition that would appeal to the wealthy. Dickens eventually came round to the idea that an elegant edition could raise the stature of his writings.

    $3,500

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Leaves of Grass. New York: [for Walt Whitman], 1867

    This is the fourth Leaves of Grass. The failure of Thayer & Eldridge, publisher of the third edition (Boston, 1860), left Whitman in search of a publisher. The poet decided that the events of the Civil War called for another reimagining of Leaves of Grass. Whitman returned to his earlier practice and financed the publication himself, engaging the New York printer William E. Chapin. For the first time, the 1867 Leaves opened with the poem “Inscription,” which introduced the book in subsequent editions.

    $3,500

  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

    Hyperion: A Romance. New York: Samuel Colman, 1839

    Hyperion is one of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s first published works. It was published in 1839, and is a prose romance that follows a young American named Paul Flemming as he travels through Germany. The journey of the character is partially inspired by the death of a friend, and the romance in the tale is based on Longfellow’s own failed marriage proposals to his beloved.

    $3,500

  • WHITTIER, JOHN GREENLEAF

    Autograph letter signed to “My dear Friend.”. Danvers, March 28, 1882

    Whittier poignantly writes, “Thy word of sympathy in view of the death of dear Longfellow was very welcome. It is a mighty loss to us all. It leaves me with a feeling of loneliness, as if I had outlived the world. …. All English-speaking people have a common interest in the great world-singer. I am very truly thy friend John G. Whittier.”

    $3,200

  • (IRVING, WASHINGTON)

    Washington Irving. Mr. Bryant’s address on his life and genius. Addresses by Everett, Bancroft, Longfellow, Felton, Aspinwall, King, Francis, Greene. Mr. Allibone’s sketch of his life and works. With eight photographs. New York: Putnam, 1860

    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the published to S. Austin Allibone, who contributed the sketch of Irving’s life and works. Allibone ewas a leading American editor, author, and bibliographer who is best known for his Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors. Other contributors include Longfellow, Bryant, Everett, and Bancroft.

    $2,500