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.
Whittier on the death of Longfellow “It is a mighty loss to us all. It leaves me with a feeling of loneliness, as if I had outlived the world."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.”
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.
Carving a Statue. A play in two acts. London: Dr. Jan Van Loewen Ltd, printed by Franell Enterprises, [c. 1964]
This is a rare original script for Graham Greene’s play Carving a Statue which opened on September 17, 1964 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The production, directed by Peter Wood and starring Ralph Richardson, closed after a month. Greene blamed Richardson’s “humourless” interpretation of the main character for the play’s failure.
MOORE, CLEMENT C.
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” in The New-York Book of Poetry. New York: Dearborn, 1837
FIRST BOOK PRINTING of the Christmas classic.
(MAGRITTE, RENÉ.) Mesens, E. L. T
Troisième front poèmes de guerre suivi de pièces detachés. Third front & detached pieces. London Gallery Editions, 1944
FIRST EDITION. Copy number 18 of 500 signed and numbered by Mesens. Inscribed to René Magritte and his wife: “A Georgette Magritte A René Magritte, l’exemplaire réservé pour lui, sa Femme, Noukels et Barfoot, depuis 1944. E. M.”
Notes and Fragments: left by Walt Whitman and now edited by Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke, one of his literary executors. Printed for Private Distribution Only, 1899
FIRST EDITION. One of 225 numbered copies signed by Bucke. This work prints an extensive collection of manuscript fragments discovered among Whitman’s papers on his death.
(WEST END THEATRE.) Woolley, Kim
Collection of six original views of “Strand Theatre at Work” signed by the artist. London, 1984
These delightful views depict scenes at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello Theatre) in London’s West End. They range from views of the boxes and theater-goers to the box office to backstage scenes. The box office advertises the original production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, which ran at the Strand from 1982 to 1985.
Leaves of Grass. Boston: Osgood, 1881-82
First printing of the 7th edition of Leaves of Grass
EMERSON, RALPH WALDO
Autograph letter signed to Mrs. Luther Houghton. Concord, July 14, 1859
In this warm, newsy letter Emerson sends regrets that his family’s plans to come to South Waterford, Maine have gone awry because, in accompanying his nephew down Mount Wachusett, he sprained his ankle. The doctor has ordered six weeks of rest. “This opinion and prescription forbids Waterford to me, who, if I must be shut up, can only well be where my books and papers are, and our household plans are so united in this matter, that wife and children cannot well go without me.” He acknowledges this is “a sore disappointment” to all, especially his daughter Ellen.