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    “William Wilson” in The Gift for 1840. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1840 [1839]

    FIRST EDITION. Contains the first printing of “William Wilson.”  This allegorical tale of the soul’s encounter with the spectre conscience is deeply autobiographical. William Wilson shares Poe’s birthday, and the setting for the story recalls elements from Poe’s childhood school days in England as well as his university days at Charlottesville. This autobiographical tale of doubleness, which Robertson describes as “in my opinion the most profound expression of psychological introspection ever formulated,” holds important clues to Poe’s development as a child and young man.


  • (WHITMAN, WALT.) Hartmann, Sadakichi

    Conversations with Walt Whitman. Written in 1894. New York: Coby, 1895

    FIRST EDITION. After reading Leaves of Grass, 17-year-old Sadakichi Hartmann sought out and befriended Walt Whitman, who became a mentor. This volume recounts their conversations. The poet declared, “I have more hopes of him, more faith in him than any of the boys.”



    Parody of “The Raven” in The Dollar Newspaper. Philadelphia: Holden, June 21, 1848

    This oversized newspaper contains, in the upper right corner of the last page, and thus suitable for display, a long parody of The Raven” headed “A Parody. By ‘Alick.’” The piece is signed and dated Lambertville June 1848.



    OLD PLAYS; being a continuation of Dodsley’s collection, with notes, critical and explanatory. London: Rodwell and Martin, 1816

    Contains the following:  Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and Lust’s Dominion; John Lyly, Mother Bombie, Endymion, and Midas; Middleton, Women Beware Women, A Trick to Catch the Old One, The Spanish Gypsy, The Changeling, More Dissemblers Besides Women; Dekker, Wonder of a Kingdom, Old Fortunatus; Rowley, A New Wonder, a Woman Never Vext; Webster, Appius and Virginia; Chapman, May Day, Monsieur D’Olive, Bussy D’Ambois; Webster and Rowley, Thracian Wonder; Marston’s Antonio and Mellida, What you Will, and Parasitaster: or, the Fawn; Heywood, The English Traveller, The Royal King and Loyal Subject, A Challenge for Beauty.  According to the title-page, this is a continuation of Dodsley’s Collection of Old Plays (1744).



    Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (c.1946)

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. The American edition omits the sub-title “A Fairy Story.” This is the most famous political satire of the 20th century. “Animal Farm, which owes something to Swift and Defoe, is [Orwell’s] masterpiece” (Connolly 93)



    At the Graveside of Walt Whitman: Harleigh, Camden, New Jersey, March 30th and Sprigs of Lilac. Edited by Horace Traubel. [Philadelphia: privately Printed by Horace Traubel], [1892]

    First edition. One of 750 copies. Presentation copy inscribed by Traubel to Matilda H. Morris, with Traubel’s handwritten signed limitation statement. A note initialed by Harrison H. Morris, who later published a book on Whitman, notes without explanation that he has removed the page containing his own sonnet.



    The Works. London: Tonson et al., 1766

    This handsome edition includes The Ambitious Step-Mother, Tamerlane, The Fair Penitent, Ulysses, The Royal Convert, Jane Shore, Jane Gray, and various poems.



    How to Form a Mark Twain Club. [Mayfield, California or Webster Groves, Missouri: Mark Twain Society], no year

    First and only edition. This document provides guidance for forming local Mark Twain clubs from the Mark Twain Society, founded by Cyril Clemens in 1930.

    Scarce: WorldCat locates only the copy at University of Virginia.



    The Works. London, 1768



    The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography. Foreword by Phillip Prodger.. New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2016

    First edition, one of 100 copies of the Deluxe Estate Edition, signed and numbered by the author and accompanied by your choice of one of four 8 x 10 inch archival pigment photographs (Einstein, Freud, Shaw, or Kahlo).