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  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Autograph letter signed to Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Camden, New Jersey, 9 August 1878

    “The Good Gray Poet” to the Poet Laureate. Tennyson was the most important of of the many English literary figures who subscribed to the “Author’s Edition” of Leaves of Grass, privately issued by Whitman in 1876. Hearing that Whitman was “in great straits, almost starving,” Tennyson sent him five pounds virtually as an outright gift, rather than the more modest subscription price (Kaplan, Walt Whitman).

    $60,000

  • (DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET

    Profile bust portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Cameron. London: Colnaghi, 1868

    The great Darwin portrait, Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1868 profile of Darwin is probably the most famous photograph of a 19th-century scientist. Darwin remarked, “I like this photograph very much better than any other which has been taken of me.”

    $52,000

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    The Complete Writings. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902

    First edition of “the first comprehensive collection of Whitman’s work.” This is the rare deluxe issue printed on Japan vellum, number 2 of only 10 such sets, in the magnificent original morocco binding.

    $45,000

  • SZYK, ARTHUR

    The Haggadah. London: Beaconsfield Press, [1940]

    FIRST EDITION of the greatest Haggadah of the 20th century, finely printed in color on vellum, one of only 250 numbered signed copies.  The entire edition of the celebrated Szyk Haggadah was printed on vellum and is signed by Szyk.  The trade edition did not appear until 1956.

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  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Autograph letter signed to his sister [together with] “To the Sun-Set Breeze” Original printer’s proof, signed by Whitman.. Camden, 1890; 29 June 1891

    In this fine, warm letter to his sister, Whitman writes, “Love to you sister dear. The day has got along & I have just time to hurry this off to catch this evng’s mail. Much the same with me— hot wave here again. Am anchor’d here at my window as usual. 2 enc’d.” The latter comment may refer to Whitman’s enclosure of the accompanying broadside (see next item). Several well-known photographs capture Whitman in his final years seated at his window at a table overflowing with his papers.

    $40,000

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    The Scarlet Letter, a Romance with Autograph letter signed to Donald Grant Mitchell. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields / The Wayside, Concord, Massachusetts, 1850; 15 April 1862

    First edition of the Scarlet Letter. Henry James hailed The Scarlet Letter as “the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country … It is beautiful, admirable, extraordinary.”

    $40,000

  • ALCOTT, LOUISA MAY

    Autograph letter signed to Miss Thurston. No place, [c. 1868 or possibly later]

    Louisa May Alcott discusses the impact of Little Women and its place in children’s literature. She observes that “My ‘Little Women’ have much astonished their Momma by making many friends for themselves, & she can only account for it by the grain of truth that lay at the bottom of the little story.”

    $38,000

  • MUNSON, LAURA GORDON

    Flowers from My Garden. Sketched and Painted from Nature. [New York], [1864]

    FIRST EDITION, a unique pre-publication copy with 18 fine watercolors, the original art used as the basis for the lithographs in the published edition.

    $37,500

  • VON BRAUN, WERNHER

    Original drawing, “3-Stage Satellite Vehicle (pitch plane)” signed and dated 1952. [Huntsville, Alabama, 1952.]

    This is an original signed drawing of a space ship by Wernher von Braun, the father of the American space program. He made this drawing for his landmark Colliers series “Man Will Conquer Space Soon” (1952-54), which played a central role in inspiring a generation of rocket scientists and convincing the public of the possibility of space exploration. These essays covered seemingly every aspect of manned space flight and anticipated many developments including the enormous multi-stage vertical launch vehicle (to become Saturn V), a horizontal landing space ferry (the Space Shuttle), an orbiting space station, a lunar landing, the establishment of a base on the moon, and ultimately a manned expedition to Mars.

    $35,000

  • CAREY, MATHEW

    Carey’s American Atlas. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1795

    FIRST EDITION of the first true American atlas, the earliest atlas of the United States engraved and published in America. This important volume contains several important state maps including the first American map representing Virginia after statehood. In the preparation of this atlas, Carey drew primarily on existing sources including Guthrie’s Geography. Many of the maps were drawn by Samuel Lewis.

    $35,000