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"I HAVE HAD MY COFFEE & BREAD, & SHAN'T GET OUT OF BED TILL IT IS TIME TO DRESS FOR MRS. LAFFAN'S XMAS DINNER THIS EVENING—WHERE I SHALL MEET BRAM STOKER & MUST MAKE SURE ABOUT THAT PHOTO WITH IRVING'S AUTOGRAPH"

TWAIN, Mark. Autograph letter signed. The Players, New York, 1893.

Splendid 26-page signed autograph letter, written entirely in Mark Twain's hand, from Twain to his wife, Livy, regarding Twain's plans for Christmas including meeting Bram Stoker; his meetings in Chicago over Paige's automatic typesetting machine (which would eventually bankrupt him); and his train trip back to Chicago in a luxury train car, with original hand-addressed envelope to "Mrs. S.L. Clemens." $29,500.

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"BY DESIRE OF THE OWNER OF THIS BOOK, I APPEND MY NAME, WITH PLEASURE"

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1844. Two volumes.

First edition, mixed issue, one of only 1500 copies printed, warmly inscribed by Barrett's husband, the poet Robert Browning, after her death: "By desire of the owner of this book, I append my name, with pleasure. Robert Browning. March 25-'86." The copy of Louise Whitfield Carnegie, a prominent philanthropist and the wife of Andrew Carnegie, with her bookplates, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by Zaehnsdorf. $17,500.

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“THE FIRST OF ITS KIND”: RARE FIRST COMPLETE DIVINE COMEDY IN ENGLISH, 1802

DANTE. (BOYD, Henry, translator). The Divina Commedia. London, 1802. Three volumes.

First edition of the first English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, significant for "assisting to reestablish an audience for Dante, whose reputation had suffered a decline in the previous century" (ODNB), with frontispiece portrait of Dante by Thomas Stothard, in attractive calf-gilt. $12,500.

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"MAN IS NOT MADE FOR DEFEAT"

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Old Man and the Sea. New York, 1952.

First edition of Hemingway's classic story of Santiago and his epic battle with the marlin and the sharks, winning him the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and contributing to his award of the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. $4500.

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“HE FELL IN OCTOBER 1918, ON A DAY THAT WAS SO QUIET AND SO STILL… THAT THE ARMY REPORT CONFINED ITSELF TO THE SINGLE SENTENCE”

REMARQUE, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. Boston, 1929.

First American edition, published in the same year as the first German book edition and the first London edition, of Remarque's starkly realistic classic, a landmark novel of the 20th century. $2000.

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INSCRIBED BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE

WALLACE, David Foster. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Boston, 1999.

First edition of this critically praised collection of stories by Wallace, inscribed by him on the title page with his characteristic line drawn through his printed name, "For M— & C— with best wishes, David Foster Wallace." $900.

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