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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

"ONE OF THE MOST DURABLE WORKS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE"

TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford, 1876.

First American edition, first state of one of the great masterpieces of American literature and a true touchstone of American childhood, in the exceptionally rare publisher's morocco binding. An essential addition to any Mark Twain collection. Only 200 copies were issued in the publisher's three-quarter morocco binding. $69,000.

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Happy Prince and Other Tales

SIGNED BY OSCAR WILDE: “WHEN I WAS ALIVE AND HAD A HUMAN HEART,I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TEARS WERE”—THE SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITIONOF THE HAPPY PRINCE, ONE OF ONLY 75 LARGE-PAPER COPIES

WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales. London, 1888. Large-paper limited first edition, number 21 of only 75 copies on handmade paper, signed by Oscar Wilde and the publisher David Nutt. Extraordinarily rare. $48,500.

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Typed letter signed

"THE TEST OF WHETHER A BOOK IS ANY GOOD IS HOW MUCH GOOD STUFF YOU CAN REMOVE FROM IT"

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Typed letter signed. Finca Vigia, Cuba, 29 September 1949.

Extraordinary typed and heavily annotated letter from Hemingway in Cuba to friend and fellow author and screenwriter Peter Viertel in Malibu, California, a long, lively letter discussing his writing progress, a proposed trip, hunting and shooting pigeons, drinking, baseball and a new whore in town, with over 150 words of additional notes written in the margins and on the verso of the second page in blue ink by Hemingway. Twice signed as 'Papa.'. $42,000.

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Autograph manuscript leaf from Walden

"I FIND PREDOMINANTLY IN ME AN INSTINCT TO A HIGHER AND MORE SPIRITUAL LIFE THAT THE COMMON… AND ALSO ANOTHER… TO A PRIMITE AND SAVAGE LIFE, AND I REVENCE BOTH OF THEM ALIKE"

THOREAU, Henry David. Autograph manuscript leaf from Walden. Concord, Massachusetts, 1854.

A wonderful item: an original autograph manuscript leaf from Henry David Thoreau's masterpiece, Walden, including passages from the chapter "Higher Laws" where Thoreau discusses his moral ambivalence about fishing, and another from the "Baker's Farm" chapter that also features fishing. $39,000.

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Works

FIRST EDITIONS OF THE WORKS OF STERNE,WITH FULL FIRST EDITION TRISTRAM SHANDY THRICE SIGNED,UNIFORMLY AND BEAUTIFULLY BOUND BY RIVIERE

STERNE, Laurence. Works. London, 1760-1775. Twenty-one volumes in all. First editions of the principal works and letters of Sterne, with three volumes of Tristram Shandy signed by Sterne as is called for in first edition copies. Beautifully bound in full mottled calf gilt by Riviere and Son. A splendid first edition collection. $28,000.

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Survey of 'Eagleswood'

"HIS PROFESSION WAS THAT OF A SURVEYOR, AND IT IS EASY TO IMAGINE HOW, WITH HIS POETIC TEMPERAMENT, WHILE LAYING OUT ROADS AND MEASURING WOODLOTS, HE CAME TO BE WHAT HE WAS"

THOREAU, Henry David. Survey of 'Eagleswood'. Concord, Mass, 1856.

Rare, exceptionally large example of one of Thoreau's surveys, in his hand and signed by him, done for the estate of Marchus and Rebecca Spring, who were prominent philanthropists and active Quaker abolitionists. Beautifully framed. $26,000.

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Miscellaneous Poems

“HAD WE BUT WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME”

MARVELL, Andrew. Miscellaneous Poems. London, 1681.

First and only collected edition of Marvell's poetry to be published in his own century, containing the first printing of many poems, including "To His Coy Mistress," with scarce engraved frontispiece portrait. A wide-margined copy handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by Riviere & Son. $25,000.

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Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

“A STREAM, NOT JUST OF WATER OR EVEN OF TIME, BUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS ITSELF”

THOREAU, Henry David. Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Boston and Cambridge, 1849.

First edition, first issue, of Thoreau’s first book, one of only 1000 copies printed and one of less than 400 copies in the publisher's cloth, a beautiful copy from the famed collection of Arthur Swann. $25,000.

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Ancient Regime

FROM MARK TWAIN'S RESEARCH LIBRARY, SIGNED BY TWAIN AND WITH HIS ANNOTATIONS ON THE FINAL PAGE

(TWAIN, Mark) TAINE, Hippolyte. The Ancient Regime. New York, 1876.

Mark Twain's signed copy of Hippolyte Taine's The Ancient Regime, signed "Saml. L. Clemens, Hartford 1876" on the front flyleaf and annotated by him on the final text leaf, "Finished Jan 29th" and beneath that note, "Finished Sept. 10th," indicating that he read the book twice. With the bookplate prepared by Anderson Auction Company in 1911 stating "This book is from the Library of Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)" signed by Twain's literary executor and biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. $25,000.

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