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Calchidas

Calchidas by CUMMINGS, E.E

Undated. An ink drawing of an inhabited seaside mountain, pictured in Cummings' CIOPW. On the verso are approximately 70 words i...

$13,000.00
John Dillinger Death Mask and hair from his famous moustache removed from an original mold, with a letter from Melvin Purvis

John Dillinger Death Mask and hair from his famous moustache removed from an original mold, with a letter from Melvin Purvis by John Dillinger

n.p., n.d.. "(1) John Dillinger Death Mask mold made from a plaster mold made of Dillinger’s face as he lay in the Cook ...

$9,500.00
[Autograph Manuscript, Signed ("M.T.), Incorporating an Autograph Note, Signed]

[Autograph Manuscript, Signed ("M.T.), Incorporating an Autograph Note, Signed] by Clemens, Samuel L

Quarry Farm, Elmira, NY, 1895. One page, in ink, on quarto front panel of a large linen-lined envelope. Marginal pencil note cr...

$9,500.00
ARCHIVE OF LETTERS: 21 pages

ARCHIVE OF LETTERS: 21 pages by McCOURT, Frank

1983 - 1990. Letters. Folds from mailing. Near Fine. Superb archive of seven letters from the author of ANGELA'S ASHES to ...

$9,375.00
EVERYBODY'S POLITICAL WHAT'S WHAT? Manuscript Page, Page Proofs and 3 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED (ALSs) by SHAW

EVERYBODY'S POLITICAL WHAT'S WHAT? Manuscript Page, Page Proofs and 3 AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED (ALSs) by SHAW by SHAW, George Bernard

London: Constable and Company Ltd., 1943 and 1944. First Edition. Letter. Very Good to Near Fine in a custom slipcase. Laurenc...

$8,125.00
[Original Autograph Letter, Signed ("Mark") To Willard Church]

[Original Autograph Letter, Signed ("Mark") To Willard Church] by Clemens, Samuel L

Buffalo, NY, 1870. Two full pages, in ink, on recto and verso of octavo sheet of lined paper. Ca. 150 words. Folded for mailing...

$6,500.00
Correspondence regarding Book Collecting.

Correspondence regarding Book Collecting. by [IAN FLEMING / PERCY MUIR]

1963. July-December 1963. A series of letters between Ian Fleming, Percy Muir and a Canadian reader of 'The Book Collector...

£4,500.00
Christmas Card

Christmas Card by MALCOLM X as Malcolm Little

[c.1940's]. 5-3/4" x 4-3/4". A Christmas card from the noted black activist, written long before he converted to Islam and becam...

$6,000.00
[Autograph Letter, Signed ("Samuel"), to His Mother-in-Law]

[Autograph Letter, Signed ("Samuel"), to His Mother-in-Law] by Clemens, Samuel L

York [UK], 1873. Six pages, in ink, on rectos and versos of three octavo lettersheets. Folded for mailing, tiny marginal break ...

$5,500.00
Correspondence Archive

Correspondence Archive by SKVORECKY, Josef; WELLER, Anthony

1992-2011. Fifty pieces of correspondence from Josef Skvorecky (Czech author of The Engineer of Human Souls, among many others) ...

$5,500.00
[Autograph Letter, Signed "Mark," to Richard Watson Gilder]

[Autograph Letter, Signed "Mark," to Richard Watson Gilder] by Clemens, Samuel L

Kaltenleutgeben, near Vienna., 1898. 3 1/3 pages, in ink, on rectos and versos of two octavo lettersheets. Modest tanning, old ...

$4,750.00
[Autograph Letter, Signed, About Joan of Arc]

[Autograph Letter, Signed, About Joan of Arc] by Clemens, Samuel L

30 Wellington Ct., Albert Gate, London, 1900. 3 1/4 pages. on four panels of a folded octavo sheet of letterhead. A few minor f...

$4,750.00
[Original Autograph Letter, Signed ("Father"), to His Daughter, Jean Clemens]

[Original Autograph Letter, Signed ("Father"), to His Daughter, Jean Clemens] by Clemens, Samuel L

New York, 1908. Four pages, in ink, on folded quarto sheet of simple letterhead (21 Fifth Avenue), ca. 275 words, with envelope...

$4,500.00
[Autograph Letter, Signed ("SL Clemens") to Virginia Frazer Boyle]

[Autograph Letter, Signed ("SL Clemens") to Virginia Frazer Boyle] by Clemens, Samuel L

Ampersand, NY, 1901. Two pages, in ink, on two small quarto lettersheets. Old folds from mailing, with clean breaks at margins ...

$3,950.00



Some of our most valuable and collectible items in the Rare Book Room are letters and holographic documents from authors and famous people throughout history. When browsing through these items, be sure to keep in mind an important distinction between letters and holographic documents. While letters can be typed or handwritten, holographic documents are documents that have been completely handwritten in the hand that signed the paper. Some of the letters showcased were written from authors to other writers, and others are personal missives in the form of journals and diaries. As with all delicate and fragile items, careful and appropriate care and handling is required, but these letters are well worth the trouble, as they often provide deep and personal insight into our favorite authors and historical figures.

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