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[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
Autographed Letter Signed on "Headquarters Army of the United States" letterhead

Autographed Letter Signed on "Headquarters Army of the United States" letterhead by SHERMAN, William T. (1820 - 1891)

Washington, D.C., 1871. unbound. Three-page handwritten letter with outstanding content, 8 x 5 inches, Washington, D.C., June 2...

$1,200.00
[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
John Dillinger

John Dillinger

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

$9,500.00
[Autograph Quotation, Signed, and Autograph Letter, Signed]

[Autograph Quotation, Signed, and Autograph Letter, Signed] by Longfellow, Henry W

Cambridge, MA, 1881. Two pages, on two leaves of plain letter paper. Old mailing folds, manuscript with some offset along verso...

$850.00
[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
Autograph letter signed, Radclyffe Hall,  to a Miss Stitch regarding an invitation from the Writer's Circle to speak on her novel "Adam's Breed"..

Autograph letter signed, Radclyffe Hall, to a Miss Stitch regarding an invitation from the Writer's Circle to speak on her novel "Adam's Breed".. by HALL, RADCLYFFE (1880-1943; English poet and author, best known for the lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness.):

She writes that she is "greatly honoured that the Circle would care to hear me, and will do my best to give some idea as ...

£400.00
AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED

AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED by Longfellow, Henry W

Cambridge, 1867. 3pp. Folded octavo lettersheet. Slightly tanned at edges, portion of fold torn away, evidently due to having b...

$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
[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
[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
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...

$6,250.00
Untitled Story in The Best Short Stories of 1932 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story. With Autograph Letter Signed

Untitled Story in The Best Short Stories of 1932 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story. With Autograph Letter Signed by Villa, José Garcia

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1932. First Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth stamped in gold on the cover and the spine, top ed...

$350.00
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
[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



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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