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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.

[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 folds from mailing, slightly weak at one fold, one word slightly smudged below baseline, otherwise very good. To "Dear Gilder,"...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


[Autograph Letter, Signed ("Mark"), to James R. Osgood] by Clemens, Samuel L

Hartford, 1875. One page, in ink, on octavo ruled lettersheet. Folded for mailing, else very good or better. To James R. Osgood, then principal of James R. Osgood & Company, and later publisher of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, and other titles by Clemens an...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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 R'Lene Dahlberg, fellow teacher at Stuyvesant High School, friend, wife of author Edward Dahlberg, and muse. Mostly chatty ...

From Charles Agvent


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 thegroundbreaking 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 to how I evolved 'Adam's Breed'. I could speak on Monday October 18th at 6.45, if that will do, but I should like y...

From Bristow and Garland


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 edge stained red. Mild soiling to cloth and light ripple to lower edges. A very good+ copy in tattered dustjacket with several cr...

From Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB


[Original Autograph Letter, Signed ("S. L. Clemens"), to Mrs. Hookway] by Clemens, Samuel L

Stormfield, Redding, CT, 1909. Two pages, in ink, on two panels of a folded oblong quarto sheet of letterhead. Ca. 125+ words. Folded for mailing, tanned from having been at some point framed, a few faint smudges, small chip at lower edge affecting one l...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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 22, 1871. Written to former Confederate Brigadier General Marcus J. Wright, commander of the District of Atlanta, in full: &quo...

From Argosy Book Store


[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 finger smudges, folded for mailing (with careful repair to break at one fold) otherwise very good or better. To Canon [Basil] Wi...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


[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 addressed in his hand, with signed ("S. L. Clemens") return address. A warm and loving letter from Clemens to his youngest dau...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB



London: Constable and Company Ltd., 1943 and 1944. First Edition. Letter. Very Good to Near Fine in a custom slipcase. Laurence A246 for the printed book. This collection, all housed in a green cloth chemise within a half green morocco slipcase gilt-let...

From Charles Agvent


[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, and slightly fragile at folds, short, closed tear in blank upper margin, otherwise about very good. To Willard C. Church, in ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Typed Letter Signed by KELLER, Helen

1902. September 22 [1902]. Written to Mr. [William V.] Alexander, editor of Ladies Home Journal, who had requested a series of articles from Keller that were later published as The Story of My Life. Keller humbly thanks Alexander for payment for the last ...

From Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA


[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 at folds, otherwise very good. With the original envelope, addressed in his hand. Clemens writes appreciatively of a gift, or a...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


[Autograph Letter Card, Signed in Full] by Whitman, Walt

Camden, NJ, 1884. Ca. thirty words, on one side only of 7.5 x 13.5 cm card, in ink. Paper residue on blank verso from earlier mounting, a few small scattered spots (pale ink spatters?) and some light tanning along one edge, otherwise very good. Signed i...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB



Cambridge, 1875. One page, on upper panel of folded quarto lettersheet. In ink. Folded for mailing, otherwise about fine. To James Osgood, his publisher, concerning, most likely, THE MASQUE OF PANDORA AND OTHER POEMS. He writes: "Dear Mr. Osgood - I will...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


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