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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 ("Julia Child"), to Mrs. Fairbanks by Child, Julia

Paris, 1953. One and one half page pen and ink letter (26.5 x 21.5 cm.) on single sheet of pale blue Paul Cushing Child stationery, with ink date stamp ("May 18 1953"), addressed, "USIS. 5 Place de Rome, Marseille (B du Rh)". ~ An early letter from Julia…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink

$3,500.00


The Rise Of David Bowie, 1972-1973, numbered and signed, new in sealed box by Mick Rock

In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and F all of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. With it landed Bowie's Stardust alter-ego: A glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually-ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries betwe…

From Kedarah

$3,500.00


[MASSIVE ARCHIVE OF THOUSANDS OF ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SLIDES, ALONG WITH NUMEROUS AUDIO RECORDINGS, COMPILED BY JACOB HARRIS, AN AMERICAN WHO SERVED AS A SENIOR POLICE ADVISOR IN VIETNAM AND THAILAND DURING THE VIETNAM WAR]. by HARRIS, JACOB

Vietnam, Thailand, and elsewhere in Asia as well as the United States, Europe, and the Middle East ca. 1964-1974: Compiled by Jacob Harris, an American who served as a Senior Police Advisor in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, 1964 - 1974, 1964…

From BUCKINGHAM BOOKS

$15,000.00


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 correspo…

From Charles Agvent

$9,375.00


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

$3,500.00


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

Hartford, 20 February [ 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 titl…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$3,750.00


President of the Confederate States Writes a Historic, Lengthy and Bitter Letter to His Wife, Varina by DAVIS, JEFFERSON

DAVIS, JEFFERSON. (1808-1889). American secretary of war and president of the Confederate States. ALS. ("Jeff. Davis"). 4pp. 4to. Washington, D.C., January 3 and 4, 1848. To "My Wife," VARINA BANKS HOWELL DAVIS (1826-1906). "After long expectation and pai…

From Lion Heart Autographs Inc

$16,500.00


[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

$2,250.00


Autograph Letter Signed (ALS) from D. Y. Cameron by Cameron, David Young

David Young Cameron. Autograph letter from Cameron to Mr. Shields dated 15.3.1912. Shields was probably a patron. Cameron mentions a "Ben Ledi" drawing, which was the subject of one of Cameron's greatest prints. One page (written on 4 sides), previously f…

From Glocal Matters

$125.00


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

$2,200.00


Typed letter, signed, on Office of the Vice President letterhead, regarding Christian A. Herter, Jr. by Nixon, Richard

Washington, D.C.: Office of the Vice President, 1953. Near Fine. 1 typed letter on Office of the Vice President letterhead with eagl watermark, signed by Richard Nixon, dated 7 July 1953. Nixon was sending forms to Bryan F. LaPlante, Chief, Washington …

From Classic Books and Ephemera

$232.00


"Confidential" Typed Letter Signed by WINSTON CHURCHILL by Winston Churchill

CHURCHILL "BUYS" BALFOUR A CAR!CHURCHILL, WINSTON S. "Confidential" typed letter signed by "Winston S. Churchill" as Chancellor of the Exchequer, with the name of the recipient "Bran" and part of the date "13" handwritten by Churchill.One page with the bl…

From George Robert Minkoff, Inc.

$7,500.00


AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY JOHN LE CARRE CONCERNING THE RETIREMENT OF GEORGE SMILEY; TOGETHER WITH AN ORIGINAL CARICATURE PEN & INK DRAWING, INSCRIBED BY JOHN LE CARRE by le CARRE, JOHN [PSEUDONYM OF DAVID JOHN MOORE CORNWELL]

N. P.: Privately written by le Carre and drawn by Chas, 1995 & 1991., 1995 & 1991. First edition. An autograph letter signed from John Le Carré regarding the retirement of George Smiley. Written in black ink on the author's l…

From BUCKINGHAM BOOKS

$2,250.00


Correspondence from Julia Child to Beverly Jackson, with photographs and other materials by Child, Julia; Beverly Jackson

[Santa Barbara ; Cambridge, 2003. A convolute of correspondence, photographs, and other materials documenting the relationship between American icon Julia Child, and Beverly Jackson, reporter, novelist, collector, and a legend of the social circles of Sa…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink

$7,500.00


[One page autograph letter signed.] by [Manuscript - ALS]; Rombauer, Irma

St Louis. MO, 1940. One page autographed letter signed, from Irma Rombauer, author of The Joy of Cooking, and a major figure in the history of American cooking. Addressed to Louise [Diallo],The last name was supplied by the seller and is not indicated on…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink

$4,000.00


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