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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 ("Chopin"), possibly to the composer's pupil Friederike Müller by CHOPIN, Frédéric 1810-1849

1 page. Small octavo (131 x 100 mm). Dated "Paris 10 avril" [?1845]. In French. Chopin plans to leave Paris within three weeks, most probably for Nohant, George Sand's summer estate, and tells his correspondent that he will be back in September or Octo…

From J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC

$31,350.00


[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

$18,750.00


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


[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 crossed through, several ink squiggles in blank areas symptomatic of a struggle with an unreliable pen, otherwise very good. A ma…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB

$9,500.00


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


 “Confidential” typed letter signed by CHURCHILL, WINSTON S

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.

$8,500.00


COWBOY MUSIC PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE by FERRY, NELLIE & CONNIE CHAPMAN [COMPILERS]

Portland, Oregon: Compiled by Colleen Chapman Cody, Nellie Ferry, & Earnest Ferry, 1935-1998., 1935-1998. First edition. An outstanding archive of material compiled by two Portland, Oregon women, who were presidents of their respective fan clubs afte…

From BUCKINGHAM BOOKS

$7,500.00


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


Lettre d'amour autographe inédite de Jack London adressée à sa future femme Charmian Kittredge by LONDON Jack

1904. Fine. 15 août 1904, 23,5x15,3cm, 4 pages sur 4 feuillets. - Lettre autographe inédite de Jack London adressée à sa future femme Charmian Kittredge. 4 pages sur 4 feuillets rédigées à l'encre noire. Ratures de la main de London et précision…

From Rare Books Le Feu Follet - Edition-Originale.com

€5,750.00


[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

$6,500.00


PROCEEDINGS OF A COURT OF INQUIRY IN THE CASE OF MAJOR MARCUS A. RENO CONCERNING HIS CONDUCT AT THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN RIVER, JUNE 25-26, 1876. by GRAHAM, COLONEL WILLIAM A. [TRANSCRIBER]

N.P.: 1933, 1933. First edition. One of four copies authorized by W. A. Graham, Colonel J. A. G. D. Chief, Military Affairs Section in 1933. Tall, thick quarto. Red buckram, gold stamping on spine, 676 pp. "On June 25-26, 1876, five companies of the…

From BUCKINGHAM BOOKS

$6,500.00


Certificate. Fire Department, City of San Francisco. by Curtis, James F

San Francisco, 1851 4pp. Quarto. Printed and manuscript, with official seal. "Constitution of the Fire Department of the City of San Francisco" printed on third page. A fine copy. San Francisco, October 20, 1851. Possibly the earliest known cert…

From Argonaut Book Shop

$6,500.00


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. 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

$6,250.00


The Russian Novelist, Poet and Playwright Writes Out and Signs a Quotation from French Philosopher Voltaire by TURGENEV, IVAN

TURGENEV, IVAN. (1818-1883). Russian novelist, poet, and playwright; his novel Fathers and Sons is a masterpiece of 19th-century Russian literature. AMsS. ("Ivan Tourguineff"). 1p. Small 8vo. Bade[n], 1869. In French with translation on stationery blind-e…

From Lion Heart Autographs Inc

$6,000.00


Autograph letter signed "Bellini" to Count Rodolphe Apponyi by BELLINI, Vincenzo 1801-1835

2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated Monday morning. Postmarked [?]January 12, 1835. With "Weynen Superfin" blindstamped to upper portions of leaves. Integral address panel with the recipient's name and the address of the Austrian Embassy in Paris to final…

From J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC

$6,050.00


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