RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts Featuring The Founding Fathers

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Beginning with a selection of fantastic early American history—the Founding Fathers and Revolutionary War—RR Auction’s July Fine Autograph and Artifact sale boasts over 1,000 lots. Top items include a 1776 autograph letter by General George Washington, a document from rare Declaration signer George Taylor, a book from the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, and a manuscript by John Jay, tracking claims by New York’s Loyalists. An additional special highlight of the auction is an exceedingly rare autograph letter by Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, dated 1543. Other lots of significance are letters by Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Horatio Nelson, Lord Byron, and Barack Obama. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in July 2018.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Tommaso Grossi611 - Tommaso Grossi
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Italian poet and novelist (1791–1853). ALS in Italian, signed “Grossi,” one page, 5 x 7.5, December 30. Untranslated letter to a Baron. In fine condit
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Wilhelm Grimm612 - Wilhelm Grimm
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German author and anthropologist (1786–1859) who was the younger of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale duo. Ink signature, "Wilh. Grimm, Gottingen 2...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Jacob Grimm613 - Jacob Grimm
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German philologist, jurist, and mythologist (1785–1863) best remembered as the elder of the Brothers Grimm and the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Knut Hamsun614 - Knut Hamsun
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Prolific Norwegian novelist, dramatist, and poet (1859–1952) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920. Scarce 4.25 x 6.5 mounted portrait of Ham
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Hermann Hesse615 - Hermann Hesse
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Wonderful handwritten and illustrated poem by Hesse, unsigned, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 7 x 10, circa 1959. The first page features a beauti
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Ernest Hemingway616 - Ernest Hemingway
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Spectacular grouping of three TLSs from Ernest Hemingway, each signed “Ernie,” four total pages, dated between 1953 and 1955, each on Finca Vigia, San
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Estimates : 25,000.00 - 30,000.00
 
 
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Heinrich Hoffmann617 - Heinrich Hoffmann
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German psychiatrist who also wrote some short works including Der Struwwelpeter, an illustrated book portraying children misbehaving (1809–1894). ALS
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Victor Hugo618 - Victor Hugo
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Untranslated ALS in French, one page, 5 x 8, black-bordered mourning stationery, June 18, 1874. An impressive letter penned in thick, bold ink; the au
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Samuel Johnson619 - Samuel Johnson
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Rare book: A Dictionary of The English Language (two volumes in four bindings). First unabridged American edition. Philadelphia: Moses Thomas, 1818. H
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Estimates : 500.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Giacomo Leopardi620 - Giacomo Leopardi
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Important Italian poet, essayist, philosopher, and philologist (1798–1837). Rare ALS in Italian, one page, 7.5 x 9.5, November 14, 1817. Letter to the
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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Francis Scott Key621 - Francis Scott Key
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Baltimore lawyer (1779–1843) who was inspired to write the 'Star-Spangled Banner' after he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the ...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Jack London622 - Jack London
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ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, stamped personal letterhead, February 7, 1903. Letter to "Editor, Metropolitan Magazine," in part: "In the &...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Francois Mauriac623 - Francois Mauriac
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French author (1885–1970) who received the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature. Desirable autograph manuscript in French, signed in the title, "por ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Margaret Mitchell624 - Margaret Mitchell
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TLS signed “Margaret Mitchell Marsh,” two pages, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, July 23, 1947. Letter to Mrs. George W. Johnson of the Johnson Prin
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Margaret Mitchell625 - Margaret Mitchell
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TLS signed “Margaret Mitchell Marsh,” three pages, 7 x 11, personal letterhead, February 23, 1939. Letter to Franklin M. Garrett, the author of a rece
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George Orwell626 - George Orwell
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Important TLS signed "Geo. Orwell," three pages on two sheets, 6.75 x 8, Barnhill, Isle of Jura letterhead, August 26, 1947. Letter to edi...
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Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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John Muir627 - John Muir
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Naturalist and author (1838–1914) who helped establish Yosemite National Park. Signed book: Stickeen. Eighth impression. Boston & New York: Houg...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Beatrix Potter628 - Beatrix Potter
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ALS signed “Beatrix Heelis,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, January 20, 1936. Letter to Christopher and Phyllis Fleming, in part: &qu...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Nelly Sachs629 - Nelly Sachs
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Poet and playwright (1891–1970) who fled from Nazi Germany in 1940 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966. Two items: an ALS in German on both
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Marquis de Sade630 - Marquis de Sade
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Notorious French novelist and playwright (1740–1814) whose violent sexual escapades and depravity-infused works gave rise to the word 'sadism.&#...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Antoine de Saint-Exupery631 - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Exceptional handwritten manuscript in French, unsigned, one page, 8 x 10.5, no date but circa 1938-1939. A page from Saint-Exupery's draft for a...
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Arthur Schnitzler632 - Arthur Schnitzler
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Austrian writer (1862–1931) best known for his sexually charged plays and stories. His 1926 novella Traumnovelle served as the basis for Eyes Wide Shu
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Jean-Paul Sartre633 - Jean-Paul Sartre
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ALS in French, signed “J. P. Sartre,” totaling 47 pages on sets of adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 6.75, [July 31, 1937]. An incredibly long letter to the Fre
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Jean-Paul Sartre634 - Jean-Paul Sartre
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Handwritten philosophical manuscript in French, unsigned, eleven pages, 8.25 x 10.5, no date. A philosophical text with various headings, including (t
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Maurice Sendak635 - Maurice Sendak
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Original ballpoint sketch of Carol in a full-length seated pose on a green 6 x 7 sheet of personal stationery, signed below the sketch, "Thank ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Maurice Sendak636 - Maurice Sendak
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First German printing of Die Mini-Bibliothek [The Nutshell Library], published by Diogenes in 1970, featuring a wonderful ballpoint sketch of the titl
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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George Bernard Shaw637 - George Bernard Shaw
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ALS signed “G. Bernard Shaw,” one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, July 29, 1924. Letter to his close friend and biographer Archibald Henderson. In part: &...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Henryk Sienkiewicz638 - Henryk Sienkiewicz
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Polish novelist (1846–1916) who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905. Matte-finish 3.25 x 5.25 postcard photo of the author seated, signed
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Harriet Beecher Stowe639 - Harriet Beecher Stowe
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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, January 6, 1882. Letter to Alexander Hesse, in part: "Your letter being written in the German sc...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Stendhal640 - Stendhal
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French writer born Marie-Henri Beyle (1783–1842) considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism. ALS in French and English (plus
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Rabindranath Tagore641 - Rabindranath Tagore
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Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher, and author (1861–1941) who became the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize (Literature) in 1913. Striking ma
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Ivan Turgenev642 - Ivan Turgenev
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Highly influential Russian author (1818–1883) whose 1862 novel Fathers and Sons remains one of the pillars of nineteenth-century literature. Remarkabl
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Leo Tolstoy643 - Leo Tolstoy
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Esteemed Russian writer (1828–1910) remembered for his epic realist novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Large and bold ink signature, in Cyrillic,
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Evelyn Waugh644 - Evelyn Waugh
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ALS signed “E. Waugh,” one page, 6 x 8, Combe Florey House letterhead, September 11. Letter to Hugh Heckstall-Smith. In part: "Yes Spencer was ...
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H. G. Wells645 - H. G. Wells
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Four ALSs, signed "H. G. Wells," ranging in size from 4.5 x 3.5 to 7 x 9, dated from 1903 to 1932 (two undated). Letters are all to John H...
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Authors646 - Authors
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Collection of over 130 approval forms from Author! Author! Audio Cassettes, a monthly audio magazine of author interviews, dating between 1988 and 199
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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William Peter Blatty and Peter Benchley647 - William Peter Blatty and Peter Benchley
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Two first edition, first printing books famously adapted by Hollywood, both hardcovers with original dust jackets, including: The Exorcist, published
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Andre Breton648 - Andre Breton
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French writer and poet (1896–1966) best known as the founder of Surrealism. ALS in French, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 7, January 22, 19
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Jules Claretie649 - Jules Claretie
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French literary figure and director of the Theatre Français (1840–1913). Scarce 8 x 10.75 heavy cardstock photo of Claretie in a seated half-le...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Paulo Coelho650 - Paulo Coelho
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Signed book: The Alchemist. First English edition. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.25 x 8.5, 177 pages. Signed
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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James Fenimore Cooper651 - James Fenimore Cooper
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Two Otsego County Bank checks, 5.75 x 2.25, filled out and signed by Cooper, "J. Fenimore Cooper," both payable to self: one for $20, date...
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Noel Coward652 - Noel Coward
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ALS, one page, 5.25 x 7, Ebury Street letterhead, no date. Letter to English stage and film actor Cedric Hardwicke, in full: "I did get your li...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Rudolf Eucken653 - Rudolf Eucken
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German philosopher (1846–1926) and the recipient of the 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature. Uncommon 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo of Professor Eucken, signed
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Fables with Fore-Edge Painting654 - Fables with Fore-Edge Painting
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Desirable book with vivid fore-edge painting: Fables: Consisting of Select Parts from Dante, Berni, Chaucer and Aristoto, Initiated in English Heroic
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Robert Frost655 - Robert Frost
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Signed book: A Masque of Mercy. Limited edition, numbered 496/751. NY: Henry Holt, 1947. Hardcover with slipcase, 7.25 x 10, 46 pages. Neatly signed o
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Oliver Wendell Holmes and William Cullen Bryant656 - Oliver Wendell Holmes and William Cullen Bryant
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Desirable pairing of ink signatures from New England's great 'Fireside Poets,' "Yours very truly, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Boston, Oc...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr657 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
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ALS signed “Oliver Wendell Holmes,” one black-bordered page, 4.5 x 7, July 10, 1888. Written from Beverly Farms, a letter to William Ordway Partridge,
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Julia Ward Howe658 - Julia Ward Howe
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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 7.5, January 17, 1876. In part: "I am much obliged for your kind and gratifying note. We are all pa...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Elbert Hubbard659 - Elbert Hubbard
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American writer, printer, and philosopher (1856–1915), closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, who perished in the Lusitania disaster. T
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Elbert Hubbard660 - Elbert Hubbard
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American writer, printer, and philosopher (1856–1915), closely associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, who perished in the Lusitania disaster. T
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