RR Auction: Literary Rarities

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Voltaire4001Voltaire
ALS in English, signed “Volt,” one page, 5.25 x 7.25, no date but circa early 1740s. Letter to Prault, a printer and bookseller. In full: “I have rece
Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
Victor Hugo4002Victor Hugo
Desirable 4.25 x 5.75 cabinet photo of Hugo sitting in a chair, his right hand within his vest, the left resting on his head in a wonderfully contempl
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Victor Hugo4003Victor Hugo
Very early ALS in French, signed “Victor M. Hugo,” one page both sides, 5 x 8, October 16, 1822. Letter to a French official. In full (translated): ...
Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,000.00
Victor Hugo4004Victor Hugo
LS in French, one page, 8.5 x 13.5, July 22, 1870. Hugo’s open letter entitled “To the Women of Guernsey,” written from his home at Hauteville House o
Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Honore de Balzac4005Honore de Balzac
ALS in French, signed “de Balzac,” one page, 3.5 x 4.5, September 12, no year but likely circa 1832. Letter to Jules Mabit, written from Aix-les-Bains
Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
Alexandre Dumas, pere4006Alexandre Dumas, pere
ALS in French, signed “Dumas,” six pages, 8.25 x 10.5, no date but circa 1861–1864. A ‘letter to the editor’ intended for publication in La Lombardia,
Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Emile Zola4007Emile Zola
ALS in French, three pages, 5.25 x 8.5, December 7, 1882. Letter offering his thoughts on a piece by a female writer. In full (translated): "I ...
Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Jules Verne4008Jules Verne
ALS in French, one page on a 4.5 x 2.75 card, May 1894. In full (translated): “Here then are some lines in answer to your letter. The only link which
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
Marcel Proust4009Marcel Proust
Rare fountain pen signature and inscription, “A Monsieur Georges Felix Marchand, Affectueux souvenir, Marcel Proust,” on a toned 4.25 x 7 sheet bound
Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
Marcel Proust4010Marcel Proust
Rare ALS in French, signed “Marcel,” eight pages two sets of adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 7, no date but identified in his collected letters as August 11,
Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
George Sand4011George Sand
ALS in French, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, no date but noted as March 18, 1872 in Sand’s published correspondence. Letter to Hebrew
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Thomas Carlyle4012Thomas Carlyle
Exceptional unsigned 4 x 5.5 albumen photograph of Carlyle in a contemplative profile pose. Affixed to its original 8 x 10 mount. In fine condition. T
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
William Makepeace Thackeray4013William Makepeace Thackeray
Rare original pen and ink sketches of two holiday scenes on an off-white 4.25 x 3.25 sheet, with one depicting several children gathered around a chai
Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Charlotte Bronte4014Charlotte Bronte
Rare ALS signed “C. Bronte,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, January 19, [1853]. Letter to David Waldie, written while staying at Gloucest
Estimates : 60,000.00 - 80,000.00
Charles Dickens4015Charles Dickens
ALS signed “Wilmot,” one page, 4.5 x 7, Gad’s Hill Place letterhead, December 5, 1863. Letter to Peter Cunningham, reenacting a play they had performe
Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
Thomas Hardy4016Thomas Hardy
Esteemed author (1840–1928) who takes a place among the towering figures of British literature with classic novels such as Far from the Madding Crowd
Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
H. G. Wells4017H. G. Wells
ALS signed “The good-not-great Wells,” one page both sides, 7 x 9, no date. An interesting letter to H. E. Hadley featuring a large sketch of a party
Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
H. G. Wells4018H. G. Wells
ALS in book: The Invisible Man. First edition, first printing. London: C. Arthur Pearson, 1897. Hardcover beautifully rebound in full red leather, wit
Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
T. E. Lawrence4019T. E. Lawrence
ALS signed “T. E. S.,” one page, 7 x 9, January 15, 1926. Letter to J. B. Acres. In full: “Your letter upon Dostoevsky was most excellent. I’ve always
Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
Joseph Conrad4020Joseph Conrad
TLS signed “for your thoughtful kindness, Believe me, Yours J. Conrad,” one page both sides, 5.25 x 6.75, Spring Grove letterhead, September 13, 1919.
Estimates : 1,800.00 - 2,000.00
James Joyce and Henri Matisse4022James Joyce and Henri Matisse
Signed book: Ulysses. Limited edition, numbered /250. NY: Limited Editions Club, 1935. Hardcover, 9.25 x 12, 363 pages. Signed on the colophon in foun
Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
James Joyce4023James Joyce
Two ALSs to Madame Yasushi Tanaka [Louise Gebhart Cann]: an ALS, one page, 4.5 x 6.25, November 24, 1920, in full: “I reply to your letter I shall cal
Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
Aldous Huxley4024Aldous Huxley
ALS, one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, May 18, 1960. Letter to Philip Dale, in full: “Thank you for your letter. I find it hard to answer your questions
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
C. S. Lewis4025C. S. Lewis
TNS, one page, 8 x 2.5, October 11, 1944. From Oxford’s Magdalen College, Lewis writes a note to Miss Herdman, in full: “Thanks for your letter
Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
T. H. White4026T. H. White
English author (1906–1964) best known for his Arthurian tetralogy The Once and Future King, which includes the popular story The Sword in the Stone. A
Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
J. R. R. Tolkien4027J. R. R. Tolkien
ALS, one page both sides, 5.25 x 7, personal Oxford letterhead, September 4, 1968. Letter to Mary Fairburn, an artist who sent him paintings of severa
Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Maxim Gorky4028Maxim Gorky
Rare matte-finish 4.5 x 6 portrait of Gorky holding a cigarette, affixed to an 8 x 11.75 mount, boldly signed on the mount in black ink in Cyrillic, “
Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
Leo Tolstoy4029Leo Tolstoy
Uncommon high-quality 5 x 7 paperstock photo of the great Russian author in near-profile, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “A I. Silvestre, Leon
Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
Hermann Hesse4030Hermann Hesse
Uncommon vintage matte-finish 3.5 x 4.75 bust-length photo of Hesse in later age, signed neatly on his collar in fountain pen, “H. Hesse.” In fine con
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Authors4031Authors
Fine collection of sixteen limited edition softcover books published by Eurographica, each signed by the author, including: William Styron (A Tidewate
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Edith Wharton4032Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome. First edition, first printing (with “wearily” unbroken on page 135). NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. Hardcover, 5 x 7.75, 195 pa...
Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
James Fenimore Cooper4033James Fenimore Cooper
ALS signed “J. Fenimore Cooper,” one page, 7.75 x 7.5, May 30, 1841. Letter to Archibald Campbell, in part: “This morning early, I returned your visit
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Herman Melville4034Herman Melville
Choice ALS signed “H. Melville,” one page, 5 x 8, December 4, 1857. Letter to a gentleman written from Boston. In full: “Your note is received and in
Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
Harriet Beecher Stowe4035Harriet Beecher Stowe
Lengthy AQS on an off-white 4.5 x 7.5 sheet, signed at the conclusion, “Harriet Beecher Stowe, April 25, 1892.” Stowe quotes from the preface of Uncle
Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
Louisa May Alcott4036Louisa May Alcott
ALS signed “L. M. Alcott,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, July 17, no year. Letter to Mrs. Lamb, in full: “I shall be glad to see you on
Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
Samuel L. Clemens4037Samuel L. Clemens
ALS signed “S. L. Clemens,” two pages, 4.5 x 5.75, August 13, 1902. Letter to Colonel Charles Fairchild, in full: “14 W. 10th is well enough, for a da
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Samuel L. Clemens4038Samuel L. Clemens
Crystal-clear matte-finish 6.5 x 9 photo of Clemens wearing one of his classic white suits in a seated three-quarter-length pose, affixed to an 8 x 11
Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
Samuel L. Clemens4039Samuel L. Clemens
Desirable AQS on an off-white 4 x 4.75 slip. In full: “Do your duty to–day, and repent to–morrow, Truly yours, Mark Twain.” In fine condition. A crisp
Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
Samuel L. Clemens4040Samuel L. Clemens
ALS signed “S. L. Clemens,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, October 10, 1898. Letter to composer Caro Smith Senour, affixed to a free end
Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
Samuel L. Clemens4041Samuel L. Clemens
Unsigned book: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. First American edition, first printing (containing all traditional points of issue as well as the erron
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Henry James4042Henry James
ALS, eight pages on a pair of two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, Reform Club letterhead, April 29, 1903. Letter to “Beloved Bill,” his nephew William Jame
Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
O. Henry4043O. Henry
Uncommon ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, June 24, no year. Letter to Mr. Gallup, in full: “I do not think that there is a photo
Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
Jack London4044Jack London
ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, no date but postmarked September 28, 1903, with London’s personal ink stamp. Letter to C. C. Buel, the editor of The Century
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
John Muir4045John Muir
ALS, one page, 8.25 x 12.25, April 12, 1906. Written from Adamana, Arizona, a letter to Mr. Wells, in full: “I have just returned from a long visit to
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Edgar Rice Burroughs4046Edgar Rice Burroughs
DS, two pages, 8.5 x 13, October 1, 1915. Agreement between Edgar Rice Burroughs and A. C. McClurg & Company to publish The Beasts of Tarzan in ...
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
Edgar Rice Burroughs4047Edgar Rice Burroughs
ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, March 7, 1938. Letter to actress Maureen O’Sullivan, in full: “I’d certainly like to have some autograph
Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
Thomas Wolfe4048Thomas Wolfe
Influential American writer (1900–1938) known for his poetic autobiographical fiction, best remembered for the 1929 novel Look Homeward, Angel. TLS si
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
F. Scott Fitzgerald4049F. Scott Fitzgerald
TLS, two pages, 8.5 x 11, February 8, 1934. Letter to Mrs. Arthur J. Harris. In full: “Far from being one who rushes in you are an angel to write me s
Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
F. Scott Fitzgerald4050F. Scott Fitzgerald
Signed book: This Side of Paradise. Later printing. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1920. Hardcover, 5.25 x 7.75, 305 pages. Signed and inscribed o...
Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
William Faulkner4051William Faulkner
Signed book: As I Lay Dying. First edition, first printing (bearing the misaligned “I” on page 11, and a price of $2.50 on the dust jacket). NY: Jonat
Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00