RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Literature

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Boasting almost 1,000 lots, RR Auction's October Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale features a robust literature section that includes autographs from authors across the ages—from Goethe to Kafka to Hemingway, a wide assortment of great writers and literary movements are represented. Other highlights in the sale include an important letter by Stephen Hawking, an extremely rare Mao Zedong autograph, a fully signed Led Zeppelin album, a wise autograph quote by Albert Einstein, and a letter by Thomas Jefferson on a political economics textbook. 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 September 2019.
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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Anatole France557 - Anatole France
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ALS in French, four pages, 8.25 x 12.25, February 2, 1917. Untranslated letter to his friend, the art critic Eugene Richtenberger, with latter portion
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Theophile Gautier558 - Theophile Gautier
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Rare ALS in French, one page, 5.25 x 8.25, no date [September 25, 1846]. Letter to "Desrez," in part (loosely translated): "If you wa...
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Jean Genet559 - Jean Genet
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Prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist (1910-1986). ANS in French, one page, 4.25 x 6.5, no d
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Allen Ginsberg560 - Allen Ginsberg
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Signed book: Allen Verbatim: Lectures on Poetry, Politics, Consciousness. First edition. NY: McGraw-Hill, 1974. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.7
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William Goldman561 - William Goldman
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Signed book: The Temple of Gold. First edition. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 278 pages. Signed and inscribed on
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Graham Greene562 - Graham Greene
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Signed book: The Great Jowett. First edition, limited issue, numbered 81/525. London: The Bodley Head, 1981. Hardcover with acetate jacket, 5 x 8.25,
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Zane Grey563 - Zane Grey
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Personal check, 6.25 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Zane Grey, payable to Keystone Engineering, Co. for $34.50, July 7, 1928. Double-matted and frame
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Joel Chandler Harris564 - Joel Chandler Harris
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Sought-after book: Uncle Remus. His Songs and His Sayings. The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation. First edition, third state. NY: D. Appleton and Compan
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Robert Heinlein566 - Robert Heinlein
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Sought-after first edition book: Rocket Ship Galileo. First edition. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947. Hardcover with price-clipped dust jacket...
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Ernest Hemingway567 - Ernest Hemingway
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Very desirable pairing of bullfight tickets for a contest at the Plaza Toros Monumental in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on Monday, June 29, 1959, both
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Hermann Hesse568 - Hermann Hesse
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Handsome vintage matte-finish 4 x 6 postcard portrait of Hesse by Fritz Eschen, signed on the reverse in fountain pen, "H. Hesse." In very...
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L. Ron Hubbard569 - L. Ron Hubbard
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Signed book: What is Scientology?. First edition. Los Angeles: Church of Scientology of California, 1978. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.75 x 11.25, 34
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E. L. James570 - E. L. James
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Three items: a color glossy 10 x 8 photo of E. L. James posing with limited edition leather ankle cuffs, signed in black felt tip; a color glossy 10 x
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Robinson Jeffers571 - Robinson Jeffers
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Signed book: Such Counsels as You Gave to Me & Other Poems. First edition, limited issue, numbered 176/300. NY: Random House, 1937. Hardcover wi...
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Ken Kesey572 - Ken Kesey
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Signed book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 30th anniversary edition. NY: Penguin, 1992. Softcover, 5 x 7.75, 311 pages. Signed inside the fro...
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Stephen King573 - Stephen King
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Signed book: Pet Sematary. NY: Doubleday, 1983. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 373 pages. Signed and inscribed on the title page in black ink,
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Arthur Koestler574 - Arthur Koestler
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TLS signed “A. Koestler,” one page, 6.25 x 8, 8 Montpelier Square, London letterhead, May 8, 1979. Letter to journalist Adelbert Reif, in full: &quo...
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D. H. Lawrence575 - D. H. Lawrence
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Hand-addressed mailing envelope, 4.5 x 3.75, addressed by D. H. Lawrence to New York publisher B. W. Huebsch: "B. W. Huebsch, Esq., 32 West 58t...
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Benjamin Lincoln Lear576 - Benjamin Lincoln Lear
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Collection of 11 books from the library of Benjamin Lincoln Lear, the son of George Washington's personal secretary Tobias Lear, all bearing sim...
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Sinclair Lewis577 - Sinclair Lewis
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ALS, one page, 5.75 x 7.25, personal 'Thorvale Farm' letterhead, August 20, 1946. Letter to publisher and editor William Targ, in full: &quo...
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Lexicographers and Journalists578 - Lexicographers and Journalists
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Group lot of five items signed by a notable journalist or lexicographer, including: an ALS in French from Jules Barthélemy-Saint-Hilaire, signe...
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Limited Editions Club579 - Limited Editions Club
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Three slipcased hardcover books published by the Limited Editions Club, each signed on the colophon by the illustrator: The Baster of Ballantrae by Ro
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Jack London580 - Jack London
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Popular American novelist (1876-1916), best known for such adventure classics as The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf, and White Fang, who drew his writ
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Jack London581 - Jack London
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Signed book: Burning Daylight. First edition. NY: Macmillan, 1910. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.75, 361 pages. Signed on an off-white slip clipped from a check,
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow582 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Two items: an ALS signed "Henry W. Longfellow," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 7, August 16, 1860, to James Topham Brady, in ...
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W. Somerset Maugham583 - W. Somerset Maugham
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Signed book: Ah King. First edition, limited issue, numbered 109/175. London: William Heinemann, 1933. Hardcover with acetate jacket, 6 x 9, 339 pages
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James A. Michener584 - James A. Michener
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Signed book: The Covenant. Later printing. NY: Random House, 1980. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 873 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-
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Henry Miller585 - Henry Miller
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ALS, one page, 7.5 x 5.5, May 12, 1948. Letter to art dealers, in which Miller expresses interest in buying one of his own paintings, in full: "...
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Toni Morrison586 - Toni Morrison
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Signed book: Paradise. Later printing. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 318 pages. Signed on the title page in black
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John O'Hara587 - John O'Hara
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TLS signed “John,” one page, 5.75 x 8.75, October 30, 1957. Letter to "Swanie," his agent H. N. Swanson, in full: "I received your te...
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Poetry588 - Poetry
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Four poetry books: a slipcased limited edition of Rumor Verified by Robert Penn Warren, numbered 111/250, signed on the colophon in ink by Warren; a f
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Katherine Anne Porter589 - Katherine Anne Porter
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Signed book: The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter. Second printing. NY: Delacorte Press, 1970. Hardcover with dust ja
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Katherine Anne Porter590 - Katherine Anne Porter
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ALS, one page, 5.5 x 3.25, August 9, 1961. Letter to John A. Fischback, in part: "This is only a word to say I am islanded again, this time up ...
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Jean Ray591 - Jean Ray
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TLS in French,, one page, 8.25 x 10.75, May 8, 1946. Letter to Roland Stragliati, in part (loosely translated): "It is true that one is entitle...
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Anne Rice592 - Anne Rice
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Nine books by Anne Rice, each hardcover with dust jacket, signed on an opening page in ink or felt tip, with titles including: a 1996 anniversary edit
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James Whitcomb Riley593 - James Whitcomb Riley
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Signed book: Old-Fashioned Roses. Seventh edition. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1892. Hardcover, 4 x 6.5, 145 pages. Signed on a free end page in
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J. K. Rowling594 - J. K. Rowling
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Uncommon unsigned book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Advance reader's copy of the first American edition. NY: Arthur A. Levine/Sch...
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Carl Sagan595 - Carl Sagan
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Signed book: The Dragons of Eden. First edition. NY: Random House, 1977. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 263 pages. Signed and inscribed on the
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Jean-Paul Sartre596 - Jean-Paul Sartre
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Vintage ink signature, "J. P. Sartre,” on an off-white 4 x 3.25 album page, with two collector's notations; reverse signed by actor Felix M...
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Maurice Sendak597 - Maurice Sendak
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Signed book: Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie, starring the Nutshell Kids. First edition. NY: Harper & Row, 1975. Softcover, 10.75 x 8.75, 64 p...
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E. E. Smith598 - E. E. Smith
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Signed book: Skylark of Valeron. First edition, limited issue, numbered 130/500. Reading, PA: Fantasy Press, 1949. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.5 x 7
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James Stephens599 - James Stephens
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Signed book: The Crock of Gold. First edition. London: Macmillan, 1912. Hardcover, 5.25 x 7.5, 312 pages. Signed on the title page in ink by Stephens.
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Booth Tarkington600 - Booth Tarkington
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Signed book: In the Arena. Second printing. NY: McClure, Phillips & Co., 1905. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.75, 276 pages. Signed on the first free end pa...
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William Makepeace Thackeray601 - William Makepeace Thackeray
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ALS signed “W. M. Thackeray,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 7, February 10, 1835. In part: "Allow me to thank you for your propos...
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James Thurber602 - James Thurber
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ALS signed “Jim Thurber,” eight pages, 8.5 x 11, June 28, 1943. Letter of condolences to the widow of Eugene F. Saxton, a longtime editor at Harper ...
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Mary E. Tyler603 - Mary E. Tyler
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Vintage ink signature, "Mary E. Tyler, Somerville, Mass., Oct. 10–1888,” on an off-white 3 x 2 card. Double-matted and framed with a color phot...
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John Updike604 - John Updike
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Signed book: The Coup. First edition. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6 x 8.5, 299 pages. Signed on the first free end page in
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John Updike605 - John Updike
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Signed book: Rabbit Redux. First edition, limited issue, numbered 226/350. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. Hardcover with acetate jacket and slipcase, 5.75
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Chris Van Allsburg606 - Chris Van Allsburg
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Signed book: Jumanji. Later printing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981. Hardcover with dust jacket, 11.25 x 10. Signed on the half-title page in black f
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Erich Von Däniken607 - Erich Von Däniken
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Three photos, glossy and satin-finish, ranging in size from 8 x 8 to 10 x 8, each signed in red ink by Erich Von Daniken, who adds the date to each. I
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