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ALS, one page, 4.5 x 6.5, no date. Letter to a friend, in full: "I will gladly go to you on Monday at 2 o'clock, if I hear nothing farther." Matted and framed with a portrait to an overall size of 12 x 22. In fine condition.

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Writer, politician, diplomat, and historian (1768-1848) considered the founder of Romanticism in French literature. ALS in French, signed “Chateaubriand,” one page, 4.5 x 7.25, no date. Letter to a friend, in full (translated): "Tell me, my dear Colleague, what time you wish to go to the ball, so that I may be ready. I cannot do any better." In fine condition.

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ALS in French, one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.25, NRF letterhead, August 1, 1953. Letter to a gentleman, in part (translated): "I thank you for letting me have your thesis on French writers of the Resistance against the Germans. I took the time to read it and I am sending it on to Paris to the attention of that friend of yours who is supposed to pick it up in September. I keep on finding your work…

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Boldly penned AQS on an 8 x 5.25 sheet, in full: "Aimer, c'est agir [To love is to act], Victor Hugo." Affixed to a same-size sheet and in very good to fine condition, with some light toning, and two tears to the bottom edge.

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ALS in French, one page, 5 x 8.25, May 7, [circa early 1860s]. Letter written from Hauteville House, in full (translated): "Could it be, madam, that you are as pretty as your writing and as charming as your style? I throw myself at your feet." In fine condition. Hugo lived at Hauteville House in Guernsey during his exile from France, from 1856 to 1870, driven from his home by Napoleon III's c…

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Much lauded and influential Czech-born writer (1883-1924) whose man-turned-insect story Metamorphosis (1915) and novel The Trial (1925) have earned a permanent and prominent place in the canon of modern literature. Sought-after hand-addressed mailing envelope, 5.5 x 3.5, addressed by Kafka to his fiancée, “Fraulein, Felice Bauer, per Adr. Carl Lindstrom A. G., Berlin, 0-17,” no …

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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 6.5, December 31, 1912. Letter to John A. Browne of the Vallejo Yacht Club, in full: "I had a lovely month's cruise. Got the Roamer squarely up into Big Lake, according to directions you so kindly gave me. Now concerning the skiff. She simply cannot lie out in the water, month in and month out, without being totally destroyed. When I first returned from the voyage I left …

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TLS signed “Margaret Mitchell Marsh,” one page, 7 x 11, April 9, 1936. Letter to W. Colston Leigh, in part: "I was unable to write until today. As soon as I mailed the last galley proofs to Macmillan, I had a minor operation on my hand and it has been very troublesome about healing…Mr. Latham must have been pulling your leg about me being a speaker. I have only made one speech in my l…

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ALS in French, signed “V. Nabokov,” one page, 5 x 8.5, June 13, 1976. Letter written from Montreux, Switzerland, in full (translated): "Dear friend, thank you very much for your kind words. I intend to come to London this fall and it will be a great pleasure to see you after all this time." In fine condition. Days after this letter was written, Nabokov was admitted to the Clinique Mon…

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TLS signed “Jerry,” one page, 8.5 x 11, September 24, 1974. Letter to Eileen Paddison, in part: "I don't know the South well enough to recommend any nice place for you and Danny to stay for a while after the wedding. I know a few dopey resort towns in Florida, and my first year in the Army, a hundred years ago, I was stationed in places like Bainbridge, Georgia and Nashville, Tenn…

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ALS in French, signed “J. P. Sartre,” one page, 8.25 x 10.5, no date but circa 1969. Letter to "My little Gerald," in part (translated): "As for Ho Chi Minh, you must be reassured already; it is true that Chou Enlai left before Kossyguine's arrival, but you know by now that they met in Peking. I have no idea what will result from their conversation, but it shows that both sides ar…

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Unsigned first edition book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. First edition, first printing. NY: Harper & Row, 1964. Hardcover with dust jacket, 7.25 x 9. This is the true first edition with no ISBN number on the copyright page and with four lines of copyright information. An attractive dust jacket with a few tears to back panel which can be easily restored if desired. This first issue du…

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ANS in French on both sides of one of his personal 4 x 2.5 calling cards, no date. Untranslated note mentioning an article about Stéphane Mallarmé, and referring to an article entitled "Zola et l'inconnu." In fine condition, with two small mounting remnants to one edge.

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ALS in French, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, September 28, 1894. Letter to "Monsieur Meyer," about Bernadette Soubirous (Saint Bernadette of Lourdes). In part (translated): "It is useless that I respond to Mr. Henri Lasserre. Our heads are made differently, we speak a different language, and we would never agree. In addition, I want to remain courteous with him, as he has been with me…

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Signed book: Jaws. First edition. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6 x 8.5, 311 pages. Signed on the half-title page in blue felt tip, "Peter Benchley." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/VG-, with a large tear to the front panel of the price-clipped dust jacket.

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Signed book: Die elektronische Revolution. Limited edition, numbered 052/100. Gottingen: Expanded Media Editions, 1972. Softcover, 4.25 x 6.25, 111 pages. Signed on the title page in blue ballpoint, "William Burroughs." In very good to fine condition, with partial detachment to the spine.

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Signed book: Roots: The Saga of an American Family. First edition. NY: Doubleday & Company, 1976. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 587 pages. Signed on the half-title page in bold black felt tip, "2/4/91, Alex Haley." In very good to fine condition, with light staining to the page fore edges, and light wear and toning to the dust jacket.

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Color glossy 8 x 10 photo of King with a camera on the set of a film, signed and inscribed in black felt tip, "For Yetta—Best wishes, Stephen King.” In fine condition.

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TLS, one page, 5.5 x 3.5, January 23, 1981. Letter to Coady Schumaker, in part: "Thank you for the good words about Firestarter—glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for suggesting Will Sampson as Rainbird, but I won't be involved with the movie production of that one. I will be working on The Stand with the director, George Romero—I've done the screenplay. The next book is called Danse…

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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, September 28, 1925. Letter to Clifford B. Smyth of the International Book Review, in part: "I am ashamed of you for having worried over what Doc Collins said about the 'Arrowsmith.' It is not at all a bad thing to have a book interestingly damned and bring forth some reaction—as this review proved to do—in the extremely interesting letter which you pri…

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Indian-American physician, biologist, oncologist, and author (born 1970) who is best known for his 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won notable literary prizes including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Signed book: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Later printing. NY: Scribner, 2010. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 571 p…

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ALS signed “T.N.,” one page, 5.75 x 8.25, November 8, 1969. Written from Baden-Baden, a letter to author James Herlihy, in part: "Just a quick word to apologize for my silence. As we used to say in the Army when rebuked by an officer: 'No excuse, sir.' But I leave for Switzerland and more quiet waters tomorrow. I was delighted to read that you were prepared to get more 'fu…

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Beautiful limited edition 22.5 x 15 broadside entitled 'Snowfall,' numbered 5/226, signed in the lower margin in ballpoint, "Tennessee Williams." Designed and printed by John Laursen at Press-22 of Portland, Oregon, the striking print features a copperplate etching by Liza Jones set alongside the text of Williams's poem 'Snowfall.' Rolled and in fine condition.

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American author (1915-2019) who is best known for historical fiction such as The Caine Mutiny, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Group lot of seven TLSs and one ALS from author Herman Wouk, one signed “Herman” and the balance signed with his full name, nine total pages, ranging in size from 6.5 x 9.25 to 7.25 x 10.75, dated between 1941 and 1947, each addressed to literary agent H. N. Swan…

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