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Pseudonym of Russian-born Jewish author and playwright Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich (1859-1916) whose stories about Tevye the Dairyman served as the basis for the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Rare ink signature of Sholem Aleichem in Hebrew, penned on the reverse of an off-white 5.5 x 1.75 postcard. In fine condition. A desirable signature of a man considered by many as the greatest figure of the …

Sold For: $1,125 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Highly coveted 3 x 1.5 calling card belonging to “Mr. Samuel L. Clemens, Hartford, Conn,” which is signed in fountain pen, “Mark Twain.” The calling card is affixed to a slightly larger sheet. In fine condition, with some light edge staining.

Sold For: $2,276 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

ALS, one page, 5.25 x 7, 28 Campden Grove letterhead, June 17, 1931. Letter to British painter, publisher, and poet Desmond Harmsworth, in full: "From the enclosed letter it would seem that you are looking for me in connection with the publication of Pound's book which I have been trying to arrange. If this is so perhaps you can ring me up here some morning?" In fine condition. Accompanied by…

Sold For: $6,198 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Superb 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite portrait of Clemens seated at a small desk, by Wm. Rutherford of Bath, NY. Reverse is imprinted with the photographer's information. In very good to fine condition, with light rubbing and an area of faint discoloration. A very scarce photograph, one of the earliest known of Samuel Clemens.

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ALS signed “R. W. Emerson,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, August 20, 1839. Letter to Frederick Henry Hedge in Bangor, Maine, written from Concord, discussing travel plans and literature. In part: "Edward Palmer was here lately—grown very much since he was in Concord a year ago, in his insight & in the scope of his reform. One great thing he said, which I …

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Signed book: The Vegetable by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First edition, first printing. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923. Hardcover with first issue original dust jacket, 145 pages. Signed on the first free end page in exceptional almost lavender fountain pen on the play's opening night by the lead actor, "Ernest Truex," and by the author, "'The best postman in the world,' Atlantic Cit…

Sold For: $25,000 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Remarkable pairing of two items signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald: a matte-finish 3.5 x 5.5 photo of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, boldly signed in fountain pen with a reference to This Side of Paradise, "This is 'Rosalind,' don't you prefer her to Clara? F. Scott Fitzgerald"; and an ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, no date but circa late 1920, to "Mr. Fitzgerald,…

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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula Cuba letterhead, December 10, 1955. Letter to Silvano Suarez, in full: "I am very sorry that the confusion of your change of address and my work and working from 0515 until dark on the fishing photography of The Old Man and The Sea and the four hurricanes that have passed close enough to disturb things and the death of Mrs. Hemingway'…

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Unusual vintage matte-finish 7 x 5 photo of a man posing with a cutout portrait of Hemingway, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Joe Gliwa, best luck always, Ernest Hemingway.” In very good to fine condition, with scattered creasing, and light brushing to the handwriting. Gliwa, pictured here in the photo, is seen lying in a bed at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, in …

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Exceptional 2.5 x 4.25 carte-de-visite portrait of Victor Hugo, signed and inscribed below his image in ink. Published by the E. Appert Studio of Paris. In fine condition.

Sold For: $2,805 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

ALS, one page, 5.25 x 7, 28 Campden Grove letterhead, June 17, 1931. Letter to British painter, publisher, and poet Desmond Harmsworth, in full: "From the enclosed letter it would seem that you are looking for me in connection with the publication of Pound's book which I have been trying to arrange. If this is so perhaps you can ring me up here some morning?" In fine condition. Accompanied by…

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Unsigned handwritten notes in pencil written by Jack Kerouac on both sides of a 3.5 x 5.5 notebook page, in part: "Steve Allen has a red nose like a wino but who would ever expect a big television star to be a wino except Steve suddenly as we go driving down H'wood sts. so he can visit his ma a second & we can discuss my routine on the show he says 'Oh yes, my favorite drink is port&m…

Sold For: $1,531 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Unsigned handwritten train schedule in pencil by Jack Kerouac, one page, 6.25 x 8.5, circa 1953. Headed "April, 2nd Half, SLO," Kerouac logs his hours in San Luis Obispo ("SLO") and Santa Barbara ("SB") for April 25-30, noting times and earnings amounting to a total of $110. In very good condition, with three horizontal folds, and scattered creasing and staining. In the spring of 1953—befo…

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Personal check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Kerouac, "Jack Kerouac," payable to Nunzie's Wine's & Liquors for $7.33, January 4, 1961. In fine to very fine condition. A self-proclaimed 'wino since 21,' Kerouac died at age 47 from an abdominal hemorrhage caused by a lifetime of heavy drinking.

Sold For: $795 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Two items, comprising five pages of London's galley proof manuscript for The Cruise of the Snark, along with a signed check from the author. The printed manuscript galley proof pages, 9 x 11.75, stamped "1st Rev.," include two illustrations. The check, filled out and signed by London, "Jack London," is payable to the C. E. Locke Mfg. Co. for $0.75, May 20, 1905. In overall very good condition…

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Highly sought-after first edition book: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville. First American edition, first issue with original orange endpapers. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1851. Hardcover bound in publisher's original brown cloth, blindstamped at center with the publisher's circular life-buoy device, faded and worn gilt titles on spine, 5.75 x 7.5, 635 pages, plus 23 pages of pref…

Sold For: $19,738 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

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 accordance with your request, I am very truly yours." In fine condition. Earlier in the year Melville had returned to America from a grand tour of Europe and the Middle East to publish what would become his final novel, The Confidence-Man, in April…

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Sought-after ALS in pencil, signed “O. H.,” one page, 8 x 10, no date. Letter to R. H. Davis of Munsey's Magazine, in full: "Will you be nice enough to let me go over the proofs of my stories before they are published? The printer with his usual helfiredness, seems to always butcher the meaning by setting up words that do not appear in the MS. Also, please kill your proofreader." …

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English writer, artist, and photographer (1860-1913) who was perhaps better known as Baron Corvo. A rather obscure figure in modernist literature, his influence has been discerned in novels written by Henry Harland, Ronald Firbank, Graham Greene, and Alexander Theroux. His biography by A.J.A. Symons, The Quest for Corvo, is regarded as a minor classic in the field. ALS signed “Corvo,” …

Sold For: $3,750 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Very appealing set of three original ink illustrations by British illustrator Helen Stratton for a publication of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 'What the Moon Saw,' accomplished in graphite and ink on individual artist boards ranging in size from 4.75 x 6.25 to 7.25 x 9.25, each signed within the illustration with Stratton's monogram, "HS." First published in London in 1866…

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

Glossy 8 x 10 photo of the great science fiction author, signed in blue felt tip, "Isaac Asimov." In fine condition.

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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, February 13, 1939. Letter to Jean B. Richard, in full: "In reply to your letter of February 9, I am sorry to say that your copy of Tarzan of the Apes is not a first edition copy, but one of the popular reprint editions published by A. L. Burt & Company." In fine condition, with a small hole and splits along intersecting folds.  

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Vintage ballpoint signature, "T. Capote,” on an off-white 5 x 2.5 card, annotated in another hand with the date of July 17, 1970. In fine condition.

Sold For: $334 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details

ALS from Joseph Conrad, penned on an off-white 5 x 3.25 card, May 14, 1923. Brief and gracious letter to Mrs. Merritt, in full: "Many thanks for your charming letter. Pray accept my best wishes of happiness for yourself and all yours." In very fine condition.

Sold For: $541 (w/BP) Auction #600 - January 13, 2021 View Details