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Highly desirable complete run of The American Museum in twelve leatherbound volumes, originally published in Philadelphia by Mathew Carey from January 1787-December 1792. These volumes contain mixed editions, with third editions of Volume 1, No. 1-3 (January-March 1787); second editions of Vol. I, No. 4-6 (April-June 1787), Vol. 2, No. 1-6 (July-December 1787), and Vol. 3, No. 1-6 (January-June 17…

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Personal check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Kerouac, "Jack Kerouac," payable to "Jack Kerouac" for $300, August 11, 1958, endorsed on the reverse, "Jack Kerouac, 34 Gilbert St., Northport, N.Y." In fine condition. A superb example signed three times by the Beat Generation legend.

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Rare handwritten invitation in German from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, signed "Goethe," one page, 4 x 3.25, presented to singer and composer Karl Melchior Moltke, in full (translated): "Sir. C. S. Moltke, invitation, for a sociable meal at two o'clock, Wednesday the 9 Nov. Goethe." Dated on the reverse in another hand: "Anno 1825." In fine condition, with trimmed edges and lightly mottled ton…

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One of the most famous French poets of the 16th century (1621-1695) widely known for his collections of fables. Untranslated manuscript DS in French, signed “De La Fontaine,” one page, 7.25 x 8, December 18, 1657. In fine condition.

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Remarkable ALS signed “Edgar A. Poe,” one page, 8 x 9.75, November 16, 1843. Letter to Joseph H. Hedges, in full: "I presume the request you make, in your note of the 14th, has reference to my grandfather Gen: David Poe, & not to my father David Poe Jr. I regret to say, however, that, owing to peculiar circumstances, I have in my possession no autograph of either." In fine conditi…

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Program for 'Le Diable et le Bon Dieu' at the Theatre Antoine in 1951, 5.25 x 8.25, signed and inscribed inside on a full-page image in fountain pen by Sartre. Also signed throughout by Maurice Dorleac, Maria Meriko, Marie Olivier, Henri Massiet, and Jean Vilar. In very good to fine condition, with light creasing and handling wear.

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Irish writer (1854-1900) and leader of the Aesthetic Movement, and author of such works as The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Happy Prince. ALS, one page, 7.5 x 9.5, no date. Letter to "Mr. Young," written from "8 Mount Street, Grosvenor Square." in full: "I have only just returned from Paris, or would have done myself the pleasure of communicating sooner with you…

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Untranslated ALS in French, one page on a 5 x 3 personal stationery card, July 24, 1984. In very fine condition.

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Signed literary magazine: Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns: Vol. 1, Issue 3, Poetry - February 1971. Softcover, 5.25 x 8.5, 32 pages. Prominently signed inside the front cover in black felt tip by Charles Bukowski on behalf of the zine's creators, "Charles Bukowski, Neeli Cherry," adding a sketch below, signed "Buk." In fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned example of Vol. 1, No. …

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ALS, one page both sides, 6 x 7.75, Savoy Hotel London letterhead, July 24, 1941. Letter to "C.V.," in part: "I am terribly sorry but I do not think I can manage to come & help at the 'Rag'—I cannot promise to be there & I do hate saying I will do something & then not turning up—I don't even like 'engagements permitting'—& I really have got a …

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British writer (1870-1945) who first came to prominence in the 1890s as the young intimate companion of Oscar Wilde. ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, December 21, 1922. Letter to Charles P. Green, in part: "I just sent you the circular…and scarcely expected to hear from you. I dislike having to ask for help, but as I am practically penniless & am taking this action…in the publ…

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American writer (1908-1964) remembered for his novels Alas, Babylon (one of the first apocalyptic novels of the nuclear age), and Forbidden Area (a Cold War thriller). Uncommon signed book: Alas, Babylon. First edition. Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1959. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6 x 8.25, 254 pages. Signed on the first free end page in fountain pen, "Pat Frank, '59."…

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Ink signature, "Bacon / Roger / The mirror of alchimy, W. Irving, April 9th, 19,” on an off-white 3.5 x 2.25 sheet. In fine condition, with scattered light foxing to the slip (and heavy foxing to the engraving, affecting appearance). The Mirror of Alchimy is a short alchemical manual, known in Latin as Speculum Alchemiae. Translated in 1597, it was only the second alchemical text printed i…

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Fountain pen signature, "Rudyard Kipling,” on an off-white 4.5 x 2.25 slip. In very good to fine condition, with scattered light staining, paper loss to the top edge, and light show-through at the bottom corners from old mounting remnants on the back. Accompanied by the original transmittal letter from his secretary, dated January 30, 1932.

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Two items: an ink signature, "Yours truly, Henry W. Longfellow," on an off-white 4.25 x 2.25 slip with date notation below, "May 1858"; and an ALS signed "J. R. Lowell," one page, 4.5 x 7, 10 Lowndes Square letterhead, December 24, 1883, addressed to Mrs. Boughton, in full: "It will give me great pleasure to dine with you on the 16th January at quarter to 8. With best wishes for a Merry Xmas &…

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DS, one onionskin page, 8.5 x 13, November 4, 1944. Carbon copy of a contract between Mann, represented by the Franz J. Hoch agency, and Agencia Literaria 'Dona Carlota' of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Brazilian publisher Irmaos Pongetti Editores, for the Spanish language rights of his novellas 'Tonio Kroeger' and 'Mario und der Zauberer.' Signed at the conclusion in fo…

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Limited edition color 12 x 18.25 broadside for Frank McCourt's 1996 memoir Angela's Ashes, numbered XXIII/L, which shows a stylized version of the book's front cover above a passage from the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. Produced by Twenty-Third Avenue Books and First Choice Books, the broadside is signed below in black ballpoint by McCourt. In fine condition.

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Color 12.5 x 19 poster for the 2018 movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, signed at the bottom in black felt tip by J. K. Rowling. In fine condition.  Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentication Services.

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Personal check, 6 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Thompson, "H. S. Thompson," payable to Men of Achievement for $50, June 28, 1977, with a note in the memo field: "1/2 deposit - Deluxe Edition." In fine condition. Published by the Melrose Press, Men of Achievement was a compendium containing thousands of brief biographies of noteworthy figures from around the world.

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Original first issue of the Durham Whiffs comic book from 1878 (Vol. I, No. 1), eight pages, 6.25 x 8.75, distributed to promote tobacco usage to children. The front and back covers feature color comics of a school setting, and inside are cartoons showing people smoking set alongside playful rhymes. In fine condition.

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ALS in French, one page both sides, 5.25 x 7.25, October 4, 1864. The letter, in part (loosely translated): "I’ve delayed a bit to answer you, desiring to give you some positive information. Unfortunately, I cannot apprise you where the edition of your work is [regarding sales and finances]. It would be necessary to do an inventory, and we would still not have an exact figure, because all t…

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ALS in French, one page, 5.25 x 8, black-bordered stationery, May 12, 1881. Letter written from Medan, in full (loosely translated): "Someone absolutely disappointed/deceived you regarding my relations and my influence. I live apart and I would not know how to recommend you with anyone. You ask me at least some advice. My incompetence is great; it seems to me that should find that easily. Look in…

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Group of five items signed by authors and artists, including: Ken Kesey (ANS); Robert Bloch (ALS); Patrick Bailey (sketch); and Roy Lichtenstein (print). In very good to fine condition, with light staining to Bloch.

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