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Very scarce third-person ALS signed within the text as “Miss Barrett,” one page, 3.5 x 2.5, June 2, 1844. Handwritten letter addressed from her London home at 50 Wimpole Street, in full: "Miss Barrett presents her compliments to Mess'rs Wiley & Putnam, & will be obliged by their forwarding the accompanying letter (containing proofs) as before, to Mr. Cornelius Mathews, at …

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Appealing ink signature, "Truly yours, Mark Twain," on an off-white 3.5 x 2 card. Attractively double-matted and framed with a plaque and photo to an overall size of 22 x 18. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

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Ink signature, "Truly yours, S. L. Clemens, Mark Twain,” on an off-white 3.5 x 2 card. In fine condition. A desirable twice-signed example.

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Ink signature, "Faithfully yours, Charles Dickens," on an off-white 4.5 x 2 slip affixed to a slightly larger scrapbook page. In very good to fine condition, with a central fold and light stains. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA.

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Prolific French writer (1802-1870) known for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. AQS in French, signed "Al. Dumas," one page, 5.25 x 8.25, no date. Dumas writes, in full (translated): "Inscription taken from a cemetery in Sebastopol: United for the victory / Reunited in the evening / Of the soldier is the glory / Of the soldier is the more." In fine condition, with…

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AQS on an off-white 5.75 x 4.5 album page. Frost pens a line from his poem 'Mending Wall,' in full: "Something there is that doesn't love a wall, Robert Frost." In fine condition, with light edge toning and scattered light foxing, all easily matted out. First published in 1914's North of Boston, 'Mending Wall' has become one of the most-anthologized and studied pieces of A…

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Personal check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Kerouac, "Jack Kerouac," payable to Director of Internal Revenue for $5639.72, April 14, 1959. In fine condition.

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Notorious French novelist and playwright (1740-1814) whose violent sexual escapades and depravity-infused works gave rise to the word 'sadism.' ALS in French, signed “Sade,” one page, 6 x 8, February 2, 1793. Handwritten letter to Citizen Gauthier, in full (translated): "Citizen d'Anetoville who is good enough to undertake my business with you will explain to you, my dear l…

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Highly desirable handwritten poem on an off-white 10 x 8 sheet, signed at the conclusion in ink, "S. F. Smith, Written in 1823." Smith pens the four original verses of "America" in their entirety, beginning: "My country, 'tis of thee, / Sweet land of liberty, / Of thee I sing; / Land where my fathers died, / Land of the pilgrims' pride, / From every mountain side, / Let freedom ring." In …

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LS in French, signed “Voltaire,” one page, 3.75 x 6.25, July 15, 1776. Letter written from his home at Ferney, lamenting financial losses caused by the sinking of a ship. In full (translated): "I place into your hands, Monsieur, a small act of atonement for the breaches that I have caused and that I made a great deal larger before the end of the year. It is no easy thing to build a city when one l…

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An off-white 3.75 x 2.25 card signed in fountain pen by Walt Whitman, who below adds a few lines regarding his 1882 work 'Specimen Days and Collect'—"'Specimen Days' autobiograph complete prose writings etc (one vol) will be out 15th—Rees Welsh & Co: Philadelphia, publisher." Double-matted and framed with an artistic portrait of Whitman to an overall size of 13 x 1…

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Thirteen items signed by American writers of note, many with good content. Includes: Christopher Morley (TLS, "As for the examination paper on 'Ex Libris Carissimis,' that gives me the most amused and excited satisfaction. The parallel with Tom Sawyer is a shrewd punctuation!" and ALS, "If life brought Doctor Johnson to his knees, / It may bring others also if you please—Bachelors o…

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ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, impressively illustrated personal letterhead, February 20, 1993. Handwritten letter on his literary influences, in part: "Writers who have influenced me: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells, Alexander Pope, John Collier, Eudora Welty, Jessamyn West, Edith Wharton, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, G. B. Shaw! Whew!" In fine condition.

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Nine items signed by writers with roots in Great Britain or Continental Europe, most with good content. Includes: C. P. Snow (TLS, "most characters and situations in a novel have some origin in real life"); A. E. W. Mason (ALS, "It was very kind of you to write and say that you liked the book"); E. Phillips Oppenheim (signature); Max Pemberton (TLS, about a dinner for Sir Wemyss Reid); Lawrence D…

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Vintage ink signature, "Edgar Rice Burroughs, Los Angeles, May 24, 1926,” on an off-white 3.75 x 1.75 card. Matted with a photo of the Tarzan scribe to an overall size of 11 x 16. In very fine condition.

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TLS, one page, 6 x 9.5, The Shoreham letterhead, March 1, 1947. Letter to editor William Targ of the World Publishing Company, in full: "Appreciation is hereby extended for your review of 'The Butterfly.' I found it very understanding, and accordingly enjoyed reading it. Some day, not too far distant, I hope to see it under the well known hemispheric imprimatur." In fine condition.

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Glossy 4 x 6 Random House publicity photo of Capote, signed in the lower border in blue felt tip. Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 10.5 x 12.5. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

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Pen name of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), best known for such works as the Claudine series, La Chatte, and Gigi. Untranslated ALS in French, signed “Colette,” one page on a 5.5 x 3.5 postcard depicting the rue Tracastel, no date. In fine condition.

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British author (1824-1889) regarded as the first British detective story writer. ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, personal monogrammed letterhead, January 12, 1881. Handwritten letter to Jane Ward, in part: "Four days since I ought to have thanked you for that charming token of remembrance and kindness. My only excuse is that I am smothered in the folds of 'The Black Robe.…

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Otsego County Bank check, 5.75 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Cooper, "J. Fenimore Cooper," payable to Peter Gile for $10, May 12, 1843. The check is affixed to a slightly larger sheet. In fine condition.

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American playwright and theater director (1878-1958) known for her well-crafted plays that often dealt with feminist themes. Two letters by Crothers to famous stage actress Katharine Cornell: a TLS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8.5, June 10, [no year], about the play 'When Bill Comes Back,' in part: "There is work and work to be done on the play of course—only about two…

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Desirable ink signature, "Lewis Carroll—alias, C. L. Dodgson,” on an off-white 4.25 x 2 irregularly trimmed slip. In fine condition.

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French writer and dramatist (1824-1895) best known for Camille and for being the illegitimate son of famed novelist Alexandre Dumas. Three untranslated ALSs in French, each signed "A. Dumas, f.," two penned on cards and one written on a 4.5 x 7 sheet, all undated. In overall fine condition, with some rusty paperclip impressions.

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Prolific French writer (1802-1870) known for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. ALS in French, signed twice, “Al. Dumas,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 4 x 5.25, no date. Unique 'double' handwritten letter by Dumas, signed twice. Addressed on the reverse in Dumas's hand. In very good to fine condition, with some minor paper loss, and a…

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