Lot #8016
Helen Keller Signed Book

"From the little girl who sees with her soul"—a 12-year-old Helen Keller inscribes a book for Frances Cleveland, soon to be America's first lady for the second time

Estimate: $7500+

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Description

"From the little girl who sees with her soul"—a 12-year-old Helen Keller inscribes a book for Frances Cleveland, soon to be America's first lady for the second time

Rare signed book: Helen Keller: Souvenir of the First Summer Meeting of the America Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf. Second edition. Washington, D.C.: Volta Bureau, 1892. Softcover, 10.75 x 13.75. Signed and inscribed by a 12-year-old Helen Keller on the first free end page in pencil to Frances Cleveland, the wife of former U.S.President Grover Cleveland, "To Mrs. Cleveland—From the little girl who sees with her soul, Helen Keller, Tuscumbia, Alabama, November fourth 1892." In very good to fine condition, with a stain and small edge tears to the signed page; the reinforced covers are soiled and stained, interior pages have edge stains that increase throughout the book, and there is paper loss to the final two pages and back cover.

Distributed gratis to members of the America Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, this uncommon memento contains a brief outline of Keller's early history, an account of her remarkable acquisition of speech, and two of her handwritten letters in facsimile. An impressively scarce publication augmented by Keller's very early signature and its close proximity to national history—four days later, Grover Cleveland was elected to serve his second term as president of the United States, making him the first and to date only person in American history to be elected to a non-consecutive second presidential term.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: August 24 - September 25





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