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Some of our most valuable and collectible items in the Rare Book Room are letters and holographic documents from authors and famous people throughout history. When browsing through these items, be sure to keep in mind an important distinction between letters and holographic documents. While letters can be typed or handwritten, holographic documents are documents that have been completely handwritten in the hand that signed the paper. Some of the letters showcased were written from authors to other writers, and others are personal missives in the form of journals and diaries. As with all delicate and fragile items, careful and appropriate care and handling is required, but these letters are well worth the trouble, as they often provide deep and personal insight into our favorite authors and historical figures.

ARCHIVE OF LETTERS: 21 pages by McCOURT, Frank

1983 - 1990. Letters. Folds from mailing. Near Fine. Superb archive of seven letters from the author of ANGELA'S ASHES to R'Lene Dahlberg, fellow teacher at Stuyvesant High School, friend, wife of author Edward Dahlberg, and muse. Mostly chatty correspo…

From Charles Agvent


Autograph Letter Signed ("Julia Child"), to Mrs. Fairbanks by Child, Julia

Paris, 1953. One and one half page pen and ink letter (26.5 x 21.5 cm.) on single sheet of pale blue Paul Cushing Child stationery, with ink date stamp ("May 18 1953"), addressed, "USIS. 5 Place de Rome, Marseille (B du Rh)". ~ An early letter from Julia…

From Rabelais - Fine Books on Food & Drink


[Autograph Letter, Signed ("Mark"), to James R. Osgood] by Clemens, Samuel L

Hartford, 1875. One page, in ink, on octavo ruled lettersheet. Folded for mailing, else very good or better. To James R. Osgood, then principal of James R. Osgood & Company, and later publisher of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER, and other titles by Clemens an…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


[Original Autograph Letter, Signed ("S. L. Clemens"), to Mrs. Hookway] by Clemens, Samuel L

Stormfield, Redding, CT, 1909. Two pages, in ink, on two panels of a folded oblong quarto sheet of letterhead. Ca. 125+ words. Folded for mailing, tanned from having been at some point framed, a few faint smudges, small chip at lower edge affecting one l…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


The Rise Of David Bowie, 1972-1973, numbered and signed, new in sealed box by Mick Rock

In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and F all of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. With it landed Bowie's Stardust alter-ego: A glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually-ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries betwe…

From Kedarah


President of the Confederate States Writes a Historic, Lengthy and Bitter Letter to His Wife, Varina by DAVIS, JEFFERSON

DAVIS, JEFFERSON. (1808-1889). American secretary of war and president of the Confederate States. ALS. ("Jeff. Davis"). 4pp. 4to. Washington, D.C., January 3 and 4, 1848. To "My Wife," VARINA BANKS HOWELL DAVIS (1826-1906). "After long expectation and pai…

From Lion Heart Autographs Inc


Untitled Story in The Best Short Stories of 1932 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story. With Autograph Letter Signed by Villa, José Garcia

New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1932. First Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth stamped in gold on the cover and the spine, top edge stained red. Mild soiling to cloth and light ripple to lower edges. A very good+ copy in tattered dustjacket with several cr…

From Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB



Cambridge, 1875. One page, on upper panel of folded quarto lettersheet. In ink. Folded for mailing, otherwise about fine. To James Osgood, his publisher, concerning, most likely, THE MASQUE OF PANDORA AND OTHER POEMS. He writes: "Dear Mr. Osgood - I will…

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB



Vietnam, Thailand, and elsewhere in Asia as well as the United States, Europe, and the Middle East ca. 1964-1974: Compiled by Jacob Harris, an American who served as a Senior Police Advisor in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War, 1964 - 1974, 1964…



Autographed Letter Signed on "Headquarters Army of the United States" letterhead by SHERMAN, William T. (1820 - 1891)

Washington, D.C., 1871. unbound. Three-page handwritten letter with outstanding content, 8 x 5 inches, Washington, D.C., June 22, 1871. Written to former Confederate Brigadier General Marcus J. Wright, commander of the District of Atlanta, in full: &quo…

From Argosy Book Store


Typed Letter Signed by KELLER, Helen

1902. September 22 [1902]. Written to Mr. [William V.] Alexander, editor of Ladies Home Journal, who had requested a series of articles from Keller that were later published as The Story of My Life. Keller humbly thanks Alexander for payment for the last …

From Ken Lopez Bookseller, ABAA


TLS-typed Letter Signed "Last Minute Preparations by Tibbets, Paul W

A Signed Statement on the Last Minute Preparations For the Enola Gay signed by Paul W. Tibbets Written shortly after the dropping of the Atomic Bomb about the Last Minute Preparations made on August 5, 1945. Typical of Tibbets typing were strikeovers and…

From Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB


Handwritten letter to Dr Patrick Kelly. by Burney, Dr William

Handwritten letter. Gosport, November 9th 1818. 33cm x 23cm. folded 2pp. From William Burney To Dr P[atrick] Kelly, Finsbury Square, London. With seal. Corners creased. Uniformly lightly toned. Regarding the vacancy for Mathematics Master at The Royal Mat…

From Paul Haynes Rare Books


Autograph letter signed, Radclyffe Hall, to a Miss Stitch regarding an invitation from the Writer's Circle to speak on her novel "Adam's Breed".. by HALL, RADCLYFFE (1880-1943; English poet and author, best known for the ground breaking lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness.):

She writes that she is "greatly honoured that the Circle would care to hear me, and will do my best to give some idea as to how I evolved 'Adam's Breed'. I could speak on Monday October 18th at 6.45, if that will do, but I should like y…

From Bristow and Garland


Handwritten letter, in the original envelope to Sir Evan Cotton by Lord Curzon [Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston]

Handwritten letter, in the original envelope, franked Foreign Office. 6.45pm 21 August 23. 19cm x 12.5cm. 4pp. Foreign Office 1 Carlton House Terrace S.W.1. August 19 1923 to The Editor, Bengal Past and Present, Calcutta Historical Society, Town Hall, Cal…

From Paul Haynes Rare Books


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