GEORGE ELIOT [MARY ANNE EVANS] — WRITES TO ALEXANDER MAIN REGARDING THE PRONUNCIATION OF HER FOURTH NOVEL, ROMOLA, — AND HER LIFE WITH GEORGE LEWES
EVANS, MARY ANNE. (1819-1880) Writing under the pen name ‘George Eliot’; Mary Anne Evans was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era; Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological insight; she wrote seven novels: Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “M.A. Lewes,” on The Priory, 21 North Bank, Regents Park letterhead. January 2, 1875. Four full pages, octavo. Very fine condition.
EMILY DICKINSON QUOTES EMILY BRONTE
‘THOUGH EARTH AND MAN WERE GONE AND SUNS AND UNIVERSE CEASED TO BE AND THOU WERE LEFT ALONE, EVERY EXISTENCE WOULD EXIST IN THEE’
DICKINSON, EMILY. (1830-1886). American reclusive poet; unrecognized in her own time, yet now praised for her style and brilliance, and the integrity of her vision. Exceeding-rare, and highly important Autograph Letter Signed, “Emily”, in pencil. Three pages, octavo. [Amherst, Autumn 1884], to Mrs. Samuel E. Mack. In very fine condition.
PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS IN THE WAKE OF THE “X,Y,Z AFFAIR” ADDRESSES THE CITIZENS OF HAMILTON, MASSACHUSETTS: “DURING MY ADMINISTRATION; THE ZEAL TO CONVINCE THE WORLD, THAT WE ARE NOT A DIVIDED PEOPLE; THEIR OFFER OF THEIR PROPERTY AND LIVES, TO SUPPORT THE HARD-EARNED LIBERTY OF THEIR COUNTRY; AND THEIR CONFIDENCE UNDER HEAVEN, THAT WE SHALL BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE MOST POWERFUL EFFORTS, AND MACHINATIONS OF FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC ENEMIES”
ADAMS, JOHN. (1735-1826). Second President of the United States, Signer of Declaration of Independence. Exceedingly choice Manuscript Letter boldly Signed, “John Adams”, as President, just days after making the details of the ‘X,Y,Z Affair’ known to Congress. One full page, small quarto. Philadelphia, May 19, 1798. To: ‘The Inhabitants of: The Town of Hamilton in the State of Massachusetts”.
D.H. LAWRENCE TO SARA TEASDALE — ACKNOWLEDGING RECEIPT OF HER FLAME AND SHADOW COLLECTION OF POETRY — “ONE MUST HARDEN ONES HEART AND LAST, OR DIE OF IT. AS FOR ME, IT RESOLVES IN TO A LONG FIGHT. AND ONE SEES THE SWORD IN EVERYTHING”
LAWRENCE, D.H. (1885-1930). English novelist, poet and essayist. Terrific Autograph Letter Signed, “D.H. Lawrence”. One full page, quarto. To poet Sara Teasdale. “Villa Fontana Vecchia, Taormina”, January 28, 1921. Very fine condition.
HENRY JAMES — TO THE WIFE OF ARTIST SIR LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA
JAMES, HENRY. (1843-1882). American writer; born in New York City, he resided in London from 1876 and became a naturalized British citizen in 1915; author of The American (1877), The Europeans (1878), Daisy Miller (1879), Washington Square (1881), The Bostonians (1886), and The Tragic Muse (1890). Autograph Note Signed, “Henry James”, on a 16mo. card. “3 Bolton Court”, London, February 12, no year.
A SIMPLY SUPERB LETTER OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD — “THE FITZGERALDS ARE SLOWLY ROTTING LIKE THE OTHER SURVIVORS OF OUR PERIOD. WE HAD A HELL OF A GOOD TIME WHEN IT LASTED THOUGH, WHICH IS MORE THAN CAN BE SAID OF YOUR GENERATION”
“…AND ARMY PEOPLE, LIKE JEWS, ARE OPPRESSIVE IN CROWDS WITH THEIR DAMNED HIERARCHY….”
FITZGERALD, F(RANCIS) SCOTT. (1896-1940). American writer; author of: The Great Gatsby, as well as This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned, and Tender is the Night; Fitzgerald is best known for chronicling the excesses and tribulations of the Jazz Age. Superb, and very scarce Typed Letter Signed, “Scott Fitz”.
PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON AT WAR! — WITH THE BARBARY PIRATES — DURING A LULL IN THE TRIPOLITAN WAR, HE ASSURES MARYLAND CONGRESSMAN NICHOLSON THAT HE EXPECTS NO EXPANSION OF HOSTILITIES, AND IS THEREFORE REDUCING AMERICA’S NAVAL FORCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN — “CERTAINLY NEITHER ECONOMY NOR PRUDENCE PERMITS TO KEEP IN ACTUAL SERVICE ALL THE FORCE WHICH MIGHT BE NECESSARY IN THE WORST STATE OF THINGS; FOR THEN WE OUGHT TO KEEP A LARGE STANDING ARMY…”
JEFFERSON, THOMAS. (1743-1826). 3rd President of the United States; and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Important Autograph Letter Signed, as President, to Joseph H. Nicholson, noted politician and statesman from Maryland. Washington, D.C. February 23, 1803. One very full page, quarto.