Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, has announced that the personal correspondence and manuscripts from the world's greatest authors will be included at their December 18 auction, The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector. Part I of The Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector will take place in Los Angeles and include 300 of the most important manuscripts of the collection. The entire collection has over 3,000 items and will be sold over the next two years. Some of the items included in this auction are:
Charles Dickens evocative and important handwritten manuscript of “In Memoriam,” Dickens’s obituary tribute to William Makepeace Thackeray, his old comrade and brother in arms, dated January 15, 1864. Dickens devotes considerable space to the fiction which Thackeray was at work upon at the time of his death, his unfinished novel Denis Duval. An extraordinary tribute from one great writer to another. The manuscript is expected to fetch $40,000 - $60,000.
Ernest Hemingway typed letter signed (“Ernest”), in pencil, from the Hotel Ambos Mundos, Havana, Cuba, dated March 11, 1940 to his friend Walter Winchell, the American Newspaper Columnist, who had a nationally syndicated column for the New York Daily Mirror(1929-1963). Hard at work on his longest novel, For Whom The Bell Tolls, author Ernest Hemingway writes to Newsman and friend Walter Winchell to calm rumors of his rift with his second wife, Pauline, and comments on his progress. Hemingway’s book For Whom the Bell Tolls was based on an incident in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The letter is pictured above and expected to fetch $10,000 - $15,000.
L. Frank Baum handwritten signed letter, to his son Robert S. Baum, daTed August 1, 1910. The great author of the “Oz” books, provides some sage advice for his son after completing his latest book, The Emerald City of Oz: “The new book 'The Emerald City of Oz’ is just out and is a beauty.” Letters by Baum are rare and the content of the this letter is exceptional. The letter is expected to fetch $15,000 - $25,000.
William Shakespeare First Folio edition of Hamlet. The publication in 1623 of the 36 plays of Shakespeare, known today as the First Folio, was a monumental event in the history of world literature, collecting the theatrical works of an author who is universally recognized today as one of the greatest minds and poets who ever wrote. The First Folio is expected to fetch $15,000 - $25,000.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) handwritten signed letter, to his wife Livy in Paris, dated December 25, 1893. Clemens enthusiastically describes his experiences negotiating a contract with one James W. Paige, inventor of a typesetting machine for which Clemens had formed a company to manufacture and market. The letter is expected to fetch $30,000 - $50,000.
Emily Dickinson rare and important handwritten signed letter, in pencil, to Mrs. Samuel E. Mack, dated Autumn 1884. Mrs. Mack’s efforts to visit Dickinson proved successful, and the poet expresses her pleasure in the visit, quoting a poem of Emily Bronte, ‘Last Lines’, no doubt from memory. Letters by Dickinson are extremely rare. The letter is expected to fetch $20,000 - $30,000.