A manuscript edition in original bindings of Thoreau's The Writings, signed by the publisher and with an original manuscript sheet from Thoreau's journal brought $9,000. The leaf begins: "However, [in pencil: 'the greater part of'] our most brilliant trees are peculiarly American; and whether they do not attain to equal or considerable brightness when transplanted into England, I do not know..."
The first appearance of Carroll John Daly's The Snarl of the Beast with a true first state dust jacket, 1927, sold for $8,400. The only other known dust jacket lists titles that were printed in 1931. Daly is considered the inventor of the hard-boiled detective genre, and The Snarl and the Beast was his second novel.
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