* Autograph manuscript signed fair copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem A Psalm of Life
November 1850. 9 stanzas, 36 lines. 3pp. Signed at the end. One of Longfellow's most famous poems, written after the death of his wife and first published in 1838. Although brief excerpts were frequently written by Longfellow for autograph seekers, the complete transcript is rare.
No date. Typescript of 5pp on yellow paper with pencil corrections. Published in Jackson's Let me Tell You : new stories, essays, and other writings
* Original draft The South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson
Autograph manuscript from In the South Seas, from The Marquesas, Letter IX, Fakarava: An Atoll at Hand. c. 1890. Three and a half pages, written on rectos, each cut from a single folio sheet formed by pasting together two smaller sheets. By 1888, the success of Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Kidnapped had brought Stevenson great fame, and led his American publisher McClure to offer Stevenson $10,000 to write about the islands of either the Caribbean or the South Seas. Stevenson chose the South Seas and set sail with his family, eventually settling in Samoa, where he lived until his death in 1894.