Established in 1982, James S. Jaffe Rare Books specializes in rare books, manuscripts and letters, literary first editions, association copies, poetry, private press books, livres d'artistes, illustrated books, and literary art and artifacts. We are also privileged to assist writers in the appraisal and sale of their literary archives, and over the course of the past thirty-seven years have represented a number of the most important contemporary American poets in placing their papers. We welcome offers of rare books and manuscripts, original photographs and prints, and art and artifacts of literary and historical interest. We issue catalogues annually, and e-lists on a regular basis.
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Rare Books, Manuscripts, Literary Art - December 2015 We are pleased to announce our new catalogue of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Literary Art, which includes original manuscripts by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton; inscribed books by Nathaniel Hawthorne; original art by Morris Cox of the Gogmagog Press; archives and letters by John Cheever and David Markson; comprehensive collections of works by Phillip Levine and Gore Vidal; and first editions by James Agee, John Ashbery, Samuel Beckett, Walter Benjamin, Elizabeth Bishop, Kate Chopin, Cyril Connolly, Miguel Covarrubias, William Everson, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, James Joyce, Primo Levi, Robert McAlmon, Thomas Mann, Herman Melville, Paul Muldoon, Robert Musil, George Orwell, Fernando Pessoa, Ezra Pound, James Schuyler, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth and W. B. Yeats, many of them signed or inscribed.
Modern American Poetry An illustrated 108-page catalogue devoted to rare and important works of Twentieth Century American poetry, 331 items, including first editions, mostly signed and inscribed, association copies, original letters, photographs, as well as significant collections of the works of John Ashbery, James Merrill, Philip Levine and Wallace Stevens.