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1 Curtis, George William. Autograph Letter, Signed.

Dated New York, February 4, 1873, to "The President". "My dear Sir, I have received a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury in regard to the nomination of Mr. Benedict. I have written him in reply, and I have requested him, if he should advise you to withdraw the nomination, to lay my letter before you....I beg you with all my heart not to yield to a technical or literal affection. Most respectfully and most truly yours...". The president was Ulysses S. Grant, his Treasury Secretary was George S. Boutwell. The nomination of James L. Benedict, long time employee at the New York Custom House, was withdrawn. There is no evidence that this letter was ever seen by Grant. Top positions at the United States Customs were political appointments and routinely changed when new administrations were elected, a situation which Curtis tried to change by strengthening the civil service system. In a letter to Grant dated 6 weeks after this one, March 18, 1873, Curtis wrote: “As the circumstances under which several important appointments have been recently made seem to me to show an abandonment both of the spirit and the letter of the Civil Service regulations, I respectfully resign my position as a member of the advisory board of the Civil Service.” (quoted in Gordon Milne’s bio of Curtis, 1956, p. 145). Curtis continued his efforts at reform, having better success with Chester A. Arthur, president from 1881-1885. Benedict, during his long tenure in minor posts in New York, supervised Richard Henry Stoddard and Herman Melville. One sheet, folded to make four pages, two are used. Folded for mailing. Edges chipped with some loss of paper but not of text. Remains of mounting glue. Folds tender. In Good condition. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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2 Curtis, George William. Autograph signature, in pencil.

Clipped from a larger piece, glued to a 2" x 3" paper, a Good specimen. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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3 Curtis, G.W. George William. Autograph signature.

Clipped from a letter, pasted to a slightly larger pink paper, 1" x 3". A Good specimen. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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4 Curtis, George William. Cabinet Photograph of George William Curtis, Signed.

Imprint of the Pach Bros., New York. A bust portrait, looking to his left, Curtis is about 55. Inscribed and signed on the back of the card: "Miss Fanny from her friend George William Curtis. Ashfield, Mass. 28 September, 1884." In Fine condition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Curtis, George William. Carte de Visite Photograph of George William Curtis.

Imprint of Warren's, Boston, a bust portrait, Curtis is about 60. The card trimmed at the bottom, else Fine. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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6 Curtis, George William. Early Letters of George William Curtis to John S. (Sullivan) Dwight: Brook Farm and Concord.

New York and London: Harpers, 1898. First edition. Original gilt- and red-decorated cloth. Edited by George Willis Cooke. Valuable as a contemporary discussion of Brook Farm; most accounts by eye-witnesses were written 30 or more years after the fact.d Curtis was 19 when he "boarded" at Brook Farm, he never became a member. One of the letters explains in detail his reasons for not "associating". A Very Good copy. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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7 Curtis, G.W. George William. Nile Notes of a Howadji; Or, the American in Egypt.

London: Henry Vizetelly, no date but 1852. First English edition (see under BAL 4259). Original illustrated paper boards. Presented twice: "From G.W.C. Oct. 11, 1852" on the endpaper and "John S. Dwight from his friend G.W.C. May 1853" on the title. Curtis and Dwight probably met at Brook Farm in 1841. Spine perished, front board detached. A poor copy, but a superb association. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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8 Curtis, George William. Orations and Addresses of George William Curtis.

Three volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1894. First edition. Original reddish-brown cloth, gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut. Errata slip in each volume, frontis in v.3. Edited by Charles Eliot Norton. Curtis was at Brook Farm, helped Thoreau build the hut at Walden Pond, was a best-selling travel writer and novelist, edited Putnam's and Harper's Magazines, and was a leader of civil service reform. Charles Dickens said he was the best speaker he had ever heard. Lightly dust-soiled, a Fine set. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 Curtis, George William. Prue and I.

New York: Dix, Edwards, 1856. First edition (BAL 4270). Original green T cloth, gilt, blue-coated endpapers, state A of the spine lettering. A little wear, soiling, a Very Good copy. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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10 Curtis, George William. Prue and I.

New York: Dix, Edwards, 1856. First edition (BAL 4270, binding A). Original green cloth, gilt lettered, ruled in blind, 214 pp. Laid in is an autograph letter, signed, from Curtis to publisher James T. Fields, dated Oct. 2, 1861. "You do not know how glad and touched I am that my little sketch goes with my friend's book." Fields was about to publish Theodore Winthrop's "Cecil Dreeme", with a biographical sketch by Curtis. Theodore Withrop was a Union officer, killed early in the War. Several of his novels were published posthumously and many received numerous reprints. "William Winthrop (Theodore's brother) goes again at once to the war: a first lieutenant...The youngest sister, Sarah, will be quietly married next Wednesday to a fine young fellow. The family have been hoping to see you...". Curtis invites Fields to visit - Curtis and the Winthrop family lived on Staten Island. "Cecil Dreeme" was published Oct. 25, 1861 (see BAL 23165). The title bears an 1862 date. With the engraved bookplate of Boylston Adams Beal, Fields' wife's nephew, who wound up with a lot of the Fields' books. Just a little rubbing, a few stray marks, spine darkened, gilt dull. Very clean inside. A Very Good copy. 
Price: 335.00 USD
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11 Curtis, George William. The Howadji in Syria.

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1852. First American edition (BAL 4261), the first English was three weeks earlier (London: Richard Bentley, under the title "The Wanderer in Syria"). Original slate or slate-green cloth, gilt-lettered, decorated in gilt and blind, brown-orange coated endpapers. Presentation inscription on the front free endpaper: "Fr. W. Rakeman from his aff. Geo. Wm. Curtis May 3 (or 30), 1852. Jacob Chester Chamberlain's copy, his engraved bookplate. Light foxing, including to the bookplate. A little rubbing, one corner and one edge bumped. A Very Good copy. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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12 Curtis, George William. The Public Duty of Educated Men....Delivered at the Commencement of Union College, June 27th, 1877.

Albany: J. Munsell, Printer, 1878. First edition. Original printed wrappers, 22 pp. With a printed presentation slip from the college president tipped in. Unopened. Wrappers rough along the edges and spine. A Good copy. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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