(Americana : Social History) 3 Vols. & 2 Pieces. Helen Keller - signed books & letters: Keller, Helen. Optimism. New York: Crowell, 1903. First edition. 12mo, original red-embellished gilt-lettered green cloth. Mounted frontispiece portrait. Binding slightly affected by damp, dampstaining to blank bottom fore edge portion of free endpapers and all leaves. Inscribed and signed in pencil on front free endpaper recto, "Sincerely Yours, / Helen Keller." * Keller, Helen. The World I Live In. New York: Century, 1908. First edition. 12mo, original gilt-pictorial and lettered green cloth. Bottom of binding affected by damp, bottom and, to a lesser extent, the fore edge margins of all leaves dampstained. Inscribed and signed in pencil on front free endpaper recto, "Cordially Yours / Helen Keller." * Keller, Helen. The Story of My Life. Garden City: Doubleday, Page, 1922. 12mo, original red leatherette, gilt; spine ends, corners, and edges rubbed. Bottom of binding affected by damp, bottom of endpapers and all leaves dampstained. Inscribed and signed in pencil on front fly recto, "And this is Liberty - / that one grow / after the Law / of his own Life / hindering not / another. / Sincerely / Helen Keller." * Typed Letter Signed (in pencil). Keller, Helen. Forest Hills, N(ew) Y(ork), January 26, 1923. 4 pages, 4to; paper clip residue and impressions at upper margins, to Mr. (S. D.) Green, "...I wish I knew the right word of encouragement to say to my student-friends who are so soon to leave the carefully planned routine of their school days to begin their Great Adventure in a world where the unexpected is always happening... For a time we hold fast to our ideals... most of us succumb to the fatal maladies of the present day, materialism and standardization... You are part of the new hope of the world... May the spirit of justice and liberty move you to great deeds..." * Typed Letter Signed (in pencil). Keller, Helen. Forest Hills, New York, April 27, 1927. 1 page, 4to, to Mr. (S. D.) Green, responding to a request for an autograph, "...I am always glad to do anything I can for a Philadelphian... I am sorry I cannot write the autograph with ink. You see, it is necessary to keep my fingers on the the pencil as I form the letters..."
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