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ALLAN W. ECKERT MANUSCRIPTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

 

The following manuscripts of writings by Allan W. Eckert, which are listed alphabetically by title, are for sale on a first-come first-served basis to interested individuals. Most are published works; some unpublished. Purchases may be made on Visa or MasterCard credit cards. All sales of these materials are final. Purchaser buys only the actual manuscript itself, not the rights to the work.

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Item # 40 - SOLD

A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh

This biography of approximately 425,000 words, was published in 1991 in both hardcover and paperback editions by Bantam, New York City. This is the original 1,492-page finished manuscript printed on 20-lb.white bond. Has all the marginal handwritten comments and queries from editor and copyeditors to author and the handwritten marginal responses from author to editor and copyeditors, including alterations, revisions, additions, deletions, etc. Also included is Eckert's 63-page cross-referenced index to the work, plus 10 pages of front-matter material. The manuscript is unbound, but boxed. Total of 1,565 pages.

Price: $850.00

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Item # 39 - SOLD

A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh

This biography was published in 1991 in hardcover and paperback editions by Bantam, New York City. This is a full print-out on 20-lb. white bond of the original 1,492-page final manuscript, with marginal handwritten editor's setting instructions to the printer and the printers' responses. Manuscript includes such back-matter as bibliography, principal sources keyed to main text and the extensive amplification notes, but not indexed. The 420,000-word manuscript is unbound but boxed.

Price: $500.00

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Item # 5 - SOLD

Bayou Backwaters

Written for Don Meier Productions of Chicago, producers of the popular Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom TV show, this 30,000-word young adult book was published by Doubleday, Garden City, NY, in 1967. This is the author's own onionskin carbon copy of the original 142-page manuscript, with three additional unnumbered front-matter pages. It is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $75.00

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Item # 3 - SOLD

Blue Jacket

This is a screenplay written by Eckert and adapted from his novel of the same title. This is the author's own 100-page onionskin carbon copy of the original manuscript, plus a two-page phonetic pronunciation guide to the Indian names and terms involved and a one-page list of casting suggestions for the types of actors to fill the principal roles. The 103-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder. This is an unpublished work that was never produced as a film.

Price: $35.00

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Item # 15 - SOLD

Blue Jacket

This is a screenplay written by Eckert and adapted from his novel of the same title. This is a 180-page processional printed presentation version of Eckert's screenplay, plus 11 unnumbered pages of front-matter, including a synopsis of the storyline.manuscript. Bound in a pressed fiber binder, this 191-page manuscript is an unpublished work that was never produced as a film.

Price: $25.00

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Item # 22 - SOLD

Blue Jacket

This is a screenplay written by Eckert and adapted from his novel of the same title. This is a 180-page professional printed presentation version of Eckert's screenplay, plus 10 unnumbered pages of front-matter, including a synopsis of the storyline.manuscript. Bound in a pressed fiber binder, this 190-page manuscript is an unpublished work that was never produced as a film.

Price: $25.00

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Item # 35 - SOLD

Blue Jacket

This is a screenplay written by Eckert and adapted from his novel of the same title. This is a 180-page agent's presentation version of Eckert's screenplay, plus 10 unnumbered pages of front-matter, including a 3-page synopsis of the storyline.manuscript. This 190-page manuscript is an unpublished work that was never produced as a film. Contained in a box, the manuscript's unbound pages are three-hole punched

Price: $20.00

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Item # 18-A, 18-B - SOLD

The Conquerors

Volume III in The Winning of America series. This narrative history was published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, in 1970. The manuscript being offered is the author's own onionskin carbon copy of the original 1,647-page, 300,000-word work, plus 16 pages of front-matter material (including a double-page spread map) and 74 pages of back-matter which includes 47 pages of amplification notes, a 12-page list of Indian characters by tribe (with phonetic pronunciations), a 14-page listing of principal sources, a final en-paper map page, plus numerous in-text maps on unnumbered pages. There are, in the authors own handwriting, scattered marginal notations, revisions and corrections of typographical errors. The entire manuscript, totaling 1,737 pages, is bound in two pressed fiber binders.

Price: $325.00

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Item # 11 - SOLD

The Court-martial of Daniel Boone

This young adult historical novel was published in 1973 by Little, Brown and Company, Boston. The manuscript is the author's own onionskin carbon copy of the original 537-page, 109,700-word work, plus six unnumbered front-matter pages. Contains, in the author's handwriting, marginal notations and revisions. The manuscript being offered is bound in a fiber binding.

Price: $200.00

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Item # 8 - SOLD

The Crossbreed

This is a nature novel initially published in 1968 by Little, Brown and Company of Boston. The manuscript offered is an onionskin carbon copy of the 321-page, 91,500-word original manuscript, plus three unnumbered front-matter pages (including a carbon copy of a letter by Eckert to his friend, Homer Rhode, to whom this work was dedicated and to whom this very carbon copy was originally presented; it was returned to Eckert via Rhode's will after his death in 1976.) There are scattered handwritten corrections by the author of typographical errors. The 324-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $150.00

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Item # 30 - SOLD

The Crossbreed

This is a manuscript of proposed sequences and scenes Eckert was commissioned to write based on this book for a theatrical production to be undertaken by Don Meier Productions, producers of the TV series called Wild Kingdom. Being offered here is a 77-page original manuscript bound in a pressed fiber binder, plus an unbound 35-page manuscript prepared by Eckert as a photographer's guideline shooting script. The entire offering totals 112 pages and is a manuscript that was never published and a project that, due to production difficulties, was never filmed.

Price: $70.00

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Item # 31 - SOLD

The Crossbreed

This is a 24-page original manuscript comprising a script outline and scene-by-scene breakdown of the titled book into shooting segments, as commissioned by Don Meier Productions of Chicago, producers of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom television series. This manuscript was never published and the proposed film was never produced. The manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $25.00

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Item # 32 - SOLD

The Crossbreed

This is a 35-page Xerox copy of a shooting script of major scenes and sequences suggested by Eckert, based on his book of the same title; this work commissioned by Don Meier Productions of Chicago, producers of NBC-TV's Wild Kingdom series. The manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder. This work was never published and the proposed film was never produced.

Price: $25.00

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Item # 37 - SOLD

The Crossbreed

This is a parcel of movie script manuscript material for a film to be based on the book by Eckert of the above title. The work herein was commissioned by Don Meier Productions of Chicago and includes Eckert's own onionskin carbon copy of the 35-page shooting script proposal he wrote of major sequences and scenes (the first few pages sun-stained); plus an onionskin carbon copy of the scene-by-scene breakdown of the book (the outer right-hand edges of the proposal somewhat ragged from use); plus Eckert's 77-page manuscript of detailed scenes from the book that are keyed to the actual published book, which is itself included (the book pages marked to correlate with the scenes manuscript and appearing in the British edition of this work, published by Victor Gollancz, Ltd., London; plus 65 pages of original letters and Xerox copies of correspondence engaged in by Don Meier Productions relative to this project. The entire manuscript packet comprised of 201 pages (not counting the pages of the included published book) is partially bound in a pressed fiber binding and the whole, including the book, wrapped in a large manila folder.

Price: $75.00

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Item # 6 - SOLD

The Dreaming Tree

This is Eckert's somewhat autobiographical novel which was published in 1967 by Little, Brown and Company of Boston. The manuscript offered is the author's own onionskin carbon copy of the work, which was originally entitled The House of Tomorrow. The manuscript has 280 pages, plus 3 unnumbered pages of front matter and includes, in the author's hand, scattered marginal notations and revisions. The entire 80,000-word manuscript, totaling 283 pages, is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: #100.00

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Item # 23

The Frontiersmen

This is Eckert's unpublished, unproduced screenplay for an 8-hour television mini-series based on his book of the same title, which is Volume I of his The Winning of America series. The manuscript is a professional screenplay presentation which includes the first two chapters (one hour's length each) of the proposed mini-series -- 52 manuscript pages for Chapter One, plus 5 pages of front-matter, including a map, and 56 pages for Chapter Two, plus 3 pages of front-matter -- plus a concluding 7-page synopsis of the remaining 6 hours of the proposed mini-series. The entire manuscript is bound in a heavy softcover binder in presentation form by Eckert's film agents, ICM (International Creative Management).

Price: $50.00

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Item # 24 - SOLD

The Frontiersmen

This is Eckert's unpublished, unproduced screenplay for an 8-hour television mini-series based on his book of the same title, which is Volume I of his The Winning of America series. The manuscript is a professional screenplay presentation which includes the first two chapters (one hour's length each) of the proposed mini-series -- 52 manuscript pages for Chapter One, plus 5 pages of front-matter, including a map, and 56 pages for Chapter Two, plus 3 pages of front-matter -- plus a concluding 7-page synopsis of the remaining 6 hours of the proposed mini-series. The entire manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $40.00

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Item # 44 - SOLD

The Goldseekers (Timeline)

This 266-page manuscript is part of Eckert's in-progress research for his narrative history entitled The Goldseekers. The manuscript is a source-coded research chronology timeline of events germane to the California gold rush and covers the period from A.D. 1610 through October 28, 1912. The unbound pages are 3-hole binder-punched and are in a box.

Price: $60.00

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Item # 25 - SOLD

The Great Auk

This Allan W. Eckert's first published book -- an award-winning nature novel published in 1963 by Little, Brown and Company, Boston. The manuscript being offered is a clean, unmarked printout on 20-lb. white bond of the original 172-page, 50,000-word manuscript, plus four unnumbered front-matter pages. The entire manuscript, 176 pages, is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $100.00

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Item # 36-A, 36-B - SOLD

The HAB Theory

This is a printout on 20-lb. white bond of the slightly revised final original manuscript of this highly popular novel, which was first published in 1976 by Little, Brown and Company, Boston. The 320,000-word manuscript has 1,139 pages, plus 6 unnumbered front-matter pages. The entire 1,145-page manuscript is bound in two pressed fiber bindings.

Price: $500.00

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Item # 4 - SOLD

The HAB Theory (research manuscript)

This manuscript is a transcript of three tracks of audio-tape recorded by Eckert on July 9, 1971 during his research interview of Hugh Auchincloss Brown in Douglastown, Long Island, NY. Brown, then 94 years old, was the real-life postulator of the theory that the earth is subject to periodic cataclysms of staggering proportions, due to excessive build-up of ice at the polar caps. Transcriptions of the remaining tapes, recorded over a three-day period, are not available. This manuscript being offered is a 106-page onionskin copy of the original manuscript, which was so important in the writing of Eckert's very popular novel, The HAB Theory. This manuscript is itself an unpublished document.

Price: $50.00

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Item # 21 - SOLD

The HAB Theory (screenplay)

This is a manuscript of the third (and final) draft of a screenplay by Allan W. Eckert and Foy Martin, based on Eckert's novel of the above title. This screenplay draft of 128 pages, plus unnumbered title page, was completed on March 10, 1980 and the 129-page manuscript being offered is bound in a pressed fiber binding. It has never been published and the film has never been produced.

Price: $50.00

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Item # 43 - SOLD

The HAB Theory

This manuscript is the Xeroxed (on 20-lb. white bond) setting copy of the final draft of the 375,000-word novel, The HAB Theory, with all the handwritten marginal comments and queries by editor, copyeditors and printer, and handwritten marginal responses, alterations, revisions, corrections, additions, deletions, etc. by the author. The 1,457-page manuscript is unbound, but boxed.

Price: $750.00

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Item # 7 - SOLD

In Search of a Whale

This young adult nature book was commissioned by Don Meier Production, producers of NBC's Wild Kingdom and, after being written by Eckert, was published by Doubleday and Company, Garden City, NY, in 1969. This is the author's own onionskin carbon copy of the original 232-page manuscript, plus four preliminary unnumbered pages detailing photos which appeared in the book. Scattered throughout are the author's handwritten marginal notations and corrections of typographical errors. The full 236-page, 65,000-word manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $75.00

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Item # 16 - SOLD

Incident at Hawk's Hill

Winner of the coveted Newbury Honor Book Award and a selection of the Reader's Digest Condensed Books, this young adult novel was first published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, in 1971. It has been in continuous publication for the past 30 years and has been translated into 13 foreign languages. The manuscript being offered is the author's own onionskin carbon copy of the original 259-page, 55,000-word final manuscript, plus four unnumbered front-matter pages. Scattered instances of the author's handwritten clarifications appear in the text. The full 263-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $275.00

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Item # 13 - SOLD

Koo-Tan

This screenplay manuscript was written by Eckert in 1972 under commission from Don Meier Productions of Chicago, producers of NBC's Wild Kingdom. The manuscript is the author's own onionskin and Xerox copy of the original 124-page manuscript, plus 18 preliminary pages. Throughout the manuscript the author has handwritten on the margins various revisions and corrections of typographical errors. The full, 142-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder. This film was produced and distributed to movie theaters across the nation.

Price: $40.00

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Item # 1 - SOLD

Koo-Tan (revisions)

This 100-page manuscript bound in a pressed fiber binder includes 7 pages of rough sketches by the author, depicting scenes described in the text; three handwritten pages by the author of revisions to be made to the shooting script; six xeroxed pages of original shooting script, with handwritten revisions by author; 13 handwritten revisions made by Eckert of various scenes; three original typewritten pages containing commercial introductory statement for Marlin Perkins to speak in a studio setting; two Xeroxed heading pages with Eckert's handwritten revisions; two original type pages dated July 28, 1972 depicting opening and closing scenes and dialog; 14 carbon copy pages of the original script with Eckert's handwritten notations and revisions; 36 Xeroxed pages of original script with both handwritten and typed revisions by Eckert, dated October 20, 1972; 14 original typed pages of script, including the title page plus three script prologue pages, and the revised closing, comprised of 10 original typed pages. The theatrical production was ultimately produced from this work and successfully distributed to theaters nationwide.

Price: $30.00

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Item # 29 - SOLD

Opal-Logue

This is the author's own copy of a 3,000-word article manuscript he prepared for Lapidary Journal magazine and which subsequently appeared in the issue of June, 1993. It was originally titled "Virgin Valley's Huge Opalized Log" and included, in addition to the article text, 5 pages of photo captions, plus two pages captioning a composite photo, plus eight 8"x10" color photos. This 27-page manuscript is unbound, but held together in a pocketed white cardboard folder.

Price: $25.00

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Item # 10 - SOLD

The Owls of North America

This book, written by Eckert and illustrated with paintings and sketches by Karl E. Karalus, was published by Doubleday & Co., New York City, in 1973. The manuscript being offered is Eckert's own onionskin carbon copy of the original 220,000-word, 847-page manuscript, plus 28 unnumbered pages of front-matter, including 13 pages of sketch placement suggestions, the title page, a page of dust jacket illustration captions, a dedication page, six pages of table of contents, a 3-page list of color plates, and a 3-page acknowledgment section. The manuscript also contains Xerox copies of some 60 owl species distributional maps. The full 875-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binding.

Price: $300.00

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Item # 17 - SOLD

Return to Hawk's Hill

This manuscript is the author's printout file copy on 20-lb. white bond of the original final 182-page, 50,000-word final manuscript, plus an unnumbered dedication page. The book, sequel to Eckert's Newbury Award-winning Incident at Hawk's Hill, was published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, in 1998. The full 183-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binding.

Price: $175.00

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Item # 28 - SOLD

Return to Hawk's Hill

This manuscript is the author's Xerox copy of the original 182-page, 50,000-word original manuscript, plus 2 unnumbered front-matter pages and a separate 7-page timeline chronology of the book's events. The manuscript is marginally marked (in pencil) by queries, comments and suggestions by the editor and (in red ink) with marginal handwritten responses by the author. This sequel to Incident at Hawk's Hill was published in 1998 by Little, Brown and Company, Boston. Price:

$200.00

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Item # 34 - SOLD

Return to Hawk's Hill

This is a set of the final galley page proofs for this book from Little, Brown and Company, Boston. The book, published by Little, Brown in 1998, is the sequel to the award-winning Incident at Hawk's Hill and in addition to the 192 pages of text there are 10 unnumbered pages of front-matter, including a map drawn by the author. The full 202-page, 50,000-word manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $50.00

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Item # 47 - SOLD

Return to Hawk's Hill

This is a set of the initial galley sheets provided by the publisher, Little, Brown of Boston, and proofread by the author, with handwritten corrections noted and tabbed by the author. This book, published in 1998, is the sequel to the popular Incident at Hawk's Hill, which was also published by Little, Brown a quarter-century earlier. The 192 pages of galley sheets are not bound, but are boxed.

Price: $40.00

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Item # 49 - SOLD

Return to Hawk's Hill

Young adult novel published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, in 1998 as a sequel to the much earlier Incident at Hawk's Hill. This 184-page, 50,000-word manuscript is the final full original manuscript printout with all the handwritten marginal comments and questions by the editor and handwritten marginal responses by the author. Unbound pages, but boxed.

Price: $250.00

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Item # 2 - SOLD

Tecumseh!

Xeroxed 71-page typescript of original 71-page outdoor drama manuscript prepared by Eckert under commission from the Scioto Society of Chillicothe, Ohio, where the drama is produced each year, six nights per week, from early June to early September and has become one of the foremost outdoor dramas in the United States. This transcript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $25.00

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Item # 12 - SOLD

Tecumseh!

This is the playwright's own onionskin carbon copy of the original 175-page manuscript, plus 3 unnumbered pages of front matter. This manuscript of one of the most successful outdoor dramas in the United States includes the author's handwritten marginal revisions and typographical error corrections. The 178-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder. The drama has been in production at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater near Chillicothe, Ohio since its original premiere in 1973.

Price: $50.00

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Item # 14 - SOLD

Tecumseh!

This is a Xerox copy of the author's playscript for the outdoor drama performed regularly since 1973 at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater near Chillicothe, Ohio. This copy is marked with the author's handwritten marginal comments and notations to Duane Butler, director of the production, in regard to changes Butler has suggested for scene blocking and dialog delivery. There is also a diagram of the stage areas. This 83-page manuscript is unbound but held together by a sturdy clip on the upper left hand corner.

Price: $20.00

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Item # 20 - SOLD

Tecumseh!

This is the 109-page professionally produced playscript for cast members in Eckert's popular outdoor drama, Tecumseh!, which has been in regular production at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater near Chillicothe, Ohio, since 1973. This playscript of 109 pages has an additional 22-page publication detailing initial production notes for cast members. The work is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $20.00

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Item # 19-A, 19-B, 19-C, 19-D - SOLD

That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley

Published in hardcover and trade paperback in 1995 by Bantam of New York City. This is the complete 20-lb. bond printout of the original 500,000-word, 1,618-page manuscript, plus 117 pages of Roman-numbered front-matter (which includes the 107-page prologue. The manuscript includes numerous marginal and in-text handwritten queries, comments, revisions, corrections, additions and deletions -- written in green by editor and copyeditors and responses in red by the author. The full 1,735-page manuscript is bound in four pressed fiber binders.

Price: $600.00

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Item # 41 - SOLD

That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley

This is a set of the printers setting copy of actual book-page galley, with all marginal printer instructions. This set includes an extra 117-page copy of the prologue, plus 33 pages of word-change record sheets by the author, 14-page index created by the author, the 12-page bibliography section, the 3-page source codes section, the 11-page section of sources keyed to chapters, the full 117-page amplification note section, a 20-page style sheet established by the publisher, Bantam, of NYC (1995), and the main text of 1,454 pages -- for a total manuscript of 500,000 words (1,781 pages). The manuscript is unbound but boxed.

Price: $500.00

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Item # 42 - SOLD

That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley

This is the actual full original manuscript of this narrative history published in 1995 in both hardcover and trade paperback by Bantam, NYC. This manuscript includes all the handwritten marginal notations by the author, editor, copyeditors and printer; these notations including queries, comments, suggestions, additions, deletions and correction of typographical errors. The manuscript is 1,616 pages, plus a 138-page full set of the amplification notes and 39 pages of index. The final manuscript of 1,832 pages -- 500,000 words -- is comprised of unbound pages in a box.

Price: $850.00

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Item # 46 - SOLD

That Dark and Bloody River: Chronicles of the Ohio River Valley

This packet includes the author-corrected and indexed final galley page proofs for the publisher, Bantam, NYC, for this book which Bantam published in hardcover and trade paperback editions in 1995. The 864 pages of galley sheets are unbound, but boxed.

Price: $125.00

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Item # 50 - SOLD

The Twilight Sleep

Unpublished 3,672-word short story written by Eckert while he was a 16-year-old junior in high school. A rather transparent tale, but shows some promise. Sheets are stapled together at upper left corner.

Price: $20.00

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Item # 33 - SOLD

The Wand

A children's fantasy which is the sequel to The Dark Green Tunnel and Volume 2 in Eckert's series called The Mesmerian Annals. It was published in 1984 by Little, brown and Company, Boston. This manuscript is the full printout on 20-lb. white bond of the original 45,500-word, 197 page manuscript, plus 6 unnumbered front-matter pages. This full 203-page manuscript is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $150.00

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Item # 9-A, 9-B - SOLD

Wilderness Empire

Volume II in The Winning of America series, published in 1968 by Little, Brown and Company of Boston. This manuscript is an onionskin carbon copy of the original 275,000-word, 1,471-page manuscript, plus 14 unnumbered pages of front-matter and 64 unnumbered pages of back-matter. Included are scattered handwritten corrections by the author of typographical errors. The initial title page includes the author's handwritten note to his friend, Homer Rhode, to whom this book was dedicated and to whom this carbon copy was given; the copy returned via Rhode's will after his death in 1976. The full, 1,548-page manuscript is bound into two volumes in pressed fiber binders.

Price: $450.00

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Item # 26 - SOLD

The World of Opals

Nonfiction work published in 1997 by John Wylie and Sons of NYC. This manuscript is the author's 173-page cross-referenced index compiled to the publisher's page proofs. It is bound in a pressed fiber binder.

Price: $10.00

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Item # 27 - SOLD

The World of Opals

This manuscript is an 18-page, 6,225-word transcription of audio tapes recorded by Eckert during his June 21-July 6 opal research trip from Ohio to Virgin Valley, Nevada, with his friend, Alan Vogel. Data collected at the opal mines in Virgin Valley were integral to the writing of The World of Opals. This manuscript transcription has never been published.

Price: $15.00

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Item # 38 - SOLD

The World of Opals

This is the original 1,398-page manuscript published in 1997 by John Wiley and Sons of New York City. It includes all the photo captions, photo layout and usage memos, pages of miscellaneous notes and comments between author and editor, correspondence with publisher, acknowledgments, dust jacket copy, black-and-white Xerox copies of color plates, Xeroxed photos with captions, printer layout instructions, bibliography and main copy marked with handwritten marginal comments, questions and responses by editor and author. The full 1,398-page volume is not bound, but it is boxed.

Price: $600.00

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Item # 45 - SOLD

The World of Opals

Full set of 417-pages of galley sheets of the work, provided by the publisher, John Wiley and Sons, NYC, to be checked for typographical (or other) errors by the author. Published in 1997. Galley sheets are unbound, but boxed.

Price: $50.00

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Item # 48 - SOLD

The World of Opals

Nonfiction work published in 1997 by John Wiley and Sons, NYC. This manuscript is the final corrected Xerox copy of the complete work, including text copy, photos, captions, bibliography, etc. Included are all the marginal handwritten notations, comments, queries, and responses by editor and author. The 600-page manuscript is unbound, but boxed.

Price: $500.00