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In this bound essay, Julia Ward Howe describes in detail how she came to write one of the more inspirational songs of the Civil War period, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, after travelling near the battle lines in Washington in November, 1861. Two telephone bidders pushed the bidding to $22,500 (£15,515).

Sold for $5000 (£3450) was an inscribed copy of Oscar Wilde’s Intentions... of 1891.