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1 Bierce, Ambrose and G. A. Danziger, CAN SUCH THINGS BE?
Washington: The Neale Publishing Company. 1903. This is a second edition (1st was 1893) with a new preface by Bierce dated 1903. Hardbound in original brick red cloth. Front cover Very slight wear at the spine ends and corner tips, else this is a tight, bright Fine copy of a rare item. Books signed by Bierce are rare and this is particularly so because of whom it was dedicated to. 
This book has the following inscription on the front blank, end paper: "For Carrie Christiansen, with the affection of Ambrose Bierce. Washington D. C., March 26, 1903." Karen Christiansen (also known as Carrie) was Bierce's secretary for many years. This book was acquired from her grand-niece and the book was in the family until we purchased it.. Regarding Karen Christiansen, the following excerpt was taken from a biographical sketch of Bierce and in the portion about his 1913 disappearance states: "Indeed, Paul Fatout in Ambrose Bierce: The Devil''s Lexicographer said: "In late December he (Bierce) was just outside Chihuahua, expecting to move to Ojinaga, partly by rail. Trainloads of troops left Chihuahua every day. . . . He rode in four miles to Chihuahua to mail a letter that spoke of these and other matters, and that was dated December 26, 1913. The rest is silence The letter Fatout attested as having been sent on December 26, 1913, was addressed to Miss Christiansen in Washington, D. C., and was the final communication that was ever received by anyone from Ambrose Bierce. It remains today as the most important piece of evidence that he was, in fact, at Chihuahua City and that he planned to go to Ojinaga, for he said as much to Miss Christiansen in the text. Some detractors, however, speculate that Bierce wrote the draft of the letter in El Paso and gave it to someone to mail from Chihuahua City. In reality, how likely is that? Would Bierce have tried to fool his trusted secretary in Washington?" 
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