Women

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The author and poet, most famous for her poem America the Beautiful, requests a copy of Richard Hakluyt's translation of Ferdinando de Soto's "Virginia Richly Valued…" The signed document, dated "Sept 8" no year, is a library request slip and signed in full: "Katherine Lee Bates". The 8 x 3.5 slip is mounted to a still card stock of the same size. [#4751]

$200.00
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Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author

Letter signed on her personal stationery Perkasie, Pennsylvania April 5, 1958. Buck writes to Emanuel Friedman about a business proposal or request for an engagement and lets him know her business agent will be in touch with him. The letter is boldly signed “Pearl S. Buck” and is in excellent condition. [#1046]

$125.00
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First Lady. ALS on Executive Mansion stationery May 8, 1888. One page letter about going to a concert. Signed in full "Frances F. Cleveland". Silked with some light toning around the edgesedges. Nice display example. [#1870]

$125.00
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Mamie Eisenhower – signed photo, almost certainly as First Lady. This is a nice White House photo. The image is roughly 7.5 x 7.5 printed on heavy paper/light card stock measuring 8 x 10. Mamie has added a large signature running almost the entire length of the border. [#4306]

$125.00
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Rare

Caroline C. Fillmore - second wife to Millard Fillmore. ALS, Clifton Springs, NY, September 1877 to Delia Avery. The four-page letter is written on the front and back on two separate black bordered mourning 8vo sheets, with matching envelope. Fillmore writes about her efforts to find some help and complains about the difficulty of finding someone who is not afraid of hard work and can be discreet. She also discusses her own health and troubles with anxiety. The letter is significantly faded throughout although her signature "C.C. Fillmore" is slightly darker than the rest of her writing. There are several fold tears along the margins. The letter has no strong content and is in below average condition but acceptable due to the rarity of her autograph material. It is extremely hard to find her signature and almost impossible to find a handwritten letter.

The Fillmores married after Millard's presidency. Although not a First Lady by service or time of marriage she was a president's wife and sought after for First Lady collectors.

$750.00
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1st Woman to win a Pulitzer for Drama

Zona Gale, author 2 page ALS Dec. 13, 1934 on a folded four page sheet of stationrry from The Gotham hotel in New York. A brief thank you note for sending some material and mentions she is on her way home to Portage Wisconsin. Gale was a playwright and the first woman to win a Pulitzer for Drama. [#4889]

$75.00
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Lucretia Garfield - First Lady. An autograph letter signed, June 26, 1887 on a small 8vo sheet of black bordered personally monogrammed letterhead. The president's widow thanks publisher-and noted autograph collector - Edward Bok for a copy of the Memorial tributes to Henry Ward Beecher. The famed minister was a public supporter of Garfield's campaign for president and spoke on his behalf. Bok edited and published the small book. Garfield's fine, light handwriting is clear but does not offer strong contrast to the off-white paper. There is a small inch long piece of tape residue on the left border. This letter has nice association to two well known figures. [#5554]

$250.00
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Kate Greenaway British illustrator and author or children’s books. Three page ALS on a small 8vo four page sheet, no date, Holloway London. The famous Victorian illustrator invites someone to visit. [#4784]

$450.00
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Author of Mary Had A Little Lamb and advocate for Thanksgiving Day

Sarah Josepha Hale author, poet and influential editor. One page ALS Febry, 3, 1848(?), to one of her publishers Carey & Hart suggesting that it might be better if they sent her poems to editors in her city than other cities. Hale wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and is credited with pushing Abraham Lincoln to declare a national day of Prayer and Thanksgiving in 1863.

$250.00
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Annie Fellows Johnston -author of children's book series The Little Colonel. Uncommon autograph letter signed April 3, 1924 responding to an autograph request. Johnston's books were wildly successful. She would produce more than a dozen as part of her famous character series. Johnston received so much fan mail that she typically responded with a printed letter explaining she couldn't personally respond. In this case she responded to an autograph request with a full handwritten letter, explain the burden of writing: "It is very hard for me to write on account of the trouble I am having with my eyes". Johnston did not live to see a new wave of fame for her work when her first book The Little Colonel was adapted to a movie in 1935 starring Shirley Temple, Bill Robinson and John Barrymore. The letter is on a 5 x 6.bifoium sheet of personal stationery from The Beeches in Pewee Valley, Kentucky. It includes Johnston's handwritten envelope. [#5704]

$150.00
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First woman to be on a ballot for President

Belva Lockwood one page ALS 1/14/1889, Kansas City, Mo responding to an autograph request. Lockwood was a leading women’s rights advocate breaking several gender barriers. She was the first female attorney to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first to be on ballot for President. Her letters are uncommon to scarce.

$850.00
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Teacher in Space photo and letter

Barbara Morgan – astronaut. Morgan was the backup to Christa McAuliffe on the Challenger Mission. She became the first teacher in space on a completed mission. She has signed this official NASA color phoot “To Dick Daoust wth best wishes Barbara R. Morgan.” It is accompanied with a signed letter on NASA letterhead signed by her with a personalized postscript. The pair are in excellent condition. [#3748]

$150.00
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Poet and author (1835-1908) ALS April (n.y.) on the front and back of a small folded sheet sending a small donation to a charity. [#4657]

$100.00
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Patricia Nixon signed letter on White House stationery, June 2, 1972 signed "Pat Nixon" to Virginia Sherwood expressing sympathy on the death of her son, along with the White House envelope. [#4708]

$125.00
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First Lady- signed letter on blue White House stationery, 3 pages on a folded bifolium 8vo sheet. June 16 [ny]. Taft thanks Mr. Barrett for an orchid that she plans to wear to a luncheon that day. Taft suffered a stroke just a few months into her husband's term as president. She was never a high producer of autographs but the stroke further limited anything she might write or autograph as First Lady. Almost all her correspondence was written by a secretary or her daughter but then signed by her. They are often incorrectly offered as being completely written by her. Her full handwritten signed letters as First Lady are very scarce. Her White House signed letters are uncommon.[#5556]

$300.00
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The Sound of Music's real Maria raises money for Austrian Relief

Baroness Maria von Trapp - signed letter, "Baroness von Trapp" April 2, 1947 on Trapp Family Austrian Relief letterhead, along with 2 period printed photos of her with her daughters. Raising money for their newly formed Relief Fund, the Baroness sends a supporter 100 copies of another general form letter (not present) and stamped envelopes, asking the recipient to mail those out to her friends. The letter contains an interesting error of addressing "Edith" in the salutation but later as "Ethel"in the text. The mistake suggests this was an individually typed form letter sent to a list of people.

Following the war, the family privately sent clothes and modest aid to friends back in their homeland. Learning about the desperate post-war conditions throughout Austria they stepped up their help with a formal Relief Fund, established in January of '47. The stationery lists her husband Georg (Captain) von Trapp as president of the fund, but he died the following month. Some of the money was raised by selling souvenir programs to their concerts, no doubt some being autographed.

The family already had some notoriety as touring performers but nothing close to the recognition that would come later from Maria's book about the family or the play and movie inspired by the book. This is a nice early example of Maria's uncommon signature incorporating her formal social title. The Baroness title is not seen on her later programs, photos, notes and other autograph formats after her husband's death and fame from "The Sound of Music". The letter has particularly nice content related to the war and homeland they fled. (They left by train rather than hiking over the mountains with a platoon of children outpacing the entire German army.)

It includes two contemporary printed 5 x 4 photos of Maria and her daughters in one and one son and the daughters in another on a hillside, presumably with the Green Mountains of Vermont rather than the Swiss Alps in the background. The letters may have been sent with the appeal letter as a small thank you or encouragement to respond.

$600.00
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Kate Douglas Wiggin - author of children's stories and composer. Autograph letter signed on personal stationery, one page on a 5 x 8 bifolium sheet. She accepts an offer of tickets to the play The Basker. She didn't accept the offer too soon: The Basker had a short Broadway run of just two months at the Empire Theatre. The play was written by British playwright Emile Clifford. Believing her work would be more widely accepted if written by a man she adopted the pen name of Clifford Mills.

Wiggin's heavy black ink provides nice contrast against tan or beige paper. She signs with her later married name Kate Douglas Riggs, although professionally she wrote under her own name of Wiggin. Her most famous work was Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. [#5586]

Nov. 28, 1916
Dear Mr. Thomas:
I will call up your office (if I can find it) tomorrow, Wednesday morning & see if it is convenient for you to give us seats for the Basker in the evening, as you so kindly suggested.
Sincerely,
Kate Douglas Riggs

$125.00
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox - poet and author (1850-1919). Although not a household name today her work was significant. Her poem "Solitude" opens with lines most people do recognize today "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone."

Handwritten letter on her personal stationery of The Bungalow in Shore Beach Conn. Responding to a fan on June 15, 1901 she mentions several of her books: "I enclose a circular of my books. My latest is "Three Women", "Custer & Other Poems" & ____ preceded it. --- 100 of my journal articles is now in press. Sincerely yours Ella Wheeler Wilcox."
The book at print was probably "Everyday Thoughts in Prose and Verse"
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$125.00