Literature, Music and the Arts

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Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Ward Kimball

Disney Studio – individual drawings from three of the original Disney animators, often referred to as the Nine Old Men who worked so closely with Walt Disney on his early projects. Ollie Johnston draws a bunny in pencil on a 4.5 x 7 sheet; Frank Thomas draws a quick sketch of Mickey taking a golf swing and signs in pencil underneath on an 8 x 10 sheet of paper; Ward Kimball draws a color pencil image of a man wearing a mouse hat and signs in black felt pen on the blank side of an index card.

$1,500.00
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Boston physician and poet (father of the Supreme Court Justice).

Oliver Wendell Holmes - poet, two page ALS, front and back of 8vo sheet. Holmes offers thanks for “…a little memento in the familiar hand-writing of my father. I cherish all such memorials and am gratified to add this to my collection of them. Abiel Holmes was a prominent colonial clergyman and early historian. Abiel of course had a more famous son and grandson. The letter is in excellent condition but the penmanship is quite fine and lighltly penned. [#4787]

$300.00
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letter to Opera star Geraldine Farrer

Herbert Hoover signed letter 2/26/63 on personal stationary to opera star Geraldine Farrer paying tribute but politely declining an invitation to a celebration of her 8oth Birthday. Farrer was a major opera star in the first quarter of the 20th Century. A somewhat touching letter between two celebrities of their day’s, which had passed decades earlier. Hoover’s signature is shaky, showing his age and declining strength in the final year or two of his life. This has much better association than most Hoover letters—which typically have none.

$175.00
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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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On the death of Sara D. Roosevelt's sister (FDR's Aunt)

British novelist and short story writer. Two page letter signed August 16, 1940 to Sara D. Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, expressing her sympathy on the loss of Sara’s sister Deborah Delano Forbes. Nice content about referencing the fall of France and a Bottome’s husband being wounded in WWI. Mrs. Roosevelt has written “acknowledged” in the upper left.Interesting piece for the FDR specialist. [#4673]

$75.00
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Louis Bromfield – American author, signed check, filled in by another person, for $125 on January 3, 1947. [#4995]

$75.00
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William Cullen Bryant signed slip also dated in the poet’s hand “October 17th 1873”. The heavy paper stock measures approximately 4.25 x 2.25. There is some soiling but a nicely centered example that would frame well with an engraving. [#4200]

$75.00
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Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author

Letter signed on her personal stationary 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]

$100.00
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British author, autograph letter signed with initials. Two pages on a folded four page 8vo sheet, not date. There is a small tear from the wax seal on the third and four page which effects nothing, otherwise in fine condition with a couple of prior owner's pencil notations in blank spaces #4083

$250.00
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British born American author

Signed letter, 1 page, 4to cut, May 23, 1951. Caldwell responds to a speaking invitation that has since passed. She leaves open the possibility of participating next year. She signs in full “Taylor Caldwell”. The lower 1/3 of the letter has been cut and there is a thin strip of mounting tape on the lower border. [#2688]

$100.00
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Cecil B. DeMille Hollywood producer and director, signed personal check 6/16/52 with a reproduction of a Karsch portrait. Professionally framed.

$300.00
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Signed cover marked private addressed in Dickens’ hand and signed by him in the lower left in blue ink. The stamp was cut away and the front panel of the envelope then pasted onto another stamped cover in an effort to simulate the original appearance. There is some soiling but still nice clear contrast with the blue ink.

$850.00
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Union General and Historian

Samuel Adams Drake Union General and historian. ALS, 2 pages Kennebunkport, Maine 11/13/05. Drake tries to answer a source question about the location of a proposed Susquehanna Fort from one of his earlier histories. He explains he was still in his summer home “convalescing from a protracted illness.” He died three weeks later. Excellent condition with the envelope. [#4795]

$50.00
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early historian and bookdealer writing to another historian

Samuel Gardner Drake, early American Antiquarian, author and Boston bookseller, one of the founders of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. ALS, two pages on a single 8vo sheet, Boston 1853. Drake replies to fellow historian Henry Onderdonk, Jr. The context suggests Onderdonk was contemplating a humorous work on the ever present but anonymous John Smiths of history. Drake suggests he could fill several volumes just on tracking half the real names “Smith” used. He then relates an amusing first-hand account of “John Smith” checking into a crowded hotel Drake stayed at in Philadelphia in 1834. The next morning John was gone along with a watch, money and coat of other guests. This is an amusing piece of cordial banter between two early noted historians commiserating over the difficulty of sorting identities when people share a common name. [#4903]

$75.00
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American author, single page ALS, Oct 9, 1929 on his personal stationary to Leah Ruth, arranging a meeting. There is a small pencil notation in one corner, minor paper clip mark in the other but generally a fine example. [#4792]

$350.00
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British Poet

John Drinkwater British poet and playwright. One page ALS, 7/16/14 sending a poem or essay for the short-lived literary magazine New Numbers. He provides travel plans for forwarding proofs of the magazine. Two file holes on one side touch two words of a postscript written vertically in the margin. [#4789]

$125.00
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Scottish born German pianist and composer. Signed card inscribed and dated March 19, 1892. [#4626]

$50.00
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Russian violinist

Russian violinist, signed program on photo cover. The eight page program is for a December 23, 1919 recital at City Hall in Bangor, Maine. Some soiling and scuffing on the cover, away from the autograph and a flattened center vertical fold. [#4528]

$80.00
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American writer, one page ALS frin Chicago, Nov 26, 1888. In his typically tiny neat handwriting, Field acts on behalf of the Chicago Daily News asking a presumed critic to offer an opinion on a performance. The 4to sheet of toned paper is in very good condition with a single mailing fold running through a couple letters of his first name. [#4793]

$350.00
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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 stationary 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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note and drawing to a noted astronomer

Ira Gershwin handwritten note with small caricature of a conductor, inscribed to Peter van de Kamp. Van de Kamp was a noted, although ultimately controversial astronomer and also a musician who conducted the Swarthmore College Orchestra. [#4350]

$250.00
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5 time Oscar Winner
Composer, pianist

Johnny Green, composer and pianist. Signed letter, September 13, 1965 to Michael Daily sending two autograph cards, not present, and correcting the recipients information and pointing out that he has four not three Oscars. Green won Oscars for Best Score of a Musical for Easter Parade in 1948, An American in Paris in 1951, West Side Story in his final one, after this letter was written for Oliver in 1968. He also won and in Oscar in 1953 as Producer for The Merry Wives of Windsor. He was nominated an additional nine times for other works between 1947and 1969. [#4269]

$90.00
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Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary and author noted for his work in Labrador. Two items: signed booklet Labrodor and North Newfoundland published by the international Grenfell Society and signed on the cover. Also a few pages removed from his book A Labrador Doctor including a blank flyleaf page signed and dated from Labrador April 1921. [#4882]

$50.00
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Zane Grey –author best known for his prolific works of fiction about the Old West. Signed check filled in and made out to Geo. W. Greene for $36 on August 5, 1921. [#4991]

$75.00
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British artist

Francis Seymour Haden, English artist, author on art, brother –in-law of James Whistler. Three page ALS on a folded sheet, January 1881 May Fair, Westminster. Haden writes to Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, also an author and art historian, asking about some sketches published in her book “Letters From The Baltic.” [#4900]

$90.00
 
Hale, Edward Everett

Edward Everett Hale, author and influential clergyman, brief ALS on personal stationary Oct. 14,1905 acknowledging a note but explaining he needs to defere an answer—probably for a speaking engagement. [#4880]

$125.00
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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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Alex Haley –author of Roots: The Saga of An American Family. A personal check for $25 filled in and signed by Haley for a pedicure on May 29, 1989. [#4989]

$100.00
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First Conductor of the Boston Symphony

[#4201]

$125.00
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Union officer and author

Thomas Wentworth Higginson Abolitionist, author, minister and Union Colonel. Signed library card for the Cary Library in Lexington, Mass. Higginson also filled in the date “Aug 7 [190] 5”. During the war he was an officer of the First South Carolina Volunteers, a regiment of freedmen. A published author he became a mentor to many younger writers including Emily Dickenson. [#4885]

$50.00
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Elbert Hubbard philosopher, author, founder of the Roycrofts. LS on Roycroft Shop stationary 10/3/1898 with the envelope to Miss Jordan. He tells her “doubtless you have come to the realization …that there is not much money in being a poet... although there doubtless is a lot of fun.” Hubbard founded a community for artists and craftsmen supporting itself in part through production of high-end crafts, woodworking and books. Hubbard’s most famous work was A Message to Garcia. The type is a bit weak from a dry ribbon but the signature is black and strong.

$175.00
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British Author and Member of Parliament, undated one page ALS of introduction of two young men. The letter is in black border House of Commons mourning stationary. Hughes wrote Tom Brown’s School Days and Tom brown at Oxford. There is one slight fold tear beginning at the margin in one spot and mounting remnants on the back. [#4544]

$125.00
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Theologian and father of the author Henry James

Two page ALS, May 13, 1886, to Mr. Morse proposing an article of about 40 pages on radical religions. James wrote many works on religion and comparative religion. The letter is on the front and back of a single sheet of thin paper. There are chips, nicks and the start of small tears along the edges. Henry James Sr. was the father of the author Henry James Jr., psychologist William James and the diarist/author Alice James.[#4086]

$100.00
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Jack London author of works such as "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang". Signed slip of paper "Jack London, Sura, Fiji, June 5, 1908”. The slip measures approximately 5 x 3 and is in excellent condition. London visited the Fiji Islands, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands in 1908. He produced several works based on some of the people and experiences he had on this trip. This is a nice, uncommon example from that trip. [#4576]

$275.00
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First Edition of The Song of Hiawatha with a signature
Poet

Uncommon first edition with a signed slip pasted in. This 1855 first edition of The Song of Hiawatha was printed by Ticknor & Co. and includes the 12 page addendum of advertisements in the back for other Ticknor publications. It is possible this is a second or later printing of the first edition as some errors have been corrected. Bibliophiles are invited to educate me on the keys to spotting the distinctions between the several printings. On the inside cover is a small bookseller’s stamp “Sold by E.H. Bender/ bookseller/manufacturer/75 State St. Albany/Books Bound to Order” On the blank page opposite the title page has been glued a separate slip of paper 4/14/ x 2 ˝ signed “Yours Truly/ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow” There is some toning or glue show-through on the outer edges, slightly touching the “w” of Longfellow. The slip of paper has some design on the back which shows through. The signature is strong and clear. The book is in very good condition. Some foxing but the binding is tight. Rubbing to the bottom spine and a beginning split on the back spine. [#1775]

$500.00
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Lowell, James Russell poet and author of The Bigelow papers. Autograph quotation signed dated and signed. Lowell pens the last stanza from his poem Fancy’s Casuistry

These obstinate self questionings spare,
Leave what to do & what to dare
To the inspiring moment's care,
Nor ask for payment
Of fame or gold, but just to wear
Unspotted raiment.

J. R. Lowell
Elmwood
27th Oct, 1854

Published accounts of the poem have a different first line: “Such questionings are idle air:” so Lowell may have actually forgotten part of his own work or substituted a line with something he thought better fit a partial quotation from a longer work.

along wit an original cabinet photo.

$250.00
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Poet and playwright

Percy MacKaye poet and playwright, ANS 1923 on his personal stationary, which appears trimmed, from Hill-Top in Cornish NH thanking someone for a book. [#4884]

$100.00
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Original poem to FDR's mother on her 80th Birthday

Composer and musician. An original poem honoring Sara D. Roosevelt’s (FDR’s mother) 80th birthday with an inscribed dedication by Madison to Mrs. Roosevelt, along with a signed cover letter from Madison to Mrs. Roosevelt. Madison was a prolific songwriter in the first half of the 20th Century. Although somewhat overlooked today he had a rather unusual body of work putting poems written by presidents and their family to music. Interesting and different for the FDR collector. [#4537]

$125.00
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Henry Miller— American writer, payroll check to Albert Wiggins for $30, February 22, 1978 personally signed by Miller. His works included Tropic of Cancer which was part of the 1960’s Surpeme Court cases on obscenity and literary freedom of speech. [#4988]

$75.00
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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
 
Plunkett, Edward (Lord Dunsany),
IRish writer and chess expert

Irish writer and dramatist, chess expert. Signed letter, 3 pages, July 10, 1922 on Dunstall Priory about a chess problem. Signed “Yours very truly Dunsany”. It is in excellent condition. [#4532]

$75.00
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Author, poet, playwright

Three page ALS April 30,1889 from Castle Hill in Virginia. In response to a request for a signed photograph the then popular author explains that her supply is gone. In another hand is an initialed postscript that she will send the photograph when she gets a new supply but the photographer is a “crank” and apparently not very good at filling orders. There is some toning to the letter with mounting remnants on along the fold of the 2nd and 3rd pages.

Rives was an author and poet whose fame and popularity may have been driven by her personality as much as her writing. Her first marriage, to a descendent of John Jacob Astor ended in divorce and her second marriage was to the artist Prince Pierre Troubetzkoy of Russian nobility.

Rives’ godfather was Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Her father Alfred was a Colonel in the Confederate Army and the Chief of Engineers to Lee. She eventually inherited and lived in Castle Hill, a plantation near Monticello which is now listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

[#4174]

$75.00
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Author of The Blind Men adn The Elephant
Poet

One page letter, Burlinton VT, 1851. The poet and author of The Blind Men and The Elephant discusses the proper role of a poetry reading in an evening speaking program. Some toning and spots in a few places with some mounting remnants in the corners. [#4175]

$75.00
 
FDR speechwriter and screenwriter
Sherwood, Robert

Playwright, screenwriter, FDR speechwriter. Signed letter, Dec. 1947, mentioning his firend the poet Arthur Guiterman. #4145

$75.00
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possibly intended for Dickens
Dickens' friend, pushed for copyright protection in England

British author, friend of Dickens, leader in parliament who helped pass England’s copyright protection. ALS, possibly to Dickens, mentioning the House of Commons. [#4603]

$200.00
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Signed letter, October 11, 1923 on Seawood, Kennebunkport, Maine stationary responding to a request for his autograph. Signed in full "Booth Tarkington". There is a small rust mark from an old paper clip at the top of the letter and some minor brushing of the ink to a letter in his signature, otherwise a fine example.[#4081]

$200.00
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Comments on The Battle Hymn of The Republic

Poet and diplomat during the war, interesting 1866 2 page letter to "Dana" probably Charles Dana listing and briefly commenting on several poems and literary works of the prior few years: "Mrs. Howe's 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' is the best lyric of the war, except perhaps [George] Boker's 'Black Regiment.'" Mounting strip on left edge of front page, otherwise fine. [#4512]

$200.00
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Noted British sculptor,

Autograph letter signed, May 8, 1839, Wilton Place in London. He declines an invitation to the annual Artists’ Benevolent Fund dinner due to another engagement, signing the letter “Rich Westmacott”. This is a very nice one page example with a light vertical fold. His works are still very much a part of London’s landscape with examples in Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace Gardens and in the British Museum.

$150.00
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Tennessee Williams – American playwright, signed check August 10, 1978 to Continental-American Travel for $3,851.30 with a large full signature by Williams. [#4987]

$200.00