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Sale 764A — Autographs and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 1994

Category — Autographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
213°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 213, Autographs[Postmasters General], [Postmasters General][Postmasters General]. Album entitled ORIGINAL LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY POSTMASTERS GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES, presented in 1936 to James A. Farley, in recognition of his splendid business administration of the Post Office Department." Includes examples of signed letters or documents, tipped to a 9-1/4 x 11-3/4 in. page, with an engraving or illustration of each postmaster on facing page with hand-lettered titles, from Benjamin Franklin to Farley himself, the former including a cover front addressed in his hand to Mrs. Franklin, the latter a 1937 ALS in which Farley expresses his feelings about the Post Office and includes the famous quotation "Neither snow nor rain," etc. Additional examples to 1975 were added by Farley in the back of the album but not mounted; offered intact ; album with red silk endpapers, bound in crushed blue morocco, with gilt lettering and elaborate border design, in slip case- a magnificent collection

E. 6,000-8,000
5,000
214°
 
Susan B. Anthony. Signature on clip from letter with typed last line: "Yours for equality of rights," Fine

E. 100-150
240
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215
 
Louis Armstrong. Signature and inscription on printed piece, LOSE WEIGHT, THE SATCHMO WAY!, To Jan Moncol. (Have Fun) Louis Armstrong Satchmo", with printed vignette of trumpet under text, Fine, accompanied by photo

E. 150-200
55
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216
 
P.T. Barnum. ALS ("P.T.B."), 1 page, datelined New York Oct. 25, 1864, some edge toning and file fold

E. 200-250
0
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217
 
Bob Bartlett. Polar explorer. Five pieces, includes signed photo with inscription to Henry Fairfield Osborn, "Who as been my staunch Friend, Ever since Mr. Jessup has gone West," dated 1931; undated ALS; two photographs of Bartlett in suit & tie, inspecting the supplies stacked on deck; photo of plaque from Camp Fire Club of America, with profile taken from first photo, Very Fine lot

E. 150-200
80
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218
c
Thomas Hart Benton. Free frank on 37 covers, all to James McDowell, most are large bold signatures, some minor variations and a few different Washington or St. Louis postmarks, generally Fine or better

E. 200-250
350
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219
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 219, AutographsDavid Berkowitz, David BerkowitzDavid Berkowitz. The infamous "Son of Sam" serial killer. ALS ("David B. (Sam)"), 2pp., dated Sep. 11, 1977, in pencil, to a woman who had offered him a place to live if he were freed: "Your letters were really nice to read and I'm glad I have you as a friend. However, there are a lot of things that can never be, such as, the two of us getting together. Wherever I'm going, it will be for a long time, too long. I don't think we could ever get together, it just cannot be. Rosina, I sense that your very much like me- a lonely person. I just hope this letter happens to cheer you up. I'm going to pray for you, Rosina, that you find alot of friends in this world and that you find someone to love, who can be with you and share his life with you." etc., with original envelope addressed in his hand with return address on flap (Kings County Hospital), Fine and scarce, includes 1977 articles in the NY Times and other papers reporting the sale of this letter for $400 at auction

E. 750-1,000
0
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220
 
Leonard Bernstein. Signature with "Best Wishes" on front cover of Choral Selection of WEST SIDE STORY with a 2nd signature on first page just above "Music by Leonard Bernstein", Very Fine

E. 300-400
210
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221
 
James J. Braddock. Full figure photo of the boxer in fighter's stance with bold signature in light area, 8 x 10 in., Very Fine

E. 200-250
160
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222
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 222, AutographsWilliam Jennings Bryan, William Jennings BryanWilliam Jennings Bryan. TLS ("W.J. Bryan"), 2-1/4pp., dated Dec. 4, 1902, on "The Commoner" stationery, to Mr. Irving Winslow of the Anti-Imperialist League", an important letter where he is highly critical of President Cleveland: "I am very sorry that I cannot look upon President Cleveland's utterances as you do. I was in Congress when he was President, and I have watched him since, and I know that there is a question which to him is superior in importance to any of those about which he talks. He was responsible for the demoralized condition of the party in 1896 and his administration has hung like a mill-stone about the neck of the party ever since...Mr. Cleveland's active support of the party would lose it more votes than he could bring to it, for those who know him know that he would not support the party unless the party went over to the republican party on the money question. In his article he speaks of complete abandonment of the party's position in the late campaigns. He may call it an `olive branch' but what he holds out is raelly a fire-brand," etc., With large bold signature and several ms. corrections in his hand, Very Fine

E. 500-600
675
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223°
 
Luther Burbank. TLS, 1 page, dated Apr. 2, 1925, on his stationery, angry but inspired contents to Thos. J. Pilkington, apparently inspired by some remarks of Pilkington: As to William Jennings Bryan he is a very good actor and obtains from three to four hundred dollars for an evening which is not be sneezed at. I have had some dealings with him in the nursery business and he is certainly the tighest wad that I have ever had any dealings with haggling over five cents on a plant. I don't know how a man can be so stingy. And as to Billy Sunday, I hear he has laid up one million dollars and over...I used to think nearly everybody had common sense at least, but there seems to be fully as many boobs as there are sensible people in the world after all. And the weeds go right on increasing about to four times as fast as the valuable plants. We need a good gardner up above, a mighty poor one if we judge by the way humanity is going now. I judge that the seed have already filled your esteemed order." Large bold signature, Very Fine, outstanding content

E. 350-450
350
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224
 
David J.Burnet. Signature as President of the Texas Republic on $100 Bond with ten coupons, signature with cut (small), Fine

E. 200-250
130
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225°
 
Aaron Burr. Signature ("A. Burr"), on 1823 promissory note, Fine

E. 300-500
280
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226
 
Edgar Rice Burroughs. TNS, 1 page, dated Sept. 30, 1935, on Burroughs Inc. stationery, complying with an autograph request ("I have autographed the envelope you enclosed" etc.) accompanied by original envelope with this 2nd signature ("Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzana California") postmarked Tarzana, Very Fine

E. 400-500
300
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227
 
Carrie Chapman Catt. Full bold signature in bottom margin of Bachrach photo, 5 x 7 in., Very Fine

E. 100-150
120
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228°
 
Chang & Eng. The original Siamese Twins, "Yours ever most gratefully Chang Eng," on small piece; to be offered separately, and then as one lot

E. 250-350
250
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229°
 
Henry Clay. ALS ("H. Clay"), 1 page, dated July 15, 1845, to Frederick Simmons, "...express my regret that you have been disappointed in the objects which took you to Mississippi. I am greatly obliged by the kind offer of your valuable services as my private Secretary; but I have no occasion for such a friend," etc. Fine

E. 200-250
210
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230
c
Henry Clay. Free frank with unusual full spelling of his name, on folded cover to John Nicholson in Baltimore, accompanying this is a cover with the more familiar "H. Clay" to same addressee, latter cover faulty (not affecting frank), first is Very Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
180
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231
c
Henry Clay. Two covers, each with free frank ("Free H Clay"), first with "Washint. City Jun. 2" cds and matching "FREE" hs, other is unaddressed, with no markings and probably intended to be used as a return envelope, Very Fine and choice pair

E. 150-200
140
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232
 
Henry Clay. Autograph note, "H. Clay's respects to Dr. Breckenridge, and has taken pleasure in recommending his son for a Cadets appointment at West Point," etc., dated Jan. 10, 1851, Very Fine

E. 150-200
170
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233°
 
Samuel Clemens. Bold signature on 1875 bank check made out to the Lotos Club for $12.50, Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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234
 
Samuel Clemens. Envelope front postmarked 1900 with address entirely in his hand, printed return address of the author at Hartford, accompanied by the original enclosure, a facsimile note signed "Mark Twain" which he sent out when declining an invitation, front with small piece out (not affecting address)

E. 200-250
115
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235
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 235, AutographsTy Cobb, Ty CobbTy Cobb. Signature ("Tyrus R. Cobb") in green ink on partly printed check for $100 drawn on the 1st National Bank of Nevada, red bank handstamp slightly affecting "Tyrus", handsomely framed with photograph of Cobb in uniform, Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
675
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236
 
Henry A.S. Dearborn. LS, 6pp., dated May 13, 1817, interesting contents regarding evasion of the revenue laws, accompanied by a letter to Dearborn dated 1821 and signed "An American Manufacturer Who wants nothing but fair play", complaining about the practice of buying cheap candles from Russia, repacking them and offering them as "Boston Candles" in Cuba; with docketing in Dearborn's hand, Very Fine

E. 200-250
115
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237
 
Jack Dempsey. Two pieces, signature on PPC of boxer as mailed out by his restaurant, facsimile signature on back, also envelope with bold signature, latter with some soiling, Fine pair

E. 200-250
70
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238°
 
Amelia Earhart. Signature in blue ink on small card, mounted on 1935 envelope with cut-to-shape news photo, Very Fine

E. 400-500
250
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239°
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson. signature ("R. Waldo Emerson") on check for $84.96 drawn on the Atlantic Bank in Boston, hole punch far from signature, Fine

E. 200-250
170
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240
 
Daniel Chester French. Bold signature on sheet with his 11th St. letterhead: "Very sincerely yours Daniel Chester French. New York, April 19, 1909,", Very Fine

E. 100-150
0
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241
c
Albert Gallatin. Large bold signature as Secretary of the Treasury on 1802 folded cover to Salisbury, N.C., red "Washn. City Dec. 9" cds and matching "FREE" hs, 1802 docketing, file folds, Fine

E. 100-150
95
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242
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 242, AutographsGeorge Gershwin, George GershwinGeorge Gershwin. Bold signature on 1935 envelope with cut-to-shape news clipping of the composer mounted on it, Very Fine

E. 600-800
450
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243
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 243, AutographsIra Gershwin, Ira GershwinIra Gershwin. Signature on index card with sketch of figure taking a bow, Very Fine

E. 300-350
105
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244
 
Ira Gershwin. Two pieces, each to same friend, the first a brief ALS dated Jan. 28, 1965, with original envelope addressed in his hand, also TLS, Oct. 21, 1966, mentioning production of Porgy & Bess in Vienna, both on his letterhead, singed "Ira", Very Fine

E. 200-250
140
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245
 
William Gladstone. 3-1/2pp., dated June 8, 1886, friendly letter to Lady Susan Marlborough regarding appointments, Fine

E. 200-250
85
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246
 
Horace Greeley. ALS, 1 page, dated May 26, 1867 on Tribune stationery, to a Mrs. Henningsen, regarding Genl. Breckenridge; paper clip marks at top, not affecting text, Fine

E. 250-350
0
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247
 
Horace Greeley. ALS, 1 page, dated Nov. 23, 1867, with Tribune letterhead, written to request to speak before a class; folds, light toning and wear, still Fine

E. 200-250
0
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248
c
Horace Greeley. Cover addressed entirely in his hand to Richmond Va. and signed in corner, "H.G., 3c Rose (65) with quartered cork cancel and New York cds, flap with blind embossed c.c."AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK", Fine

E. 200-250
0
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249
 
Edward Everett Hale. ALS, 1 page, dated Boston Nov. 29, 1871, declining "to lecture at Melrose this winter" due to his crowded schudule, tipped to sheet, Fine

E. 150-200
50
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250°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 250, AutographsSam Houston, Sam HoustonSam Houston. ALS, 1 page, dated Washington, Mar. 12, 1853, to President Franklin Pierce regarding a recommendation for Loren Pinckney Waldo: "I take great pleasure, sir, in saying that I am well acquainted with Hon. LP. Waldo of Connt. and esteem him highly as a man of the strictest integrity. Should he be an applicant for office, I am firmly of the opinion that his appointment would reflect credit upon the administration. His ability as a member of congress is generally known, & will recommended him to your confidence, in that respect. I am truly yours Sam Houston." Small ink smear in text, Fine, desirable example

E. 3,000-4,000
2,900
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251°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 251, AutographsSam Houston, Sam HoustonSam Houston. Signature on back of state treasury draft dated June, 1855, illustrated with attractive vignettes of miner, Indians, etc., internal cut just below signature, Fine

E. 2,000-2,500
1,500
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252
 
Cave Johnson. ALS, 1 page, dated June 6, 1845 as Postmaster General, to Sec. of Treasury R.J. Walken, he writes (in part): "We propose to establish a Weekly line between New Orleans & Galveston & to give the vessels engaged all the profits for the present, arising from the mailable matter passing on the vessels between those two cities." etc., Fine

E. 100-150
210
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253
 
Robert Lansing. Photo, signature in mount, Very Fine

E. 100-150
65
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254
 
Mario Lanza. Signed photo, 8 x 9-3/8 in., "To Barbara- Best Wishes from Mario Lanza", all written in light area, Very Fine

E. 300-500
325
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255
 
Connie Mack. Signature in pencil on unused Postal Telegraph answer blank, Fine

E. 200-250
0
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256
 
Thomas Mann. Head & shoulders photo mounted on board, signed by Mann in bottom margin with pencil signature of photographer (?) dated 1941, tiny paint specks in photo, otherwise Fine

E. 250-350
160
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257
 
Robert Mills. Architect, supervised the building of the Washington post-office, patent office and treasury buildings in addition to providing the original design of the Washington Monument. ALS ("R. Mills"), 3-1/2pp., datelined Richmond Virginia Dec. 13, 1812, to Miss. Sarah Zane of Philadelphia, emotional contents regarding the building of a "monumental church", including his ideas for a painting above the altar: "The scene made local. In front the chruch crumbling to ruins, and amid the falling fragments, a crowd ascending. In the distant view of the picture appears the City of Richmond, every object exhibiting signs of the final desolation of all things." etc. Mills displayed similar fervor in his design of the Washington Monument, plans which proved immensely difficult (and in his design of a circular colonade at the base) impossible to carry out; with integral address leaf (Richmond postmark), Fine, scarce signature

E. 300-400
250
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258°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 258, AutographsCole Porter, Cole PorterCole Porter. Signed full figure 8 x 10 in. photo of the composer strolling on the "grounds of Dick Barthelmess" according to publicity note mounted on back, ca. 1937, handstamp of photographer Clarence S. Bull of MGM, Very Fine

E. 500-600
800
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259
 
Eddie Rickenbacker. Five pieces, includes 4 brief TLSs incl. one signed "Eddie", also clipped signature, "Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker 1935", Very Fine lot

E. 300-400
250
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260
 
Jacob Riis. 9 pieces, includes 6 ALSs, 1 ANS, 1 TLS (last page only), and 1 letter to Riis; most to a Dr. Gould, all with interesting content regarding his heart problems, tenament projects and housing experiments, etc., one letter satirizes the tendency of people to credit Riis with too much: "I want you to know that I discourage the notion that I created the world...including the declaration of independence, and Mrs. Carrie Nation, in every one of my talks, because I really didn't do it all; but the result is not what it might be." etc. Very Fine lot

E. 300-400
160
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261
 
James Whitcomb Riley. ALS, 1 page, dated Apr. 12, 1897, regarding a portrait of Eugene Field: "Field's features in that [book] seem at their very best.", Very Fine

E. 200-250
120
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262
 
Norman Rockwell. Five pieces, includes 4 different prints of Rockwell illlustrations, each with stamps designed by him and tied by First Day cancels and signed by the artist, also typed article, "Ike Sits For a Portrait," with Tom Sawyer stamp and Monaco stamp with Ike's portrait tied together by First Day cancels at top and signed, Very Fine lot

E. 200-250
260
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263°
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 263, AutographsBabe Ruth, Babe RuthBabe Ruth. Two signatures on envelope to Earl Barton postmarked 1935, includes one in hand-drawn baseball, each with small ink smear, Fine

E. 1,000-1,250
850
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264
 
Carl Sandburg. TLS, 1 page, dated May 11, 1940, with his letterhead, to a Mr. Sands, describing the overwhelming number of letters "regarding some phase of Lincoln or the War Years" and ends with a warm thank-you. Very Fine

E. 200-250
0
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265
 
W.B. Scott. Photo, 4-1/4 x 6 in., signature on mount, Fine

E. 100-150
40
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266
 
Al Simmons. Signed newspaper photo, mounted on small page, Fine

E. 150-200
0
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267
 
O.J. Simpson. Signature on Hertz stationery, "O.J. Simpson Peace #32", undated, Fine

E. 150-200
120
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268
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 268, AutographsJohn Philip Sousa, John Philip SousaJohn Philip Sousa. Autograph musical quotation signed, dated '98, on card, Very Fine and choice

E. 600-800
375
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269
 
Henry Morton Stanley. Brief ALS, on card with House of Commons blind embossed oval, dated Mar. 3, 1899: "Whittaker's Almanac will give you all the names of our Consuls, & much other similar information. The great book store in Union Square, New York, will be sure to have the book. Yours faithfully, Henry M. Stanley." Very Fine

E. 200-250
115
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270
 
Gherman S. Titov. Signature on 10 x 8 in. photo of a smiling cosmonaut and family in the back seat of a car, Very Fine

E. 250-350
0
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271
c
Thomas Tucker. Frank as Treasurer of the U.S. on five covers, includes one addressed to the "Interpreter & Sub Agent to the Six Nations of Indians", mostly Fine

E. 150-200
70
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272
 
Gene Tunney. Two pieces. Signed 8 x 10 in. photo with inscription, accompanied by small card with bold signature, Very Fine

E. 250-350
180
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273
 
Sale Number 764A, Lot Number 273, AutographsJules Verne, Jules VerneJules Verne. ANS, in French, mounted on small plaque and framed with small medallion with portrait of Verne, Very Fine

E. 500-600
675
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274
c
Daniel Webster. Three covers, two with signatures, one with free frank as member of the House of Rep., Very Fine trio

E. 150-200
210
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275
 
Ella Wheeler Wilcox. ALS, 2pp., dated 1879, responding to a question regarding the heroine's name in her book "Maurine", adding that "I wrote the book in my `teens'- in my parents home in Wisconsin. I may have seen the name somewhere & found it musical & useful as a hymn" etc., Very Fine

E. 100-150
0
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276
 
Thornton Wilder. Five pieces, all to an old friend, includes wonderful ALS, 2pp., 6 x 7 in., dated Oct. 4, 1965, warm letter in response to a vanity press social science publication he was sent: You know who needed this book? Eugene O'Neill. He had a tin ear. I've always said The Iceman Cometh- from the point of view of language- could have been written by an English vicar's daughter who'd read a little Runyan. There's not one flavorsome idiom or one salient phrase in the whole play though O'Neill himself lived in the bowery," etc. He then goes on to describe touring Chicago after midnight with a professor who interviewed various criminals, tells the story of a pimp offering to turn over one of his girls to both men: "I've put the episode in my forthcoming novel, but damn it, I need an argot term for the `trade.' (This episode takes place in French Quarter New Orleans 1902, so I've invented the term `tambour.' etc. Also included is another ALS , 2pp., dated Dec. 24, 1972 ("I'm more a grouch and recluse and curmudgeon than ever.") and an autograph postal card signed ("Old Thornton") recalling a woman friend from the past; first two with original envelopes addressed in his hand, each with signature on flap ("T.N. Wilder"), 5 autograph pieces in all, a Very Fine group, the content of the first letter is exceptional

E. 500-600
325
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277
 
Orville Wright. Signature on envelope postmarked Dayton O. 1935 with mounted illustration of biplane, Fine

E. 200-250
325
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