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1. James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888)  Abolitionist, Transcendentalist, and editor of the liberal Western Messenger.  He graduated from Harvard College in 1829, and Harvard Divinity School in 1833. Ordained into the Unitarian church he first became an active minister at Louisville, Kentucky, then a slave state, and soon threw himself into the national movement for the abolition of slavery. His mild theology was unusual for the conservative town and, reportedly, several women walked out of his first sermon. As he wrote to his friend Margaret Fuller, "I am a broken-winged hawk, seeking to fly at the sun, but fluttering in the dust." In addition to sermons, speeches, hymnals, and liturgies, he published 28 books and over 120 pamphlets during his lifetime.   In November 1861, Clarke was in Washington, D.C. with Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe. After hearing the song "John Brown's Body", he suggested that Mrs. Howe write new lyrics; the result was "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".  James Freeman Clarke was one of the very first Americans to explore and write about Eastern religions. Offered here is an ALS, Jamaica Plains [Mass], Dec. 23, 1868, 1p, approx. 5 x 7-3/4 in.  VG.........100-200


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2. [CONFEDERATE] Hiram P. Bell (1827-1907) was a U.S. Representative and a Confederate Representative from the state of Georgia. Bell was a member of the Georgia secession convention, voting against secession as imprudent, but then signing the Ordinance of Secession.  He served as a Georgia commissioner to work with the state of Tennessee in the formation of a southern confederacy. In 1861, Bell served in the Georgia Senate; however, he resigned to join the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War as a captain. He was later promoted to lieutenant colonel and then colonel of the 43rd Georgia Infantry Regiment. Bell was a Georgia representative to the Second Confederate Congress in 1864 and 1865.  His signature on 5-1/4 x 2-3/4 in. slip. Mounting traces show. On the other side is the autograph of William S. Holman  (1822-1897) Indiana congressman known for originating the Holman Rule, allowing amendments to appropriations bills cut a specific program or federal employee salary.........20-30

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3. [CONFEDERATE] James D.Richardson (1843-1914) U.S. congressman from Tennessee from 1885 through 1905. Before graduating from college, Richardson enlisted in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War, and served nearly four years. The first year he was a private and the remaining three years as adjutant of the Forty-fifth Regiment, Tennessee Infantry. His signature on a 6-1/4 x 2-3/4 in slip. His signature is slightly cropped away at top edge.  Below is the signature of Melville Bull (1854-1909)  U.S. Representative from Rhode Island. Also signed on the verso by Alexander Monroe Dockery (1845-1926) was an American physician and politician from the state of Missouri. A Democrat, he was a multi-term member of the United States House of Representatives and the 30th Governor of Missouri.............Min. Bid $10

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4. [AMERICANA] Capt. ALLEN GOODRICH [1762-1842]  a 1793 letter from Benson, Vermont by  Allen Goodrich to Asaph Coleman, Glastonbury, CT.  Allen Goodrich was a Constable at Benson,  Vermont. He writes about “that courting business” -  "the Rev. was pleased with what I had done. At the same time had half a dozen more ladies…would like to have been married to one in town. That Benson gentleman ended up marrying a woman from Sharon instead so Allen had to apologize to Hannah".  Allen’s wife Lucy writes a note to Asaphs’ wife at bottom of the page. The words “brother & sister” used frequently. Religious order?  LUCY HOLLISTER GOODRICH [1764 - 1828]. Two pages handwritten letter with address leaf, no postal marks.  Approx. 8 x 7 in. VG..................60-80

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5. [MUSIC] Barbara Kolb (b. 1939) American composer. Her music uses sound masses and often creates vertical structures through simultaneous rhythmic or melodic units (motifs or figures). She was the first American woman composer to win the Prix de Rome. AMQS from her "APPELLO" written on 6x4" card. VG.........30-40

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6. [AMERICANA] Plea from a convict in the Dedham [Mass] jail to the judge who put him there.  The letter was written by J.H. Wellcome, from the Dedham jail, to Samuel B. Noyes, the judge. Apparently he has been in jail for 9 months for a crime involving a bracelet.  Letter is dated Dec. 19, 1853 and is 4 full pages.  Wellcome attempts to convince the judge of his inocense.  Judge Samuel B. Noyes was a prominent lawyer, and a historian. The family connections meant that Noyes knew everyone and in fact was part of a prominent Canton delegation that attended Daniel Webster’s funeral in October 1852.  The letter is accompanied with the stamp cover on which Noyes writes that the letter was written to him "but never has been read by me - S.B. Noyes". Excellent condition...............100-150

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7. [FRANCE] Bishop Paul-Augustin Le Coeur  (1848-1942) Bishop of Saint-Flour, France. ALS,  1912, 2pp, approx. 5-1/4 x 8 in. Not translated. VG.............80-120

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8. [MUSIC] Gilbert Ross [1903-1975] Professor of music at the University of Michigan, and founder and first violinist with the Stanley Quartet. Signed, inscribed 8x10 photograph on which he has penned a musical quote. Excellent condition.........75-100

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9. [ART] Lawrence B. "Larry" Salander (born 1949) is a former New York City art dealer.  His company, the Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, was cited by the Robb Report in 2003 as the best gallery in the world.  By late 2007, Salander had been sued by numerous customers and business partners who claimed that Salander and his company had defrauded them.  In November 2007, Salander filed for personal bankruptcy, listing John McEnroe among his creditors. Offered here is a letter dated 1984, 1p,  sending money to the Estate of Walt Kuhn for a Kuhn painting sold for $35,000 to Tommy LiPuma.  Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017) was an American music producer. He received 33 Grammy nominations, 5 Grammy wins, and his productions sold over 75 million albums.  LiPuma worked with many musicians, including Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Claudine Longet, Dave Mason, the Yellowjackets, the Sandpipers, Michael Franks, Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Ben Sidran, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford and Dr. John.  Signed Lawrence.  An interesting piece of art history.  File holes otherwise very good..........100-150

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10. [MUSIC] Andrew Litton (b. 1959) American orchestral conductor. Signed, inscribed color 5x7 photo. VG.........25-35

 

11. [MUSIC] Keely Smith (b. 19320 American jazz and popular music singer who enjoyed popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. She collaborated with, among others, Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra. TLS, 1995, 1p. VG..........25-35



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[ART] George Ortman (1926-2015) pencil signed and inscribed poster done for his 1969 exhibition at Galeria Carl Van Der Voort, San Francisco. Approx. 22 x 16 in.  Mail folds, stamped & addressed to Merv Slotnick, at Gaylord, Michigan.  Signed in the lower right dark area to Merv. George Earl Ortman  was an American painter, printmaker, constructionist and sculptor. His work has been referred to as Neo-Dada, pop art, minimalism and hard-edge painting. His constructions, built with a variety of materials and objects, deal with the exploration off visual language derived from geometry—geometry as symbol and sign.  He studied at the Atelier 17, a printmaking school founded by the English painter and printmaker Stanley William Hayter (1949). Later that year, he left for Paris where he studied at the Atelier André Lhote (1949–50). Upon his return to New York City he studied at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts (1950–51).  In 1970 Ortman assumed the position of Head of the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills. His wife of 30 years died in 1991. The following year Ortman left Cranbrook. Returning to the East Coast, he moved to Castine, Maine.  In 1954 and 1960, he showed simplified geometric constructions at the Stable Gallery. This work was viewed by Donald Judd as a precursor to Minimalism. In 1965 Ortman was appointed artist in residence at Princeton University, and was honored with a retrospective at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis...................200-300

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[ART] Salvatore Grippi (1921-2017) important American artist. One of the underrepresented figurative expressionist members of the New York School featured in Herskovic’s book is Salvatore Grippi, who was born in 1921 in Buffalo. After participating in the major invasions in Europe during World War II, Grippi came back to New York and attended the Art Students League under the G.I. Bill from 1945 to 1948. From 1951 to 1953, Grippi was at Atelier 17, the famous printmaking studio run by British artist Stanley William Hayter, who taught printmaking to Pollock and Rothko, among many other abstract expressionists. Grippi would later contribute an etching to the well-known portfolio Twenty-One Etchings and Poems [1958], including work by such artists and poets as Frank O’Hara, Franz Kline, Grippi’s brother Peter Grippe, and Dylan Thomas. From 1953 to 1955, Grippi worked in Florence, Italy, with the support of a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught for several years at the Cooper Union Art School before moving to California to teach at Pomona College. In 1968, Grippi was asked to start the art department at Ithaca College and taught there until 1991. Grippi, who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Kline during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.  In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art.  He was a significant figure in postwar abstraction and his work from this period has graced the walls of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Met but has seldom appeared at auction. Offered here is a signed ink drawing, still life, approx. 19 x 24 in. VG. Provenance: Estate of Salvatore Grippi................1000-2000

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14. [ART]  Florence Grippi (1910-2010)  a talented artist in her own right, she was the wife of noted sculptor and printmaker Peter Grippe. The pair worked and exhibited beside some of the most recognizable figures in the abstract expressionist movement of the 1950s including de Kooning, Nevelson, Grippi, and Kline. Florence Grippe's works have been displayed in numerous museums, galleries, and institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the New School for Social Research, and Boston College. Original pencil signed etching, limited to 140, dated 1985, approx. 15-1/2 x 13-1/4 in. VG. Her work is very scarce.................150-250

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[ART] Salvatore Grippi (1921-2017) important American artist. One of the underrepresented figurative expressionist members of the New York School featured in Herskovic’s book is Salvatore Grippi, who was born in 1921 in Buffalo. After participating in the major invasions in Europe during World War II, Grippi came back to New York and attended the Art Students League under the G.I. Bill from 1945 to 1948. From 1951 to 1953, Grippi was at Atelier 17, the famous printmaking studio run by British artist Stanley William Hayter, who taught printmaking to Pollock and Rothko, among many other abstract expressionists. Grippi would later contribute an etching to the well-known portfolio Twenty-One Etchings and Poems [1958], including work by such artists and poets as Frank O’Hara, Franz Kline, Grippi’s brother Peter Grippe, and Dylan Thomas. From 1953 to 1955, Grippi worked in Florence, Italy, with the support of a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught for several years at the Cooper Union Art School before moving to California to teach at Pomona College. In 1968, Grippi was asked to start the art department at Ithaca College and taught there until 1991. Grippi, who worked and exhibited alongside the likes of de Kooning, Nevelson, and Kline during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s.  In 2011, he was honored with a solo retrospective at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art.  He was a significant figure in postwar abstraction and his work from this period has graced the walls of MoMA, the Whitney, and the Met but has seldom appeared at auction. Offered here is a pencil signed etching, titled EPIC, dated 1954, image 7-3/4 x 9-1/2 in. plus clean margins.  Very fine....................500-700

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16. [FILM] Kim Novak (b. 1933) American actress. Signed 5x7 photo. VG...........Min. bid $9

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17. [SPACE]  1981 special cover UTC LIBERTY - Solid Rocket Booster Returns To Hanger.....  Min. Bid $7

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18. [SPACE]  1981 special cover UTC LIBERTY - Solid Rocket Booster Returns To Hanger.....  Min. Bid $7

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19. [FRANCE]  François-Marie-Benjamin Richard (1819-1908) Archbishop of Paris, French prelate, was born at Nantes, Loire-Atlantique.  Educated at the seminary of St Sulpice he became successively vicar-general of Nantes, bishop of Belley, and in 1875 coadjutor of Paris. In 1886 the death of Archbishop Guibert was followed by Mgr. Richard's appointment to the see of Paris, and in 1889 he received a cardinal's hat.  In January 1900 the trial of the Assumptionist Fathers resulted in the dissolution of their society as an illegal association. The next day an official visit of the archbishop to the Fathers was noted by the government as an act of a political character, and Mgr. Richard was officially censured. His attitude was in general exceedingly moderate, he had no share in the extremist policy of the Ultramontanes, and throughout the struggle over the law of Associations and the law of Separations he maintained his reasonable temper.  He presided in September 1906 over an assembly of bishops and archbishops at his palace in the rue de Grenelle, a few days after the papal encyclical forbidding French Catholics to form associations for public worship, but it was then too late for conciliation. In December he gave up the archiepiscopal palace to the government authorities. He was then an old man of nearly ninety, and his eviction evoked great sympathy. ALS,  Paris, 1857, 2pp, approx. 8-1/4 x 10-1/4 in.  Fine condition..............100-150

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20. [FILM] Maureen Stapleton (1925-2006)  American actress in film, theater and television. Signed 3x5 card.......15-20


21. [MIXED LOT]  mostly signatures in various forms: Joseph M. Dodge (1890-1964) President Dwight D. Eisenhower's director of the Bureau of the Budget. Augusta Emma Stetson  (1842–1928) was an American Christian Scientist. She was eventually excommunicated from the First Church of Christ, Scientist on charges of insubordination and of false teaching. Plus 8 more unidentified signatures................Min. Bid $10

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22. [INDIANA] Henry William Harrington (1825-1882)  U.S. Representative from Indiana. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1860, 1868, and 1872. SIGNATURE. VG...................Min. Bid $1



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23. [AMERICANA]  offered here is an interesting 1853 government document printed for the US Senate,  22pp. Briefly:  petitioner Noah Miller, of Lincolnville, Maine.  He tells about his experience in 1814, when he captured a schooner named Mary out of Halifax, with British troops sailing to Castine, Maine with supplies for the British then in command of Castine.   Noah Miller hired a large whale boat at Lincolnville, and four men, on wages, to intercept, in the bay, the schooner Mary.   Apparently the British Captain thought their boat was the pilot boat sent from Castine.  Miller and his crew captured the vessel.  Once enroute to Camden, Maine Miller discovered the wife of the British office in her cabin. She was in great distress fearing for her life for she was told that the Americans were no better than savages.  Noah Miller assured her, then took the British officer and his wife to Camden, rented a room for them, gave them all of their belongings.  This is all explaoned in the first 2 pages - we stopped rteading on page two.  VG..............Min. Bid $15

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24. [MAINE]  a 1854 manuscript document asking Kimball J. Kipe, Treasuer of the First Parrish of Baldwin and Sebago, Maine. Approx. 7.5 x 5 in. Expected wear. VG................Min. Bid $15

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25. Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) Irish writer who is known today as a social reformer, feminist theorist and pioneer animal rights activist. ALS, no yr., 6pp. Small chip out of top of pages 3 and 4 not affecting content....60-80



26. Madge Kennedy (1891-1987) movie and stage actress of the silent film era. ANS on 3x5 card.......20-30



27. [THEATRE] Charles John Kean (1811-1868) English actor. Bold signature, Stratford upon Avon, 1860, approx. 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 in. mounted.............25-35

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28. [ART] DOUGLAS VOLK [1856-1935] AMERICAN ARTIST. Douglas was born to be an artist. His father was the famous sculptor Leonard Wells Volk and his mother Emily Barlow Volk was counsin to Senator Steven Douglas. At a young age Douglas showed an ability to draw and was taken seriously later studying with George Inness, and at age 14 took classes at the Accademia San Luca in Italy. In 1873 Volk went to Paris to study at Ecole des Beaux Arts with the Master Jean-Leon Gerome. When he returned to the U.S. he began teaching at The Cooper Institute in New York and in 1886 was founder of the Minneapolis School Of Fine Art. In 1893 Volk was chosen for the selection committee at the Columbian Expo where he exhibited three paintings and the the gold medal, his first major award. In 1899 the National Academy granted him membership. His paintings hang in many important collections including the Metropolitan Museum in NY. Douglas Volk first ventured into Lincoln portraiture in 1908, and that canvas, reworked in 1917, eventually found its way into the National Gallery of Art. It also achieved a kind of anonymous familiarity between 1954 and 1968, when it was featured on the regular four-cent U.S. postage stamp. When in 1860, Lincoln sat in Leonard Volk's studio, a liittle child was running in and out. The great man took him on his knee and asked his name. It was Douglas. It was this boy, long grown to manhood who was the paint one of the most famous portraits of Lincoln. One of his Lincoln portraits hangs in the Lincoln Bedroom in The White House. Offered here are 5 signed bank checks, 1921-1923.................Min. Bid $45

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29. [SPACE] Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Mission commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms. Original vintage photograph of the Moon's surface. Borrowing Pete Conrad’s camera, Apollo 12 astronaut Al Bean photographs the surface of the Moon, November 1969.  Approx. 10 x 8 in.  We seldom make comments about price values of items, esp. the prices that dealer's are asking but we are going to make an exception here.  Fairly recently there has been a huge increase in the prices fetched at auction, and the fixed prices at websites, for these authentic vintage photographs.  Provenance for this photo is from

The FIRST FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR NASA - WILLENE WHISENHANT (1930-2015) she was a renowned photographer who was the first female photographer for NASA. From 1962 to 1965, Whisenhant, who was a native of Texas, was the staff photographer for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. During her tenure there she shot photos of astronauts, worked with CBS newscaster Walter Cronkite on a story about astronaut John Glenn, and photographed President John F. Kennedy. Growing up in Livingston, Texas, Willene Whisenhant probably couldn't have imagined sipping lemonade on Air Force One with the president. She most likely didn't think she'd be the first woman ordained into an all-male club. And the idea of being the first and only female photographer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), couldn't have possibly drifted into even her wildest daydreams. Later on, Whisenhant learned that President John F. Kennedy wanted her up front because, as he explained, when he first met his wife, then Jacqueline Bouvier, she was a struggling photographer and no one would give her a break. He therefore wanted Whisenhant to be front and center. That same day, the president asked his men to take the photographer up to Air Force One and give her some lemonade. We purchased photographs from her personal collection. The value for this photo is...................700-950

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30. Mickey Spillane (1918-2006) American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. Spillane was also an occasional actor, once even playing Hammer himself. A carbon copy of a 1955 typed letter sent to Spillane regarding the allied rights to Spillane's literary property of KISS ME DEADLY. An agreement having to do with the right to use the title Liss Me Deadly for a Blues song written by Frank DeVol.  Mickey Spillane has written and signed in green ink at the bottom.  He writes "The above subject to terms of the attached letter. Mickey Spillane." 8.5 x 11 in. Fine condition. From the Estate of Mickey Spillane ................200-300

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31. Mickey Spillane (1918-2006) American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. Spillane was also an occasional actor, once even playing Hammer himself. Offered here is a photocopy of his The Night I Died - Mike Hammer short story published in the anthology Private Eyes - although story was written in 1953, was not published until 1998.  Identified as a 1951 Unproduced Radio Drama.  This photocopy is from the Spillane estate and it is not known if there are other copies. VG. From the Estate of Mickey Spillane..........100-150

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32. (AMERICAN POLITICIANS/PUBLIC SERVANTS LOT) THOMAS A. EAGLETON (1929-2007) US Senator from Missouri, VP Nominee for President. TLS (1972).    SHIRLEY A. CHISHOLM (1924-2005) US Rep from NY, Pres. Candidate. SIGNED print designation of MLK holiday.   HERMAN TALMADGE (1913-2002) Gov. of George and US Senator.TLS (1971).  WILLIAM MC CHESNEY MARTIN (1906-1998) Chairman of the Federal Reserve 1951-1970). TLS (1973).  RAYMOND C.  MOLEY (1886-1975) He was of FDR’s Brain Trust Advisor who coined the term “New Deal” and wrote most of FDR 1st Inaugural Address.  JOHN ADDISON PORTER (1856-1900) 1st man to be called “Secretary to the President” for McKinley.   SIGNATURE.  ROSCOE CONKLING (1829-1888) US Rep and Senator from NY.  SIGNATURE as USS..........70-90



33. [ART]  MARGARETT SARGENT (1892-1978) ORIGINAL unsigned watercolor, sheet size approx. 6.5 x 4.5 in. Very good condition.  In the exhibition of her work in NYC at the gallery that handled her estate there were 19 works on paper and all but 3 were unsigned which is NOT unusual for her works on paper. MARGARETT SARGENT, American artist. An unconventional member of an aristocratic Boston family and fourth cousin of the artist John Singer Sargent, she was an artist who rebelled against both the social conventions and artistic tastes of her class and time. Student of George Luks and Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, she was inspired by such school-of-Paris Modernists as Matisse, Picasso and the German Expressionists. She began to exhibit in 1916, eventually participating in as many as than 30 shows. She was a great beauty who challenged her conservative family to pursue a career in art. Lincoln Kirstein, founder of the New York City Ballet, gave her a solo exhibition at the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, in a season that included Maurice Prendergast, Buckminster Fuller Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Calder performed his famous miniature circus at Sargent's Boston home. Bernice Abbott photographed her, Marie Laurencin painted her daughter's portrait. She met Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein, and collected works by Derain, Vlaminck, De Chirico Degas, Gauguin, Vuillard, Villon and Toulouse-Lautrec. She carried on affairs with lovers of both sexes, including the writer Jane Bowles, and also suffered from severe bouts of manic-depression and alcoholism. At the same time, Sargent was married to a wealthy Bostonian and had four children by him. Francoise Gilot (artist and mother of two children by Picasso) wrote that she was like Zelda Fitzgerald who struggled to be freed from the constraints imposed on them by society. An exhibition of her work was held at the Davis Art Museum (Wellesley College). A major book on her life and art has been published and the exhibition traveled from the Davis Museum to New York for exhibition at the Berry-Hill Galleries. In 1977 Margarett, after suffering several small strokes, was moved from her home Prides Crossing in Beverly, Massachusetts, against her will, to a nursing home.  She would never return to Prides.  Without her knowledge the house was emptied of furniture and art, and an auction was held on the front lawn.  That fall [1978], without her knowledge, Prides was sold to a developer. In 1933 Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.  he made sure to meet Americans interested in doing business in Germany. When he met rich Americans Hitler was at his most seductive and devious.  A dinner was organized for a small group of American with Hilter.  janet Flanner, in a 1936 New Yorker profile, would describe how Hitler looked during conversation: "In anything approaching serious talk, his sapphire-blue eyes, which are his only good feature, brighten and glow heavily as if words fanned them."  When Margarett spoke of the dinner with Hitler, she talked about his eyes. They drove her from the dinner table, she said, as soon as she could manage it: "I thought he was absolutely mad."
This drawing comes from that 1978 auction and was kept in storage for many years.  Because of the exhibitions, the book, and several articles [including a major article in the Boston Globe], there is at present, more than a little interest in this artist, which is sure to grow.   All work by Margarett Sargent is scarce and signed works are paper are rare. The picture showing of Sargent is online and not included with this drawing. VG..................200-300

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34. [RUSSIA] DISDERI [1819-1889]  original CDV photo of Count Uruski. Count Uruski was the Czar's chamberlain. Disderi, of course, was the famaous French photographer.  VG.............80-120

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35. [FRANCE] Medieval Document from 1366 on vellum, 1 page, approx. 8 x 6.5". Quite fresh condition. See small slip [scan 2] identifies as being from Montils...........300-400

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36. Victor Saville (1896-1979)  English film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed 39 films between 1927 and 1954. He also produced 36 films between 1923 and 1962. As an independent producer he had purchased the film rights to A. J. Cronin's novel The Citadel. He was persuaded to sell them to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in return for the chance to produce the film and another big-budget adaptation, Goodbye Mr Chips (1939). Both films starred Robert Donat and were a great success in the USA as well as in Britain, providing Saville with a passport to Hollywood. After the war Saville continued directing films for MGM but eventually returned to Britain. Saville acquired production rights for Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer mysteries and produced a few features, though Spillane thought he as interested in doing so only to acquire the money to produce The Silver Chalice.  He produced two final films in the 1960s, The Greengage Summer (1961), adapted from the novel of the same name, and Mix Me a Person (1962).  Offered here  is a TLS, 1954, 1p, to Mickey Spillane.   Spillane had requested permission to write stories during his contract agreement.   Saville basically says no.   Accompanied with a picture of Mickey, Saville and Biff Elliot.  Biff Elliott (1923-2012) was an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as popular detective Mike Hammer in the 1953 version of I, the Jury, and for his guest appearance in the Star Trek episode "The Devil in the Dark".  Fine condition. Provenance: Estate of Mickey Spillane................150-250

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Bob Fellows (1903-1969) American film producer who was once a production partner with John Wayne and later with Mickey Spillane.  Films Fellows produced for RKO were Tall in the Saddle and Back to Bataan starring John Wayne. In 1952, Wayne and Fellows teamed up to start their own production company, Wayne-Fellows Productions, making (primarily) films starring Wayne, the first one being Big Jim McLain (1952). The following year they produced Island in the Sky (1953). Wayne had seen the venture as a way to produce and direct his own film version of the battle of the Alamo.  Eventually, Fellows became embroiled in a complicated divorce from his wife, necessitating the need to sell his half of the company. Wayne bought Fellows out and started his own Batjac Productions.  One of the Wayne-Fellows films was Ring of Fear, featuring Mickey Spillane. Though the film was credited to frequent Wayne collaborator James Edward Grant, Wayne and Fellows felt the screenplay had problems and asked Spillane to rewrite it, which he did over a weekend. When Spillane, who appeared in the film as himself, refused credit for the screenplay, Wayne presented him with a Jaguar.  Fellows produced a film version of Spillane's The Girl Hunters in England in 1963 with Spillane portraying his own creation, Mike Hammer. Fellows had acquired the rights to all of Spillane's work and had planned to film The Snake in 1963, but the project was never produced.  Offered here is one of our favorites from the Spillane collection.   It is a 1955 one sentence TLS. Sent to Spillane Bob simply says "Where's the script, you slob?"  Sun toned around edges.............100-150

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38.
[SPILLANE]  Harry Link (1896-1956) American vaudeville actor and songwriter. He wrote and co-wrote several well-known jazz standards. Link studied at the Wharton School of Business but was already publishing songs by his late teens; in 1914, he co-wrote "Along Came Ruth" with Irving Berlin. He attempted a career in acting, appearing in the 1916 film The Masked Rider, but had little luck and soon gave it up for a sustained career in music publishing.  In 1929, he co-wrote "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" with Billy Rose and Fats Waller. Waller turned the song into a hit; Louis Armstrong recorded the tune, as did many others. Link and Waller also co-wrote "Gone" with Andy Razaf and "I Hate to Leave You Now" with Dorothy Dick (née Dorothy Dickenshied; 1895–1986), whom Link married in 1916 in Philadelphia. Armstrong also recorded a version of "I Hate to Leave You Now".  Link and Dick went on to collaborate extensively. Among their songwriting credits (often in tandem with other writers) are "By My Side", "Until We Meet Again Sweetheart", and "Peelin' the Peach". He wrote music for Blondie of the Follies in 1932. In 1936 he wrote "These Foolish Things" along with Jack Strachey and Eric Maschwitz, which became one of the year's biggest numbers; hit versions include one by Benny Goodman and another by Teddy Wilson and Billie Holiday. After 1937 Link concentrated on the business end of the publishing industry.  TLS, 1954, 1p, to Mickey Spillane about what artist get paid for art work on album jackets or a book jacket. Fine.................125-175

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[SPILLANE]  James B. O'Connell - Editor  of Cavalier Magazine 1952-1958.  In its original format, Cavalier was planned by Fawcett to feature novelettes and novel excerpts by Fawcett's Gold Medal authors, including Richard Prather and Mickey Spillane. TLS, 1956, 2pp, to Spillane  offering a couple of ideas for non-fiction pieces. Interesting content.  Front page shows some wear....................50-75

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40. [MUSIC] Archibald Joyce [1873-1963] British composer. Signed card......20-30


41. William R. Day [1849-1923] served 19 years on the US Supreme Court. CLIP SIGNATURE, mounted......25-35


42. Edmund Muskie  (1914-1996) Governor of Maine from 1955 to 1959, as a member of the United States Senate from 1959 to 1980, and as Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter from 1980 to 1981. Muskie was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in the 1968 presidential election, and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1972.  Signed color photo of Lincoln statue, signed in person at Bates College in Maine. Condition:  the 2 white lines above Lincoln's head are not in the photo [scanner problem]; white speck below his knee is flaw, and also finger print near bottom are also flaws.  Still a nice example..........40-60

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43. [SPILLANE] typed 1951 page sent to Mickey Spillane about an incident in Lansing, Michigan where a 28 year old man was arrested on a charge of larceny. Apparently he bought a book but concealed two others under his coat and left without paying for them. According to detectives he admitted stealing the books. They were entitled MY GUN IS QUICK and VENGEANCE IS MINE, both by Spillane.  8.5 x 11 in. VG..............50-75

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44. [SPILLANE]  vintage unsigned 8x10 photo of Mickey Spillance, once owned by him. VG................50-75

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45 Mickey Spillance (1918-2006) American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. Spillane was also an occasional actor, once even playing Hammer himself. A receipt dated 1959 for clothing purchased by Mickey Spillane.  The included envelope is signed "M" on the verso by Mickey...............75-100

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46 Part of the MANHUNT Detective Story Monthly magazine, 1952, containing Mickey Spillane's EVERYBODY'S WATCHING ME.  Contains only Spillane's story, pages 81-93 plus covers. From Mickey Spillane's personal collection. VG..........50-75

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MARGARETT SARGENT (1892-1978) American Modernist

47. [ART]  MARGARETT SARGENT (1892-1978) ORIGINAL unsigned  watercolor drawing, sheet size approx. 15 x 12 in. Very good condition.  In the exhibition of her work in NYC at the gallery that handled her estate there were 19 works on paper and all but 3 were unsigned which is NOT unusual for her works on paper. MARGARETT SARGENT, American artist. An unconventional member of an aristocratic Boston family and fourth cousin of the artist John Singer Sargent, she was an artist who rebelled against both the social conventions and artistic tastes of her class and time. Student of George Luks and Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, she was inspired by such school-of-Paris Modernists as Matisse, Picasso and the German Expressionists. She began to exhibit in 1916, eventually participating in as many as than 30 shows. She was a great beauty who challenged her conservative family to pursue a career in art. Lincoln Kirstein, founder of the New York City Ballet, gave her a solo exhibition at the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, in a season that included Maurice Prendergast, Buckminster Fuller Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Calder performed his famous miniature circus at Sargent's Boston home. Bernice Abbott photographed her, Marie Laurencin painted her daughter's portrait. She met Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein, and collected works by Derain, Vlaminck, De Chirico Degas, Gauguin, Vuillard, Villon and Toulouse-Lautrec. She carried on affairs with lovers of both sexes, including the writer Jane Bowles, and also suffered from severe bouts of manic-depression and alcoholism. At the same time, Sargent was married to a wealthy Bostonian and had four children by him. Francoise Gilot (artist and mother of two children by Picasso) wrote that she was like Zelda Fitzgerald who struggled to be freed from the constraints imposed on them by society. An exhibition of her work was held at the Davis Art Museum (Wellesley College). A major book on her life and art has been published and the exhibition traveled from the Davis Museum to New York for exhibition at the Berry-Hill Galleries. In 1977 Margarett, after suffering several small strokes, was moved from her home Prides Crossing in Beverly, Massachusetts, against her will, to a nursing home.  She would never return to Prides.  Without her knowledge the house was emptied of furniture and art, and an auction was held on the front lawn.  That fall [1978], without her knowledge, Prides was sold to a developer. In 1933 Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.  he made sure to meet Americans interested in doing business in Germany. When he met rich Americans Hitler was at his most seductive and devious.  A dinner was organized for a small group of American with Hilter.  janet Flanner, in a 1936 New Yorker profile, would describe how Hitler looked during conversation: "In anything approaching serious talk, his sapphire-blue eyes, which are his only good feature, brighten and glow heavily as if words fanned them."  When Margarett spoke of the dinner with Hitler, she talked about his eyes. They drove her from the dinner table, she said, as soon as she could manage it: "I thought he was absolutely mad."
This drawing comes from that 1978 auction and was kept in storage for many years.  Because of the exhibitions, the book, and several articles [including a major article in the Boston Globe], there is at present, more than a little interest in this artist, which is sure to grow.   All work by Margarett Sargent is scarce and signed works are paper are rare. The picture showing of Sargent is online and not included with this drawing. VG..................300-600

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48. [FILM] Ernest Torrence (1878-1933) He was the man you loved to hiss. This towering (6' 4"), highly imposing character star with cold, hollow, beady eyes and a huge, protruding snout would go on to become one of the silent screen's finest arch villains. Unsigned vintage 5x7 photo. VG..........Min. Bid $7

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49. [FILM] Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977) American actor. Unsigned vintage 1925 photograph, 5x7 in.  The signature is printed. VG................Min. Bid $10


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50. [MUSIC] Ignace Strasfogel (1909-1994) Polish-born composer and conductor. From 1912, Strasfogel resided in Berlin and studied composition under Franz Schreker. In 1926, his two piano sonatas won the Mendelssohn Prize. In 1934, Strasfogel was forced to emigrate from Nazi Germany to the United States. In America, he worked as a pianist and won fame as conductor of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. In 1983, Strasfogel ended a 35 year break from composing, producing works for piano, orchestra, chamber music and songs. AMQS, 1973, approx. 6.5 x 3.5". Fine...........50-75

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51. FRITZ WEAVER (1926-) American Actor - He made his first off-Broadway appearance in a 1954 production of The Way of the World. His inaugural Broadway effort was 1955's The Chalk Circle. Weaver went on to appear in such classic stage roles as Hamlet and Peer Gynt, and also amassed a remarkable list of film credits, including two Twilight Zone appearances. In 1964, he made his film debut as the unstable Colonel Caserio in the doomsday thriller Fail Safe. The following year, he starred on Broadway in Baker Street, a musicalization of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. In 1970, he won the Tony award for his work as Jerome Malley in Child's Play. Most often cast as aristocratic villains in films (his resemblance to William F. Buckley has not gone unnoticed by producers), Fritz Weaver made his biggest international impact in the sympathetic role of Josef Weiss in the TV miniseries Holocaust (1978). SIGNED/inscribed 8x10 portrait photograph.................25-35



52. [FILM] George Bancroft (1882-1956) American Hollywood film actor of the 1920s and 1930s.  He later became one of the top Hollywood stars of the 1920s.  Unsigned vintage 5x7 photo. VG..................Min. Bid $9

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53. Another MOST interesting man that you've never heard of - GENE MARKEY  (1895-1980) he was an American author, producer, screenwriter, and highly decorated naval officer. For starters - he was married to actresses Joan Bennett [1932-1937]; Hedy Lamarr [1939-1941]; Myrna Loy [1946-1950] and Lucille Parker Wright (1952) the American businesswoman and philanthropist who owned Calumet Farm, the most prestigious Thoroughbred horse farm in the United States. Markey was born in Michigan, his uncle was Daniel Markey the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1918.  he was a skilled sketch artist, which gained him entry, after World War I, into the Art Institute of Chicago starting in 1919 and finishing in 1920. There, he claimed to have "studied painting and learned nothing". After that, he worked as a journalist in Chicago for several newspapers and magazines, including Photoplay magazine. It was during the 1920s that Gene Markey first became a writer, specializing in novels about the Jazz Age. Among his titles were Anabel; Stepping High; Women, Women, Everywhere; and His Majesty's Pyjamas. His book "Literary Lights" (March 1923, Alfred A. Knopf, New York) was a collection of fifty of America's most important literary authors of the day. He personally sketched each caricature. He went to Hollywood in 1929 and became a screenwriter for Twentieth Century Fox. His screen credits included King of Burlesque (1936) starring Alice Faye, Girls' Dormitory (1936) featuring Herbert Marshall, and On the Avenue (1937), starring Dick Powell, Madeleine Carroll, and Alice Faye. He was also the producer of the 1937 Shirley Temple film, Wee Willie Winkie, among others. Although he was not overly handsome, he was a very skilled conversationalist and he quickly became a popular fixture in Hollywood society. Among his good friends in Hollywood were producer John Hay Whitney, composer Irving Berlin, and actors Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ward Bond and John Wayne. He would often go fishing with Bond and Wayne off Catalina Island. A 1946 article in the Washington Times Herald said, "Other Men Say: What's Gene Markey Got That We Haven't Got?" The article ran a photo of Rudolph Valentino with the caption, "NOT SO HOT – By Comparison. Though all American womanhood swooned over him in his day, Rudolph Valentino was no Markey." Soon after he arrived in Hollywood in 1929, it was also reported that, "Markey became the most sought after unattached man in the cinema firmament, so sprinkled with far handsomer, richer male stars."  After his graduation from Dartmouth, Markey became a lieutenant in the infantry during World War I (which the United States had entered in 1917) and saw action at the Battle of Belleau Wood. He then joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1920, and it was during World War II that he made his greatest mark. In August 1941, he reported to Balboa, Panama, with the rank of lieutenant commander. He had a yacht, Melinda (named after his daughter), that he donated to the United States Navy for use as a submarine chaser. During the war, Markey rose to the rank of commodore and served as an assistant intelligence officer on the staff of Fleet Admiral William "Bull" Halsey at Guadalcanal. After the war, he was promoted to rear admiral and he officially retired from the Navy on February 27, 1956. He was highly decorated; among his awards were the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V (for leading a reconnaissance mission in the Solomon Islands in 1942), a Navy Commendation Medal, Italy's Star of Solidarity, and France's Legion of Honor. During World War II, Markey became good friends with Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. After the war, he became a special assistant to United States Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. Markey was very proud of his admiral's commission. He insisted on being called "Admiral Markey", never "Mister Markey" and, rarely, "Gene". For the rest of his life, he would promptly toss any mail (including bills) that wasn't addressed to Admiral Markey into the trash. Told you he had an interesting life. Offered here are a  signed & inscribed  sheet of his stationery and a 1979 cover signed.  The signature of wife Lucille may have been written by Gene Markey.  We were unable to locate an example of her signature...............50-75

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54. William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) prominent British Tory statesman of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became the youngest British prime minister in 1783 at the age of 24. He left office in 1801, but was Prime Minister again from 1804 until his death in 1806.  Offered here is a 1891 engraved portrait. Paper size 5-1/2 x 8-3/4 in. VG..............Min. Bid $9

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55.  Robert Stack [1919-2003] actor. ANS, nd. re: his autobiography..........20-30

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56. [FRANCE] Pierre Patte (1723–1814) was a French architect who was the assistant of the great French teacher of architecture, Jacques-François Blondel, whose Cours d'architecture which ran to nine volumes by 1777, he saw through the press after Blondel's death in 1774.  He has been credited for having been the first to illustrate a city street plan with buildings and sewer system shown in a section view, a reference to a section he produced in 1769, though recent study has shown the irrefutable influence of a similar drawing produced by the Portuguese engineer Eugenio dos Santos in the aftermath of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Under the reign of Louis XV Patte theorized in the middle of the 18th century about thinking about the overall structure of the city as an urban organism where changing one aspect would affect the whole thing. A century later some of Patte's ideas would help change Paris under the direction of Baron Haussmann.  Offered here is 7 lines identified as written by Patte, dated 1768, 1p, 7.5 x 9 in.  Fine................100-150

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57. State of Maine, Secretary of State, 1885, document, an order for money.  Oramandal Smith was Sec. of State and treasurer for Maine. Comes with original envelope. VG..............40-60