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1921-34 JANE ADDAMS SIGNED LETTERS (x5)

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $750 - $1,000

Description: Assortment of 5 letters, 2 ALS and 3 TLS written by social reformer Jane Addams during the '20s and '30s. All letters written to St. Louis Woman's Peace Party president, Mrs. Florence Taussig in regards to the Nobel Peace Prize, miscellaneous Peace Party events, travel arrangements and other various topics. One letter from 1932 reads, in part: 'The W.I.L. meeting Saturday is at Hull-House, and I am going to make a public exhibit of the medal, diploma, etc., connected with the Nobel Peace Prize.' Some letters written on 'Women's International League For Peace And Freedom' or 'Hull House' stationery in pencil or black ink. Includes 3 mailing envelopes with 1 addressed in Addams' hand and one WILPF program from 1934. Fine, great Nobel content!

Condition Report: A

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by Guernsey's

May 18, 2016, 6:00 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimate: $500 - $700

Description: "I Can't Put My Arms Around a Melody," Assorted Documents. From the Duke Ellington Collection, assorted documents pertaining to the composition, "I Can't Put My Arms Around a Melody," co-composed by Duke Ellington and Don George. Lot includes two copyright renewal notices, one certificate of copyright renewal, one letter addressed to Duke from the Songwriter's Protective Association regarding possible unauthorized publication of the composition, and two photocopies of two different handwritten transcriptions of the song.

Condition Report: The correspondence dated 5/22/56 has a 1" tear on right side.

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A GROUP OF SIX POPULAR ACTRESS AUTOGRAPHED 8

by Houston Auction Company

May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

Houston, TX, USA

Estimate: $100 - $150

Description: A GROUP OF SIX POPULAR ACTRESS AUTOGRAPHED 8" X 10" BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS, comprising a publicity photograph of Loni Anderson, signed and inscribed in black ink "Love, Loni Anderson"; a publicity photograph of Catherine Deneuve signed in blue ink; a publicity photograph of Linda Evans, signed and inscribed in purple marker "All the best, Linda Evans"; a publicity photograph by Harry Langdon of Connie Stevens, signed and inscribed in blue/black ink "To, John, With love, and, thanks, Connie Stevens"; a Paramount Pictures publicity photograph of Meryl Streep (with Robert de Niro) as Molly Gilmore in the 1984 film Falling in Love,signed in blue ink; and a publicty photograph of Lana Turner as Jacqueline Perrault in the CBS series Falcon Crest (1982-1983), signed and inscribed in red marker "For, John Fonteno, Sincerely, Lana Turner, '83." (6). Height: 10" Width: 8" NOTE: Connie Stevens image with photographer credit printed on right margin; Meryl Streep image with studio number "FL-138-35" printed within image; Lana Turner with printed letter included with lot.

Condition Report: minor yellowing of paper to all, minor wear along edges. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS."

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by Period Americana

May 11, 2016, 7:30 PM EST

Boston, MA, USA

Estimate: $80 - $100

Description: 1918 World War 1 letter regarding a gun shot wound, written from Senator John W.Weeks who later served as Secretary of War under Harding and Coolidge.

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(11) Olivia DeHavilland Original Signatures on Typed Letters

by Fusco Auctions

May 20, 2016, 5:30 PM EST

Willoughby, OH, USA

Estimate: $250 - $400

Description: (11) Olivia DeHavilland Original Signatures on Typed Letters: A great group of 11 typed letters that are signed by Olivia DeHavilland. All but one of these are addressed to Arnold Weissberger, her attorney, whereas one of the letters is addressed to Ms. Lena Tabori Fried, Director of Public Relations of Abrams Publications. All of the letters dates range from 1953-1975. Great group of typed letters signed by the “Gone with the Wind” great! Comes with LOA from JSA.

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Thomas Jefferson writes Benjamin Rush on his refusal to publish private writings

by University Archives

May 19, 2016, 10:30 AM EST

Westport, CT, USA

Estimate: $40,000 - $50,000

Description: Thomas Jefferson explains why he refuses to publish his private correspondence with Benjamin Rush, "...preventing the publication of his letters, or their getting into hands which might expose him, living, or his character when dead to obloquies from bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine..."THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) Autograph Letter Signed, "Th: Jefferson", 1p, 9.75" x 8", with conjoined franked address leaf in Jefferson's hand. Addressed to James Mease, Monticello, [Charlottesville, Va.], August 17, 1816. Expected toning. Fine condition.Thomas Jefferson, long since retired to private life, declines the request of Dr. James Mease for copies of Dr. Benjamin Rush's correspondence with Jefferson. Mease hoped to include them in a volume of Rush's letters to be published and specifically requested letters pertaining to Rush's personal views on religion and politics. After demurring, Jefferson discusses at length the differences between personal and official correspondence, with philosophical thoughts on public versus private expression. He closes with assurances that his decision is nothing personal, and of his great respect for Mease: "I hope, my dear Sir, you will see in my scruples only a sentiment of fidelity to a deceased friend."In full, "I have duly received your favor of the 7th inst. requesting me to communicate to you such letters from the late Dr. Rush to myself as I possess on political, religious, and miscellaneous subjects, with a view to their publication. I possess but few such; but these were of extraordinary confidence; insomuch that, on his death, I requested from his family a return of my letters to him on subjects of this character, which they kindly and honorably did return. had I died first, I think it probable he would have made the same request from my family, & with the same view, that of preventing the publication of his letters, or their getting into hands which might expose him, living, or his character when dead, to obloquies from bigots in religion, in politics, or in medicine When we are pouring our inmost thoughts into the bosom of a friend, we lose sight of the world, we see ourselves only in confabulation with another self; we are off our guard; write hastily; hazard thoughts of the first impression; yield to momentary excitement; because, if we err, no harm is done; it is to a friend we have committed ourselves, who knows us, who will not betray us; but will keep to himself what, but for this confidence, we should reconsider, weigh, correct, perhaps reject, on the more mature reflections and dictates of our reason. to fasten a man down to all his unreflected expressions, and to publish him to the world in that as his serious & settled form, is a surprise on his judgment and character. I do not mean an inference that there is anything of this character in Doctor Rush's letters to me: but only that, having been written without intention or preparation for publication, I do not think it within the office of a friend to give them a publicity which he probably did not contemplate. / I know that this is often the form in which an author chuses to have his ideas made public. When the occasion, the subject, the chastened style evidently indicate this, it may be a good evidence of intention, as direct expression, but in the present case, the occasions were special, the persons and subjects most confidential, and the style the ordinary careless one of private correspondence. Under these circumstances, I hope, my dear Sir, you will see in my scruples only a sentiment of fidelity to a deceased friend, and that you will accept assurances of my great esteem and respect / Th: Jefferson"James Mease (1771-1846) studied medicine under Benjamin Rush and was a prominent Philadelphia doctor and scientific thinker, graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He helped develop a scientific vineyard, was a member and curator of the American Philosophical Society, was a founder and the first vice president of the Philadelphia Athenaeum, an early lecturer on pharmacy science, and an important early leader in the call for treating veterinary medicine as a science that should be studied similar to human medicine. He served as surgeon during the War of 1812. He devoted considerable time to correspondence among other scientifically-minded individuals around the United States and the world on subjects of horticulture, geology, penal and criminal reform, technology, and medicine. He wrote a book, The Picture of Philadelphia, Giving an Account of its Origin, Increase, and Improvements in Arts, Sciences, Manufactures, Commerce and Revenue (1811), that charted the city and its inhabitants' rise to prominence in American life. He also wrote Observations on the Arguments of Professor Rush in Favor of the Inflammatory Nature of the Disease Produced by the Bite of a Mad Dog, 1801. Mease attended Dr. Rush on his deathbed in 1813.Jefferson's references to religion in his available letters are particularly scarce. Only a handful have ever come to market, most notably the "synagogue" letter which sold nearly 30 years ago for around $400,000.This letter is made even more pertinent in light of recent developments and privacy incursions by Internet giants Google and Facebook, and the National Security Agency.

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1971-86 AUTOGRAPHED EPHEMERA BALANCE LOT (x14)

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 12, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $200 - $300

Description: Group of 14 photographs, covers and publications featuring various NASA astronauts, administrators, astronomers and artists. Signers include: Dick Scobee & Einar Enevoldson (dual signed cover), Al Worden (x2 publications), Ron Evans (x2 book promo and letter), Gordon Fullerton (x3 inscribed photographs), Jack Lousma (publication), Owen Garriott (pamphlet), Clyde Tombaugh (cover), Robert McCall (photographs) and George M. Low (publication). Interesting collection with bold signatures. Very fine.

Condition Report: A

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1841 ROBERT JOHNSTON ASST POSTMASTER GENERAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER TO WATERBURY, VT

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $250 - $275

Description: Feb 24, 1841, entirely handwritten letter (8"x10") to postmaster of Waterbury VT, from Assistant Postmaster General Robert Johnston. Letter clarifies routes and rates, explaining how rates are calculated using distances between post offices, figuring the shortest routes. Johnston answers, based on 'Post Office Laws and Instruction' manual of 1832, the most recent publication date of that particular resource. Great content letter, couple small edge tears, otherwise fine.

Condition Report: A/D

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Henri Perregaux, Locle, Case No. 14282, 45 mm, 64 g, circa 1860

by Auktionen Dr. Crott

May 14, 2016, 12:00 PM CET

Frankfurt Airport, Germany

Estimate: €1,500 - €2,500

Description: A gentleman's small pocket watch with jumping seconds Case: 18k gold. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, 2 barrels, gold screw compensation balance. The back of this watch shows an exquisite engraving of a painting by Adolphe Mouilleron after an illustration by E.J.C. Hamman, showing the physician Andreas Vesalius in his study, with a corpse, his books and his instruments. Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) was born in Brussels, a Flemish physician and anatomist of the Renaissance; he is generally regarded as the founder of modern anatomy. Vesalius studied at the universities of Leuven and Paris. In Leuven he was able to conduct his first public autopsy in 1537, before going to Italy where he received a doctorate and became a professor at the surgical ward in Padua. Vesalius went to Venice, Bologna, Basel and Pisa; he wasappointed personal physician to Emperor Charles V and later to the court at the Hague, he published a great number of anatomical papers and treatises. On the return journey of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Vesalius was taken ill and died on the Greek island of Zakynthos.

Condition Report: Case: good, worn. Dial: good, hairlines, slightly chipped, hands partially replaced. Movm.: good, oxydized, capable of running, cleaning recommended.

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Whittier, John Greenleaf: Poems; Phila. J. Healy, et. al; 1838.

by Link Auction Galleries

May 20, 2016, 10:30 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Whittier, John Greenleaf: Poems; Phila. J. Healy, et. al; 1838. 1st edition. Whittier's first publication in book form. With a Whittier autograph letter signed laid in.

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John F. Kennedy Signed Letter

by Christiana Auction Gallery

May 12, 2016, 6:00 PM EST

NEWARK, DE, USA

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: Letter signed in ink by John F. Kennedy regarding a deathAdditionally, an addressed envelope, and a symphony card written in pencil from Jacqueline Kennedy to Mr. and Mrs. Regis Kennedy regarding the death of her father

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REGINALD MARSH (AMERICAN 1898-1954). CITY STREET SCENE WITH A YOUNG WOMAN WALKING.

by Northeast Auctions

May 15, 2016, 12:00 PM EST

Portsmouth, NH, USA

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Watercolor and Conte crayon with white highlights on tan paper, 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches. Signed "REGiNALD MARSH" l.r.Note: Accompanied by a letter of authentication from Norman Sasowsky, author, curator and cataloguer of Marsh's work and Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware.

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The Golden Compass - Collection of production folders including licensee list (2006), cereal partners promotion, website details, staff emails, publicity letters, preliminary production notes, VFX list, pre-premier email from Philip Pullman about adapting book to script, TGC/Sega emails and style guide developments,

by Ewbank's

May 12, 2016, 12:00 PM BST

Woking, United Kingdom

Estimate: £50 - £80

Description: The Golden Compass - Collection of production folders including licensee list (2006), cereal partners promotion, website details, staff emails, publicity letters, preliminary production notes, VFX list, pre-premier email from Philip Pullman about adapting book to script, TGC/Sega emails and style guide developments,

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN. LETTER SIGNED: TO GIDEON WELLES, 3 MAY 1864, REGARDING RESPONSE TO FORT PILLOW MASSACRE

by Sotheby's

May 25, 2016, 2:00 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimate: $150,000 - $200,000

Description: Manuscript letter written in a neat secretarial hand, 1 page (252 x 203 mm) on a bifolium of blue-ruled Executive Mansion letterhead, Washington, 3 May 1864, salutation in Lincoln's hand, "Hon. Secretary of the Navy"; very light discoloration at left margin and small mounting remnant on verso of integral blank from earlier framing.

Condition Report: Manuscript letter written in a neat secretarial hand, 1 page (252 x 203 mm) on a bifolium of blue-ruled Executive Mansion letterhead, Washington, 3 May 1864, salutation in Lincoln's hand, "Hon. Secretary of the Navy"; very light discoloration at left margin and small mounting remnant on verso of integral blank from earlier framing.In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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Mining and Other Correspondence

by Holabird Western Americana

May 13, 2016, 9:00 AM PST

Reno, NV, USA

Estimate: $120 - $200

Description: 10 pieces include: 1837 letter and cover regarding sinking a new mining shaft and putting in a new boiler and pump; letter (notice) and cover of bank closing. The Miners' Savings Bank to Michael Hanley Teabo Mine, New Jersey, 1880; 3 covers with corner mine advertisements; 3 postal cards; two 1884 letters with covers. City: State: United States Date: ID# 37427

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(52 PCS) MAINE INDIAN ARTIFACTS - Ex John F

by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

May 22, 2016, 11:00 AM EST

Thomaston, ME, USA

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Description: (52 PCS) MAINE INDIAN ARTIFACTS - Ex John F. Hill of Belgrade, Maine Collection, Norridgewock Red Paint Tribal, mostly from "Old Point" in 1920, including burial pieces and tools; a group of projectile points in a box marked North End Spencer Lake 1964; Tools from Long Island, (Maine), some from "Teconic Falls", (confluence of the Seebassticook & Kennebec Rivers in Winslow, opposite Waterville), more. All pieces are numbered and catalogued, and an exchange of letters with Dr. Arthur E. Spiess, Archaeologist with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission enclosed. Also the jar of screened red ochre mentioned in the letters from Dr. Speiss. Also, letter and detailed sketches from the late James B. Petersen, UMF Professor of Anthropology, 1983-1997.

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1909 A Chinese Professor Post Card

by Sam's Auction Market Inc

May 8, 2016, 10:30 AM EST

Flushing, NY, USA

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Description: 1909 A Chinese Professor Post Card L: 5.5 cm; W: 3.5 cm

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1909 A Chinese Professor Post Card

by Sam's Auction Market Inc

May 8, 2016, 10:30 AM EST

Flushing, NY, USA

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Description: 1909 A Chinese Professor Post Card L: 5.5 cm; W: 3.5 cm

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1925 Dr. ROBERT GODDARD Autograph Letter Signed on the Science of Rocketry

by Early American

May 21, 2016, 9:00 AM PST

Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

Description: AutographsDr. Robert Goddard Months before Launching the World's First Liquid-Propelled Rocket on the Science of RocketryROBERT GODDARD (1882 -1945), American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926. October 30, 1925-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "Robt. Goddard", 1 page, measuring 8.5" x 11", on "Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, Department of Physics" Letterhead Stationery, Choice Very Fine. This great content letter is written to Clark University graduate scholar Russell B. Hastings. The previous June, Hastings had completed a thesis on a physics problem supplied by Goddard, entitled, "The Emission of Electricity from Substances on Incandescent Carbon." Unbeknownst to Hastings, Robert Goddard was using the thesis to further his inquiries into rocketry and space travel. Years later, Hastings would recall, "Unlike most research physicists, who were usually poor teachers, Goddard was the best I ever had. But I never suspected that he was planning to use my work to prove ion repulsion for rockets." Here, Goddard writes, in full:"Dear Mr. Hastings: --- I was glad to hear from you, and to know how things are going. Regarding the courses which you had last year, there are as follows, with the proper designation and total credit. Electricity and Magnetism, No. 23; 6 hours Research - __________; No. 37; 24 hours Advanced Theory of Electricity and magnetism, No. 35; 6 hours Seminar - __________; No. 310; 2 hours Applied Math. ______; No. ____; 6 hours The applied math. course, which constituted the minor, has not been given a number in the catalogue, but I believe it should be a '2' course as it is a purely graduate course, and would never be given to an undergraduate. I hope this will put the matter straight. If it does not, please let me know. I am glad to know that the thesis is progressing. From what you say about it, it looks like a very interesting piece of work. Remember me to Dr. [John C.] Hubbard [professor of Physics at the Clark undergraduate college], and tell him, please, that I was sorry not to be within reach of the phone when he called up. We both send our best regards to you. Sincerely, -- (signed) Robt. Goddard" While seemingly preoccupied with teaching and academic guidance, Goddard was actually absorbed in his research. In December, he had his first important success with a liquid-propelled rocket. In a static rack attached to the physics building, his new rocket engine lifted itself for 27 seconds. Three months later came the true test: independent flight. A very rare Handwritten Letter from Goddard with excellent associations, dating from the very birth of rocketry.On a cold New England morning on March 16, 1926, Goddard and his machinist, Henry Sachs, drove out to Aunt Effie's farm to set up the rocket and launching frame (a pipe). Goddard's wife and a colleague, Percy Roope, arrived shortly after noon - just in time for the flight. Goddard recorded the event in his diary the very next day: "The First flight with a rocket using liquid propellants was made yesterday at Aunt Effie's farm in Auburn. The day was clear and comparatively quiet... Even though the release was pulled, the rocket did not rise at first, but the flame came out, and there was a steady roar. After a number of seconds it rose, slowly until it cleared the frame, and then at express train speed, curving over to the left, and striking the ice and snow, still going at a rapid rate. It looked almost magical as it rose, without any appreciably greater noise or flame, as if it said: 'I've been here long enough; I think I'll be going somewhere else, if you don't mind'.Esther [his wife] said that it looked like a fairy or an esthetic dancer as it started off. The sky was clear, for the most part, with large shadowy white clouds, but by late in the afternoon there was a large pink cloud in the West, over which the sun shone. One of the surprising things was the absence of smoke, the lack of a very loud roar, and the smallness of the flame." The rocket had risen 41 feet and flown a distance of 184 feet in just 2.5 seconds before impacting the ground, "proving conclusively the practicality of the liquid-propelled rocket" Goddard would later write.

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BUDDEUS, J.F. Institutiones theologicae dogmaticae

by Burgersdijk & Niermans

May 11, 2016, 1:30 PM CET

2311 RW Leiden, Netherlands

Description: BUDDEUS, J.F. Institutiones theologicae dogmaticae variis observationibus illustratae. Frankf./Lpz., 1741. (12), 1320, (20) pp. W. printer's mark, engr. portr. of the author & 1 dedic. engr. 4°. Fine cont. cf. w. raised bands, gilt coat of arms (containing lions and palm trees) and 'G.H.v.D. 1754' in gilt lettering on front side. (Slightly browned/foxed in places). Buddeus, Johann Franz (1667-1729) born in Pomerania, was professor of Greek and Latin, moral philosophy and theology at Leipzig and Halle. - NDB II, 715. Estimated Price: € 240

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by Burgersdijk & Niermans

May 11, 2016, 1:30 PM CET

2311 RW Leiden, Netherlands

Description: NAKED LADIES ALPHABET -- BEEKE, A. Alphabet. Hilv., Steendrukkerij De Jong, 1970. Fold-out cover w. 30 loose plates, as issued, w. b&w photogr. by G. Kooiman & E. v.d. Elsken. (Kwadraat-Blad). (Short split in cover, lettering on front side a bit faded). First edition. The plates show naked ladies forming the letters of the alphabet and other typographic elements. The Dutch Photobook, p. 96/97. -- Added: 2 o. publications laid out by Beeke. (3). Estimated Price: € 80

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Huge Misc. Mining Archive

by Holabird Western Americana

May 13, 2016, 9:00 AM PST

Reno, NV, USA

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

Description: Over 60 pieces, included are billheads, letters, covers with corner advertising, map, deeds, publications and more. Some are: Night Hawk Mining Company billhead, 1902; Haggarty-Jordan Copper Mining Co. billhead, 1901; Ferris-Haggarty Copper Mining Co. billhead, 1901; letter from Bj Walters asking for monetary support for gold and copper mine and response from RL Rutter, 1916; The Spokesman Review Quarterly, "A Million dollar Check", 1899; Scribner's Monthly, 1879; Harper's New Monthly, 1861--"Grub Stakes and Millions", great illustrations. City: State: United States Date: ID# 37420

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by Burgersdijk & Niermans

May 11, 2016, 1:30 PM CET

2311 RW Leiden, Netherlands

Description: REVE, G. De avonden. Een winterverhaal. Facsimile-uitgave v.h. manuscript en typoscript. Amst., De Bezige Bij, 2001. W. colophon (4 pp), introd. booklet (36 pp) by M. Eijgenraam, and num. loose reproductions of the manuscript divided in sections. 4°. Loose as published in ocl. box, lettered in blind. Publication to commemorate the 50th edition of 'De avonden'. Printed in 250 numbered copies, signed by the author. Estimated Price: € 130

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STAR TREK 1960s-90s SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS (x33)

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: Collection of 33 items, mostly 8"x10" B&W 'Star Trek' publicity stills featuring cast and crew members from the original series, 'The Next Generation' and 'Deep Space Nine.' Signers include: William Shatner, creator Gene Roddenberry (some smearing), Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, Walter Koenig (x2), Nichelle Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Rene Auberjonois (x2) and more. Seventeen personally inscribed with few letters and other ephemera mixed in. Very fine.

Condition Report: A

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An Introduction into Botany by James Lee circa 1810

by Kingfisher Auctions

May 25, 2016, 5:00 PM GMT

London, United Kingdom

Estimate: £150 - £200

Description: This is a S Crowder publication of James lee An Introduction to Botany circa 1810 and being a 5th Edition with 434 pages complete with 12 engraved plates. The first few leaves are quite creased but thereafter a an copy in recent quarter antique calf leather with marbled boards with 5 raised bands to the spine and the original letter label has been replaced, a very nice copy

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1910s-80s WOMEN'S PEACE PARTY COLLECTION W/ JANE ADDAMS LETTERS

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $500 - $700

Description: Unique collection of correspondence letters, documents, pamphlets and other miscellaneous ephemera related to the Woman's Peace Party. Nearly all items originate from the collection of St. Louis Chapter President, Florence Taussig, and includes: two letters (handwritten and typed) from social pioneer, Jane Addams, regarding meetings and donations; typed letter from world peace advocate, Norman Cousins; dozens of correspondence letters between Ms. Taussig and Mrs. William I. Hull (wife of peace & International relations activist, William I. Hull); Secretary notes and log from Woman's Peace Party meetings; Women's Club & Peace Movement pamphlets; Jane Addams 1960 Centennial documents; donation summaries and more. Tons of variety here with a great deal of content, rarely offered. Condition ranges from fine to very fine.

Condition Report: A/D

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1918-30 JANE ADDAMS SIGNED LETTERS (x5)

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: Assortment of 5 letters, 3 ALS and 2 TLS written by social reformer Jane Addams from 1918-30. All letters written and addressed to St. Louis Woman's Peace Party president, Mrs. Florence Taussig in regards to speaking engagements, finances, health, travel arrangements and other various topics. One letter from 1930 reads, in part: 'I have reluctantly made up my mind that it is wiser for me not to go to Washington. My heart has not been acting so well during the last few weeks and after the strain of the 40th anniversary, I think I should "lie low" for a while.' Letters written on 'Women's International League For Peace And Freedom' or 'Hull House' stationery in pencil or black ink. Includes 3 mailing envelopes with 2 addressed in Addams' hand. Very fine.

Condition Report: A

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1920s-30s JANE ADDAMS SIGNED LETTERS (x6) W/ TELEGRAM

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $700 - $900

Description: Interesting collection of 6 letters, 2 ALS, 3 TLS and 1 telegram written by social reformer and 1931 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jane Addams. All letters written and addressed to St. Louis Woman's Peace Party president, Mrs. Florence Taussig during the '20s and in 1930 in regards to her Nobel Peace Prize, Woman's Peace Party meetings, travel arrangements and other various topics. One letter reads, in part: 'The Nobel Prize people have asked for the enclosed material-no good in my opinion!' Some letters written on 'Women's International League For Peace And Freedom,''The Woman's Peace Party' or 'Hull House' stationery in pencil or black ink. Includes 3 original mailing envelopes with 2 addressed in Addams' hand. Fine, great content!

Condition Report: A

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1921-31 JANE ADDAMS SIGNED LETTERS (x5)

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: Group of 5 letters, 4 ALS and 1 TLS written by social reformer, Jane Addams during the '20s and early '30s. All letters written to St. Louis Woman's Peace Party president, Mrs. Florence Taussig in regards to Thora Daugaard, Woman's Peace Party meetings and other various topics. One letter from 1928 reads, in part: 'If Miss Pye decides to go on before the Annual Meeting, do you think we could afford $100 to bring Thora Daugaard on for the Annual Meeting? She is a very fine speaker...' Some letters written on 'Women's International League For Peace And Freedom' or 'Ligue Internationale De Femmes Pour La Paix Et La Liberte' stationery in pencil or black ink. Includes 4 mailing envelopes with 3 addressed in Addams' hand. Fine to very fine.

Condition Report: A

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1921-34 JANE ADDAMS SIGNED LETTERS W/ TELEGRAM (x5)

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: Assortment of 5 letters, 2 ALS, 2 TLS and 1 telegram written by social reformer Jane Addams during the 1920s. All letters written and addressed to St. Louis Women's Peace Party president, Mrs. Florence Taussig in regards to Edith Pye, Anne Martin, East Asia trip, travel arrangements and financial transactions. One letter from 1928 reads, in part: 'Edith Pye is rather a quiet speaker, typically Quakerish in her general aspect but quite convincing, I think, and sure to win the respect of her audience...' Some letters written on 'Women's International League For Peace And Freedom,''S.S. Taiyo Maru' or 'Hull House' stationery in pencil or black ink. Includes 3 original mailing envelopes with 2 written in Addams' hand and 4 postcards from East Asia. Condition ranges from fine to very fine.

Condition Report: A

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Harry Houdini Signed Letter

by Christiana Auction Gallery

May 12, 2016, 6:00 PM EST

NEWARK, DE, USA

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

Description: A very rare hand written letter from Houdini to William Van Der Weyde (1870-1928). The letter reads: Dear Van der Weyde - Rushed off on the Orheum tour for 20 weeks. Will be back May or June. Big contract plus a vacation! Have worked hard for 2 years (yes siree) + this will be a pleasure trip. Had a séance with Tompkins in Chi (Chicago). Will tell you all about it when I get back. Enclosed find my route - regards to you 2 - HoudiniWritten January 19, 1923 at Hotels Statler in St. Louis

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A SELECTION OF BURLIUKIANA INCLUDING CARDS, PUBLICATIONS AND PERSONAL LETTERS BY DAVID BURLIUK

by Shapiro Auctions LLC

May 21, 2016, 10:00 AM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: A SELECTION OF BURLIUKIANA INCLUDING CARDS, PUBLICATIONS AND PERSONAL LETTERS BY DAVID BURLIUKincluding:two personal letters and a postcard from David Burliuk to Sandra and Mervin Goldman, written by the artist in May and November of 1966 concerning his art and future plans for publication shortly before his deatha printed loose leaf account Memories of My Father, David Davidovich Burliuk, and Mother, Marussia Yelenevskaya, Who Was Always at Father`s Side by Nicholas Burliuk as told to Henry Gilfond, 34 pgs. six blank postcards depicting the Burliuks and David Burliuk`s artworka printed loose leaf selection of Poems and Fragments by David Davidovich Burliuk, translated by Nicholas Burliuk and Henry Gilfond, pgs 3-20Eric Estorick, Burliuk in England, Retrospective 1907-1966, Color and Rhyme No. 62, 15 pgs. brochure for Burliuk, Exhibition September 12-October 9, 1976, Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

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A GROUP OF FIVE ACTOR AUTOGRAPHED 8

by Houston Auction Company

May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

Houston, TX, USA

Estimate: $80 - $120

Description: A GROUP OF FIVE ACTOR AUTOGRAPHED 8" X 10" BLACK AND WHITE 7PHOTOGRAPHS, comprising a publicity photograph of George Burns signed in red marker "To, John, Best, George Burns; an American International publicity photograph of James Colburn as Nick Casey in the 1980 film The Baltimore Bullet, signed in black marker; a publicity photograph of Clint Eastwood signed in black marker; a publicity photograph of Burt Lancaster signed in black marker "For John -, Warmest Regards, Burt Lancaster"; and a 20th Century Fox publicity photograph of Walter Pidgeon as Mr, Gruffydd in the 1941 film How Green Was My Valley, signed in black marker. (5) Height: 10" Width: 8" NOTE: James Colburn example with studio number "BB-14" printed within image and production details printed on bottom margin, name written in blue pen on reverse; Burt Lancaster example with studio number printed within image (partially trimmed off); Walter Pidgeon example with abreviiated production details printed on bottom margiin.

Condition Report: overall yellowing of paper to each; Burt Lancaster example trimmed to 7 7/8" h. x 7 1/2" w.; minor wear to edges. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS."

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Archive of letter s by President George H W Bush as CIA Director

by University Archives

May 19, 2016, 10:30 AM EST

Westport, CT, USA

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Description: Rare collection of four letters (including 3 ALsS!) of George Bush as CIA Director, Vice President, President, and former President, each to publisher Helen Copley, housed in a red, white, and blue custom made clamshell caseGEORGE H. W. BUSH (b. 1924) Helen K. Copley (1922-2004) had succeeded her husband James S. Copley as head of the Union Tribune Publishing Company in San Diego upon his death in 1973. She was also Chairman and CEO of The Copley Press, a publisher and newspaper chain comprising 15 daily and 32 weekly publications.Comprises:(1) CIA Director Autograph Letter Signed "George" as "Director of Central Intelligence," 2p, 5" x 7.25", front & verso. On blind embossed CIA stationery, [Washington, D.C.], December 1, 1976. With original typed addressed postmarked envelope. Fine condition.In full, "It was just great seeing you again. Thanks for everything. The chance to meet with the Board and the breakfast with those top people were fine opportunities to get our message out. Most, I loved our private chat. I appreciate your willingness to think about Andover in time. I thought about Jim [her late husband] – how proud he'd be. You're doing just great – I'm proud to be your friend. Gratefully, George." Initialed by Mrs. Copley "HKC" at top left.(2) Aboard Air Force Two! Autograph Letter Signed "George" as Vice President, 2p, 6.25" x 4", on both sides of his blue edged card with the Vice Presidential seal in gilt, lettered in blue, at top left. "Michigan to N.J. / Nov. 4, 1988." With original 6.75" x 4.25" envelope with VP seal and "Aboard Air Force Two" on back flap. Addressed by Bush to "Ms. Helen Copley / Box 191 / San Diego, Cal. 92112." Fine condition.In full, "I was so very pleased to receive the endorsements of the papers. Methinks I sense the hand of Helen Copley. If so I am very grateful. 72 hours of campaigning left as I write this note. I can hardly believe it's almost over – or is it just beginning – Tuesday will tell. Most Gratefully..."Four days later, on November 8, 1988, Vice President George Bush defeated Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis 426-111 electoral votes, 40 states (including Copley's California) to 10 states + D.C., and 48.9 million popular votes to 41.8 million, to become the first incumbent Vice President to be elected President in 152 years (V.P. Van Buren was elected President in 1836).(3) President Bush Typed Letter Signed "George" as President, 1p, 6.75" x 8.75". On pale green White House stationery, blind embossed presidential seal at top. Washington, September 5, 1990. To Mrs. Helen K. Copley, Chairman and CEO, The Copley Press, La Jolla, California. Fine condition.In full, "Alvah Chapman tells me that you were most helpful in the all-out fundraising effort on behalf of El Espectador in Colombia. This magnificent support will send a strong message to the narco-terrorists that they cannot prevail. I know Alvah, who did a superb job in heading up this effort, joins me in thanking you for your generous response." President Bush has handwritten "Warmest Personal Regards – G"A year earlier, the offices of "El Espectador," a daily newspaper published in Bogota which openly criticized drug-trafficking, were bombed by the Medellin Cartel, an organized network of drug suppliers and smugglers originating in the city of Medellin, Colombia.(4) From Kennebunkport Autograph Letter Signed "George," 1p, 6.25" x 8.5". On his pictorial "Walker's Point" stationery. [Kennebunkport, Maine], July 19 1996. To Ms. Helen K. Copley, Copley Newspapers, La Jolla, California. With original typed addressed postmarked envelope. Fine condition.In full, Thanks for the lovely invitation but I will not be in town on that Saturday. Barbara and I will only be there for a very few hours on the following Monday. Warm personal regards..."

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by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

May 13, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Large archive of worldwide correspondence (many hundreds of letters housed in several boxes) of Mary Bolland Taussig Hall (1911-2015) graduated Bryn Mawr, worked for Jane Addams at Hull House, well known for her dedication to public service in areas of child welfare, race relations, public health & world peace. Archive spans the 1920s thru 1970s, to/from family, friends & others, plus additional correspondence (1870s-1970s) from related families, including Tompkins (Louis Benoist Tompkins was first husband), Hall (Thomas Hall was second husband) and others. Many long descriptive letters by Mary from Bryn Mawr (1930s) to her family, plenty of letters/picture postcards from Belfast, Paris, European Trips (1920s, 1930s), group of interesting letters to Mary from friend on 1930s Asian trip, mentions attempted Japan coup, some older photos, telegrams, other relations' personal, family & other correspondence. Interesting lot with much information to be gleaned. Variety of worldwide frankings, some auxiliary markings. Majority of covers roughly opened.

Condition Report: C

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A GROUP OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS AND A COLOR LOBBY CARD

by Houston Auction Company

May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

Houston, TX, USA

Estimate: $50 - $80

Description: A GROUP OF DOROTHY DANDRIDGE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS AND A COLOR LOBBY CARD comprising a 20th Century Fox 8" x 10" black and white publicity photograph circa 1957; an 8" x 10" black and white publicity photograph as Mahia in MGMs 1958 film The Decks Ran Red; two 8" x 10" black and white publicity photographs and an 11" x 14" color lobby card as Aiche in Hal Roach's 1959 film Tamango; an 8" x 10" black and white publicity photograph as Gianna in Warner Brothers 1959 film Malaga; a modern reprint 8" x 10" black and white publicity photograph of Dandridge in slacks and blouse; together with an 8" x 10" black and white publicity photograph of Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge from HBO's 1998 film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. (8) NOTE: photographs with studio numbers included within image and production details printed on bottom margin; lobby card with with printed number 59/284 lower right bottom margin

Condition Report: yellowing to vintage photographs, minor wear to edges and corners, lobby card with pin marks at corners and center to top and bottom margins Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS."

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Irma Sompayrac Willard (American/Louisiana)

by Neal Auction Company

May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM CST

New Orleans, LA, USA

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: Irma Sompayrac Willard (American/Louisiana, 1897-1991), "Along the Stream, Louisiana Landscape", 1922, oil on canvas board, signed and dated lower right, 14 in. x 19 3/4 in., period gilt frame. Note: Born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Irma Sompayrac (later Mrs. David Milne Willard) began painting during her time as a student at Newcomb College, from which she graduated in 1920. After spending time traveling between and working in New York City and Natchitoches, Sompayrac, her friend Gladys Breazeale, and former professor Ellsworth Woodward collaborated to create the Natchitoches Art Colony. With Sompayrac and Breazeale as directors and Woodward as professor, the Art Colony opened with its first season in 1921; there were ten students who had enrolled to study and compete for prizes. In 1922, Will Henry Stevens joined the colony as the primary instructor and over the next decade, the school, while retaining a relatively small number of around thirty students, gained national publicity and students from as far as California. This light and airy landscape, with a rich, yet soft, palette and sweeping composition, draws comparisons to Ellsworth Woodward’s oil paintings. The scene of a Louisiana stream certainly could have been painted near the Natchitoches Art Colony, a location which Woodward described as “an ideal location for an Art Colony” with “scenery unsurpassable.” Noted as the first art colony of the south, the Natchitoches Art Colony paved the way for future colonies and clubs, such as the Cane River Arts and Crafts Club.

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A Kynoch letter opener

by Yeovil Auction Rooms

May 7, 2016, 10:30 AM BST

Yeovil, United Kingdom

Description: A Kynoch letter opener

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Collection of Family Documents and Letters, dating from 1784 to 1910, most from the early 1800s, presented in a leather covered bras...

by Crescent City Auction Gallery

May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM CST

New Orleans, LA, USA

Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: Collection of Family Documents and Letters, dating from 1784 to 1910, most from the early 1800s, presented in a leather covered brass tack decorated document box, H.- in., W.- in.

Condition Report: As found. Many letters are torn or have tears, with extensive creases, losses, wear from various acid exposures and are brittle. Many letters appear to be from one United States location to another United States location. No envelopes are available. Approximately five have rubber stamps on them and one appears to have a traditional postage stamp. A curious collection. ALL PROPERTY IS SOLD "AS IS." NO STATEMENT REGARDING CONDITION OF ANY ITEM, WHETHER IT IS MADE ORALLY AT THE AUCTION OR ANY OTHER TIME, OR IN WRITING IN THE CATALOGUE OR ELSEWHERE, SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE A WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR ASSUMPTION OF LIABILITY.

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George Santayana ALS to Architect R C Sturgis re history & better future

by University Archives

May 19, 2016, 10:30 AM EST

Westport, CT, USA

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Description: Santayana writes a fascinating lengthy letter to architect R. Clipston Sturgis. The man who famously said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" here states "We are fortunate to have lived to see a real change in the outlook of history. I detested the nineteenth century. The twentieth, through fire and sword, seems to be coming to face reality."GEORGE SANTAYANA (1863-1952) Autograph Letter Signed "G. Santayana," 2 pages, 8" x 10.5", separate sheets attached together at left edges (not on Santayana writing) by plastic tape. Rome, Italy, August 1, 1945. To architect Richard Clipston Sturgis (1860-1951). Each page bears a censor stamping. Minor flaws. On lightweight stationery. Fine condition.In part, "I am grateful, after finishing your letter, that you have protested so gently. The risk of giving offence by a book like Persons & Places (Santayana's 1944 autobiography) was obvious, and my original intention had been not to publish it while I still lived, or those lived whose feelings might be hurt by it. But outside solicitations prevailed. First about the first volume, and then, with some qualms on my part and much pruning of the text, in regard to the second. It has been only in view of the third that I have called a halt and reverted to my good resolutions. And it is not only in question of not offending individuals: it is also a question of waiting for public sentiment to become hypocritical and relish the plain truth. The truth is many-sided. A person who saw only evil in the world or in the soul would miss the truth of what is most beautiful. But to see, or to mention only the beautiful is to form a false and tiresome picture of the world…"The pleasures of solitude can hardly be called happiness, yet they combine enjoyment with peace: and writing this book about my unhappy youth has given me more pleasure than I ever had in living through those episodes … We are fortunate to have lived to see a real change in the outlook of history. I detested the nineteenth century. The twentieth, through fire and sword, seems to be coming to face reality. You in America are being awakened from your satisfied slumber, and are courageously taking the lead. Not that events are ever likely to fulfil expectations: but they may bring something else, perhaps better, at least in its own eyes…" Note: Five days after Santayana wrote these words, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan.On verso of the second sheet are two Autograph Notes Signed "Clip" by Sturgis, the first in pencil, to "Dick," possibly his grandson Richard Clipston Harding, son of his daughter, graphic designer Dorothy Sturgis Harding (1891-1978) who may be the "Dottie" mentioned in the second note:"Dear Dick I was too ill when this came to really read it - Am better now - Love to both, Clip" and "Oct. 9. Dottie has read this now. I send it on to you. Don't want it back. am gaining! Clip."

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PROFESSOR R MORETTI (ROMA)

by Miami Auction Gallery

May 9, 2016, 8:00 PM EST

Miami, FL, USA

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

Description: WATERCOLOR 21" X 15" , WITH FRAME 28" X 20.50" , EXCELLENT CONDITION

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ABERDEEN EARL OF: (1784-1860) British Prime Minister 1852-55

by International Autograph Auctions

May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM GMT

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Estimate: £80 - £100

Description: ABERDEEN EARL OF: (1784-1860) British Prime Minister 1852-55. A.L.S., Aberdeen, one page, 8vo, Argyll House, 12th March 1856, to Cantwell. Aberdeen states that he has been summoned to attend a meeting at the British Museum the following day 'to take into consideration the case of Professor Owen', although adding that he is not a member of the Natural History Committee 'by whom it ought properly to be decided'. Aberdeen concludes by stating that if he can leave the House he will attend the meeting and give his best assistance. With blank integral leaf. About EX Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892) English Biologist and Palaeontologist who coined the name Dinosaur. A controversial figure, not least for his feuding with Charles Darwin, Owen was appointed superintendent of the natural history department of the British Museum in 1856, the same year as the present letter.

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AN AUTOGRAPHED BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER AS ZEUS IN UNITED ARTISTS 1981 FILM CLASH OF THE TITANS AND TWO PUBLICITY IMAGES,

by Houston Auction Company

May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

Houston, TX, USA

Estimate: $80 - $120

Description: AN AUTOGRAPHED BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH OF SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER AS ZEUS IN UNITED ARTISTS 1981 FILM CLASH OF THE TITANS AND TWO PUBLICITY IMAGES, comprising an 8 1/2" x 7" black and white photograph of Olivier as Zeus, autographed in black ink "L Olivier"; together with a 8" x 10" black and white publicity photograph of Olivier and Ursula Andress as Aphrodite and a 11" x 14" color lobby card all from Clash of the Titans. (3) Height: 8 1/2" Width: 7" NOTE: publicity photograph with studio number "5227-15" printed within image and movie production information printed on bottom margin; lobby card with movie production information printed on bottom margin and number "5."

Condition Report: autographed photograph with minor wrinkle to lower left corner; publicity photograph with minor yellowing to paper; lobby card with yellowing to paper and heavy creasing to right side/edge. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS."

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A GROUP OF PAM GRIER BLAXPLOITATION MOVIE MEMORABILIA

by Houston Auction Company

May 15, 2016, 11:00 AM CST

Houston, TX, USA

Estimate: $50 - $80

Description: A GROUP OF PAM GRIER BLAXPLOITATION MOVIE MEMORABILIA comprising a folded single-sheet studio issued 27" x 41" printed poster for American International Pictures 1973 film Scream Blacula Scream; 3 8" x 10" black and white publicity photographs for American International Pictures 1973 film Coffy; 6 8" x 10" black and white publicity photographs for American International Pictures 1974 film Foxy Brown; 1 8" x 10" color lobby card for American International Pictures 1975 film Sheba, Baby; a complete set of 8 11" x 14" color lobby cards for American International Pictures 1976 film Friday Foster; and 10 8" x 10" black and white publicity photographs for United Artist's 1976 film Drum. (29) NOTE: poster with studio exhibition/return log printed on back; publicity photographs with studio number printed on image and production details printed on bottom margin; lobby cards with production details printed on bottom margin.

Condition Report: overall yellowing to paper stock; poster with pin holes in corners, minor wear at fold creases, minor wrinkling on borders; lobby cards in unused vintage condition; publicity photographs with minor wear at edges Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS."

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WILLIAM H. SEWARD Autograph Letter Signed Re Compromise of 1850 Political Issues

by Early American

May 21, 2016, 9:00 AM PST

Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: Autographs1850-Dated Autograph Letter Signed "William H. Seward" The Compromise of 1850 Political Issues Prove DivisiveWILLIAM H. SEWARD (1801-1872). U.S. Secretary of State under Lincoln, Negotiated "Seward's Folly"; the purchase of Alaska from Russia.January 17, 1850-Dated, Historically Important Political Content, Autograph Letter Signed, "William H. Seward," 2 pages, measures 7.75" x 10", Washington, Choice Very Fine. Written to C. Woodman, Esquire, of Portland, Maine, this Letter reads, in full:"I have the pleasure of acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 12th instant in behalf of the Committee of Arrangements for a meeting to be held at Winthrop on the 29th & 30th, to which I desire to reply in a private rather than in a public way. The Advocates and Apologists for the late absurd attempt to farce the economy of the slave states to a sanction by the free states desire for obvious reasons to change the issue to one of Union vs Disunion. They set it down in their plan that I with others in Congress opposed to slavery would agitate the country, if not with a view at least with a tendency to Disunion. I have thought this an advantage I ought not to afford them. I have therefore abstained from addressing the public anywhere and any way even in my own state, while standing on the guard of freedom in my place here. If it were not egotistical I would add that an issue has been made up on my own conduct, upon which a public decision has been invoked. It is my earnest desire to leave that decision to be procured without any word of self defense or justification or excuse here or elsewhere. Will this explanation confidentially of my sentiments be accepted by the Committee, to whom I beg leave to tender assurances of my sincere respect and cordial sympathies."This historic Letter is housed in a special cloth hardcover slipcase for storage and presentation. Accompanied in the case by an engraved portrait of Seward, 5.25" x 7.5" (by sight).

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GUTZON BORGLUM Great 8 Letter Archive Regarding Mount Rushmore Memorial Project!

by Early American

May 21, 2016, 9:00 AM PST

Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: AutographsEight (8) Highly Important GUTZON BORGLUM Signed Letters Regarding His Mount Rushmore Memorial ProjectGUTZON BORGLUM (1867 - 1941). Historic and Famous American Artist & Sculptor, Creator of the massive Mount Rushmore Presidential and Stone Mountain Civil War Memorials.March 15, 1935 to May 7, 1937-Dated, Historic Archive of Eight (8) Highly Important, Typed Letters Signed, "Gutzon Borglum" (one signed simply "Gutzon") regarding the ongoing Mount Rushmore project, 16 total pages, measuring 8.5" x 11" and 7.25" x 10.25", at Rapid City, South Dakota and San Antonio, Texas, Choice Very Fine.These Eight (8) Separate Typed Letters were written to various persons including: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Arno B. Cammerer, Director of the National Park Service, and John Harlan, an attorney in the General Counsel's office in the Treasury Department. All Eight (8) are Important Letters concerning his ongoing difficulties managing the Mount Rushmore project. Borglum's Letters are also accompanied by a retained typescript of a letter addressed to Borglum from one of Harlan's associates at the U.S. Treasury. Minor file and staple holes at top and left margins result in a few minor losses and tears not affecting text, light expected mailing folds, trivial glue remnants at left margin of one page. The Letter to President Franklin Roosevelt also evokes the names of two prior United States Presidents, Coolidge and Hoover. Some Excerpts from these Eight (8) Letters include, in part: 1. March 15, 1935-Dated, Typed Letter Signed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 5 pages. Borglum writes in part: "This is to inform you that conditions exist at Mount Rushmore that demand immediate and construction corrections, and that local interference's be removed so that the work by be continued to a proper completion of the great memorial. Under President Coolidge's administration and upon his initiative I worked out with him a plan for carrying on the colossal memorial to our civilization as a Federal project to be controlled by the National Administration assisted financially by a 50% private of State aid, -- the State of South Dakota had not and never has appropriated a dollar to this work!The Federal plan we developed created a commission appointed by and holding office at the will of the President of the United States, and was one of President Coolidge's last acts. Amond the Commissioners named by the President, several recommended by myself, were some of America's ablest men. Illness, death and lack of sympathy with subsequent control and the then succeeding Administration, soon changed the personnel. Vacancies occurring were promptly filled by local political influence under pressure -- to serve political ends.The first meeting of the Commission was called by Mr. Hoover in the Cabinet Room of the Executive Mansion. Unfortunately immediately before that meeting the senior Senator from South Dakota, thought not a commissioner, held a caucus in his office and with all South Dakota men whom he had recommended, determined upon the entire official staff of the Commission, allocating his own personal political aide in Rapid City as a the relevant chairman in charge of disbursements.I may tell you, Mr. President, that this procedure shocked not only Mr. Hoover, but the Commissioners, and drew and embarrassed apology from the Dakota Senator after it was too late. The impression created was distinctly unfortunate. It affected the Commission's future usefulness and prevented sympathetic cooperation's and failed to raise the fifty percent public or State funds. The direct effect of the Senator's action was immediately felt in South Dakota and resulted in the establishment of a petty political racket extended through finances, the purchasing of all materials, embarrassing my assistants, forcing upon me incompetent men, working with inefficient machinery, and every sort of local impractical methods. Of course I took steps to correct these conditions at once and later should have taken steps to expose the growing abuses and interference's with the work, had there not been a similar condition at Stone Mountain, unprotected by Federal control, that ended in a loss of funds and finally in the failure of the memorial itself. With this unhappy experience, I was determined that in spite of any cost or embarrassment to myself, a similar situation should not arise at Mount Rushmore. As stated above, immediately we were organized as a Federal body, local interference and sabotage began at Rushmore. My trained assistant, who had been with me for twelve years, an honorable and dependable man, was drawn into quarrels with the resident Commissioner, so bitter that he refused to remain; nor did I realize this until identical conditions were forced upon all succeeding assistants, men of training and knowledge that I brought to the mountain to assist me in my work. Finally, I became convinced that these policies were a part of a definite local plan to interfere and embarrass in order to control work they could not understand. Their sole interest was commercial and mercenary."Ridiculous as the following may seem, the great work that has been accomplished at Mount Rushmore, as photographs, artists and engineers the world ever attest, -- all of it has been carried to its present state of perfection without the contractual assistance of trained aides, without trained sculptor assistance's, without the assistance of engineers, and even without assistance of men capable of giving intelligent directions to men, and also without the aid of any trained stonecutters, with the single exception of one many during 1933, and his position was made so unpleasant when I was not at hand he refused ever to return."The work was first begun under State authority, as shown above, without appropriation. I solicited and secured $35,000 from friends outside the State. I was also given personally a $20,000 power plant, and work was begun with about $55,000 in the treasury."Within approximately ninety days my engine, 275 h.p. Diesel, was deliberately wrecked, and I was and have been compelled to buy power ever since. Nothing I have been able to do or say has succeeded in allowing me to spend $1,000 to repair. Our power costs us from $300 to $700 a month and I should use about twice as much as is available, and we had the necessary power with out own engine. In other words, the loss of our engine cut our natural efficiency down to about one-fourth or one-fifth of what it could and should have been. The cutting down of our effective working strength has delayed the progress of the work about two years. That is, if we had our own power, as we did have, with the money available from the Federal treasury, we should have been where we are today two years ago in the progress of our memorial. Dilatory methods, inefficiency, ignorance, mismanagement, as you know, are more expensive than actual criminal interference, and Mount Rushmore's work has been subject to that from the beginning ... there should be a thorough auditing of accounts by an auditor from the Budget Department; a resident executive officer should be created who is not a politician nor a local banker, nor in any way interested with local business interests ... The monument is now rated as one of the most extraordinary sights in the Northwest; last year it was visited by 180,000 people; 55,000 automobiles. It is in danger of vandalism and is not proof[ed] against injury, not is it properly guarded. I have a resident keeper, and my foreman visits the mountain frequently during the week, in the winter, but there is no responsible guard, and any injury to the work would be irreparable. I must urge that at least four soldiers, a corporal's guard, be detailed from Fort Mead, to live at the mountain as protectors for the memorial until it is completed and placed under the custody of some responsible branch of the Government..."2-7: August 1, 1935 to March 5, 1936-Dated, Six (6) Typed Letters Signed to John Harlan, as Assistant to General Counsel, Treasury Dept., 6 pages total, dated. Some better excerpts include, in part:August 1, 1935: "...I am insisting upon a time limit (they are figuring on the work lasting eight years, spending fifty thousand a year on it); I am insisting upon power, sufficient to employ forty drills; I am insisting upon a hoist to get to the top of the mountain, and I want men a little above the standard of Hopkins' bread-liners to carry out my work..."October 12, 1935: "... I want to start about April the first and I want some agreement for adequate power and a hoist. I want to increase my force by about twenty to thirty men, so that I suggest that the budget for 1936 and 1937 should be about $140,000..."February 21, 1936: "... I'm afraid I'm getting mad about this damn thing, about which if you say anything to Herman, don't let him think for one moment I'm not going through. I'm going through if I have to carry a club with me. But I'm getting terribly fed up with this man Boland [John Boland, president of the executive committee of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission] and they have got six no-account, five now, republicans in South Dakota on this commission, and only two of them ever sit, and only one of them ever does any thinking, and his thinking is initiated by his pocket book and political affiliations -- and that's that!..."March 5, 1936: "... I don't have to have anything to do with Boland now! excepting at commission meetings or executive meetings when we discuss budgets and general plans. I've never said this to you nor to anyone else, (I don't think that I have) but Boland gets disorderly drunk about every month, I really think every two weeks, breaks furniture and damns everybody that he can. I think with a park man on the job there will be less of that and I will be freed of any relationship..."8. May 7, 1937-Dated, Typed Letter Signed to Arno B. Cammerer, as Director, National Park Service, 5 pages. Borglum writes, in part:"... Not only was my time on the mountain more than doubled, but due to the lack of funds in the Commission's treasury, I was forced to solicit funds from my friends, to carry on a publicity campaign, and to make numerous trips to Washington to secure appropriations from Congress in order that this great National Memorial might be carried to completion... The delay of five years, as you know, has been caused by the Commission's failure to supply adequate power, funds to carry on the work, and trained assistants.No part of the delay can be tied to any failure on my part, as I believe the Commission will agree that I have not only been, at all times, far ahead of the work with plans, designs and models, but I have devoted a large amount of my own time to endeavor to keep funds available and to keep the work progressing as fast as the mechanical power and manpower furnished would permit... With this explanation I hope, Mr. Cammerer, that you will understand my feelings in the matter. I assure you that regardless of the injustice which I feel has been done to me, I am going to carry on to completion this great National Memorial which is so close to my heart, whether or not I receive one cent for my losses or for the work to be done in additional to that contemplated in the original contract."These Eight (8) extremely historic, very personal and insightful Letters provide a fascinating look, from Borglum's own firsthand perspective, of the troubles -- both political and practical -- being encountered during the construction of what would become an iconic National symbol of Presidential greatness, the Mount Rushmore Memorial. An Outstanding Archive which belongs in an institutional for the public to appreciate! (8 Letters).John Boland was mayor of Rapid City when Borglum first came to the Dakotas and made a speech describing the proposed monument. Boland told his wife, "I heard a pretty attractive proposition tonight. If we can pull it off it might be a great thing for the Hills." Boland was an early supporter of Rushmore, boosing it as mayor, and even contributing $50 to Borglum's first expense check. He led the local Black Hills fundraising drive and even pledged to guarantee any pledges that were later reneged. The Rushmore appropriation bill signed by Calvin Coolidge in 1929 required that a Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission be formed. John Boland was named the president of the executive commitee of that Commission. In that position, he became a general manager of the porject, responsible for all the finances. This was reinforced in 1933 when the memorial was placed under the National Park Service. Boland was to make sure that all of the Federal funds allocated to Rushmore were spent according to regulations. Boland's job and his personality both irritated Borglum who resented the need to clear any of this plans with the commission.

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by Guernsey's

May 18, 2016, 6:00 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600

Description: From the Duke Ellington Collection, assorted documents pertaining to the composition "Blossom," co-composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Lot includes one handwritten transcription of the music, one photostat negative of the transcription, several copies made from the photostat negative, one printed professional copy, one correspondence between Tempo Music and Commander Publications transferring the copyright with Ruth Ellington's (then Ruth James) signature, and one original copyright contract, with the signatures of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Johnny Mercer, who later provided the lyrics.

Condition Report: Copies from the Photostat negative are starting to yellow around the edges. The letter from Commander Publications has staple holes and a crease on upper left corner.

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Balalaika

by Guernsey's

May 18, 2016, 6:00 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: In the 1960s, Duke began to tour under the auspices of the U.S. State Department in an effort to spread democracy through American culture. In 1971, he took one of his most significant trips, traveling across the Soviet Union with his orchestra for the first and only time, to much acclaim. As souvenirs, he brought back the most traditional of Russian instruments- balalaikas. This lot also includes a letter from the Voices of America addressed to Duke, regarding the tour. (Letter not pictured.)

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