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THELONIUS SPHERE MONK
(1920 - 1982) American jazz pianist, a creator of "bop" style, played in bands with Lucky Millander, Coleman Hawkins, and Charlie Parker, composer of "Round Midnight" and Straight No Chaser".Excessively rare D.S. "T. Monk", a business check issued by the Village Music Company, New York, April 5, 1958 making a $8.00 Payment to Monk. Boldly endorsed in black ink on verso. The Village Music Company was owned by Sid Prosen, a discoverer of Hank Williams and Simon and Garfunkle, and was a major East Coast jazz promoter. Light soiling, else very good. EBAY 600
EDDIE "LOCKJAW" DAVIS
(1922 - 1986) American jazz saxophonist, played early in his career with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk and Louis Armstrong. He began heading his own groups from 1946, and was with Count Basie's Orchestra and Johhny Griffin on several occasions. After temporarily retiring, Davis rejoined Basie in the Sixties. Scarce D.S. "
", 2pp. legal folio, [n.p., n.d.], a signed American Federation of Musicians contract empoying Davis and Harry Edison to appear at Bubba's in Fort Lauderdale for twelve evenings from August 18-30, 1980 for a total of $5,500: "
Payable in cash to Artist by conclusion of engagement with draw privileges if requested...
". Boldly signed, staples at top left, else very good condition.
(1923 - 1988) American actress, best remembered for playing the bright and feisty detective/reporter Nancy Drew. I.S.P. 10 1/2" x 13" b/w, a candid, leggy shot. Two letters in signature lightly brushed, else very good.
(1928 - 1999) American jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player.Excellent S.P. 10" x 8" b/w, an action shot of Farmer playing his horn, boldly signed in white ink. Fine.
FAIRBANKS, DOUGLAS, SR.
(1883 - 1939) American film star, the greatest of the swashbuckling screen heroes who was also a founder of United Artists.Bold autograph on a small sheet, along with one by DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. on another small sheet. Very good, two pieces.
(1891 - 1988) American film actrress of the silent era, often appeared opposite Will Rogers.Vintage I.S.P. 11" x 14" b/w, a fine studio pose, nicely signed by Rich and the photographer. Very good.
(1912 - 1969) Norwegian figure skating champion who became a popular Hollywood movie star. Candid S.P. 3 1/2" x 5" b/w, shows Henie full-length and skating during a program, boldly signed. Fine.
(b. 1942) American actress and singer renowned for the range and strength of her voice, Academy Award winner (1968). A copy of her album, "Je m'appelle Barbra", signed "
" on the verso. With LP, both pieces in good condition.
(1890 - 1971) American actor, star of "What Price Glory".Vintage sepia S.P. 8" X 10" signed "Cordially Yours Edmund Lowe". Witzel of Hollywood print, mounting remnants on verso, good.
MARTIN LUTHER KING'S POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN
Printed informational sheet for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 2pp (one sheet), 4to., headed "
Poor People's Campaign for Jobs and Income
", featuring a photograph of Martin Luther King. In part: "
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is organizing a nonviolent campaign to bring thousands of poor people to Washington in April. They will stay there until some definite and positive action is taken by the government to provide decent jobs and adequate income for the poor...
". Very good.
JOHN WHITE WEBSTER
(d. 1850) American murderer. Webster, a Harvard chemistry professor, had been involved in a fraudulent loan scheme associated with Dr. George Parkman. To cover his crime, Webster murdered Parkman and burned the corpse in the college's furnace. After his attempted suicide, Webster's case attracted international attention and proved crucial in the definition of the use of circumstantial evidence by trial judge Lemuel Shaw. Webster was hanged after numerous appeals. A collection of three pieces, including a short A.D.S. by White on a 3" x 1 1/2" card reading "
Admit the bearer Jany. 6, 1837, J.W.W.
" Fine. With as short A.D.S. of his victim Boston physician, Dr. GEORGE PARKMAN, 1p. 4" x 2 3/4", [n.p.], July 29, 1848, a receipt for $20. Finally, an A.L.S. of the person who posted the reward for capturing the murderer of Dr. Parkman, attorney ROBERT G. SHAW, 1p. 4to., Boston, Sept. 12, 1834 introducing "
Mr. Geo Hollinsworth the bears is about to visit Florence with a view to perfect himself as a Painter - I know that it is sufficient for me to say that & I shall be pleased if you can aid him in his pursuits...
". Three pieces, very good to fine condition.
", 2pp. (one sheet), folio, in Latin, July 1933, to the President of the Republic of Honduras. An untranslated letter of state. Small paper loss below signature, rough edges, else very good.
Two signed books, the first that of MAX KAMINSKY (1908-1994), Jazz trumpet player with a New Orleans sound who played with Louis Armstong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and more. A copy of his out-of-print book "My Life in Jazz", 1963, Harper & Row, 246pp., boldly signed in ballpoint to Art Slingerland and dated Jan. 30, 1975 on front flyleaf. Pen markings on same page, some soiling and miniscule rips to paper dust jacket, binding a tad loose, otherwise fine condition throughout. Also includes"Duke Ellington, In Person - An Intimate Memoir", 1978, Da Capo, New York, 8vo. softback, inscribed and signed in brown pen by author MERCER ELLINGTON (1919-1996), himself a trumpet player, band leader and songwriter: "6/30/84, To Ben: With Many Thanks, Mercer Ellington". Fine.
(1898 - 1979) American clown and creator of "Weary Willie", the mournful tramp in a tattered business suit.I.S.P. 5" x 7" b/w, a great pose in character boldly signed in green ink. Light crease at upper-left, else very good.
(b. 1930) American jazz pianist, one of the most subtle virtuosos in jazz piano annals. His uncanny use of open space and his tight bandleadership have been hallmarks of his influential career. Among those he has influenced is most notably Miles Davis. Jamal also performed the title tune by Johnny Mandel for the soundtrack of the film M*A*S*H.A.L.S. "Ahmad" on hotel letterhead, 2pp. 4to., San Francisco, mar. 22, 1973 to his booking agent Jack Whittemore. In part: "...The contracts from 20th Century Fox arrived today...check will be issued upon signing which will take plavce Thursday March 29th - pictures will be taken then also...The people from [?] wanted to hear from us immediately...they would us to make them an offer but not to include transportation & hotel..." Very good.
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