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CHARLES E. BARBER
American engraver, his principal work was as an engraver of coin dies, including the Barber Half, Barber dimes, Liberty head nickel, and many other coins and medals.Good content A.L.S. "Chas. E. [Barber], on Mint of the United States letterhead, Philadelphia, Nov. 24, 1891 to H. H. Zearing. In part: "...
I suppose you know there is no machine that will give a finished work, the reduction in [?] case statuette or die requiring considerable labor to finish. I therefore take it for granted you wish me to furnish the die finished, reduced from your mold. The cost of a pair of dies such as you desire will be about $200.00....[I] would prefer having the model if you have it, say three or four inches larger than medal required...
". Heavy dampstain damage has caused the loss or partial loss of about 15 words of text, as well as Barber's last name, the balance of the letter bears slight wear and soiling. Particularly interesting is the fact that it appears Barber has undertaken work beyond his official duties at the Mint, likely in violation of his position.
(? - ?) American cartoonist, the creator of Where's Waldo. Fine original hand-drawn sketch of his famous Waldo executed at the top of a "International Year of the Child" commemorative first day cover dated 1979, signed and inscribed to Dennis beneath the image. Fine.
(1900 - 1985) American cartoonist who was first to introduce crime and violence to the comics with his creation of "Dick Tracy".Signed illustrated first day cover honoring America's bicentennial, canceled in Washington on July 4, 1971, nicely signed in red ink with his artist's signature. Fine.
FRANCIS L. CHANTREY
(1782 - 1841) British sculptor whose works include a statue of Washington at the Boston State House, Wellington at the London Exchange, and Stamford Raffles at Westminster Abbey. Lot of two A.L.S.'s, 2pp. total, 8vo., [n.p., n.d.], friendly content concerning apologies for not maintaining contact ("...
my d _ D old Jarvis omitted to send you the note...
") and making arrangements to meet. Each letter bears a marginal or corner chip with no loss of text, some toning, still overall very good.
GIBSON, CHARLES DANA
(1867 - 1944) American illustration artist who created the "Gibson Girl" for Colliers magazine. Later, he bought Life magazine and worked as the magazine's editor until the 1930's.huge signature measuring nearly 8", executed in bold pen on a sheet. Heavy tape remnants at middle fold and left edge, overall just good.
FILDES, SAMUEL LUKE
(1843 - 1918) British artist, most remembered for his work called The Doctor. Based on the death of his son, the painting shows a concerned physician watching a dying child. It became one of the best-selling engravings of the Victorian era.A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., London, Nov. 18, 1916, in part: "...I send you a little sketch of your stall and I hope you have some luck with it. It is of no artistic merit; but I value it..." Fildes mentions how the sketch was associated with his correspondent's father, who had since passed away. Very good.
(1821 - 1882) American photographer employed by Mathew Brady to undertake studio work, and later produced what are considered to be the finest, most striking CIVIL WAR War battlefield views of the period, bringing the horror of the war home to the North. Gardner later would become official photographer for the Union Pacific Railroad.Very rare manuscript d.s. "Alex Gardner", 1p. oblong narrow 8vo., Washington, Feb. 27, 1880, a bank check drawn on the account of The Masonic Mutual relief Association account at Riggs & Co., making a $7.75 payment to J. J. Chapman. Signed by Gardner as Secretary, and by John E. Herrellas President. Cut cancel with no paper loss and not affecting signature, else very fine. Gardner was a lifelong Mason, and a Master Mason since 1854. In 1866 he and seven brother Mason organized this charity to benefit widows and orphans of deceased Master Masons. Gardner is very rare in any form!
(1800-1855) French painter, A pupil of Gros and Alexandre-Denis Abel de Pujol, he painted landscapes, historical subjects and genre scenes, in oil and watercolour, and also produced lithographs.Partly-printed document, 1p. 8vo., Paris, April 1833, a printed invitation of a party, begging that "Frederique Brown and his brother" come to a soiree on "Thursday, April 25....". Boldly filled out, unsigned. Very good.
French artist and photographer with extensive front-line experience, also credited with taking the first successful motion pictures of warfare.A.L.S. 1p. 8vo., San Francisco, Jan. 29, 1895 mantioning his pleasure that his lecture was well received. Fine.
(1887 - 1985) French artist whose naive style incorporating subjects of Russian and Jewish life made him one of the foremost artists of this century. Oversize S.P. 11" x 14" color, showing Chagall standing, ca. 1970s, in front of his United Nations mural with Annabelle Wiener, Director of Volunteers for World Federation of United Nations Association, an organization for which Chagall designed a stamp. Boldly signed and fine.
(b. 1937) American pop artist known for his psychedelic posters promoting rock bands and events of the 1960's. Nice poster, 24" x 36", in Russian for a Leningrad show featuring Max's "American Flag" done in 1986, inscribed "
For Allison Love Peter Max 1997
", printed on vintage gloss 100-pound stock. Very good.
(1916 - 1998) American artist and cartoonist who created the masked crime-fighting character "Batman", later adapted to various TV and movie franchises.
debuted in 1939 in
. Set of three hand-drawn cartoon cels, each about 11" x 20", one signed in block letters "
", apparently used by Kane as part of a presentation for a proposed animated cartoon "
The Boys and Ghouls Theater
". Kane presents eleven characters, including the heroes "
" and "
", and players "
Igor the Hippie Ghoul
Wilda the Witch
Vince the Vampire
Frank N. Stein
Granny the Ghost
", and so on. Some very light soiling, else very good, matted and framed. We believe these cels were the progenitors of Kane's animated series "
" that ran on NBC from Sept. 10, 1966 to Aug. 30, 1969. Cool McCool featured the adventures of a hip, trench-coated spy, who - as on the contemporary TV show
- defeated villains despite being comically inept. Villains included names identical to those in our cels: Greta Ghoul and Dr. Madcap!
(1896 - 1982) American artist, a painter of pin-ups and erotica, famous for his inconic ca. 1940s images of girls for
Magazine. Fine content A.L.S. on a sheet of lined notepaper, 1p. 4to., [n.p.], Oct. 21, 1978, to "
Smithy & Paula
", in part: "...
It's been quite a while since you last heard from me but you have no idea the vast amount of sweat and work and anticipation it entails when you are about to 'give birth' to a 'Book' with the Story of your of Life and Work! So! Nov. 10 '78 is the date...For a start, in this small tube I am sending you with pride and pleasure, a year-end calendar that the Pub. Co. 'Crown' has put out...That girl staring at you is part of the loose cover of the Book, which is cloth-bound and makes me swell with pardonable pride. I can just see the sapphire-blue eyes of my gentle Ana gleaming in a rosy cloud in anticipation of reading what I have to say of our trials and tribulations!...I am beginning to raise up my sleeves to go to work on the mass of unfinished work I accumulated in the last 40 years...Luckily my eyesight and my hands are still in perfect order...at my age 82...My solution: I stay clear from arguments, recriminations and anything else that tend to...disturb my mind...
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