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(1894 - 1957) American poet who sentimentalized warm climates and was described as the "Poet Laureate of Hawaii". His book of poetry
, Dodd, Mead & Co., 1936, boldly signed adding "
" beside his frontis portrait. Spine sunned, else very good.
Four One Act Plays
, Pinker & Son, London, ca. 1920, with notation in her hand: "
First performed by the Green Room Rag Society, London
" and an A.N.S. presentation slip loosely laid-in. Very good.
(1793 - 1876) American author and literary figure who published the first works of Edgar Allan Poe and John G. Whittier. Poe remarked in 1829 that Neal's were "the very first words of encouragement I remember to have heard". A.L.S. 3pp. 8vo., Portland, Aug. 24, 1870 to a manufacturer regarding a broken pump. Left margin ragged, mounting remnants on verso, otherwise very good.
(1909 - 1995) British poet associated with other poets and socialists, such as Auden and Isherwood, his early poetry was often inspired by social protest.A.L.S. 1p. 8vo., London, [n.d.], a polite note declining an invitation, citing the fact that he would be abroad. Very good.
(1883 - 1966) American poet and anthologist, originally one of the imagists, he wrote poems collected in Mushrooms (1916), Manhattan Men (1929), Selected Poems (1945), and Man and Shadow (1946).His book Funnybone Alley, MacAuley Co., New York, 1927, illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff, with many color plates, nicely inscribed and signed on the front flyleaf. Very good.
SARAH ORNE JEWETT
(1849 - 1909) Best known for her novel
A Country Doctor
, Jewett's work features the themes she was most familiar with -- the inhabitants of Maine, of the everyday world of villages and ordinary people. Rare A.Q.S. "
Sarah Orne Jewett
", 1p. 8vo. [n.p., n.d.], a 14-line excerpt from her short story "Decoration Day". In part: "
The fife and drum struck up gallantly together, and the little procession moved away slowly along the country road. It gave an unwanted touch of color to the landscape - the scarlet, the blue, between the new-plowed fields and budding roadside thickets...Such processions grow more pathetic year by year: it will not be so long now before wondering children have seen the last...
". Very good. "Decoration Day" was published in Harper's, May 1892.
(1876 - 1916) American novelist and short-story writer, author of
The Call of the Wild
The Sea Wolf
. A.D.S., a partly-printed check drawn on Central Bank, Oakland, Jan. 3, 1905 making a $150.00 payment to "
". Ink and slash cancel well clear of signature, else fine.
(1835 - 1913) English Poet Laureate and author of twenty volumes of verse. Superb A.Ms.S. 1p. folio, [n.p., n.d.], the text of his poem "
" penned in his hand and signed at conclusion. In part: "...
Who fights for England, fights for God...And should it be his happy fate, Hale to return to home & rest, She will be standing at the gate, To hold him to her trembling breast. Or should he fall, By ridge or wall, And lie 'neath some green Southern sod, 'Who dies for Country, sleeps with God'...
". Near fine, mounted.
UPHAM, CHARLES W.
(1802 - 1875) Unitarian clergyman and author of Salem Witch Craft, said to be the model for Judge Pyncheon in Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables. Portion of an A.L.S. and signature, mounted.
(1811 - 1892) American clergyman and author, editor of Webster's Dictionary.A.L.S. on Yale letterhead, 1p. 8vo., New Haven, Apr. 20, 1876 expressing his pleasure that his correspondent had read one of Porter's works. Very good.
A group of literary autographs in various formats (noted), includes:
HENRY W. LONGFELLOW
(cut signature affixed to a large newspaper image);
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
(brief A.L.S. sending papers, 1887);
OLIVE RISLEY SEWARD
WILLIAM F. COGSWELL
B. F. STEVENS
SEVELLON A. BROWN
(cut signature, mounted);
E. L. GODWIN
(cut signature, mounted); a couple of book collectors including
W. K. BIXBY
, and several more not identified by us. Condition generally good.
RICHARD LE GALLIENNE
(1866 - 1947) English man of letters and journalist, best known for his work the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1897). A pair of A.L.S., the first 2pp. 8vo., Rowaayon, "
", [n.d.], in part: "...
I am enclosing you $40 for my subscription to the...club. When you send me a receipt...would you be kind enough to let me know what the subscription covers...I am somewhat in the dark about it...
". Along with a second A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., Nassau [Bahamas], Apr. 9, 1917, to a law firm, sending funds once again and adding: "...
We expect to be home toward the middle of May. It has been a wonderful winter here...
". Two items, very good.
(1899 - 1961) American writer, a Nobel prize winner and author of For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, and other classic novels. A.L.S., "
", 1p., oblong 4to., Malaga, [Summer, 1959], penned in blue ink on a blank Spanish telegram form to Hemingway's hosts: "
730 pm, Dear Negro and Miss Annie: Val and I went out for a walk and will be back between 830 pm (2030) and a little later (very little)...
". "Val" was Hemingway's secretary Valerie Denby-Smith, who would go on to marry Hemingway's son, Gregory (Gloria) Hemingway. Hemingway's hosts, "Negro" and "Miss Annie", were the wealthy expatriates Bill and Annie Davis, living in Malaga, Spain at La Consula, their massive estate. Hemingway reportedly referred to Davis as Negro because Davis was, in Hemingway's words, "my little slave" and allowed Hemingway unfettered access to his considerable assets. Hemingway's summer with the Davis family at La Consula would prove his final productive year: while there, he lavishly celebrated his 60th birthday, wrote a preface to a Scribner anthology of his works, and, most importantly, witnessed a now famous "mano a mano" bullfighting duel between legendary matadors Antonio Ordonez and Luis Miguel Dominguin. Antonio's father, Cayetano Ornonez, was featured in Hemingway's acclaimed novel
The Sun Also Rises
. Hemingway turned the duel between Ordonez and Dominguin into a book,
The Dangerous Summer
; it would be his last. Stain at middle of telegram, light wrinkling, handsomely presented in cream mat with a portrait and setinto a gilt frame. Very good condition, and an excellent association.
ERLE STANLEY GARDNER
(1889 - 1970) American mystery writer and lawyer, one of the most prolific authors, writing over 80 detective novels featuring the courtroom lawyer Perry Mason. Bold, full signature on his imprinted autograph card. Fine.
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