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By HUGHES, Rupert (1872-1956)

The uncle of famed financier Howard Hughes was a popular music writer ("American Composers," "The Music Lovers' Encyclopedia," etc.) who also authored novels, biographies, poetry and more. TLS, 1p, 7 3/4" X 9½", Los Angeles, CA, 6 May 1939. Addressed to future notable Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On imprinted letterhead, Hughes thanks his correspondent for a "charming letter" and comments: "Where did you get the idea that Winston Churchill thinks so well of me as a biographer? I never heard that he had ever heard of me." (One wonders whether the correspondent meant the American novelist Winston Churchill, 1871-1947, not the British statesman.) He then comments on his work method: "It is true that I occasionally write all night. Many nights I do not write at all, but I rarely get started before midnight." Boldly signed in full.

$75.00

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Document Signed

By DOCTOROW, E.L. (1931-2015)

"Ragtime" (1975) and "Billy Bathgate" (1989) were among this popular American novelist's many works of historical fiction. Document Signed, 1p, heavy stock 5" X 3", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Actual library catalogue card, single hole punched at bottom center, for Doctorow's 1975 bestseller "Ragtime." Doctorow signs boldly in black fineline at center, slightly smearing the last couple letters. Interesting and unusual bibliographical memento of the writer's best-known work.

$55.00

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Document Signed

By VIDAL, Gore (1925-2012)

Blueblood American intellectual writer, playwright and novelist ("Burr," "Lincoln"). Document Signed, 1p, heavy stock 5" X 3", n.p., n.y. Fine. Actual library catalogue cards, single hole punched at bottom center, for Vidal's 1977 book "Matters of Fact and of Fiction: Essays 1973-1976." Vidal boldly signs in black fineline near the center, adding below the comment "Grandson of Okla's 1st / US senator, TP Gore." Thomas Pryor Gore (1870-1949) was indeed one of that new state's first senators, a Democrat who served from 1907-21 and again from 1931-37. Vidal himself tried to emulate his maternal grandfather and ran for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat in California in 1982, but lost. Interesting an quite unusual.

$75.00

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Pair of Documents Signed

By MAILER, Norman (1923-2007 ) and VIDAL, Gore (1925-2012)

Mailer was the controversial tough guy novelist ("The Naked and the Dead"), political activist, essayist, and "New Journalism" advocate who won the Pulitzer Prize (twice) and National Book Award; Vidal was the blueblood intellectual writer, playwright and novelist ("Burr," "Lincoln"). In 1971 these two butted heads famously on "The Dick Cavett Show" over Vidal's rough review of a Mailer book. Pair of DsS, each 1p, heavy stock 5" X 3", n.p., n.y. Fine. Actual library catalogue cards, single hole punched at bottom center, for Mailer's 1991 book "Harlot's Ghost" and Vidal's sound recording of his fifth historical novel, the 1990 "Hollywood." Mailer signs boldly at center in black ballpoint, Vidal does the same in black fineline. Fun to see these two famed "frenemies" -- they did patch things up later -- arm in arm, autographically speaking.

$95.00

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Autograph Letter Signed

By HORGAN, Paul (1903-95)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History" (1954) and "Lamy of Santa Fe: His Life and Times" (1975) was equally at home with fiction and with history. ALS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Middletown, CT, 13 May 1976. Fine. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Near fine. On "Wesleyan University" letterhead, Horgan graciously pens this long-time correspondent "Warm thanks for your kind congratulations on the Pulitzer Prize & your good feeling about the book itself. You have always been a good friend to my work and I am grateful...." Horgan had just been awarded the prestigious prize -- his second -- for his 1975 biography of Catholic Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, first archbishop of Santa Fe and subject of Willa Cather's novel "Death Comes for the Archbishop." Handsomely penned in bold black ink. With original envelope, addressed in Horgan's hand.

$95.00

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Inscription and Signature / Unsigned Photograph

By MILLER, Joaquin (1837-1913)

Nicknamed "Poet of the Sierras," this boisterous frontiersman, California adventurer, gold miner and one-time horse thief turned literateur, drawing attention by his Western ways and garb; his books include "Pacific Poems," "Songs of the Sierras," "Life Among the Modocs" and others. "With yours / from / Joaquin Miller" and interesting squiggle boldly penned in brown ink on a 2¼" X 1¼", slip, n.p., n.y. Very good. Lightly age toned; neatly tipped to center of heavy stock 5" X 3" card. A handsome example, accompanied by a printed 6½" X 9¼" sepia-tone portrait (The Mentor Association, 1916), a dramatic romanticized head-and-shoulders artist's rendering of the white-bearded Miller in old age. Fine.

$75.00

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Signed Original Drawing

By BOREN, James (1925-2010)

This bureaucratese critic par excellence was actually a businessman, writer, educator, civil servant, politico and even tongue-in-cheek 1992 presidential candidate (for the APA = Apathy Party of America) who came to fame with his 1972 "When in Doubt, Mumble: A Bureaucrat's Handbook" and several similar titles (such as "Fuzzify! Borenwords and Strategies for Bureaucratic Success"). Signed Original Drawing, heavy stock 5" X 3" card, n.p., n.y. Fine. On an actual library catalogue card for his most famous book "When in Doubt, Mumble," Boren signs twice ("James H. Boren / Jim Boren") in black ballpoint at left, and at right draws a comic little character -- apparently Boren's image of inanely smiling bureaucratic ineptitude personified, what appears to be a lit fuse in front of him. On the verso, Boren draws this lit fuse squiggle again and explains its meaning: "My symbol for a Mmumble. JB." [sic] This item has been matted (with verso note visible on mat verso) in red (overall dimensions 10" X 8"). The ultimate Boren memento for fans of Boren's bureaucratic burlesque (with its motto: ""When in charge, ponder... When in trouble, delegate... When in doubt, mumble") and its founding figure, Laurence C. Peter of "Peter Principle" fame, who wrote the introduction to "When in Doubt, Mumble"! Incredibly unusual.

$75.00

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Autograph Note Signed

By (LEAGUE OF AMERICAN WRITERS)

In 1935 the American Communist Party formed this motley group of writers -- poets, playwrights, critics, novelists, etc. -- who sympathized with their ideology and supported their view, with Writer Waldo Frank their first president and a stellar "Who's Who" membership of "fellow travelers"; they issued a newsletters, published titles and were active in various causes such as the Spanish Civil War, but dissolved in 1943. ANS, 1p, 8½" X 7¼", New York, NY, 20 March 1939. Addressed to future notable Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On "League of American Writers" letterhead that also boasts famed officers such as Van Wyck Brooks, Erskine Caldwell, Malcolm Cowley, Paul DeKruif, Langston Hughes, Meridel LeSueur, Upton Sinclair and Donald Ogden Stewart, the organizations apparently unknown secretary -- she signs off "Dorothy [Paitz?], Sec'y" -- writes this young supporter that "Under separate cover we are sending you a copy of 'Writers Take Sides.' The charge is $.15. We are very glad you are interested...." We have not been able to properly determine the identity of this secretary. ("Writers Take Sides: Letters About the War in Spain from 418 American Authors" was published in paperback only in 1938.) An interesting ephemeral relic from the heyday of 1930s American Communism.

$50.00

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Typed Letter Signed

By BELBENOIT, Rene (1899-1959)

This French World War One veteran fell into criminal ways and by 1920 was sentenced to prison and hard labor in the penal colony of French Guiana; numerous dangerous escape attempts failed in the years to come, but finally he escaped to Trinidad, then Colombia, then Panama, then El Salvador and finally by 1937 he arrived in Los Angeles; his bestselling memoir "Dry Guillotine" was published in 1938 and brought him to the attention of immigration, as did his 1940 book "Hell on Trial" -- a visa took several more years and citizenship didn't occur until 1956. TLS, 1p, 7¼" X 10½", New York, NY, 13 June 1938. Addressed to Mrs. Frank L. Cole. Very good. Mild edgewear and folds. Superb content from the recent immigrant to America, penned shortly upon the success of his 1938 memoir. "Thank you very much for your very interesting old clippings about the first fugitives from Devils Island 82 years ago," he writes in his halting English. "...I hope to stay all my life in your nice country. Everybody was so nice for me here." He continues, "I am writing a second book.. I condamn, by a condamned... Please excuse my english He is very bad...." Signed boldly in full in black ink. Surely the book "I Condemn, by a Condemned" to which Belbenoit refers is what came out as "Hell on Trial." The recipient, an admirer from South Brewer, Maine, lightly pencils along the top edge, "He has very poor eye sight & when he landed in Cal had no teeth." And below his signature, she explains the letter further, again in light pencil: "I sent Mr Belbenoit old cuttings from New York Herald Tribune of Nov 1856," "His book written in long hand must have had to under go a thorough revision," "Be sure to read 'Dry Guillotine' in June Readers Digest -- back part," "I sent the cuttings to him Care E.P. Dutton his Publishers." A fascinating, unusual item.

$150.00

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Autograph Note Signed

By STARRETT, Vincent (1886-1974)

Legendary writer and bookman whose popular books about books include "Born in a Bookshop" and "Bookman's Holiday"; among Sherlockians he is a giant, his many contributions to Doyle scholarship including "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" (1933). ANS, 1p, heavy stock buff 5½" X 3¼" penny postcard, n.p., n.y. [postal cancellation Chicago, IL, 15 April 1950]. Addressed to Ralph Newman (1912-98, founder of Chicago's noted Abraham Lincoln Book Shop). Near fine. Cordial note boldly penned in black ink concerning a gathering to honor Chicago journalist and Lincoln author Lloyd Lewis (1891-1949): "I'll say a few words at the luncheon with pleasure; but I can't speak at any length -- I didn't know Lloyd intimately enough to have anything to contribute beyond a brief statement of my admiration and friendship. Say about five minutes...." Boldly signed. Verso entirely addressed in Starrett's hand. Fine example.

$95.00

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Autograph Letter Signed

By HOWARD, Bronson (1842-1908)

This American dramatist became one of the most popular playwrights of the late 19th century, both in the U.S. and the U.K., with such syrupy affairs as "Saratoga" (1870), "Young Mrs. Winthrop" (1882), "Shenandoah" (1998) and others. ALS, 3pp, 5" X 8" (lettersheet), London, England, 25 October 1881. Addressed to Mrs. Barrow. Near fine. Faint mounting trace along original fold. Amusing chatty letter to a fellow expatriate on the verge of sailing back to the States. "I really do not know what you can do about those miserable Continental railways. If you were English, of course you would write to the Times, and then your feelings would be soothed & you would be perfectly happy. Being an American woman, you can only stamp your feet, and ask your American gentlemen friends, who may be going to the Continent, to get themselves up in French oaths, and make it a warm winter for them over there...." Boldly penned in his large and legible script in brown ink. Nice example with interesting Americans-abroad content.

$75.00

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Typed Letter Signed

By LONGSTREET, Stephen (1907-2002)

This prolific American author of fiction and nonfiction wrote the screenplays for "The Jolson Story," "The Greatest Show on Earth" and other films. TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Brooklyn, NY, n.y. [postal cancellation 14 March 1940]. Addressed to Harry W. Zollars. Very good. Faint original folds. Chatty letter to an early admirer "about my novel DECADE. I am happy you enjoyed it and am very pleased that you have added it to your collection, I will of course sign your copy -- send it along. I like to sign people's copies of my books. Trader Horn once told me -- 'An author should always sign as many books as he can find. People never lend signed copies....' I think that is good advice. Besides which, being a collector myself -- I know what a signed copy means on the shelve." About his background, he notes: "I am, as you guessed, starting the '30s, was educated here there and lots of places -- and am now working on another novel to be published late fall or early spring -- said book to be called (if not changed) REPLENISH THE EARTH. Its about the Wall Street people who wrecked the Rowlandson Corps -- and of course The Old One will be on deck....." Born Chauncey Weiner or Wiener (he used both), the book "Decade 1929-1939" was his first book published under the pseudonym Stephen Longstreet. "Replenish the Earth" was apparently never published; it was reported in late 1940 that 20th Century-Fox had purchased the film rights to it, though such a movie was never produced. Boldly signed with his usual long 5½" signature in black ink. Curiously, below his signature he types his address and also "c/o P. Haggard" -- Paul Haggard being another of his several nom-de-plumes. With original envelope. An exceptionally early and typically interesting letter.

$75.00

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Letter Signed

By BOWLES, Samuel (1826-78)

This Massachusetts journalist founded and edited the influential anti-slavery "Springfield Republican" newspaper from 1844 until his death; he also wrote several popular travelogues such as "Across the Continent" (1865) and "The Switzerland of America" (1869). LS, 2pp, 5½" X 8½", Springfield, MA, 4 August 1875. Addressed to James C. Pratt (1832-90, fellow Massachusetts journalist and editor). Good plus. Age toned and edgeworn, with several small and expert archival mends. On letterhead of "The Republican," Bowles confirms that "Your recollection was nearly correct. My father died in the early fall of 1852, and was 54 years old" and seeks help in finding a roving reporter: "Can you help me to a good correspondent for Franklin county resident at Greenfield and devoting the full of his time to The Republican going east as far as Athol, and west... once or twice a week? I want a faithful, reliable, intelligent person, who will set down ought in malice, and has the sense to know what is news and report it very briefly. I should like him to have an office desk in Greenfield, and while not expecting to give all his time to us yet to be at our command. Either as an apprenticeship to journalism, or as connected with some other business requiring frequent going about the county and general outdoor acquaintance, it would be a good place for a young man of the right sort. I would give from $30 to $50 a month...." Boldly signed. Interesting look at one of the day-to-day concerns of running a newspaper at the time.

$95.00

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Typed Note Signed

By HUTCHINS, Robert M. (1899-1977)

This wunderkind of educators had already served as dean of Yale Law School when named president of University of Chicago in 1929! With Mortimer J. Adler, he introduced the famed "Great Books" program, eliminated intercollegiate football and made other radical curriculum changes; he authored many volumes on education issues and served in other influential positions, including president of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, which he founded in 1969. TNS, 1p , 7¼" X 10½", Chicago, IL, 12 February 1951. Addressed to Dale Putnam. Near fine. Original folds. On "The University of Chicago" letterhead, Hutchins tells this Bloomington, Illinois bookshop owner that "I am sorry that we have no extra copies of the speech, 'What Are We Afraid Of?' However, the speech is in its entirety in THE PROGRESSIVE, and perhaps Morris Rubin, its editor, could supply you with some more copies." Boldly signed in full in black ink. With original envelope. Nice example.

$75.00

Autograph Note Signed (pre-1882-1946)
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Autograph Note Signed (pre-1882-1946)

By CONRAD, Lillie

This Anheuser-Busch heiress penned the popular dog tale "Falko"; her second husband was G. Fred Hummel (1882-1952), a popular Long Island novelist, playwright and historian. ANS on rear leaf of a 4pp promotional leaflet for "Falko," 8½" X 11", Southold, NY, 4 November 1941. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Very good. "Since you are familiar with my husband's novels, I am sending you this prepublication announcement of a story I wrote about 'Falko' our wonderful police dog who traveled all over Europe with us in the good old days. If you are a dog lover, I hope this will interest you...." Boldly signed "Lillie C. Hummel (Mrs. Geo. F.)." Unusual.

$50.00

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Autograph Letter Signed

By CLOETE, Stuart (1897-1976)

This South African writer produced bestselling novels, short stories, biographies and essays. ALS, 2pp, 7" X 9", London, England, n.y. [postal cancellation 10 November 1937]. Addressed to Harry W. Zollars. Near fine. Original folds. On imprinted letterhead, Cloete pens an American admirer shortly after the release of his first book, "Turning Wheels," a bestseller that sold more than two million copies and was banned in South Africa. "I suppose no greater compliment can be offered to a writer than the one you have paid me. If I have done nothing else I have given some hours of enjoyment to a great number of people and that surely is the function of a writer. If he or she serves any other purpose I do not know it. Naturally I am delighted to be successful -- It means that I can go on writing as I wish to write...." Superb content about his first success, boldly penned and signed in thick black ink. With original matching envelope, addressed in his hand.

$95.00

Signature and Inscription / Unsigned Photograph

By ECKERT, Allan W. (1931-2011)

This prolific, Pulitzer Prize-nominated American writer penned dozens of highly-regarded, exhaustively-researched works of historical fiction and natural history, high among them the acclaimed 6-volume "Winning of America" series. Bold and handsome "Best Wishes! / Allan W. Eckert" in black fineline on an archival decorative-edged 3½" X 4" bookplate (ungummed), n.p., n.y. Fine. Accompanied by a fine glossy 5" X 7" publicity head-and-shoulders portrait of Eckert issued with the 1992 release of "A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh," a fine press release of which is also present.

$25.00

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Autograph Letter Signed

By MOTLEY, John L. (1814-77)

This American historian and diplomat is largely remembered for his 1856 3-volume "History of the Dutch Republic," one of the most lauded of mid-19th century histories. ALS, 2pp (lettersheet), 4½" X 7", Grove Farm, Leatherhead (Surrey, U.K.), 8 September 1867. Addressed to Lord Beauchamp (Frederick Lygon, 6th Earl Beauchamp, 1830-91). Near fine. Boldly penned in brown ink on imprinted letterhead, Motley -- who had recently resigned his position as U.S. minister to Austria (in which capacity he helped keep Europe from supporting the Confederacy during the Civil War) -- writes while touring England to arrange a visit with this British Conservative politician. A superb example.

$175.00

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Autograph Letter Signed

By SELL, Henry (1889-1974)

This legendary, multi-talented editor around whom the "beautiful people" flocked first became well known in Chicago, where he edited the first newspaper that published signed reviews, the "Chicago Daily News"; he worked for William Randolph Hearst, in 1920 becoming editor of "Harper's Bazaar" and in 1949 editor of "Town & Country"; he was related to William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and in 1955 co-authored "Buffalo Bill and the Wild West"; a man of many talents, for a time he ran an advertising agency and was successful and influential in the food processing industry, helping get the U.S. Navy to use processed foods and instrumental in starting up nationwide school lunch programs. ALS, 3pp (separate leaves), Paris, France, 29 May n.y. Addressed to "Sweetheart." Near fine. On letterhead of the "Hotel Plaza-Athenee" in Paris, Sell boldly pens this superb content, life-assessing stream-of consciousness missive in blue ballpoint. Despite printed letterhead at upper left, he adds at upper right "Stormy Paris / Sunny Paris / Quiet Paris / Noisy Paris." He opens with "But Paris!" discussing "my opera tour idea. Ideas travel, like the fella says.... This, for me, is a 'find Sell' tour. The past year (two yrs) has been so full of problems that I just had-a to get away to have a look at my life. Nothing bad, Heavens, it was never 'better.' Everyone and everything has been demonstrating 'give-Henry-a-Boost' week but it all got too much and you, dear Miss Scorpia, know just WHAT I MEAN. So, here I am sleeping and saying 'no thank you' to invitations and walking hours and hours and eating fruit and fish and I bet I will soon find ME (little ole me) and come home for another spell of doing what I can. I feel so lucky that I can do these trips. Makes the difference." And closing with a comment that roughly dates this letter to 1955, the year his book "Buffalo Bill and the Wild West" was published: "did I tell you about Buffalo Bill? Quite a publisher? $7 book. We hope soon to be fighting off movie makers." Signed simply "Love! Henry." An outstanding, fascinating letter perhaps chronicling a mid-life crisis.

$150.00

Signature and Salutation

By DAVIS, Robert Stewart (1838-1911)

This journalist distinguished himself for his coverage of the Civil War for the "Philadelphia Inquirer" and also authored occasional pieces such as the 1863 "History of the Rebel steam ram 'Atlanta.'" Boldly and attractively penned "Your friend / from Time to Eternity / Robt. Stewart Davis" in brown ink on a 5" X 1¼" slip, n.p., n.y. Fine.

$35.00

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