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Signature / Unsigned Photograph

By McINTIRE, Ross T. (1887-1959)

This distinguished naval medical officer rose to the rank of vice admiral; he was appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as White House physician in 1932 and also served as Surgeon-General of the United States Navy. On a printed buff stock penny postcard, McIntire responds to the typed request from future notable Lincoln scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93) and below this signs large and bold, adding "Comdr M.C. U.S.N." beneath. Near fine. Undated, but postally cancelled in Washington, DC on 17 December 1934. A handsome example. Accompanied by a choice and itself scarce original glossy black-and-white 8½" X 6½" news agency photograph. Near fine. Interesting view down the passenger portion of an airplane, with a seated FDR chatting and a handful of officers in uniforms and men in suits seated and standing about. Original mimeographed printed caption affixed to verso, dated 1 February 1943, is captioned "Return from Historic Conference" and describes the scene: "This official U.S. Navy photo... shows Harry Hopkins in animated conversation with President Roosevelt, aboard the Big Four motored plane during the return from the historic Casablanca Conference. Seated directly behind them are Lieutenant George Fox, U.S. Navy Medical Corps, left, and Rear Admiral Ross T. McIntyre, Surgeon General-U.S. Navy...." A superb and highly unusual pair.

$195.00

Inscribed Photograph Signed
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Inscribed Photograph Signed

By SHEPARD, Alan B., Jr. (1923-98)

Mercury 7 and Apollo 14 astronaut and moonwalker, the first American to travel in space (1961). IPS, 7 ¼" X 9", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Black and white magazine photograph trimmed from the May 19, 1961 "Life" magazine profile. Candid closeup of Shepard gazing with left hand to forehead, boldly signed and inscribed by him in purple ballpoint in a white area at lower right: "To Donald Burnell / Alan B. Shepard Jr." Just a magazine portrait, but an interesting example from the height of his fame.

$195.00

Inscribed Photograph Signed
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Inscribed Photograph Signed

By SHEPARD, Alan B., Jr. (1923-98)

Mercury 7 and Apollo 14 astronaut and moonwalker, the first American to travel in space (1961). Color IPS, 7 3/4" X 8¼", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Color magazine photograph trimmed from the May 19, 1961 front cover of "Life" magazine. Candid half-length shot showing Shepard in blue polo shirt at home, smiling for the camera with a large pile of mail in his lap. In purple ballpoint across his short at lower right, he boldly inscribes and signs "To Donald Burnell / with best wishes -- / Alan B. Shepard Jr." Just a magazine portrait, but a handsome example from the height of his fame.

$225.00

Signed Booklet
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Signed Booklet

By REYNOLDS, Charles Ransom (1877-1961)

This American physician and surgeon joined the U.S. Army as a young man, serving with distinction in Cuba and in World War One, working his way up the ranks through many assignments until he reached the pinnacle of the medical/military world: Surgeon General of the United States Army, a post he filled from 1935 to 1939, modernizing and enlarging that department. Signed Booklet, an ornate 6½" X 7" trifold printed on heavy white card stock with two multi-color cords with tassles. Very good. Each of the three 5½" X 7" panels are clean and attractive, with the delicate fold line separating them expertly and archivally strengthened on verso (which does show glue stains, though none show through). Left panel reads "Reception and Dinner / In Honor of / Major General / Chas. Ransom Reynolds / The Surgeon General / United States Army" in gold within shield with draped American flags and American eagle, all in color. Central panel consists of large head-and-shoulders portrait of Reynolds in uniform (printed, not a photograph, with bit of show-through from fixative used to adhere it), lower edge which he boldly inscribes and signs in black ink "To Mr. and Mrs. / Karl H Metz with my kindest wishes / Charles R Reynolds." Right panel contains same shield and decorations as left panel, but with text reading "Sponsored by / The Medical Department Officers / Second Corps Area / at / The Waldorf Astoria / New York City / May Twenty-Seventh * * Nineteen Thirty-Five" -- a couple of days before Reynolds' June 1st induction as Surgeon General. A lovely and most unusual item likely produced in a very small quantity for attendees.

$95.00

Partly-Printed Document Signed
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Partly-Printed Document Signed

By WEST, Nelson Gray (1832-1915)

This noted Virginian physician served as regimental surgeon on the personal staff of General Turner Ashby and his Seventh Virginia Cavalry, later serving in General James Longstreet's Corps. Partly-printed DS, 1p, 10½" X 8¼", n.p., 6 February 1862. Very good. Moderately age toned. Printed "Confederate States of America" pay voucher covering the period from December 23, 1861, to February 1, 1862, showing receipt of $138.35, partly filled out in his hand and signed large and bold by him at lower right, where he adds his title "Ast. Surg." West would have signed more than one copy of this, and it bears the printed note "Signed Duplicates." Partly-printed docket on verso. Interesting and unusual Civil War medical record. Confederate pay vouchers are far less common than their Union counterparts and those from interesting figures, not run-of-the-mill soldiers, seldom encountered.

$295.00

Typed Note Signed
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Typed Note Signed

By KAEMPFFERT, Waldemar (1877-1956)

This all-around science guy edited "Scientific American" and "Popular Science Monthly" until named first director of Chicago's new Museum of Science and Industry in 1928; that fizzled after a few years and he became "The New York Times" editor of science and engineering for the remainder of his life; in his spare time he penned a handful of books about a wide range of science topics. TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 11 September 1941. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Very good. Light original folds. On "The New York Times" letterhead, Kaempffert thanks an admirer for kind words about his most well-known book: "I am glad that you like the 'Popular History of American Invention.' I am now at work on a volume which is to deal with science and democracy...." Boldly signed in black ink.

$55.00

Signature
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Signature

By OMORI, Fusakichi (1868-1923)

"Omori's law" regarding the aftershock rate of earthquakes was developed by this pioneering Japanese seismologist, the second chairman of seismology at the Imperial University of Tokyo who conducted much critical early research on the cause and prediction of earthquakes and invented one of the first seismographs; he did much research in northern California after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Rare signature in Japanese, heavy stock 2¼" X 3" card, n.p., n.y. Very good. Lightly age toned. Three vertical lines in brown penned, of course, in Japanese characters, read (in translation: "Fusakichi Omori, Doctor of Physical Science / Professor, College of Science / Tokyo Imperial University." On the verso, an unknown hand explains: "F. Omori, Sc.D., / Professor of / Seismology, Tokyo / Imperial University." Although pure conjecture, as this item is not dated, it was most likely signed while he toured California for 80 days following the San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Omori died at age 55 and his signature is extremely scarce.

$195.00

Signature and Salutation
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Signature and Salutation

By DALTON, John Call (1825-89)

This distinguished Civil War surgeon was an influential physiologist and authored a number of important works in the field ("A Treatise on Human Physiology" 1861, "The Experimental Method of Medicine" 1882, "Topographical Anatomy of the Brain" 1885, others) -- but is often remembered as the first full-time physiology professor in the U.S.; his discoveries about the brain earned him the nickname "America's first experimental neurophysiologist"; among various high-level academic appoints, in 1884 he was named president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Scarce "Yours truly / JC Dalton" large and bold in thick black ink on a 3 3/4" X 1½" slip, n.p., n.y. Very good. Mild dampstaining affects some letters ("truly," "JC D"), but not offensively; clearly clipped from a letter, as a number of words in his hand ("report on deeds / for the College profs / The Quarterly") visible on verso beneath light mounting traces. Undated, but a later life example.

$75.00

Letter Signed
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Letter Signed

By WOOD, James R. (1816-82)

This pioneering New York physician joined Bellevue Hospital in 1847 and worked his way up to chief surgeon, along the way helping to found Bellevue Medical College in 1861 and creating the first ambulance service and the first training school for nurses; he championed the "Dissecting Bill," a statute that helped provide cadavers for medical dissection and research for medical students, thus eliminating the practice of body snatching and paving the way for instruction using actual bodies as well as textbooks. LS, 1p, (lettersheet), 5" X 8", New York, NY, 1862 April 20. Addressed to Thomas C. Acton (1823-98, New York City police commissioner, politician, reformer). Very good. Bit of sporadic age toning; original folds (none weakened). Wood tells the new (appointed 1860) police commissioner that "The bearer Thomas Flynn is anxious of procuring some employment -- I have known him along while and believe him to be an honest worthy and industrious young man -- If you can aid him in any way I shall feel much obliged...." Boldly signed in thick brown ink. Wood's plea may just have worked, for only a few years later one Thomas Flynn appears in reports issued by the city comptroller's office. An interesting and early piece from the year after the Medical College's founding.

$350.00

Signature

By MULLIKEN, Robert S. (1896-1986)

American physicist and chemist whose research on molecular orbital theory -- what holds molecules together -- earned him the 1966 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Bold signature and date (1967 December 16) on a heavy stock 6" X 4" card, n.p., n.y. [pencilled date on verso 10 August 1983]. Fine. Rather uncommon.

$50.00

Signature
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Signature

By MARTIN, Lillien Jane (1851-1943)

One of the very first female American psychologists, Martin was denied admission by the University of Bonn because of her sex (they bestowed an honorary degree on her later); she authored a dozen books ("Salvaging Old Age" 1930, "Sweeping the Cobwebs" 1933, etc.), taught at Stanford University and headed a mental health clinic in San Francisco that pioneered the treatment of the elderly and children. Large, bold full signature in black ink on a heavy stock 5½" X 3¼" penny postcard, n.p., n.y. [postal cancellation from San Francisco on 31 January 1934]. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (19143-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. Faintly age toned. A seldom seen signature.

$75.00

Typed Note Signed
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Typed Note Signed

By FISHBEIN, Morris (1889-1976)

This American physician became high profile and influential, even appearing on the front cover of "Time" magazine in 1937, as editor of the powerful "Journal of the American Medical Association" from 1924 to 1950, by exposing medical foibles and quackery in popular layman books such as "The Medical Follies" (1925), "The New Medical Follies" (1927), "Fads and Quackery in Healing" (1932), and by founding "Medical World News" in 1961. TNS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Chicago, IL, 24 May 1965. Addressed to Kenneth M. Anglemire, president of "Who's Who in America." Near fine. On his personal letterhead, Fishbein thanks this notable Chicago businessman (who was involved in arranging an "Illinois Day" at the New York World's Fair) for "your telegram of May 21. I do wish I could be present in New York to participate in the observation of Illinois Day on June 16. Unfortunately I will be in the East only until June 14 after which I simply must return to Chicago...." Signed boldly in full in his typical green fineline. Accompanied by a pair of 6" X 8½" book photographs of Fishbein.

$55.00

Signature and Inscription
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Signature and Inscription

By EMERSON, Haven (1874-1957)

Great-nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson and brother-in-law of artist Maxfield Parrish, father of iron lung inventor John Haven Emerson and scientist Robert Emerson, this influential American physician and surgeon was a noted medical educator and administrator, professor at Columbia University and health commissioner of New York City. "Thanks for greeting / H Emerson" in bold brown ink on a heavy stock 5½" X 3¼" penny postcard, dated "Oct. 24 / '39" in his hand, with his blind-embossed New York City address at top; verso mailing side addressed in his hand to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. Uncommon medical signature.

$55.00

Signature / Unsigned Photograph
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Signature / Unsigned Photograph

By EDISON, Mina Miller (Mrs. Thomas A.) (1865-1947)

Second wife of the renowned American inventor, a marriage that lasted from 1886 until his death in 1931. Bold, handsome "Mrs. Thomas A. Edison" and date ("Aug. 29 -- 1934") in brown ink on a heavy stock 5" X 3¼" correspondence card with "Lewis Miller Cottage * Chautauqua * New York" imprinted along top. Fine. Lewis Miller (1829-99) was Mrs. Edison's father, a notable inventory, businessman and philanthropist who co-founded the educational movement popular in the late 19th century known as the Chautauqua movement; the daughter and Edison became lifelong supporters. Accompanied by a scarce, near fine 6" X 8" black and white news agency (International News Photos) glossy photograph showing the elderly Thomas and Mina Edison seated side by side. Original mimeographed paper label attached to verso titles this image "Inventor and Wife Leave for Winter Home," and caption explains: "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Edison pictured in the waiting room of the Pennsylvania Station here [Newark, NJ], waiting for their train for Fort Myers, Florida to be made up. The Edisons left today for the south and their annual winter stay," the image dated 20 January 1931. A superb pair -- an uncommon signature and a choice and desireable original news agency image.

$150.00

Signature / Unsigned Photograph
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Signature / Unsigned Photograph

By EDISON, Charles (1890-1969)

The fifth of inventor Thomas A. Edison's six children worked with him running Edson Records and then as president of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1927-57); FDR appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1937, then in 1940 he served briefly as Secretary of the Navy before being elected the 42nd governor of New Jersey (1941-44). Large and bold signature and date ("Nov. 30 1936") in brown ink on a heavy stock 5" X 3" card. Near fine. Accompanied by a scarce, near fine 8" X 6" black and white news agency (International News Photos) glossy photograph showing the elderly Edison seated behind a table reading into a microphone with son Charles seated alongside. Original mimeographed paper label attached to verso titles this image "Edison Speaks Over the Radio," and caption explains: "Thomas A. Edison, electrical wizard, broadcasting his address over the radio from his library at the Edison Laboratories here today, as his son Charles looks on. Edison's speech was in connection with the unveiling of a tablet at the General Electric plant at Schenectady, N.Y. commemorating the site of the former Edison Machine Works there," the image dated 15 December 1928. An outstanding pair -- an uncommon signature and a unusual original news agency image.

$125.00

Typed Manuscript Signed
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Typed Manuscript Signed

By STARK, Richard B. (1915-2008)

This Maryland physician was a noted scholar in the Civil War medicine field, co-authoring with wife Janet C. Stark the slim 1958 study "Surgical Care of the Confederate States Army" (1958) and many other scholarly pieces. Untitled typescript, 3pp (rectos only), 8½" X 11", n.p., n.y. Near fine. Original typescript of an article regarding the Medical Corps of the Confederate States, boldly inscribed and signed by him in black ink at top of first page: "Dear Arnold, Thank you for your nice / note and comments. Hope this will do. / Dick / Stark." Undated, but certainly of late 1950s vintage. Arnold F. Gates (1914-93) was a noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar and long-time officer of the New York Civil War Round Table. He makes a few small pencilled editorial additions, which suggest this article was prepared for a newsletter issued by the New York group. Accompanied by an announcement of a program sponsored by the Medical Society of the State of New York at their 154th annual convention, 1p, 8½" X 11", New York, NY, 1960 May 13. Near fine. Printed on this organization's letterhead, this typed program lists the speakers for this one-day symposium about Civil War medicine. At dead center, Stark boldly pens, "Chairman: Dr. Richard B. Stark," and along the top edge and running down the right margin he adds: "Mr. Arnold Gates / Dear Arnold, / Could you announce this at / the / next / C.W.R.T. / meeting. / Thank you / very / much, / Dick Stark." An intriguing pair.

$75.00

Autograph Note Signed
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Autograph Note Signed

By BROWN, John (1810-82)

This popular Scottish physician and essayist gained more reknown as a man of letters than a man of medicine, though he did become a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1847; friend of Thackeray and Twain, he collected his essays into "Rab and His Friends" (1859), "Marjorie Fleming" (1863) and "John Leech and Other Papers" (1882), though he's mainly remembered for the 3-volume "Horae Subsecivae" ("Leisure Hours," 1859). ANS, 1p, 3 3/4" X 6¼", Edinburgh, Scotland, 1878 February 27. Addressed to Alice L. Williams. Near fine. Faint mounting traces on verso. Gracious brief note, apparently to an admirer: "I am with much pleasure & thanks Yrs truly...." boldly penned in brown ink.

$95.00

Autograph Quotation Signed
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Autograph Quotation Signed

By EBERS, Georg (1837-98)

This German Egyptologist is renowned for discovering one of the earliest medical documents in existence -- an ancient Egyptian papyri giving a cancer treatment -- and sought to further popularize all things Egyptian through, of all things, historical romances set in Egypt. AQS, 1p, 4" X 4", n.p., 1885 August. Near fine. Faintly age toned. In Ebers interesting and stylized tiny script, in vibrant purple ink, he boldly pens four brief lines, signing handsomely and dating below. Because of Ebers' calligraphy a number of the words elude translation, and those that don't aren't sufficient to allow identifying this quotation. But an attractive item nonetheless, accompanied by a modern facsimile of a 19th century head-and-shoulders sketch of Ebers.

$95.00

Signature and Salutation

By GOODRICH, Chauncey E. (1801-64)

This New York Episcopalian minister, long-time chaplain of the State Lunatic Asylum at Utica, is remembered as "The Saint of Spuds," for as a horticulturist he spent many years developing a blight-resistant potato variety and improved and influenced fruit growing in northern New York and Vermont. Bold clipped "Very truly yours" and full signature in brown ink on a lined 3 3/4" X 1" slip, n.p., n.y. Very good. Quite attractive.

$50.00

Autograph Letter Signed (secretarial)
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Autograph Letter Signed (secretarial)

By (MITCHELL, S. Weir, 1829-1914)

This pioneering American physician, considered the father of neurology, was also a psychiatrist and bestselling writer and poet. Secretarial ALS, 2pp (lettersheet), 5" X 8", Philadelphia, PA, 1898 August 11. Addressed to Edward Peterson. Near fine. On his "S. Weir Mitchell, M.D." letterhead, Mitchell's secretary pens a letter on his behalf. In part: "Dr Mitchell has forwarded me some letters for reply as he is always out of the City at this time of the year. He strongly advises you to choose the University of Pennsylvania from which to get your degree. He is one of the Trustees of that institution. During the Civil War he was on duty at the Christian St Hospital." Appears to be signed "MBC. / sec'y." With original envelope. An interesting curiosity.

$75.00

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