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Exceptionally Rare Hand-written Letter Signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a graduate student at Boston University in 1952
Hand-written autograph letter signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his academic adviser at Boston University Graduate School. The letter, dated September 1952 on an official Registrar Petition form addressed to the faculty reads: “I am desirous of taking twelve hours towards the PhD degree this semester in the Boston University Graduate School. My major field is Systematic theology. At present I have completed twenty-eight hours toward the degree, and passed the French examination. I plan to take the German examination in October, 1952. I would have taken the examination before now, but I wanted to make sure that I had an adequate background in German before taking it. For the past two years I have been a close student of German. In the light of this I am fairly certain that I can pass the examination in October. Martin L. King Jr. Graduate Student.” With faculty notes beneath signed by King’s academic adviser, “1952 L. Harold DeWolf. Approved. Granted for fall semester only.” King has also clearly printed his name on the verso, visible though an opening at in the back of the frame. Double matted and framed with a photograph of a young King. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 15 inches. An exceptionally rare example providing a remarkable glimpse into the iconic leader’s education.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 82602
"I'm wearing a necklace and ear-rings so that the mountains can enjoy looking at them!": Exceptionally rare collection of autograph letters signed by reclusive author P.L. Travers
Exceptionally rare collection of 28 typed and hand written letters and notes signed by the author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers. 36 pages, the letters are a collection of 20 years of correspondence between Travers and close personal friends John and Jacqueline Rutherfurd and offer an intimate glimpse into Travers’ personal life and many travels. In one note dated August 10, 1981, Travers writes: “Dear Jaqueline, I write, with a newly overhauled portable (and see how it works and imagine what I will have to say to them when I get back to London!) from Chandolin, the highest lived-in-all-the-year-round village in Europe. Lovely high air and I try to come for a short time every year to get away from London sea level. And I’m wearing a necklace and ear-rings so that the mountains can enjoy looking at them!” Another letter, dated December 20, 1981, reads in part: “I am waiting for a photograph of me that was taken for my new book that is coming out here in the spring…I wish I could say when the book will be out in the U. S. but there are all sorts of goings on there; I’ve rewritten one of the stories, called Bad Tuesday in the first Mary Poppins book as the San Francisco library put it in the index as being ‘insulting to minorities.’” Another letter dated May 7th 1980 reads in part: “That was a lovely poem to have received at three o’clock in the morning, Jacqueline! Truly beautiful…I will certainly keep it. I put special things into books and then come upon them ages after and am refreshed all over again. That is why I don’t lend my books. I’m not going to let others see my letters, my comments in the margins; why let them into my communing with myself?” Additionally included are the original envelopes addressed to the Rutherfurds in Travers’ hand. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional collection offering a unique glimpse into the personality of the very private author.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 92809
"As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time": Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi
Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. The letter reads, “Dear Rev. Conley, You will please forgive one for my inability to reply to your letter earlier. As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time. I am at present at Thithal leaving Bombay on 24th Oct for Bengal. I am afraid therefore that we cannot meet before the … Your serv MK Gandhi 25 4 25 Tithal.” The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 105860
First edition of Walt Whitman's Two Rivulets: Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India; one of only 100 copies signed and dated by Walt Whitman and with an autograph note signed by him tipped in
Camden, New Jersey: Author's Edition, 1876.
Scarce first edition, first issue with the blank leaf between ‘As a Strong Bird’ and ‘Memoranda’ and single leaf of advertisements for Whitman’s books inserted between the back flyleaves. One of only 100 copies. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentetlles, gilt top stain, marbled endpapers. With the frontispiece sepia photograph of Whitman signed and dated by him, “Walt Whitman 1881.” From the library of Richard Hoe Lawrence with an autograph note by Whitman tipped in. Addressed to Lawrence and dated March 11, 1881, the note reads, “Dear Sir yours of 10th enclosing #10 received – Walt Whitman.” Richard Hoe Lawrence served as president of the Grolier Club from 1906-1908. He was the great-nephew of Grolier Club co-founder and renowned bibliophile Robert Hoe III. With Lawrence’s bookplates to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114654
"A man's Self is the sum total of all that he can call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house": First Edition of Williams James' The Principles of Psychology; with an Autograph Letter Signed by Him Tipped In
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1890.
First edition, first printing of James’ vastly influential textbook on psychology. Octavo, two volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spines, illustrated with numerous tables and diagrams, 8 pages of advertisements. First state with the hyphenated ‘Psy-chology’ in the advertisement opposite the title page of vol. I and misprints on page 10 of vol. I and page 101 of vol. II. Tipped in to the front pastedown of vol. I is an autograph note signed and entirely in the hand or James on his Irving Street letterhead which reads, “Dec. 16, ’90 My dear Croswell, I thought I had answered your letter of the other day, but found to my surprise the empty envelope in my envelope reservoir – what you say does equal credit to your head and heart and proves to be an honour to American Criticism! Seriously speaking, you warm my heart, for it is only by such responses that a fellow gets the feeling that his book has any reality. They haven’t begun to come in in any number yet nor will they I fear, although the friends to whom I have sent the vols. call them noble…Good luck to you and & yours! W.J.” With the recipient’s bookplates to the pastedowns of each volume. In very good condition with light rubbing to the crown and foot of the spines, some annotations throughout. Rare and desirable, offering an intimate glimpse into the author’s thoughts on the initial reception of what would become a seminal work in the history of modern thought. A superior example of this notoriously fragile set.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 105105
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon; from the collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio
Rawlings Official Ball National League, .
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon on the sweetspot. From the personal collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Accompanied by an original black and white photograph of DiMaggio and Nixon shaking hands in the White House, also from DiMaggio’s personal collection. In near fine condition. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 95226
Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 73081
Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr., “For Jean Bach With Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” The recipient Jean Bach was an activist, filmmaker and doyenne of New York Jazz. She was an important figure in New York Jazz circles, as well as a social activist and the director of the Oscar-winning film, A Great Day in Harlem. In fine condition. Double matted and framed opposite a print of King, Jr. A nice association.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 80020
Rare original Donald Brooks Fashion Design of Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan for the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby
Original Donald Brooks fashion design sketch of Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan for the 1974 film production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. One page pencil drawing with watercolor detail of a moonlit sky, the drawing features Farrow in full in “a wispy delicate dress of white and pale grey chiffon that moves against the body” as well as details of her family pearls, diamond bar capelet pin, pearl drop earring, and brocade t-strap dancing slipper with Donald Brooks’ inscription in pencil, “Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan ‘The Great Gatsby’ Donald Brooks.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 27.5 inches by 22.5 inches. An excellent piece featuring the iconic Buchanan in the classic film The Great Gatsby.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 95196
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives": Rare Black and White Photograph of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson; signed by him
Rare black and white photograph signed by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, Jackie Robinson. Inscribed by the baseball legend in the bottom left corner of the photograph, “To John, best wishes, Jackie Robinson.” In near fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 8.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Photographs signed by Robinson are scarce.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 107856
Autograph military commission boldly signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, dated December 20th 1876. One page partially printed on vellum and retaining the original blue seal, the commission appoints Alexander L. Morton as First Lieutenant in the Fifth Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States. Signed by Grant at the conclusion and countersigned by Secretary of War J. Donald Cameron and Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 22.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 95274
Autographed letter signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The letter reads, “Concord 8 Feb. 1864 Dear Mrs. Botter, In obedience to your request send to me through my daughter, I enclose this paper. yours faithfully, R.W. Emerson.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17.5 inches. A very attractive piece.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 64045