Late Summer 2021 Catalogue


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181. [Literature & Art] [Prévert, Jacques. (1900–1977)].
"[Prévert] has never given a lecture, and does not wish to" - Typed Letter Signed from His Editor

TLS written on behalf of the French poet and screenwriter by René Bertelé, Prévert's "editor and friend" at Gallimard, to Professor Giancarlo Camerana of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, declining an invitation to speak.  Paris, 27 May, 1952;  2 pp. on NRF stationary.  In part (translated from the French), "I write on behalf of Monsieur Jacques Prévert...Monsieur Prévert thanks you for having thought of him for this conference tour, but he regrets that he cannot accept: In effect, he has never given a lecture, and does not wish to."  Bertelé goes on to suggest that the ACI could instead present "characteristic fragments" of Prévert's work as part of a presentation given by "someone who knows Jacques Prévert well."  Expected mailing folds, two holes to left margin, else fine.  5 x 8 inches (12.7 x 20.3 cm.). Read More...

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182. [Literature & Art] Romains, Jules. (1885–1972).
"I am prepared to accept conditions significantly inferior to the sort I have become accustomed to, though somewhat better than those you have proposed" - Collection of Letters Concerning a Speaking Tour in Italy

Group of seven letters, including four typed letters signed from the French poet and writer together with one autograph letter signed and two TLS from his wife, Lise Romains, to Professors Giancarlo Camerana and Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, regarding a speaking tour in March of 1956.  In the first letter (Paris, 15 October 1955;  1 pp. on A4 personal stationary), Romains writes in part (translated from the French) "It would be my pleasure to speak to your public in the four cities you suggested.  However, the material conditions you've offered seem quite modest to me.  Because I am so fond of Italy and because I am always happy to return there, I am prepared to accept conditions significantly inferior to the sort I have become accustomed to, though somewhat better than those you have proposed...Would you be so kind as to let me know if you agree to these conditions?"  In the second letter (Paris, 1 February 1956;  1 pp. on A4 personal stationary), he writes in part "I find myself in a huge embarrassment.  La Comédie-Française, which was supposed to mount one of my shows after the Easter holiday, has just informed me that the piece will go immediately into rehearsals for a mid-March opening, without giving me a precise date.  If everything goes well, I am hopeful rehearsals will be over by March 14.  But it is more than likely that they will run two or three days late. / You understand well, I am sure, that I would be very annoyed not to be able to attend [your talks].  But there is another possible solution," going on to ask about the availability of dates the institute had previously suggested.  The two remaining letters from Jules concern payment, arrival dates, and other practical matters.  The three letters from his wife are to Irma Antonetto and of a more social nature, one sent with an absent photograph upon the couple's return to France, another sending an article Lise thought may be of interest, and the third thanking Antonetto for sending a photograph of the couple in the Piazza San Carlo in Turin while mentioning that the next time Antonetto comes to Paris, the Romains will show her "a bistro just as good as the Gatto Nero."  Expected mailing folds, two holes to left margin of each letter, else fine. Read More...

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183. [Literature & Art] [Sartre, Jean-Paul. (1905–1980)] Faux, Claude. (1930–2017).
Autograph Letter Signed from His Secretary

ALS written by longtime secretary Claude Faux to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana regarding an invitation to have the philosopher speak.  6 August 1959;  1 pp. on half a sheet of A4.  In part (Translated from the French) "I cannot reach JP Sartre, who is on vacation in Italy at the moment. / Do you want to write him again in October so he may consider your proposition?"  Two holes to left margin, else fine.  8.5 x 5.5 inches (21.6 x 14 cm.). Read More...

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184. [Literature & Art] Szyk, Arthur. (1894–1957).
Seven "Visual History of Nations" Title Pages – Signed

Seven brightly colored first edition prints from the Polish artist's nine-piece series, Visual History of Nations, representing the countries of Poland, Switzerland, China, USSR, Canada, France, and Great Britain.  Dated between 1946–1949, each is signed in ink to the lower right corner by Szyk with "First Edition" stamped to verso. Edges darkened from prior mounting, moderate toning and occasional edge stains throughout, two (France and Canada) with paper rippling from water exposure, else fine.  All measure 11 x 9 inches (28 x 23 centimeters). Read More...

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185. [Literature & Art] Tolstoy, Leo. (1828–1910).
Cabinet Photograph

Original cabinet photograph of the important author, with a later spurious signature in ink dated 2 February 1905 (NB: not in Tolstoy's hand).  Light toning, surface scratches to verso, else in fine condition.  4 x 6.5 inches (10.5 x 16.5 cm.).

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186. [Literature & Art] Updike, John. (1932–2009).
"When I come to Italy I want to come with the empty head and shut mouth of a tourist." - Typed Letter Signed

TLS from the American man of letters to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, responding to a second invitation to have the author speak.  May 24, 1983; 1 pp., airmail letter.  "Dear Irma Antonetto:/  After eleven years, you should be entitled to a positive reply; but for the time being I have done enough travelling and posing as an author, and when I come to Italy I want to come with the empty head and shut mouth of a tourist.  Italy, that is, has much more to teach me than I it.  So, even thought the amount of lire has gone up wonderfully since 1972 (what is 1.400.000 in dollars, I wonder?), I fear I must decline, with my sincere thanks and/ Best wishes, [Signature]."  Updike had previously been asked to speak at the Associazione eleven years prior, an invitation which he had also declined.  Letter split along mailing fold with tape to back for stability, tears to edges from opening with text unaffected, two holes to left side of middle panel, else fine, 7.5 x 11 inches (19 x 27.9 cm.). Read More...

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187. [Literature & Art] [Vishniac, Roman. (1897–1990)] Godes, Herman. (?–2007).
Signed Photograph

Original Roman Vishniac photograph of Latvian pianist Herman Godes, with Godes's signature in blue ink.  Photographer's stamp to verso.  Crease to lower left corner, loss to gloss on right edge, else fine.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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Classical Music

188. [Literature & Art] Vlaminck, Maurice de. (1876–1958) [Duhamel, Georges. (1884–1966)].
"Le voiturier" – Signed Lithograph from "Les hommes abandonnés"

Lithograph by the French painter, who has signed to the lower right-hand corner in pencil.  One of a series of 24 lithographs created for an illustrated edition of Duhamel's short story collection Les hommes abandonnés published by Marcel Seheur in 1927, the work depicting a dismal and lonely scene, a man walking in solitude down an empty, shadowed street.  Matted and framed with a placard reading "MAURICE DE VLAMINCK / 1876–1958 / Duhamel's "Les Hommes Abandoneés" / Frapier Collection."  Unexamined out of frame but in apparently fine condition.  Sheet measuring 9 x 11.5 inches (22.9 x 29.2 cm.), framed to 15.5 x 18 inches (39.4 x 45.7 cm.). Read More...

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189. [Literature & Art] Vlaminck, Maurice de. (1876–1958).
"Us, La place" – Signed Lithograph

Lithograph depicting a quiet street by the French painter, who has signed to the lower right-hand corner in pencil.  Printed 1924 in black ink on paper, matted and framed with a placard reading "MAURICE DE VLAMINCK / 1876–1958 / La Place (No. 77/100)" / Frapier Collection."  Hand-numbered "77/100" to lower left-hand corner.  Stamp to verso of frame from Galerie des Peintres-Graveurs, Paris.  Unexamined out of frame but in apparently fine condition.  Drawing measures 19 x 12.5 inches (48.3 x 31.8 cm.); framed to 25.5 x 18 inches (64.8 x 45.7 cm.). Catalogue : K. de Walterskirchen, n°173. Read More...

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190. [Literature & Art] Wegner, Hans J. (1914–2007).
Original Furniture Design

An original design for a typewriter table from the world-renowned Danish furniture designer, from the 800-office series. Drawn in pencil, signed at the lower right, and labeled with the scale, 1:10. Two punched holes along the upper edge, one small stain at the lower right, and some chips at the edges; overall very good. 12 x 8.5 inches (31 x 21.5 cm.) From the workshop of cabinetmaker Johannes Hansen. Read More...

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191. [Literature & Art] [Zarov, Annette & Basil].
Signed Photograph

Signed portrait photograph of an unidentified "Jean," inscribed to "ma chere Livia," signed to lower right by photographers Annette & Basil Zavor of Montreal.  Mounting remnants to back, else fine.  10.75 x 14.75 inches (27.3 x 37.5 cm.).

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192. [Literature & Art] [African Americana].
Collection of Postcard Photographs

Collection of 25 postcard photographs of African American women, mostly in a studio setting, dated roughly between 1910-1930. A few of the cards are inscribed to the verso with humorous notes regarding the images. One reads, "Tell Melton I said he better not make fun of my [sic] pitcher I will get him when I see him you tell me Miss Alma if he does..." and another, "This is Emma and me made in Savannah...When you look at it send it back!"  Some postally used, with moderate toning throughout, else fine. All measure 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 centimeters).

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History & Historiography
Culture, Ethnicity & Gender

193. [History & Culture] [Chrobak, Rudolf. (1843–1910)] Prager, Olga. (1872–1930).
Original Portrait

A stunning large, original portrait in profile, of the pioneering Austrian doctor, professor and director of the Frauenklinik in Vienna, an important gynecologist whose name is associated with "Chobak's operation," and with the "Otto-Chrobak pelvis" protrusion. Charcoal and pencil on canvas. 18 x 16 3/4 inches, framed to 25 by 23 1/2 inches. Read More...

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194. [History & Culture] Cox, Archibald. (1912–2004).
Typed Letter Signed

TLS from the U.S. Solicitor General and special prosecutor during Watergate to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, declining an invitation to speak.  6 July 1977; 1 pp., on Harvard Law School stationary.  In part, "My academic duties make it impossible to contemplate so long a trip during the next academic year."  Two holes to left margin, else fine.  5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21.3 cm.). Read More...

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195. [History & Culture] [FEMINISM] Friedan, Betty. (1921–2006).
Typed Letter Signed

TLS from the American feminist writer to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana regarding an upcoming speaking engagement.  New York, August 7, 1971;  1 pp. on A4 personal stationary.  In November of the same year, Friedan gave a lecture at the ACI entitled "The Participation of Women in Human Liberation.".  Expected mailing folds, two holes punched in left margin, else fine. Read More...

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196. [History & Culture] Fleming, Alexander. (1881–1955).
"Your offer was very tempting and I am very grateful to you for extending it to me, but I find it quite impossible." - Typed Letter Signed

TLS from the Scottish physician who discovered penicillin to Dr. Giancarlo Camerana of the Associazione Culturale Italiana declining an invitation to speak.  London, 11th September, 1950;  1 p. on Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology stationary.  Expected mailing folds, two holes punched to left margin, else fine.  8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). Read More...

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197. [History & Culture] [Formula One] Stewart, Jackie. (b. 1939).
Signed Photograph

Signed photograph of the British Formula One driver behind the wheel of the Tyrrell 006 Number 5, driven during his World Championship-winning 1973 season.  Stewart has inscribed "To Grayce / With Best Wishes / Jackie Stewart" in blue marker.  In very fine condition.  7 x 5 inches (17.8 x 12.7 cm.).

Nicknamed the "Flying Scot," Jackie Stewart won the Formula One World Championship three times, in 1969, 1971, and 1973.


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198. [History & Culture] [Frank, Anne. (1929–1945)] Frank, Otto. (1889–1980).
Signed Photograph of Canals Outside the Hidden Annex

Original color polaroid photograph, ca. 1970s, of the Amsterdam canals outside the house where the Frank family hid for more than two years.  The photograph has been signed to upper right by Anne Frank's father, Otto. Slightly faded, else fine.  3.5 x 3.5 inches (9 x 9 cm.).  Together with halftone photographs of the annex where they lived and Anne's diary. Read More...

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199. [History & Culture] Fromm, Erich. (1900–1980).
Typed Letter Signed

TLS from the German philosopher and social psychologist to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana declining an invitation to speak.  Mexico City, 28th January, 1972;  1 pp. on A4 personal stationary.  In part, "This year I am so busy working on a book manuscript that I cannot spare the time."  The book referenced is likely The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, published the following year.  Expected mailing folds, two holes punched in left margin, else fine. Read More...

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200. [History & Culture] Haig, Alexander. (1924–2010).
"Mrs. Haig and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing '42nd Street' last weekend" – Typed Letter Signed

TLS from the then-Secretary of State to the manager of the Majestic Theatre, thanking him for his hospitality during a performance of 42nd Street.  March 10, 1982;  1 pp. on personal stationary.  In part, "Mrs. Haig and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing '42nd Street' last weekend and we very much appreciate the kindnesses you showed us while we were at the theater."  Mailing crease, else fine.  7 x 10.5 inches (17.8 x 26.7 cm.).

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