Italian poet and editor (1876–1944) who was one of the seminal figures of the futurist movement. Uncommon ALS in French, signed “F. T. Marinetti,” one page, 8.5 x 10.5, undated. Letter to an unnamed “confrère,” translated in full: “Dear colleague, I will write the article you request. When is it needed? I am very busy at the present time. All my sympathy, F. T. Marinetti Futurist movement. Adriane square 30, Rome” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, scattered creases, a couple of minor edge dings, and several pencil notations. Marinetti seldom wrote “movimento futurista” in his own hand. RRAuction COA.
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French engineer (1832–1923) best remembered for designing the tower that bears his name. ALS in French, signed “G. Eiffel,” one page both sides, 5.25 x 4, February 13, 1893. Letter to “my dear Paul.” In full (translated): “Since your letter, I have been badly hurt by the condemnation that has struck me, and which has aroused general disapproval from Paris. I have been sent many expressions of sympathy, which have touched me greatly, but among those the ones sent from my family are the most sensible to me. This judgment that has surprised everyone is in fact an invasion of justice by politics which the most unbearable of tyrannies. I have confidence in the court to reverse this heinous decree, of which, the terms, if you know them, have probably shocked you. I was touched by your expression toward me that this decree will surely change. Receive for you and your close ones.” A handwritten response, presumably from the recipient, also in French, reads, “Response, Berne, I4 Febr., night. I am enchanted that your important present preoccupations still allowed you to think of me. At least in this moment I will also tell you, my brave [friend], that my opinion on all this had not varied one iota, even after the insertion of the Eve condemnations. From the moment it started, with a big lie and a big deception, it was obvious it will end in ineptitude. Those who organized this, are certainly no amateurs, but when the Press received the copies from them to print, it does not look at them too closely, it is very disciplined, and even when the joke becomes macabre, the Press still tips its hat. When one has seen as have the day of the first of January 90, one is at ease with the definitive issues; those who have conferred to you, knew them with whom they had to deal, knowing well to support you for your important day, because they will not let themselves be mystified for too long. Therefore, my dear [friend] you see that the experience makes me see things much more clearly than the vulgar, and that even the court would not demolish all this. I will say once more, like Cato, ‘cause viti mihi placuit.’ Receive my demonstrations of friendship which are stronger than ever.” In fine condition, with a small pencil notation to reverse and response approaching beginning of Eiffel’s text.
In 1887, Eiffel was hired as a contractor to design and build the Panama Canal by The French Panama Canal Company. After a year of work, the company suspended payments and put the project into liquidation, leading to a political and financial scandal that destroyed Eiffel’s reputation. He was charged along with the project’s directors with raising money under false pretenses and misappropriation of funds, and found guilty on February 9, 1893, fined 20,000 francs and sentenced to two years in prison. (As predicted in this letter, the court did later “reverse this heinous decree,” acquitting him upon appeal.) Eiffel was shocked and deeply hurt by the scandal, and just one day after writing this letter, he resigned from the Board of Directors of the Compagnie des Establissments Eiffel and demanded that his name be removed from the company. A deeply personal letter from the lowest point in an otherwise remarkable career. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Original signed ink, pencil, and crayon sketch of the Cat in the Hat on a yellow 8 x 10 sheet, with a word balloon coming from the Cat which reads, “I’ve always wanted to be in a mini-museum!,” with Seuss adding underneath, “And so have I. And now we’ve made it! With all best wishes, …Dr. Seuss.” Matted to an overall size of 12 x 14. In fine condition, with a slight crease to lower right corner and dings to edges of mat. This piece was pictured in color in Bob Bennett’s book Collecting Original Cartoon Art. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Highly regarded French painter (1830–1903), one of the leading figures of the impressionist movement, best known for his distinctive pointillist style. ALS in French, signed “C. Pissarro,” on a self-contained addressed 4.75 x 5 mailing sheet, April 15, 1902. Letter to his physician, Dr. Parenteau. In full (translated): “I am congested yet again. Right at the time when I am ready to pack my trunk, please kindly come by to see me. I managed to avoid a crisis all these days…Anyway! That is it!” Under his signature, Pissarro adds a brief postscript, “And yet I must go! The flowers will disappear.” In very good condition, with central horizontal and vertical fold, a bit of mild toning, rusty paperclip mark along top edge, adhesive residue along left edge, and show-through from postmarks and printing on reverse. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Influential Irish author and scholar (1898–1963), a former atheist who became an eloquent convert to Christianity, best known for his works on Christian theology (most notably, the ‘epistolary’ story The Screwtape Letters) and for his much-beloved, seven-book juvenile fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. TLS, one page, 8 x 5, typed The Kilns, Kiln Lane letterhead, April 13, 1960. Letter of thanks for a sent book. In full: “An attractive looking book, The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction, arrived here this morning from Messrs. Doubleday, and I gather from the docket enclosed with it that it is a present from you. I am most grateful to you for your kindness, and I look forward to beginning on this feat forthwith.” Pencil notation in an unknown hand at bottom reads, “Contributor? Of a filer not a story Mercury Press had us send.” In fine condition, with a central vertical fold, staple hole to top left corner, and a couple light creases. Doubleday began printing their anthologies taken from the best of the Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine in 1954 and released them sporadically over the following years. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
December, 2012: Iconic Photographs of the 20th Century
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September, 2012: American Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen
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