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John Lennon Signed book In His Own Write

Signed book: In His Own Write. Later printing. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 78 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page, “To Susan, Lots of love from John Lennon xxx,” adding a sketch of an unusual face under his signature. Front pastedown is signed and inscribed by songwriter Lionel Bart. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: G+/None. Signature may very well originate from the Foyles Luncheon which was held in honor of the book’s publication, as Bart was in attendence as well.

 

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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in John Lennon

 

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Charles Dickens Signed Cabinet Photo

Magnificent matte-finish 4 x 5.75 cabinet-type portrait of Dickens affixed to a 5 x 7.75 mount, showing the author wearing a distinguished robe in a three-quarter-length pose as captured by J. Gurney & Son during an 1867 sitting in New York, signed on the mount in blue ink, “Charles Dickens, Twentieth April, 1868.” In very good condition, with a professionally repaired crack passing through his forehead (now hardly noticeable), a few similarly repaired thin tears to the image (most noticeably to the light area in the lower left), and an overall block of toning from previous display.

Dickens made his second trip to America in 1867–1868, touring the country and giving public readings along the way, where he was delighted and impressed at the reception given him. On the day he signed this, Dickens performed his last-ever reading in America at Steinway Hall in New York. Upon finishing, the author was hailed with thunderous applause and he gave a brief summation of his thoughts on his time in the United States, saying, ‘I shall never recall you as a mere public audience, but rather as a host of personal friends, and ever with the greatest gratitude, tenderness and consideration. Ladies and gentlemen, I beg to bid you farewell. God bless you, and God bless the land in which I leave you.’ With that, he left for England out of the port of New York on the following day, never to return. A fantastic image—his manager called it ‘the only good photograph of him in existence’—signed on an important date, this is a scarce photo, larger than typically seen, that marks the conclusion of Dickens’s journey across the Atlantic. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Charles Dickens

 

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John Adams Prominent and crisp ink signature as president

Prominent and crisp ink signature as president, “John Adams,” on an off-white 8.5 x 3.5 slip clipped from a document. Boldly countersigned at the bottom by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. In fine condition, with light circular seal toning to right side and mild mirrored ink from folding. A fantastic Adams example—the largest we have ever seen. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in John Adams

 

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Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Signed Ban Johnson Baseball

 

Official Reach American League (Ban Johnson) baseball signed in fountain pen on the sweet spot, “Babe Ruth,” and on a side panel, “Lou Gehrig.” In very good condition, with scattered surface marks and dings, a Global label affixed near the league stamp, and the Ruth signature a few shades light but mostly legible; Gehrig’s signature is relatively bold and quite appealing. A scarce example of perhaps the most desirable combination in the hobby. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 25, 2014 in Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig

 

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Richard Parsons Postcards Titanic Second Class Steward

Second class steward aboard the Titanic, with a monthly salary of £3 15s. Parsons died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never positively identified. Three ALSs on individual 5.5 x 3.5 picture postcards, all three to his wife, all signed “Dick,” one written in pencil, two from September of 1911, and one from February 1912. One postcard, dated September 25, 1911, reads, in part: “I am sailing to New York on Wednesday on R. M. S. Majestic, she is about 1/5 the size of the Olympic I have not got a very good job on her but its better than being out of work.” His letter dated February 28, 1912, reads, in part: “I arrived back safely this afternoon about 4-30. I may go to London for a day or two, the Olympic got damaged again and she is going to Belfast for repairs tonight.” In overall very good to fine condition. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Edwina C. MacKenzie Titanic Interview

Typescript from an interview given by MacKenzie in February of 1979, three pages, 8.5 x 11, signed at the conclusion, “Edwina C. MacKenzie.” Fantastic content in which a 27- year old survivor of the tragedy describes the terrible events from beginning to end. In part: “I think that the entire trouble with the ‘Titanic’ was problems with the life boats and the fact that you could not convince the passengers that the ship was going to sink…Also the collision could hardly be felt because the ship was so huge…It’s a myth that they played and sang Nearer My God To Thee. Mostly they played popular songs of the day in order to keep everyone’s spirits high…I can never forget what I call the ‘scream of death’ which happened the moment the Titanic gave up life and 1,500 people hit the icy water at the same moment.” In fine condition, with a staple hole to top left corner. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Titanic

 

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Tyrell Cavendish Signed Document Titanic First Class Passenger

First class passenger (1875-1912) who perished aboard the Titanic. DS, signed “by a family member,” one page, 8.25 x 11, May 20, 1912. Receipt from the passenger department of the I. M. M. Shipping company pertaining to the personal effects of Cavendish, whose body is referenced at the top, “No. 172.” In part: “I am lawfully enlisted to take possession of all the personal effects in your hands taken from the body of Tyrell W. Cavendish, a passenger on the ‘Titanic’…I acknowledge receipt of the following effects: £7 in gold, 1 Gold watch, 1 Pair gold cuff links, 1 Gold stud, 1 Fountain pen, 1 pencil, 2 Check books.” Quickly signed at the conclusion, in pencil, by a family member. Uniform toning, with heavier old tape toning to vertical edges, otherwise fine condition. Ex. Brian Green Collection. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Titanic

 

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