Vintage ink signature, “Yrs. in Xt., F. Scott Fitzgerald,” on an off-white 4 x 3.25 slip affixed to a 6.75 x 3.75 album page. In very good condition, with scattered toning and soiling, some slight rippling due to adhesive, and a couple spots of adhesive remnants to surface. The sentiment, short for ‘Yours in Christ,’ is unusual coming from the typically secular Fitzgerald—however, it was a closing often used by H. L. Mencken and others in a mocking fashion. Nevertheless, Fitzgerald was the first author of Catholic descent to achieve canonical success in America, making this an interesting associative piece. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Monthly Archives: January 2015
Vintage ink signature and inscription, “To May, Buddy Holly,” signed vertically on a off-white 6 x 7.5 sheet of Hollywood Plaza Hotel stationery. The sheet appears to have been professionally cleaned. Two horizontal folds with a partial separation along the right side of the top fold, a few small creases, and the aforementioned cleaning, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Unsigned docketing notation on the reverse of an invitation to Adams, 8.5 x 7.5, in French, from the Chancellor of Russia inviting Adams to dinner. Adams, serving as US Minister to Russia, dockets the reverse, “Romanzoff–Count 3/15 Septr. 1810.” In fine condition, with wax seal remnants to left edge, one missing corner tip, and horizontal folds. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Signed book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. First British edition. London: Methuen & Co, 1962. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.5 x 8, 311 pages. Signed on the title page in black felt tip by Kesey. A blacked-out copyright line (as is typical with this edition) showing through to the title page, toning to dust jacket edges, and foxing to the upper text block edge, otherwise fine condition. The dust jacket has not been price-clipped. Book originates from the private collection of New York bookseller Matthew Monaghan, and was purchased at Gotham Book Mart. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Color glossy 11 x 8.5 photo of Mandela after exiting an airplane, signed in-person in blue felt tip, “N. Mandela 22. 11. 2000.” In very fine condition. Consignor notes that the signature was obtained by specialist Mike Wehrmann. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Astronomer (1889–1953) regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century and the namesake of the orbiting Hubble Telescope. Ink signature, “Edwin Hubble, Mt. Wilson Observatory, Pasadena, California, USA,” on an off-white 4 x 2.5 slip clipped from a tailor’s guestbook. Encapsulated in a plastic PSA/DNA authentication holder. In fine condition, with toning to the left edge. The guestbook this was removed from was compiled between May 1912 through September 1933, and was attributed to Savile Row, the London area renowned for bespoke tailoring of men’s suits. Hubble first began working at Mount Wilson in 1919, and just three years after his arrival—using the observatory’s newly completed Hooker Telescope—identified nebulae far too distant to be part of the Milky Way, as previously believed. Formally presenting his findings in 1925, Hubbel fundamentally changed the scientific view of the universe with his expanding universe theory. A rare and much sought-after autograph by one of 20th-century science’s household names, highlighted by the addition of the observatory he made famous.
Remarkable DS in Spanish, one page, 8.25 x 7, February 29, 1958. Document authorizing Captain Ciro Frias to implement all measures he deems necessary to ensure the smooth progress of the operations in the east of the country, as well as to apply all provisions of the criminal code if made necessary by circumstances or by lack of military discipline. Signed at the conclusion by Fidel Castro, “Fidel Castro R”; Raul Castro, “R Castro Ruz”; and Che Guevara, “Che.” Also countersigned by Captain Ciro Frias. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, small edge tears, a burn hole to the main text, dampstaining to one corner, staple holes to the right edge, and significant spreading to ink in Raul Castro’s signature. This comes from two weeks after one of the rebel army’s key victories at the Second Battle of Pino de Agua, in which Captain Ciro Frias operated under Raul Castro’s command. Frias was killed in battle at Imias on April 9, 1958— just six weeks after signing this document—while trying to capture the territory near Guantanamo. An incredible military document signed by three of the Cuban Revolution’s most important leaders, dating to a significant turning point leading up to their final victory the following year. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.