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.
Fantastic fountain pen self-portrait sketch of his instantly recognizable ‘Little Tramp’ character on an off-white 6.75 x 4 album page, signed and inscribed below, “To Richard B. Gelbert, From Charlie Chaplin, Nov. 20th 1920,” adding “me” with an arrow pointing to the sketch. In fine condition. A scarce and exceptionally desirable sketch by the iconic actor of his signature character. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Exceptionally desirable vintage glossy 8 x 10 Valex publicity photo featuring portraits of each individual band member, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and twice by John Lennon; also signed again on the front by McCartney and Starr, bringing the total signature count to seven. The photo was professionally cleaned and restored to very good condition, with scattered surface marks and creases (heaviest to lower right), light soiling affecting portions of Ringo’s image and signature, and a bit of skipping to both signatures on the front. These signatures were acquired by a cocktail waitress working at the Ritz Ballroom in Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, when the Beatles played at the venue on July 19-20, 1963. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the daughter of the waitress, who attended the concert as well, which reads, in part: “My mother worked at the Ritz Ballroom…serving drinks from the bar. She found out the Beatles were visiting the Ritz…when she would be there…she got me in…During the interval, mum was tasked with delivering drinks to the group’s dressing room. She set off with a tray of cokes…she failed to notice a step and fell, spilling drinks all over Paul’s trousers…She said they were lovely boys and very concerned to make sure she was OK. Paul said it didn‘t matter as he had plenty of spare ‘keks.’ She…mentioned that she had a 12 yr old daughter out front. Upon hearing this, and to cheer her up, they dug out a promotional photo to sign.” Accompanied by two letters of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo. A bold set of signatures with a wonderful story which exemplifies the band’s charming personalities and accessibility. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Complete flown Command Service Module Updates checklist carried aboard Apollo 17, used by the entire crew and heavily annotated by Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans. Checklist consists of 53 heavy cardstock 6 x 8 pages (including covers) bound by 3 metal rings, titled on the front, “Apollo 17, CSM Updates, Part No. SKB32100123–330, S/N 1001,” and boldly certified and signed on the cover by Cernan in blue felt tip, “Flown on Apollo XVII, Gene Cernan.” Of the 51 pages within the checklist, there are 25 pages with writing on them, 21 are heavily noted by Schmitt and Evans with PADs, and four otherwise blank pages are certified and signed by Cernan, “Flown, Gene Cernan.” Each page is dated “8/7/72,” and all but the title page are double-sided. There are six tabs in the checklist: “P30 Maneuver,” “P37 Block Data,” “Earth Orbit Block Data,” “P27 Update,” “P24 LDMK Tracking,” and lastly, “Flight Plan Update.” Cernan has written flown certifications in black felt tip inside the checklist twelve times, each on separate pages (including all tabbed pages except for the first), “Flown, Gene Cernan.” Schmitt and Evan’s mission notes, in bold black felt tip, are all located on the first 11 pages (each double-sided) under the beginning “P30 Maneuver” tab. These pages list subjects such as: “Set Stars,” “R Align,” “P Align,” “Y Align,” “Ullage,” and six columns on which Schmitt and Evan’s recorded a multitude of numbers. Some of their handwritten notes on these pages read: “1. Burn Docked, 2. PTL reformat, 3. LM 36281,” “LM 36281, P – 21, Y – 181, perilun 53.1,” “Burn docked, PTC reformat,” “1. Burn docked, 2. LOI refsmat,” “LM 36312, SING BK 6:51,” “1. Burn and k, 2. Assume DOI-I,” “1. Burn and k, 2. Assume No Circ., 3. -140.9° Long (Lunar) At TIG,” “1. Burn und k, 2. Assume CIRC, 3. -147.62° Lunar Long at Tig,” “At TIG – 178.34, Assumes no plane change,” “4 Jet, 12 sec, TIG = -156.91°, Assumes Trim & LOPC burn, Assumes liftoff refsmmat.” Six of Cernan’s twelve handwritten flight certifications, “Flown, Gene Cernan,” are located on these first eleven pages within the “P30 Maneuver” tab.