FRELENG, FRIZ Bugs Bunny smiles brightly from the page in this pen and ink portrait of Bugs' familiar face. Freleng has signed "Friz Freleng" in his typical capital letters and penned below his name in similar style, "Sorry Can't Make It This Time - Maybe the Next. Wish You Well." What a charming way to send regrets. Condition: center fold slightly visible suggesting the drawing was sent to decline an invitation. Bookseller Inventory # 4635.
KURTZMAN, HARVEY Mad Magazine cofounder Kurtzman crafted a humorous self-portrait cartoon while claiming in the caption that he "Never" draws "Pictures." On verso, he writes a note about not being able to attend Comic Con. He signs the note, "H. Kurtzman." He signs the drawing, "Kurtz" with his familiar line drawing. Drawn and composed on card stock measuring 4 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. Neither sketch nor letter is dated. Kurtzman founded "Mad" with publisher William Gaines first as a comic book then as a magazine. Founded in 1952, "Mad" ceased publication in 2018. Kurtzman went on to illustrate the "Little Annie Fanny" comic strips for "Playboy" magazine until 1988.
AIKEN, CONRAD Aiken composed a charming Christmas poem which opens with an appealing sketch of a mouse's face. "The Mouse upon the Christmas day/Bends his little knees to pray/ O dear Jesus/ Please to cheese us/That is all I have to say." He signs with his initials, "CA," and adds at the top of the folded card stock, "With love from C [he draws a face in the C] and M [and draws eyes and mouth within the letter] to Maurice and Betty." A particularly charming holiday greeting card by the poet and novelist. Autograph Poem Twice Signed with Abbreviations on folded card stock, 11x 8 1/2 inches opened, n.p., n.d. Condition. Edges show slight soiling, back of card especially along edges and center fold show soiling.
SIMONSON, LEE Simonson sketched a bust length profile, signed and dated, "To.from Lee Simonson, Jan 1934." The sketch is rendered in black crayon on graph paper and measures 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. The sketch is attached to a heavier page possibly from an album. Docketing on this page in pencil in another hand offers information on the sketch. "Lee Simonson caricature (?) of himself.at.theater during.tryout of O'Neill's 'Days Without End." Simonson changed stage production into a more modern style, He was a theater and art critic as well. Most importantly he founded the Theater Guild in New York City and staged productions for the Guild.
CLEAVER, ELDRIDGE Cleaver signed the s tapled pamphlet published by The Friends of Eldridge Cleaver, San Francisco. His signature shows in full at the end of the "Introduction," which explains why "The Friends" put the pamphlet together. "The material in this pamphlet was selected and reprinted by The Friends of Eldridge Cleaver, a loosely-knit group of residents of the San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley Bay Are.concerned about.Eldridge.We do not want to see him scapegoated." The group seeks to increase public knowledge of the, "April 6, 1968 clash with the Oakland Police.for which Eldridge will soon stand trial.Many forces have conspired to cover up this era.Research into these dark pages of our history is vitally needed." Cleaver signs, "Eldridge Cleaver." White wrappers, with print and photographs in blue. Cleaver is pictured on the front and on the back cover with his wife and baby. Print and images throughout the booklet are printed in blue.
DRAYTON, GRACE Drayton is considered one of the first and most successful female cartoon artists. Her characters include the Campbell Soup Kids, Dolly Dimples, Comfy and Kitty Cutie. On her printed personal stationery, Drayton replies to a fan with four pencil sketches along the bottom edge. "Grace Drayton Studio" stationery, 4to, New York City, July 9, 1930. Drayton expresses pleasure that her correspondent liked, "Dolly, Bobby, Comfy and Kittens.They come out daily in the New York American and the Sunday page. You can find them in the Philadelphia Inquirer.They keep me pretty busy drawing from morning until night." She notes the fan letters, "Keep up my enthusiasm." She signs in full, "Grace Drayton," and sketches in light pencil the faces of Dolly, Bobby, Comfy and Kitty Cutie. Included is her handwritten envelope with her signature, "G. Drayton" included in the return address.
WILLIAMS,TENNESSEE [Thomas Lanier Williams III] The group of ten personal checks, dated from January to November 1978, offers a window into Williams' activity during that time. Several checks were paid to a French restaurant, one to a hospital and several to other bank accounts. Williams is considered on of America's most important dramatists. He won the Pulitzer Prize for "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1948 and for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in 1955. In addition, "The Glass Menagerie" (1945) and "The Night of the Iguana" (1961) received New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards. His 1952 play, "The Rose Tattoo," received the Tony Award for best play. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee" for the state of his father's birth. Williams signs each check in full, "Tennessee Williams" under his printed name. We typically sell Williams' checks for $120-$150. We offer this group for $800/NET.
The concert took place in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium and is dated October 31, 1944, the day after the premier of Copland's landmark work, "Appalachian Spring." "Appalachian Spring" was composed as a ballet with Graham as choreographer. Copland won the Pulitzer Prize for Music that year, and his music became an American classic. Graham has signed the program, "Devoted to the Dance Martha Graham and her Company," on the cover. Copland signed on page three where "Appalachian Spring" appears.
Publicity Photograph in color signed, measuring 8 x 10 inches. The bright half length photograph shows Miranda costumed as she often performed and is best remembered. Inscribed and signed vertically in black ink, "To. Carmen Miranda." Condition: Bends at corners and along margins, overall condition slight background discoloration in several spots.
"'On Loan' an exhibition of borrowed art lent by artists. Nov. 22-Dec. 19th , 1980.Cambridge Road, London." Our edition consists of a cream colored labeled box, numbered on the bottom, that holds small library card holders and cards identifying artist and their artwork. Some of the holders include cards with the images of the artwork, and several cards are not in holders. The cream colored box is inserted in a heavier structured paper box also numbered on the bottom. Our edition is number "3 of 15" and consists of 33 signed card holders and 61 cards. The small cards measuring 3 1/4 x 2 inches are printed in black as are the library card holders of similar dimensions. Artists participating in the exhibition have signed their respective named card holders. Artists' signed library card holders or cards: David Brown, Roger Ackling, Les Coleman, Simon Cutts, Stephen Duncalf, Barry Flanagan, Bill Furlong, Hamish Fulton, John Furnival, Gerry Hunt, Glen Baxter, Sandra Fisher, Marc Chalmovicz, John Christie, Laurie Clarke, Robin Kiassnik, Brian Lane, Richard Long, Leonard McComb, Stuart Mills,Roy Perry, Eduardo Paolozzi, David Pescod, David Roe, Martin Rogers, Gallery East, Joe Tilson, Ian Tyson, Simon Cutts for Peter Turner, Steve Wheatley, Stephen Willats, Jonathan Williams, Richard Wilson.
The black and white photograph shows Brando against a dark background of partially opened window blinds, wearing a white or light shirt, rolled sleeves, in three quarter profile with serious demeanor. He inscribes and signs on his shirt, "Best Regards. Marlon Brando." The matte finish photograph measures 7 3/4 x 10 inches. A classic portrait of the groundbreaking actor. A publicity photograph of actress Beatrice Pearson (1920-86) has been attached to the back probably to keep the Brando photo firm. Pearson had inscribed and signed her photograph in full. Some visible damage to the photo's edges. Both photographs are the same size.
Spanish Surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, has rendered four large signatures in black paint, dated 1943, on a 9 x 12 inch sheet of heavy paper. Two signatures show on both recto and verso. Red artists' pencil crosshatching covers the pair of signatures on recto with a pencil notation, "L156." An accompanying sheet of translucent paper contains printing or publication instructions also written in red pencil. "One line cut as is - - s.s. also one cut screened to 50 % - 65 screens." In the lower third of the sheet a vertical arrow noting three inches shows suggesting layout blocking. To the right of the arrow a butterfly like shape has been drawn. The margins of both sides show soiling, and recto shows what appears to be stains from prior mounting.
The renown choreographer writes to arts critic, John Gruen. Typed Letter Signed, on personalized printed stationery, 8vo, n.p., Nov. 20, 1970. Robbins thanks "Gruens" for their note and ends with with circled X's after his signature, "Jerry."
Sanger Discusses the Rights of Spanish Women During the Spanish Civil War in an Autograph Letter SignedAutograph Letter Signed, two separate 8vo pages, first page on printed stationery, "San Marcos, Chandler, (Arizona," dated on last page in Sanger's hand, "Feb. 7, 1937, " and stamped near upper right on the first page, "Feb. 10, 1937. In opposition to Fascism in Spain during Spain's Civil War (1936-39), Sanger writes a strong statement to, "Bishop Frances J. McConnell," titling her letter, "Telegram." "Spanish Loyalist Govt in granting civil liberty to women is only doing what is consistent with principles of Socialist liberal thought throughout world. Spanish women have great responsibility in using this power to advance civilization by curbing Fascists' ideas & ideals of women as pack animals & breeders. Women of Spain will not forget who gave them their liberty." Written, signed and dated in a bold hand, "Margaret Sanger, Feb. 7, 1937." Condition: two visible punch holes atop each page, one affecting the correspondent's name. Sanger wrote this political letter in 1937, the year she became chair of the newly formed Birth Control Council of America. Five years later the organization's name changed to Planned Parenthood.
The contract offered here is a signed, typed copy on onion skin paper,two separate pages, detailing artistic representation between the dramatist and Audrey Wood and William Liebling of New York, April 29, 1954. The contract is signed on the second page by Williams, "Tennessee Williams," above his typed name and below by both agents.
Bagnold's best known novel is "National Velvet" (1935). Her most successful play is "The Chalk Garden." Both of her best known works were made into well received films. On the first free end paper of our copy of "The Chalk Garden", extending onto the inside cover as well as the inside dust jacket, Bagnold has drawn a colorful seaside sketch of her own home, Rottingdean, in Sussex, England. Her garden at Rottingdean inspired the play's setting. She dedicates her charming drawing to drama and film writer, Terrence Rattingan (1911-77) whose bookplate is affixed to the inside cover. She writes, "For Darling Terry.This is how Rottingdean should be." She signs, "Enid." She identifies her "Palace" and "Terry's House" as well as "The Sea" in her sketch. The drawing is rendered in red pen and water color. With the program for the play's 1956 production in London at the "Theatre Royal Haymarket" directed by John Gielgud. The book is very good condition overall with a slight stain in the upper right to the dust jacket.
CATLETT, WALTER The comic actor much loved in his time has signed and illustrated this sepia toned bust length photograph showing his characteristic expression. Catlett has drawn a black cat with a large red bow below his full signature, "Walter Catlett, Hollywood Oct. 30, 1937." The sketch is a play on his name. Catlett was a comedic actor appearing in many movies as a flustered scatterbrain but best known for his roles in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Bringing Up Baby." His face is more recognizable than his name. Catlett was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Our photograph measures 7 1/4 x 7 1/2. Condition: tape stains on verso with minor docketting; in overall very good condition.
Typed Letter Signed on red emblematic Taliesin stationery, 8vo, postmarked Scottsdale, AZ, February 21, 1948Wright invites his correspondent to join him "in Wisconsin" where he will be "settled" by mid May. He signs in full above his typed signature. Wright is regarded as one of the world's most prominent and influential architects. He developed a series of highly individual styles over his extraordinarily long architectural career and influenced the course of American building design.
PICASSO, PABLO In a bold hand at ninety years old, Picasso has penned his last name, date and paraph on an off white page measuring 7.5 x 10.5, "Picasso 12.1.71". He drew a line to separate his name from date and paraph. Picasso, recognized as one of the most prolific figures in twentieth-century art working throughout his long life, is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.
Three photographs are annotated on verso and a fourth passport size photo is also included with annotation. D. H. Lawrence small business card is also included. The photograph of Lawrence with a cow reads on verso, "D. H. Lawrence milking Susan (such a sweet gentle animal). The photograph showing D. H. and Frieda Lawrence sitting in rockers is annotated, "DHL and Frieda in Mexico City, Posada de las Cruz." The photograph showing Lawrence standing with a horse reads on verso, "D. H. Lawrence at the ranch in San Cristobal [New Mexico]." The small bust portrait photograph has an light annotation in red pencil on verso partially legible, "D. H. Lawrence from Frieda Lawrence." The photographs are circa 1923.
BARKS, CARL Barks has drawn a cartoon, in pencil with ink signature, showing Donald Duck, his nephews and Scrooge McDuck looking at an art gallery collection which includes their portraits. "Thank you Jerry for including us ducks in your gallery. Donald, Dewey, Huey, Louie and Tycoon Scrooge McDuck. " Barks signed in pen to the left and above the thank you note at bottom. The drawing measures 8 x 10 inches.
The photograph measures 5 x 7 inches and is signed and dated by Warhol in black marker. Condition: slight creasing near two corners. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure.
Autograph Letter Signed, with illustration, 3 pages on bifolium measuring 7 x 9 1/4 inches with sketch on page one, London, March 10, 1821. Rennie writes to Admiral Viscount Keith (1746-1823) giving details about constructing an embankment for his estate, Tullliallan, in Scotland. At the time Rennie wrote this letter, he was renown for designing and building bridges, canals and harbors throughout England. Here he provides design details for the proposed embankment and sketches the slope he prefers on the first page. He provides greater detail in accompanying drawings rendered in another hand. Towards the end of the second page, Rennie refers to his construction, the Southwark Bridge. "The tolls of the Southwark Bridge are not increasing so fast as could be wished, the bridge itself is in a perfect state of security more so even than I expected." He signs, "John Rennie," and continues in a post script. "Unless the earth of which the bank is to be made is Clay or of a retentive nature a puddle about 2 feet thick should be made in the middle of the bank to prevent the water from getting through it as in the dotted line on the Sketch." John Rennie died about seven months after he wrote this letter. Condition: Two small holes along center margin, another along horizontal fold on third page, slight tear at horizontal fold on first and second page, not affecting text. Letters of the elder John Rennie seldom appear for sale and those with drawings are particularly uncommon.
Poet and physician, Oliver Wendell Holmes writes to Dr. Edward Young while in England, Salisbury, July, 21, 1886. Holmes expresses appreciation for the, "very kind letter you have taken the trouble to write me.I am tearing up scores of communications I must keep this among the pleasant records which have helped to make my life happy." A warmhearted letter fully signed, "Oliver Wendell Holmes." With transmittal envelope and note in Young's hand written on inside envelope flap annotating this letter is from Holmes. Letter was folded to fit into it's small envelope, included, creating visible horizontal center fold. With Carte-de-Visite photograph. Holmes' son became an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.