Four hardcover first editions of Death has Lost Its Charm For Me, each signed on an opening page in black ink by Bradbury. In very fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: June 2012
Signed book: Addams and Evil. Later printing. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1947. Hardcover with dustjacket, 8 x 11.25. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page, “To Adrena for Bob Guy, Chas Addams, New York 1958,” with Addams adding a great full-length sketch of Wednesday Addams. In fine condition, with some light toning to signed page, small separation to front joint, mild toning to covers, and light wear to spine. Dustjacket rates very good, with scattered creasing and edge loss, soiling and dampstaining to spine, and clipped inside corners. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
American writer (1789–1851) best known for his series of Leatherstocking Tales and the novel The Last of the Mohicans. ALS signed “J. Fenimore Cooper,” one page, 5 x 8, no date. Letter to Mr. Duby. In part: “As I am in a hurry to dress, to join some friends, I take the liberty to answer your note, in my own language. l am truly sensible of the trouble you have given yourself, to restore me to the good graces of the Princess Vilkousky, and as l have been so…already, in respect to the Lady, it will, perhaps, be better…to show some improvement, for the interview. lf tomorrow will be equally agreeable to you, tomorrow shall be the day…lf you are at leisure and disposed to the adventure, I think l can procure you a safe and an easy horse, and one too that is good looking, if apprised of your wishes before nine in the morning.” Second integral page is addressed in Cooper’s hand. In very good condition, with uniform toning, a vertical crease through a single letter of signature, and light edge wear. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Signed book: Eric Clapton: The Autobiography. Limited edition, first edition, #488/1000. London: Century, 2007. Hardcover with slipcase, 6.25 x 9.5, 392 pages, signed in black felt tip on the limitations page. In fine condition, with some light rubbing to front cover. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Vintage 5.75 x 3.5 Parlophone Records promotional photo from March of 1963, signed in blue ballpoint, “Paul McCartney,” “Ringo Starr,” and “George Harrison,” and in fountain pen, “John Lennon.” In very good condition, with some light creases and surface impressions, some light staining to right side, some lightly affecting Ringo’s signature, old tape remnant to top left, and mounting remnants to reverse. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo stating the signatures date from April of 1963. A scarce fan club card as most of these were signed by the band’s managers or secretaries. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
English physicist, mathematician, and astronomer (1643–1727), widely regarded as the most influential figure in the history of science, whose ideas and discoveries, including calculus, the laws of gravitation and motion, and observations on the nature of light and optics, earned him a place among the most profound geniuses in the history of mankind. Practically nonexistent manuscript DS, signed “Is. Newton,” one page, 7.25 x 11.5, June 27, 1701. Newton acknowledges receipt of tonnage duty. In part: “Received this 27th J…in part of an order…two thousand four hundred twenty five pounds eleven shillings & one penny out of tonnage duty.” Signed at the conclusion by Newton and countersigned by two others. Beautifully cloth matted and framed by Kenneth R. Laurence Galleries with an engraved portrait, small medallion bearing a raised relief bust of Newton, and an informational plaque, to an overall size of 24.25 x 20. Intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, some scattered light toning and soiling, and slight mirroring of text and signatures from folding, otherwise fine condition.
On the recommendation of his friend Charles Montagu, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Newton was appointed Warden of the Mint in 1696. The following year he undertook the office of Master of the Mint, a position that he would hold for the last 30 years of his life. Newton made the position a high priority, and though he continued to write and publish scientific works, he retired from his Cambridge duties in 1701 to focus on the position. As Master, he reformed the currency and punished counterfeiters to his fullest extent. One of only a handful of signed Newton items we’ve had in over 30 years of business.
Vintage matte-finish 7 x 9.75 W. H. Grove and Son photo of Clare Sheridan’s bust sculpture of Gandhi, signed in fountain pen, “MK Gandhi,” and also signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Mrs. Cheeseman, in remembrance of —Oct—1931, Clare Sheridan.” In fine condition, with some scattered light silvering to background and darker areas of image. Sheridan was a noted sculptress, and cousin of Winston Churchill. Gandhi signed photos seldom appear at auction, and with the additional signature of the artist, makes this portrait a superior offering.