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Henri Matisse Signed book Ulysses Limited Edition

Signed book: Ulysses. Limited edition of 1500 copies (this being No. 529). NY: Limited Editions Club, 1935. Hardcover, 9.25 x 12, 363 pages. Signed on the colophon in pencil “Henri Matisse.” Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/None. Brown cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and beautiful embossed gilt decoration to front; light rubbing to edges; gentle bump to front upper corner; light scuff to gilt illustration on front; block of discoloration to ffeps (presumably from a clipping laid in but no longer present). Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Henri Matisse

 

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Al Capone two striking signatures on a bold and bright grocery list

ALS signed twice “Your dear old pal, Al,” and “Al Capone,” one page, 6.5 x 10.5, no date, but mid-1940s. Letter written to family friend Gertrude F. Cole asking her to pick up some items at a store. In full (with grammar and spelling retained): “Please bring me 3 decks of Pennucle Cards, 1 large bottle of Bayer’s Aspirin & get some…Borax or Lux or any kind of soap you can the more the better. Your dear ol pal, Al.” Capone continues underneath, “Please bring them all here tomorrow will give you the rest of the money when you get all these things and real good happy new year,” and signed at the conclusion, “Al Capone.” Simply matted and framed to an overall size of 10 x 14. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, and moderate overall creasing and wrinkling. All of Capone’s writing remains quite crisp and bold.

Also included are two original glossy candid photos, each 2.25 x 4, one of Capone and his wife Mae, the other of Al and Mae Capone posing alongside their only child Sonny, and two of Sonny’s four daughters. Both photos were taken outside the Capone house on Palm Island in Miami, Florida. Photos are matted together to an overall size of 9.25 x 8.25. Accompanied by a three-page letter of provenance from Cole’s granddaughter providing background information on Cole’s relationship with Capone.

Following his time at Alcatraz, with his health in decline and his mental capacities diminishing, Al Capone returned to a quiet life at his family home in Palm Island, Florida. According to Luciano Iorizzo’s 2003 biography, Capone spent a good deal of his time playing cards with cohorts from his glory days, who visited him often and held enough respect for their former boss that they rarely let him lose. It was at this time that he met Gertrude Cole, who had been a close friend to his daughter-in-law Diana Casey’s family for decades. With her training as a nurse, her reputation as a reliable and trustworthy companion, and her love of horse racing, she became a comfortable friend and occasional caregiver in Al’s world. Any handwritten material from Capone is highly sought after—this piece, with its pair of bold signatures and glimpse into his days in Florida, is significantly more so! Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Al Capone

 

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Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson and Ambrose P. Hill War-dated endorsements

War-dated endorsements of Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, A. P. Hill, James H. Lane, Norman R. Fitz Hugh, and R. H. Chilton on the reverse of an ALS from Colonel William Barbour to General A. P. Hill, one lightly-lined page, 7.5 x 10, dated November 3, 1862. The letter reads, in full: “It has been certified to me that Martin V. Moore, of the 1st N. Carolina Cavalry commanded by Col. Baker, Hampton’s Brigade, Stuart’s Division, has been duly elected 2nd Lt. in Co. E 37th Regt., N. C. Troops, vice Lt. Bingham resigned. You will greatly oblige by forwarding this certificate of election through official channels, that he may obtain the necessary authority to report for duty to my command. I do not know where to direct any communication & take this method of informing him of this election.”

The panels on the reverse bear five endorsements, two of which are handwritten, and they read, in order: “Hd. Qrs. V. D., Nov. 10th, 1862, Respectfully forwarded, T. J. Jackson, Lt. Genl,” all written out by Jackson; “Hd. Qrs.: A.N.V., 12th Nov. 1862. Respectfully referred to Maj. Genl. Stuart who will cause papers of discharge to be given & officer ordered to his Regt. by order Gen. Lee,” and signed “R.H. Chilton, A.A & I.G.”; an endorsement written out and signed for J. E. B. Stuart by Norman R. Fitz Hugh, “Hd. Qrs. Cav. Division, 14th Nov. 1862, Respectfully referred to Lt. Col Gorden commanding who will comply with the instructions from Gen. Lee by command of Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, Norman R. Fitz Hugh, Maj. & A.A.G.”; “Hd. Qrs 4th Brigade, Nov. 7th, 1862, Respectfully forwarded, James H. Lane, Col. Comdg. Brig”; and “Hd. Qtrs A. P. Hills Light Div. Nov. 8, 62. Respectfully forwarded with the request that the Lieut. be ordered to join the company of which he has been elected Lieut. A. P. Hill, Maj. Genl.” Panels also bear a docketing notation. In very good condition, with a few small separations along mailing folds, toning along folds, heavier along docketing panels, as well as scattered light soiling.

As the Union Army was making major shifts in November of 1862—with General Grant beginning his campaign against Vicksburg and President Lincoln relieving McClellan of his charge of the Army of the Potomoc—Robert E. Lee returned his army to Virginia to refocus their strength after the Battle of Antietam. Preparing their march to Fredericksburg, the Confederate forces built over 70,000 men, with major divisions led by the generals represented on this letter. Also an active participant in the battle, William Barbour led the 37th North Carolina, having previously served with Hill’s Light Division in the Seven Days’ Battles; the following year he would fight alongside Jackson at Chancellorsville, where Jackson would endure his final wounds. Written at one of the most crucial points in the war, and holding the bold signatures of General Lee’s most important Confederate generals, this is a remarkable piece of Civil War history. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Ambrose P. Hill

 

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James Joyce extremely rare signed 1919 portrait

Extremely rare vintage matte-finish 3.25 x 5.25 postcard photo of Joyce resting his head upon his right arm and looking straight into the camera, signed in the lower border in black ink, “With compliments, James Joyce, 6/1/[1]919.” In very good to fine condition, with a crease to the right side of the photo, moderate silvering to dark areas of the image, and slight irregular adhesion to signature. During the period of this photo, Joyce was in the middle of writing Ulysses—doubtlessly one of the most influential works of the 20th century—which was at the same time being serialized in The Little Review. Joyce is ultra-rare in signed photos, this being the only one we have offered in 30 years. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in James Joyce

 

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Babe Ruth Signed Official MacGregor–Goldsmith Pioneer League baseball

Official MacGregor–Goldsmith Pioneer League baseball signed in black fountain pen on a side panel, “Sincerely, Babe Ruth.” Signature dates from between 1946-1948. In fine condition, apparently cleaned or sanded, with a few light ink remnants of possibly removed signatures. Accompanied by a full letter of grading and authenticity from PSA/DNA, grading the autograph a “7,” the ball a “2,” and the overall grade a “4.5.” A particularly bold signature, with Ruth adding a seldom-seen sentiment, which he rarely did on baseballs. RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Babe Ruth

 

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John Wayne “Rooster Cogburn” Signed Photo

Great matte-finish 8 x 10 photo of Wayne in his Academy Award-winning role as Rooster Cogburn, signed in black felt tip, “Be happy, stay healthy, John Wayne.” In fine condition, with some mild rippling along top edge. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in John Wayne

 

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Richard Wagner German Composer Signed Engraved Portrait

Important German composer (1813–1883) who single-handedly revolutionized opera and attained status as one of the most influential geniuses in the history of music. Enormous matte-finish 17.5 x 25 photo of an engraved portrait of Wagner, prominently signed and inscribed in German in the lower border in black ink to Carl Bertileni, and dated Tribschen, September 24, 1871. Silvering to dark areas of the image, light scattered surface marks, and some trivial chipping to corners and edges, otherwise fine condition. Tribschen was Wagner’s home in Switzerland from 1866 to 1872, where he finished composing his acclaimed three-act opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Rare in signed photos, this is just the sixth Wagner we have offered—and the previous examples consisted of four cartes-de-visite and one cabinet card. The imposing size and large signature easily make this one of the finest pieces we have encountered from any genre. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Richard Wagner

 

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