Signed book: In His Own Write. Later printing. London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. Hardcover, 5.5 x 7, 78 pages. Signed on the first free end page in blue ballpoint by John Lennon, Brian Epstein, and Wilfrid Brambell; also signed on the front pastedown in blue felt tip by Helen Shapiro, and in blue ballpoint by Arthur Askey. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: G+/None. This was probably signed at a special literary luncheon on April 23, 1964, held by Foyle’s bookshop at the Dorchester Hotel during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night, which was attended by all five. The first UK nationwide tour the Beatles accomplished were as Shapiro’s opening act in 1963, and Brambell appeared in the role of ‘Grandfather’ in A Hard Day’s Night. An uncommon assemblage of signers with several terrific Beatles associations. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Monthly Archives: January 2015
Sought-after fountain pen signature and inscription, “Herr Dr. Diamond, Albert Einstein, 1934,” on an off-white 3 x 1.5 card. A uniform block of moderate toning from previous display and irregularly trimmed edges, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a striking unsigned matte-finish 7 x 9 portrait from the period, showing the renowned physicist in a wonderful, classic pose. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Bank of Columbia check, 6.25 x 2.5, filled out and signed by Madison as president, “James Madison,” payable to Cudden Davis for $3000, September 28, 1816. In very good condition, with overall toning, expected cancellation cuts to the body, and light dampstaining affecting a central portion of the signature. During this period the White House was being rebuilt after having been torched by the British in 1814, and Madison would not reside there for the rest of his term. A highly desirable check penned by a sitting president for an unusually hefty sum. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Extremely rare UK mono pressing of the 1965 album John Mayall Plays John Mayall, signed on the back cover in blue ballpoint by Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Hughie Funt, and John McVie. In very good condition, with moderate overall creases, substantial wrinkling and creasing to the laminate on the front cover, and toning and soiling to edges. The record is included. A scarce line-up of this influential band that helped to launch the British ‘blues boom’ of the 1960s. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Appealing matte-finish 5.75 x 7.75 formal portrait of Houdini in a dapper suit, boldly signed in fountain pen in the upper right, “Yours etc, Houdini, 1917,” adding “and alls well” to the left side. Trimmed and affixed to a same-size mount. In very good condition, with several professionally repaired tears and cracks to the photo (not affecting the signature) and light soiling. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Block of four five-cent stamps issued in 1963 to honor the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, 2.25 x 4, signed in blue ballpoint, “Best wishes, Martin Luther King.” Poor contrast of the signature against the background of the same color, otherwise fine condition. A fantastic association between important eras of progress in American civil rights, especially as King gave his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech during the year these stamps were issued. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Harrisongs Ltd. business check, 7.5 x 3.5, filled out in another hand and signed by Lennon, payable to Ray Sargeant Ltd. for £65.11.0, June 16, 1971. Matted and framed with a color portrait to an overall size of 12.5 x 20. In fine condition, with punch holes to top edge, and a bank stamp over first name of signature, as well as a red cancellation mark slightly touching last name of signature. Lennon checks are quite scarce, and this is the first we have ever seen issued on behalf of George Harrison’s publishing company. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Extraordinary autograph book compiled by of Walter W. Cobb, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from Franklin County, 7 x 8, containing over 125 autograph items of various formats affixed within, signed by some of the most important and influential figures of the 19th century, including: John Tyler (ANS and signature), James Buchanan (free frank signature), John Quincy Adams (signature), Franklin Pierce (signature), Millard Fillmore (signature), Martin Van Buren (two signatures), Sam Houston (signature), Jefferson Davis (signature), John C. Breckenridge (ANS), Nathaniel P. Banks (ANS), Stephen A. Douglas (ANS) Samuel F. B. Morse (ANS), James Lawrence Orr (ANS), Roger B. Taney (ANS), Matthew F. Maury (ANS), James Fenimore Cooper (signature), Washington Irving (signature), Louis Agassiz (signature), Charles Sumner (AQS), Henry William Herbert (ANS), John B. Floyd (signature), William Seward (ANS), John K. Kane (AQS), John Abbott (ANS), John Scott Harrison (ANS), Sarah Hopkins Bradford (ALS), Henry A. Wise (ANS), Elihu Burritt (AQS), George Bancroft (ALS), Preston King (ANS with wax seal), John Ellis Wool (ALS), Roscoe Conkling (ALS and signature), Emma Willard (AQS), William H. DeLancey (signature), Fitz-Green Halleck (ANS), Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (ANS), Henry Wilson (signature), Hannibal Hamlin (AQS), Jared Sparks (signature), William Cullen Bryant (signature), Mary Jane Holmes (two ANS), James Lloyd Breck (ANS), Washington Hunt (signature), Hamilton Fish (signature), Horace Greeley (signature), Bayard Taylor (ANS and signature), Lyman Trumbull (signature), Dewitt Clinton (signature), William B. Sprague (ALS), William M. Gwinn (signature), Edward Everett (signature), Horatio Potter (ALS), Horatio Seymour (ANS), Theodore Parker (ANS), Robert Charles Winthrop (ANS), Henry Grinnell (ANS), George Williams (signature), George D. Prentice (signature), Abner Jackson (ANS), Park Benjamin, Sr. (signature), Benjamin Hale (signature), William Buell Sprague (ANS), George William Curtis (signature), Lydia Huntley Sigourney (signature), and more than sixty others. In overall very good to fine condition, with scattered toning and rippling to various sheets and slips from adhesive to reverse, and the binding separated from the book with many loose pages. A comprehensive and exceptional compilation of 19th-century notables.
Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man (circa 1831–1890) known for his steadfast opposition to the intrusion of the US government into Sioux lands and leading the defeat of George Custer’s 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Seldom-seen and amazingly bold ink signature, “Sitting Bull,” on an off-white 5 x 3 album page, affixed below a vintage halftone portrait of the iconic chief and matted to an overall size of 12 x 14. In fine condition, with a miniscule tear to the upper right corner and a stray ink blot above the first letter of the signature. Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885 and stayed for just four months. Despite enduring taunts from the audience that identified him with the massacre at Custer’s Last Stand, he was able to earn a small fortune by selling his autograph to curiosity seekers attending the show. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Rare 1962 Cavern Club membership card booklet, 2.5 x 3.75, eight pages, signed and inscribed inside in black ballpoint, “Love to Betty, from John Lennon, xxxx,” and in blue ballpoint, “Love to Betty, from Paul, xxx,” “To Betty, love from George Harrison, xxxxxx,” and “Love to Betty, from Pete Best, xxx.” Personal information has been filled out inside the front cover by the owner, Betty Griffiths, with a date of February 2, 1962. In very good condition, with heavy rubbing and soiling to covers, a few creases to interior pages, and a bit of haloing to Harrison’s signature. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks as well as a letter of provenance from Betty Griffith’s niece, stating that her aunt had frequented Cavern Club during the 1960s. An exceptionally early piece of great rarity, as the Beatles replaced Best with Ringo Starr on August 16, 1962. The Beatles played their first Cavern Club show on February 9, 1961, where they achieved great local popularity and met Brian Epstein—a crucial step in launching the band into international fame. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.