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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Handwritten musical manuscript

Phenomenal handwritten musical manuscript, unsigned, one page both sides, 8.5 x 6.25, no date but circa 1773. A fragment from Mozart’s manuscript for the fifth movement of his Serenade in D Major, also known as ‘Antretter,’ totaling seventeen precisely penned measures in an eight-staff system. In fine condition, with trivial foxing to edges and a couple stray ink blots.

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John F. Fitzgerald Typed Letter Signed

Democratic mayor of Boston, father of Rose Kennedy, and namesake of his grandson John F. Kennedy (1863–1950). TLS signed “John F. Fitzgerald,” one page, 8.5 x 7.25, personal letterhead, November 19, 1917. Letter to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker. In full: “I beg to introduce Mr. Arthur Goldsmith of New York whom I have known favorably for a number of years. He was at Harvard while I was Mayor and I got to know him very intimately. He is a young man of fine character and splendid endowment and will do credit to the government in any position which he may be called upon to fill.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), partial edge separations at folds, a thin area of paper loss to the upper right edge, and a few tape-repaired tears. Goldsmith was the friend and Harvard classmate of Fitzgerald’s son-in-law, Joseph P. Kennedy. He went on to become a Wall Street stockbroker and maintained a close relationship with the Kennedy family. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in John F. Fitzgerald

 

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James J. Corbett Autograph Letter Signed

American boxer (1866–1933) who was the first gloved heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1892 to 1897. ALS signed “Jas J Corbett,” one page, 4.25 x 6.5, E.F. Albee Theatre letterhead, January 28, 1926. Letter to Vance, in part: “My mail is so large I just reached your letter, and when I played Phila last week had not read your letter. The story is very good but I don’t think I will ever go out, in a play again.” Double-matted and framed with a three-quarter portrait of the southpaw to an overall size of 15.75 x 12.5. In fine condition. After retiring from boxing in 1903, Corbett’s natural competence as an actor enabled him to make a living as a performer for over two decades, appearing in plays, silent films, vaudeville, and one-man shows recounting his boxing career. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in James J. Corbett

 

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Eleanor Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed

ALS, one page, 7.75 x 10.25, no date but circa 1943–44. A letter praising Walter Francis White for his work with the NAACP. In full: “I want to add my words of appreciation & gratitude to this twenty-fifth anniversary of your service in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. What you do for your own people is indirectly done for us all, since, when conditions are bad for the colored they are usually bad for the white as well. You have been patient & courageous & inspired others to unselfish service & I send you my best wishes for many more years of profitable work.” Nicely double-matted and framed with a portrait of Roosevelt to an overall size of 20 x 17. In fine condition, with light toning to borders.

White was a prominent civil rights activist who began by taking on the dangerous task of investigating lynchings and race riots throughout the 1920s. He became an executive officer of the NAACP in 1918 and the executive secretary in 1931, serving in that capacity until his death in 1955. Eleanor Roosevelt’s support for Civil Rights increased after she met White, who opened her eyes to the institutional racism present in America. This piece dates to World War II during her time as first lady, when she fought hard against segregation in the military and offered her prominent support to the Tuskegee Airmen. She also fought against racial discrimination in the general workforce, arguing that African-Americans and other racial minorities should be given equal pay, equal work, and equal rights A superb, boldly penned letter with excellent content concerning the Civil Rights movement as it began to reach its peak. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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William Butler Yeats Autograph Letter Signed

Highly regarded Irish poet and playwright (1865–1939) recognized as one of the key figures in 20th-century literature. ALS signed “W. B. Yeats,” one-page both sides, 4.25 x 6.75, September 20, no year but likely circa 1902. Letter to Elkin Mathews, in part: “I see by account sent you from A P Watt that you had only 98 copies of ‘The Wind Among the Reeds’ last March. You must therefore have about exhausted the edition. I think it will be better in future to print the design in gold on a few vellum copies & to bind the ordinary copies in plain boards with a paper label. People will be all the more glad to buy the vellum copies if the design is not made common by printing it on all copies in some poorer way.” Attractively double-matted and framed with a portrait of Yeats and the original mailing envelope to an overall size of 16.25 x 16.5, with a window on the reverse for viewing the signed side. In fine condition. Published in 1899, The Wind Among the Reeds was a stylized collection of 37 poems that made use of both theosophy and Irish folklore. Mathews, the letter’s recipient and a neighbor of Yeats, was an important British publisher in the late 19th and early 20th century, printing the works of Lionel Johnson, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Robert Bridges. His friendship with Yeats may have played a role in allowing the poet to have such liberal say during the design and marketing processes. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in William Butler Yeats

 

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H. P. Lovecraft Autograph Letter Signed

ALS signed “Viceroy of Rhode Island,” two pages both sides, 5.75 x 6.5, personal letterhead, February 14, [1928]. Letter to Walter J. Coates, editor of the literary journal Driftwind, headed “To His Worship, the Chief Counsel, The lowly President of the Committee sends greeting,” with a date of “Idibus Februarii, Anno Reipublicae Viridmontanae I.” In part: “As for my comments on the new Driftwind—they really represent merely the spontaneous preferences dictated by my personal bias rather than any objective estimate of relative intrinsic merit. River in Spring seems to win the straw vote…Laboratorically Speaking seems to be too much of philosophical concoction to be a poem. It’s clever stuff, whatever it is, but it hasn’t the singing beauty & ecstasy that make poetry…Our warm spell broke a couple of days ago, & we are having what is is subarctic weather for us—Though, thank heaven, the ground is snowless. But as Percy B. said—‘if winter comes’ & all that!

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in H. P. Lovecraft

 

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John and Robert Kennedy Photograph by Jacques Lowe

Iconic original matte-finish 12 x 18 photograph of John and Robert Kennedy entitled ‘Brothers,’ taken by Jacques Lowe at the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, on July 14, 1960—the day after JFK received the Democratic presidential nomination. The reverse bears Lowe’s photographer’s stamp, reading: “Studio One / #345 / Photographer / Jacques Lowe.” Attractively double-matted and framed to an overall size of 22 x 28. In fine condition, with trivial edge chips and dings seen only when removed from the frame. Lowe began working as John F. Kennedy’s campaign photographer in 1958, and documented his presidential administration until 1962. Taken on the day that Lyndon B. Johnson accepted Kennedy’s offer of the vice presidential nomination, the image is said to depict them discussing the choice of LBJ, which Robert F. Kennedy was adamantly against. Lowe passed away in early 2001, and his archive of negatives was destroyed with the World Trade Center, making this an especially scarce and desirable image.

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Posted by on February 14, 2015 in John F. Kennedy

 

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