R.M. Smythe & Co. to hold Internet auction of historical materials including autographs and more.. On October 1, 2007, R.M. Smythe & Co. will hold an Internet auction on eBay live of an eclectic collections of historical materials including autographs, photographs, ephemera, books and Americana.
noble figure, Peter Cooper (1791-1883), established the Cooper Union, hoping to advance the study of science and art, and his home, Ringwood Manor in New Jersey still stands, and is now a museum. He writes ALS July 2, 1867 to J. H-—-—-- Esqr, a clearly confidential business letter which avoids identifying any key items. “I write to say that the council apointed by the league was only authorized to make a proposition to the advantages of free trade threw there League that we would goin with them...” his numerous spelling errors confirming his lack of formal education. Boldly signed in full, with a bit of ink smudge, unimportant, and a very interesting business letter from an ‘old school’ writer. With a printed image.
167 COPLAND, AARON  ($125-Up)
Composer, mostly of vocal works, who developed a distinctly a distinctly American idiom (1900-90). ALS “Aaron,”1p, 4to, Peekskill, NY, 1/28/1975. He sends thanks for “that ‘ducky’ picture of the two of us...”With a photograph of Copland working at his piano, both fine.
168 COULDOCK, CHARLES W.  ($50-Up)
English-born American actor (1815-98). ALS, “C.W. Couldock,”
1p, 8vo, NYC, 12/22/1895. To playwright and theatrical manager Harrison Grey Fiske, about a piece Couldock provided that was published. With Autograph Note, unsigned, Couldock’s itinerary for part of a theatrical season.
169 COX, ARCHIBALD ($75-Up)
American jurist and public official (1912-2004); Special Prosecutor in the Watergate hearings. Three TLS, two denying collectors’ requests, and the third explaining that he is notrelated to James W. Cox, presidential candidate in 1920. Bold signatures, and one envelope, also signed.
170 COXE, TENCH ($75-Up)
American patriot who began as a Loyalist (1755-1824); Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Hamilton. DS, 9/29/1791“a Statement of facts with the petition of Peleg Saunders of Westerly, Rhode Island,” and decision in this case, with secretarial signature of Hamilton. In need of repair, as brittle and in many pieces, offered at signature value.
171 CRAWFORD, WILLIAM H. ($90-Up)
US Secretary of the Treasury (1772-1834); Secretary of War; US Minister to France; US Representative from GA. LS “Wm. H. Crawford” as Secretary of the Treasury, Washington,6/25/1818.About a draft sent to the “Cashier of the Bank of the US,...to be applied toward discharging the Dividend on the Domestic Funded debt...” Folds, otherwise fine.
172 CROUSE, RUSSEL ($35-Up)
American playwright, librettist, and theatrical producer (1893-1966); gained greatest success partnered with Howard Lindsay, notably with book for the classic The Sound of Music. Great content TLS “Russel,” 1p, 8vo, on his and Lindsay’s business stationery, NYC 12/14/1963. He writes Philip Dunning of the Dramatist Guild Bulletin in the same city, “At the meeting of the Dramatists’ Guild Council the day after I testified at the Attorney General’s hearings, a resolution was adopted to send a letter to Mr. Lefkowitz, urging him to send any testimony he might have, indicating the criminal guilt of anyone connected to the theatre, to the District Attorney’s office...The Bulletin should print news of that action...rather than my testimony...I think [legendary Broadway composer] Dick Rodgers’