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.
imprinted stationery, NYC, 12/15/1941. To Mr. Robinson, he sends his thanks for his “generous response to my letter asking for your help for the Chinese people”in connection with Luce’s work for United China Relief. Fine condition. Luce had been born in China, the son of missionaries.
239 LURTING, ROBERT  ($275-Up)
Mayor of New York 1726-35, a wealthy merchant. ALS, “Robert Lurting,”in Dutch, 3 p, 11/1/1726, on watermarked handmade paper to the Constabulary of New York outlining the Sunday blue laws: “No noise, labor service, shooting, fishing, hunting, visiting taverns..many fines..will be levied upon transgressors...” With translation; a very rare and unique piece deserving a good home.
240 MACDONALD, JEANETTE ($100-Up)
American singer and actress (1903-1965); remembered for her films with Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy. Early ALS, 1-1/2pp, 4to, on her imprinted stationery, 11/24/1929, “Just a line to express my appreciation of your criticism of “The Love Parade”. Inasmuch as this is my first picture, you can readily understand that constructive criticism can be of immeasurable value to me. Won’t you drop in some day about teatime and we can discuss the movies, Wall Street... Sincerely, Jeanette MacDonald.”Great letter, boldly signed, several small stains, overall very good.
241 MACMILLAN, DONALD B. ($55-Up)
American Arctic explorer (1874-1970), sailor, researcher, created dictionary of Inukitut language. Invited to join Peary’s Arctic expedition, he made nearly thirty others. ALS Mar 2, 1926, Hotel Mohawk stationery, Schenectady, N.Y. to an autograph seeker, “Very happy to comply with your request - Cordially yours, Donald B. MacMillan.”Small, pristine.
242 MAILER, NORMAN  ($150-Up)
American author of fiction and nonfiction (born 1923); awarded two Pulitzer Prizes. TLS “Norman Mailer,”1/2 p, 4to, Brooklyn, 4/12/1972. To Mr. Kover, who had asked for reminiscences of life as a Boy Scout: “I’m afraid I must disappoint you. In the part of Brooklyn where I grew up (Crown St. and Albany Ave.) very few of us were scouts...In fact, the kids who were the least tough were the ones who joined. I’m afraid we didn’t always give them an easy time.” Fine. With a photograph of the author bearing an apparently secretarial signature.
243 MANN, HORACE ($200-Up)
American educator, politician, and abolitionist (1796-1859); US Representative from MA. Brief ALS “Horace Mann,” 1/2 p, oblong 8vo, “Ho. of Rep’s.,”[Washington], 2/20/1850. He forwards to J.L. Edwards, pension papers “from Elijah Clark Esq. of Boylston, Mass., which are forwarded at his request...” Mounting traces on verso, otherwise very good.
244 MARKHAM, EDWIN ($45-Up)
American poet (1852-1940). Printed Verse Signed “Your Edwin Markham: Staten Island, NY”at bottom of page, long legal folio. Attractively printed broadside of “Lincoln, the Man of the People.”
245 MASTERS, EDGAR LEE ($100-Up)
American poet, playwright, and biographer (1868-1950). Great content TLS “Edgar Lee Masters,”2pp, 4to, on his embossed stationery, np, 8/1/1932. To editor, journalist, and author Mark Sullivan on the proofs he sent him of his book (probably the first volume of his history Our Times). He writes that poet “...Vachel Lindsay [‘s]...songs will feed the classic allusions and national traditions