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.
p, 4to, on official stationery, Frankfort, 8/12/1968. Sending his autograph to a Dutch collector. Stapled to a larger envelope along with his signature on a 12mo card.
253 OPERA: RUDOLPH FRIML AND FRIENDS ($50-Up)
Czech composer and pianist (1879-1972). Program Signed by “Rudolf Friml”and two case member, John Tyers and Odette Myrtil, for the San Francisco Civic Light Opera Assn, Fourth Season Light Opera, 1943 production of Friml’s “The Firefly”. In very good condition.
254 OWENS, HAMILTON  ($50-Up)
Distinguished journalist, author, and educator (1888-1967). Two TLS “Hamilton Owens,”each 1/3p, 8vo, on “Baltimore Sun” stationery, 1/23/1939, and 4to, on his imprinted stationery, 6/12/1940. Both are to Mano Swartz of Baltimore. In the first, he transmits [not present]“several letters which concern themselves with the piece in the Spillway about your habit of giving away libraries...Sincerely, Hamilton Owens.”In the second, he writes of a book he is working on that has been set aside due to the war, but “If only the French would make a stand somewhere I think I would be able to go to work on it again.”Both very good.
255 PENN, JOHN ($275-Up)
English colonial official (1729-95); one of the last Proprietors of the Colony of Pennsylvania and grandson of founder William Penn; Colonial Lieutenant-Governor until the Declaration of Independence. DS “John Penn”and by his son “John Penn, junr.,” 1p, narrow oblong folio, on vellum, Philadelphia, 2/14/1786. An indenture whereby the Penns, “...late Proprietaries of Pennsylvania” for the amount of “One hundred and twelve Pounds ten shillings” convey a parcel of land near in Montgomery County, PA to Christopher Ottinger, who had sold the land in 1775 without first securing proper title. With witnesses and with the Penns’ red wax seals. Very good condition. Pennsylvania was unusual in its willingness to compensate its Colonial proprietors, as shown here.
256 PIERREPONT, EDWARDS  ($45-Up)
US Attorney General (1817-95). DS,“Edwards Pierrepont,” 1p, narrow oblong 8vo, Oct 12, 1867, a check on American Express bank.
257 PIKE, ZEBULON, Sr. ($100-Up)
Revolutionary officer (1751-1834); father of the western explorer. ADS “Zeb. Pike, Captain,”1p, oblong 8vo, [Camp] Green Ville, 12/31/1793. A provision return for the 3rd US Sub Legion for the month of December. Also signed by way of endorsement by “John Mills / Adjt. Genl.”Age-toned, otherwise very good.
258 PINTER, HAROLD  ($160-Up)
English playwright, poet, actor, well known for “The Birthday Party” 1957, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” 1980, and many others. Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. TLS 10/25/1968, London“It’s great to be home with the family...Vivien starts rehearsing for “Sweet Bird of Youth” next week...she’s keeping busy. Yours, Harold.”With small head shot photo signed “Harold Pinter.”
259 POLITICAL CARTOONISTS  ($75-Up)
Group of FDC Signed by political cartoonists, most with a clipping of their work tipped to cover, and collector’s request written on verso. Includes Jim Borgman , Dick Locher, Lee Judge , Bill Schorr , Wayne Stayskal , and Tom Toles. Also with signatures of C. Everett Koop, Richard S. Lugar, David Gardiner Tyler, Earl Wilson, and Harriett Woods,