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.
260 POULENC, FRANCIS ($100-Up)
French composer (1899-1963), in all the major genres, Poulenc was also a member of “Les Six” with other composers. Program Signed “Francis Poulenc”on front cover, 8vo, for the Detroit Art Museum’s first concert of the 1948-1949 season, at which Poulenc was the pianist as well as composer. Fine.
261 RASKIN, DAVID: WRITES ABOUT OSCAR LEVANT ($20-Up)
American composer (1912-2004); known as the “Grandfather of Film Music”. In a 17 page ALS “David,” 17pp, 4to, n.p. 7/25/1939. He writes his recollections of Oscar Levant. Numerous humorous passages, many biographical details, and very unusual. He closes playfully, “My best to your fambly, and write me again soon. Solong, David.”The letter has a messy appearance, but that is the way it was written; very good.
262 RINEHART, MARY ROBERTS ($30-Up)
American mystery writer (1876-1958). ALS, “Mary Roberts Rinehart,”April 22nd, 1921, Sewickley, PA,to“My Dear Doctor Frankel, Thank you very much..for the trouble you have taken...under the title “Our House in Order” it will appear soon in the Journal. I am deeply grateful to you...”Fine.
263 ROBERTS, GEORGE E. ($50-Up)
U.S. economist; his work helped defeat the drive for free silver coinage; director of U.S. Mint. TLS “Geo. E. Roberts,” 2/3p, 4to, “Commercial National Bank” stationery, 9/29/1909. Letter of introduction to Credit Lyonnais for Fred F. Day and his daughter Mary. Light soiling, large pencil note in French at upper left, otherwise very good.
264 ROCKEFELLER, JOHN D. ($300-Up)
American oil magnate (1839-1937); founded Standard Oil, the vast monopoly that would be broken up into the forerunners of oil companies Exxon, Mobil, Chevron, and Amoco; his philanthropy helped establish or endow numerous colleges and universities. DS “J.D. Rockefeller” as president of Standard Oil Trust, 1p, folio, NYC 10/14/1886. A stock certificate for 100 shares, number A805, in the equity of property held by the trustees, issued to C.A. Griscom. Also signed by “H.M. Flagler” as secretary. Cancelled 1893. Punch cancellation through signatures, affecting each. Receipt stub affixed at left. Very good.
265 ROCKEFELLER, NELSON  ($150-Up)
US Vice President and Governor of NY (1908-79). TLS “Nelson” as Governor,1/3p, 4to, gubernatorial stationery, Albany, 12/31/1968. To Amon G. Carter of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, thanking him for “the box of grapefruit you so kindly sent to Happy and to me. Don’t tell anyone in Florida, but Texas grapefruit can’t be surpassed...”Fine. With envelope.
266 ROJANSKY, VLADIMIR  ($55-Up)
Russian physicist, writer, and educator. ALS, “V. Rojansky,” in English, 2pp, 8vo, on his imprinted stationery, 5/26/1975, Ladysmith, BC, writes of work on a “very absorbing book on electricity and magnetism...,”and his limited boy scout experiences. In fine condition. With original envelope.
267 ROOT, ELIHU ($150-Up)
American lawyer and statesman, (1845-1937); US Secretary of War; US Senator from NY; awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1912. Beautiful Lotos Clubmenu cover Signed “Elihu Root”at bottom, 5/9/1903. With an image of Root at center. Also Signed by “Chauncey M. Depew,”“T. C. Platt,”and “William Travers Jerome,” among others. In very good condition. Perfect for display.