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.
be loaned out, it requires little wisdom to perceive. With high regard, Amos Kendall.”With Autograph Address Panel Franked “A. Kendall”in upper right corner. Clean separation at top fold, with general fold wear and partial splits. Seal hole at left not affecting text. In good condition and highly legible and presentable.
226 KISSINGER, HENRY  ($250-Up)
German-born American public official (born 1923); US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Group of eighteen TLS. The group of letters are all to Leonard Lyons, a member of the staff at the New York Post, and cover the period 1969-1972. They are short signed typed letters on White House stationery, with only a couple of hand-written pieces. The letters are mostly to thank Lyons for his attention and help in getting theater or ballet tickets for Kissinger when in New York. Some mention well-known personalities. A few passages taken at random: “I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for arranging the theatre tickets on Saturday night...I think I should pay for tickets for the previous week when Eisenhower’s death kept me from coming.” [4/8/1969] “You must be some kind of fiend. I would choose your ballets over contemplation of Cambodia any day -- if only I were given the choice.” [5/20/1970] “I am beginning to feel my day is not complete until I have received my latest press clipping from you. It’s good to have this reliable source of information about what I’m doing, and what’s being done to me.” [1/20/1971] “Thank you for your note. How like you to give me a note about Moscow when everyone else’s head is swimming with Peking!” [2/ 10/1972] . A good lot.
227 KNEIP, RICHARD F. ($30-Up)
Governor of SD (1933-87). TLS on official stationery, sending thanks to a collector along with printed material. Stapled with 12mo photograph of the state capitol and a printed Christmas card to a larger sheet.
228 KNOX, FRANK ($20-Up)
US Secretary of the Navy during World War II (1874-1944). Partly-engraved TDS “Frank Knox,” 1p, 4to, Washington, 10/26/1942, appointing “WILLIAM FRANCIS HOOVER...Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant Commander...”in the Naval Reserve. With embossed Navy Seal. Paper clip rust at top, otherwise very good, with a beautiful eagle vignette.
229 KRENEK, ERNST ($130-Up)
Austrian-born composer (1900-91); after his music was banned by the Nazis, emigrated to the US; famed for his mastery of several styles and his ability as an innovator. ALS “Ernst Krenek,”in English, 2pp, 4to, London, 4/11/1938. To a “Mrs. van Ogle” about making arrangements for him to visit Seattle and play with that city’s orchestra. In difficult straits due to his homeland’s domination by Nazism, he writes, “...my situation is always intensely difficult, and everything I can do in America might help me tremendously...” Indeed, America helped him so much that once he arrived, he decided to settle there, becoming a citizen in 1945. Full split at fold, but complete, some soiling at edges, otherwise very good.