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.
KINSEY, ALFRED C. ($125-Up)
Pioneering American sexologist and educator (01894-1956), whose research led to the groundbreaking works Sexual Reproductionin the Human Male and Sexual Reproductionin the Human Female.TLS“Alfred C. Kinsey,”1/3p, 4to on Indiana University “Institute for Sex Research” stationery, May 31, 1955. He sends autographs [not present] to a collector. In very good condition.
231 LANZA, MARIO ($105-Up)
American tenor and movie star (1921-1959). TLS, “Mario Lanza,” 1p, 4to, Beverly Hills, 8/13/1952. He sends a signed photo to a fan [not present], announcing that “...At the present time we are going into production on ‘The Student Prince’...”A large, dark signature. Fine.
232 LEONE, LEVI ($30-Up)
English jurist and statistician, (1821-1888), born in Italy; helped to organize the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. ALS, London, 10/5/1881, to Richard Gowing requesting a publication. Signed in full, neat small clear piece.
233 LERNER, ALAN JAY ($100-Up)
Prolific and grandly successful American lyricist and librettist (1918-86); his hit shows include An American in Paris, Brigadoon, Camelot!, Gigi, and My Fair Lady.TLS, “Alan,” 1p, 4to, NYC, 11/20/1978. To agent Arnold Weissberger, aboutproblems between them: “I must tell you, old boy, I will eye you with a little more caution from now on...”Very good.
234 LINDBERGH, CHARLES A.  ($150-Up)
American aviator (1902-74) made the first solo, non-stop transatlantic flight, from Roosevelt Field on Long Island to Paris in 1927, perhaps ushering in the air age as no other flight had done. Partly-printed DS, “C.A. Lindbergh,”areceiptfor an annual free pass from Juan Trippe of Pan American Airways, NYC, 1932. With a news clipping and a copy of the transmittal letter. Fine.
235 LODGE, HENRY CABOT ($70-Up)
US Senator and US Representative from MA (1850-1924); Senate Majority Leader. TLS “H.C. Lodge,”as Senator, 1p, Senate stationery, 1/23/1899. He sends thanks for congratulations on his re-election.
236 LOESSER, FRANK  ($120-Up)
American composer for the musical theater (1910-69); among his stage hits are How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Guys and Dolls. TLS “Frank,”1p, 4to, on “Frank Productions” stationery, 8/2/1957. To entertainment lawyer and agent Arnold Weissberger: “...about ‘Happy Birthday’, I am afraid that this play is not right for me. I read and re-read it very carefully about a year ago,..and thought of it as a possibility..must regretfully tell you this was not a strongly convincing thought. I refer to myself..as writer...Thanks for thinking of me...”Two other TLS, one from Loesser, and one from Lynn Loesser, a producer.
237 LOWENFELS, WALTER ($30-Up)
American poet, (1897-1976); early in his career, Lowenfels worked to free the Scottsboro Boys. ANS twice“W,” 4-19-69, on his personal “Don’t Forget” stationery with blind embossed name and address to Ron Gross, writer and teacher, about an introduction written by Ishmael Reed, African American writer, for the book The Last Echo. Note stapled to typescript of the introduction.
238 LUCE, HENRY R. ($40-Up)
American publisher (1898-1967); founded magazines Life, Time, and Sports Illustrated. TLS “Henry R. Luce,”1/2p, 4to, on his imprinted stationery, NYC, 12/15/1941. To Mr. Robinson, he sends his thanks for his “generous