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.
Marie Bahskirtseff, as mere precious self-revelation...”He goes on to praise Sullivan and considers his “...’Domesday book’ as my highest, broadest, and deepest work...”With numerous holograph corrections. Age-toned, with light edge wear, otherwise very good.
246 MATTHISON, EDITH WYNNE  ($100-Up)
English stage actress (1875-1955). Two ALS“Edith Wynne Matthison,”2p, 12mo, NYC, 3/7/1904, and 1p, small 8vo, Washington, 4/15/. both to Alice Boughton of NYC. The earlier letter postpones an appointment due to rehearsals “...for our next Monday’s As You Like It production...” In the second, she sends thanks for photographs sent to her. With original envelopes, plus one other. Very Good.
247 McCORMACK, JOHN W. ($20-Up)
US Representative from MA and Speaker of the House (1891-1980). TLS as Speaker, 3 lines, 4to, on his official stationery, Washington, 2/23/1966. He returns FDCs with his signature on them [not present].
248 MENCKEN, HENRY L.  ($150-Up)
American journalist, critic, and satirist (1880-1956).Two TLS “H.L. Mencken,”1/2 and 1/3p, oblong 8vo, on his imprinted stationery, Baltimore, 2/1/1939 and 6/20, n.y. He thanks Mr. Swartz“for the chance to see Die Zukunft Sibiriens. I have gone through it with the greatest pleasure...full of material that apparently has never reached the United States. Maybe I’ll be able to present some of that material in the Sun ...”In the incompletely dated letter, he tells Swartz, “...I am off in an hour for Philadelphia and the Republican National Convention. It should be a swell show.” Both toned, with some spotting on second letter, otherwise very good.
249 MONTPENSIER, ANTOINE d’ORLEANS, Duc de  ($60-Up)
Son of King Louis Philippe of France (1824-90); married the Spanish Infanta Maria Luise de Borbon. ALS “Antoine d’Orleans,” in French, 1-1/2 p, 8vo, on his monogrammed stationery, San Telmo [?], [Spain], 12/7/1877. To US Genl. William Farrar [“Baldy”] Smith in Madrid. He would be happy to meet with the general, but cannot discuss the topic to which Smith alluded in the letter he had sent. Very good. With original envelope. At the time of this letter, Smith was in Europe with his family, and would soon return to NYC to become president of its board of police commissioners; his business with the Duke is unknown.
250 MUSSOLINI and VITTORIO EMANUELE III ($170-Up)
King of Italy (1869-1947, ruling 1900-46) and the dictator he supported (1883-1945), who soon reduced him to a figurehead. DS, “Vittorio Emanuele”as King, and below, the signature of“Mussolini”as Premier, 1-1/4pp, folio, Rome, 7/2/1928. A military appointment. Left border shows missing paper where this may have once been bound in a record book.
251 NOTT, ELIPHALET  ($50-Up)
Clergyman and educator (1773-1866); invented the base burning stove. ALS “E. Nott,”2pp, legal folio, [Albany], 10/19/1837. He sends condolences to Rev. Sprague, but declines a request to preach at his wife’s memorial. Inlaid, age-toning, fold wear, otherwise good, with an image of the Nott stove, and of Union College.
252 NUNN, LOUIE B. ($50-Up)
Governor of KY (1924-2004). TLS as Governor, 1/3 p, 4to, on official stationery, Frankfort, 8/12/1968. Sending his autograph to a Dutch collector.