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.
“Florence E. Booth,”1p, small 4to, on Salvation Army “Mrs. Booth’s Office” stationery, 5/16/1905. She writes Mr. Cocking that the SA wants to mention the late Mrs. Boult in its upcoming publication and she needs information and a photo.
269 SARTAIN, JOHN ($60-Up)
English-born US artist (1808-97); pioneered use of the mezzotint. ADS three times“John Sartain,”1p, narrow oblong 8vo, Philadelphia, 8/17/1875. A check drawn on the Pa. Academy of the Fine Arts, signed in body as payable to Sartain “for Henry Sartain,” his printer son, at close as secretary of the Academy, and on verso as endorsement. Pen cancelled in margin, thus nearly pristine. Fine.
270 SARTAIN, JOHN ($45-Up)
ADS “John Sartain”as secretary of the PA Academy of the Fine Arts, 1p, narrow oblong 8vo, Philadelphia, 11/19/1870. A check on the Academy for $14.25, payable to the Knickerbocker Ice Company. Liberty vignette at left. Endorsed on verso, but not cancelled. Slightly clipped at left, in fine condition.
271 SCHLESINGER, ARTHUR, Jr.  ($110-Up)
American historian and White House staff member (1917-2007). Two TLS “Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.,”2 lines and 1/3 p, 8vo and 4to, on CUNY stationery, 2/23/1971 and 8/25/1979. Each to a collector. With Photograph Signed over light and dark portions of a 10” x 8.5” portrait by Frank English. All in fine condition. With additional secretarial TLS.
272 SCHULLER, GUNTHER ($75-Up)
American composer, horn player, teacher; recorded with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis; established the jazz center at the New England Conservatory. TLS, 10/16/1972, to Dizzy Gillespie on NEC letterhead, tells of his work on new Grove’s Dictionary of Music, “I would like to invite you to write..articles: Afro-Cuban Jazz, Roy Eldridge, Ted Dameron..Sincerely, Gunther.”With a three line postscript, good long 2 page letter.
273 SCHULZ, CHARLES M. ($250-Up)
American cartoonist (1922-2000); creator of the beloved “Peanuts” comic strip. ODS “Schulz,”a rendering in black, red, and pink marker of his creation, Charlie Brown, on a 12mo card. Fine.
274 SERKIN, RUDOLPH ($80-Up)
Czech pianist (1903-91). Busch String Quartet Program Signed “Rudolph Serkin,” Mar 8, 1947, inscribed “to Charles Curran with best wishes, Rudolph Serkin.”Tipped to a 3-hole loose leaf sheet, else fine.
275 SHAW, MARY  ($65-Up)
Playwright, actress, and feminist reformer (1854-1929). Two ALS“Mary Shaw,”1p, 8vo, on engraved Boody House stationery, Toledo, 11/3/1904; and 8pp, 8vo, on Denison Hotel stationery, Indianapolis, 10/29/1904. Both are to Miss Alice Brighton. In each, she writes about photographic images of herself and how these should be prepared. Toned, with minor edge wear, but overall in very good condition. With envelope for first letter.
276 SHEARER, MOIRA  ($210-Up)
Scottish ballet dancer (1926-2006); joined Sadler’s Wells in 1942, and gained great attention after ballet-themed film The Red Shoes in 1948. Wonderful group, four ALS“Moira” and a TLS“Moira Shearer.” Beautiful postcard image, with stamped signature. Very fine group.
277 SMITH, ALFRED E. ($50-Up)
Governor of NY (1873-1944); presidential candidate defeated by Herbert Hoover. DS, “A.E. Smith,”1p, narrow oblong 8vo, Albany, 12/10/1919. A check drawn on the State of New York, signed as Governor. Signature