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.
284 STOKOWSKI, LEOPOLD  ($125-Up)
English-born American conductor (1882-1977). Pair of TLS “Leopold,” with his distinctive signature, each 1/4 page, 4to, Beverly Hills, 1/24 and 2/7/1939. Both to David J. Flood of Philadelphia. “I shall be happy to talk to you about ‘animated tone poems’. Of course I shall want to play Bach in Philadelphia.”With news clipping and one envelope. Age-toned, uneven on second letter, minor splitting at edge folds, overall in very good condition.
285 STRAVINSKY, IGOR  ($250-Up)
Composer, pianist and conductor (1882-1971), Stravinsky is widely considered one of the most import influences on modern music.His “Rite of Spring” 1913, continues to astound audiences. Calling card, written in red ink“So sorry I didn’t see you in NY - and didn’t thank you for the beautiful gift”signed with initials, and another with thanks for birthday wishes, signed “LStravinsky.”TLS, 19 March 1970 from Douglas Fairbanks, requesting a signed photograph to replace one lost in a fire years before. Long and warm, signed “Sincerely, Douglas Fairbanks.”
286 STRUBE, GUSTAV ($75-Up)
American conductor and composer (1867-1953) of operas, chamber music,concerts, and symphonies; born Ballenstedt, Germany, emigrated to America 1891. Strube created and was the conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 1915-30. ALS Dec 12, 1938“Thousand thanks! It was very good of you to give me such a valuable present. The book will..remind me of my younger days. Cordially yours, Gustav Strube.” Very fine, great for display.
287 STYNE, JULE  ($550-Up)
Growing up in Chicago, Styne (1905-1994) was taking piano lessons, and he was soon recognized as a prodigy. He had performed with the Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit Symphonies before he was ten years old. He was studying music when he met Mike Todd who asked him to write a song for an act he was creating. This was the first of 1500 published songs during his career. He started a dance band, and came to the attention of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Cahn, collaborating with him on many songs for the movies, including “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “Five Minutes More.” Among the many Broadway shows he wrote are “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”“Gypsy”“Do Re Mi” and “Funny Girl.” Here an Autograph Manuscript Signed,“From Jule Styne based on Name Dropping Song from “Bells” With additional lyrics by Jule, June 12, 1984”in pencil, folio, on his personal imprinted score sheets. A whimsical piece titled “Happy Birthday to Anna / From the World At Large!”With several copies of the Narrative used by those attending Anna Sosenko’s 73rd birthday party on June 13, 1984. Rare and unique original Jule Styne composition, never published!
288 SUDERMANN, HERMANN ($75-Up)
German dramatist (1857-1928). TLS“Herrmann Sudermann,”in German, 1/2p, 4to, on his imprinted stationery, Berlin, 9/20/1928. He acknowledges a book by German-American poet G.S. Viereck, and says he is looking forward “to meeting once more in this life.” In very good condition. Sadly, they would not meet again, for Sudermann died just two months later.
289 SZELL, GEORGE ($70-Up)
Hungarian born American composer