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.
American jazz vocalist (born 1917). Signed and inscribed to the artist at lower right of a 12” x 8.5” pencil portrait drawn by a fan on the verso of a train schedule. Edge defects at upper right, otherwise very good.
508 WONG, ANNA MAY ($200-Up)
American actress (1905-61); broke ground as Hollywood’s first major Asian-American star. Signed over light portion in upper left of a gorgeous 10” x 8” waist-length studio pose, ca. 1935.
509 AANTEEKENINGEN OP EENE REIS DOOR DE USA ($40-Up)
“Aanteekeningen op eene Reis door de Vereenigde Staten van Noord Amerika en Canada.”[Notations on a Trip through the United States of America and Canada]. W.T. Gevers Deynoot. Martinus Nijhoff, the Hague, 1860. In Dutch. Tinted image on title, only one page of color lithographic plates [of original six]. 8vo. No wraps, partly disbound but all text present. Reading copy, overall fair/good.
510 ARCHITECTURE: PETITS EDIFICES HISTORIQUES  ($575-Up)
“Petits Edifices Historiques...”A. Raguenet. Paris, Ancienne Maison Morel, 1892-1904. Folio, gorgeously bound in red morocco with gilt designs, edges, and spine, banded, blue, red, and gold pastedowns, satin free endpapers. Contains issues 1 to 144 of the series, which was published in 12 monthly issues per year of 8 pages each. Thus, this covers the entire 12-year run. With marbled slipcases. Slipcases with missing panels, but books absolutely fine.
511 ARCHITECTURE: RECUEIL ET PARALLELE DES EDIFICES ($750-Up)
“Recueil et Parallele des Edifices de tout Genre, Anciens et Modernes.” J.N.L. Durand. Paris, 1801 [year IX]. Elephant folio, 1/2 leather with marbled wraps. A beautiful collection of architectural drawings. Owner’s sticker on front cover. First nine leaves including free endpaper worn and rounded at lower right, barely affecting one illustration, otherwise in very good condition.
512 ART: HARUNOBU - JAPANESE WOODCUTS ($50-Up)
Beautiful presentation of the works of 18th-century Japanese woodcut artist “Harunobu.”Text by Lubor Hajek. London, Spring Books, no date [ca. 1959]. Small 4to, paper, held in a wonderful green cloth case with gilt lettering, with closure device of a bamboo stick that slides through three cloth eyelets. Spine of case sunned, corner wear to case, otherwise fine.
513 ART: HOKUSAI - THE MAN MAD-ON-DRAWING ($65-Up)
Wonderfully presented review of the work of “Hokusai: the Man Mad-on-Drawing.”Hloucha and Forman. Prague, Artia, 1955. Small 4to, illustrated paper bound in string, held in a pink cloth case with gilt design, fastened closed with two ivory pins and red silk ribbon. Sunned spine of case, some edge folds of paper cover, otherwise very good. A beautifully presented review of the artist, with color and black-and-white illustrations, celebrating the opening of the Oriental Galleries at the Czechoslovak National Museum.
514 ART: JAPANESE WOODCUTS - EARLY PERIODS ($40-Up)
Attractively presented color-illustrated survey of “Japanese Woodcuts: Early Periods.”Hajek and Forman. London, Spring Books, no date [ca. 1960]. Small 4to, full-color paper string-bound, in elaborate three-fold cloth case with black and red designs, fastened with two ivory pins and silk ribbon. Some staining and discoloration to case, lightly toned book, one corner of