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Autograph Letter, Signed, from unidentified artist to fellow-artist Harold Anton
[Atlantic City, NJ]: 1958. Unidentified author, though judging by the context of the letter, a fellow-artist friend of Greenwich Village artist Harold Anton: "Keeping fairly busy here, but I think its [sic] about time I settled down and did some serious painting. I don't think that all my experience and...
[Item #27122]
Price: $125.00
 
Autograph Letter, Signed, from unidentified artist to fellow-artist Harold Anton
2.

The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Inscribed
New York: David McKay, 1962. Second Printing. Nicely inscribed copy of Bates's National Book Award-winning memoir. Daisy Bates (1914-1999), was one of the unsung heroines of the Little Rock school integration crisis. As President of the Arkansas NAACP and publisher of the Arkansas State Press she became a primary spokesperson...
[Item #14635]
Price: $325.00
 
The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Inscribed. AFRICAN AMERICANS, SCHOOL INTEGRATION, Daisy BATES, Eleanor ROOSEVELT, fwd.
3.

Teatrainyi plakat N. Akimova [The Theater Posters of N. Akimov]. Presentation copy to Alexandre Alexeieff.
Moscow: Sovetskaia Rossiia, 1963. First Edition. Extremely well-printed (especially by Soviet standards) survey of Akimov's (1901-1968) graphic works produced between 1928 and 1961, most advertising productions at the Moscow Theatre of Musical Comedy and the Theatre of the Revolution, for which Akimov served as artistic director, producing sets, costume designs...
[Item #28973]
Price: $850.00
 
Teatrainyi plakat N. Akimova [The Theater Posters of N. Akimov]. Presentation copy to Alexandre Alexeieff. N. AKIMOV, Nikolay.
4.

Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune
New York: Holliday Publications, 1958. First Edition. Arthur "Bud" Green (1897-1981) was an Austrian-born American songwriter of the Tin Pan Alley and Swing eras, best-known for his hits "Flat-Foot Floogie" and "Alabamy Bound" and for penning the lyrics to the Les Brown/Doris Day classic "Sentimental Journey." This appears to be...
[Item #16385]
Price: $125.00
 
Writing Songs for Fame and Fortune. AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC - TIN PAN ALLEY, Bud GREEN.
5.

Fortress in the Rice
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1951. First Edition. Appel's novel of the Philippine guerrilla movement, which grew out of his experience as an officer in the U.S. Philippine Commission following WWII. The novel was adapted for the 1963 Irving Lerner film Cry of Battle starring Rita Moreno, Van Heflin and James MacArthur. This...
[Item #14215]
Price: $350.00
 
Fortress in the Rice. Benjamin APPEL.
6.

The People Talk
New York: Johnson Reprint, 1972. Facsimile Reprint. Reprint of Appel's fourth book, a non-fiction chronicle of the American scene a the end of the Great Depression. Octavo (22cm). Green cloth boards, lettered in silver and gold; 502pp. Facsimile reprint of the 1940 Dutton edition, inscribed on title page to artist...
[Item #14269]
Price: $250.00
 
The People Talk. Benjamin APPEL.
7.

Arshile Gorky
New York: Harry N. Abrams, [1966]. First Edition. A very nicely preserved copy and a nice association. Gorky and Shahn were close; they reputedly met at Raphael Soyer's studio in 1929 and, though they did not share artistic philosophies -- Gorky by that time had begun his transition to Abstract...
[Item #16620]
Price: $400.00
 
Arshile Gorky. ART & ARTISTS - LIBRARY of BEN & BERNARDA SHAHN, text, Arshile GORKY, Julien LEVY.
8.

Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Art Young, dated Nov. 11, 1912
[Terre Haute]: 1912. Brief letter in which Theodore Debs writes on behalf of his older brother, the prominent Socialist and Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs, a few days after the end of Debs' unsuccessful Presidential campaign of 1912: "Dear Comrade Young - Gene wishes me to send you a thousand...
[Item #14481]
Price: $300.00
 
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Art Young, dated Nov. 11, 1912. AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS, RADICAL AUTHORS, Theodore DEBS.
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Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to "Mr. Simon", dated November 15, 1941
Croton-on-Hudson: 1941. Regarding the recipient's letter to the Reader's Digest, of September 24 (Eastman had been hired as an editor for the conservative publication earlier in the same year). The subject appears to be the institution of the death penalty in the Soviet Union: "...Nobody questions the fact that the...
[Item #28255]
Price: $150.00
 
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to "Mr. Simon", dated November 15, 1941. AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS, RADICAL AUTHORS, Max EASTMAN.
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Typed Note, signed, to "Joesphine" [Herbst?], dated November 25, 1945
New York: 1945. Brief TNS on Eastman's personal W. 13th St. letterhead, addressed to "Josephine", dated November 25, 1945. Old folds, else Fine, with bright, clear autograph: "Dear Josephine: Thanks so much for the news -- sad as it all was -- in your letter. It was nice to hear...
[Item #28254]
Price: $150.00
 
Typed Note, signed, to "Joesphine" [Herbst?], dated November 25, 1945. AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS, RADICAL AUTHORS, Max EASTMAN.
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Typed Note, signed. 1pp, to "Miss Mendham", dated March 30, 1938
Croton-on-Hudson: 1941. Brief 1-pp TNS on Eastman's personal Croton-On-Hudson notepaper, addressed to a "Miss Mendham", dated March 30, 1938. Old folds; holograph additions in Eastman's hand; Very Good. "I shall be delighted to have you use some of my poems in your Verse Speaking Festival...perhaps the poem called "Battle Fields"...
[Item #28256]
Price: $100.00
 
Typed Note, signed. 1pp, to "Miss Mendham", dated March 30, 1938. AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS, RADICAL AUTHORS, Max EASTMAN.
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Golden Sections. With an Introduction by Wyndham Lewis
London: Methuen, 1957. First Edition. A notable association copy. Ayrton (1921-1975) was among the preeminent British artists of the post-war period; like Shahn, he applied his talents to an impressively wide range of projects, including stage design, typography, illustration, criticism and broadcasting. Also like Shahn, Ayrton frequently found himself at...
[Item #14159]
Price: $450.00
 
Golden Sections. With an Introduction by Wyndham Lewis. Michael AYRTON.
13.

A Letter from Ernst Barlach
Northampton: Gehenna Press, 1957. First Edition. A very scarce and early production of Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press, probably not intended for commerce and distributed as a keepsake to friends of the press. OCLC locates only 7 copies. One of 150 copies issued as a keepsake by the Press. 12mo. Unprinted...
[Item #18925]
Price: $450.00
 
14.

Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
New York: Pantheon / Bollingen Series XXXV, 1953. First Edition. Very nice association copy of Maritain's treatise on the relationship between art and spiritual experience, a theme which played an ever-increasing role in Shahn's work in the 1950s and 60s. Quarto (25cm). Cloth-backed tan linen boards, stamped in gilt; xxxii...
[Item #14274]
Price: $500.00
 
Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry. A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. BEN SHAHN, Jacques MARITAIN.
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On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch
New York: Pantheon Books / Bollingen Series IX, 1947. First Edition. Broch, an Austrian, escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, going first to England and then to the United States, where he eventually settled in Princeton, just a few miles from the Shahns' home town of Roosevelt, New Jersey. His novel...
[Item #14228]
Price: $1,500.00
 
On the Iliad. Translated from the French by Mary McCarthy, with an Introduction by Hermann Broch. Rachel BESPALOFF.
16.

Three Erfurt Tales
North Hills, PA: Bird & Bull Press, 1962. First, Limited Edition. The third title from Henry Morris's Bird & Bull Press. Scarce; this a particularly fresh copy with a compelling association. 12mo. Cloth boards; viii, 62, iii pp. One of 310 copies. Presentation to Ben Shahn from Lessing Rosenwald on...
[Item #14163]
Price: $750.00
 
Three Erfurt Tales. BIRD & BULL PRESS, Arnold H. PRICE, introd, transl, Lessing ROSENWALD.
17.

Los Aguinaldos Del Infante: Glosa de Epifania / The Child's Gifts: A Twelfth Night Tale
San Juan: Pava Prints Inc, 1962. First Edition Thus. First produced as a radio play in 1954, with an original score by Jack Delano, Blanco's collection of Epiphany stories has become one of the great classics of Puerto Rican literature. Delano (1914-1997), whose first training was as a composer, rose...
[Item #14164]
Price: $500.00
 
Los Aguinaldos Del Infante: Glosa de Epifania / The Child's Gifts: A Twelfth Night Tale. Tomás BLANCO, Jack and Irene DELANO, illus.
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Poems [Inscribed by Nina Berberova]
Dorking: Yakov Hornstein / A.A. Tanner and Son, Limited, [n.d. but ca.1960]. First Edition. Brief collection of works by four Russian poets: Alexander Blok, Nicolai Gumilev, Ilya Ehrenburg, and Nina Berberova, here translated into English by publisher Yakov Hornstein. An interesting association copy connecting Berberova, known primarily for chronicling the...
[Item #27409]
Price: $150.00
 
Poems [Inscribed by Nina Berberova]. contributors, Alexander BLOK, Ilya Ehrenburg, Nicolai Gumilev, Nina Berberova.
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Christianity and Art
Cappel-y-ffin: Frances Walterson, 1927. First, Limited Edition. GILL 13: "...Comprises two esays which originally apeared in Blackfriars...both were revised for the present publication and again revised and reprinted in shortened form and as separate essays in Art-Nonsense..." One of 200 signed copies. Small octavo (20cm); original blue buckram, lettered in...
[Item #14069]
Price: $400.00
 
Christianity and Art. BOOK ARTS & TYPOGRAPHY, Eric GILL, David JONES, illus.
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A History of the Chicago Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (Presentation Copy to Abe Marovitz)
Chicago: Normandie House, 1940. First Edition. Bialis (1897-1996) was a long-serving officer of the Chicago ILGWU, and a major figure in Chicago labor. Marovitz was the first Jewish State Senator to hold office in Illinois; he went on to serve as a Federal Judge in the Illinois Northern District. A....
[Item #30043]
Price: $125.00
 
A History of the Chicago Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (Presentation Copy to Abe Marovitz). Wilfred CARSEL, Paul H. Douglas introd.
21.

La Mano Dell'Uomo
Rome: Edizioni dell'Elefante, 1965. First, Limited Edition. A visual paean to the human hand, with numerous illustrations by the author. An uncommon work by the Italian caricaturist and surrealist painter, among the leading anti-Fascist artists of the post-war period. Very scarce; none others in commerce; only two copies located in...
[Item #14158]
Price: $750.00
 
La Mano Dell'Uomo. Bruno CARUSO.
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Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University
Cambridge: President and Fellows of Harvard University, 1956. First Edition. Wald's inscription refers to a passage in the book which quotes an unnamed "eminent artist" - Shahn, it turns out - regarding his notions of an ideal education for an aspiring artist, one that will provide "an education without stifling...
[Item #14242]
Price: $300.00
 
Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Committee on Visual Arts, Chairman John Nicholas Brown.
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Dr. Sadhu's Muffins
Erin, Ontario: Press Porcepic, 1974. First Edition. Excellent association copy of the influential Canadian poet McCaffery's scarce second book. Includes a brief postscript in which McCaffery outlines his experimental poetics: "...these poems were attempts to produce text which directly presented language-material without the intrusion of my own consciousness." Octavo, illustrated...
[Item #16070]
Price: $225.00
 
Dr. Sadhu's Muffins. CONCRETE POETRY, Steve McCAFFERY.
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Small Archive of Documents and Correspondence from the estate of Joseph Dela Rutledge
[Mahopac, NY and elsewhere: ca 1960-65]: [Congress of Racial Equality / Southern Conference Educational Fund]. Rutledge, a resident of Mahopac, NY, was the son of Alabama civil rights activists Ida and Clara Rutledge, a white couple from Lillian, Alabama whose role in the Montgomery marches has been documented by historians...
[Item #28771]
Price: $1,750.00
 
Small Archive of Documents and Correspondence from the estate of Joseph Dela Rutledge. CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY / SOUTHERN CONFERENCE EDUCATIONAL FUND.
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Spanking the Maid [Limited Deluxe Edition, Signed]
Bloomfield Hills, MI: Bruccoli Clark, 1981. First Thus. Limited to 600 copies of which this is no. XVIII of 45 copies specially bound with a leaf of the fair copy manuscript. Large, slim quarto (28.5cm.); original red cushioned silk, upper cover and spine embossed in gilt, marbled endpapers; original acetate...
[Item #21135]
Price: $350.00
 
Spanking the Maid [Limited Deluxe Edition, Signed]. Robert COOVER, text, illus Rikki.


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