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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
3.

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
4.

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
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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
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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
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Autograph Letter, signed. 2pp, to "My dear Mrs. Mitchell." Dated Jun 19, 1908
[Elmira, NY]: 1908. A substantial and intimate letter from a young Eastman, entirely devoted to his recent cure at the Bethel [Maine] Clinic under the care of Dr. John G. Gehring, the noted psychologist and hypnotherapist, responding to a fellow invalid interested in putting herself under Gehring's care: "...Your humorous...
[Item #28251]
Price: $300.00
 
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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
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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
10.

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
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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
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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
 
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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.
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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
15.

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
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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
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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]
18.

Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It
New York: Frederick Stokes, 1932. Later Printing. Brandeis's series of articles exposing conflicts of interest between investment bankers and the industrial trusts, originally published in 1913, proved sufficiently prescient to warrant this Depression-era reissue. It has rarely been out of print since. This a tight, attractive copy with a nice...
[Item #18434]
Price: $150.00
 
Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It
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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
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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
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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
 
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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]
23.

For Good
Kyoto: Origin Press, 1964. First Edition. Corman almost certainly met Shahn through their mutual friend Charles Olson, who worked with Shahn in the Office of War Information during WWII and later (in 1951) brought Shahn onto the art faculty of Black Mountain College. This copy would have been inscribed during...
[Item #14206]
Price: $300.00
 
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The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems [Inscribed]
San Francisco: City Lights, 1969. Facsimile Reprint. Facsimile reprint of the 1959 first edition. Octavo; printed card wrappers; 35pp. Inscribed by Corso inside the front wrapper: "My first work / O how I loved poetry - but yet I was weak here - / Gregory," undated and with no inscribee...
[Item #17867]
Price: $225.00
 
The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems [Inscribed]
25.

Portrait with Autograph Sentiment, ca 1914
N.p. Jacob S. Coxey, Sr. (1854-1951; aka "General" Coxey) was among the most colorful agitators of the early labor movement. He gained the sobriquet "General" when in 1894 he led a group of 400 unemployed laborers, popularly known as "Coxey's Army" from Massillon, Ohio to Washington, DC. to demand unemployment...
[Item #17329]
Price: $175.00
 
Portrait with Autograph Sentiment, ca 1914


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