Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2006 Issue

Signed Historic Documents from Stuart Lutz


Legendary country singer Hank Williams.

Hank Williams was probably the greatest country music artist ever. Among his still classic songs were Your Cheatin' Heart, Lovesick Blues, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Cold Cold Heart, Mind Your Own Business, Hey Good Lookin', Jambalaya, and Kaw-Liga. Amazingly, he accomplished all of this before the age of 30, Williams tragically dying from alcohol and who-knows-what abuse at the age of 29. Item 86 is the Hank Williams Country Music Folio, with music and lyrics to 20 of his songs, several photographs of him, with Williams' signature on one of the photos. $1,000.

Item 41 is a most sad historic document. It is a mourning card mailed after the death of John F. Kennedy, and sent by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. It is inscribed, "Dear Jimmy. My thanks to you for your thoughtful kind letter. Bob." The "Jimmy" was James Roosevelt, eldest son of Eleanor and Franklin, and at the time a U.S. congressman. $800.

Here is a document that will be of interest to collectors of women's rights, though the author was a male. Noah Davis was a New York Supreme Court judge who was greatly responsible for putting away the corrupt "Boss" Tweed of Tammany Hall. In the 1880s, New York was still debating whether to admit women to the practice of law. Davis left no uncertainty as to his position. He says, "As to natural capacity to learn and understand the elements of law, no sensible person will rank the female mind below the male. On the contrary, women's intuitive perception of right and wrong and of justice of things is as a rule quicker in operation and clearer in expression than a man's..." Well, maybe he didn't have to go quite that far! Davis goes on to conclude, "We have neither the legal nor moral right to exclude capable and intelligent women from the field..." Item 88. $400.

He was a newsman from another era, unafraid to report what he saw or speak the truth. Edward R. Murrow was the leading newsman of his day, still a legend 40 years after he died. Item 57 is a 1958 thank you note to one of his listeners for some comments that listener evidently sent him. It is signed "E.R. Murrow." $250.

Goodnight and good luck.

Stuart Lutz Historic Documents may be found online at www.historydocs.com, phone number 973-275-9699.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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