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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2009 Issue

Autographs from Famed Leaders, Artists, Musicians, Writers and More from David Schulson Autographs

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All types of autographs and signed documents may be found in David Schulson's latest catalogue.


By Michael Stillman

David Schulson Autographs has issued Catalog 142 of exceptional autographs and signed documents. All types of notable people are represented here - political leaders, musicians, artists, writers, scientists, jurists, poets, even tyrants. Some signatures come on common documents, but others reveal great insights into the personality of the writer. Here are some of Schulson's latest autographs.

Item 12 is a most interesting document from the French Revolution. It is an order restoring to full "advantages" one Pierre Marie Maurice, formerly of the National Guard, dated September 7, 1792. Those advantages, it says, were "arbitrarily dismissed" in 1790 by Lafayette. The document includes an image celebrating the storming of the palace on August 10 of 1792, but also celebrates the constitutional monarch, Louis XVI. It is signed by Danton. The revolution was in full force after the storming of the palace. King Louis XVI was still recognized as a constitutional monarch, though that would end in a few more days. Five days earlier, Danton had stirred his followers into mob rampage including the massacre of opponents and various others they did not like. After four days of this, Danton signed this document restoring a man who was evidently an ally or someone with whom he sympathized. Danton would go on to support the complete removal of the King two weeks later and his execution in another four months. Meanwhile, Lafayette would be forced to flee France, where he was captured by enemy Austrian troops along the border and held prisoner for the next five years. He may have survived only because he was beloved by the United States. Danton himself would be a leader and rabble-rouser in the new government, but as the Reign of Terror became more terrible, he too would be struck down and marched off to the Guillotine in 1794. Priced at $4,500.

Item 24 is a letter from the aforementioned Lafayette to an unknown recipient, evidently a friend who was seeking some type of appointment. Lafayette explains he has already spoken to some people and will be making further efforts on the individual's behalf. The letter was written on August 4, 1823, the violent revolution long over and Lafayette safely back home and now serving in the Chamber of Deputies. The following year, Lafayette would embark on his final grand tour of America, his first visit since the days of the American Revolution, and then return to his role in the Chamber for the remainder of his life, always fighting for the rights of his people as he had done for the Americans. $2,250.

Item 43 is a brief note from a tyrannical leader on the cusp of his worst behavior. The year was 1933 when the Soviet Union put six engineers from Britain's Metro-Vickers on trial for spying and for attempting to sabotage a hydroelectric plant. It naturally caused quite a stir in England where many were still quite sympathetic to the Soviets and wanted to believe it was the workers' paradise Stalin would have them believe. Among those representing the British press at the trial was none other than a young reporter named Ian Fleming, and Arthur John Cummings of the News Chronicle. Cummings attempted to get an interview with Stalin while he was there, but Stalin was not into giving interviews other than in prearranged deals with unusually sympathetic reporters. So Stalin writes back that his "heavy burden" of work makes it impossible to grant Cummings' request, and then signs the note in red ink. This trial would be followed up two years later with the beginning of the more noted show trials where Stalin put just about all of the old guard from the revolution that he imagined might ever be a threat to him up for trial and execution. $1,450.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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