ART & MUSIC
VERDI QUESTIONS THE INEXPLICABLE ARRIVAL OF “55 BOTTLES OF ROMINO!” AT THE OUTRAGEOUS PRICE OF 1.85 LIRA!
VERDI, GIUSEPPE. (1813-1901). Italian composer; his masterworks include: Rigoletto (1851), Il Trovatore (1853), La Traviata (1853), Don Carlos (1867), and Aïda (1871). Attractive Autograph Letter Signed “G. Verdi”. One page, octavo. [Bugereto?], Italy June 13, 1894. Very fine condition.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT TO HENRY CABOT LODGE ~~ RECOMMENDING NOTED NAVAL ARTIST HENRY REUTERDAHL FOR A COMMISSION
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. (1858-1919). Twenty-sixth President of the United States (1901-1909). Choice Typed Letter Signed, “Theodore Roosevelt”, on his name-imprinted Metropolitan letterhead. One page, quarto. “432 Fourth Avenue, New York”, May 15, 1917. Very fine condition.
PICASSO ~~ LIMITED SIGNED EDITION OF ARISTOPHANES ‘LYSISTRATA‘
PICASSO, PABLO. (1881-1973) Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. The book: Lysistrata. First edition, limited edition, numbered #276/1500. NY. Limited Editions Club, 1934. Hardcover, large quarto. [Approximately 9 ½ x 11 ¾ inches], 117 pages. Prominently and Boldly Signed on the colophon page, in pencil, “Picasso.” Very fine condition, throughout.
SUPERB SILVER ALBUMIN PHOTOGRAPH OF BRITISH NAVAL SCENE PAINTER CLARKSON STANFIELD ~~ BY MAULL AND POLYBANK’S LONDON STUDIO
STANFIELD, CLARKSON FREDERICK. (1793–1867) Prominent English painter who was best known for his large-scale paintings of dramatic marine subjects and landscapes. Simply stunning large silver albumin photograph portrait of Stanfield.
TWO MAGNIFICENT THEATRICAL BROADSIDES FOR WILKIE COLLINS : THE FROZEN DEEP –THAT HAD CHARLES DICKENS PRODUCING THE PLAY AND APPEARING IN A LEAD ROLE
[PLAYBILL — DICKENS, Charles, Actor]. Playbill for the Dress Rehearsal at Tavistock House Theatre of Wilkie Collins’s The Frozen Deep and Mrs. Inchbald’s Animal Magnetism: Tavistock House Theatre. Under the Management of Mr. Charles Dickens. London, 5 January 1857. Broadside on paper. [14 1/4 x 9 ½ inches]. Printed in red and black.
SAMUEL CLEMENS WRITES A CHECK FOR $750 TO HELP BUY A PIPE ORGAN FOR THE PARK CHURCH IN ELMIRA, N.Y. — A PLACE THAT WAS TO BE CENTRAL TO HIS SPIRITUAL LIFE
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. [MARK TWAIN]. (1835-1910.) American humorist, lecturer and writer. Partly-Printed Check Signed, “S.L. Clemens”. One page, oblong octavo. New York, January 31, 1907. Fine condition. Drawn on Knickerbocker Trust Company and made out to ‘The Hope-Jones Organ Co.’ in the amount of “seven hundred fifty” dollars.
THE SIGNED HANDPRINT OF CECIL B. DEMILLE ~~ ACKNOWLEDGED FATHER OF AMERICAN CINEMA
DeMILLE, CECIL B. (1881–1959). Legendary American film director, producer and actor; between 1914 and 1958, he made 70 feature films, both silent and sound; acknowledged as a founding father of the American cinema; his films are distinguished by their epic scale and by his cinematic showmanship. His right handprint, boldly signed, “C.B. DeMille” in the right margin, aligned below his handprint.