EXCEEDINGLY RARE INSCRIBED COPY OF HENRIK IBSEN’S ‘LADY INGER OF OSTRAT’ — CHOICE PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY IBSEN TO POET AUGUST FRESENIUS
IBSEN, HENRIK. (1828-1906). Norwegian playwright, director, and poet; viewed as one of the founders of Modernism in theater. His book: Die Herrin von Oestrot : Historisches Schauspiel in funf Aufzuugen. Unter Mitwirkung von Emma Klingenfeld veranstaltete deutsche Originalausgabe der Fru Ingerd til Oestrot. Munich. Theodor Ackermann, 1877. Small octavo. [5 ¾ x 7 inches approximately], 171 pages. Original printed blue-green wrappers, browned around the edges/margins, and showing offset from ‘sunning’. A very good copy, that is internally fine. First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Ibsen to August Fresenius.
STUART MERRILL ON TO GUSTAVE KAHN ABOUT KAHN’S WIFE AND: “HER CONVERSION TO JUDAISM…[A REPLY] TO THE IGNOMINIES AND HYPOCRISIES OF MODERN CHRISTIANITY”
MERRILL, STUART. (1863-1915). American poet; known for Petits Poemes d’Automne, Les Fastes, and other works. Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, “Stuart Merrill”, in French. Three pages, octavo. “53 Quai de Bourbon”, [Paris],
FINE ARCHIVE OF P.G. WODEHOUSE LETTERS TO AMERCIAN HUMORIST WILL CUPPY
WODEHOUSE, SIR P[ELHAM] G[RENVILLE] (1881-1975). English writer of nearly 70 novels, numerous short stories, and musical theater; his best known and most beloved characters being: Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves; the immaculate and effervescently talkative Psmith; Lord Emsworth and the Blandings Castle crew; and the disaster-prone opportunist Ukridge. Wonderful and enlightening small archive of: Five Letters Signed to American Humorist Will Cuppy, being a mixture of Typed Letters Signed, and Autograph Letters Signed. These letters date from 1931 to 1948, and are accompanied by three letters from Ethel Wodehouse [whose letters are rarely encountered].
THEODORE ROOSEVELT — STATES HIS POSITION ON THE FIRST WORLD WAR, SHOULD BE CLEAR FROM HIS RECENT ARTICLES AND HIS BOOKS
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. (1858-1919). Historian, naturalist, 26th President (1901-1909), and first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1906). Good Typed Letter Signed, “T. Roosevelt,” on Metropolitan, The Livest Magazine in America, 432 Fourth Avenue, New York, Office of Theodore Roosevelt letterhead. One page, quarto. January 31, 1917. To “Mr. J.E. Jenks, 511 -11th Street, Washington, D.C.”
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS — “MAYBE LOVE, SWEET LOVE IS DIFFERENT – LIKE HELL IT IS.” — OUTSTANDING COMMENTARY ON DANTE, SHAKESPEARE, ELLIS, HARDY, AND JIM LAUGHLIN
WILLIAMS, WILLIAM CARLOS. (1883-1963). American physician and writer; author of verse, essays, novels and short stories; won 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Pictures of Breughel. Outstanding Typed Letter Signed, “Bill” on his imprinted W.C. Williams, M.D. 9 Ridge Road Rutherford, New Jersey stationery. Two very full pages, quarto. Rutherford, N.J., May 26, 1944.
W.H. AUDEN, THE GOLDFISH, AND SWARTHMORE
AUDEN, W[YSTAN]. H[UGH]. (1907-1973) Anglo-American poet. Fine, rather early, Autograph Letter Signed, “Wystan Auden.” One very full page, quarto.
RAYMOND CHANDLER DISCUSSES CHANGING PUBLISHERS — “MYSTERY WRITES OF AMERICA… IS FUSSING ABOUT STORIES AGAIN”… “I DON’T LIKE THE CURTIS BROWN ORGANIZATION VERY WELL…NO ONE IN IT KNOWS ABOUT BOOKS OR WRITING, SO I AM THINKING ABOUT MAKING A CHANGE”
CHANDLER, RAYMOND. (1888-1959). Writer of crime fiction, and creator of the hardboiled detective Phillip Marlowe; best known for his: The Big Sleep (1939), The High Window (1942), and The Lady in The Lake (1943). Uncommon Typed Letter Signed, “Ray,” On his name imprinted 49 Carlton Hill, London, N.W. 8, Mai 4407 letterhead. One full page, quarto. February 21, 1956.