THE CO-AUTHOR OF KING KONG, EARLY IN HIS CAREER, OFFERS A JOURNALIST A POSITION ON THE ‘DAILY MAIL’ IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
WALLACE, EDGAR. (1875-1932). English mystery-story writer; his last work was part-authorship of the film script for King Kong, which was finished shortly before his death. Early Typed Letter Signed, “Edgar Wallace”, on his name-imprinted “Daily Mail” Office letterhead. One full page, quarto. “5, Tyne Buildings, Market Street, Johannesburg [South Africa]”, June 7, 1902.
GEORGE WASHINGTON GOETHALS ~ THE CHIEF ENGINEER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PANAMA CANAL
GOETHALS, GEORGE WASHINGTON. (1858-1928) U.S. Army officer and Civil Engineer; best known for his administration and supervision of the construction and the opening of the Panama Canal. Uncommon Typed Letter Signed, “G. W. Goethals,” on Isthmian Canal Commission letterhead. One page, quarto. Culebra. December 4, 1913. Fine condition.
DR. WILLIAM GORGAS — THE PHYSICIAN WHOSE WORK IN CONTROLLING MALARIA AND YELLOW FEVER MADE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PANAMA CANAL POSSIBLE
GORGAS, WILLIAM C. (1854-1920). Army physician and Surgeon General of the United States Army; best known for his work combating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria by controlling the mosquitoes that carry them; his strategy was greeted with considerable skepticism and opposition to such hygiene measures; the measures he put into practice as the head of the Panama Canal Zone Sanitation Commission saved thousands of lives and contributed to the success of the Canal’s construction. Surprisingly uncommon Typed Letter Signed, “W.C. Gorgas,” on War Department, Office of the Surgeon General letterhead. One page, quarto. Washington March 31, 1916. Very fine condition.
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON AT FORT WASHINGTON
HARRISON, WILLIAM HENRY. (1773-18441). Ninth President of the United States. Attractive Manuscript Document Signed, “Wm. H. Harrison / Asst. Qtr. Master”. One page, oblong octavo. Fort Washington, October 10, 1797.
EXTREMELY-RARE, EARLY 18TH CENTURY OATH OF ALLEGIANCE SWEARING FIDELITY TO KING GEORGE II ~~ SIGNED BY 14 COLONIAL JURISTS & STATESMEN
MANY OF WHOM WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEIGE OF LOUISBOURG, THE PIVOTAL OPERATION OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR IN 1758, THAT ENDED THE FRENCH COLONIAL ERA IN ATLANTIC CANADA AND LED TO THE SUBSEQUENT BRITISH CAMPAIGN TO CAPTURE QUEBEC IN 1759
AN EXTREMELY RARE PRINTED SIGNED OATH PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO KING GEORGE II — bearing fourteen signatures of major Colonial Jurists and political figures. One page, tall folio. No place, [Massachusetts Bay Colony], Undated, but most likely accomplished between 1727 and 1731.
THOMAS WOLFE POSTPONES HIS VISIT TO VASSAR ~~ BECAUSE OF HIS NEW BOOK CONTRACT WITH HARPER BROTHERS NOW OBLIGATES HIM: “TO STICK TO THE JOB UNTIL I GET ANOTHER BIG PIECE OF WORK COMPLETED”.
WOLFE, THOMAS. (1900-1938). American novelist; wrote Look Homeward, Angel (1929), Of Time and the River (1935) and You Can’t Go Home Again (posthumously published, 1940). Very rare Typed Letter Signed, “Thomas Wolfe”. One page, quarto. New York, January 21, 1938. Very fine condition.
CLAUDE MONET ~~ REGISTERS ANOTHER DONATION IN HIS ATTEMPT TO BUY MANET’S OLYMPIA FROM MANET’S WIDOW FOR PRESENTATION TO THE FRENCH NATION
MONET, CLAUDE. (1840-1926). French artist; leading figure in the Impressionist movement; the term ‘Impressionism’ is derived from the title of his painting Impression Sunrise. Wonderful content, Autograph Letter Signed, “Claude Monet”, in French. 2 full separate pages, octavo.