T.E. LAWRENCE a.k.a ‘LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’ ~~ IN A REMARKABLE LETTER REVEALS: ”I DO NOT WRITE. YEARS AND YEARS AGO, IN 1922 TO BE EXACT, I TRIED FOR THE THIRD TIME TO WRITE A BOOK, FAILED AGAIN, AND DECIDED TO PACK UP WRITING FOR GOOD. ONE HAS TO BE BORN TO IT, I FANCY. OLD G.B.S. AND THE REST TURN IT OUT LIKE SAUSAGES. I SWEAT AND SWEAT… ”
LAWRENCE, T(HOMAS) E(DWARD) [Lawrence of Arabia]. (1888-1935). British adventurer, soldier and author. Wonderful Typed Letter Signed, “Yours sincerely, T.E. Shaw”. One full page, quarto. “R.A.F. Mount Batten, Plymouth”, October 30, 1931. Very fine condition. To Flight Lieutenant John G. Hawtrey. Accompanied by two letters from Hawtrey to British poet Sigfried Sassoon describing the circumstance surrounding the creation of these letters.
THE “LIBERATOR OF ARGENTINA, CHILE AND PERU” ~~ A SCARCE SIGNED LETTER OF JOSE DE SAN MARTIN
SAN MARTÍN, JOSÉ DE. (1778-1850). Argentine General, known as the “Liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru”; one of the principal leaders of the independence movement in South America from the Spanish Empire in the 19th Century; served as the Protector of Peru. Scarce Manuscript Letter Signed, “José de San Martín”, in Spanish. One page, quarto. Santiago, Chile, June 26, 1817.
DYLAN THOMAS ~~ SIGNED AGREEMENT FOR THE SALE OF HIS: ‘THE FOLLOWERS’, WHICH WAS TO BE PUBLISHED IN BOOK FORM AS: ‘ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE AND OTHER STORIES’ AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1955
THOMAS, DYLAN. (1914 – 1953). Welsh poet and prose writer whose works include radio broadcasts of: ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ and ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog’; the poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’. Scarce Agreement Signed: “Dylan Thomas”, being his acknowledgement at the conclusion of a Typed [carbon] Letter Signed to him from the ‘American Library of World Literature, Inc.’ One very full page, New York, August 25, 1953. [just 3 months before is death.]
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.