TOLKIEN QUOTES HIS CHARACTER, GANDALF: “HE THAT BREAKS A THING TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS HAS LEFT THE PATH OF WISDOM’ – GANDALF, LORD OF THE RINGS.”
TOLKIEN, J(OHN) R(ONALD) R(EUEL). (1892-1973). South African-born British university professor, medieval scholar, philologist and writer of fantasies. Typed Letter Signed, “J.R.R. Tolkien” on imprinted “George Allen & Unwin Ltd /Book Publishers” stationery. One page, quarto. “Merton College, Oxford, 18 January 1973.
JOHANNES BRAHMS ASKS TO “HAVE ABOUT SIX COPIES MADE OF OPUS NO. 42”
BRAHMS, JOHANNES. (1833-1897). German composer. Fine Autograph Letter Signed, “J.B.”, in German. Four full pages, large octavo. Ischl, August 6, 1894. Very fine condition. To an unnamed correspondent.
A DOCUMENT FROM LINCOLN’S DAYS ON THE ILLINOIS CIRCUIT COURT, ONCE OWNED BY BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. (1809-1865). Sixteenth President of the United States (1861-1865). Autograph Document Signed, “Lincoln & Herndon p.q.” One full page, folio.
SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN REPORTS: “I HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED THE LIBRETTO…”
SULLIVAN, ARTHUR (1842-1900) English composer best know for his work with librettist W.S. Gilbert. Manuscript Letter Signed, “Arthur Sullivan,” on 1 Queen’s Mansions, Victoria Street S.W. stationery. One page, octavo. London. October 14, 1894. Sullivan writes to: V. Langammer, Esq:
DUBUFFET: “YOU DID QUITE A SIGNIFICANT JOB TO OBTAIN AN AUTOGRAPH WITH THIS LETTER”
DUBUFFET, JEAN. (1901-1985) French painter and sculptor; best known for founding the art movement ‘Art Bru’t. Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, “J. Dubuffet,” in French. 1/2 page, quarto. Paris, January 7, 1976.
SIR HUMPHREY DAVY’S OBSERVATION ON GEO-THERMAL AND EARTH CORE STUDIES
DAVY, SIR HUMPHRY. (1778-1829) 1st Bart, English chemist and inventor best known for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals. Lengthy Autograph Letter Signed “H. Davy”, with good scientific content. Four very full pages, quarto. Hotel de la Paix, Paris, May 20, 1820.
EUGENE O’NEILL, EXPRESSES HIS ADMIRATION FOR PAUL ROBESON — BUT STILL POLITELY REFUSES TO WRITE THE INTRODUCTION TO THE BIOGRAPHY OF ROBESON, WRITTEN BY MRS. ROBESON
O’NEILL, EUGENE. Good Typed Letter Signed, “Eugene O’Neill”, on imprinted Le Plessis, Saint-Antoine Du Rocher stationery. One page, quarto. No place, February 19, 1930.