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1 ELLINGTON, DUKE & CONSTANT LAMBERT Original Album Page Signed by Duke Ellington With a Quote from His Most Famous Song, “It Don't Mean a Thing.” and Additionally Signed by His British Friend and Fellow Composer, Constant Lambert
(circa 1930s) 
On a page of fine quality paper, Ellington has written “'Don't mean thing - Ain't got Swing' Duke Ellington,” a quotation from Ellington's most famous song “It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)” first recorded in 1932. Beneath this, his friend, British composer and conductor, Constant Lambert, has also signed the page. Lambert was a young British musical prodigy, and one of the first significant composers to take Jazz seriously and was very influenced by Ellington in his compositions Both Ellington and Lambert were admirers of the great African American jazz singer Florence Mills (1896-1927), and after her death both wrote jazz musical tributes, Ellington wrote “Black Beauty” and Lambert created “Elegiac Blues.” This is the only signed quote we have encountered from Ellington's great classic. Fine condition. 
Price: 1650.00 USD
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2 JAMES, SUSAN SAINT Original Contract Signed by Actress Susan Saint James
Los Angeles folio, 5 pages February 26, 1982 
Signed in ink by actress Susan Saint James and initialed on the first page by her as well. The contract is for the actress's representation by her agent. Fine. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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3 LILLIE, BEATRICE Orignal Autographed Black & White Photograph of Beatrice Lillie
Circa 1930s 
Small (3 1/2 by 5 inches) photograph portrait of the lovely young Beatrice Lillie signed by her in fountain pen blue ink. Very good. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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4 MORGAN, CHARLES Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, octavo
London February 9, 1933 
Signed by the author, Charles Morgan. “I should very much like to come to Durham, but I am afraid that unlike Huxley or Binyon, I am not the master of my own time. The work for The Times prevents me from leaving London at all....” Fine. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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5 PUCCINI, GIACOMO Original Autograph Musical Quote Signed by Giacomo Puccini from His Class Opera - La Boheme
Vienna 1913 
Measuring 6 1/2 by 8 inches, this is an exuberantly penned autograph musical quote signed in full by Italian composer. Dated Vienna, October 1913, Puccini pens a bar of music from his great classic opera, La Boheme, the aria Si mi chiamano Mimi from Act One. 
Price: 8500.00 USD
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6 STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS St. Ives. Being the Adventures of a French Prisoner in England
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1897 
First Edition preceding the English edition. Laid in is a one page Autograph Letter Signed by the author, Robert Louis Stevenson to S.S. McClure, publisher of McClure's Magazine which serialized Stevenson's novel, St. Ives, prior to book publication. Written from Valima in Samoa, on September 7, 1894, just weeks before Stevenson's death on December 3rd. “...Pursuant to a note from Bunter, I have the pleasure to send you an epitome of St. Ives. Without doubt it was a task! And I fear it will not increase the interest of any human being, but you must be judge of that, and employ it accordingly or not, as your better wisdom shall suggest. The Magazine seems to me to go on swimmingly. Please remember me to your wife and the twins. Ever yours, R.L. Stevenson....” At the time of his death, Stevenson had left St. Ives unfinished, and Arthur Quiller-Couch wrote the last few chapters to complete the work using Stevenson's notes and the outline he had sent to McClure. Near fine bright copy in original cloth with one of Stevenson's very last letters and a remarkably historic one showing that his efforts did indeed prove of great interest allowing one of his most interesting works to be completed. 
Price: 11500.00 USD
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7 SUTHERLAND, GRAHAM Autograph Letter Signed “G” by Artist Graham Sutherland
Trottiscliffe 3 quarto pages, with an additional small section March 20, 1950 
Autograph letter signed (“G”) from arist Graham Sutherland to Felix H. Man (“Dear Hans”) about sitting for photographs, his new show, the Festival of Britain, and a ”system” for winning at roulette. In the original envelope (stamped and postmarked), Trottiscliffe, 20 March 1950. “I'm at your service whenever you like for extra photographs . . . I'm only so sad that we shan't be in France . . . for you to take the extra ones there. The light & general atmosphere is so much more exciting.” His show is to be in October, then he has to work on his show for the US. “During the summer & spring I shall be working on a large painting for the Festival of Britain 1951 & I hope at last to pin down Beaverbrook for sittings for the portrait the Daily Express has commissioned.” The second half of the letter is devoted to detailed explanation of his (quite complicated) “system” for winning at the roulette wheel, deployed with “a good deal of success” at Monte Carlo and San Remo. The photojournalist Felix H. Man (né Hans Felix Sigismund Baumann, 1893– 1985) took numerous photographs of Graham Vivian Sutherland (1903–1980), photographing him up a ladder at the Tate in 1951 working on The Origins of the Land (for the “Land of Britain” pavilion at the Festival of Britain; now in the Tate), snapping the two of them in the mirror with Winston Churchill at Chartwell in 1954; later they collaborated on Graham Sutherland: das graphische Werk 1922–1970 (1970). Sutherland's 1952 portrait of Lord Beaverbrook went to the National Portrait Gallery. From the collection of Jonathan Gili; bought from Henry Bristow, July 1985. Later letters from Sutherland to Man are held at Pennsylvania State University. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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8 THOMAS, BETTY Original Contract Signed by Actress & Film Director Betty Thomas
Los Angeles quarto, 4 pages March 30, 1987 
Signed in ink by Betty Thomas. The contract is for the actress's representation by her agent. Betty Thomas is best known during her acting period as Sgt. Lucy Bates on the television series, Hill Street Blues, and more recently as a very successful director of such films as Doctor Dolittle, 28 Days, I Spy, Private Parts, etc. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 WEIZMANN, CHAIM Original Typed Letter Signed from Chaim Weizmann to Dr. Moses Gaster on the Occasion of Weizmann's First Meeting With Arthur Balfour
Manchester, England 30 Brunswick Road, Withington, 1 page, quarto December 16, 1914 
An historic letter recording Weizmann's reaction to meeting Arthur Balfour. A long and very interesting affair with all kinds of comments and discussion of Zionist matters and discussing such Jewish figures as Claude Montefiore, Dr. Tachlenow, and Mr. Lubarsky.This letter was written a few months after the beginning of World War I, a war none of the parties thought would be long lasting. The Zionist community in England sensed that this was a moment to push the movement ahead for the goal of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Weizmann writes Dr. Moses Gaster, Rabbi, superb orator,international scholar and writer, as well as head of the Zionist community in London. It was at Gaster's house that meetings were held between the British Foreign Office and Zionist leaders before the issuance of the Balfour declaration. Sir Arthur Balfour, earlier Prime Minister was making his important return to leadership in the British government of David Lloyd George. Weizmann has just met Balfour and records his reactions to Gaster: “...Since I saw you last I has the privilege of an interview with Mr. Balfour on Saturday morning. Mr. Balfour was exceedingly sympathetic and genuinely interested. I have no doubt in my mind that when the time comes he may do something for us....” Balfour and other members of the British government were indeed sympathetic to the plight of international Jewry culminating in what is known as the Balfour Declaration, the first time a state had declared its support for the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. Written as a letter to Lord Rothschild on November 2, 1917, Balfour stated in the declaration: “I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet. ‘His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.' I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.” Weizmann's reflection in letter present here did indeed hold true. A little rubbing, very good, written on Weizmann's printed letterhead with red type. 
Price: 25000.00 USD
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