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1 EINSTEIN, ALBERT Original Candid Black & White Photograph of Albert Einstein and Film Mogul, Carl Laemmle Senior, Founder of Universal Pictures, Inscribed by Albert Einstein
Hollywood 1931 
An unusually large image, 11” x 14”, taken on January 8, 1931, when Einstein and his wife visited Hollywood. The image shows Albert Einstein and Film Mogul, Carl Laemmle Senior, Founder of Universal Pictures. The photograph is a striking informal image of these two noted Jewish leaders and fellow German emigres chatting on a studio sound stage at Universal City, with Mrs. Einstein visible in the background. The photograph is inscribed and signed by Albert Einstein, to the head of Universal's publicity department, John LeRoy Johnston, who had sent this photograph of Einstein with his boss Laemmle to Einstein to sign. Einstein has written in white ink: “Fur Kohn Johnston - Albert Einstein”. Tipped to the verso is a typed note written in German from Johnston on his printed Universal Pictures stationery to Professor Einstein asking him to inscribe the photograph. Many photograph portraits of Einstein are rather stuffy affairs and a number look like police lineups when he appeared in public and met famous people and dignitaries. This is a striking image of the two men conversing. A historic and excellent photograph and the finest piece from his visit to Hollywood to ever appear on the market. 
Price: 22500.00 USD
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2 ERSKINE, LAURIE YORK Original Autograph Inscription of Adventure Writer Laurie York Erskine
New Hope, PA n.p. n.d. (c. 1930s) 
1 page. Boldly signed by the author: “To that distinguished collector, and friend of authors, the Richard H. Lamberton with the best wishes of that least of scribes and tale tellers, Laurie York Erskine”. On Erskine's personal prined stationery. Erskine wrote the adventure series Renfrew of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. From the collection of a young banker R.H. Lamberton, assembled in 1930. About fine. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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3 GIBBS, A. HAMILTON Original Autograph Inscription
N.p. n.p. n.d. (c. 1930s) 
1 page. Boldly signed by the author: “Yours sincerely, A. Hamilton Gibbs”. From the collection of a young banker R.H. Lamberton, assembled in 1930. Crease from folding, else about fine. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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4 GINSBERG, ALLEN Original Autograph Postcard, Signed by Aleen Ginsberg to Pam & Charlie Plymell
London n.p. 1973 
The postcard is fully written in Ginsberg's hand and signed by the author, “Allen” and talks about his “crutching around” and how he will soon switch to a cane, further discusses seeing Burroughs and gossiping with him, and talking with an ex-CIA agent about Watergate. About fine. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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5 RAINE, WILLIAM MACLEOD Original Autograph Inscription of Western Fiction Author William MacLeod Raine
Denver, CO n.p. 1930 
1 page. Boldly signed by the author: “Cordially Yours, William MacLeod Raine, Denver, Colorado, May 14, 1930”. From the collection of a young banker R.H. Lamberton, assembled in 1930. Creases from folding, else about fine. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 SERRES, OLIVIA Autograph Letter Signed “Olive” to the Duke of Northumberland at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland,
London quarto She herself, ten days after her birth, was, she alleged, taken from her mother, and substituted for the still-born child of Robert Wilmot. According to Olive's fantasies, King George III had learned the "truth" and had given her £5000 in ca October 11, 1821 
Autograph letter signed "Olive" to the Duke of Northumberland at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland: "My Lord Duke, I apologize for this intrusion. I trust the annexed Paper will induce your Grace to honor me with your attention as to the injuries I am experiencing - Could your grace afford me any protection it will be highly appreciated by your Grace's obl. and humble servant." The "annexed paper" to which she refers is an appeal printed on the conjugate leaf of the letter under the heading, "The Princess of Cumberland in Captivity, contrary to the Rights and Privileges of her Birth, at Mr. Davis's, 45, King Street, Soho." - "Olive Princess of Cumberland informs the English Nation, that an Execution has been levied upon her Body for Debt, and that the Late King has bequeathed to her the sum of £15,000. which has been proved according to Law, and application made to Lord Sidmouth for the payment of the same without effect, therefore, not having received One Guinea from the Government, or any of the said large sum so bequeathed to her by His Late Gracious Majesty, her Royal Uncle George the Third, the Princess is under the painful necessity of soliciting the honorable and generous protection of the English Nation.” Folded with address panel, red wax seal. Marginal damage where seal opened, traces of glue to edge of address panel where once mounted. Olivia Serres (1772-1834) royal impostor, writer and painter, was the daughter of Robert Wilmot, a house painter of Warwick. When she was seventeen she studied art with John Thomas Serres, (1759-1825), marine painter to George III, and she married Serres in 1791. They had two daughters. they separated in 1804. Starting in 1794, She exhibited landscapes at the Royal Academy and the British Institution and was accomplished to the point of being appointed landscape-painter to the Prince of Wales in 1806. Olive was financially reckless; both she and her husband were imprisoned for debt. The Serres's came to a parting of the ways, with acrimony on both sides: from Serres because Olive had had several affairs when he was away, and from Olive because she was given an allowance of only £200 per annum. George Fields, an artist friend, moved in with Olive and she gave birth to his son prior to her divorce in 1804. She then devoted herself to painting and literature, producing a novel, St. Julian's (1805), some poems and a memoir of her uncle, the Rev. Dr Wilmot, in which she endeavored to prove that he was the author of the Letters of Junius. In 1817, Olive wrote a letter to the Prince of Wales, claiming that she was the natural daughter of Prince Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland by Mrs. Olive Payne (who was sister of James Wilmot's sister and her actual aunt). She asked the prince for financial support. In a petition to George III, she put forward a claim to be the natural daughter of the Duke of Cumberland, the king's brother. In 1820, (after her father, her uncle, and King George III had died) she revised her claim. James Wilmot, she claimed, had secretly married the princess Poniatowski, sister of King Stanislaus I of Poland, and their daughter had married the Duke of Cumberland in 1767 at the London house of a nobleman. Olive claimed to be the only child of this marriage, and that her mother had died "of a broken heart" on the Duke of Cumberland's "second" and "bigamous" marriage to Anne Horton (the Duke had actually only married once, the "first" marriage being a fabrication by Olive). She herself, ten days after her birth, was, she alleged, taken from her mother, and substituted for the still-born child of Robert Wilmot. According to Olive's fantasies, King George III had learned the "truth" and had given her £5000 in cash and a yearly pension of £500 for life. She also claimed to have received support from the king of Poland and to have been created the Duchess of Lancaster by George III in May 1773, which, she said, entitled her to the income of the Duchy of Lancaster. In a memorial to George IV she assumed the title of Princess Olive of Cumberland, placed the royal arms on her carriage and dressed her servants in the royal liveries. Mrs Serres's claim was supported by documents, and she bore sufficient resemblance to her alleged father to be able to impose on numerous gullible people. In 1821, she had herself rebaptized as the daughter of the Duke of Cumberland at Islington Church, and "announced" her parentage in several letters to the newspapers and in pamphlets. She actually succeeded in obtaining some courtesies in response to her claims of royal status, such as being permitted to pass through the Constitution Gate. The same year, however, she was arrested again for debt and placed in the King's Bench prison. She appealed to the public for contributions, placing posters reading "The Princess of Cumberland in Captivity!" all over London, and publishing, in 1822, further details of her claims. On her release, she had an affair with Sheriff J. W. Parkins, a London eccentric, who turned against her when she failed to honour her debts to him. She next had an affair with a young man who called himself William Henry FitzClarence, who claimed to be an illegitimate son of the Duke of Clarence. Olive managed to persuade Sir Gerard Noel, an aged member of Parliament, to make inquiry into her claims, but by this time the royal family was fighting back, having located her birth certificate, a statement by Robert Wilmot stating that he was her natural and lawful father, and a statement from Princess Poniatowski that none of King Stanislaus's sisters had ever been to England. In 1823 Sir Robert Peel, then Home Secretary, speaking in Parliament, responded to Noel's speech in Olive's favor with a denunciation of her documents as forgeries and her story as a fabrication. It was concluded that her claims were false, but Olive escaped prosecution for forgery. Her husband, who had never given her pretensions any support, expressly denied his belief in them in his will. Olive continued a shadowy existence in and out of debtors' prisons. In 1830 she again published a pamphlet staking a claim on royalty. Mrs. Serres's pretensions were probably the result of an absurd vanity. Between 1807 and 1815 she had managed to make the acquaintance of some members of the Royal family, and from this time onwards seems to have been obsessed with the idea of raising herself, at all costs, to their social level. The tale once invented, she brooded so continuously over it that she probably ended by believing it herself. In the history of English eccentricity and imposters, Mrs. Serres is among the most intriguing. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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7 TWAIN, MARK Original Photogravure Portrait of Mark Twain - Signed by Mark Twain & Photographer Joseph G. Gessford
New York Gessford 1907 
Original photogravure portrait of Mark Twain. Signed in ink by Mark Twain with paraph and signed in pencil and dated by the photographer; and with the photographer's blind-embossed stamp at the upper left corner, outside the platemark. Image measures 9-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches. Framed and glazed to an overall size of 11 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches. Fine. 
Price: 8500.00 USD
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8 WELLS, CARUTH Autograph Inscription and Original Drawing by Travel Author Caruth Wells
N.p. n.p. n.d. (c. 1930s) 
1 page. Boldly signed by the author: “To Richard Lamberton from Caruth Wells”. Wells has also drawn a charming picture in ink around the inscription with an elephant, a palm tree, and an adventuous fish. From the collection of a young banker R.H. Lamberton, assembled in 1930. On fine paper with a deckle edge. Crease from folding, else about fine. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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