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Signed & InscribedModern LiteratureAutographs & Mss.

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1 JAMES, WILL Lone Cowboy. My Life Story. Illustrations by the Author
New York Scribners 1930 
First Edition. This copy belonged to book critic Louden Kelly of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. Laid in is a Typed Letter Signed by the author, “Will James” dated September 11, 1930 written from James Ranch in Pryor, Montana, in which he thanks Kelly for reviewing his book. “...My Story has brought me many fine reviews but yours stands out as one of the very finest. I can see that you wasn't only reviewing a book when you wrote what you did. You put something down that you wanted people to know and you wouldn't of cared if you'd had to pay to get that writing out....It'll please you to know that ‘Lone Cowboy' is going great. If I'm to do any more work I can only answer but one fifth of the good letters I get from readers who praise it. So you got a lot of backers on what you said in your review. All around, I'm pretty daggoned tickled....” With the original envelope. With Louden Kelly's ownership signature. Front hinge repaired, a used and read copy in a very good first issue dust jacket. Letters from James with interesting content are very uncommon. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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2 WHISTLER, JAMES MCNEILL The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
London William Heinemann 1895 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed presentation copy by James McNeill Whistler to fellow American expatriate painter George Hitchcock. Inscribed: “To George Hitchcock - souvenir of stirring times! [Signed with Whistler's Butterfly signature].” Whistler's account of his sensational libel suit against art critic John Ruskin. Ruskin, at the initial debut at the Grosvenor Gallery, wrote a vicious review that Whistler's now acclaimed oil painting of exploding fireworks at night, ‘Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket' was "flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler won a tiny sum but ruined himself financially in the process. The book's recipient, George Hitchcock (1850-1913) was a friend of Whistler's. Ironically, he developed some angered feeling towards Whistler. Hitchcock had prepared a London exhibition of his own work scheduled to open on April 23, 1892. Hitchcock canceled his exhibition believing that his work would be overlooked because Whistler's art dealer was presenting a showing of Whistler's work beginning on March 19, 1892, and that Whistler would receive all the attention, though Whistler, himself, was unaware that there was any problem in scheduling. The book is a very good copy with rubbing and wear at the extremities and the boards. Enclosed in a morocco and cloth clamshell box. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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