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1 DREISER, THEODORE Original Photograph Portrait of Theodore Dreiser Inscribed to the Editor of An American Tragedy

Undated, probably 1925-1930, a formal portrait (approximately 7” x 9”), inscribed "For Louis [Campbell] from T.D." According to Helen Dreiser (My Life With Dreiser, Cleveland, 1951), Campbell edited the manuscript from the beginning and worked further on revising the book in galleys. Also included is a photograph of Helen Dreiser inscribed to Campbell, the previously mentioned biography, presented to Campbell, and a collection of clippings of Campbell's various reviews. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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2 JONES, SISSIERETTA Album Leaf Signed by Sissieretta Jones - African American Opera Signer Also Known As The Black Patti
Providence, R.I. circa 1890s 
Autographed 3.5" x 5" album leaf, Providence Rhode Island. Perhaps the single rarest classical singer autograph!  Sissieretta Jones (1869-1933) known as "The Black Patti". Jones, the true great pioneer in African American women singing opera, achieving celebrity and Antonin Dvorak specifically composed a vocal part for her in his 9th Symphony. Jones was from Portsmouth Virginia, the daughter of two former slaves, her Father a preacher.  In 1876, the family moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where in 1883 she began vocal studies at the local vocal academy. She was married at 14 to an alcoholic husband who had a number of odd jobs and insisted he manage her career. She divorced him by 1898. In 1888 she enrolled at the New England Conservatory and also traveled to New York for voice lessons with Louise Capianni.  She also made her New York debut in 1888 and was quickly hired by the Tennessee Jubilee Singers and toured in the Caribbean. She was nicknamed "The Black Patti" (in comparison to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti) by the press and though not comfortable with the moniker that she privately found racist and the comparison, which she found difficult to compete with, she was billed with the nickname and it helped build her audiences. As one can see from this album leaf, she was not fearful of using the nickname.  After the 1892 "Grand African Jubilee" at Madison Square Garden here in New York City her celebrity increased and she was called to sing for President Benjamin Harrison and her National fame was complete. She appeared with a group formed in her honor, Black Patti's Troubadors which toured for twenty years throughout the Country. She avoided the Deep South as much as possible.  During her concerts, she would sing in costumed vignettes of various operas, "Faust", "Lucia di Lammermoor", "La Traviata" and others.  The tour also included jugglers and comedians.  Antonin Dvorak met Jones in 1893 and became an admirer of her voice. Jones also toured internationally, the major capitals of Europe and Russia, where royalty awarded her an assortment of medals.  Also South Africa, South America, India and Australia. She retired in 1915, made no records and lost everything in the stock market crash. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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3 MACKINTOSH, JAMES Autograph Letter Signed from Sir James Mackintosh
London 1 page, 16 mo. June 23, (1828 
Mackintosh writes from Clapham Common, June 23, (1828). Tries to arrange a meeting with a friend. "While I had a house in Wimpole Street I often rode in Regent Park. Since my return here, it would be rather too great a distance. I do not know where I could conveniently meet you. I shall be at Holland House, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, where I shall be more accessible to you. If you tell me, by Post, when you'd come I shall immediately answer you to say when I'd be a home. Yrs truly, J. Mackinoths.". SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH (1765-1832). Scottish philosopher, historian. Member of Parliament (1813). Recorder of Bombay (1806-11). Commissioner of Board of Control for India (1830). Professor of Law at Haileybury College (1818-24). Author of "Dissertation on the Progress of Ethical Philosophy", "History of the Revolution in England in 1688", etc. Very slightly soiled. With vintage steel engraving of Mackintosh as "Recorder of Bengal". Rare in autograph material. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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4 PANOVA, GALINA & VALERY PANOV Original Autograph Postcard Signed by Ballet Dancer Galina Panova
5 1/4” x 3 1/2” n.d. 
Original autograph postcard signed by the world-famous prima ballerina, Galina Panova, with a black & white photograph by Jennie Walton of Ms. Panova and her husband, ballet star, Valery Panov, in a head and shoulders length dramatic pose. The text addresses various productions in which they were performing in Europe, including ‘Cinderella.' Fine. Galina Panova and Valery Panov are both Russian emigre dancers who were once members of the Kirov Ballet. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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5 ROSS, WILLIAM CHARLES Autograph Letter Signed from Sir William Charles Ross
2 pages, 16mo Christmas Day, no year 
To a Miss Anderson. “I was unfortunately in the country when your kind invitation to dine with yourself and family, arrived, and I did not peruse it until my return late on Saturday night. It would have afforded me great pleasure to avail myself of it if have been in town, and with many many thanks. I beg to remain, dear Miss Anderson, yours very truly, W.C. Ross, 38 Fitz Sq. Christmas Day. P.S. May you and yousr have a happy new year.” Narrow tape stains along four edges of second page where originally pasted to a larger sheet. Very good. SIR WILLIAM CHARLES ROSS (1794-1860). British painter, portrait miniaturist. knighted in 1842. Elected a Royal Academician in 1843.1 
Price: 150.00 USD
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