New York: William Gowans, 1858. First Edition. Octavo, 40 pages; VG-; spine faded red paper, unmarked; in ecru paper wraps; protected in a mylar sleeve; mild shelf wear and scuffing; corners bumped; crown and tail of spine exposed; mild age-toning throughout; pages clean; RW consignment; shelved Case 7.
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18th Century. Archive of documents regarding Robert Walpole, collected by British bibliomaniac Sir Thomas Phillipps; five manuscript documents by multiple authors: Manuscript 1: 2 folio leaves folded into 9pps commentary on clipped newspaper article comparing John Stuart (3rd Earl of Bute, 1713-1792) to William Pitt (1st Earl of Chatam, 1708-1778). The article is circa 1763. According to a note on the reverse of the first leaf these comments are made by “Mr. J.C.” Manuscript 2: 1 folio leaf folded into 4pp. According to a penned note on the recto of 1st page “Mr. J.C.’s remarks on La H’s Walpoleana” J.C. apparently was asked to be a trustee of Oglethorpe’s Georgia Plan but declined as he also declined a part in the “British —-hery” Manuscript 3: 6 folio leaves folded into 20pp. Ms of Lord Hardwicke’s “Walpoleana.” Philip Yorke (Earl of Hardwick 1720-1790) published this work in 1783. Manuscript 4: 3 folio leaves folded into 12pp. “Remarks on a Pamphlet called Political Debates Particularly that part of it pretended to have been spoke by Mr W.P. (Wm. P.H).” Paper same as item #1 presumably same hand. Also by Mr. J.C? Manuscript 5: 1 folio leaf folded into 4pp apparently incomplete. A ms of a speech to Parliament? on the “Embargo laid on Wheat and Wheat flour by the Kings Order in Counsel Sept 26, 1766.” Manuscript 6: 2 folio leaves folded into 8pp. A copy of a “Paper delivered to the D. of Newcastle May 15, 1757.” Duke of Newcastle (Sir Thomas Pelham-Hollis, 1693-1768). Pitt fell in April, Newcastle joined with him and Pitt rose again in June. This letter supports Newcastle in joining P.H. Items housed in Phillipps' presumed original folder, with his archive number 9104; some wear and soiling to folder; most manuscripts breaking at horizontal center folds; RW consignment; shelved Case 0. W1001.
1938-1945. Archive of postcards and ALS by Schwartz, addressed to author Selden Rodman; fire damage to all items, including loss of text, as is not unusual for material from the Rodman archive; 6 postcards, 5 TLS by Schwartz to Rodman with the correspondence including reference to Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth "we have been reading a book in which the hero's name is Selden: The House of Mirth - E. Wharton. Have you read it?" and The New York Times "The Times review was better than you probably know because of the immense influence that the Times book section really has--not in New York, but all over the Country." From a postcard dated July 14, 1938: "...anxious to see your anthology. Do I get a copy? I wish you would let me know. Also, if you have a hard time getting reviews during the summer, I'd be glad to do something." A New Anthology of Modern Poetry, was 'the first anthology of its kind to include Negro folk-songs, light verse and satire, choruses from the experimental theater and a sound-track from a pioneer movie'. [jacket of the 1946 edition]; One typed sheet with two poems 'Song' and 'Impotent Clause' and two TLSs referencing attached poems. 1 TNS from Malcolm Cowley to Rodman on The New Republic letterhead and 1 ANS and 2 TNS by Schwartz. There is also a series of 14 correspondence pieces between Schwartz and Rodman regarding a review Schwartz wrote for Rodman, including some quite vicious attacks. Included is the referenced two paged typed review of Williams Carlos Williams, with pencil corrections and a TLS with Schwartz's biography when he was 24, before he published his first book. The remainder regard an edit Rodman made to a review Schwartz wrote: "The copy of Common Sense came yesterday and I was shocked [to see?] my review cut without my knowledge. It is impossible to doubt that [you] detached the the last sentence deliberately...You know as well as I do that no editor has the moral right or the legal one to alter what a reviewer has written. I don't know yet what I am going to do about this, but I am certainly not going to let a thing like this just happen." There are two copies of a letter from Rodman to Schwartz, both dated January 27, 1939, with one being an original that was retyped and edited, with the second a carbon copy of the second version. It opens "Keep your shirt on. Good Lord! you sound as though for two years I had been doing nothing but deliberately persecute you, and that this was the ultimate, malevolent kick in the pants." Three days later, on January 30, 1939, there was a TLS from Rodman to Schwartz that was possibly never sent: "If your "temper" doesn't improve by Friday night, I won't answer for mine! This is the second time we have asked in a number of people specifically to meet you." It is followed by a telegram dated Feb 3, 1939 with Schwartz saying "Cannot come. Weather and swollen gland." A TLS with the date cut off, possibly Saturday, February 4, from Schwartz reads in part: "My ilness has not improved my temper...The point is not [that] you have persecuted me...I think we had better let go of the dinner until my temper improves." There follows a TLS by James Laughlin IV on New Directions letterhead, dated February 14, 1939, that shows him being drawn into the argument: "Delmore Schwartz seems to be very upset about a cut which was made in his review of Williams in Common Sense...It seems to me unfair to edit a signed review without consultation." Rodman responds on this carbon copy" "Though U don't know why you should be drawn into this teapot tempest...As for Schwatrz himself, his conduct is inexplicable to me. Ever since I have known him I have done everything in my power to bring his work - which I admire greatly - to the attention of the public. I have printed his poems in Common Sense and in my anthology. I have "talked him up" with every book reviewer I know. At the time he developed this persecution complex I was the making the third attempt in two weeks to bring him together with Ralph Thompson, W.H. Auden and others... RW consignment; shelved Case 0. W1002.
1915-1920. Two pages of unlined paper, with a handwritten poem, signed "Reed" and undated although probably 1915-1920; pages with watermark reading "Persian bond'; poem titled "De Profundo", possibly unpublished, with no records found: "up from the deep! Oh god - if / god there be, / so must I spring - hand in each / wretched hand / Heart to dead heart of these that / wear the brand - / The reckless, sightless drift of / destiny... RW consignment; shelved Case 0 W1003.
1966-1970. Archive of letters between poet James Dickey and author Selden Rodman, and news clippings of Dickey's books' reviews; letters typed, and hand-signed; news clippings with relevant passages underlined, including "For one thing, Dickey has sometimes followed his themes to an almost formless free verse, looking for shapes and rhythms that correspond exactly to the kinds of testimony his poems have always been."; in a letter dated 21 July, 1969, Dickey writes regarding contemporary international poets of note, "In German, Gottfried Benn should be in with one of his more gruesome efforts, and Gunter Eich. But NOT a phony like Hans Magnus Entzensberger, a real no-talent, and a shit personality, as well." news clippings housed in separate mylar sleeve from letters; correspondence mostly regards Dickey's books; RW consignment; shelved Case 0. W1004.
1939-1951. A collection of 6 ALS by Isherwood: two letters on stationary, and four postcards; fire damage to all items, including trimming of damaged pieces; letters without years dated; postcards dated 1939, 1942, and 1951; all letters addressed to American author Selden Rodman, discussing writing and publication; in a letter on the letterhead of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Isherwood writes, "I'm delighted you like the Gita, and, as far as Swami and I are concerned, we gladly agree to your publishing the excerpts." In a postcard, Isherwood writes, "I have a new little househere and am very happy in the sunshine." RW consignment; shelved Case 0. W1005.
Frankfurt. Framed and matted items related to Mahler: a photograph of a Alma Mahler, photogravure portrait of Mahler, manuscript letter in German, and separate clipped signature; not examined out of fame; letter significantly faded, on Grand Hôtel Frankfurter-Hof letterhead; dimensions of frame: height 15 3/8" x width 29"; RW consignment; located at Dupont store.
Two separate letters, being a five page ALS on three sheets, from Noël Coward to Edna Ferber, dated 29/9/31 and a one page ALS on Les Avants sur Montreux letterhead also to Edna Ferber. All sheets with one horizontal fold. The first, addressed to "Ferber my little darling," it discusses Coward's West End production of Theatre Royal, a play originally written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber and preformed on Broadway under the title The Royal Family from 1927-28. Coward's cast included Marie Tempest as Fanny Cavendish, Madge Titheradge as Julie Cavendish and Laurence Olivier as Tony Cavendish. Theatre Royal had 24 performances from 1–20 October 1934 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester before staying at the Lyric Theatre from 23 October – 23 December 1934. Coward discusses Olivier "Larry Olivier is playing Tony for the 1st two weeks on the road + is marvelous - then Brian Aherne takes over for London." Aherne never did take over. Olivier stayed in the roll for two months in London before he broke his ankle. Aherne played Mercutio on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet and stared in two films that year. "I think you'd be delighted with the whole cast with one notable exception + that is W. Graham Browne as Oscar Wolfe who, owing to being very old indeed + unable to act at all...This unfortunately is absolutely unavoidable as Marie Tempest will not appear without him + she is beyond words superb as Fanny. She gives every comedy line its full value + is deeply moving in the Vragis scenes. Madge Titheradge is magnificent as Julie + the end of the second Act is pretty God=damned exciting...I think you and George would be pleased with the whole performance + production...please I tell you, Miss Ferber + dear Mr. Kaufman, that I think "The Royal Family" ("Theatre Royal") is one of the most superbly written + brilliantly constructed plays I have ever had anything to do with. The second is addressed "Darling Ferb" and discusses an upcoming surgery and general musings. It is signed 'COVARR' and has pencil written 9/5/60 on rear; RW consignment; shelved case 0 W1007.
An archive of 4 T.S. Eliot items sent to Selden Rodman All documents have some scorching in the margins, some loss of letters and edges trimmed, as is not unusual for material from the Rodman archive. The first is a one page TLS on 'The Criterion' letterhead, dated 30 May 1931 and thanks Rodman for sending him a copy of 'The Harkness Hoot,' and speaks against the current educational systems: "I dare say there is still some higher education in France and Germany, but the English-speaking countries will soon have forgotten completely the meaning of the word." The second and third are a pair, the second being a one page TLS on Faber & Faber letterhead, dated 7 August 1942 to Rodman in his role as co-editor of Common Sense. Rodman had asked Eliot for a piece of writing, and Eliot has had "not time, unfortunately, to write anything for your purpose at the moment. But it happened that I had just broadcast to Sweden on this subject, and I enclose the text on which this broadcast is based. There is of course a lot more to be said, a good deal that one would say to an American public and not Swede, and this may look too ['infantile' is xed out here] simple." With it is the third item, a three page carbon copy of Eliot's article 'Poetry in War Time.' Pages two and three with some hand-annotations and corrections, presumably by Eliot. The fourth is a one page TLS dated 1 July 1946 regretting not being able to see Rodman in New York. RW consignment; shelved case 0. W1008.
1838-1861. Two wood-framed collections of 19th century nautical promissory notes, with typed transcriptions; most notes dated 1838; not examined out of frames; dimensions of frame 1: height 31.25" x width 25.25"; dimensions of frame 2: height 30.25" x width 24.25"; RW consignment; located at Dupont Store. W1009.
Framed and matted photograph, event flyer, and ALS; in wood frame; not examined out of frame; dimensions of frame: height 17" x width 27 3/4"; dimensions of photo from sight: height 7 1/4" x width 9 1/8"; dimensions of flyer from sight: height 4 1/8" x width 5 1/8"; dimensions of letter from sight: height 4" x width 8"; RW consignment; located at Dupont Store. W1010.
1870. Framed photogravure and ALS by Ruskin; matted and framed; not examined out of frame; letter dated "3rd February, 1870" from Ruskin regarding a pamphlet and asking after the author "I am so much pleased with your pamphlet that I am afraid of doing you harm by telling you how much."; dimensions in frame: height 15" x width 19"; dimensions of photogravure from sight: height 8.5" x width 7"; dimensions of letter from sight: height 6.75" x width 4.25"; RW consignment; located at Dupont Store. W1011.
1945-1960. An archive of 15 EE Cummings and Marion Morehouse Cummings items sent to Selden Rodman A set of 3 letters, the first being an ALS from Marion to Rodman, dated July 27, '59 about having Seldon visit them. The second is a TLS by Cummings to Rodman, dated September 4, '59, that reads in part: 'when you suggested calling here with your little daughter, en route to friends in Maine, neither Marion nor I suspected that we might find ourselves entertaining a professional interviewer in disguise[.] now that (Via the book which you so kindly gave me) I realize who was our guest, or rather who he has become, let me make two things perfectly clear--1st, under no circumstances should I consent to be interviewed by him;& 2nd, anything I said in his presence was said privately (id est:not for publication)" and is signed. The third is a carbon copy of Rodman's response, reading in part: "Your letter of September 4 hurt me deeply. I do not go anywhere, or do anything, "in disguise." Had I wanted to write an interview, I would have asked your permission, and taken verbatim notes on the spot, as I did in the case of each of the artists in the book I gave you...Had I had the underhanded intent you so unkindly suggest, surely the last thing I would have done would be to make a gift of a book capable of arousing such a fear...I did say that if ever in some remote future I become nostalgic enough about the past two write what used to me [to write what used to be] called "memoires," I would illustrate it with my photos, and would appreciate adding yours to those that such poets as Frost, Williams, Pound, Jeffers,, Auden, et al seemed glad to have me take." 3 Typed Letters Signed by Cummings with some scorching in the margins, some loss of letters and edges trimmed, as is not unusual for material from the Rodman archive. All also have some water-staining and minor folds; The first is dated September and reads "may I somewhat tardily but most sincerely salute your generosity and ask it to believe that the present writer is as sorry to disappoint you as he is delighted to learn that just for a change I'm expensive? --yours for living P.S. no poet is dead. The second is dated February 8 194- and tells Rodman to write Cummings' agent regarding him including poems in something Rodman is putting together. The third is dated August 20 1945 and reads in part "Now as for "future plans", never have plans of any sort; as as for "this war's war poetry", I feel that the undersigned (being a participant, however feeble, therein) should hold his peace." 1 folded newspaper clipping of Marion Morehouse Cummings' obituary.; 1 greeting card with artwork based on a painting by EE Cummings, "greetings to you + B. from Cummings + Marion". Mild wear and rubbing, primarily to creases; 1 TLS, dated Dec 3, from EE Cummings answering three questions posed to him, being how he writes his name and two corrections to his poems, with a note that they can correct any other mistakes in the proofs. Water-staining to the uper edge and upper left corner. Signed by Cummings on the reverse.; 2 postcards, dated October 28 and Nov 14, '58, the first with greetings and asking for a copy of Rodman's "Mexican Journal" [Mexican Journal: The Conquerors Conquered], the second reading "Marion's now perusing (with delight) your Mexican Journal; while our unhero wrestles with his autumn-winter "readings", not to mention --ars longa", both signed with "eec" in red"; 1 postcard, dated September 10, '59, with a line from Cummings poem 'may my heart always be open to little…,' reading in red ink "and even if it's sunday may i be wrong" and signed by him with 'eec' in blue.; 3 ALS on 4 sheets from Marion, dated 1959/1960. RW consignment; shelved case 0. W1012.
Framed and matted photograph of Zola with ALS note; blue and gold matting in gilt frame; not examined out of frame; black and white photo of Zola, with handwritten note in French mounted below; dimensions in frame: height 16 1/4 inches x width 10 1/2 inches; dimensions of photo from sight: height 6 1/4 inches x width 4 3/8 inches; dimensions of note from sight: height 2 1/4 inches x width 4 inches; RW consign; located at Dupont Circle store. W1013.
Five fragments of ALS by Huxley; all pieces with evidence of burning; burned sections cut away, resulting in loss of text and fragmentation of letters, as is not unusual for material from the Rodman archive. extant pages clean and flat; dates and locations uncertain; all hand-written by Huxley; letters discuss travel in southern France and Italy; RW consignment; shelved Case 0. W1014.
London: John Murray, 1863. 1863 Reprint. Octavo, 47 pages. In Very Good condition. Stitched pamphlet with autograph letter signed by Sarah Austin loose. Mild shelf wear and soiling. Edges of pamphlet mildly worn and age-toned. Front cover inscribed to Lord Arthur Russell. Previous bookseller's marks at back cover. Pages clean. Shelved Case 7. W1015.
1945-1962. An archive of eight Henry Miller items sent to Selden Rodman. It contains the following: 1) One-page ALS dated July 24, 1962. One horizontal and two vertical folds, paperclip stain to upper upper left corner, two stamps of Miller's name and address. Miller discusses Rodman's The Heart of Beethoven, published earlier that year: "Too damn much to read - can't keep up!" and that "one result of reading you is that I have ordered the "Hammerklavier" [Piano Sonata No. 29] - haven't heard it for 25 years or more. Much of Beethoven I can't swallow any more. He's been done to death." He also discusses never meeting Karl Shapiro. 2) One-page ALS dated, dated January 18, 1952. One horizontal and two vertical folds, smudge to 'ller' of Miller's signature. "The meaning of title is simple - through suffering one blossoms! at the head of the cross is the mystic rose of the Rosicrucians. The book [The Rosy Crucifixion] is a continuation and completion (summation) of the "Tropics" and "Black Spring". In short, religion extols Christ crucified. But it is the risen Christ that is important, not the suffering Jesus. and we are all Christs, whether we know it or not. Just as Zen teaches that it is useless to seek the Buddha - you are the Buddha, once you realize it. This is not for publication [?]. I hope it is clear. What I have to prove is the truth of this - by living is that I am! Maybe "Plexus" (vol. 2 of Rosy Crux.) will come out in English one day, in Paris. Then you'll see better what I mean - in the last pages of that volume." 3) One-page ALS regarding Miller, with some scorching in the margins, some loss of letters, as is not unusual for material from the Rodman archive. 4) Four postcards, one dated 7/7/62 regarding Miller receiving the Beethoven book (with a paperclip stain), one dated 1/10/52 regarding sending six prints of a photo Rodman took "I like it!!", one dated 9/25/45 regarding forwarding a letter, and one undated (but stamped Sep 17, 1945) that is somewhat faded. 5) Salmon colored sheet advertising the Permanent Exhibition of Water Colors from Morn to Midnight at the Green House, with some scorching, including to part of Miller's handwritten text in green ink. RW Consignment. Shelved in Case 0.
Richmond, VA: Wakes Press, 1979. Limited Edition, #109/276. Framed print on paper, red and black lettering; VG; hand-numbered 109 at bottom edge; signed flat by Updike; brown matting in gilt metal frame; not examined out of frame; dimensions in frame: height 24.25" x width 12.5"; dimensions from sight height 17" x width 6"; RW consignment; located at Dupont Circle store. W1017.
Paris: 1935. Plain Editions envelope and typed letter sent from Paris, signed "A. B. Toklas"; VG; dated "9 VIII 35"; regarding publication of poems by Gertrude Stein; in double-sided glass frame, both sides of letter and envelope visible; gray mat, with water stain at upper right corner; not examined outside of frame; dimensions in frame: width 14" x height 22.5"; envelope dimensions from sight: width 5.75" x 4.75"; letter dimensions from sight: width 5.25" x height 8.25"; RW consignment; located Dupont Circle store. W1018.