New York: 1971. 1 page on personal letterhead, 11 x 8.5 inches, New York City, June 6, 1971, in full: "Thank you for a copy of your open letter. Patriotism is never out of style; be wary of Jingoism, however." Two horizontal folds; light creasing along the right margin. Very good(+) condition. Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American dramatist best remembered for such modern classics as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "A Delicate Balance," and "Seascape."
Washington: Anderson House, 1935. 134 pages, small 8vo, pale grey cloth (a little faded stain from old tape on back attached endpaper), dust wrapper (price-clipped, worn, and repaired with tape on verso). Washington: Anderson House, 1935. A very good copy in a very good dust wrapper. Large signature on the half title page of American actor Burgess Meredith, who stared in the movie based on Anderson's play. Previous owner's bookplate on front free endpaper.
New York: 1946. 1 page, 11 x 8.5 inches, New York, July 30, 1946. Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, requesting details regarding a proposed project, in part: "...Could you be a little more definite about the 'writing assignment' you have in mind that might interest me? I don't want to waste your time and mine discussing a project to which I am certain to say no as soon as I know its nature..." Two horizontal folds; very good condition. Accompanied by the original hand-addressed envelope.
New York: 1981. A surprisingly uncommon signed Playbill for her appearance in Woman of the Year, July 1981, The Palace Theatre, New York City. Boldly signed on the cast page "Lauren Bacall"with the additional signature of her co-star "Harry Guardino" + Marilyn Cooper and Fred Ebb. Fine. American actress whose career in radio, screen, television and stage spanned over sixty-five years.
1962. Unaccredited matte-finish black-and-white 10 x 8-inch half-length image of Bailey, no place, no date, circa 1962. Inscribed: "To Helen, My Very Best, Love Pearl." Tiny creases on the lower corners but still in very good condition. American singer and actress who appeared on the stage, screen and television.
New York: Bonanza, 1973. Signed with original color drawing. Profusely illustrated in color. 251pp. Tall 4to, gilt-decorated red boards, slightly edge-worn d.w. New York: Bonanza Books, (1973). A near fine copy in a near fine dust wrapper. Signed and inscribed on the copyright page with an original color drawing from the author to Martin Segal: "For Martin Segal, With much appreciation for the support he has given our theater. Bil and Susanna Baird."
1935. Bold signature on 3.5 x 6.5-inch finely-lined piece of paper (narrow gray stain at the upper margin), set below a 9.25 x 7.25-inch photograph of the actress on the telephone, dressed casually but elegantly. No place, no date, circa 1935. Matted in white and set in silver and black frame measuring 19 x 12.25 inches. Very good condition.
1950. A stunning 13.25 x 10.5-inch black-and-white photograph of Bankhead in motion. No place, no date, circa 1950. Inscribed over the white background of her cardigan and blouse: "For Suzanne all my love from Tallulah." Stamped on the back by Miami photographer Ray Fisher. Several small creases; very good condition.
1950. Autographed letter signed, expressing affection for well-known British actor Robert "Bobby" Andrews. Includes a delightful, ink-drawn self portrait of Bankhead thumbing her nose at Andrews. 2 pages on front and back of guest book paper and includes wishes and signatures from five other people including playwright Noel Coward and actress Adele Astaire Cavendish on verso. 8" x 10". No place, no date, circa 1950. Very good condition. "You know what I think of you so why hint. But as...
1879. A.L.S. 8vo, 1 page, personal stationary, Bridgeport, CT, January 10th 1879. To Reverend Davenport, an African-American preacher and friend, in part: "...I am glad you dispensed the lectures for I am very busy, but hope to secure you of needs hereafter. My Lecture, although for intent purposes, is moral as if a sermon, I trust constructive to the younger charges..." Minor spotting with mounting remnants on the verso, otherwise in good condition. American showman best remembered for founding Barnum...
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994. Frontispiece and other black-and-white photographs. 320 pages, 8vo, red and beige cloth-backed boards (corners bumped), dust wrapper. New York: Simon & Schuster, (1994). First edition. Very good(-). Inscribed by the author on the publisher's logo page: "For Kay Meehan, with Christmas greetings and love from your country/city friend, Mary Ellin Barrett."
1905. Vintage 5.25 x 3.25-inch postcard featuring a three-quarters bust-portrait of the actress with an intense look, no place, no date, circa 1905. Boldly signed in full across the bottom of the photo. Small crease in the upper right corner, but still in very good condition. Float-mounted on a dark gray background, matted in white, and set in a white wooden frame measuring 9.25 x 7 inches.
New York: Random House, 1944. Original Play by Franz Werfel; American Play based on same by S.N. Behrman. Frontispiece and other black-and-white photographs. 177 pages, 12mo, light grayish-green cloth (bottom right corner bumped), dust wrapper (heavily worn and chipped; spine faded). New York: Random House, (1944). Second printing. A very good(-) copy in a good dust wrapper. Inscribed by Behrman to Goddard Lieberson (1911 - 1977), the president of Columbia Records, on the front free endpaper: "For Goddard -- If...
1896. A.L.S. "Johnstone Bennett" 8vo, 1 page, Hotel Grenoble, ca. 1896, requesting tickets from a theatre owner. In full: "Will you honor me with a box for Tribby" any evening most convenient to you and confer a great favor."Boldly signed and in excellent condition. French-born American stage actress who gained great notoriety for her penchant for wearing men%u2019s attire both in the street and on the stage. She is believed by many to have been one of the very first...
1974. 13 x 10-inch black-and-white photo of Berle on stage dressed in an outlandish costume -- no place, 1974. Inscribed across his stomach: "To Julie with love, Milton Berle." Matted in off-white and set in a black frame measuring 18.5 x 15.5 inches. One tiny crease, but otherwise in fine condition. American actor and television star.
Paris: Nilsson, 1920. , 321 pages with text in French. Short 8vo, original pictorial wrappers with handsome cover by Maggy Monier. Paris: Editions Nilsson, (1920). Pages browned as usual, but unopened; a near fine copy, protected in a custom leather-backed clamshell case. A beautifully preserved copy with a lengthy eight-line inscription from Bernhardt on the half-title page: "A...je ne crois pas...que mon petite roman arrete un instant vos regards, mais la cependant vous en lirez quelques pages..."
Italy: 1882. 3 pages (front and back) each measuring 5 x 4 inches, Italy, no date, circa 1882. In this letter, Bernhardt seems to be discussing payment of a portrait of John Young. Written on black-bordered personal stationery, accompanied by the handwritten envelope, both with her unique personal logo (the initials SB surmounted by a banner reading "Quand Meme." Very good condition.
New York: 1919. 9 x 6.25-inch sepia-tone image of the actress in the title roll of La Tosca, Palace Theatre, New York City, with W.R. Sill stamp on the back. Inscribed with a four-word sentiment and full signature -- "Sarah Bernhardt, 1919." Double-matted in gold and beige and set in gold wooden frame measuring 15 x 12 inches. Scattered light spotting in the field with one insignificant surface mark; otherwise very good condition. Signed images of Bernhardt in the title...
New York: 1949. 1 page, 8 x 6 inches, New York, April 14, 1949. Written by the theatrical costume designer, thanking the recipient for his condolences on the death of her husband, in part: "...It is an incredible and almost unbearable sorrow, but somewhere strength will come to us to bear it. He had a remarkably happy and harmonious life." Accompanied by the original postmarked envelope. Near fine.
New York: Scribner, 1939. 354 pages, 8vo, yellow cloth, dust wrapper (edge-worn and chipped) covered with mylar. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. First edition. A very good(+) copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Signed in full and dated "Nov. 1939" on the half-title page by the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter.
New York: 1980. Extremely scarce Playbill-sized signed program, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, for "Black Broadway," a retrospective musical revue that featured songs by black and white composers from the golden jazz age including Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller, performed at Town Hall, New York City, May 1 - 24, 1980. Boldly signed on the cover by the starring cast: "John W. Bubbles," "Nell Carter," "Honi Holmes," "Adelaide Hall," "Gregory Hines," "Bobby Short," "Elisabeth Welch," "Edith Wilson"...