New York: Random House, 1941. Frontispiece and other black-and-white photographs. 366 pages, thick 8vo, red cloth, dust wrapper (price-clipped and edge-worn). New York: Random House, (1941). Second edition. A very good copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Inscribed and signed in full on the flyleaf: "To Edward with affectionate greetings Katharine Cornell December 10 1943."
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New York: 1932. Stunning vintage 14 x 11-inch photograph of the American stage actress as Juliet -- a dramatic black-and-white shot of Cornell in profile, costumed in white against a deep black background. Inscribed near the bottom: "Best Wishes to Nelson Bell, Katharine Cornell." With a VanDamm Studio stamp on the back. New York, no date, circa 1932. Small creases and slight fraying at the upper corners; very good(-) condition.
New York: Random House, 1941. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Thick 8vo, 366 pages, red cloth boards, dust wrapper. New York: Random House, (1941). Wrapper shows wear to edges, some chips and tears. A near fine copy in a good wrapper. Signed twice on flyleaf, first: "Best Regards to [...] Kathy Cornell;" second: "to [...] with regards Kathy Cornell." Recipient's address (second inscription) is written on the inside of the cover.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1975. 433 pages, illustrated with black-and-white photographs, 8vo, blue cloth (worn and bumped), dust wrapper (worn and chipped; stained on the inside of the spine; pen notations on the photo captions). Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, (1975). A good copy in a good dust wrapper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Amy Greene -- all love -- L Olivier." The page has a small stain on the right along with the owner's personalized blind-stamp in.....
Manchester, England: 1938. 2 pages together measuring 7 x 10 inches, Manchester, England, February 18, 1938. In part: "...I am glad to say that the Operette had a splendid 'shove-off' & we are all feeling very happy..." A stain from tape repair runs down the center fold, but does not affect the text); very good(-) condition.
London: 1932. 2 pages (front and back), 10 x 8 inches, London, July 7, 1932. Written to a friend, thanking him for sending photographs and for the use of his private train car on a memorable journey, in part: "...Thank you so very much for your letter and the snaps which I thought were most awfully good. It was so nice of you to remember to send them. Do let me know when you come to England again..." Two punch.....
1960. 6.5 x 4.75-inch black-and-white photo of Coward seated casually, wearing a white blazer and smoking a cigarette -- no place, no date, circa 1960. Inscribed in the bottom margin: "For John Mclean with best wishes, Noel Coward." Double-matted in white and beige and set in a black frame measuring 13.25 x 11 inches. Near fine condition.
Milwaukee, WI: 1969. 3.25 x 6.25-inch First Day Cover commemorating the "thirty-eighth annual convention of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs." Signed and dated "1969" by Coward and postmarked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 17, 1969. The envelope features an image of an Abraham Lincoln stamp on the left and has a cancelled six-cent Apollo 8 stamp on the upper right. Quadruple-matted in gray with a handsome circular cut-out surrounding a 4.75-inch-wide photo of Coward wearing a hat and overcoat.....
1937. 1 page, 8.75 x 5.75 inches, no place, February 11, 1937. In this brief letter, Coward sends thanks for some kind words about his plays, in full: "Thank you so much for your charming note. I am so glad you have enjoyed the plays, especially 'The Astonished Heart', and I do think it was most kind of you to take the trouble to write and tell me so." Natural folds but otherwise fine condition. Float-mounted beside a photo of.....
Los Angeles: 1955. 1 page, 10 x 6.25 inches, Los Angeles, March 16, 1955. In this letter, accompanied by the original postmarked envelope, the Academy Award-winning actress discusses upcoming film roles, in part: "...I've just completed 'Female on a Beach'...Next week I will start 'The Queen Bee' at Columbia Studio. After that, I'm making an independent film, 'The Way We Are.' It's wonderful being so busy..." Three horizontal folds; very good(+) condition.
1898. Beautiful inscribed black-and-white vintage photograph, 6.5 x 4.5, mounted on a pale gray, heavy matte board with the photographer's stamp (Baker's Art Gallery, Columbus, Ohio). Standing portrait of Miss Davenport in great, puffed sleeves and a feather boa, against a background of sky. Inscribed "A very Happy New Year! Fanny Davenport 1898." Very good(+) condition.
New York: 1954. Exceedingly rare and possibly unique signed Playbill for James Dean's appearance in the Broadway play "The Immoralist" at the Royale Theatre, February 1954. Signed "James Dean" on the front cover, along with "Geraldine Page" and "Louis Jourdan." The Playbill grades near fine condition, retaining much of its milk white surface with no rusting at the staples. The signatures are all executed in pencil with excellent contrast. Accompanied by the even rarer ticket envelope from the Royale Theatre.....
1935. 9.5 x 7.5-inch sepia-tone photo taken by Frankel of Hollywood. Boldly inscribed: "To William Randolph Hearst With best wishes, Reginald Denny," no place, no date, circa 1935. Some silvering (which does not detract) and mounting remnants on the back; very good(-) condition. English stage and film actor as well as an acclaimed aviator.
New York: 1952. Very scarce signed Playbill featuring "The First Drama Quartette," a loose ensemble of friends consisting of Charles Laughton, Charles Boyer, Cedric Hardwicke, and Agnes Moorehead, appearing in the 1952 Broadway production of Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" at the Plymouth Theatre. Signing on the cover (next to a fantastic photo) are Laughton, Boyer, and Hardwicke. Moorehead's autograph is absent. Near fine condition.
Beverly Hills, CA: 1931. 4 pages (front and back), 11 x 7 inches, Beverly Hills, March 8, 1931. Written to her dear friend John Gilbert who was literally at war with Louis B. Mayer and M.G.M. Studios, in part: "...It is nice of you to think of me. Second, I am bound hand and foot for three more years and if I last that long will be grateful to be wanted after that. I do know they are hunting wildly.....
1800. 1 page, addressed on the back, 7.5 x 5 inches, no place, March 18, no year, circa 1800. Addressed only to "Monsieur," the actress dramatically expresses her regret at being unable to perform the past Thursday due to a violently sore throat, in part: "Un violent mal de gorge me met dans l'impossibilite de jouer jeudi..." Natural folds, small hole, and slightly worn edges. Very good(-) condition.
1980. 6 pages, 12 x 9 inches, no place, copyrighted in 1977. The black and silver cover features a graphic of Frank Sinatra. Inscribed inside the cover between the credits and the first line of music: "Best Wishes to John H. Ball from John Kander & Fondly, Fred Ebb." Several small nicks and creases; very good(-) condition.
New York: Macmillan, 1976. 332 pages, 8vo, orange boards with a silver-stamped brown cloth spine, dust wrapper (worn and chipped). New York: Macmillan, (1976). First printing. Very good(-) condition. Warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Jack O'Brien with admiration & appreciation. Cordially, Lehman Engel."
1930. 5.25 x 3.25-inch black-and-white photo of the renowned actress dressed in an elaborate costume -- no place, no date, circa 1930. Signed in full near the bottom. Double-matted in gold and salmon and set in a gold frame measuring 10.5 x 8.5 inches. Creased along the bottom; very good(-) condition.