Autographs: Davy Crockett, Greta Garbo, Annie Oakley & Herman Melville—Fall 2019


Fine Books & Manuscripts

At Auction October 10

Upcoming Highlights

Annie Oakley, photograph signed & inscribed on verso, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.

A letter by John F. Kennedy, to NASA administrator James E. Webb, expressing approval of the Space Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh as he helped forward the space program in 1962, is available here. American icons include Davy Crockett, with an uncommon franking signature, and a signed and inscribed photograph of Annie Oakley. Leaders in business include Henry Ford with an uncommon photographic portrait signed, and a stock certificate for 500 shares of Standard Oil signed by its president, John D. Rockefeller. Performing artists are on offer with an extraordinary archive of over 65 letters from Greta Garbo, written between 1932 and 1973, as well as a 1961 typed letter signed by Marian Anderson.

The first works from Herman Melville’s personal library to come to auction in more than a decade include two volumes of Greek & Roman classics annotated by the author. The marginalia found within the volumes provides a more complete understanding of Melville and the poetic literature that became the focus of his later works.


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American Cultural Figures

Davy Crockett, franking signature on holograph address panel to Carey & Hart, who published his autobiography, circa 1834. $10,000 to $20,000.
Walt Disney, Perrault’s Cinderella, signed by Disney, Stuttgart, circa 1953. $2,500 to $3,500.
Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth’s Own Book of Baseball, signed, with unsigned photograph postcard, 1928. $7,000 to $10,000.

Actors & Artists

Greta Garbo, archive of 65 letters to close friend Salka Viertel, 1932-73. $40,000 to $60,000.
George Cruikshank, album archive including letters and over 200 drawings, 1820s-60s. $7,000 to $10,000.


Herman Melville, two volumes of classic poetry, one signed, both annotated throughout, circa 1860. $40,000 to $60,000.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, signed order slip for loan of a book from the Grand Ducal Library in Weimar, 1826. $2,500 to $3,500.


Franz Liszt, autograph letter signed to the General German Music Association, Weimar, 1880. $2,000 to $3,000.
Leonard Bernstein, autograph musical manuscript signed, sketch for Agnus Dei movement from Mass, circa 1970. $5,000 to $7,500.
Stephen Sondheim, archive of 77 items to Larry Miller, 1963-2006. $4,000 to $6,000.

American Presidents

Autograph album with 30 items signed, some inscribed, by one of the first 32 U.S. Presidents, 1775-1932. $30,000 to $40,000.
Thomas Jefferson, ship’s papers for the Eage signed as President, countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison, 1804. $5,000 to $7,500.
George Washington, autograph manuscript, unsigned, 1792. $10,000 to $20,000.
John. F. Kennedy, typed letter signed as President to NASA Administrator James E. Webb, 1962. $4,000 to $6,000.

Fine Books & Manuscripts: Fall 2019

19th & 20th Century Literature

Art, Press & Illustrated Books

The Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry


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