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  • Support the Black Panther Party by Campus Friends of SNCC
    Campus Friends of SNCC
    Support the Black Panther Party

    Berkeley, CA: Campus Friends of SNCC, [1966]. 2 pages (single sheet, printed both sides). 8-1/2 by 11 inches. In 1966, Stokely Carmichael, a leader and later head of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, set up the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), in rural Alabama. The group organized the black residents of an overwhelmingly African American region of the state to secure voting rights and elected offices. By state law, the LCFO was required to adopt an emblem. They chose the black panther to contrast with the ruling Democratic Party's white rooster.

    This flyer announces an organizational meeting to support the LCFO, emphasizing its informal name, the "Black Panther Party." Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed their Black…

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    Berkeley, CA: Campus Friends of SNCC, [1966]. 2 pages (single sheet, printed both sides). 8-1/2 by 11 inches. In 1966, Stokely Carmichael, a leader and later head of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, set up the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), in rural Alabama. The group organized the black residents of an overwhelmingly African American region of the state to secure voting rights and elected offices. By state law, the LCFO was required to adopt an emblem. They chose the black panther to contrast with the ruling Democratic Party's white rooster.

    This flyer announces an organizational meeting to support the LCFO, emphasizing its informal name, the "Black Panther Party." Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed their Black Panther Party three months later, on October 15, 1966. Rare with no copies in OCLC (although copies are in the Litwack collection at Yale and the Yuen archive at UC Berkeley). This is one of the first uses of the black panther as a political symbol in the San Francisco Bay Area and directly connects the (mostly white) local SNCC organization with the origins of the Black Power movement. ISBN: 281AIB1021042.

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    Folded twice, else near fine. [webonly] [JSP01; JHG2019]

    Book ID: 93630
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  • Wanted by the FBI Interstate Flight - Assault with Intent to Commit Murder Leroy Eldridge Cleaver by (Cleaver, Leroy Eldridge)
    (Cleaver, Leroy Eldridge)
    Wanted by the FBI Interstate Flight - Assault with Intent to Commit Murder Leroy Eldridge Cleaver

    First Edition

    Washington, D.C: FBI. Wanted Flyer 447, issued December 13, 1968, 3 days following a Federal warrant issued on December 10, 1968, at San Francisco, California, charging Cleaver with unlawful interstate flight to avoid confinement after conviction for assault with intent to commit murder. Photo-printed poster with 4 images, 2 taken in 1966 and 2 in 1968. Signed with facsimile signature of J. Edgar Hoover. Poster was mailed to Postmaster, High Bridge, New Jersey. Folded for mailing. 14 x 10.5 inches. ISBN: 281AIB1049272.

    First edition (first printing). Very good copy. Folded for mailing in half and again in thirds. Middle fold is tanned and there is edge and corner wear. Small edge chip on right center.

    Book ID: 264850
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  • South Bay Railroad and Land Co. Stock Certificate by [Buhne, Captain H. H.]
    [Buhne, Captain H. H.]
    South Bay Railroad and Land Co. Stock Certificate

    San Francisco: Edward Denny & Co, 1875. 13 by 5 inches. A stock certificate for the company that built the first railroad in Humboldt County, California, a line from the bay up Salmon Creek to the old growth redwood forests there. The company was founded by H. H. Buhne, one of the first Anglo settlers in the region, who was on the first ship to sail across the bar in 1850. Very scarce. ISBN: 281AIB1023374.

    A fine, unused example. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 103749
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  • [Letter to Zane Grey about Seth Kinman] by Richmond, G. M.
    Richmond, G. M.
    [Letter to Zane Grey about Seth Kinman]

    Eagle Grove, IA: 1928. 3 pages, autograph letter, signed. Written longhand to the western author Zane Grey, seeking to interest him in telling Seth Kinman's story. Kinman was one of the more interesting characters who lived in Humboldt County, California. He hunted bear, elk, and Indians with equal enthusiasm. He was a great self-promoter and made elk horn and bear paw chairs, which he presented to Presidents Buchanan, Lincoln, Johnson, Hayes, and Cleveland, but not before having Mathew Brady take his photograph for CDVs, which Kinman sold as souvenirs. His collection of oddities and curios was exhibited at the 1893 World's Exposition in the Humboldt County exhibit. Kinman gave Richmond, the author of this letter, the manuscript of his autobiography…

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    Eagle Grove, IA: 1928. 3 pages, autograph letter, signed. Written longhand to the western author Zane Grey, seeking to interest him in telling Seth Kinman's story. Kinman was one of the more interesting characters who lived in Humboldt County, California. He hunted bear, elk, and Indians with equal enthusiasm. He was a great self-promoter and made elk horn and bear paw chairs, which he presented to Presidents Buchanan, Lincoln, Johnson, Hayes, and Cleveland, but not before having Mathew Brady take his photograph for CDVs, which Kinman sold as souvenirs. His collection of oddities and curios was exhibited at the 1893 World's Exposition in the Humboldt County exhibit. Kinman gave Richmond, the author of this letter, the manuscript of his autobiography and his scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Most of what we know about Kinman (and how much of that is true is a matter for another catalog entry) comes from Richmond's edited version of those materials. This letter offers a brief summary of Kinman's exploits and Richmond's relationship with Kinman. ISBN: 281AIB1030886.

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    Folded for mailing, else fine. In the original envelop, made from tanned and chipping acidic paper. Note, probably written by Grey's secretary, on the outside of envelope.

    Book ID: 139983
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  • Album von Jagd- und Luxus-Hunden: Sieger der Offenen Klassen auf den Ausstellungen des Jahres 1904 [Cover title]
    Album von Jagd- und Luxus-Hunden: Sieger der Offenen Klassen auf den Ausstellungen des Jahres 1904 [Cover title]

    First Edition

    Frankfurt: Verlag des "Sportblatt" Kern & Birner, 1904. Portfolio of 141 loose black-and-white plates with photo reproductions showing Open Class Winners of Hunting and Luxury Dogs from the 1904 Exhibitions. Text in German. Depicts 38 breeds including Dachshund, Fox Terriers, Setters, Basset, St. Bernard, Collie, Bulldog, Doberman Pincher, Airdale, Bull Terriers, Mastiffs, and King Charles. Each plate with details on the dog and breeder. ISBN: 281AIB1035444.

    First edition (first printing). Most plates fine with some a bit soiled and dog-eared. Missing two plates (6j and 20j). In the publisher's illustrated green portfolio with one inside flap detached but present, and a few frayed tears to cloth edges. Sticker of the Institut International de Bibliographie pasted to cover verso. Spotting to cover and flaps.

    Book ID: 167906
    Keywords: Collectible, Dogs, Ephemera
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  • Tenth Annual Sensational W. P. Kinsella Fantastic One Size Fits All Self Serving Year End Letter: Stupendous - In Living Color Withoyut Commercial Interruption - Wonderful by Kinsella, W. P.
    Kinsella, W. P.
    Tenth Annual Sensational W. P. Kinsella Fantastic One Size Fits All Self Serving Year End Letter: Stupendous - In Living Color Withoyut Commercial Interruption - Wonderful

    First Edition

    Chilliwack, B. C: (the author), [1997]. A single 8.5 by 11 sheet, photocopied from typescript. A holiday letter with news about Kinsella's books, travels, movies and Broadway plays watched, and readings he gave during the year. He also describes the accident that halted his writing career for fourteen years. A very scarce Kinsella publication. No copies of what was an ongoing series of similar letters located on OCLC. ISBN: 281AIB1026283.

    First edition. Near fine (original folds). Signed at the end, "Bill." With the original mailing envelope addressed to Peter Howard at Serendipity Books in Berkeley. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 119610
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  • Attention: S T Fiction, Occult & Rocketry Enthusiasts by Madole, James H.
    Madole, James H.
    Attention: S T Fiction, Occult & Rocketry Enthusiasts

    New York: (n.p.), (n.d. but late 1940s). A flyer announcing the formation of "a new national party," perhaps even before it was given its name, the National Renaissance Party (NRP). The NRP, founded in 1949, was a small, but influential neo-Nazi group (called the "most important" in the Encyclopedia of Right-wing Extremism). The group's leader, James Madole, was a science fiction fan and occultist with a deep interest in H. P. Lovecraft and Adolph Hitler.

    This call for supporters targeted a specific subgroup of either older or nerdier science fiction aficionados. STF (pronounced "stef") was short for "scientifiction," the term coined by Hugo Gernsback in 1915 to describe the genre later called science fiction. By the late…

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    New York: (n.p.), (n.d. but late 1940s). A flyer announcing the formation of "a new national party," perhaps even before it was given its name, the National Renaissance Party (NRP). The NRP, founded in 1949, was a small, but influential neo-Nazi group (called the "most important" in the Encyclopedia of Right-wing Extremism). The group's leader, James Madole, was a science fiction fan and occultist with a deep interest in H. P. Lovecraft and Adolph Hitler.

    This call for supporters targeted a specific subgroup of either older or nerdier science fiction aficionados. STF (pronounced "stef") was short for "scientifiction," the term coined by Hugo Gernsback in 1915 to describe the genre later called science fiction. By the late 1940s, STF was seldom used, except to refer to strongly science-based works.

    While the NRP would adopt a racist agenda, this flyer emphasizes the formation of "a scientific, advanced society" run by a technocratic Cultural Assembly of 100 men drawn from specialized councils devoted to specific areas of culture and the economy. Madole concludes the leaflet with "this is but a small portion of our new philosophy." The fascist credo would presumably be revealed later.

    Dick Eney, in his Fancyclopedia II (1960) offered a dismissive view of Madole. "Fans were to form the nucleus of this political party ... [It was] the last original stirring of the old save-the-world-by-political-action notion among fans... [Madole] is currently (1959) Führer of the National Renaissance Party, America's only for-real Fascist movement — not counting those like the American Nazi Party, whose 'fascism' is actually racism. The NRP's Bulletin carries the masthead-line "The Only Fascist Publication in America", and Madole still howls regularly up in Yorkville, NY, where there is still an audience for this sort of kookabooism." An extremely scarce and early NRP item. ISBN: 281AIB1028161.

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    A few tears and chips; insect residue in upper right. Printed on the back (verso) of a flyer for Anthony More's fantasy story collection, Puzzle Box, suggesting Madole's lack of resources. [JSP01; JHG2019]

    Book ID: 129003
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  • Sixth Annual W. P. Kinsella Self-Serving Year-end Letter & Botulism Antidote by Kinsella, W. P.
    Kinsella, W. P.
    Sixth Annual W. P. Kinsella Self-Serving Year-end Letter & Botulism Antidote

    First Edition

    White Rock, BC: (the author), 1993. Two 8.5 by 11 sheets, photocopied from typescript. A holiday letter with news about Kinsella's books, celebrities he met, and readings he gave during the year. A very scarce Kinsella publication. No copies of what was an ongoing series of similar letters located on OCLC. ISBN: 281AIB1020546.

    First edition. Folded for mailing. Small tear in bottom margin of page 2, neatly repaired on the back (verso) with a small piece of Japanese tissue; offsetting of printed signature to bottom of page 1, else fine. With a handwritten note, not signed, in Kinsella's hand at the top of page 1. Original mailing envelope addressed by Kinsella present. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 91357
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  • Vincent Price Self Portrait Signed by Price, Vincent
    Price, Vincent
    Vincent Price Self Portrait Signed

    Single cream-colored sheet, 8-1/2 by 11. A self portrait in profile done with a black ink pen and signed by Price. ISBN: 281AIB1040393.

    Short crease to top corner else fine. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 204539
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  • Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk

    1913. ISBN: 281AIB0099166.

    With eraser, The Home Teacher and Child Life

    Book ID: 50052
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  • Give Me Back My Rags by [Simic, Charles (translator)] Popa, Vasko
    [Simic, Charles (translator)] Popa, Vasko
    Give Me Back My Rags

    First Edition

    Portland, OR: Trace Editions, 1985. 18 leaves (two blank), printed rectos (one side) only, except for a copyright statement on the back (verso) of the title leaf. Laid into a folding cover. Limited to 600 copies. Popa was a noted Serbian poet. Simic, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and grew up in Chicago. ISBN: B002SM315E.

    First edition (first printing). Fine sheets laid into a near fine folder with minor edgewear. This is one of 26 lettered copies signed by Simic and Popa, with a handwritten poem by Simic written out on a blank leaf. In this case, Simic has copied out and signed his 16-line poem, "Pyramids Are Towns / for Vasko" Your humble cataloguer made a half-hearted attempt to find this poem in one of Simic's published collections, but did not locate a printed version.

    Book ID: 96273
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  • U.S.S. Arizona Amos and Andy Script

    [n.d. but 1928-1941]. A single sheet of ribbon-copy typescript on U.S.S. Arizona letterhead. It is not known to this cataloguer if this is simply a transcript of an Amos 'n' Andy sketch heard on the radio or if it was written by a member of the Arizona crew. That the sketch is quite funny (without the racial humor) argues for this to be a transcript; that it contains an abortion joke suggests otherwise. In this short sketch Andy reveals to Amos that he and Madam Queen have been having "recourse" and that Queen has not "demonstrated" for three months. A doctor told Andy that she is "fragrant" and needs to go to a "fraternity house," but Andy doesn't know what…

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    [n.d. but 1928-1941]. A single sheet of ribbon-copy typescript on U.S.S. Arizona letterhead. It is not known to this cataloguer if this is simply a transcript of an Amos 'n' Andy sketch heard on the radio or if it was written by a member of the Arizona crew. That the sketch is quite funny (without the racial humor) argues for this to be a transcript; that it contains an abortion joke suggests otherwise. In this short sketch Andy reveals to Amos that he and Madam Queen have been having "recourse" and that Queen has not "demonstrated" for three months. A doctor told Andy that she is "fragrant" and needs to go to a "fraternity house," but Andy doesn't know what that is. Amos explains: "A fraternity house is where dey takes people dat is fragrant and fix dem up so's dey can demonstrate again and put 'em in shape for recourse again." Private maternity houses, in the late 1920s or early 1930s, when this was written, were places where a woman could give birth if she wasn't married. However, such places were often illicit abortion clinics, and Amos's line, "fix dem up" suggests something other than childbirth. As evidence for this interpretation, your cataloguer offers the following: A 1921report on maternity houses in Missouri concluded "that abortions are frequently performed, is certain" (see Mangold, Children Born Out of Wedlock, 1921, p. 34). ISBN: 281AIB0143955.

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    Very Good

    Book ID: 66334
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  • Manifesto [title in Greek] by Crosby, Caresse
    Crosby, Caresse
    Manifesto [title in Greek]

    Delphi, Greece?: (the author), (ca. 1952). 143 by 213 mm. Small broadside manifesto, in Greek, issued by Caresse Crosby for her world citizenship movement. Crosby, an American, was the co-founder of expatriate Black Sun Press in Paris and spent much of her adult life in Europe. In 1948, she published a long Manifesto for Individual Secession into World Community, advocating a pacifist and one global government cause. In the early 1950s, Crosby purchased land in Delphi, Greece, with the goal of establishing a World Citizen Center to be the capital of her one-world organization. The Greek government took offense at this attempt by a foreigner to usurp their sovereignty (however unlikely to succeed), put Crosby under arrest, and subsequently…

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    Delphi, Greece?: (the author), (ca. 1952). 143 by 213 mm. Small broadside manifesto, in Greek, issued by Caresse Crosby for her world citizenship movement. Crosby, an American, was the co-founder of expatriate Black Sun Press in Paris and spent much of her adult life in Europe. In 1948, she published a long Manifesto for Individual Secession into World Community, advocating a pacifist and one global government cause. In the early 1950s, Crosby purchased land in Delphi, Greece, with the goal of establishing a World Citizen Center to be the capital of her one-world organization. The Greek government took offense at this attempt by a foreigner to usurp their sovereignty (however unlikely to succeed), put Crosby under arrest, and subsequently expelled her. See The Cramoisy Queen: A Life of Caresse Crosby by Linda Hamalian (pp. 166ff). The OCLC record for this broadside (two holdings) suggests it was printed in Italy, after Crosby left Greece. However, a comparison of the Italian and Greek editions suggests they were not printed at the same time. The paper is different and the two broadsides are not quite the same size. ISBN: 281AIB1031358.

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    Fine, or nearly so. [JSP02]

    Book ID: 141626
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  • If the Sands of the Seas Were Pearls by Johnson, James Weldon (words) and Will Marion [Cook] (music)
    Johnson, James Weldon (words) and Will Marion [Cook] (music)
    If the Sands of the Seas Were Pearls

    First Edition

    New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co, 1914. 6 pages. The multi-talented Johnson was an early black leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a Consul in Latin America, and the author of a number of books. In his spare time, he wrote songs like this one, in partnership with Will Marion Cook, one of the leading African American composers of his day. ISBN: 281AIB1024330.

    Two copies, both very good or better. One, with a list of salon and concert songs numbered 7823 on the final page, and the other with an ad for All Aboard for Dixie Land on the back cover, with the ID number 9609. The former is probably the first issue. Uncommon. Housed in a custom cloth case. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 107685
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  • Wheat, Carl; James D. Hart; and Paul A. Bissinger (officers)
    In Remembrance Joseph Henry Jackson

    First Edition

    [San Francisco]: The Book Club of California, 1955. A single sheet folded to make four pages; printed on one page only. A short memorial resolution adopted by the club after Jackson's death. Reportedly (per OCLC) only of 20 copies printed by the Allen Press. Paper watermarked Richard de Bas. The Allens printed a book for the club in 1952 on de Bas's paper. ISBN: 281AIB1021988.

    First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback).

    Book ID: 97339
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  • Crichton, Michael
    Jurassic Park [Voyager Expanded Book]

    Santa Monica, CA: Voyager Company, 1991. A single 3-1/2 inch computer disc in a folding paper cover. Voyager released the first commercially produced e-books in 1991, exclusively for Macintosh computers. The books, which displayed text on the computer monitor, offered search, the ability to add notes, and to highlight text. Jurrasic Park is one of the first three books launched simultaneously for MacWorld, which was held in San Francisco in January 1992. The company's explanation of the concept is printed on the back panel of the folder: "Just as computers have changed the way you write, they are beginning to transform the way you read. Electronic text is a dynamic medium that enables you to become a more active…

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    Santa Monica, CA: Voyager Company, 1991. A single 3-1/2 inch computer disc in a folding paper cover. Voyager released the first commercially produced e-books in 1991, exclusively for Macintosh computers. The books, which displayed text on the computer monitor, offered search, the ability to add notes, and to highlight text. Jurrasic Park is one of the first three books launched simultaneously for MacWorld, which was held in San Francisco in January 1992. The company's explanation of the concept is printed on the back panel of the folder: "Just as computers have changed the way you write, they are beginning to transform the way you read. Electronic text is a dynamic medium that enables you to become a more active reader." Voyager ultimately released about 60 books, which were the first shots fired in the e-book revolution. Rather scarce. ISBN: 9781559401845.

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    Near Fine

    Book ID: 147593
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  • O'Brien, Liam et al
    John O'Hara's Gibbsville (lot of 13 TV scripts)

    Burbank, CA: David Gerber Productions, Inc. / Columbia Pictures Television, 1976. Each script is about 65 leaves printed recto only. 8-1/2 by 11 inches. Based on the fictional town featured in the writings of O'Hara. Final drafts for 13 episodes of the short-running 1976 television series about two reporters in a small Pennsylvania town; the final seven scripts are for episodes that never aired. Script titles in order are "How Old, How Young;" "Saturday Night;" "Trapped;" "All the Young Girls;" "Andrea;" "Afternoon Waltz;" "Chatauqua, Chatauqua, Chatauqua;" "In the Silence;" "Manhood;" "A Case History;" "The Price of Everything;" "All I've Tried To Be;" and "The Grand Gesture.". ISBN: 281AIB1020548.

    Very good, bound in a various-colored double-pronged folders with title, date and episode information printed on covers. Names on cover in ink on six scripts. One script missing a binding prong. Another script heavily water stained on rear cover and final 15 pages but text readable. Pages unmarked.

    Book ID: 91356
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  • North Beach Photographic Art Fair Handbills [First Five] by Johnson, Gilbert
    Johnson, Gilbert
    North Beach Photographic Art Fair Handbills [First Five]

    San Francisco: North Beach Photographic Art Fair, 1971-1975. Handbills for the first five photo shows. Various sizes, 3-1/2 by 7-1/2 to 4-3/4 by 8-1/2. All five feature psychedelic-inspired artwork by Gilbert Johnson. The handbill for the first fair is printed in one color; the others are full color, with two credited to Tea Lautrec Litho. A nice grouping; the first two are particularly scarce. ISBN: 281AIB1043816.

    All fine; the second annual handbill has a tiny bit of foxing to the white border. All believed to be original printings.

    Book ID: 221381
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  • Seven Typed Letters Signed to Bill Barich by Brandi, John
    Brandi, John
    Seven Typed Letters Signed to Bill Barich

    1972. Chatty letters about work, plans, and contributions to Clear Creek, Barich's environmental journal. All the letters have small drawings, many inspired by New Mexican Native American designs. ISBN: 281AIB1041728.

    Folded for mailing, minor creasing to the edges.

    Book ID: 209961
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  • Ferber, Edna
    holograph letter

    New York: 1916. ISBN: 281AIB1050179.

    holograph letter, 2 pages, on Hotel Majestic, West Seventy-second St. at Central Park, New York, letterhead: Dear Miss Kanser:- Please don't think I'm utterly mad. Which I am. But today, after a fruitless search for a desirable furnished apartment in New York I thought of you. I wondered if one of your many stage friends or acquaintances might not have a place that we could rent for two months. We shall be here for November & December, And you know how I loathe hotels. Will you forgive me for taking your time like this? It's really a desparate situation for out-of-towners in New York this winter. I saw Rose Stahl in Rochester in _______. She was delightful. Edna Ferber." Each sheet 9.25 x 6 inches, previously folded into thirds. Stamp on first page "Answered Nov 4 1916."

    Book ID: 266536
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