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One of ToulouseLautrec’s last letters

520. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. ALS in French, signed “H. T. Lautrec,” one page, 4.5 x 7, Bordeaux, no date, but July 1900. Lautrec writes to the famous actor and director André Antoine (1858-1943) to congratulate him on his being decorated with the Legion of Honour. Antoine, who created the important Theatre Antoine, is the subject of three lithographs and three drawings by Lautrec. This is one of the last recorded letters in Lautrec’s general correspondence that is not written to a close collaborator or a member of his family. At this point, his health was so badly affected by his alcoholism that he would soon suffer a series of strokes at the young age of 36; he died fourteen months later in his family’s chateau, after spending the last semester of his life as an invalid. In fine condition, with subtle edge soiling. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $300)

The War of the Worlds author pleads to a producer for two tickets to a sold-out play 521. H. G. Wells. ALS, one page, 7 x 9, personal letterhead, January 4, 1933. Letter to British theatrical manager Charles B. Cochran. In full: “I want to see Escape Me Never. I am going out of town on Monday. I can’t buy any tickets for either Friday or Saturday; they are sold out. Can you–tell somebody to do something about it, so that I can get two seats or a loge either Friday or Saturday, evening or matinee. Don’t let this bother you but if a wave by your hand can do it, please wave your hand.” At the bottom of the letter Cochran has typed in red beneath Wells’s letter: “I have fixed him for to-night. I told him you were keeping two seats back for someone who might have wanted them and you said he could have them.” Central horizontal and vertical folds, some rusty marks to edges, as well as some scattered toning, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)

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