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Books & Works on Paper including Contents from the Estate of Paul Gallico

 
  Lot 75
 

Gallico (Paul) An archive of correspondence

Gallico (Paul)

An archive of correspondence with notable figures, ephemera and newspaper clippings, compiled by the author, consisting of 36 folio albums, each focusing on a particular publication or subject, both autograph and typed letters, the majority pasted in, including:

  • Laura Knight: four letters, three of which with autograph drawings: ‘As for Jennie, she also lives. What a superb imagination you have. It springs into reality in every book.’
  • David Niven: two letters: ‘Dear Mr Gallico, Yours of 17 Feb received, read and deeply resented. [...] you, unless my memory fails me, once tried to take the bread out of poor ailing Jack Dempsey’s basket. Also Lennie Lyons is a c*nt… though you don’t have to quote me’; ‘[...] the other in Paris with that ugly old Italian broad - Sophia Loren!’
  • Noel Coward: letter: ‘I was riveted by ‘Poseidon’ from beginning to end [...] I didn’t actually read it hanging upside down from a glass chandelier but I was certainly hanging from the chandelier for several days after [...]’
  • Joan Crawford: two Christmas letters with decorative headers
  • Marlene Dietrich: Two letters and a telegram: ‘Thinking of you. Lonesome down under, Marlene’
  • Clementine Spencer-Churchill: letter
  • Gene Tunney: letter
  • Richard Harris: photo, inscribed: ‘I must be the most expensive present Princess Grace ever gave you!’
  • Marina Duchess of Kent: signed photo
  • Carlos Reymond: letter
  • Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk: six letters
  • Valentina Chagall: signed letter
  • Fran and Ray Stark: three invitations, including to ‘Funny Girl’
  • Clare Booth Luce: postcard
  • Bernhard, The Prince of the Netherlands: letter: ‘As to your being in a state of mental paralysis, I must remark that you can hide this extremely well’
  • Walt Disney: sympathy thank you note from the family on his death
  • of Walt Disney
  • Aga Khan IV: invitation
  • Boxing kangaroo photographs relating to ‘Matilda’ (1978)
  • Mary Wilson: letter
  • National Academy of Television certificate for the ‘Snow Goose’ adaptation, with telegrams about Emmy nominations and related photographs
  • The Poseidon Adventure: photographs and production
  • Jack Dempsey: Season’s Greetings card
  • Charles H. Percy: letter
  • Buckingham Palace: invitation
  • Photos from 75th birthday at Foyle’s, including John Profumo
  • Three scrap albums of Sports journalism, including photos of him with Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney, dated 1928-29
  • ‘Sunday Sermonologues’, an album of Gallico’s articles illustrated by Sam Berman, compiled and inscribed to Gallico by his father, gilt-lettered morocco, 1948
  • Paul Gallico’s pistol licence
  • Dust jackets

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