Lot 628: Exceedingly rare glossy 2.5 x 3.5 snapshot photo of Crane with his dog Palomo while living in Mexico, unsigned but annotated on the reverse in fountain pen by Crane, "Me and my dog at side door of the house." Reverse also bears a light "Foto-Regis, Mexico" ink stamp. In very good condition, with scattered cracks and crazing to emulsion, a clipped corner tip, and light soiling. Crane visited Mexico in 1931–1932 on a Guggenheim Fellowship, living in Mixcoac in an old-fashioned Mexican estate of eight rooms with a luxurious garden. He occasionally sent snapshots home to his friends in America, including a similar one of his servant's son with Palomo mentioned in Robber Rocks, a book of his collected letters. Crane was on his way home to America aboard the steamship Orizaba when, on April 27, 1932, he threw himself overboard in a presumed suicide. Autographic material from the tragic and influential writer is exceptionally rare, and this is the first photo we have offered.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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