Lot 176: Collection of twenty letters from important figures from a variety of fields, mostly Americans, written to author Charles Degan, including an ALS by Chester Nimitz and TLSs by Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, Bertrand Russell, Jonas Salk, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fannie Hurst, Bernard M. Baruch, Charles Coburn, Arnold Toynbee, Thomas E. Dewey, Adlai Stevenson, Henry A. Wallace, Henry Morgan, Alan Jackson, Herbert Lehman, Paul Dudley White, David Sarnoff, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Harry Emerson Fosdick. Also includes a few letters from assistants of other figures, such as Helen Keller and Carl Sandburg, and secretarially signed letters from James Cagney and Helen Hayes. In overall fine condition, with the Toynbee letter torn in half. Accompanied by a first edition of Degan's book, Age Without Fear, in which he uses examples of notable people who lived fulfilling lives even as they aged. Many of the responses here praise his work; for example, Nimitz writes: "I believe you are making a valuable contribution to the morale of people approaching retirement." An interesting and unusually diverse collection of related material.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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