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TOKLAS, Alice B
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS)
18 October 1959, Paris. A fine two-page AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED on one side of two pieces of 5-1/4" x 8" onionskin paper personal stationery to Saul Mauriber. In part: "It is you -- not I -- who are sweet and wonderful -- you are too good -- too kind." Toklas thanks him for scarves delivered to her by young friends: "Well in spite of the disorder and my dishevelled state -- we had a nice talk." She tells him to save his pennies to come to Paris to visit instead of giving "extravagant gifts to old ladies! I went to lunch with Jo Barry, he was enthusiastic about the scarf. Is it Russian or Polish, he asked. I showed him the mark 'Pure wool 100% Sacks-Fifth-Avenue [sic]. 'Oh' said Jo. New York is the capital of Poland and Russia!'" SIGNED "Alice." With the original envelope addressed in Toklas's hand. Saul Mauriber was the last collaborator and partner of photographer Carl Van Vechten as well as photographic executor for Van Vechten's estate. Van Vechten and his wife, Fania Marinoff, had always been close to Stein and Toklas, and he was Stein’s literary executor. They looked after Alice after Stein’s death. Faint creases from mailing. Fine [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB [Fleetwood, PA, U.S.A.]
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