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BASIL RATHBONE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER DOUBLE SIGNED 05/12/1959 - HFSID 257226

Rathbone handwrote and signed this letter to Mary Sandman in 1959.

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BASIL RATHBONE
Rathbone handwrote and signed this letter to Mary Sandman in 1959. In it, he thanks her for a pair of books that she sent for his wedding anniversary and adopted daughter Cynthia's birthday and about his current work, including narrating King David at the University of Wichita and taking over a role in "JB".
Autograph letter signed: "Basil Rathbone", 2 pages, 6x6¾, 1 sheet, front and verso, on stationery personalized for his adopted daugther Cynthia (Rathbone crossed out her first name and signed his above it). 1959 May 12. In full: "Dear Miss Sandman, First I hope this reaches you!! because I cannot read your Street address! I have done my best to copy what (or leave written at the top of your letter-!! How very good of you to have remembered us all on Cynthia's birthday & our wedding anniversary - The only thing that bothers me is your extravagance on us You are more than generous, & as I say this does worry me a little - both books we were about to order so you read our thoughts, & both books have been extremely well received. I am just back from the University of Wichita where I was narrator in Honegger's 'King-David' with the University orchestra of 97 & a chorus of over 500 - It was a very exciting experience - now I am going to start in to study Mr Lew in 'JB' - I take over from Raymond Masy early in June . We (or my family, me included) have all had a very nasty form of flu. I am just about over mine, but it has taken 6 weeks! Our very best wishes & our sincerest appreciation. [illegible]" Lightly toned and creased. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope, addressed to "Miss Mary Sandman," Roxbury, Massachusetts. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Blue ink heart in upper left corner in unknown hand. Torn open at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. Basil Rathbone (1892-1967), who appeared on Broadway 23 times and won the 1948 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (The Heiress), is also known for his film work in period costume dramas. He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and King Louis XVI in If I Were King (1938). Rathbone also appeared as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1934), Evremonde in Tale of Two Cities (1935), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Pompeii (1936), Karenin in Anna Karenina (1936) and Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). In 1939, he was cast as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of 14 screen appearances as Conan Doyle's master detective. Rathbone also played Holmes on radio from 1939 to 1946. Two items.

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