My latest treasure, the page inscribed to Mary Cox and fastened into
a 1st edition of Mostly California, was found "many years ago" at an
estate sale in California where a number of other items belonging to
Mary were being sold. This much I know from the eBay seller from
whom I purchased the book.
I tried to scan the page but the result is blurry and very difficult
to read, so here is an exact transcription of the typed message:
Aloha, Mary Cox;
Thanks for your friendly greeting. Sorry to
miss you. I was sent thru San francisco and Oakland
like a singed cat out of a burning barn.
This gummed-edge sheet will serve as an auto-
graph for your book. Lick and stick in the book, may
need an extra bit of glue.
I'm inclosing a puicture in lieu of a
letter (the Chinese say one picture is worth
a thousand words). It is of me in my favorite
hide-away among the great earth-god sequoia
trees of Sequoia National Park in the high
Sierra peaks. Grand place.
Hope all's well and happy with you.
Happy days, in fact, happy always,
Don Blanding [goofus bird]
November 6, 1948
The page duplicates the red-with-white-flowers front end page of the
book but is cut about 1/8" shorter. The second paragraph is in
lighter typescript than the first, as if the ribbon were worn. The
signature is in dark blue ink; I'll upload a scan of the signature
block. At the upper right corner of the page an imprint of a paper
clip shows where the photo once was fastened.
Note that the inscription was signed one day before DB's 54th
birthday. Wonder where he was at that point in his book-signing
More DB artifacts are coming, including a real photo postcard sent by
DB from Taos, NM, in May 1936 and a promotional brochure whose photo
is of DB and his Scotty dog.