[Unpublished]. Original Signature Book. Hardcover. The original Travel and Signature Diary of Leonard Van Noppen and his wife Adah Van Noppen, bound in the Diary's original vellum. The book is worn and numerous pages are loose from the binding but present. The volume hosts some plant material loosely laid in, presumably taken from places the van Noppen's visited. Leonard Charles Van Noppen was a Dutch-born, American-educated, academic and Professor at Columbia University, translator, and Poet, who also served as an American Naval Attache at the Hague and who, as a member of the United States Naval Reserves authored "The Challenge: War Chants of the Allies, Wise and Otherwise". Some of his Poems, along with those of Rudyard Kipling, John Galsworthy, Edith Wharton, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Henry Van Dyke, Robert Bridges, Thomas Hardy, John Masefield, and others, were Anthologized in "A Treasury of War Poetry: British and American Poems of the World War, 1914—1919". Van Noppen is also noted for his translation of Joost van den Vondel's "Lucifer" into English. Van Noppen and his wife, Adah (who was associated with the Universal Order, a mystical cult), traveled the world and met numerous Literary and Political figures, many of which have signed this Diary (with several signatures made after Leonard Van Noppen's death, presumably obtained by his family members in continuance of his signature gathering mission), often with inscriptions of various natures. The many signatures and entries include, among many others the following: F. Scott Fitzgerald (signed "June 1936 / Scott Fitzgerald"); Willa Cather; Kahlil Gibran, author of "The Prophet", one of the best-selling books of all time (who wrote "and now let us sing altogether", followed by his signature); Francis Grierson (pen name of Benjamin Henry Jesse Francis Shepard) the author, composer, pianist, and spiritualist; Edwin Markham: American Poet [In 1922, Markham's poem "Lincoln, the Man of the People" was selected from 250 entries to be read at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. Markham himself read the poem and Dr. Henry Van Dyke of Princeton called it "...the greatest poem ever written on the immortal martyr, and the greatest that ever will be written."]; Emilie Augusta Louise "Lizzy" Lind af Hageby: a Swedish-British feminist and animal rights advocate who became a prominent antivivisection activist in England in the early 20th century; Catherine Maclennan; Jessie B. Rittenhouse: Poet, Literary Critic, anthologist who also was the daughter of John Edward and Mary Rittenhouse; Mary J. Ball; Nola Logan; Adah B. van Noppen; Leonard van Noppen; Marion N. Taylor; Philip Sumner Spence: osteopath and campaigner for exercise in children's schools; Max Weber: the German sociologist, philosopher, jurist, and political economist, quite important theorist on the development of modern Western society whose ideas greatly influenced social theory and social research; Eugene Higgens: heir to a carpet business, a bon vivant, and considered by many to be the most eligible bachelor in New York; Carlo de Fornaro (who signed the book in the manner he used to sign his caricatures "C. de Fornaro"): famed Writer and Caricaturist who was one of the first critics in the American press to differentiate the caricaturist art form from the cartoon distortions often found on a newspaper's editorial page; Kathryn White Ryan: Poet [beneath a holographic Poem "The Tangerine Bowl"]; Mary Cummings Eudy: Poet [below her brief Holographic Poem "I Believe"]; Violet Anderson; Edward Christian Anderson: Poet, signed above a one-verse holographic Poem; Kate Gertrude Hill; Gertrude Farquharson Boyle Kanno: Sculptor; Francis Oppenheimer; George Barnard; Bronislawa du Brissrae; Edna Castleware Bailey [below a holographic portion of her Poem "Swan"]; Ernest Bancroft; Aida Foster Alden, [Joyce Kilmer's wife's sister]; Constance Murray Greer; George Watson Cole: American librarian and bibliographer named in 1999 as one of 100 American librarians who made a lasting impact on library service and the nation; Laura Ward Cole; Suno Hossain; Bio De Casseres: Author and wife of Benjamin De Casseres, an American journalist, critic, essayist and poet; Mary Marguerite de Vyner; Sarojini Naidu: Indian political activist and Poet. A proponent of civil rights, women's emancipation, and anti-imperialistic ideas, and an important figure in India's struggle for independence from colonial rule [below a short newspaper clipping about her daughter Padmaja Naidu's arrest]; Gladys Edgerton; Emily D. Dury; Frances E. Dury; Nona Sum; Constant van de Wall: European-Javanese Composer; Maria van de Wall-van Noppen; F. Scott Fitzgerald [an unusual signature -- see not below]; Low Olga; Kahlil Gibran [a/k/a Kahlil Gibran] who, above his signature, has written "And now let us sing altogether" 1929; Kathryn M. Campbell; Hermine Haedenberg; Arthur Hartmann????; Georges Heupgen: Belgian Professor, lawyer and politician; Leily G. Kertland; Sosro Kartono; Gertrude Boyle Kanno; Takeshi Kanno: Text in Japanese then "Takeshi Kanno" then text in Japanese then "I love therefore I live. 1917"; Edward B. Kosto below his holographic poetry titled Evenwicht; Miriam Kloos; Jeanne Kloos Reyenke Stewe: Dutch Writer; Fiore della Neve: (pseud. van M.G.L. van Loghem), Author, Translator, Lyricist, Correspondent, Editor ; Salvatore Lascari: American painter, sculptor, and muralist, winner of the Prix de Rome, a French scholarship for arts students, initially for painters and sculptors, that was established in 1663 during the reign of Louis XIV of France. Winners were awarded a bursary that allowed them to stay in Rome for three to five years at the expense of the state.; Stani Guestafson Lascari; Anatole France: French poet, journalist, and novelist, winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature; Bivnty Vishon Mukerji; Paquita Madriguera; F. R. Madriguera; E. R. Madriguara; Charles Elkin Mathews (who signed as "C. Elkin Mathews"): Publisher who was in partnership with Lane both for selling and publishing books, particularly belles letters, and their reputation reached its height with the publication of The Yellow Book in 1894. The pair then split with Lane forming the Bodley Head and Mathews forming his only publishing company "Elkin Mathews", the first publisher of such authors as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Robert Bridges; Ruby Cross Martin; Howard P. Michener; Ramona Crampton Michener; Howard P. Michener, Jr.; Tommy B. Morrison; Maude M. Morrison (who wrote a note about the van Noppen's visit to their Mountain home, apparently in Sugar Run, Pennsylvania; Anna J. Morrison); Edwin Markham (again): American Poet who wrote "We sell our eyes for candles!" above his signature; Hemendra K. Rakshit: Author; Alice E. Rumph: painter of watercolors and pastels, as well as an etcher, and an art teacher; Richard S. Reynolds (nephew of R. J. Reynolds of tobacco fame) and wife Louise P. Reynolds; Dhindera Kumer Sarkar?????; Eva Sikelianos: Evelina "Eva" Palmer-Sikelianos was an American woman notable for her study and promotion of Classical Greek culture, weaving, theater, choral dance and music.; Alma Reed: Author; Ethel Deodata Earle; Ines Capponi Thomas; Henry Wilton Thomas: author; Ali Nomad [who also signed as Alexander McIvor-Tyndall -- with "Ali Nomad" being his pseudonym]: author, hypnotist, showman and speaker who wrote "Cosmic Consciousness: The Man-God Whom We Await" and other works; Mrs. Alex J. McIv. Tyndall; Hendrikus Van Wesep; William Wallace Whitelock: Author; (Baroness) Mary von Stackhausen Whitelock, wife of William Wallace Whitelock, Otto von Stackhausen, her son; Marie Youshkeyoich; Sosro Kartono below his holographic inscription; and many others.
As to the F. Scott Fitzgerald signature, please note: The Fitzgerald signature is somewhat different than what one normally sees in his book. Fitzgerald has dated the signature "June 1936" when he was living at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina while his wife Zelda was in the nearby Highland Hospital where she sought psychiatric treatment. He, by Doctor's orders, was not to visit her very often. It appeared to all that his career was over and he resided in the Grove Park attempting to write well but got little good work done. He spent each day drinking large quantities of beer and gin and was a severe alcoholic. As noted in Arthur Mizener's "The Far Side of Paradise" – the first biography on F. Scott Fitzgerald, during Fitzgerald's recovery from an injured shoulder, one of Asheville's locals, Martha Marie Shank, was hired as Fitzgerald’s business manager during his 1936 stay. After a short while, she discovered that Fitzgerald was an alcoholic and she felt certain that Fitzgerald felt his writing ability had left, or was leaving him for good. In describing Fitzgerald, she stated in a letter to Mizener that "He brooded on this, and tried so desperately hard to write, and the result was largely trash, as he well knew. He wrote and re-wrote and re-re-wrote some stories, none of which was much good. … There were periods when he was trying to write and considerable lengths of time when he made no attempt. When he did try, it was more or less in a frenzy." In such letter Shank also stated "Meals were sent up to his rooms and Dorothy and I did our level best to get him to eat, but I never saw him take more than a few bites. Apparently, he lived on gin and beer – that is what he drank all the time I was there. I have no idea how much gin he averaged a day, but it was plenty." While in Asheville he also attempted suicide. It is in this atmosphere and condition that he would have signed this book, and thus his signature more closely resembles signatures that he wrote earlier in his life than it does the signatures that he executed in the flower of his writing career. Interestingly, Mizener's Biography was credited for reviving interest in Fitzgerald’s fiction. The volume ends with a list of Bible references followed by various musical references. The volume, which, of course, has been handled quite a bit, shows general wear and a number of pages are loose. In short, the volume is a sort of memoir of a quite active man's life and a Who's Who of prominent persons, male and female, in the early twenty-first Century, a gathering of a character and content seldom seen An EXCEPTIONAL RECORD OF A LIFE AND A REMARKABLE GATHERING OF SIGNATURES. QUITE REMARKABLE AND RARE. Not Quite Very Good Condition. Item #3009
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