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    Two Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Manuscript by Abbie Hoffman, Written for Crawdaddy Magazine While He was On the Run from the Law

    Abbie Hoffman (American Revolutionary, 1936-1989). Autograph Letter Signed. May 6 [1976]. Addressed "Dear Editor" (to the editor of Crawdaddy Magazine). One and one-quarter quarto pages on one quarto leaf. Approximately 10 x 8 inches. Plain white paper. Signed "Abbie Hoffman/unsolicited Hayden campaign worker/Palo Alto, Calif." Vertical and horizontal creases, minor soiling, else near fine. In this letter, he sings the praises of author B. Traven ("In my opinion he was the world's greatest proletarian novelist.") and of presidential candidate Tom Hayden. Accompanying this letter is a small page in similar white paper (apparently torn from a larger white sheet), advising the recipient to "Destroy envelop - & this note - I'm rushing it cause no one knows when the goddamn Primary is." At the bottom, he asks "Can I be travel editor? A.H." (Crawdaddy did make Hoffman their "Travel Editor" while he was on the run from the law from a 1973 drug conviction). [Together With:] Autograph Letter Signed. [N.d., ca. 1977]. Six octavo pages on five octavo leaves. On browned ruled paper. Signed with initials ("A. H.") on the second leaf. Approximately 8 x 5 inches. Some creases, upper margins a bit rough (first leaf is missing about an inch of the upper margin, with no apparent loss of text), paperclip marks. Very good. In this letter, Hoffman states that he is glad to work for Crawdaddy ("When I got to work for your magazine, I really go to work.") and goes on to state how important the work Crawdaddy is, and that he'll be a conscientious contributor. He then goes on to criticize Nicholas Roeg and David Bowie for their film, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) as being fascist propaganda and simple distraction for the masses. He ends the letter with "Well papa use to say "the rich can get whatever they want... everything they can buy but... poverty." My father was a wise man and saw a lot of movies." [Together With]: Autograph Manuscript Entitled "Did Ya Hear the One About the Guy from Plains". Above this is written "on the run". Ten quarto leaves on yellow ruled paper (rectos only, except for scribbling on the verso of the final leaf). Horizontal crease in the center, some minor wear to a few corners, paperclip marks at top. Still, fine. This article ran in the March 1977 issue of Crawdaddy, and is about Plains, GA, home to President Jimmy Carter. The first part of the article is a humorous look at the simple people of Plains, but the second part is a history of Plains' history of racial suppression as seen by Hoffman (this is somewhat ironic, as Hoffman was later arrested with Carter's daughter, Amy, in 1986 for trespassing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Accompanying this article is a three page photocopy of the printed article from Crawdaddy's files ("1500 words" and "Master") at the top. This is an incredible and rare collection of material.

    Abbie Hoffman autograph material is almost unobtainable. There was only one other group of Hoffman autograph material at auction in the last forty years (in 2004, an original signed check and autograph note signed were sold as part of a lot of Hunter S. Thompson material). The current collection being offered is far more comprehensive and interesting, showcasing Hoffman's humor as well as his uncompromising beliefs.


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