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Lot 453

Stroud, Robert (1890-1963) American ornithologist; "Bird-Man of Alcatraz." Imprisoned for murder from 1909, Stroud became an authority on canaries and the diseases of birds; he published Stroud's Digest of the Diseases of Birds in 1942. Autograph Letter Signed ("Bob, Robert Stroud - 594"), on lined paper from Alcatraz Prison (where he spent 1942-59), May 15, 1944, 1¼ pp, quarto. Written to his sister Marnie in Metropolis, Illinois, with news about his book. In part: "…I got the new brochure today and it is swell. Mark says he has sent 500 to Canada….There are ten or twelve persons who have recommended the book, and three of them are scientists. One from Carnegie Institute, one from Vanderbilt U and one from Storr's Experimental Station….There is also a nice letter from the president of one of the large bird associations….I think everything is going to work out fine…." An amazingly upbeat letter from a man who would never get out of prison.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.

Realized $288

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