[LEARY, TIMOTHY. 1920-1996.] Group lot of material related to the flight, capture, and imprisonment of Timothy Leary, 1972-76, including
Lot 2269
[LEARY, TIMOTHY. 1920-1996.] Collection of material related to the flight, capture, and imprisonment of Timothy Leary, 1972-76, including
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[LEARY, TIMOTHY. 1920-1996.]
Collection of material related to the flight, capture, and imprisonment of Timothy Leary, 1972-76, including 2 Austrian Airlines tickets from Vienna to Kabul, January 12, 1973, made out to passengers "Mr. Leary, T[imothy]" and "Mrs. D'Amecourt, J" [Joanna Leary]; Western Union Mailgram, April 21, 1976, from Timothy Leary to Mrs. Abigail Leary, reading "I AM BEING RELEASED FROM PRISON TODAY, WILL CALL YOU LOVE YOUR SON TIMOTHY"; Typed Document corrected in holograph, 1976, by Joanna Leary, requesting an inquiry into the extension of Timothy Leary's sentence; Autograph Note from Joanna Leary, c.1973, on scrap of cigarette carton, reading, in part: "From the beginning our deal with the government has been - PUT US TOGETHER AND WE WILL COOPERATE TOTALLY ... Timothy says if you don't understand you can't be our attorney"; a copy of Terra 1: The People vs. Timothy Francis Leary, (San Francisco: Imprinting Press, 1974), original yellow wrappers, inscribed by Joanna Leary (see Horowitz K8); The People of the State of California ... v. Timothy Francis Leary ... Appellant's Petition for a hearing by the Supreme Court, copy of court document filed by Belli and associates, Leary's attorneys (not in Horowitz, but cf. K8, K7); an address book belonging to Joanna Leary, 8vo, with address for Folsom Prison and telephone numbers for Vacaville and Terminal Island, and containing Joanna's federal informant number; a thick, leather-bound scrapbook, 8vo, assembled by Dennis Martino, featuring numerous original photographs, memorabilia, and press clippings related to Martino and Joanna's involvement with Leary, all pasted to leaves or loosely inserted.
Provenance: Joanna Harcourt-Smith.

The details of Timothy Leary's sentence to 20 years in prison for possession of a small quantity of marijuana; his escape from jail and flight from the country with the help of the Weather Underground; his exile in Europe, where he met and became deeply attached to Joanna D'Amercourt [Harcourt-Smith], later Joanna Leary; the couple's journey to Kabul, Afghanistan, where Timothy was arrested by U.S. Drug Enforcement agents; Timothy's subsequent trial and imprisonment, first at Folsom Prison, then at the California Medical Facility prison in Vacaville California; Timothy and Joanna's willingess to cooperate with federal authorities - these are among the most frequently rehearsed and hotly debated events in Timothy Leary's controversial life. The present lot, originating from the papers of Joanna Leary, contains a wealth of original material documenting the episode.
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