An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend

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An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend

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An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
5 Autograph Letters Signed ("Rodolfo"), in Italian, 19 pp recto and verso, 8vo, postmarked Perugia and Taranto, Italy, January 27, 1910 to February 11, 1911, 4 with original transmittal envelopes written in Valentino's hand. Together with an Autograph Postcard Signed ("Rodolfo"), 3.5 x 5.5 in., Sant'Ilaro Ligure (Valentino's agricultural school), Nervi, Italy, July 17, 1912; and two childhood photographs (3 x 2.25 in. and 4 x 2.5 in.) of Valentino, one of which is inscribed in Italian, "To my dear Bruno / as an indissoluble sign / of our friendship. / Rodolfo Guglielmi / Taranto, 27 January 1910" on the reverse. Accompanied by Italian-to-English translations of 4 of the letters. The recipient of these missives, Bruno Pozzan, was a childhood friend of Valentino's. In his teenage years at the time of this correspondence, Valentino lived in the city of Taranto and gained a reputation for being an unambitious daydreamer; in one of his letters, he writes, "I don't do anything except go to the 'Café Chantant' [music hall] and have fun with the [girl] singers there." In his calligraphic handwriting and with great warmth, Valentino expresses hope that his friends have not forgotten him. His sense of humor shines through in several letters where he refers to "The Poet," an apparently unlikeable classmate who thinks much of himself and about whom Rudy and Pozzan share jokes. Over 2 years' time, Valentino reflects on his life and ambitions: "Now I'm at home, sick with a disease that I caught from streetwalkers, and I'm suffering so much that I don't want to continue the kind of idle and useless life that I've led up till now." The postcard he sends in 1912 reflects a more mature Valentino with his sights set on a future in agriculture.
Provenance: The estate of William Self.
10 x 13.25 in.
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An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
An archive of Rudolph Valentino letters written to a childhood friend
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