JOBS, STEVE. 1955-2011. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Steven Jobs"), 1 p, quarto, n.d. [1976], not addressed, offering an Apple 1 motherboard and manual for $75, in blue ink on 3-hole punched graph paper,
Lot 631
JOBS, STEVE. 1955-2011.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Steven Jobs"), 1 p, quarto, n.d. [1976], not addressed, offering an Apple 1 motherboard and manual for $75, in blue ink on 3-hole punched graph paper,
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£ 32,000 - 48,000

Lot Details
JOBS, STEVE. 1955-2011. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Steven Jobs"), 1 p, quarto, n.d. [1976], not addressed, offering an Apple 1 motherboard and manual for $75, in blue ink on 3-hole punched graph paper,
JOBS, STEVE. 1955-2011.
Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Steven Jobs"), 1 p, quarto, n.d. [1976], not addressed, offering an Apple 1 motherboard and manual for $75, in blue ink on 3-hole punched graph paper, folded, chips to edges, holes at fold crease and lower blank areas, not affecting text.
WITH: 2 Polaroid photographs of Apple-1 computer and monitor display.
Provenance: From a longtime friend of Steve Jobs. See provenance for Apple-1, lot 630.

STEVE JOBS PROMOTES THE APPLE-1."
With the first 50 boards sold to the Byte Shop, Steve Jobs continued the momentum by marketing bare Apple-1 printed circuit boards (PCBs) to friends and acquaintances. The present manuscript is essentially a specification sheet for the computer and was given to the consignor during a visit to Jobs' garage. Jobs refers to the computer as "Apple Computer-1" and states that it uses either the 6800, 6501 or 6502 microprocessor, but that the 6501 or 6502 was "recommended because we have basic." He touts the "full crt terminal" the "58 ic's which includes 16 for 8K ram!!" Curiously, Jobs states "basic on the way (ROM)," which never materialized for the Apple-1, but did the following year for the Apple II. Jobs quotes the price of $75 for the board and manual, "a real deal" and lists his mailing address and phone number at the bottom.
The manuscript is accompanied by two Polaroid photographs. The first shows an Apple-1 on a wooden table with a keyboard, monitor and power supply partially visible in the right edge. It looks very much like the "Production Prototype," number 2 in Mike Willegal's Apple-1 Registry, with its orange capacitors, white ceramic MOS MCS 6502 and with a similar power supply setup. The other Polaroid shows the Apple-1 screen with "Apple Computer Co. at the bottom and Jobs' address and phone number for contact. Jobs has written on the lower margin "40x24 OR 26 lines / fuzzy because camera wiggled."

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  • "A REAL DEAL!"
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