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Adenauer, Konrad (1876-1967)

Rare autographed letter signed to actress Lucy Millowitsch

European statesman who served as the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany from 1949 to 1963. Rare autographed letter signed “K. Adenauer”. 1p. (double page), 6.25 x 8.0 inch. Rhöndorf, 1949 December 21. Written in black ink, in German: “Liebes Fräulein Millowitsch! Herzlichst danke ich Ihnen für Ihren lieben Brief und die schöne Karte. Ich wünsche Ihnen auch ein gesegnetes Weihnachsfest und alles Gute für 1950. Mit vielen Grüßen.” Translated: “Dear Miss Millowitsch! I sincerely thank you for your dear letter and the beautiful card. I also wish you a blessed Christmas and all the best for 1950. With many greetings.” Mailing fold, else fine condition. Lucy Millowitsch (1905-1990) was a German actress, stage author, director of the Millowitsch-Theater in Cologne and sister of famous actor Willy Millowitsch. Adenauer is uncommon handwritten letters.

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Adenauer, Konrad (1876-1967)

Signature matted with photograph

European statesman who served as the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany from 1949 to 1963. Signed piece of paper “Mit freundlichen Grüßen Ihr K. Adenauer”. 3.75 x 1.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in blue ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Adenauer to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

 

 

 

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Arafat, Yasser (1929-2004)

Signed card (additionally signed by Hans-Jürgen Wischnewski)

Palestinian leader, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for the negotiations at Oslo. Signed card with old age signature “Y. Arafat”. 5.75 x 4.0 inch. N.p., n.d. Stamp “Friends of Palestine” clued on the card. Card is additionally signed by Hans-Jürgen Wischnewski (1922-2005) a German Social Democrat politician and best known outside Germany for his involvement in negotiating with the Somalian government during the joint Baader-Meinhof Gang and PFLP hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 181 aircraft in 1977. In 1997 Wischnewski received the highest Palestinian Medal by Arafat. Fine association and rare in this combination.

Price: $ 195 / € 160

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Bebel, August (1840-1913)

Signature matted with photograph

Ferdinand August Bebel was a German Marxist politician, writer, and orator. He is best remembered as one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Signed album page „A. Bebel“. 4.0 x 2.5 inch, signed in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Bebel to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Small stain, else fine condition. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful presented!

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Rare signed cabinet-photo

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871–1890. Signed cabinet-photo “vBismarck” and dated by Bismarck “22 April 1894”. 4.25 x 6.5 inch, gold bordered. Photo by André Bockmann, Strassburg, printed logo on verso. “Friedrichsruh” in the hand of Bismarck’s secretary written in ink on verso. Water stain at the upper edge, in the middle of the photo is a small part of the surface scraped off. Signature and date unaffected. Due to the condition problems price is accordingly. Signed photos of Bismarck are rare and this one is still a fine example and affordable priced.

 

 

Price: $ 845 / € 650

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Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von (1742-1819)

Letter signed with holograph salutation…

Fürst von Wahlstatt, Prussian Generalfeldmarschall (field marshal) who most notably led his army against Napoleon I. at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in 1813 and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, in alliance with the Duke of Wellington. Letter signed “gantz Ergebenster Freund und gehorsamster Diener Blücher”. 1p., 7.25 x 8.75 inch, Stargard, 1818 June 3. Addressed to colonel von Ebra regarding his congratulation to his promotion. In German: “Indem ich Ew Hochwohlgeboren zu dem längst verdienten Avancement zum Obersten … aufrichtig gratuliere, danke ich Dieselben für Ihren Glückwunsch den Sie mir bezeugt haben, und bitte die Versicherung dahin zu nehmen, daß ich jede Gelegenheit sowohl Dieselben, als das Dero Befehl anvertraute Corps Officier dienstbereitwillig zu sein, gerne benutzen werde…“ Mounting residue on the left edge on verso, slightly visible on recto, else good condition. Enclosed a second autograph, a document signed by his son Franz Graf Blücher von Wahlstatt (1814).

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Bonaparte, Joséphine (1763-1814)

Fine letter signed “Josephine”

Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I., and thus the first Empress of the French. Letter signed “Josephine”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Paris, 1807 March 29. To "Monsieur le Général Ernouf”.  Note in French recommending Mr. Mallevault, who will soon depart for Guadeloupe. Fine condition. Letters signed “Josephine” are more valuable than those signed “Lapagerie Bonaparte”, an earlier signature combining her maiden and married names. General Jean Augustin Ernouf (1753-1827) was a French general and colonial administrator of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. He held several posts as chief-of-staff and in military administration. In 1804, Napoleon I. appointed him as governor general of the French colony in Saint-Domingue and Guadeloupe. Although he was able to reestablish some semblance of order and agricultural production, the British overwhelmed the colony in 1810 and, after a brief engagement, forced him to capitulate. After the second restoration, he held an administrative position in one of the occupation zones, and later he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of France.

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Brezhnev, Leonid (1906-1982)

Rare war dated document signed

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982. During Brezhnev's rule, the global influence of the Soviet Union grew dramatically, in part because of the expansion of the Soviet military during this time. Very early document signed, 1p, 7.5 x 11.5 inch, n.p., 1944, Aug. 20, in Russian. Untranslated but certainly a report of 18th Army Major Ivan Petrovich Scherbak, a lecturer in the political department. Colonel Brezhnev, then 38 years old and head of the 18th Army's political department, signs with indelible pencil at bottom. Discolored, else good condition. Very rare from this early WW II. date.

 

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Castro, Fidel (1926-2016)

Rare document signed co-signed by President Dorticós

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (1926) is a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Document signed “Fidel Castro” as Prime Minister and “Osvaldo Dorticós” as President. 1p., 8.0 x 11.25 inch, Havana, Cuba 1960 March 18. In Spanish. Decree No. 2515. Additionally signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Raúl Roa García (1907-1982). Impressed with official seals of office over each signature. Mailing fold, minor corner wear, else fine condition with impressive large signature of Fidel Castro. On January 1, 1959, Cuban President Fulgencio Batista fled the country, and Fidel Castro, who had led a guerrilla struggle against the former leader, took over as Premier. He would hold this title he until 1976, when he became President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. Although Castro's Marxist-Leninist principles and alignment with the former Soviet Union isolated Cuba in the Western Hemisphere and antagonized the United States, his regime has outlasted its former Soviet patron. Castro is now by far the longest-ruling statesman in the Americas. Osvaldo Dorticòs Torrado (1907-1989) served as President of Cuba from 1959 to 1976. Dorticós, a Castro loyalist who has been variously described as a colorless figurehead, and as a competent administrator with pragmatic tendencies, made headlines in a UN speech during the Cuban missile crisis with the (false) claim that Cuba possessed nuclear weapons. When this decree was signed, Castro was moving toward open identification with communism and alignment with the Soviet Union, while the US would soon break diplomatic relations, impose economic sanctions and initiate a clandestine effort to secure Castro's overthrow.

Price: $ 1,135 / € 875

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Catherine II., The Great (1729-1796)

Excellent letter signed

Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II., also known as Catherine the Great, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Her reign was called Russia's golden age. Letter signed “Catherine”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.0 inch. Kiew, 1787 April 11. In French. Addressed to Karl Theodor von Dalberg. In her letter Cathrine congratulates Dalberg on his election as coadjutor of Mainz. In full: “Monsieur le Coadjuteur. Toutes les voix reunies en faveur de merite prouvent à mes yeux que le Chapitre qui Vous a Elu est parfaitement bien composé. Votre Elevation lui fait honneur; la part que  j’y prend repond à mon estime qui Vous est acquise depuis longtems.” Mailing folds, stamp “Freiherrl. Heyl’sch. Fideicommiss. Herrnsheim” at the top, else fine condition. This letter is entered in the Register nationally valuable archives. He is free to sell, but cannot, or only with special permission, carried out of Germany. Please ask for more information. Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg (1744-1817) was Archbishop of Mainz, Arch-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire, Prince of Regensburg, Prince-Primate of the Confederation of the Rhine and Grand Duke of Frankfurt. In 1787 he was elected coadjutor of Mainz and the Bishopric of Worms.

Price: $ 4,225 / € 3.250

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Catherine II., The Great (1729-1796)

Rare document signed

Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II., also known as Catherine the Great, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Her reign was called Russia's golden age. Fine and rare ornate Document Signed on vellum, in Cyrillic, signed “Ekaterina”. One page, 17.0 x 13.5 inch, St. Petersburg, 1786. Catherine signs a renewal of an appointment for Lieutenant General Otto von Derfelden from the year 1784. Slightly discolored, stained, some heavy folds and wrinkles consistent with vellum documents, else good condition with the typical large signature of Catherine II.

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Chamberlain, Neville (1869-1940)

Rare autographed letter signed

British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Chamberlain is best known for his appeasement foreign policy, and in particular for his signing of the Munich Agreement in 1938, conceding the German-speaking Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany. Autographed letter signed “N. Chamberlain”. 2pp., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, written on recto and second page inside a folded sheet, on his personal letterhead, 1930 May 2. Chamberlain writes to a Mr. Baker express his condolences at his sad loss. In parts: “I was much grieved to hear from Mr. Pratt today of your sad loss made even more painful by the distressing circumstances which accompanied. May I offer my sincere sympathy in this tragedy. I am indeed sorry…” Mailing fold, else fine condition. Rare in handwritten letters.

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Fine photograph signed

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Handsome signed Photograph “Winston S. Churchill”. Black and white Photograph, 5.5 x 7.5 inch, matted in red velvet to an overall of 8.5 x 12.5 inch, n.p., n.d, signed in black ink by Churchill in the bottom left corner. Photo slightly wavy, cardboard on the back somewhat scraped off, else good condition. Uncommon full length photo of Churchill.

 

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Typed letter signed

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.5 inch, on blind embossed Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S.W. stationery. Whitehall, 1927 July 12. In full: “I have your letter of the 11th instant, and will give my consideration to what you suggest.” Excellent signed in dark ink. Mailing folds, minor stain, else fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,750 / € 1.350

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Churchill, Clementine (1885-1977)

Typed letter signed

Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill, was the wife of Sir Winston Churchill. Typed letter signed „Clementine Spence Churchill“. 1p., 6.0 x 8.0 inch. On her „Flat 26, London“ stationery. London, 1972 May 24. Addressed to Mrs. Clement. In full: „Thank you for your letter. I am sorry to hear the Templeton House Hostle is to close. I have written a letter to Miss Block the retiring Warden which I now enclose.“ Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 115 / € 90

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Clemenceau, Georges (1841-1929)

Autographed letter signed on his personal visiting card, written three month before outbreak of WW I.

French politician, physician and journalist who served as Prime Minister of France during the First World War. Autographed letter signed “G Clemenceau”. 2pp., written on recto and verso of his personal visiting card, 3.25 x 2.0 inch. Paris, 1914 March 7. A fine letter to Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox (1864-1945) in London. Thanking her for a book “Diary of Lord Bostoc”, she has sent him. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Clemenceau’s hand. Fine condition.

 

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Cornwallis, Charles (1738-1805)

Rare free frank signed

1st Marquess Cornwallis was a British Army officer and colonial administrator. In the United States and the United Kingdom he is best remembered as one of the leading British generals in the American War of Independence. Signed free frank envelope panel “Free, Cornwallis”. Addressed in his hand to Major General Nugent in Armagh and dated Dublin, August twelfth 1799. Signed to the lower left corner. A light circular stain to the centre, borders trimmed and a small tear at the top repaired on verso. Rarely seen in free franks.

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du Barry, Marie-Jeanne (1743-1793)

Rare autographed note signed

Infamous French courtesan who was the last mistress of Louis XV. Accused of aiding emigres from the Revolution, she was imprisoned, tried, and executed by the guillotine during the Reign of Terror. Autographed note signed “La Comtesse du barry”. 1p., 6.0 x 3.75 inch. Louveciennes, 1788 November 9. Money order in French: “je prie Monsieur buffault de vouloir bien donner monsieur poivier peintre la somme de six cent livres à compte des ouvrages de peinture qu’il fait.” Acknowledged under the signature by the receiver. Minor needle holes, signs of tape residue on verso, else fine condition. Comes with a fine engraving of Madame du Barry.

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.150

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Eugen, Prince of Savoy (1663-1736)

Rare letter signed by the “noble knight”

 General of the Imperial Army and statesman of the Holy Roman Empire and the Archduchy of Austria. One of the most successful military commanders in modern European history, rising to the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna. Letter signed in dark ink “Eugenio von Savoy”. 1p. (double-page), 9.0 x 13.25 inch. Vienna, 1731 November 28. Addressed to Wolfgang Eberhard von Dalberg in Mannheim. In German, in part: “…Mich erfreut nicht wenig aus dero an mich lezt abzulassen beliebten schreiben zu ersehen, daß Sie das angesuchte Kays: geheimbe Raths-patent erhalten … würden…“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. This letter is entered in the Register nationally valuable archives. He is free to sell, but cannot, or only with special permission, carried out of Germany. Ask for more information.

Price: $ 975 / € 750

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