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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)

Large signed card with photograph

Palestinian leader, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for the negotiations at Oslo. Large signed card “Y. Arafat 25.3.93”. 12.5 x 8.25 inch (unfolded). With colour photograph of Arafat and blind embossed “State of Palestine” crest on verso. Fine condition. Excellent official cad with a classic image of Arafat.

 

Price: $ 415 / € 320

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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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Benedict XVI., Pope (1927)

Excellent condition signed photograph

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 2005 to 2013. Signed photograph “Joseph Card. Ratzinger”. 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph by J.H. Darchinger as printed on verso. Excellent condition and one of the few that is not signed with autopen. 

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Benedict XVI., Pope (1927)

Rare signed photograph

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 2005 to 2013. Signed photograph “+Joseph Card. Ratzinger”. 4.75 x 4.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph shows the pope at the thanksgiving service on the occasion of the Golden Priest Jubilee in the Munich Liebfrauendom. Repro-photograph slightly blurred, signature excellent. Rare signed photograph.

 

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Autograph letter signed re: trip with King Frederick William IV.

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871–1890. Autograph letter signed “vBismarck”. 1p. (double-page), Frankfurt a.M., 1853 March 19. As a Prussian ambassador to the Federal Parliament to a prince for a meeting with Ministerialrat Bertram. In German, in full: „… Zu meinem großen Leidwesen kann ich den Herrn Ministerialrat Bertram morgen hier nicht erwarten, indem ich den Befehl erhalten habe mich bei Anwesenheit Sr. Majestät des Königs (Friedrich Wilhelm IV.) in Cassel einzufinden, und mich Allerhöchst demselben auf der weiten Reise anzuschließen. Meiner Vermuthung nach werde ich am nächsten Sonntag wieder hier sein; da ich es aber nicht mit Gewißheit voraussagen kann, so werde ich nicht verfehlen Ew Durchlaucht meine Rückkehr noch besonders anzuzeigen, u. mich alsdann sehr freuen mit Herrn Bertram verabredeter Maßen in Verbindung zu treten …". Translated in parts: „... having been ordered to appear in Cassel in the presence of His Majesty the King (Frederick William IV.) and to join him at the long trip. My guess is I'll be back next Sunday …I am very happy to get in touch with Mr. Bertram as agreed ...". Mailing fold in the middle expertly repaired on the back, minor stains, writing dark and unaffected.

Price: $ 1,590 / € 1.225

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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: $ 725 / € 560

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Letter signed of the Iron Chancellor

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871–1890. Letter signed “vBismarck”. 1p. (double-page), Berlin, 1863 October 20. Addressed to Government Secretary Schultze in Magdeburg. In German, in full: „Euer Wohlgeboren gefällige Zuschrift vom 14. d. M. habe ich erhalten und von der beigefügten Schrift als einem Zeugniß patriotischer Gesinnung mit Interesse Kenntniß genommen“. Minor fold breaks expertly repaired on verso, handling wear and the right edge with minor damages, not affecting the text or signature.

 

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Blomberg, Werner von (1878-1946)

Typed letter signed

German Generalfeldmarschall, Minister of War, and Commander-in-Chief of the German Armed Forces until January 1938. Typed letter signed “vBlomberg”. 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin, 1936 May 14. On “Der Reichskriegsminister” stationery. Appointment for Alois Hartmann as “Oberintendanturrat” im “Reichskriegsministerium”. Near mint condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history.  Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von (1742-1819)

Letter signed

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 “Blücher”. 1p., 8.0 x 4.5 inch (visible). Treptow, 1808 August 2. To Colonel von Bardeleben. Sending an estate statement of the 1754 deceased Colonel Christoph Ludwig von Bardeleben. Enclosed the first and the last sheet of this list with seals and signatures of the widow and General Nikolaus Andreas v. Katzler. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Blücher to an overall of 9.5 x 12.0 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Some stains, else good condition.

Price: $ 940 / € 725

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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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Brandström, Elsa (1888-1948)

Typed letter signed by the "Angel of Siberia"

Swedish nurse and philanthropist. She was known around the world as the "Angel of Siberia". Typed letter signed “Ihre Elsa Brandström-Ulich”. 1p., 9.0 x 11,0 inch, Dresden, 1931 November 22. On “Stiftung: Arbeitssanatorium für ehem. Kriegsgefangene Deutsche” stationery. Addressed to „Mrs. Siniossoglon“. In German, translated in parts: “…Unfortunately, I have to tell you that my time has been so extraordinarily busy through my work that I cannot fulfill your request.” Mailing folds, handling wear, slightly discolored, else good condition. Brandström was married since 1929 with the philosopher and educator Robert Ulich (1890-1977).

 

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Castro, Fidel (1926-2016)

Rare document signed co-signed by President Dorticós

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., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Havana, Cuba 1960 December 31. In Spanish. Decree No. 2910. Also signed by the Minister of Communication. Impressed with official seals of office over Castro and  Dorticós signatures. Slightly discolored, closed punch holes left margin, else good condition with excellent signatures. 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.

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Ceaușescu, Nicolae (1918-1989)

Signed photograph

Romanian Communist politician. Signed glossy black and white photograph “N. Ceausescu”. 5.5 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (1981). Accompanied by the transmittal letter from the Director of Ceausescu’s office, dated April 2, 1981. Fine condition.

 

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Chiang Kai-Shek (1887-1975)

Excellent signature on a card + FDC

Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. Crisp black ink signature in Chinese on a card. 2.75 x 5.5 inch, n.p. (Taipei), 1961. Accompanied by the original envelope sent from the office of the President of the Republic of China, post stamped, and dated in 1961 (pencil note on verso). Together with a first day of issue (FDC) envelope, post stamped and dated in July 1942, on the occasion of the “5 Years War with Japan”. Printed text, bearing a large and attractive printed image of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. Card is in fine condition, envelopes with minor handling wear.

Price: $ 1,130 / € 870

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Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (1898-2003)

Rare signed photograph

Soong Mei-ling also known as Madame Chiang. Chinese political figure who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of President Chiang Kai-shek. Soong played a prominent role in the politics of the Republic of China and was the sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, the founder and the leader of the Republic of China. Matte-finish full-length photo of Madame Chiang, signed in the lower border in fountain pen "Mayling Soong Chiang". 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. In very good condition, with a tear to the bottom, silvering, creasing, and two repaired areas of paper loss to corners.

 

 

Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Document signed and medal “Order of the British Empire”

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. Document signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.25 inch, Ministry of Munitions of War, London, 1918 January 1. Document addressed to Ernest Gilman, Ashley regarding appointment to the Order of the British Empire. In full: “I HAVE had much pleasure in recommending to the Prime Minster that you should be appointed to the Order of the British Empire, and I am glad to learn that the King has approved the recommendation. Pray accept my hearty congratulations on this recognition of your valuable services.” Accompanied by the original medal in his original case. The box is marked with “M.B.E.” for “Member British Empire”. Also included is a letter of the Acting Secretary of the Home Office Whitehall, London, 1917 December 20 regarding the appointment and a Newspaper article regarding the appointment. Letter has mailing folds and minor stains, case with handling wear, otherwise fine. The first time that I can sell an appointment with the original medal. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was established by King George V. in June 1917 for services to the British Empire. The Order has five classes and a medal. The five classes are Knight and Dame Grand Cross (GBE), Knight and Dame Commander (KBE/ DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE), and Member (MBE).

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Document 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. Partly printed document signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 8.0 x 12.75 inch, Home Office, Whitehall, 1911 July 14. Ornate signed document of appreciation on behalf of King George V. Signed by Churchill as Secretary of State for the Home Office. Addressed to The Recording Secretary, Court City of Wakefield, Order of Foresters, Greenmount, Wakefield. Completed in manuscript. In full, “I am commanded by The King to convey to you hereby His Majesty's Thanks for the Loyal and Dutiful Message of the Court City of Wakefield, N 2280, of the Independent Order of Foresters on the occasion of Their Majesties Coronation”. Mounted on cardboard, discolored from prior framing, else good condition.

 

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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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Clement XII., Pope (1652-1740)

Letter signed

Born Lorenzo Corsini, was Pope from 12 July 1730 to his death in 1740. Letter signed “Card. Corsini”. 1p. (double-page), 8.0 x 10.75 inch, Rome, 1712 April 30. Bearing to the address leaf an attractive blind embossed seal. To Monseigneur Gaetano Palletti, in Italian. Cardinal Corsini states: “I have read the report received referring to the belongings owned by Martini Ronta, and when they will be free it seems to me they will not be private persons…” Further asking his correspondent to make sure the values given are correct. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Clostermann, Pierre (1921-2006)

Signed photograph

French flying ace. Clostermann scored 33 recorded victories, earning the accolade "France's First Fighter" from General Charles de Gaulle. Rare signed and inscribed photograph. 6.0 x 4.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Fine black and white photograph of Clostermann in his plane. Excellent 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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Erzberger, Matthias (1875-1921)

Typed letter signed

German publicist and politician, Reich Minister of Finance from 1919 to 1920. He was assassinated for this act by the right-wing terrorist group Organisation Consul. Typed letter signed “MErzberger”. 1p., 6.75 x 8.75 inch. Berlin, 1917 December 10. Addressed to Legation-Secretary von Simson in Zurich. In German: “Besten Dank für Ihr Schreiben vom 3. Dezember betreffend Herrn Rosenbaum, das ich heute erhalten habe.“ Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

 

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