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Amin Dada, Idi (1923-2003)

Strange Document signed

Ugandan political leader and military officer who was the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. A murderous, oppressive President who was deposed in 1979 and lived the remainder of his years in exile. Strange document signed “IdiADada”. A plain Certificate of Performance from the Uganda Motor Club regarding the 25th UGANDA RALLY from 21st - 24th January 1979, 7.75 x 10.0 inch, Kampala, 1979, signed by Amin as Patron of the Club with a black ballpoint-pen. Handling wear, else good 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)

Large card signed

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 card “A. Bebel”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p. (Berlin), n.d. (1910 April 14) from postmark, signed in dark black ink. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Excellent condition.

 

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Ben-Gurion, David (1886-1973)

Signed photograph

Primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Black and white signed photograph “D. Ben-Gurion”. 3.75 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in blue ballpoint-pen by Ben-Gurion below his image. Fine condition.

 

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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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Benes, Edvard (1884-1948)

Large signed photograph

Leader of the Czechoslovak independence movement, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the second President of Czechoslovakia from 1935 to 1938 and again from 1940 to 1948. Signed photograph “Dr. Edvard Benes 6.10.38”. 7.5 x 9.0 inch, n.p. Slightly trimmed, else good condition. Uncommon in signed photographs especially of this size.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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Bonaparte, Joséphine (1763-1814)

Letter signed regarding poor orphans

Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I., and thus the first Empress of the French. Letter signed “Lapagerie Buonaparte”. 1p., 6.75 x 8.75 inch, bifolium, Paris, 4 floral An 8 (April 23, 1796). The future empress, who had married Napoleon scarcely a month earlier, shows her lifetime kindness to endangered children. In French, translated: “The file of Etienne Thomas Maussion is in carton no. 125. I don’t know if it has been examined by the commission. I am taking such interest in these poor orphans because I knew their mother very well and because the justice that is due to them sincerely makes me wish that Citizen La Page employ everything in his power to speed up their case and bring it to conclusion.” With a fine 5.25 x 8.0 inch engraved portrait of Josephine - London: Henry Colburn 1845. Slightly discolored and handling wear, else fine condition.

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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)

Signed photograph (just three weeks after the revolution)

Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Signed press-photograph “Fidel CastroR Enero (January) 21, 1959”. Black and White photograph, 6.25 x 4.25 inch, n.p., January 21, 1959. Signed in black ink. Handling wear, vertical bend, mounting residue on verso. Photo probably in connection with the Cuban Revolution (20.07.1953 - 01.01.1959) which ended with the fall of the dictator Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973). Castro is rare in authentic signed photos, especially from this early time.

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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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Catherine II., The Great (1729-1796)

Scarce autograph letter signed regarding allegations

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. Autograph letter signed “Caterine”. 1p. (bifolium), 7.25 x 9.0 inch, n.p., 1769 June 19. A fine handwritten letter, probably to the Russian Privy Councilor Ernst Johann Graf von Münnich (1707-1788) with the order to investigate allegations made against an emissary. In French, in full: „Par la si jointe Vous verrés qu’il y a un homme qui pretend que Vos Subdelegué le font mourir de faim, conoissant Votre façon de penser, je voudrois parier qu’il n’en est rien, je Vous prie de voir par Vous meme ce qui en est, et de faire rendre exacte justice a cet homme dont je Vous ai je pense renvoyé l’affaire, Vous me ferés rapport de ce qui se passera, ayé Soin Surtout que cela ce finisse au plutot.“  Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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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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Chiang Kai-Shek, Madame (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, John - 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722)

Document signed by the ancestor of Winston Churchill

English soldier and statesman whose career spanned the reigns of five monarchs and the ancestor of Sir Winston Churchill. Document signed “Marlborough”. 1p., 9.25 x 10.5 inch, Office of ordnance, 1702/03 February 5. Document addressed to John Granville, Lieutenant General of the ordnance regarding the employment of John Walford at the waterworks for a salary of GBP 30 p.a. The document also making reference to Gunpowder and the prevention “of any danger that might happen by fire”. Countersigned by James Craggs (1657-1721) as master General of the Ordnance. The upper part of the document is neatly removed, handling wear, else fine with a large and dark signature.

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Autograph letter signed re: his South Africa speech 1907

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. Autograph letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 4.75 x 7.5 inch, bifolium, blind embossed “House of Commons” letterhead, 1907 June 21. To Sir Alfred (Thomas) thanking him for his kind letter and many other encouragements. In full: “My dear Sir Alfred, Your letter is very kind + I appreciate very much the spirit wh(ich) prompted it + many other encouragements which you have given to me. I am glad indeed that you liked my speech. We have a good cause to present to the public. Yours very sincerely". Mailing fold, else fine condition. Note: The letter from Sir Alfred Thomas (1840-1927), Liberal MP, later Lord Pontypridd, to Churchill, congratulating him on his South Africa Speech of 20 June, is in the Churchill Papers (CHAR 12/26).

 

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Iconic signed photograph by Walter Stonemann

 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. Signed Photograph “Winston S. Churchill” and dated in his hand “1950”. Photograph 2.75 x 3.75 inch on his original mount, 4.0 x 5.75 inch overall. “Walter Stonemann of J. Russel & Sons” stamp on verso. The prime minister is seen in this iconic chest up portrait sitting with his right arm propped up on a table. He is wearing a dark suit, bowtie, and white pocket square. Accompanied by the original letter sending the photograph to a Mrs. Glanville, on Hyde Park Gate London stationery, 1950 June 14th, signed by Churchill’s Private Secretary. Discolored from prior framing, minor water stain, signature a little light, but fully legible, else good condition. The photograph was taken by Walter Stoneman of J. Russell & Sons on April 1, 1942 and is one of the most powerful photographs of Winston Churchill ever made. Walter Stoneman (1876-1958) regularly photographed Winston Churchill for the portrait firm J. Russell & Sons and Churchill frequently used Stoneman's portraits as his official photographs.

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Fine typed letter signed with handwritten additions

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. Fine typed letter signed “Yours truly Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 7.5 x 9.5 inch, 1947 February 5. On his 28, Hyde Park Gate, London stationery. To “Dear Mr. Summers” in Churchill’s hand. In full: “Thank you so much for your letter  of January 28. It is good of you to wish me to dine with the Committee and address the members of your Conservative Club. I am afraid, however that my engagements are already so numerous that, much to regret, I cannot add to them even in the agreeable way you suggest. Pray accept my warm thanks for your kind invitation, which it has given me pleasure to receive.” Punch hole at the top, handling wear, fold break expertly repaired, else good condition. A fine letter with handwritten additions in Churchill’s hand.

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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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Dönitz, Karl (1891-1980)

Typed reprint regarding the negotiation of a ceasefire May 1945

German admiral during the Nazi era who briefly succeeded Adolf Hitler as the German head of state in 1945. Signed reprint of an official document “Dönitz 2.3.79”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.0 inch, n.p. (Headquarter), (19)79 March 2, signed in blue ink. Previously issued by Dönitz as Führer on May 6, 1945, authorizing Generaloberst Jodl to negotiate a ceasefire with the headquarters of General Eisenhower. In German, in full: “Ich bevollmachtige Generaloberst Jodl, Chef des Wehrmachtfuhrungsstabes im Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, zum Abschluss eines Waffenstillstandsabkommens mit dem Hauptquartier des Generals Eisenhower.“ Excellent condition. A fine reprint of an important historical document.

 

Price: $ 1,810 / € 1.450

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