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Franco, Francisco (1892-1975)

Photograph signed

Dictator of Spain from 1939 to his death in 1975. Vintage signed photograph “F. Franco”. 3.5 x 5.25 inch, n.p. (Madrid). Signed in black ink by Franco and dated “31-10-(1)959” in his hand. Photo by Jalon Angel, Zaragoza (printed on verso). The original transmittal letter “El Secretario de S. E. el Jefe del Estado, dated Madrid, 1959 October 31 is included. Mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

Price: $ 780 / € 650

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Franco, Francisco (1892-1975)

Photograph signed

Dictator of Spain from 1939 to his death in 1975. Coming from a military background, he became the youngest general in Europe in the 1920s. Vintage signed photograph “F. Franco”. 3.5 x 5.25 inch, n.p. Signed in black ink by Franco and dated “20-3-(1)959” in his hand. Photo by Jalon Angel, Zaragoza (printed on verso). Mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

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Frederick II. – The Great (1712-1786)

Letter signed

King of Prussia from 1740 until his death. His political prowess and enlightened attitudes toward religion, learning, and the humanities earned him the sobriquet “Frederick the Great”. Letter signed “Federic”. 1p. (double-page), 7.25 x 9.0 inch. Potsdam, 1775 June 24. To the Count of Köstritz. In French: “Je vous par votre rapport de 23 de ce mois le deces de Baron de Pöttnitz c'est un chambellan deplus au Diable.” Mailing folds, else good condition. Henry IX. Reuss, Count of Köstritz (1711-1780) earned a degree in Law and Political Sciences. Through his family connections he met with the future King Frederick II. of Prussia. From 1762 to 1769, he was Royal Prussian Postmaster General and Chief of the postal system. He later rose to become directing minister, top civil servant and close personal advisor to Frederick the Great.

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Gagern, Heinrich von (1799-1880) & Gagern, Maximilian von (1810-1899)

Autograph letter signed

Heinrich von Gagern was a statesman who argued for the unification of Germany. Maximilian von Gagern was a German liberal politician. Autograph letter signed “HvGagern”. 2 pages, bifolium, 4.25 x 6.5 inch, place illegible, 1835 March 29. Untranslated letter in German regarding a small request. Autograph letter signed “MvGagern”. 1 page, bifolium, 5.75 x 8.75 inch. Vienna, 1885 September 30. Gagern thanks a gentleman and friend for his effort and care. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else good condition.

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Gandhi, Mohandas “Mahatma” (1869-1948)

Autograph letter signed “my heart is with you…”

Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule. He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific “Mahatma” (from Sanskrit “great-souled”), first applied to him in South Africa in 1914, is now used throughout the world. Wonderful autograph letter signed “Bapu”. 1 page, recto and verso, 3.75 x 6.5 inch, Sevagram (Wardha), 1940 April 11. To Miss Lilian Andrews in Paignton. A fine letter regarding the death of his friend Charles Freer Andrews. In full: My dear Lilian, my heart is with you all in the joint sorrows. For Charlie had innumerable brothers & sisters as good as beloved relations. I am sure you are braverly bearing the loss. His last moments were glorious. It was a grand thing that the metropolitan was with him. God be with you”. The original mailing envelope (addressed in another hand) is included. Address has been redirected to London. Mailing fold, paper clip impression, minor stains, else good condition. Charles Freer Andrews (1871 - 5 April 1940) was an Anglican priest and Christian missionary, educator and social reformer, and an activist for Indian independence. He became a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi and identified with the Indian liberation struggle. He was instrumental in convincing Gandhi to return to India from South Africa, where Gandhi had been a leading light in the Indian civil rights struggle. Bapu is a word for "father" in many Indian languages.

Price: $ 11,400 / € 9.500

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Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)

Rare autograph letter signed

French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later served as its first president from 1959 to 1969. Rare autograph letter signed “C.de Gaulle”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, on his personal embossed “LE GÉNÉRAL DE GAULLE” letterhead, (Paris), (19)63 September 12. Written in French in dark blue ink. Charles de Gaulle confirms receipt of a check for 19,440.60 f received by its Publisher for the publication "Les Mémoires de Guerre", published September 1, 1963. Slightly discolored, mailing fold, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,260 / € 1.050

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Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)

Rare autograph letter signed

French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969. Rare autograph letter signed “C.de Gaulle”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, on his personal embossed “LE GÉNÉRAL DE GAULLE” letterhead, (Paris), (19)63 December 22. Written in dark blue ink and addressed to “Crédit du Nord in Haubourdin”. Charles de Gaulle confirms receipt of a check. In French, in full: “J’ai bien reçu le chèque de 2.020 f que vous m’avez adressé de la part de M. Léon Coustenoble à Santes. Croyez, Monsieur, à ma considération distinguee.” Translated: “I have received the check for 2,020 f that you sent me from Mr. Léon Coustenoble in Santes.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing fold, else excellent condition.

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Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)

Fine content typed letter signed to Paul Valéry’s wife

French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969. Fine typed letter signed “C.de Gaulle”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.5 inch, on his personal embossed “LE GÉNÉRAL DE GAULLE” letterhead as Président de la République. Paris, 1959 January 29. Signed in dark blue ink and addressed to Madam J.P. Valery in Paris (Jeannine Gobillard 1877-1970), wife of the famous French poet Paul Valéry (1871-1945). The letter in French, in full: “Vous avez bien voulu m’exprimer vos sentiments de confiance et de réconfort devant le renouveau francais. En associant à ce témoignage la grande mémoire de Paul Valéry, vous lui avez denné un prix tout special, à mes yeux. Laissez-moi vous en remercier. Veuillez agréer, Madame, mes hommages respectueux.” Translated: “You were kind enough to express your feelings of confidence and comfort to me in the face of the French renewal. By associating the great memory of Paul Valéry with this testimony, you have given him a very special price, in my eyes. Let me thank you for that. Please accept, Madam, my respects.” Mailing folds, else fine condition. Paul Valery married Jeannine Gobillard in 1900. Also included is a printed and unsigned invitation card for Madam Valery at Palais de l’Elysée 1967 December 7.

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Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)

Card signed + autographs of V. Auriol, L. Blum, G. Bidault

French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969. Card signed “C.G.” and additional salutation in de Gaulle’s hand. 3.25 x 2.5 inch, Paris January 17, 1949. Together with the original mailing envelope. Also included is a card signed by the first President of the fourth French republic Vincent Auriol (1884-1966), Prime Minister Leon Blum (1872-1950) and Prime Minister Georges Bidault (1899-1983). Fine condition.

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Goerdeler, Carl Friedrich (1884-1945)

Excellent autograph letter signed

Resistance fighter, conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant and opponent of the Nazi regime. He opposed some of the anti-Jewish policies while he held office and was opposed to the Holocaust. Had the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. After his arrest, he gave names of numerous co-conspirators to the Gestapo, causing the arrests and executions of hundreds or even thousands of others. He was executed by hanging on 2 February 1945. Excellent autograph letter signed “Goerdeler”. 2 pages, recto and verso of a card, 6.5 x 4.25 inch, Leipzig, 1928 December 31. On his personal “Dr. Goerdeler” card. To Prof. Dr. Karl Straube in Leipzig. In German, in full: “Hochverehrter Herr Professor, mit Ihrem freundlichen und feinen Gedanken zur Jahreswende haben Sie mir eine besondere Freude bereitet. Ich danke herzlich. Gott erhalte Ihnen die Gesundheit und segne Ihr Wirken, mit dem Sie so viele Herzen trösten und erhalten, auch im Neuen Jahre; es birgt große Entscheidungen, für die wir ein starkes Herz brauchen. Ihr stets ergebener.“ Fine condition. Montgomery Rufus Karl Siegfried Straube (1873-1950) was a German church musician, organist, and choral conductor, famous for championing the abundant organ music of Max Reger. 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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Goerdeler, Carl Friedrich (1884-1945)

Rare typed letter signed re: Johann Sebastian Bach

Resistance fighter, conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant and opponent of the Nazi regime. He opposed some of the anti-Jewish policies while he held office and was opposed to the Holocaust. Had the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. After his arrest, he gave names of numerous co-conspirators to the Gestapo, causing the arrests and executions of hundreds or even thousands of others. He was executed by hanging on 2 February 1945. Typed letter signed “Goerdeler”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 8.25 x 11.25 inch, Leipzig 1935 June 15. As major of Leipzig to Prof. D. Dr. Karl Straube in Leipzig. In German, in full: “Die Bachtage sollen nicht beginnen, ohne daß ich Ihnen der Stadt und meine persönlichen besonderen Grüße und Wünsche übermittele. Wir beglückwünschen Sie insbesondere zu der Anerkennung, die Ihre außerordentlichen Verdienste um die Geltung der deutschen Musik im Auslande dadurch gefunden haben, daß Sie zum ordentlichen Senator der Deutschen Akademie ernannt sind. Diese Anerkennung ehrt auch die Stadt, in der Sie als Thomaskantor wirken. Wir wissen es zu würdigen, daß Sie allen Versuchungen getrotzt haben, die darauf abzielten, ihrem meisterhaften Können und Ihrer Persönlichkeit anderwärts eine würdige Wirkungsstätte zu bereiten. Wir danken Ihnen für Ihre Treue, mit der Sie das Amt des Thomaskantors festgehalten haben. In diesen Tagen wird allzu häufig lebendig jene Unvollkommenheit des menschlichen Lebens, die sich darin offenbart, daß der Wirkende von den Mitlebenden nicht voll verstanden wird. Ihnen ist das hohe Glück zuteil geworden, Verehrung, Hochachtung und Dank einer ganzen Welt noch im tätigem Wirken genießen zu können. Möge unserem jetzigen Thomaskantor dieses Glück noch lange erhalten bleiben. Möge es verschönt werden durch jenes höhere Glück, das in dem Bewußtsein besteht, mit ganzer Kraft einer hohen Aufgabe dienen zu dürfen. Wir grüßen in Ihnen den würdigen Nachfolger des berühmtesten Leipziger Thomaskantors Johann Sebastian Bach und den Meister, der der vollendete Vollstrecker eines großen Vermächtnisses des lange verblichenen Amtsvorgängers geworden ist.“ Also included is an autograph letter signed from Anneliese Goerdeler to Hertha Johanna Straube, who condoles her on the death of her husband (Katharinenplaisir 1950). Mailing folds, else fine condition. Montgomery Rufus Karl Siegfried Straube (1873-1950) was a German church musician, organist, and choral conductor, famous for championing the abundant organ music of Max Reger. 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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Goerdeler, Carl Friedrich (1884-1945)

Rare typed letter signed by the resistance fighter

Resistance fighter, conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant and opponent of the Nazi regime. He opposed some of the anti-Jewish policies while he held office and was opposed to the Holocaust. Had the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. After his arrest, he gave names of numerous co-conspirators to the Gestapo, causing the arrests and executions of hundreds or even thousands of others. He was executed by hanging on 2 February 1945. Rare typed letter signed “Goerdeler”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin, 1935 May 6. Addressed to „Nationalen Klub von Sachsen“ (National club of Saxony) in Dresden. On “Der Reichskommissar für Preisüberwachung” stationery. In German, in full: “Sehr verehrter Herr Oberstleutnant! Für die freundlichen Zeilen vom 29. April danke ich herzlich. Zu meinem besonders lebhaften Bedauern ist es mir nicht möglich, meinen Vortrag niederschreiben zu lassen. Ich habe ihn frei nach kurzen Stichworten gehalten und komme im Drange der Arbeit nicht dazu, ihn jetzt nachträglich zusammenzufassen. Es tut mir herzlich leid, aber ich kann es nicht ändern. Es war schade, daß ich Sie so früh verlassen mußte. Ich danke nochmals für die gastliche Aufnahme …“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Rare autograph! 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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Goerdeler, Carl Friedrich (1884-1945)

Rare typed letter signed by the resistance fighter

Resistance fighter, conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant and opponent of the Nazi regime. He opposed some of the anti-Jewish policies while he held office and was opposed to the Holocaust. Had the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. After his arrest, he gave names of numerous co-conspirators to the Gestapo, causing the arrests and executions of hundreds or even thousands of others. He was executed by hanging on 2 February 1945. Rare typed letter signed “Goerdeler”. 1p., (bifolium), 6.25 x 8.0 inch, Leipzig, 1931 March 11. As mayor of Leipzig, Goerdeler writes to a doctor and his wife and declines an invitation. In German, in full: “Für die überaus liebenswürdige Einladung zum 18. März danken meine Frau und ich herzlich. Soweit ich es bis jetzt übersehen kann, wird es uns zu unserem großen Bedauern nicht möglich sein, Ihr Folge zu leisten, da Mittwoch abend Etatberatungen in den zuständigen Ausschüssen stattfinden, und ich an ihnen teilnehmen muß. Wir müssen also bitten, uns gütigst zu entschuldigen.“ Mailing fold, else fine 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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Goerdeler, Carl Friedrich (1884-1945)

Rare typed letter signed by the resistance fighter

Resistance fighter, conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant and opponent of the Nazi regime. He opposed some of the anti-Jewish policies while he held office and was opposed to the Holocaust. Had the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. After his arrest, he gave names of numerous co-conspirators to the Gestapo, causing the arrests and executions of hundreds or even thousands of others. He was executed by hanging on 2 February 1945. Rare typed letter signed “Goerdeler”. 1p., (bifolium), 8.75 x 11.25 inch, Leipzig, 1930 June 2. Addressed to Bertha Hoffmann in Leipzig. In German, in full: “Für Ihre freundlichen Glückwünsche und das mir übersandte schöne Gedicht danke ich Ihnen herzlich.” Translated: “Thank you very much for your kind congratulations and the beautiful poem you sent me.” Mailing folds, signature blurred, else good condition. Rare autograph! 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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Goerdeler, Carl Friedrich (1884-1945)

Rare typed letter signed by the resistance fighter

Resistance fighter, conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant and opponent of the Nazi regime. He opposed some of the anti-Jewish policies while he held office and was opposed to the Holocaust. Had the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. After his arrest, he gave names of numerous co-conspirators to the Gestapo, causing the arrests and executions of hundreds or even thousands of others. He was executed by hanging on 2 February 1945. Rare typed letter signed “Goerdeler”. 1p., 8.25 x 5.75 inch, Leipzig, 1934 June 22. As mayor of Leipzig, Goerdeler writes to Dr. Alfred Martin in Leipzig. A short thank you note for a “speech chorus”. In German, in full: “Für die freundliche Übersendung Ihres Sprechchores „O Du mein Deutschland“ danke ich Ihnen herzlich. Ich habe ihn mit großer Freude gelesen.“ Mailing folds, else good 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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Goerdeler, Carl Friedrich (1884-1945)

Rare typed letter signed by the resistance fighter

Resistance fighter, conservative German politician, executive, economist, civil servant and opponent of the Nazi regime. He opposed some of the anti-Jewish policies while he held office and was opposed to the Holocaust. Had the 20 July plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944 succeeded, Goerdeler would have served as the Chancellor of the new government. After his arrest, he gave names of numerous co-conspirators to the Gestapo, causing the arrests and executions of hundreds or even thousands of others. He was executed by hanging on 2 February 1945. Rare typed letter signed “Goerdeler”. 1p., 8.25 x 5.75 inch, Leipzig, 1931 November 21. As mayor of Leipzig, Goerdeler writes to Dr. Adolf Aber in Leipzig and “sends the desired lines”. In German, in full: “Abredegemäß übersende ich Ihnen die gewünschten Zeilen.” Mailing fold, else fine 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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Göring, Hermann (1893-1946)

Signed photograph

German politician, military leader and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Signed photograph “Göring”. 4.25 x 6.0 inch, black and white photograph of Göring in uniform, signed in blue ink. Photo Hoffmann, Munich printed on verso. Fine 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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Hancock, John (1736-1793)

Autograph letter signed to the Gentleman of Senate and House

American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. Autograph Letter Signed "JH". As Governor of Massachusetts, to the MA General Court ("Gentleman of the Senate & . . . House of Represent:"), promising to sign a bill altering shipping regulations should both houses support it. 1 page, 7.5 x 12.0 inch, Council Cham(ber), 1783, October 23. In full: “Gentleman of the Senate & Gentleman of the House of Represent: The Secretary has laid before me a Bill, intitled an Act for Altering & Amending one Clause or part of an Act made & passed the last Sitting of the General Court, intitled An Act for Regulating Pilotage in several Ports in this Common Wealth. It is my Duty to mention to you, Gentlemen, that the Governor & Council in the Establishments of the Fees of the Vinyard Pilots, were greatly influenc'd by the Additional Expences that would Arise to them from each one of them being obliged to keep a Deck'd Boat. This Bill relieves them from that Burden, & I should think the Navigation should meet a proportionable Relief. I shall be ready to Sign the Bill if the Two houses are pleas'd to accord in the Addition." Short separation at fold near left edge and expertly repaired with tissue on verso, faint dampstaining at folds near left edge, else good condition.

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Harrison, Anna (1775-1864)

Scarce autograph letter signed (pictured in reference book)

Wife of US President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), mother of John Scott Harrison and paternal grandmother of US President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901). She was first lady of the United States during her husband's one-month term in 1841, though never entered the White House. Scarce autograph letter signed “Anna Harrison”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.75 inch, Longview (Ohio), 1857 November 24. A friendly letter sending her husband's autograph and an apology for not being able to reply sooner, because of her “indisposition”. In parts: “… I am sorry, I am not able to send you a more legible one, but I had to take it from a letter, that I suppose was written in much haste, but I hope I will answer, the purpose for which you want it”. Mailing folds, handling wear, minor stains, else good condition. Letter is pictured in the fine book “The First Ladies of the United States by Dr. Walter A. Ostromecki, Jr. Encino, California, June 1991”.

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Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)

Letter archive (two autograph and five typed letter signed)

Liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) from 1949 to 1959. Excellent letter archive, two autograph letter signed and five typed letter signed. All on “Theodor Heuss” stationery, 8.25 x 11.75 inch, fine laid paper. Addressed to Mrs. Marga Stempel in Oberems/ Taunus and to Mr. Hans G. Stempel in Frankfurt. Dated (1) 1949 December 28, (2) 1951 December 27, (3) 1953 March 30, (4) 1954 March 8, (5) 1958 December 25, (6) 1959 February 18, (7) 1959 February 19. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)

Uncommon autograph letter signed

Liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) from 1949 to 1959. Autograph letter signed “Theodor Heuss”. 1p., 6.0 x 8.25 inch, Berlin-Lichtenfelde, 1933 July 16. To “Liebe Frau Möricke”. Untranslated letter in German. Minor handling wear, else fine.

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Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934)

Uncommon autograph letter signed “Your old grandfather”

Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Autograph letter signed “Hindenburg”. 1p., 8.75 x 11.25 inch, Berlin, (19)28 July 3. Addressed to his granddaughter “Frau von Brockhusen in Gross Jüstin/ Bezirk Stettin”. In German, in full: “ “Liebe Klara! Vielen Dank für das wohlgelungene Bild, mit dem du mir eine rechte Freude gemacht hast. Das liebe Kind sieht nett und gesund aus. Gott lasse es so weitergedeihen! Hier geht es gut. … ist frisch und munter, und der kleine hat sich wohl eingebürgert. Seine Schwestern sind sehr stolz auf ihn. Sehr recht, daß du die Musik weiter cultiviren willst. Ich bedauere, daß ich es nicht gethan habe. Auch in Neudeck steht das Getreide bis jetzt gut. Hoffentlich haben wir alle eine gute Ernte. Herzliche Grüße von Haus zu Haus. In Liebe dein alter Großvater“. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Hindenburg’s hand. Also included is a fine postcard photograph of Hindenburg with a PRINTED aphorism and signature. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934)

Autograph letter signed

Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Autograph letter signed “v. Hindenburg”. 1p., 5.5 x 8.5 inch, Magdeburg 1903 September 15. To General Alexander von Linsingen (1850-1935). In German, in full: "Verehrter Herr v. Linsingen! Auf Ihr Schreiben vom 21.8.03 erwidere ich Ihnen nach Rücksprache mit dem Herrn Corps-Intendanten ergebenst, daß Ihre Wünsche unter Voraussetzung einer entsprechenden Conduite nach Möglichkeit berücksichtigt werden sollen.". Mailing fold, some stains from the not dried ink, else fine condition.

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Signed photograph additional signed by Hess/ Schirach/ Brückner

Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Signed photograph “Adolf Hitler”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo by Photo-Hoffmann, Munich - printed “Der Reichskanzler auf einer Fahrt durch Deutschland” (The Chancellor on a trip through Germany). Signed on verso in pencil by Rudolf Hess (1894-1987) “RHess” and in crayon by Adolf Hitler “Adolf Hitler”, in pencil by Balduch von Schirach (1907-1974) “Baldur von Schirach” and in pencil by Wilhelm Brückner (1884-1954) “Brückner”. In a different hand in crayon “Wilhelm” before Brückner’s signature. Comes with a vintage UNSIGNED photo of Hitler shaking hands with Paul von Hindenburg at Potsdam 1933 March 21 - the famous Potsdam day. Handling and corner wear, some creases and bends, else good condition. Rare and probably one of a kind signature combination. 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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Isabella I., Queen (1451-1504)

Letter signed “payment order dated 1499”

Queen of Castile from 1474 and, as the wife of King Ferdinand II., Queen of Aragon from 1479 until her death. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage that led to the discovery of the New World. Letter signed “yo la Reyna” (I the Queen). 2 pages, recto and verso, 8.75 x 12.25 inch, Granada, 1499 November 10. Tacking cord on the left edge. Order to her accountants, instructing them to credit Sancho de Paredes, Her Majesty’s Chamberlain, with the sums of money mentioned in the list which follows. The items mentioned are for household use, notably mattresses, with cloth and thread for making the same and sums paid to seamstresses. There are also some payments for chests. At the foot of page two is a short summary of the document with several abbreviations. Countersigned by her secretary Gaspar de Trizio. Expected folds and wrinkles, else remarkably bright and well-preserved for having been signed over 500 years ago!

Price: $ 6,900 / € 5.750

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John Paul II., Pope (1920-2005)

Typed letter signed

Born Karol Józef Wojtyła. Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is widely known to Catholics as Saint John Paul the Great. Typed letter signed “+ Karol card. Wojtyla”. 1p., 8.0 x 11.5 inch. Krakow, 1977 January 30. On “Metropolita Krakowski” letterhead. Addressed to an unknown Bishop. In Polish, in full: “Ekscelencjo, Najczcigodniejszy Ksieze Biskupie, Serdecznie zapraszam na doroczna uroczystosc sw. Stanislawa B. i M. Patrona Polski. Tradycyjna procesja z Wawelu na Skalke wypada w tym roku w niedziele 8 maja. Szczegolowy program zostanie jeszcze dostarczony w pozniejszym terminie.” Translated: “Your Excellency, Most Reverend Bishop, I cordially invite you to the annual celebration of St. Stanislaw Patron of Poland. The traditional procession from … falls this year on Sunday, May 8. A detailed program will be delivered at a later date.” Handwritten note “negative” in a different hand at the upper right edge, mailing folds, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,260 / € 1.050

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John XXIII., Pope (1881-1963)

Official Vatican presentation photograph signed

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Official Vatican color glossy presentation photo signed “Joannes XXIII PP 9-I-1963”. 4.0 x 5.75 inch photo of Pope John XXIII. in his papal robe, affixed to its official 8.75 x 11.75 inch mount, embossed with his official seal, signed on the mount in black ink. Verso has the official “Pontificia Foto Felici Roma 5.1.63” stamp. Slightly trimmed, minor mounting residue on verso, else good condition. Excellent signed photo and rare as Pope.

Price: $ 2,200 / € 1.850

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John XXIII., Pope (1881-1963)

Unique signed photograph

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Vintage glossy black and white signed photograph “Joannes p.p. XXIII Epiphania domini (Three King’s day) 6.-1.1959”. 6.75 x 8.75  inch, n.p. (Rome), 1959 January 6. Signed in dark black ink. Photograph shows the Pope together with Emilio Tagle Covarrubias (1907-1991). Covarrubias has signed in blue ink “Emilio Tagle C.”. Covarrubias was Bishop of Valparaiso, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago later to be his Apostolic Administrator. Pope John XXIII. appointed him as Archbishop of Santiago in April 1961. Verso with some stamps “Secretaria de estado” and a second one with “Sant. de Chile”. A third stamp is illegible. A photographer stamp “ROMA” is also illegible. Handling wear and some bends tape-repaired on verso, else good condition. Unique with the “Epiphania domini” signature.

Price: $ 2,100 / € 1.750

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