Khrushchev, Nikita (1894-1971)
Typed letter signed “…will help the Red Army in the final destruction of German-Fascist’s aggressors”
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Typed letter signed in Russian. 1p, 7.5 x 11.5 inch, Kiev 1944 March 11. Signed in his typical green ink by Nikita Khrushchev. Addressed to the Metal Factory of Dzerginskiy – to Comrades Fomenko, Schepanskiy, Kozlov, Koodinov, Taranov. Khrushchev congratulates the workers on their "industrial victory", stating it will help "the Red Army in the final destruction of German Fascist aggressors". In full: "Congratulate collective of workers, engineers, technicians and employees of metal factory of Dzerginskiy with new industrial victory - putting into operation a second [house] furnace. CK KP/b/ U is strongly sure that collective of metalworkers of “Dzerginki” following instructions of comrade Stalin about fastest restoring black metallurgy will successfully solve further problems with restoring its factory, will provide over planned production of cast-iron, steel and will help the Red Army in the final destruction of German-Fascist’s aggressors. I wish you further success in your work. Secretary CK KP/b/U, Khrushchev, Kiev." Mailing folds, minor chipping and punch-holes to left edge, slightly trimmed. Excellent WW II. autograph with fine content.
Price: $ 2,225 / € 1.750
Lafayette, Marquis de (1757-1834)
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette often known simply as Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer born in Chavaniac, in the province of Auvergne in south central France. Lafayette was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde nationale during the French Revolution. Letter signed “Lafayette”. 1p., 7.25 x 8.75 inch, Paris, 1831 September 9. To a colleague, in French. Lafayette states: “Allow me, my dear colleague, to introduce you to Mr. Sarrans, a former officer at our headquarters and editor of our excellent journal Les Communes. He has a project in mind, and that is to create a daily journal which would be named Programme, which would count with the funds from Communes subscribers, this being a good starting point...” Further concluding “My friendship with him joins in such circumstances the public interest.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine.
Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250
Mandela, Nelson (1918-2013)
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Color glossy signed photograph “NMandela 14.3.2001”. 9.5 x 7.0 inch, n.p. A fine half-length photo of Mandela shaking hands with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl during Mandela's trip to Germany in late May 1996, signed in black ballpoint. Reverse bears official text and Federal Government copyright label. In fine condition.
Price: $ 1,460 / € 1.125
Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)
“Il Duce” signs an outstanding photograph
Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party – known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Signed photograph with fine and large signature, 5.25 x 9.0 inch on 8.5 x 11.75 inch mount. Head and shoulders portrait. Signed and dated “Benito Mussolini Roma 29 aprile 1927 – V”. (fascist calendar - 5 years after the March on Rome). Minor stains, handling and corner wear, writing dark and unaffected. Outstanding signed photo.
Price: $ 1,495 / € 1.150
Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)
Content four page typed letter signed with holograph postscript
Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party – known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Content typed letter signed “Mussolini”. 4pp. (double-page), 8.25 x 10.75 inch. On “Il Capo del Governo” stationery. Roma, 1928 April 20. Addressed to his “Ministro delle Finanze” Giuseppe Volpi in Roma. With a fine postscript in Mussolini’s hand at the end. An excellent content letter regarding the coverage of municipal expenses, cost control with authorities and tax revenues. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Giuseppe Volpi, 1st Count of Misurata (1877-1947) was an Italian businessman and politician. Count Volpi developed utilities which brought electricity to Venice, northeast Italy, and the Balkans by 1903. As Italy's Finance Minister from 1925 until 1928, he successfully negotiated Italy's World War I debt repayment with the United States and with England and pegged the value of the lira to the value of gold.
Price: $ 1,480 / € 1.140
Napoleon I. (1769-1821)
Excellent Document signed “Bonaparte”
Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Document signed “Bonaparte”. 3pp. (double-page), written on page one, page two and three inside, 8.0 x 12.25 inch. Paris, 1803 December 19. Printed letterhead “Repubblica italiana/ Minuta di Decreto/ …/ Bonaparte, primo Console della Repubblica francese, e Presidente della Repubblica italiana”. Decree on the payment of bonuses to the members of the presidential guard. In part: “… I Ministri della guerra e del Tesoro pubblico sono incaricati ciascheduno nella parte che lo riguarda dell’Esecuzione del presente Decreto che non sarà stampato.” In January 1802, the Cisalpine Consulta of the Cisalpine Republic (Sister Republic of France in Northern Italy) decided to change the name of the State to the Italian Republic, when Napoleon had himself elected president on 24 January. Two days later Bonaparte appeared in the Collège de la Trinité of Lyon and heard the assembled notables proclaim the Italian Republic. Mailing folds, else fine condition, beautiful signature.
Price: $ 4,225 / € 3.250
Napoleon I. (1769-1821)
Letter signed with correction in Napoleon’s own hand
Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Letter signed with correction in Napoleon’s own hand “Napol”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.25 inch, Varsovie (Warsaw), 1807 January 8. In French to war minister General Clarke. In full: “Monsieur le General Clarke, les 2 bataillons du Regiment de la garde de Paris forts de 1400 hommes doivent être arrives à Magdebourg. Je pense cependant que le General Lagrange aura pu les retenir à Canel pour mettre fin aux évenemen(t)s qui ont eu lieu, ce que j’approuverais fort. toutefois mon intention est qu’ils restent à Canel (crossed out by Napoleon and written in his own hand “Magdeburg”) jusqu’à nouvel ordre, ainsi que le regiment des fusiliers de ma Garde. Ce ferait trios mille hommes que ja pourrais rejetter sur mes derrieres, si cela devenait nécessaire. Envoyez la letter cijointe au General Lagrange par un de vos aides de Camp qui en retour rapportera un rapport detaillé sur la situation du pays, susc… je prie Dieu qu’il vous ait en sa sainte garde.” Mailing folds, else fine condition. General Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke (1765-1818) - a politician and Marshal of France.
Price: $ 2,980 / € 2.300
Napoleon I. (1769-1821)
Letter signed with excellent large signature
Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Letter signed “Napol”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Varsovie (Warsaw), 1807 January 28. In French to war minister General Clarke. In full: “Monsieur le Général Clarke, l’armée sera réunie ce 1er février à Villemberg et marchera à l’ennemi. Comme un corps pourrait être coupé et jeté sur le bas de la Vistule et peut- être plus loin, je vous ai recommandé d’envoyer du monde à Stettin et d’avoir l’oeil sur ce qui se passera, afin de pouvoir prévenir le Maréchal Mortier, le conseiller, et empêcher l’ennemi non seulement de passer l’Oder, mais le contenir et retarder sa marche, pour que le corps qui le suivrait en queue ait le temps de l’atteindre. Je vous ai déjà mandé d’envoyer un courrier pour faire avancer le 19e de ligne. Il y a à Berlin des fusils saxons. Donnez-les de préférence aux détachements de mes troupes qui passent et qui ne sont pas armées; ce n’est qu’à leur défaut que vous devez leur donner des fusils prussiens, en ayant soin que ce soit des fusils de notre calibre. Dans la levée des 6000 chevaux, 400 sont destinés à ma Garde. Comme elle n’en a pas besoin, faites les délivrer aux dragons de ma Garde. Faites-moi connaître quand le dernier détachement de 250 hommes de ce régiment arrivera, et quand il pourra entrer en ligne. Je prie Dieu pour qu’Il vous ait en sa sainte garde. P.S.: ci-joint une lettre que vous ferez passer au Maréchal Mortier”. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Also included is a letter by Clarke to Marchal Adolphe Édouard Casimir Joseph Mortier, 1st Duc de Trévise (1768-1835), a French general and Marshal of France under Napoleon I. General Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke (1765-1818) - a politician and Marshal of France.
Price: $ 2,730 / € 2.100
Napoleon III. (1808-1873)
Autographed letter signed
Emperor of the French 1852-70, the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. First President of France 1848-52, therefore holding the distinction of being the first titular president and the last monarch of France. Autographed letter signed “Napoleon”. 1p., double-page, gilt edge, 5.25 x 8.0 inch, embossed crest at the top, Saint-Cloud, 1857 August 17. Letter in French to an unknown “madame” regarding a present from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, where the Emperor had just had a diplomatic meeting with Queen Victoria on the Romanian matter. Mailing folds, else good condition.
Price: $ 770 / € 700
Napoleon III. (1808-1873)
Letter signed “La propagande impériale“
Emperor of the French 1852-70, the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. First President of France 1848-52, therefore holding the distinction of being the first titular president and the last monarch of France. Letter signed “Napoleon”. 1p., double-page, gilt edge, 5.25 x 8.0 inch, embossed crest at the top, Paris, 1861 February 9. To Édouard Antoine de Thouvenel (1818-1866). In French: “Je vous envoi la brochure de Persigny. J'ai fait quelques corrections, pour qu'elle paraisse moins officielle; en somme, je crois qu'elle ne produira pas grand effet, ou, si elle parait, il faut qu'elle ait un nom d'auteur..." Translated: “I send you the brochure of Persigny. I made some corrections, for it to appear less formal; in short, I believe that it will not produce much effect, or if it appears, it must have an author's name..." Jean-Gilbert-Victor Fialin, duc de Persigny (1808-1872) was a diplomat and statesman of the Second French Empire. Thouvenel was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1855 to 1860, and French Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1860 to 1862. Fine condition.
Price: $ 770 / € 700
Napoleon III. (1808-1873)
Draft of an autographed letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon”
Emperor of the French 1852-70, the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. First President of France 1848-52, therefore holding the distinction of being the first titular president and the last monarch of France. Draft of an autographed letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon” within the text. 1p., double-page, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. To the editor of the Times (John Delane). In French: “J'ignore ce que votre correspondant a pu vous écrire le 10 aout 1870, mais certes il a été mal informé. L'empereur Napoleon n'a point écrit à ses ministres la phrase qu'on lui prete. Il s'est borné, après la bataille de Wörth, de leur envoyer ces mots: 'il faut élever nos ames à la hauteur des circonstances'. Je regrette, Monsieur, d'voir de nouveau recours à votre obligeance.” Fine condition.
Price: $ 660 / € 600
Nehru, Jawaharlal (1889-1964)
Signed Yousuf Karsh photograph – finest exist
First Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. Signed black and white photograph “Jawaharlal Nehru”. 9.5 x 11.5 inch (visible). Inscribed “To Dr. Heinrich von Brentano with all good wishes” and dated in Nehru’s hand “16.7.1956”. Fine blue ink, photo taken by Yousuf Karsh. Photograph housed in the original brown leather presentation folder, overall 11.25 x 13.25 inch. Folder with handling wear, photograph with a small stain on the lower right margin. The first signed Nehru photograph which I have sold in the original presentation folder and surely the finest you can hope to find. Heinrich von Brentano (1904-1964) was a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He served as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1955 to 1961.
Price: $ 1,590 / € 1.225
Nelson, Horatio (1758-1805)
Rare signed and hand addressed free frank to his sister
British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. He was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Fantastic full hand-addressed free frank, signed lower left margin “Nelson & Bronte”. 8.5 x 7.0 inch (unfolded), 4.5 x 3.0 inch (visible). Addressed in Nelson’s hand to his sister Catherine “London March Eighteenth, 1803, Mrs. Matcham, Kensington Place, Nelson & Bronte Bath” Stamped with a “Free” postmark. Minor professionally repaired tears, minor bend, else good condition. Handsomely matted in red with a fine photograph of Nelson – overall 8.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. A fine display item.
Price: $ 3,290 / € 2.550