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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 November 3. 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.

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Lafayette, Marquis de (1757-1834)

Letter signed

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.

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Lindemann, Fritz (1894-1944)

Very rare autograph letter signed by the resistance fighter

German officer in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany and member of the resistance to Adolf Hitler. Very rare autograph letter signed “Lindemann”. 2pp., (recto and verso), 5.75 x 7.5 inch, (Hamburg), 1943 August 31. This is one of five letters from the period August/ September 1943, which are addressed to the adjutant of the 132. ID, Captain Horst Schonsky. In parts: "Allmählich sieht man etwas mehr durch alles durch. Zweifellos hat hier die größte Katastrophe stattgefunden, die jemals eine deutsche Stadt betroffen hat. Ob die Totenziffer tatsächlich schon dreistellig ist, wage ich noch zu bezweifeln, jedenfalls sind es ganze Stadtviertel (Hamm, Hammerbrook, Rothenburgsort), in denen kein Zimmer mehr steht, in denen Tausende von Toten unter den Schuttmassen ruhen… Im Allgemeinen ist die Haltung der Bevölkerung ausgezeichnet. Alles, was noch lebt, begrüßt sich freudestrahlend. Die Fenster sind größtenteils holzverschalt wie in Rußland… Ich fahre am 4.9. mit meiner Frau für einige Tage nach Potsdam, anschl. nach Dresden, und am 15.9. wahrscheinlich nach Mölln, wo es noch gute Verpflegung geben soll. … Wie mag es inzwischen mit diesen merkwürdigen Untersuchungen bei Ihnen stehen? Ich glaube, es tat dem O.B. fast schon leid. … Herzlichen Gruß an alle Herren, ich schreibe bald an Geyer, dem ich für die sorgfältige Bearbeitung des reizenden Gedenkbuches besonders danke, in alter Kameradschaft Ihr Lindemann!" "Geyer" is certainly Heinz Geyer, the General Staff Officer of the 132. ID. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Very rare and fine content. 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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Mandela, Nelson (1918-2013)

Signed photograph

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.

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Masaryk, Tomáš Garrigue (1850-1937)

Signed photograph

Czech politician, statesman, sociologist and philosopher. Signed photograph “T.G. Masaryk 16/11.(?)’28”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., black and white photo, signed in dark black ink. Additional signed by Alois Jirasek (1851-1930) a Czech writer, author of historical novels and plays. Mounted on thin cardboard, Jirasek signature slightly blurred, else good condition.

 

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Millerand, Alexandre (1859-1943)

Content autograph card signed + personal visiting card signed

French politician and freemason. Autograph card signed “AMillerand”. 1p., 10.25 x 7.0 inch (unfolded). Paris, 1929 April 11. A fine content handwritten card by Millerand regarding “La Guerre”, “traditions” and “La France”. Mounted on the left side is a fine postcard of Millerand by Mascré-Pirou. Also included is a personal visiting card of Millerand with handwritten salutation and signed “AM”. Slightly discolored else fine condition.

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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.

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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.

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Fantastic oversize document signed regarding a deserter

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Document signed “Napoleon”. 1p., 21.25 x 16,75 inch, Fontainebleau, 1807 September 27. Fine paper seal at the bottom. Exceptional and large document granting the Emperor's grace to a deserter. Signed by Napoleon I. with a fantastic large and dark signature. Countersigned by three high personalities: Archichancelier de l'Empire Jean Jacques Régis de CAMBACERES (1753-1824), Duc de Parme, Le Grand-Juge Ministre de la Justice Claude Ambroise REGNIER (1746-1814), Duc de Massa and Le Ministre secrétaire d'état Hugues Bernard MARET (1763-1839), Duc de Bassano. In French, in full: “NAPOLEON, par la grâce de Dieu et les constitutions de l'Empire, Empereur des Français aux président et membres composant notre cour de justice criminelle des départements de Marengo et de la Sesia séant à Casal. Sur le compte qui nous a été rendu en exécution de l'article XLIX de l'Arrêté du 19 vendémiaire An 12, de la bonne conduite tenue aux ateliers d'Alexandrie par Bernard RADELSKI, soldat au Régiment de la Tour d'Auvergne condamné par un jugement d'un conseil de guerre en date du 13 mai 1806 à seize ans de boulet et à 1 500 frs d'amende pour désertion détenu auxdits ateliers ; Nous avons reconnu que nous pouvions lui faire éprouver les effets de notre clémence : en conséquence, nous avons, par décret daté de notre camp impérial de Tilsitt, le 23 juin 1807, ordonné qu'il serait tenu dans notre Palais des Tuileries à Paris, sous la présidence de notre cousin le Prince Archichancelier de l'Empire, Président ; notre cousin le Prince Architrésorier, MM. DEJEAN Ministre de l'administration de la guerre, Champagny, Ministre de l'Intérieur, Monge, Président du Sénat, Garnier (Germain), Sénateur, Bigot-Préameneu et Lacuee, Conseillers d'Etat, Muraire, conseiller d'état, premier président de la cour de cassation, et Merlin, conseiller d'Etat, notre procureur général en ladite cour ; et après nous être fait représenter le procès verbal de la séance dudit conseil privé, tenue le 9 juillet suivant dans notre palais des Tuileries, le même procès verbal contenant le rapport de notre Grand-juge Ministre de la justice, et l'avis des autres Membres du conseil privé ; TOUT VU ET EXAMINE, voulant préférer miséricorde à la rigueur des lois, nous avons déclaré et déclarons faire grâce pleine et entière [rayé] audit Bernard RADELSKI, du tems à écouler de la peine conformément audit article XLIX de l'Arrêté du 19 vendémiaire An 12, et pour en jouir, suivant l'article LXXXIII du même arrêté. Mandons et ordonnons que les présentes lettres, scellées du sceau de l'Empire, vous soient présentées par notre procureur général près ladite cour, en audience publique, où l'impétrant sera conduit, pour entendre la lecture d'icelles, en présence de l'Officier commandant la gendarmerie dans le département, et que lesdites lettres soient de suite transcrites sur vos registres, à la réquisition du même procureur général.” Written and stamped on verso: "recorded on the registers of the registry of the Criminal and Penal Court of the departments of Marengo and Sesia, in Casal Monferrato on November 12, 1807". This document is important and amazing because of the high quality of the signatures. It presents the great interest to treat of a grace for a deserter of the Regiment of the Tower of Auvergne (not to be confused with the regiment of the same name under the former Regime, nor with the first Foreign Regiment of the Legion created much later). This regiment of light infantry, also named 1st Foreign Regiment was mainly composed of deserters of defeated armies (Austrians, Russians and so on). Radelski did not enjoy full and complete grace, but a simple grace. He is likely to join his Regiment later to continue the Empire Campaigns. Document is unfolded and rolled, wear at the top, else good condition.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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