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: $ 2,535 / € 1.950
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
Ludendorff, Erich (1865-1937)
Excellent content autograph note signed
German general, victor of Liège and of the Battle of Tannenberg. From August 1916 his appointment as Quartermaster general made him joint head, with Paul von Hindenburg, and chief engineer behind the management of Germany's effort in World War I until his resignation in October 1918. Autograph note signed „Ludendorff“, 5.5 x 8.75 inch. In German (untranslated): „Jeder Deutsche sollte sich endlich seiner Pflicht gegenüber dem Vaterlande bewusst werden und kraftvoll und ohne Scheu für dieselbe eintreten“. Mailing fold, some stains, otherwise fine condition.
Price: $ 290 / € 225
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)
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
Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)
Rare autographed letter signed
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. Rare autographed letter signed “Mussolini”. 1p. (double-page), 6.75 x 8.5 inch. On “Il Capo del Governo” stationery. N.p. (probably Milano), no date (about 1928). To Francesco Boncompagni Ludovisi (1886-1955) - an Italian politician and the 2nd governor of Rome (1928-1935). Interesting letter in Italian to Boncompagni in reference to a newspaper article which is attached. Mailing fold, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,090 / € 850
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 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)
First Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. Fine ink signature “Jawaharlal Nehru 1957” on a piece of paper. 4.0 x 1.75 inch, matted in red with a photograph of Nehru to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Mat has three minor bends at the upper edge, one stain at the beginning of his signature, else fine.
Price: $ 245 / € 190
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