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Kennedy, Jacqueline (1929-1994)

Iconic signed magazine photo

First Lady and wife of John F. Kennedy. Signed large magazine page photo “Jacqueline Kennedy”. 9.0 x 12.25 inch, n.p., n.d., signed large and bold with a blue ballpoint pen. The famous photo of Jackie wearing her pearl necklace. This iconic photo was part of an article on her and John in the 1959 Life magazine. There are some small holes that are around the forehead and one below the necklace but have been artfully filled in and closed. The Magazine photo has been mounted to a same size thin cardboard. A striking photo of the former first lady and fashion Icon.

 

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.200

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Kennedy, Joseph P. (1888-1969)

Rare typed letter signed by the father of JFK

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. was a prominent American businessman, investor, and ambassador. Irish American and the father of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Typed letter signed “Joseph P. Kennedy”. 1p., 7.25 x 10.5 inch, on his personal “Joseph P. Kennedy” stationery, 1948 October 22. Letter to Mr. Kenneth H. Browne in Bangor. In full: “Thank you very much for your letter of the 18th. At this writing, I have no available photographs. However, as soon as I do have one, I’ll be glad to send it along to you.” Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else good condition. Letters signed by Joseph Kennedy are not common.

 

Price: $ 500 / € 420

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Rare autograph letter signed from Russia

American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Autograph letter signed “Love, B.”. Penned on a 5.75 x 4.0 inch postcard, no date (summer 1955). Kennedy writes a brief letter to Teresa Kraus in Washington. In full: "Well this is the way we do it in Russia. It was 55°C here in Chardz(h)ou on the 7th of Aug which is a little over 130°F so stop complaining & get back to work." In fine condition. Uncommon autograph from RFK’s trip to Russia a trip that shaped his mind.

Price: $ 1,060 / € 885

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Signed photograph

American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Scarce vintage, glossy signed photograph “For Selwyn C. Gamble With Best Wishes RobertFKennedy”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, black and white chest up portrait in a suit. Kennedy signs at lower left in black ink. Shows a few very small creases, surface rubbed in a few places, else very good.

 

Price: $ 1,020 / € 850

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Typed letter signed with handwritten addition

American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Typed letter signed “Bob”. 1p., 7.25 x 10.5 inch, Kilby Street, Boston, 1952 November 18. With a fine handwritten addition in Bobby’s hand: “You did a terrific job for us Dick”. Uncommon letter as JFK’s campaign manager. To Richard Kelly (Dick) in Boston. In full: “I wanted to write to tell you what a great pleasure it was to work with you in Jack’s campaign. The work that you did will always be greatly appreciated. I feel strongly, as I know Jack does, that his winning was due in large measure to the interest, enthusiasm, and effort of people such as yourself. It was a long, hard, difficult campaign --- for what you contributed during these past month, we are all most grateful. I hope it will be possible for us all to get together in the near future. In closing, I again extend my thanks to you.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

Price: $ 900 / € 750

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La Fontaine, Henri (1854-1943)

Autograph postcard signed with a fine peace statement

Belgian international lawyer and president of the International Peace Bureau. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1913 as “… the effective leader of the peace movement in Europe". Autograph postcard signed “HLaFontaine”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Brussels, 1914 March 13. Addressed to a Dr. Scharlau in Rostock (Germany). With an excellent statement in La Fontaine’s hand. In German, in full: “Mit Waffen macht man keinen Frieden. Mögen Ihre Mitbürger das endlich verstehen!“ Translated: “You don't make peace with weapons. May your fellow citizens finally understand that!" Handling wear, else fine condition.

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Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870)

Autograph letter signed as President of Washington College

American and Confederate soldier best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Autograph letter signed “RELee”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, single leaf of ruled paper, Lexington, Virginia 1867 May 11. Addressed to John A. Sims Esq. advising him of his sons' tuition status, discussing various disbursements on their behalf, and advising him that, though both have been suffering from chills and fever "...I presume this mountain climate will in time eradicate the disease." Accompanied by a document, in another hand, of an accounting of the expense of two boys (the sons of the recipient). Also included is a rare brochure, apparently an original enclosure, for Washington College, listing the faculty (with General Lee as President), the various classes organized by schools (Latin, Greek, Modern Languages, etc.). Usual folds, else in fine condition. Robert E. Lee had been superintendent of the United States Military Academy on the Hudson River at West Point, and in the aftermath of the Civil War, he accepted the role of college president of Washington College, which had been endowed by George Washington in 1796 with a $20,000 gift of stock. Doubtless, this last fact had bearing on his decision; his wife, Mary Custis, was a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, and Lee himself venerated George Washington. Lee significantly improved the curriculum during his tenure (which ended with his death in 1870), adding engineering and journalism courses, a business and a law school etc. No mere figurehead, his hands-on approach is manifested in this letter to a concerned father (who was situated in Memphis, Tennessee).

Price: $ 4,250 / € 3.550

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Lopez de Santa Anna, Antonio (1794-1876)

Letter signed

Mexican general and politician, best known in the US for his role in the Mexican-American War and the slaughter of scores of Americans at the Alamo. Letter signed “A. L. de Sta Anna”. 1p., 8.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d., probably slightly trimmed at the top. Letter in Spanish: “Mi estimado amigo sirbase usted entregar a nuestro amigo D. Jose Julian Gutierrez el juego de Café que existe en su poder de mi pertinencia, pues con esta misma carta le escribe para que lo recoja. He tenido el mayor gusto al saber que ha sido usted nombrado primer Alcalde de la Aduana de Tamauilipas, y port al suceso le doy a usted la enhorabuena. Sabed usted que lo aprecia su afectisimo amigo y muy seguro servidor.” Translated: “My dear friend, would you give our friend D. Jose Julian Gutierrez the coffee game that exists in your possession of my relevance, because with this same letter he writes to pick it up. I have had the greatest pleasure knowing that you have been appointed the first Mayor of the Customs of Tamauilipas, and port to the event I congratulate you. Do you know that your affectionate friend and very safe server appreciates it.” Fold breaks expertly repaired on verso, slightly discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,050 / € 875

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Louise, Marie (1791-1847)

Document signed as Empress co-signed by Cardinal Fesch

Austrian archduchess who reigned as Duchess of Parma from 1814 until her death. She was Napoleon's second wife and, as such, Empress of the French from 1810 to 1814. Document signed “Marie Louise”. 1 page, 15.25 x 10.75 inch, on vellum, decorative printed form, Tuileries Palace (Paris), 1811 December 15. Printed form with manuscript insertions, in French nominating the Baronne de Lacour as a Dame de la Société de la Charité maternelle. At bottom, the document is signed “J. Card. Fesch” by the charity's secretary-general, Joseph Cardinal Fesch (1763-1839), French cardinal and diplomat, Prince of France and a member of the Imperial House of the First French Empire, the half-uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte. Slightly discolored, handling wear, vertical fold, else good condition. Fine signature combination. The Sociétée Charité maternelle was founded in 1788 to work alongside the government to provide welfare to the many needy of the time by encouraging maternal virtues amongst the poor. Such philanthropic organisations were encouraged as much to promote social interaction as to alleviate the call upon the public purse.

Price: $ 1,175 / € 950

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Ludendorff, Erich (1865-1937)

Typed letter 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. Typed letter signed in pencil “Ludendorff”. 1p., 8.75 x 5.5 inch, Tutzing, 1932 September 24. To an unknown Ms. Bühler. In German, in full: “Ich nehme Sie gern ins Deutschvolk auf und bin überzeugt, daß Sie, soweit es Ihnen möglich ist, für unsere große Idee werbend auftreten werden.“ Translated: “I am happy to accept you into the Deutschvolk and I am convinced that you will, as far as you can, advertise our great idea." Mailing fold, minor handling wear, else good condition. “Deutschvolk” was the name of a German ethno-religious association and founded in March 1930 by Mathilde and Erich Ludendorff.

Price: $ 260 / € 200

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Mackensen, August von (1849-1945)

Autograph letter signed

German field marshal. He commanded successfully during the First World War of 1914-1918 and became one of the German Empire's most prominent and competent military leaders. Autograph letter signed (Brief-Telegramm) “v. Mackensen General-Feldmarschall”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.75 inch, Falkenwalde bei Stettin, 1930 April 2. To General Kosch in Berlin regarding his golden wedding. In German, in full: “Herrn General der Infanterie Kosch, Exzellenz, Berlin Zum Lorbeer des Armeeführers die goldene Myrte des Eheglücks! Eine von Gott gesegnete, inhaltsreiche Höhe des Lebens! Möchten Sie von dieser aus noch recht lange den Lebensabend genießen! Meine anteilvollsten Glückwünsche begleiten den bewährten Kriegskammeraden.“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. A printed telegram (unsigned) to Kosch’s 85. Birthday is also attached. Robert Paul Theodor von Kosch (1856-1942) was a Prussian General of the Infantry during World War I.

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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.

Price: $ 1,350 / € 1.125

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Masaryk, Tomáš G. (1850-1937)

Signed Harris & Ewing photograph

Austrian-Czech politician, sociologist and philosopher, who as an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence during World War I. became the founder and first President of Czechoslovakia. Signed photograph “T. G. Masaryk 2/I ‘21”. 9.25 x 11.75 inch, n.p. Black and white portrait photo blind embossed “Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C.” Signed in black ink below his image. Slightly trimmed, else good condition.

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Meir, Golda (1898-1978)

Photograph signed

Politician and the fifth elected Prime Minister of Israel. Matte-finish signed photo “Golda Meir”. 4.0 x 6.75 inch, n.p. (Jerusalem), n.d. (1974 February 11). Signed in blue ballpoint pen below her image. A small card “With the Compliments of the Prime Minister’s Bureau” and the original mailing envelope is included. Handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Metternich, Klemens Wenzel von (1773-1859)

Letter signed

Politician and statesman of Rhenish extraction and one of the most important diplomats of his era. Part of a letter signed “Metternich”. 1p., 5.0 x 6.25 inch, n.p., n.d. To Mr. Barbier in Paris. The document only partially shows the last six lines of a letter. Folded, with minor overall creasing and remnants of former affixing to the verso.

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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.

Price: $ 240 / € 200

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Mitterrand, François (1916-1996)

Typed letter signed

French statesman who served as President of France from 1981 to 1995, the longest time in office in the history of France. Typed letter signed “F. Mitterand”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch. Paris, 1981 February 18. On the Assemblée Nationale printed stationery. Addressed to Alfred Max. In French, in full: “Merci vivement pour l’envoi de cette très intéressante ‘république des sondages’, qui est plus que jamais à l’ordre du jour! Je vous prie de croire à l’expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs.” Mitterand thanks his correspondent for “…sending this very interesting 'republic of polls’ which is more than ever on today’s agenda…” Signed by Mitterand in blue fountain pen ink, adding above “et fideles” (''and loyal'') in his hand. The present letter was signed less than three months before the Presidential election of May 1981, when Mitterand would become the first socialist President of the fifth republic. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 725 / € 590

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” signs a presentation 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 and inscribed photograph, 10.25 x 13.25 inch, Roma, 1931 March 6. And also dated “IX” for year nine of the fascist calendar (1922 March on Rome). Head and shoulders portrait with a blind stamp “Instituto Nationale Luce Roma”. Signed and inscribed in Mussolini’s hand to the Persian Ambassador “… Fatoullah Khan Pakrevan, Roma 6 Marzo 1931 –IX”. Handling wear, some minor bends, else good condition and excellent signed and inscribed.

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” signs a 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 “BMussolini”. 6.5 x 8.75 inch black and white photograph on the original 8.25 x 10.5 inch photographers mount, n.p. (Roma), n.d. (1925). Additionally signed in pencil by the photographer Eva Barrett (1879-1950) “Eva Barrett Roma 25”. Minor handling wear, else fine.

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

Card 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. Card signed “Mussolini”. 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. With fine embossed crowned cross monogramme. Signd in dark black ink. Card was part of a menu (breakfast information on verso) and was later cut or trimmed to the actual size. Handling and corner wear, else good condition. Together with an unsigned vintage postcard photograph showing Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci after being shot in the village of Giulino di Mezzegra, April 28, 1945.

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Excellent letter signed (issuing an order in Italy)

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Interesting letter signed “Nap”. 2 pages, 8.0 x 12.25 inch, Milan, 1805 May 27 (Milan 7 Prairial an 13). On the top left corner a four line note in secretary hand: “Renvoyè au Minstre de la Guerre pour autoriser le General (Jean-Antoine) Verdier à tenir un detachement de cinquante hommes dans ce port. Milan 7 prairial an 13.” And signed in Napoleon’s hand with his typical “Nap” in dark black ink. Translated: “Sent to the Ministry of War to authorize General (Jean-Antoine) Verdier to hold a detachment of fifty men in this port”. The note is on an interesting letter from Claude-Joseph-Parfait Derville-Maléchard, diplomat and chargé d'affaires under Napoleon (1774-1842). Autograph letter signed “Derville-Malèchard”. 2 pages, 8.0 x 12.25 inch, black wax seal, Milan, 1805 May 25 (Milan 5 Prairial an 13). As “Ministre plénipotaire” of Lucca (1803-1806) to Louis Alexandre Berthier (1753-1815) Minister of War and Marshal of France. The letter in French, in part: “L’occupation et la défense des cotes de la Mediterranée, qui, depuis Vado jusques à Livourne, embrassent le littoral des Etas de Génes, royaume d’Italie et de Toscane, viennent d’etre confiées aux troupes francaises. Il est probable que le petit port de Viareggio, qui est compris dans cette ligne militaire, n’aura pas fixè l’attention de Sa Majesté, vu le peu d’étendue et d’importance de la cote Lucquoise. J’ai l’honneur de faire remarquer à Votre Excellence que la mer entre Massa et Livourne forme une anse circulaire dont le port de Viareggio est le centre …” He then describes the favorable meteorological and strategic position of the port of Viareggio and proposes that the fort of the city be manned with 50 men. Emperor Napoleon issued the appropriate order with the four line note as described above. With a further marginal note and initial signature by the Minister of War: "M'général pour présenter les Ordres d'exécution. Mal. B.”. Mailing folds, black wax seal with two small holes, else good condition.

Price: $ 3,200 / € 2.650

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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: $ 1,430 / € 1.190

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Neidhardt von Gneisenau, August (1760-1831)

Letter signed

Prussian field marshal. He was a prominent figure in the reform of the Prussian military and the War of Liberation. Letter signed, 1p., 8.25 x 9.75 inch, Berlin 1818 April 27. Addressed to Colonel v. Bosse, commander of the Garnison Bataillon Nr. 13. In German: „...Ich nehme an Ihrer wohlverdienten Beförderung besonderen Anteil, und versichere Demenselben meine (...) Hochachtung". Translated: "...take a special part in your well-deserved promotion, and I assure the same my (...) respect". Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 750 / € 625

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