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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Mourning card signed

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. Black-bordered mourning card issued by Robert and Ethel Kennedy following the death of JFK. Signed and inscribed in black felt tip: "Dear Miss Huddleston, My appreciation for your kind letter, Robert F. Kennedy." 1 page, 5.25 x 3.75 inch, Washington 1964 March 18 (postmark). The main text, in part: "We are deeply touched by your thoughtfulness in letting us know that you share in our sorrow." Includes an original mass card and the original mailing envelope, postmarked on March 18, 1964, just shy of four months following the assassination of his brother. In fine condition.

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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.

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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.

 

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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).

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Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870)

Hand addressed envelope

American and Confederate soldier best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Fine hand addressed envelope, 5.5 x 3.25 inch, 1867 May 12 (postmark). Hand addressed by Lee to “John A. Sims Esq. Memphis Tennessee”. With a three Cents George Washington stamp. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. A fine example of Lee’s handwriting.

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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.

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Louise, Marie (1791-1847)

Letter signed as Empress re: letters from Napoleon I.

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. Letter signed “Marie Louise”. 1p., bifolium with golden edges, 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Paris, 1814 January 27. In French: "Mon Cousin, j'ai recu ce matin des lettres de l'Empereur. Il est arrivé en bonne santé à Chalons après dix huit heures de route. Je m'empresse de vous donner cette nouvelle qui vous fera plaisir, priant bien qu'il vous ait, mon cousin, en sa sainte et digne garde". Translated: "My Cousin, I received letters from the Emperor this morning. He arrived in Chalons in good health after eighteen hours on the road. I give you this news which will make you happy …". Slightly stained, else fine condition. Only two days later, on January 29, 1814, Napoleon defeated Prussia and Russia in the Battle of Brienne near Chalons.

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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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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.

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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)

“Il Duce” autograph 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. Autograph letter signed “Mussolini”. 1p., bifolium, black bordered, 4.50 x 7.25 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1940-1945). Fine condolence letter in Italian. Writing is compared with examples of Charles Hamilton’s fine book “Leaders and Personalities of the TR” and I think WW II. dated - between 1940-1945. Fine condition.

 

 

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

Typed 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. Typed letter signed “Mussolini”. 1p., 8.25 x 12.0 inch, Roma, 1936 June 21 (A.XIV = fascist calendar 14 years after March on Rome 1922). On “Il Capo del Governo” stationery. In Italian, in full: “Il Tenente General medico Gr. Uff. Luigi FRANCHI, direttore general delle sanità militare, ha validamente ed efficacemente collaborato alle preparazione e mobilitazione delle forze terrestri destinate in A.O. Ha lavorato con intelligenza, passion, competenza. Lo encomio.” Translated: "The Lieutenant General physician Gr. Uff. Luigi FRANCHI, director general of military health, has validly and effectively collaborated in the preparation and mobilization of terrestrial forces destined for A.O. He worked with intelligence, passion, competence. I commend it." Mailing folds, paper clip impression, else fine condition.

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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 III. (1808-1873)

Draft of an autograph 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 autograph 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.

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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.

 

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Nelson, Horatio (1758-1805)

Autograph note signed matted with photograph

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. Excellent autograph note signed, probably the closing of a letter. Signed “Nelson & Bronte”. And additionally in his hand “I beg you to Believe that I feel myself as Ever your most obliged servant”. 7.75 x 1.25 inch, n.p., 1800. Written and signed in dark black ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Nelson to an overall of 8.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful display piece.

Price: $ 2,390 / € 1.850

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