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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 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.

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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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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.

 

 

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Meir, Golda (1898-1978)

Signed photograph

Politician and the fifth elected Prime Minister of Israel. Matte-finish signed photo “Golda Meir”. 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d., boldly signed below her image. Handling wear, minor creases, else good condition.

 

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Metternich, Klemens von (1773-1859)

Fine autographed note signed with holograph addition

Politician and statesman of Rhenish extraction and one of the most important diplomats of his era, serving as the Foreign Minister of the Austrian Empire from 1809 until the liberal revolutions of 1848 forced his resignation. Autographed note signed “Metternich”. 1p., 8.0 x 4.75 inch, Vienna, 1834 May 26. In German. Below his signature Metternich adds in his own hand translated „Under the condition that the local price is the same as the subscription prize in Paris“. The document itself is carefully written in another hand, being the signatory subscription to the Treasure book of numismatic and glyptic art. A list of volumes and series numbers shows the ones Metternich wishes to get. With minor paper loss to two corners and a small stain, none affecting the signature or text written by Metternich. Rare with holograph addition. 

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Montgomery, Bernard L. (1887-1976)

Signed photograph

British Army officer who commanded the Allied forces at the Battle of Alamein during World War II. and later commanded the ground forces during Operation Overlord. 1. Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Signed photograph “Montgomery of Alamein F.M. August 1970”. 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p. Minor handling wear, 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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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.

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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)

Signature matted with photograph

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Fine ink signature. 2.25 x 1.5 inch piece of paper, cut from a letter or document, n.p., n.d. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Napoleon to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition.

 

 

 

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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)

Autographed letter signed “...to defend my cause and confuse my enemies...”

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, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, embossed crest at the top, Wilhelmshöhe (castle Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, Germany), 1871 January 7. Letter to the journalist and bonapartiste Paul Granier de Cassagnac (1843-1904). In French: “Je vous remercie des voeux que m'adressez et surtout du zèle que vous me témoignez en vous chargeant de défendre ma cause et de confondre mes ennemis...” Mailing folds, slightly stained, else fine condition. From 5 September 1870 until 19 March 1871, Napoleon III. were held in comfortable captivity in a castle at Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel. Rare letter from his time in Germany.

 

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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)

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.

 

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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 1949” on a small piece of paper, 3.75 x 2.25 inch, handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Nehru to an overall of 8.0 x 11.75 inch. Beautiful presented!

 

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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.

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