Papen, Franz von (1879-1969)
Autograph note signed
German nobleman, General Staff officer and politician. He served as Chancellor of Germany in 1932 and as Vice-Chancellor under Adolf Hitler in 1933–34. Autograph note signed “FranzvPapen”. Card, 8.0 x 5.0 inch, Vienna, 1935 October 30. “Der ausserordentliche Gesandte und Bevollmächtigte Minister des Deutschen Reiches in besonderer Mission” letterhead. Thank you note in German: “Hocherfreut über Deine herzlichst und treue Gedanken zu meinem Geburtstag, danke ich von Herzen.” Handling wear, else fine condition.
Price: $ 260 / € 200
Pershing, John J. (1860-1948)
Typed letter signed from Paris
John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Typed letter signed “John J. Pershing”. 1p., 6.0 x 7.25 inch, Paris, 1923 December 8. Addressed to Mr. Keenan in Pittburgh. In full: “I have your letter written on board the “Paris”, and I am very sorry indeed that I cannot consent to your publicly quoting me on the subject of American Cemeteries in France. I have already sent a report to the Secretary of War on this subject, and you will readily understand that it is now up to the War Department to give out all statements in that connection. However, I am pleased that you should have a full knowledge of facts as you are now in a position to refute all unjust criticisms." Signature light but legible, small paper clip stain at top, else good condition.
Price: $ 495 / € 385
Pius XII., Pope (1876-1958)
Large document signed
Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, reigned as Pope from 2 March 1939 to his death in 1958. Remarkable document signed “E. Card. Pacelli”. 1p., heavy paper, 19.25 x 13,75 inch. Vatican, 1931 July 7. Blind embossed seal, print by Danesi, Rome. Award “Croce pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” to Mattia Corrado Kann. Signed by Pacelli as “Il Cardinal Segretario di Stato”. Handling wear, diagonal bend, some folds, else good condition. Very attractive document.
Price: $ 700 / € 550
Radetzky, Josef Wenzel (1766-1858)
Letter signed in absence of Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria
Czech nobleman and Austrian general, immortalised by Johann Strauss with his Radetzky March. Letter signed “Radetzky”. 1p., recto and verso, 9.0 x 14.5 inch, Ofen (German for Buda, today Budapest), 1829 October 29. Addressed to the invalids administration in Pest regarding some official issues. Radetzky acted here "In the absence of his Royal Highness" - Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria-Este, who had the General Command in Hungary at this time. Mailing folds, slightly discolored and minor stains, else fine condition.
Price: $ 585 / € 450
Ribbentrop, Joachim von (1893-1946)
Scarce document signed
Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945. Scarce partly printed document signed “Ribbentrop”. 1p. (bifolium), 10.0 x 14.0 inch, Berlin, 1939 August 19. Ribbentrop, acting “In the name of the Führer and chancellor”, appoints Werner Fischer to be a consulate secretary. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal in the lower left corner. Slightly discolored, two small stains from mounting tape on verso, else good condition. 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.
Price: $ 1,885 / € 1.450
Richelieu, Cardinal (1585-1642)
Rare letter signed to Cardinal Posman
Armand Jean du Plessis, cardinal-duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac - French cardinal and statesman who served as chief minister from 1624 until his death, widely considered the world’s first prime minister. Very rare letter signed “Il Card De Richelieu”. 1p, 8.5 x 13.5 inch, Paris, 1629 December 14. In Italian to Cardinal Posman whom he congratulates on his appointment. Left margin slightly uneven, minor stains, writing dark and bold.
Price: $ 4,850 / € 3.730
Robespierre, Maximilien de (1758-1794)
Rare document signed (Top of the Reign of Terror)
French lawyer and politician, as well as one of the best known and most influential figures associated with the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Document signed “Robespierre”. 3pp. (two adjoining sheets), allegorical vignette at the top, 8.25 x 12.5 inch, Paris 13. Floréal an 2 (1794 May 2). In French: “Extrait des Registres du Comité de Salut Public de la Convention Nationale”. Decree on the organization of the national military music school “Ecole Nationalle des trompettes”. Signed at the conclusion by five important members of the Revolutionary government: Maximilien Robespierre, Lazare Carnot (1753-1823), Bertrand Barere (1755-1841), Georges Couthon (1755-1794) and Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois. Minor holes on the left edge, corner wear, else good condition. From the top of the Reign of Terror. On July 27, Robespierre was overthrown and executed the next day. Rare - especially from this time.
Price: $ 5,850 / € 4.500
Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)
Document signed “award-list” for the Iron Cross 2nd class 1942
German field marshal who earned the sobriquet “The Desert Fox” for his tactical genius as Commander. In 1944 he was implicated in a plot to assassinate Hitler; given the choice of suicide or a trial, he ended his own life with poison. Document signed “Rommel”. 2pp., 8.5 x 10.5 inch, Africa, 1942 January 30. in German. The typed document is a Verleihungsliste (award-list) for the Iron Cross 2nd Class and lists thirty nine officers along with other brief details of their dates of birth and ranks etc. Signed in pencil by Rommel at the base in his capacity as Generaloberst and Oberbefehlshaber of the Panzer Army. Two file holes to the edge, repaired and two very small pinholes, none affecting the text or signature, else fine condition. 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.
Price: $ 1,190 / € 925
Stresemann, Gustav (1878-1929)
Rare autographed letter signed
German politician and statesman who served as Chancellor in 1923 and Foreign Minister 1923–1929, during the Weimar Republic. He was co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926. Autographed letter signed “Dr. Stresemann“. 1p., 5.5 x 8.5 inch. Berlin 1908, December 2. To Josef Adolf Bondy, editor of “Neue Revue” regarding a manuscript. In German: “Beifolgend sende ich Ihnen das Manuscript meines Vortrages über Industrie und Reichsfinanzreform, bitte jedoch mir vor Veröffentlichung (un)bedingt einen Correkturabzug zuzusenden (nach Berlin N.W. Reichstag)“. Mailing fold, slightly discolored, punch holes, else good condition.
Price: $ 845 / € 650