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Pahlavi, Mohammad Reza (1919-1980) + Pahlavi, Soraya (1932-2001)

Invitation card signed by both

Last Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary - actress, and the queen consort of Iran as the second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Signed invitation card “M.R. Pahlavi” + “Soraya Pahlavi”. 4pp., 4.0 x 6.0 inch (folded), 1955 March 3. Card regarding the visit of the Persian Royals to Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Baden). Signed in blue ballpoint by Reza Pahlavi and in pencil by Soraya. From the estate of Baden-Württemberg minister president Gebhard Müller (1900-1990). Near mint condition.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Speer, Albert (1905-1981)

Four pages autograph letter signed

German architect who was, for most of World War II., Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany. Autograph letter signed “Albert”. 4pp. (bifolium), 6.0 x 8.25 inch, Heidelberg, 1976 February 24. On his personal Albert Speer stationery, addressed to “Dear Ed”.  A personal note addressing several topics, including his own notoriety. In part: "…The second thing with (historian) John Toland is bothering… me seriously. Until now in public opinion I was an exception. This Toland gives some bad lights on me… Because he knows me, had a long talk with me once. So, if he really would be an historian, he would air my opinion on the facts, as I see them. But I don't want to approach him. Now it is too late for that. Perhaps you can convince him?..." Shows folds, with staple holes at the top left margin, else very good. 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.

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Speer, Albert (1905-1981)

Typed letter signed “no photographs of Eva Braun”

German architect who was, for most of World War II., Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany. Typed letter signed “Albert Speer”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.75 inch, Heidelberg, 1972 June 24. On his “Albert Speer dipl. ing.” stationery, addressed to Charles Smith in Columbus, Ohio. Signed in blue ink, light airmail paper. In German, in full: “Dear Mr. Smith, leider habe ich keine Fotografien von Eva Braun zur Verfügung; ich kenne auch keine ausser denen, die in dem Buch von Gun über Eva Braun abgebildet sind. Kennen Sie dieses Buch bereits? Es wird Sie sicher interessieren.“ Translated: “Dear Mr. Smith, unfortunately I have no photographs of Eva Braun available; I do not know anyone except those depicted in Gun's book about Eva Braun. Do you already know this book? It will certainly interest you.” Original mailing envelope included. Mailing folds, handling wear, top and bottom slightly trimmed, 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.

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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.

 

 

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