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Paul VI., Pope (1897-1978)

Uncommon photograph signed

Born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini in Italy in 1897. Paul VI. reigned as pope from 1963 until his death in 1978. Vintage glossy signed photograph “+GB Montini”. 4.0 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d., signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint. A fine photo of the future pope as Archbishop of Milan. Very minor mounting residue on verso, else in fine condition. Uncommon in signed photos.

Price: $ 980 / € 790

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Pershing, John J. (1860-1948)

Typed letter signed from Paris

General officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Fine typed letter signed “John J. Pershing”. 1p., (bifolium), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Paris, 1932 October 4, on Hotel de Crillon, Paris stationery. Addressed to Mrs. John Clarke Graff in Illinois. The letter in full: “Due to my continued absence from Paris, I have been unable to handle my correspondence until recently. I was very glad to receive your letter and to have news of you and your children. As to your son’s condition I have no doubt that he will be very well looked after and think that you should not worry as to the kind of attention he will receive. There is nothing that I could do at this time to assist but if there should be later, please call on me and I shall be most willing to help. Thanking you for your letter and hoping that you will disabuse your mind of any reticence you may have about writing me, I remain as always.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Pius IX., Pope (1792-1878)

Signature as Pope matted with picture made of lace

Italian pope, born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, who ascended the papal throne in 1846 and served until his death. Among the notable achievements of his 32-year reign, the longest in Roman Catholic Church history, Pius convened the historic First Vatican Council, which included the doctrine of papal infallibility. Fine signature “Pius PP. IX”. Piece of paper mounted on a small card, 3.75 x 2.75 inch, signed in ink. On verso signature “Joseph Card. Prisco” (Giuseppe Antonio Ermenegildo Prisco, 1833 -1923, Italian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as Archbishop of Naples). First letter of Prisco signature missing. Matted with a fine picture of Pius IX., made of lace, 3.0 x 4.5 inch, with a PRINTED signature and date on verso. Handsomely matted in gray to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Fine condition. Also included is a gold bordered card signed “Henry Edward Card: Manning Archbishop of Westminster Rome, Jan. 25, 1878”. Card, 4.25 x 2.25, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. Great display piece.

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Pius X., Pope (1834-1914)

Autograph letter signed and fabric on which the Pope died

Born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto served as pope from 1903 until his death in 1914. Known for his conservative, anti-modernist philosophies, he became, in 1954, the first pope to be elevated to sainthood since Pius V. in 1712. Autograph letter signed “Pius PP. X”. 1p., bifolium, 6.75 x 9.0 inch, with a wonderful Pius X. portrait watermark, Vatican, 1908 November 26. Addressed to bishop Fortunato Vinelli (1832-1910) in Chiavari. Following a probable request by the Canons of Chiavari to affix with a crown of gold the miraculous Crucifix venerated in the city, the Pope replied that no crown could replace the real crown of thorns that Jesus held. After that a couple of lines in Latin and the conclusion of the letter has the typical apostolic blessing. Also included is a fantastic relic, a piece of fabric on which the Pope died with a note regarding the authenticity. The note in Italian: “Brano del lenzuolo sul quale morì … Pio X.” and a stamp “Il Reggente la Floreria” it is signed by Pietro Costa (1855-1933). The fabric is affixed with a red wax seal on verso of the short note regarding the authenticity. On May 29, 1872, seventeen years old Pietro Costa, was admitted as a supernumerary in the Computisteria of the Apostolic Palaces. In 1901 he held the position of adjunct in the auditing office of the Palatine Company when he was appointed provisional regent of the Apostolic Floreria, becoming effective in 1903. As director of the pontifical warehouse (therefore assigned to the custody of household goods, furnishings, furniture, decorations and everything needed for papal functions), Cav. Costa took care of the delivery of several gifts made by Pius X. for the new churches that Don Guanella was building: a splendid ciborium, a gift from the city of Pisa to Leo XIII. for his jubilee, and two golden angels for the church of Vicosoprano, an altar complete with mahogany for the church of Pianello Lario, an altar in walnut for the church of S. Giuseppe al Trionfale. Also included is the original mailing envelope addressed in a different hand and with a red wax seal as well. The letter and relic is in fine condition, the envelope is stained. The relic was found in a small envelope inside the larger mailing envelope with the letter. It was probably sent to the successor of Fortunato Vinelli after the death of Pius X. as a reminder. Bishop Vinelli had already died at this point. Handwritten letters by Pius X. with such a fine content are rare, together with a relic and the statement of Pietro Costa a one of a kind item.

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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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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: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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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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Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)

Document signed “Armor army Africa 1942” to a schoolboy

German general and military theorist - known as the Desert Fox. Document signed “Rommel”. 1p., 8.75 x 11.0 inch, Gefechtsstand (combat-standing), Africa, 1942 March 25 (postmark), as usually signed in pencil by Rommel and addressed to schoolboy August Palm in Andernach. A formal document where Rommel points out that he receives too much mail to answer personally. And he ends: “I am proud to say that even under the extremely difficult conditions of the desert, the German soldier fought bravely and dutifully on the side of the Italian comrades for the common victory. In the future, German troops in North Africa will continue their difficult task of contributing to the ultimate victory of the Axis.” The original mailing envelope “Feldpost” is included. Mailing folds, 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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Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)

Signed Portrait

German general and military theorist - known as the Desert Fox. Signed portrait “Rommel”. 4.25 x 6.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed with his typical pencil. Marked on verso „W. Willrich“ and “VDA Volksdeutsches Kameradschaftsopfer der deutschen Jugend December 1941”. Handling and corner wear, 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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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.

 

 

Price: $ 845 / € 650

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