Pahlavi, Mohammad Reza (1919-1980)
The last Shah (King) of the Imperial State of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow in the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Due to his status as the last Shah of Iran, he is often known as simply the Shah. Vintage glossy black and white signed photograph “M. R. Pahlavi”. 5.0 x 7.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Head and shoulders portrait signed in black ink. Also included is a color 4.0 x 5.75 inch signed photograph of Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary (1932-2001) - the queen consort of Iran as the second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, whom she married in 1951. Handling wear, else fine condition.
Price: $ 1,150 / € 890
Paul VI., Pope (1897-1978)
Typed letter signed WW II. dated “confidenziale”
Paul VI. (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1963 until his death. Succeeding Pope John XXIII., he continued the Second Vatican Council and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Typed letter signed “GBMontini”. 1p., recto and verso, 8.0 x 10.75 inch, Dal Vaticano, 1942 October 3, Segretaria di Stato stationery. Confidential letter “Riservata confidenziale”. Fine letter regarding the approval for a pontifical honor to Mr. Ferruccio Pergolesi, distinguished professor of Constitutional Law. In Italian, in full: “Nel mese di Giugno fu chiesto all’E.mo Card. Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano, Arcivescovo di Bologna, il benestare per il conferimento di una onorificenza pontificia al Sig. Ferruccio Pergolesi, distinto professore di Diritto Costituzionale in quella R. Universita e Consulente della Commissione Centrale Laureati Cattolici. L’E.mo Sig. Cardinal si riservò di assumere informazioni e di dar poi una risposta. Fino ad oggi però nulla é pervenuto a questo Ufficio. Le sarei pertanto molto grato se Ella volesse prendere a cuore la cosa e dire una buona parola all’E.mo Sig. Cardinale affinchè questo Ufficio sia in grado di corrisponde re alle premure che gli sono fatte per questo caso. Si tratta di ottima persona, di cui qui si hanno molte e buone referenze. Se l’E.mo volesse far Sua la proposta, o almeno si compiacesse di dare il suo autorevole assenso, farebbe certo cosa grata a chi ha proposto il Prof. Pergolesi e a quanti lo raccomandano tanto caldamente. Nutro fiducia che Ella con la delicatezza e la premura che la distinguono possa condurre la cosa a buon fine. Grato fin d’ora dei Suoi cortesi servigi, con sensi di sincera e destinta stima ho il piacere di confermarmi.” Mario Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano (1903-1988) was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,050 / € 850
Paul VI., Pope (1897-1978)
Typed letter signed
Paul VI. (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1963 until his death. Succeeding Pope John XXIII., he continued the Second Vatican Council and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Typed letter signed “Dev.mo GBMontini”. Card, 5.5 x 4.25 inch, Vaticano, 1950 June 23. On his “Mons. Giovanni Battista Montini” card and addressed to Eccellenza Mons. Thomas Walsh in Newark. In Italian, in full: “devotamente ossequia Sua Eccellenza Rev.ma Monsignor Thomas Walsh, Arcivescovo di Newark, e si permette presentare e raccomandar alla Sua cortesia il Rev.mo Mons. Carlo Carbone, Vice Assistente Ecclesiastico Centrale dell’U=nione Uomini di Azione Cattolica Italiana, il quale si reca in Americaper ragione di sacro ministero.” Translated: "… devoutly pays homage to His Excellency Monsignor Thomas Walsh, Archbishop of Newark, and takes the liberty of introducing and recommending to your courtesy Mons. Carlo Carbone, Deputy Central Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Union …”. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Fine condition.
Price: $ 760 / € 590
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.
Price: $ 510 / € 390
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.
Price: $ 3,290 / € 2.650
Pius X., Pope (1834-1914)
Signed photograph with fine handwritten blessing
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. Signed photograph “Juxta preces peramanter in Domino. (According to our loving prayers in the Lord.) Pius PP. X”. 4.0 x 5.5 inch photograph on original 8.75 x 12.0 inch photographers mount, n.p. (Roma), 1914 July 12. Only some weeks before his death, written and signed in black ink below his image, photographer stamp “G. Felici, Roma” lower right corner. Apostolic blessing in Spanish for Alvaro Munoz Roca Tallada with a fine handwritten blessing. Good condition.
Price: $ 1,325 / € 1.050
Pius XII., Pope (1876-1958)
Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, who reigned from 1939 until his death. Large and impressive document signed “E. Card. Pacelli”. 1p., 18.0 x 12.25 inch, Rome (Dal Vaticano), 1931 October 26. Appointment of the cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice“ ("For Church and Pope") for Giovanni Wolpert. On February 7, 1930, Pope Pius XI. appointed Pacelli as Cardinal Secretary of State, responsible for foreign policy and state relations throughout the world. He signed this document as “Il Cardinal Segretario di Stato”. Handling wear, some tears expertly repaired on verso, else good condition.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
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
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.
Price: $ 550 / € 460
Stresemann, Gustav (1878-1929)
Rare autograph 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. Autograph 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
Suu Kyi, Aung San (1945)
Large signed photograph
Burmese politician, diplomat, author and a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Excellent large glossy color photograph signed “Aung San Suu Kyi”. 7.0 x 9.25 inch, n.p., August 2019, signed in blue ink upper left corner. Photo has on the back the imprint "Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, Berlin”. Accompanied by the original transmittal letter from the “Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Berlin” regarding the photograph, dated 2019 August 20. In parts: “I have the pleasure to enclose herewith the photo with the signature of her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi…”. Fine condition and surely one of the best signed photos of Aung San Suu Kyi you can hope to find, especially with this fine provenance.
Price: $ 1,425 / € 1.150