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Talleyrand, Charles Maurice (1754-1838)

Document signed in the name of Napoleon I.

French diplomat. He worked successfully from the regime of Louis XVI., through the French Revolution and then under Napoleon I., Louis XVIII., Charles X., and Louis-Philippe. Known since the turn of the 19th century simply by the name Talleyrand, he remains a figure that polarizes opinion. Some regard him as one of the most versatile, skilled and influential diplomats in European history, and some believe that he was a traitor, betraying in turn, the Ancien Régime, the French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Restoration. Partly printed document signed “Charles Maurice”. Document signed “Décret Impérial”. 1p., 11.25 x 17.25 inch, 1808 July 27, blind embossed seal at the bottom. Excerpt from the minutes of the State Secretariat. Imperial Decree concerning the convocation of a town meeting in Charente Maritime on 01.10.1808. Signed by Talleyrand in dark black ink and countersigned by the secretary of the interior Emmanuel Crétet (1747-1809). Folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Tilly, Johann Tserclaes Count of (1559-1632)

Letter signed

Field marshal who commanded the Catholic League's forces in the Thirty Years' War. From 1620-1631 he had an unmatched string of important victories against the Protestants. A Swedish cannonball took his life at Rain. Along with Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein of Friedland and Mecklenburg, he was one of two chief commanders of the Holy Roman Empire’s forces in the first half of the war. Letter signed "Johann grave von Tilly". 2 pages (recto and verso), 7.75 x 12.75 inch, Pirna, 1627 April 26. Probably to a nobleman who had hitherto failed to meet his demand for lodgings and horses for two companies and a contribution. He seriously recalled this demand and had authorized his troops to procure the necessary quarters and horses themselves. Restored right edge, handling and corner wear, recipient name crossed out, else good condition. Also included is a fine lithographic portrait of Tilly.

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Warren, Earl (1891-1974)

Typed letter signed

American jurist and politician who served as the 30th Governor of California (1943–1953) and later the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969). Typed letter signed “Earl Warren”. 1p., 7.25 x 8.5, Sacramento, 1952 December 11. Addressed to Mr. Seymour E. Allen in Springfield. In full: “Because of my busy schedule since returning to California, this is the first opportunity I have had to write and thank you for the opinion expressed by you in an article in the Springfield Daily News, copy of which was sent to me by Lester Wisler of Oakland. I want you to know I appreciate your confidence in me. Slightly discolored and minor stains, bottom probably slightly trimmed, else good condition.

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Original George IV. Coronation ticket signed

1st Duke of Wellington was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. Rare ticket for admission to Westminster Hall of George IV’s Coronation on July 19th, 1821. 1 page, 10.0 x 9.25 inch, printed in red, black and blue with blind embossed border by Dobbs, signed by the Duke of Wellington and inscribed “For Miss Hamilton Wellington”. Countersigned by Lord Gwydyr, additional annotated in clerical hand “Coronation ticket” at upper margin and “The Lord High Constable Box” at lower margin. A little general soling, turn along vertical fold, minor paper loss, mounted onto a leaf from a scrap album. There are two versions of this ticket, one admitting to Westminster Hall, the other to Abbey, marked respectively “Hall” and “Abbey” in oval cut-outs to the left of the central motif. One of a kind item!

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Letter signed regarding an important vote

1st Duke of Wellington was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. Letter signed “Wellington”. 1p., (bifolium), 7.5 x 9.25 inch, Stratfield Saye (Wellington’s home), 1845 December 31. An unusual letter addressed to Lord Shaftesbury. Wellington urges the Lord to attend parliament for an important vote on 22nd January. Signed at the end by The Duke of Wellington in his capacity as Leader of The House of Lords. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else good condition. Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885) was a British politician, philanthropist, social reformer and a strong supporter of the Duke of Wellington.

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