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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Vintage signed photograph

32. President of the United States. Signed photograph “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, photo by ORTHO, N.Y. Discolored, upper left and right corner with minor corner crease, else good condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,235 / € 950

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Lennon, John (1940-1980)

Typed letter signed with hand-drawn self-portrait “love and bullets”

English singer, songwriter and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. Typed letter signed “John” with hand-drawn self-portrait caricature. 1p., 8.25 x 10.5 inch, New York, 1974 November 15 stamped at the bottom right of the letter and dated “year of our Ford.74.” at the top. On “Lennon Music, New York” stationery. Addressed to Bhaskar Menon, EMI Records in London who presided over EMI Publishing during the rise of The Beatles. Lennon declines a trip out of the country. The letter was probably typed by Lennon himself, because a secretary typed letter would not have so many mistakes between small and capital letters. In full: “Dear Bhaskar, Goodbye Joe we gotta go me o my o ! (old song). I would if I could, but I cant (leave the u.s.a). thanks for the understated telegramme! Love and bullets, j.l.” And in a postscript: “p.s. if al or someone could remind me, I’d like to send sir joe a telegramme.” The date “year of our Ford.74.” is a reference to newly elected President Gerald Ford who preceded resigning President Richard Nixon. The Nixon administration constantly threatened Lennon with deportation. Likewise Ford would not allow Lennon to come or go until Lennon was finally granted residency in 1976. The “old song” Lennon refers to is Hank Williams Sr. tune “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”. This personal letter features not only a political reference but also the sadly prophetic sign-off, “Love and Bullets”, Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing folds, slightly stained, signature and drawing dark and fine.

Price: $ 4,950 / € 3.800

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Typed letter signed (Nobel Prize Penicillin)

Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. Typed letter signed “AFleming”. 1p., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, 1947 December 15. On stationery imprinted "The Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology”. Addressed to M. Crook, Esq., Honorary Secretary, St. Mary`s Hospital Rifle Club, Medical School. In full: “Thank you very much for the Rifle Club photograph. It will be a pleasant reminder.” Handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.150

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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)

Print from the famous Meserve collection

16. President of the United States. Print of two photographs from the F.H. Meserve collection. 2.75 x 4.0 inch each, mounted on cardboard to an overall of 8.0 x 6.0 inch, about 1940-1945. Prints from the original photographs in the Meserve collection and marked “118” and “68” in pencil below the print and probably in Meserve’s hand. Both photos are published in Lloyd Ostendorf’s book “Lincoln’s photographs – A Complete Album” on page 81 – marked with “M-118” and “M-168”. The photograph was taken by Alexander Gardner, Brady’s Gallery, Washington D.C., probably Sunday, February 24, 1861. Also included are two cabinet-photographs of the National Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962) was the son of W.N. Meserve, a Civil War veteran. Frederick Meserve began collecting Civil War era photographs in the 1890s to illustrate his father's war diary. He became a prominent collector and historian of photographs from the era, especially photographs of Abraham Lincoln. He worked alongside historian Carl Sandburg to publish "The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln" in 1944. Meserve died in 1962, and his extensive collection of original photographs, amassed with the help of his daughter, Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, was purchased by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in 2015.

Price: $ 390 / € 300

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Typed letter signed regarding a Welsh scarf for Harry

First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Typed letter signed “Yours sincerely, Diana”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.25 inch, 1992 February 5, on Kensington Palace stationery addressed to Lord Parry. Additionally in Diana’s hand “Dear Lord Parry”. In full: “It was so kind of you to have taken the trouble to send Harry the Welsh scarf. He is thrilled to bits to have his own and it will be a constant reminder of a happy afternoon at Cardiff Arms Park. The boys enjoyed themselves enormously on Saturday, as did their Mother, you all made us feel so welcome. Thank you for thinking of Harry - it meant a great deal”.  Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and two Newspaper photos of Diana with William (with scarf) and Harry. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Lord Parry hosted Princess Diana, William and Harry at the Wales versus England Rugby match. He took of his GBP1 Welsh scarf and gave it to William. He then sent one for Harry. He told William “You are the only future King wearing a GBP1 scarf”.

Price: $ 1,820 / € 1.400

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Kelly, Grace (1929-1982)

Fine content autograph letter signed

American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Autograph letter signed “Grace”. 3pp, recto and verso, 5.5 x 8.25 inch, Palais de Monaco blind embossed stationery, 1966 October 17. Addressed to Mr. Charles R. Fish Jr. in Philadelphia. In full: “Charlie dear - many thanks for your sweet letter and for coming to my defense - I appreciate it very much - It was such fun seeing you + I am glad that you enjoyed our evening at the shore - It was a bit disorganised as far as the menue was concerned but we had some good laughs and it is wonderful to be able to relay with old pals (the old is used with an affectionate rather than other  connotation) - We have to spend so much time meeting people + making conversation + small talk with strangers that it is a great relief not to have to make efforts - I am back into the school runtime - Dancing lessons, piano lessons - dentists - football + various small - by social functions - besides my own etcs. Life keeps getting busier + more complicated + I keep getting lazier! What to do? Hope you have a pleasant + fun fall - warmest regards to all - as ever.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Kelly’s hand. Mailing fold, handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Document signed and medal “Order of the British Empire”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Document signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.25 inch, Ministry of Munitions of War, London, 1918 January 1. Document addressed to Ernest Gilman, Ashley regarding appointment to the Order of the British Empire. In full: “I HAVE had much pleasure in recommending to the Prime Minster that you should be appointed to the Order of the British Empire, and I am glad to learn that the King has approved the recommendation. Pray accept my hearty congratulations on this recognition of your valuable services.” Accompanied by the original medal in his original case. The box is marked with “M.B.E.” for “Member British Empire”. Also included is a letter of the Acting Secretary of the Home Office Whitehall, London, 1917 December 20 regarding the appointment and a Newspaper article regarding the appointment. Letter has mailing folds and minor stains, case with handling wear, otherwise fine. The first time that I can sell an appointment with the original medal. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was established by King George V. in June 1917 for services to the British Empire. The Order has five classes and a medal. The five classes are Knight and Dame Grand Cross (GBE), Knight and Dame Commander (KBE/ DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE), and Member (MBE).

Price: $ 2,390 / € 1.850

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Document signed countersigned by her husband Albert

Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Document signed “Victoria R.”. 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 12.75 inch, Court at Buckingham, 1859 June 23, paper seal remains affixed. Grant of the dignity of a companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath to John Edye Esquire (Naval Surveyer 1789-1873). Signed in the upper right corner by the Queen and countersigned on the second page inside by the Consort of Queen Victoria, her husband Albert (1819-1861), signed “Albert Great Master”. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. Fine and rare signature combination.

Price: $ 760 / € 590

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Autograph letter signed

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Autograph letter signed “Miró.”. 2pp., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, on his personal Joan Miro Palma de Mallorca stationery, 1976 February 29. Addressed to Georges Raillard in Paris. Untranslated letter in French. The original mailing envelope, addressed in Miro’s hand, is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Provenance: Georges Raillard, friend and Miro specialist. Rare in handwritten letters.

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Autograph letter signed

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Autograph letter signed “Miró.”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, on his personal Joan Miro Palma de Mallorca stationery, 1976 July 10. Addressed to Georges Raillard in Paris. Untranslated letter in French. The original mailing envelope, addressed in Miro’s hand, is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Provenance: Georges Raillard, friend and Miro specialist. Rare in handwritten letters.

 

 

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Large signature

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Large and impressive signature “Miró.”. Closing of a letter, 6.0 x 3.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1976). Written in dark ballpoint pen. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 420 / € 325

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Cornwallis, Charles (1738-1805)

Rare free frank signed

1st Marquess Cornwallis was a British Army officer and colonial administrator. In the United States and the United Kingdom he is best remembered as one of the leading British generals in the American War of Independence. Signed free frank envelope panel “Free, Cornwallis”. Addressed in his hand to Major General Nugent in Armagh and dated Dublin, August twelfth 1799. Signed to the lower left corner. A light circular stain to the centre, borders trimmed and a small tear at the top repaired on verso. Rarely seen in free franks.

Price: $ 690 / € 530

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Signed photograph

Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Signed postcard-photo “Adolf Hitler”. 3.25 x 5.0 inch., n.p., n.d., signed in dark black ink. Lower margin titled "Der Führer in Rosenberg 20.X.1938". Photo shows Hitler in an open Mercedes, in the background the church tower of Rosenberg (Ruzovsky vrch/ Czech Republic). Fine condition. On October 20, Hitler drove from Linz to Bohemia and made a speech in Krumlov at 11 o'clock, the journey continued through Rosenberg. 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: $ 1,755 / € 1.350

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Charles, Prince (1948)

Signed Christmas Card

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 15.75 x 6.0 inch (unfolded), no place (London), n.d. (2002). Signed in black ink “Sylvie – from Charles”. Inside fine original photo of Charles with his two sons. Gold embossed Prince of Wales monogram on the front. Fine condition.

Price: $ 520 / € 400

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Document signed (countersigned by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan)

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Document signed “Elizabeth R”. 21.0 x 16.5 inch, Court of Saint James’s, 1955 August 17. Appointment for Ronald Agnew Finlay as Consul for the Spanish possessions in the Gulf of Guinea and Fernando Po and its dependencies. Countersigned by later Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) as Foreign Secretary. Mailing folds, light show through of an official stamp on verso, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Item was directly acquired from a descendant of Ronald Agnew Finlay. Ronald Agnew Finlay was born in 1901 in Glasgow, Scotland and died there in 1974. He was lucky enough to be born just too late to fight in WWI and went to University instead. According to family stories he joined the Foreign Office after graduation, he was a polyglot, being able to speak six languages and they say that he was sent to spy in various countries, especially China during the Manchurian Incident. A document with fine history on the market the first time.

Price: $ 1,145 / € 880

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Document signed (countersigned by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan)

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Document signed “Elizabeth R”. 21.0 x 16.5 inch, Court of Saint James’s, 1955 August 17. Appointment for Ronald Agnew Finlay as Consul for the Trust Territory of the Cameroons under French administration, to reside at Duala. Countersigned by later Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) as Foreign Secretary. Mailing folds, light show through of an official stamp on verso, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Item was directly acquired from a descendant of Ronald Agnew Finlay. Ronald Agnew Finlay was born in 1901 in Glasgow, Scotland and died there in 1974. He was lucky enough to be born just too late to fight in WWI and went to University instead. According to family stories he joined the Foreign Office after graduation, he was a polyglot, being able to speak six languages and they say that he was sent to spy in various countries, especially China during the Manchurian Incident. A document with fine history on the market the first time.

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Elizabeth, “The Queen Mother” (1900-2002) + Margaret, Princess (1930-2002)

One of a kind document signed by both

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was the wife of King George VI. and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. and Princess Margaret. She was Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the Dominions from her husband's accession in 1936 until his death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth - The Queen Mother. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was the younger daughter of King George VI. and Queen Elizabeth. Document “Signed on behalf of her Majesty The Queen”. Signed in black ink “Elizabeth R” and in blue ink “Margaret”. 21.0 x 16.5 inch, Court of Saint James’s, 1959 July 22. The Queen (Elizabeth II.) could not sign the document herself because she was on a state visit to Canada at that time. Appointment for Ronald Agnew Finlay as Consul for the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam, to reside at Willemstad. Countersigned  by Selwyn Lloyd (1904-1978) as Foreign Secretary. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Item was directly acquired from a descendant of Ronald Agnew Finlay. Ronald Agnew Finlay was born in 1901 in Glasgow, Scotland and died there in 1974. He was lucky enough to be born just too late to fight in WWI and went to University instead. According to family stories he joined the Foreign Office after graduation, he was a polyglot, being able to speak six languages and they say that he was sent to spy in various countries, especially China during the Manchurian Incident. A document with fine history on the market the first time.

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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)

Fascinating autograph letter signed

7. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed “Andrew Jackson”. 1p., 7.75 x 9.75 inch, Hermitage, 1819 January 6. Letter to Mayor Milo Mason, Deputy Quartermaster General of the Southern Department in Nashville, Tennessee. In full: "Inclosed you will find a note to Mr. McLamore to advance you one thousand dollars, and I have wrote to Mr. James Jackson Gen'l of the house of James Jackson & Co. to advance you the sum of 1883 dollars. This sum of 2883 dollars will close my account with the Government, with the sums due (me) I regret I did not attend to it yesterday but not having the accounts with me I did not recollect the amount. I wish to close my accounts in full & take your receipt for the amount and therefore request that you will take the trouble to receive the above mentioned sums & when you reach here I will receipt on the accounts I have & close it with public by your receipt in full." In a postscript signed "A. J." he adds: "Send me the answer with the letter B.B. which I heard mention made yesterday—& the proof sheets of the Seminole War, & write me by return of servant when you & the other gentlemen will be here." Addressed on the reverse in Jackson's hand. In very good to fine condition, with minor paper loss along intersecting folds, seal-related paper loss to the left edge, tear to the right edge, and a few seal-related stains. The recovery of foreign markets in the wake of the 1816 “Year without a Summer” took a terrible toll on the American cotton industry, with the value of cotton dropping 25% in a single day and effectually ushering in the Panic of 1819, the first major peacetime financial crisis in United States history. Swift opposition to the handling of the Bank of the United States came from state chartered private banking interests, as well as from Old Republicans holding firm to the principles of Jeffersonian agrarianism and limited federal power. Jackson, whose own experience with faulty land transactions had left him in considerable debt, cast the blame solely on the Second Bank of the United States, an institution he would inevitably conquer as president in 1833. A fascinating missive that presages Jackson’s controversial Bank War.

Price: $ 2,250 / € 1.730

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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)

Autograph letter signed AS PRESIDENT

7. President of the United States. Third-person autograph letter signed as president, signed within the text "The President". 1p., both sides, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, no date but circa early 1831. Letter addressed to "Secretary of the Treasury" Samuel D. Ingham. In full: “The President with his respects to the Secretary of the Treasury, will thank him at as early a day or his convenience will permit to furnish him with a statement of the receipts into the Treasury for the fiscal year of 1830, & with the expenditures. The amount of principle & interest of the Public debt paid in 1830 - and whether any & if any what further provisions may be necessary for the better security of the revenue against smuggling - whether any, & if any, what changes would be beneficial on the credit system of duties - whether any additional ware Houses are necessary for Deposits of Foreign merchandise, to give greater security to the collection of our revenue, with any other information he may conceive it would be proper to be communicated to Congress at their next session”.  With some light staining, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,650 / € 1.270

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Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (1898-2003)

Rare signed photograph

Soong Mei-ling also known as Madame Chiang. Chinese political figure who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of President Chiang Kai-shek. Soong played a prominent role in the politics of the Republic of China and was the sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, the founder and the leader of the Republic of China. Matte-finish full-length photo of Madame Chiang, signed in the lower border in fountain pen "Mayling Soong Chiang". 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. In very good condition, with a tear to the bottom, silvering, creasing, and two repaired areas of paper loss to corners.

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Charles, Prince (1948) & Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Rare signed presentation photo

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Presentation photograph, signed and dated in ink “Charles 1987” by Charles and signed in ink “Diana” by Diana. 5.25 x 7.0 inch visible photograph and 7.0 x 9.5 inch framed, n.p. (London), 1987. Original green morocco presentation stand-frame by Andrew Soos of London which has the Prince of Wales feathers embossed in silver on the front at the top. Photo shows Charles and Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry in the gardens of Highgrove. Frame shows only very minor handling wear, but is in near fine condition. Photograph is in fine condition, signatures a little faded. A highly desirable and rare autograph.

Price: $ 2,990 / € 2.300

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Fine autograph letter signed

First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts". Autograph letter signed “Diana”. 1p., both sides, 6.25 x 4.0 inch, 1995 March 22, personal Kensington Palace stationery. Letter to "Peter" - in full: "An enormous thank you for sending round such a wonderful selection - I have 20 godchildren, so there is always a birthday, (!) no peace…I have taken a lovely necklace which I'm thrilled with!". Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, marked in her own hand with “Peter”. In fine condition.

Price: $ 1,980 / € 1.550

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Disney, Walt (1901-1966)

Wonderful signed Donald Duck print

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney - American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist and voice actor. As a major figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Wonderful color print reproducing a cel from the 1951 short “Out of Scale”. 10.0 x 8.0 inch and presented in its original 15.5 x 14.5 inch mat. Nicely signed and inscribed on the mat in brown crayon: "To Dick - My Best, Walt Disney." The image shows Donald Duck in a conductor's cap, riding a model railroad train. The reverse retains the original Walt Disney Productions label. Framed to an overall size of 18.25 x 17.25. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Walt Disney was a famous model train enthusiast, and had his own “Carolwood Pacific” ridable miniature railroad built in his backyard. One of the finest Disney autographs you can hope to find.

Price: $ 7,150 / € 5.500

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Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

Autograph note signed on his personal visiting card

German composer, theater director and conductor who is primarily known for his operas especially “The Ring of the Nibelung”. Autograph note signed “RWg.”. 1p., his personal visiting card with printed Richard Wagner in the middle, 4.0 x 2.25 inch. Bayreuth, 1876, August 28 (written in a different hand at the left bottom), dark black ink. In full: “Sie können mich gewöhnlich 12 Uhr Mittags treffen stets überhaupt”. Translated: “You can usually meet me at 12 noon at all times”. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,625 / 1.250

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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955)

Wonderful content typed letter signed with handwritten addition

A German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2 - "the world's most famous equation”. Received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Wonderful content typed letter signed “A. Einstein”. 1p., 8.5 x 5.0 inch, 1951 March 17. Einstein sent this letter to Dr. Lionel Ettlinger, a man with whom he had been corresponding for almost 20 years. This fine letter shows Einstein as a caring friend, a side of the famous physicist that was rarely seen by the public. Written 3 days after his 72 birthday where the famous tongue-photo was taken. In German: “Lieber Herr Ettlinger: Ich danke Ihnen für Ihre freundliche Gratulation und für die wunderbaren Bücher. Sie (nicht die Bücher!) sind eine wirkliche Balleteuse des Gedankens: man kann wohl glotzen aber es nicht nachmachen. Ich schäme mich, so verwöhnt zu werden, während sich niemand um die kümmert, denen die guten Dinge versagt bleiben.“ Translated: “Dear Mr. Ettlinger: I thank you for your friendly congratulations and for the wonderful books. You (not the books!) are a real ballet dancer of thought: one may well gape but not imitate him. I feel so ashamed to be so spoiled, whereas nobody cares about those to whom the good things are denied. Friendly regards from your”. Mailing folds, trimmed top and bottom, else fine condition. The language in his letter shows a unique side to the great mind. His rhetoric is colorful and shows a depth and warmth rarely seen in any of his writing. "You ...are a real ballet dancer of thought: one may well gape but not imitate him.". This may seem to be a quote from some other source but is not, it is unique, rare and referenced nowhere else. Since 1933 when AH rose to power in Germany, they had shared a common concern for Jews, and each demonstrated the amazing difference which one person can make, Einstein began writing hundreds of letters to raise money on behalf of Jews. He primarily concentrated on these efforts from 1933 when he arrived in the United States until that nation entered World War II. in 1941. His actions enabled many of his “people” to obtain visas and find work outside of NS territory. Ettlinger would spend approximately 80 percent of his personal wealth helping German Jews relocate to other countries. At the time he composed this letter, Einstein was spending his evenings reading to his young sister, Maria (1881-1951), who had lived with him since escaping war-torn Europe in 1939. Known as Maja, she had suffered a stroke (1946) which left her bedridden and eventually unable to speak. She died on June 25, 1951, three month after her brother Albert sent this letter.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) & Shriver, Robert S. (1915-2011)

One of a kind dual signed photograph AS PRESIDENT

35. President of the United States and American politician, activist, and diplomat. Signed black and white photograph. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p.. n.d. Inscribed by JFK “For Charles Pell with best regards John Kennedy” in black fountain pen and  similarly inscribed by Shriver “Best wishes to Charles Pell Sargent Shriver” in black ballpoint. This fine candid photograph of President John F. Kennedy and his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, conveys the speed and urgency with which the Kennedy Administration moved to establish the Peace Corps, which Shriver led. It shows the President in the lead, moving ahead, with Shriver following closely behind him. Upper right corner with corner wear, handling wear, else good condition. On March 1, 1961, less than six weeks after his inauguration, Kennedy established the Peace Corps by an executive order and appointed Shriver, the husband of his sister Eunice, as its director. Congress followed by formally passing the Peace Corps Act on September 21, 1961. It was the culmination of an idea that Kennedy announced during the 1960 presidential campaign. Shriver and those who worked under him fleshed out the organization’s goals and established the initial number of volunteers. Shriver later served as the United States Ambassador to France and was the 1972 Democratic vice presidential nominee, running with Senator George McGovern. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 5,525 / € 4.250

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Hess, Rudolf (1894-1987)

Typed letter signed regarding a speech by AH

A prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. Typed letter signed “R.Hess”. 2pp., 8.5 x 11.5 inch, on “Kanzlei von Adolf Hitler, München” stationery. Munich, 1927 April 12, signed in pencil. Addressed to Eugen Munder in Stuttgart regarding Hitler’s speech. In German, in full: „Herr Hitler will keinesfalls in zwei Sälen sprechen. Ich verweise hierbei auf meinen letzten Brief, in dem ich Ihnen mitteilte, wie schonungsbedürftig die Stimme Herrn Hitlers ist. Sich in einem Saal nur zu zeigen und ein paar Sätze zu sprechen, dazu will Herr Hitler sich nicht hergeben; er kann es auch garnicht, bei allen guten Vorsätzen, spricht er dann im zweiten Saal doch wieder zu lange und das Ergebnis ist ein weiterer Stimmenknaks. Wenn es also nicht gelingt, doch noch die Liederhalle zu bekommen, müssen Sie sich mit dem Dinkelackersaalbau begnügen. Ob Sie Herrn Dr. Goebbels in einem anderen Saal noch sprechen lassen wollen, ist natürlich Ihre Angelegenheit, hinkommen wird Herr Hitler keinesfalls. Ich nahm davon Kenntnis, dass die Daten in einem Ihrer letzten Briefe (6. und 7. Mai) ein Irrtum sind und dass die Veranstaltungen am 7. und 8. Mai stattfinden. Wiederum mit Rücksicht auf die Stimme - Herr Hitler möchte nach dem Vortrag auch nicht im kleinen Kreise sprechen oder sich unterhalten - zieht Herr Hitler Quartier in einem Hotel vor. Sie erhalten dieserhalb noch Nachricht. -In Herrn Hitlers Begleitung werde ich mich befinden, der mit Herrn Hitler zusammenwohnt, weiter werden den voraussichtlich Hauptmann von Pfeffer, Maurice und Schreck dabei sein, für die Privatquartiere bereits bestellt werden können. Vortragsbestätigung anbei. N.S. Soeben sprach ich mit Herrn Hitler nochmals wegen der Quartierfrage: Herr Hitler würde eine Einladung Prof. Waldschmidt’s mit Dank annehmen unter der Voraussetzung, dass er bestimmt nicht zur Last fällt und seinerseits nach dem Vortrag keine Rücksichten zu nehmen braucht, d.h. nicht in grösserem Kreis zu verweilen braucht.“ Mailing folds, punch holes, slightly trimmed, paper-clip impression, minor fold break, 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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Hess, Rudolf (1894-1987)

Autograph document signed

A prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. Partly printed document signed “R.Hess”. 1p., 8.0 x 2.5 inch, Munich 1927 April 12. Speech confirmation for an Adolf Hitler speech at the Dinckelacker Saalbau 1927 May 7. Filled out and signed by Hess in dark black ink. Paper-clip impression, 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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Liebig, Justus v. (1803-1873)

Autograph letter signed to writer Moritz Carrière

German chemist who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry and was considered the founder of organic chemistry. Autograph letter signed “J. Liebig”. 1p., 4.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.y. (probably Munich about 1855). Addressed to his brother-in-law, the writer and philosopher Moritz Carrière (1817-1895). Liebig asks his brother-in-law if he can call Dr. Ludwig Steub. In German in full: "Lieber Moritz Wolltest Du nicht so gut sein heute mit Dr. Steub (Ludwig Steub) zu sprechen, der seit Donnerstag hier ist; … diese Sache zu erledigen“. Mailing folds, minor stain, top right corner repaired on verso, else good condition.

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Metternich, Klemens Wenzel von (1773-1859)

Letter signed

Politician and statesman of Rhenish extraction and one of the most important diplomats of his era. Part of a letter signed “Metternich”. 1p., 5.0 x 6.25 inch, n.p., n.d. To Mr. Barbier in Paris. The document only partially shows the last six lines of a letter. Folded, with minor overall creasing and remnants of former affixing to the verso.

 

 

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Heisenberg, Werner (1901-1976)

Typed letter signed

German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics. Heisenberg was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize. Typed letter signed “W. Heisenberg”. 1p., 8.25 x 6.0 inch, Munich, 1963 May 17. On “Max-Planck-Institut für Physik und Astrophysik. Addressed to Prof. Dr. S. Müller-Markus in Chalet Maria Sieg, Switzerland. In German, in full: “Obwohl ich hoffe, am 6. oder 7. Juni in München zu sein, möchte ich Ihnen noch keine bestimmte Zusage geben, da sich meine Verpflichtungen noch ändern können. Jedenfalls bitte ich Sie, an diesen Tagen oder kurz vorher in meinem Institut anzufragen, so daß wir eventuell einen Termin vereinbaren können.“ Translated: “Although I hope to be in Munich on June 6th or 7th, I do not want to give you any definite promise as my commitments may change. In any case, I ask you to inquire at my institute on these days or shortly before, so that we may be able to make an appointment." Ballpoint pen note written at the bottom in a different hand, mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

Card signed

Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party – known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Card signed “Mussolini”. 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. With fine embossed crowned cross monogramme. Signd in dark black ink. Card was part of a menu (breakfast information on verso) and was later cut or trimmed to the actual size. Handling and corner wear, else good condition. Together with an unsigned vintage postcard photograph showing Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci after being shot in the village of Giulino di Mezzegra, April 28, 1945.

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Lumière, Louis (1864-1948)

Unusual content typed letter signed

Together with his brother Auguste one of the first filmmakers in history. They patented an improved the cinematograph and showed the first motion pictures using film projection in 1895. Typed letter signed “Louis Lumiere”. 1p.,  8.25 x 10.5 inch, Neuilly-Sur-Seine, 1937 December 15, on his personal printed stationery. To “Messieurs Dumas-Fillion et Bouvet”, in French. Lumiere informs his correspondents that he has received their letter and states in part: “I approve what you have done related to the damages that the falling of a chimney of my building may have caused…”.  Fine condition.

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Lumière, Auguste (1862-1954)

Card signed

Inventor of photographic equipment, along with his brother, Louis Jean. In 1893 they developed a cine camera, the cinématographe, and showed the first motion pictures using film projection in 1895. They also invented the Autochrome screen plate for colour photography in 1903. Signed and inscribed card “Lumiere”. 1p., 5.0 x 3.25 inch, dated in Lumiere’s hand “26.2.(19)35”. Inscribed in French, fine condition.

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Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)

Signed program from a concert in Prague (during the Prague Spring)

Signed program “DShostakovich”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Prague 1947 May 26, signed in blue ink. Program from his concert at the Rudolfinum in Prague during the Prague Spring and signed on the Cyrillic part of the program. Additional signed by the other contributors, the Russian violinist David Oistrach (1908-1974) and the Czech cellist Miloš Sádlo (1912-2003). Rare signature combination.

 

 

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Koch, Robert (1843–1910)

Booklet twice signed

German physician, pioneering microbiologist and the founder of modern bacteriology. Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1905. Booklet twice signed “Koch”. 6 pages, 8.75 x 11.0 inch Study book “Königlichen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität”, Berlin 1889 January 10 and March 4. Study book of Edmund Schubert from Berlin with three entries. Koch twice confirmed his participation in his lecture on vaccination. Additionally signed by Karl Schweigger (1830-1905) and Carl Jakob Christian Adolf Gerhardt (1833-1902). Handling wear, folded diagonally and with perforation. Uncommon twice signed booklet.

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Document signed

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Partly printed document signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 8.0 x 12.75 inch, Home Office, Whitehall, 1911 July 14. Ornate signed document of appreciation on behalf of King George V. Signed by Churchill as Secretary of State for the Home Office. Addressed to The Recording Secretary, Court City of Wakefield, Order of Foresters, Greenmount, Wakefield. Completed in manuscript. In full, “I am commanded by The King to convey to you hereby His Majesty's Thanks for the Loyal and Dutiful Message of the Court City of Wakefield, N 2280, of the Independent Order of Foresters on the occasion of Their Majesties Coronation”. Mounted on cardboard, discolored from prior framing, else good condition.

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autograph letter signed from exile in Brussels

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph letter signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., bifolium, 5.25 x 8.25 inch. Brussels, 1853 February 24 (postmark). Addressed on verso in his hand to Polydore Millaud in Paris. From Brussels, where he has exiled, Dumas settles financial questions. In French, in full: “Mon cher Millaud, Je vous envoie pour 900 f de besogne. Envoyez-moi porte pour porte 300 f. Je serai à Paris le 2 nous règlerons le tout avec Boulet. Je vais vous envoyer en outre après demain deux articles variétés pour le Pays , ceci sur notre compte particulier à nous.” Translated: "My dear Millaud, I send you 900 f. Send me door to door 300 f. I will be in Paris on the 2nd we will settle everything with Boulet. I will send you tomorrow two articles for the Country, this on our particular account.” Mailing folds, handling wear, slightly soiled, else good condition. After the coup of December 1851, Dumas went to Brussels, where he met with Victor Hugo. He will join Paris in 1853 after having reached an agreement with his creditors and will move to the Louvois Hotel. Moses Polydore Millaud (1813-1871) was a journalist, banker and press entrepreneur.

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Graham Bell, Alexander (1847-1922)

Typed letter signed

Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone. Typed letter signed “Alexander Graham Bell”. 1p., 8.0 x 5.25 inch, Washington, D.C., 1903 January 8. On his “1331 Connecticut Avenue” stationery. Letter to Mr. W. N. Petch in Toronto, Ont. In full: “In response to your note of January 3rd. It affords me much pleasure to send you my autograph attached to this note.” Mailing folds, else fine condition and with excellent signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Fantastic rare early signed photograph

35. President of the United States. Rare early signed and inscribed glossy photograph from his first year in Congress. 7.0 x 9.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1948), signed and inscribed in fountain pen "With warmest regards to Kenneth Browne from John F. Kennedy”. Reverse bears an affixed collector's label indicating that it was signed in 1948. The said date is consistent with my Kennedy autograph study which shows some signatures from this time. In 1946 the 29-year-old John F. Kennedy ran for the vacant 11th Congressional District seat in eastern Massachusetts. To its predominantly working class constituents - located in and around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown, and Brighton - Kennedy seemed like a privileged dilettante: he was young, inexperienced, wealthy, and propped up by family and political connections. Yet Kennedy successfully cultivated another image, that of a World War II. veteran sympathetic to economic and social hardship. His campaign slogan “The New Generation Offers a Leader” emphasized his age positive rather than treating it as a liability. He won the general election by winning 73% of the vote, and went on to serve in the House of Representatives until 1953, when he secured a Senate seat. An exemplary, very early signed portrait of Kennedy as he began his career in politics and one of the finest you can hope to find. With light overall creasing, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

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Bebel, August (1840-1913)

Signature matted with photograph

Ferdinand August Bebel was a German Marxist politician, writer, and orator. He is best remembered as one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Signed album page „A. Bebel“. 4.0 x 2.5 inch, signed in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Bebel to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Small stain, else fine condition. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful presented!

 

 

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Furtwängler, Wilhelm (1886-1954)

Early autographed letter signed

Highly regarded German conductor and composer. Autographed letter signed “Wilhelm Furtwängler”. 1p., 8.25 x 5.75 inch, Mannheim, 1915 December 14. A fine letter regarding the death of an acquaintance. In German, in full: “Von der Reise zurück, finde ich die traurige Nachricht vom Todes Ihres Mannes vor. Da ich ihn selber – wenn auch nur flüchtig – gekannt habe, kann ich Ihnen umsomehr nachfühlen, welchen Verlust dies für Sie bedeutet, und mag nicht unterlassen Ihnen mein großes und herzliches Mitgefühlt auszusprechen.” Mailing folds, otherwise fine condition.

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Dali, Salvador (1904-1989)

Fine and large signature

Prominent Spanish surrealist. Signature “Dali 1975” and underline in his hand. 1p., 8.5 x 11.25 inch, n.p. Red piece of thin cardboard removed from a book or catalog. Signed, dated and underlined by Dali in black felt-tip pen. Minor handling and corner wear, else fine condition. Impressive and fine example!

 

 

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926) and Philip, Prince (1921)

Signed photograph in original folder (from her hairdresser)

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed photograph “Elizabeth R 1954” and “Philip”. 6.0 x 8.0 inch black and white photo on a 7.5 x 9.75 inch photographers mount and mounted inside a slightly larger original presentation folder, n.p. (London), 1954. Signed in dark black ink on the photographers mount below the photograph. Photo comes from Mr. Jules Henry Joelin of Emile Limited on Sloane Street, her hairdresser for over thirty years - 1939-1969. Accompanied by an original envelope sent Registered from Buckingham Palace, but postmarked 21st December 1953. The photo fits perfectly in the envelope, envelope was probably reversed in later years. Handling and corner wear, slightly discolored, signatures fine. Excellent provenance.

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

Content four page typed letter signed with holograph postscript

Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party – known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Content typed letter signed “Mussolini”. 4pp. (double-page), 8.25 x 10.75 inch. On “Il Capo del Governo” stationery. Roma, 1928 April 20. Addressed to his “Ministro delle Finanze” Giuseppe Volpi in Roma. With a fine postscript in Mussolini’s hand at the end. An excellent content letter regarding the coverage of municipal expenses, cost control with authorities and tax revenues. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Giuseppe Volpi, 1st Count of Misurata (1877-1947) was an Italian businessman and politician. Count Volpi developed utilities which brought electricity to Venice, northeast Italy, and the Balkans by 1903. As Italy's Finance Minister from 1925 until 1928, he successfully negotiated Italy's World War I debt repayment with the United States and with England and pegged the value of the lira to the value of gold.

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Bonaparte, Joséphine (1763-1814)

Fine letter signed “Josephine”

Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I., and thus the first Empress of the French. Letter signed “Josephine”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Paris, 1807 March 29. To "Monsieur le Général Ernouf”.  Note in French recommending Mr. Mallevault, who will soon depart for Guadeloupe. Fine condition. Letters signed “Josephine” are more valuable than those signed “Lapagerie Bonaparte”, an earlier signature combining her maiden and married names. General Jean Augustin Ernouf (1753-1827) was a French general and colonial administrator of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. He held several posts as chief-of-staff and in military administration. In 1804, Napoleon I. appointed him as governor general of the French colony in Saint-Domingue and Guadeloupe. Although he was able to reestablish some semblance of order and agricultural production, the British overwhelmed the colony in 1810 and, after a brief engagement, forced him to capitulate. After the second restoration, he held an administrative position in one of the occupation zones, and later he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of France.

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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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Keller, Helen (1880-1968)

Excellent signature

American author, political activist, and lecturer. Signature and dedication “To: Tom Helen Keller”. 1p., probably a page from a book or album, 5.0 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d., written and signed in pencil. Mounted on a slightly larger piece of red cardboard. Fine condition.

 

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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)

Rare autographed letter signed

28. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed “Woodrow Wilson”. 1p., 3.75 x 5.0 inch. Princeton, 1903 January 26 Letter to Betty Breese Blodget. In full: “I cheerfully comply with your request for my autograph. It is a small return for your kindness in desiring it.” Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Wilson to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Wilson remains uncommon in handwritten letters.

 

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Zeppelin, Ferdinand Graf von (1838-1917)

Autograph note signed on Zeppelin postcard

German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. Autograph note signed „Gf. Zeppelin”. Postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., 1908. Additional in Zeppelin’s hand “Den Bestrebungen des vaterländischen Frauenvereins wünsche ich den besten Erfolg. November 1908“. Front shows the Strasbourg Cathedral and the over ride of a Zeppelin on August 4, 1908 - greeted with gunfire. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

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Christie, Agatha (1890-1976)

Bookpage signed by the “Queen of Crime”

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan - English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Boogpage signed “Agatha Christie” and dated in her hand “11. April 1969”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p. Signed in dark ballpoint pen. Unfortunately it is unknown from which book this page is. Fine condition.

 

 

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Göring, Hermann (1893-1946)

Signed photograph

German politician, military leader and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Signed photograph “Göring”. 4.25 x 6.0 inch, black and white photograph of Göring in uniform, signed in blue ink. Photo Hoffmann, Munich printed on verso. 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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Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977)

Typed letter signed

Charles (Charlie) Chaplin - English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. Typed letter signed “Charlie Chaplin”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, n.p. (Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland), 1969 April 22. On his personal Charles Chaplin letterhead. A thank you letter to Mr. Langer, in full: “Thank you very much for your kind thoughts on my eightieth birthday.” Signed in dark black felt tip pen. Mailing fold, punch holes, else fine condition.

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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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Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)

Excellent “umbrella” signature

American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Signature “Thomas A Edison”. 1p., 4.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Small sheet of paper containing other signatures, possibly from a guest book. Excellent signed in pencil by Edison at the top. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Edison to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Good condition. Edison trademarked his signature in 1899 and he rarely signed his name as "Thomas". Virtually all of his later signatures have his first name abbreviated as "Thos”, that indicates that he signed this photo until 1899.

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Millerand, Alexandre (1859-1943)

Content autograph card signed + personal visiting card signed

French politician and freemason. Autograph card signed “AMillerand”. 1p., 10.25 x 7.0 inch (unfolded). Paris, 1929 April 11. A fine content handwritten card by Millerand regarding “La Guerre”, “traditions” and “La France”. Mounted on the left side is a fine postcard of Millerand by Mascré-Pirou. Also included is a personal visiting card of Millerand with handwritten salutation and signed “AM”. Slightly discolored else fine condition.

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Walter, Bruno (1876-1962)

Signed photograph

German-born conductor, pianist and composer. Signed and inscribed photograph “Für Karoline Schnobel mit bestem Gruss Bruno Walter” and dated in his hand “September 1958”. 4.5 x 6.5 inch, n.p. Excellent black and white photo in fine condition.

 

 

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Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)

Card signed + autographs of V. Auriol, L. Blum, G. Bidault

French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969. Card signed “C.G.” and additional salutation in de Gaulle’s hand. 3.25 x 2.5 inch, Paris January 17, 1949. Together with the original mailing envelope. Also included is a card signed by the first President of the fourth French republic Vincent Auriol (1884-1966), Prime Minister Leon Blum (1872-1950) and Prime Minister Georges Bidault (1899-1983). Fine condition.

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Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)

Impressive oversize signed photograph

The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Signed photograph “Wilhelm I.R. Weihnacht 1927”. 10.0 x 13.5 inch, Dorn (barely visible below Wilhelm’s handwriting), signed in blue colored pencil. Impressive half-length portrait in uniform. Handling wear, slightly trimmed, else good condition. Uncommon in this size.

 

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Böll, Heinrich (1917-1985)

Fine content autograph letter signed

One of Germany's foremost post-World War II. writers. Böll was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. Autograph letter signed „Heinrich Böll“. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, on his personal stationery. Köln, 1957 September 24. To the writer and publicist Gert Kalow (1921-1991). In parts, in full: „Ihr Brief war für mich eine große Freude, betrachte ich Sie doch ein wenig als einen kontrollierenden Bruder, nicht immer im Sinne der Kompetenz, sondern eher der Zeugenschaft...“ Translated: „Your letter was a great joy to me, I consider you a bit as a controlling brother, not always in terms of competence, but rather the testimony.” Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)

Wonderful signed portrait  

Composer, pianist, and conductor. Widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Wonderful signed portrait “Igor Stravinsky”. Program, 12 pages (recto and verso), 8.25 x 9.25 inch, Concert program for the gala concert “Musica Viva”, 1957 October 4, German Museum Munich. Signed inside the program in blue ballpoint pen. Fine condition.

 

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Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)

Uncommon autograph letter signed

Liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) from 1949 to 1959. Autograph letter signed “Theodor Heuss”. 1p., 6.0 x 8.25 inch, Berlin-Lichtenfelde, 1933 July 16. To “Liebe Frau Möricke”. Untranslated letter in German. Minor handling wear, else fine.

 

 

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Masaryk, Tomáš Garrigue (1850-1937)

Signed photograph

Czech politician, statesman, sociologist and philosopher. Signed photograph “T.G. Masaryk 16/11.(?)’28”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., black and white photo, signed in dark black ink. Additional signed by Alois Jirasek (1851-1930) a Czech writer, author of historical novels and plays. Mounted on thin cardboard, Jirasek signature slightly blurred, else good condition.

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Benedict XVI., Pope (1927)

Excellent condition signed photograph

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 2005 to 2013. Signed photograph “Joseph Card. Ratzinger”. 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph by J.H. Darchinger as printed on verso. Excellent condition and one of the few that is not signed with autopen.

 

 

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Gorky, Maxim (1868-1936)

Excellent signature on a card

Russian and Soviet writer and a founder of the socialist realism literary method, a political activist and also a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Signed card “M. Gorki” and additional in his hand “9.10.24 Sorrento”, written in dark blue ink and Cyrillic. 5.0 x 3.25 inch, Sorrento (Italy), 1924 October 9. Together with a fine and large portrait, 8.25 x 10.5 inch, Hofkunstverleger G. Heuer & Kirmse, Berlin-Halensee. Card in fine condition, portrait slightly discolored, else fine. Perfect example of a Gorky signature.

 

 

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Signed autograph card

German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School. Signed card “Walter Gropius Cambridge/ Mass 1967”. 5.5 x 3.75 inch. Stamp at the top “Autogrammkarte (autograph card)”. In fine condition.

 

 

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Brandström, Elsa (1888-1948)

Typed letter signed by the "Angel of Siberia"

Swedish nurse and philanthropist. She was known around the world as the "Angel of Siberia". Typed letter signed “Ihre Elsa Brandström-Ulich”. 1p., 9.0 x 11,0 inch, Dresden, 1931 November 22. On “Stiftung: Arbeitssanatorium für ehem. Kriegsgefangene Deutsche” stationery. Addressed to „Mrs. Siniossoglon“. In German, translated in parts: “…Unfortunately, I have to tell you that my time has been so extraordinarily busy through my work that I cannot fulfill your request.” Mailing folds, handling wear, slightly discolored, else good condition. Brandström was married since 1929 with the philosopher and educator Robert Ulich (1890-1977).

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Hussein, Saddam (1937-2006)

Important document signed

The fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. Document signed. 1p., 8.0 x 11.0 inch, n.p. (Baghdad), 1980 May 18, blind embossed national coat of arms at the top. Signed in red ink by Hussein as President of the Bath-Party. The document deals with the affiliation of a city that wants to belong to the district of Mossul. A German translation is included. Slightly discolored, else good condition.

 

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