Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)
Document signed “award-list” for the Iron Cross 2nd class 1942
German field marshal who earned the sobriquet “The Desert Fox” for his tactical genius as Commander. In 1944 he was implicated in a plot to assassinate Hitler; given the choice of suicide or a trial, he ended his own life with poison. Document signed “Rommel”. 2pp., 8.5 x 10.5 inch, Africa, 1942 January 30. in German. The typed document is a Verleihungsliste (award-list) for the Iron Cross 2nd Class and lists thirty nine officers along with other brief details of their dates of birth and ranks etc. Signed in pencil by Rommel at the base in his capacity as Generaloberst and Oberbefehlshaber of the Panzer Army. Two file holes to the edge, repaired and two very small pinholes, none affecting the text or signature, else fine condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 1,190 / € 925
Edward VIII. (1894-1972) & Simpson, Wallis (1896-1986)
Scarce card signed by both…
Edward VIII. - King of Great Britain and Ireland, reigned from January to December 1936. Wallis Simpson - an American socialite. Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII., abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. Card signed by both “Edward Duke of Windsor” and “Wallis Duchess of Windsor” in dark blue felt tip pen. 4.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Red embossed seal at the top. The “R” for “Rex” (King) after “Edward” is written in a different and unknown hand and with a ballpoint pen. As Duke he did not have the privilege of signing as king. Minor stains, else fine condition.
Price: $ 585 / € 450
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)
In Person signature in a Visitors Book
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Excellent signature “Elizabeth R”. 8.5 x 6.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Visitors book signed by the Queen in dark black ink. Blue hardcover, only one page of the book is signed, page three by the Queen. Mint condition.
Price: $ 1,025 / € 790
Kennedy, Jacqueline (1929-1994)
Typed letter signed
First Lady and wife of John F. Kennedy. Typed letter signed “Sincerely Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis“ and additionally in her hand “Dear Ms. Blom”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Doubleday letterhead, New York, 1990 January 16. Addressed to Ms. Ingrid Paddock Blom in Falls Church, VA. In full: “Thank you so much for sending me the poems from RHYMES WITHOUT REASON by Marion Clute White. I found them delightful – witty, insightful and poignant. Unfortunately, I am very sorry to say that Doubleday does not publish poetry books, and so I can not help you here. Perhaps you migt try seeking out publishers who specialize in books of poetry. I do appreciate your giving me the opportunity to consider this, and I am sorry we were unable to work something out. Please accept my best wishes for a happy New Year.” Stain on the upper right edge and some paper scraped off, else fine and excellent signed by Jackie. Fine provenance - item comes directly from the family of the recipient.
Price: $ 860 / € 660
Erzberger, Matthias (1875-1921)
Typed letter signed
German publicist and politician, Reich Minister of Finance from 1919 to 1920. He was assassinated for this act by the right-wing terrorist group Organisation Consul. Typed letter signed “MErzberger”. 1p., 6.75 x 8.75 inch. Berlin, 1917 December 10. Addressed to Legation-Secretary von Simson in Zurich. In German: “Besten Dank für Ihr Schreiben vom 3. Dezember betreffend Herrn Rosenbaum, das ich heute erhalten habe.“ Mailing fold, else fine condition.
Price: $ 440 / € 340
Gorbachev, Mikhail (1931)
Rare autographed letter signed
General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party who instituted policies of government openness and restructuring. Rare autographed letter signed “M Gorbachev”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, n.p., 1997 December 16. Written in blue ballpoint on his Gorbachev Foundation letterhead. In Russian, translated: “Dear Willy! I wish you much luck and successful days.” Handling wear, else fine condition. Gorbachev is very common in signed photographs, but that’s the first autographed letter signed by Gorbachev I have seen so far.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
Lindbergh, Charles A. (1902-1974)
War dated typed letter signed re: St. Louis-Chicago Air Mail
American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. He became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. Typed letter signed “Charles A. Lindbergh”, 1p, 6.75 x 7.25 inch. Dearborn, Michigan, 1943 July 6. On “Ford Motor Company” letterhead. Addressed to Clarence J. Root in Detroit. In full: “Thank you very much for your letter enclosing the clipping with Phil Love’s photograph taken at the start of the St. Louis-Chicago Air Mail in 1926. I thoroughly appreciate your consideration in sending me this.” Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine with excellent signature. Lindbergh served as a technical adviser and test pilot for the Ford Motor Company, rare war dated letter. Accompanied by a Longines Symphonette Sterling Silver Medal Lindbergh Flies The Atlantic, 1927.
Price: $ 1,160 / € 950
Clemens, Samuel L. “Mark Twain” (1835-1910)
He is better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Signed card “Mark Twain”. 3.5 x 2.0 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in pencil by Twain. Card is toned, else fine.
Price: $ 595 / € 460
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: $ 790 / € 660
Eugen, Prince of Savoy (1663-1736)
Rare letter signed by the “noble knight”
General of the Imperial Army and statesman of the Holy Roman Empire and the Archduchy of Austria. One of the most successful military commanders in modern European history, rising to the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna. Letter signed in dark ink “Eugenio von Savoy”. 1p. (double-page), 9.0 x 13.25 inch. Vienna, 1731 November 28. Addressed to Wolfgang Eberhard von Dalberg in Mannheim. In German, in part: “…Mich erfreut nicht wenig aus dero an mich lezt abzulassen beliebten schreiben zu ersehen, daß Sie das angesuchte Kays: geheimbe Raths-patent erhalten … würden…“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. This letter is entered in the Register nationally valuable archives. He is free to sell, but cannot, or only with special permission, carried out of Germany. Ask for more information.
Price: $ 975 / € 750
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Photograph signed “Elizabeth R” and dated in her hand “1960”. An excellent photograph of the Queen with Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and baby Prince Andrew. The photograph is mounted to the original photographers mount and the queen has signed on the mount in ink. The black and white photograph is 6.75 x 9.25 inch and mounted to an overall of 8.5 x 11.5 inch. Slight marking to the lower mount, probably from previous framing, not affecting the photo or signature. Corner crease bottom right and handling wear, else good condition. Signature is guaranteed authentic and not one of the famous autopens used by the Queen. Provenance: from the collection of Cyril Dickman, the head steward at Buckingham Palace for more than 50 years.
Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350
Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921)
The finest signed and hand drawn caricature of himself
World renowned Italian tenor usually considered the greatest operatic tenor ever, and he was the first opera star to make best-selling recordings, beginning around 1903, which are still in print to this day. Signed ink drawing “Enrico Caruso”. 5.75 x 7.25 inch sheet from an album page, n.p., n.d. (about 1913/1914), black ink. Next to his signature Caruso added a beautiful caricature of himself. Slightly discolored, else good condition. Surely one of the finest Caruso drawings you can hope to find, especially in ink and not in the more common pencil.
Price: $ 1,195 / € 920
Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)
Scarce signed photograph
French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer and literary critic. Signed and inscribed photograph “avec Valerie Mass … homage de JP Sartre”. Page from a program, 1p., 5.25 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink and in fine condition. Uncommon and scarce Sartre autograph.
Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050
Mascagni, Pietro (1863-1945)
Autograph musical quotation signed
Italian composer whose 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana takes a place among the most beloved staples of the operatic repertoire. Autograph musical quotation signed “P. Mascagni”. 1p., 4.5 x 3.25 inch (visible), Rome, (1)901 January 23. Mascagni pens some bars of unidentified music. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Mascagni to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 575 / € 440
du Barry, Marie-Jeanne (1743-1793)
Rare autographed note signed
Infamous French courtesan who was the last mistress of Louis XV. Accused of aiding emigres from the Revolution, she was imprisoned, tried, and executed by the guillotine during the Reign of Terror. Autographed note signed “La Comtesse du barry”. 1p., 6.0 x 3.75 inch. Louveciennes, 1788 November 9. Money order in French: “je prie Monsieur buffault de vouloir bien donner monsieur poivier peintre la somme de six cent livres à compte des ouvrages de peinture qu’il fait.” Acknowledged under the signature by the receiver. Minor needle holes, signs of tape residue on verso, else fine condition. Comes with a fine engraving of Madame du Barry.
Price: $ 1,250 / € 960
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)
Early document signed
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Document signed “Elizabeth R”. 16.0 x 13.25 inch, Court of Saint James’s, 1956 March 13. Appointment for Eric Lionel Jeffries as Second Lieutenant of the Territorial Army. Countersigned by General Sir Cameron Gordon Graham Nicholson (1898-1979) as aide-de-camp general of the Queen and with a second unknown countersignature. Folds in the middle, mounting residue on verso, signatures slightly faded but still good legible.
Price: $ 1,130 / € 870
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926) & Philip, Prince (1921)
Christmas card signed by both (from the coronation year)
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Scarce and highly sought after Christmas card signed “Elizabeth R” and dated “1953.” in her hand. Additionally signed by Prince Philip “Philip”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch (folded), n.p. (London). The card shows a picture of the queen on her coronation day together with Prince Philip and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne. An exceptionally rare card and the most sought after of all Christmas cards as queen. Some discoloration to the left facing side and on verso. The image itself is crisp as are the signatures.
Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.140
Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)
English journalist, short-story writer, poet and novelist. Most famous for “The Jungle Book“. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1907), making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize. Verse signed “Rudyard Kipling”. 9.0 x 1.0 inch, n.p., 1929 March 17. Additional in Kipling’s hand: “France beloved of every god that loves + serves mankind!” Slightly discolored, diagonal bend, else good condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Kipling to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful presented!
Price: $ 635 / € 490
Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)
Signed & annotated typed letter signed on WWII. and discrimination
35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, Washington, 1957 February 26. On United States Senate letterhead. Both signed and annotated by John Kennedy as "Jack" with notes along the bottom of "Come + see us / Best to Jane", and a small annotation to personalize the letter where Kennedy crosses out the typed greeting of "Dear Mr. Jones", and personalizes it with Dear "E.N." In full: "Thank you very much for your letter of recent date calling attention to S. 625 in which a friend of yours is interested. I think the central question here is whether, as a matter of policy, the United States wishes to broaden the group of people who are entitled to receive compensation for war claims. If the decision were made to enlarge the group to include persons who were not citizens at the time loss occurred, the effect would be to lessen the amount, which could be paid to the individual claimants. At this point, since hearings have not been held on the bill, I have not had an opportunity to consider all of the factors involved. Consequentially, I am not in a position to express a definitive position on the bill. However, I want to assure you that it will receive my most careful consideration when it comes before the committee." A superb letter with fantastic content. Kennedy as Senator was responding to a letter regarding a "discrimination" issue - a cause which he rose to the forefront during his Presidential administration. This letter is unclear regarding the type of discrimination however E.N Jones posed to Kennedy the question of "He is one of those being discriminated against by the original bill. From the information I can gather, it would appear that anyone who fled from Communism in the years following the War and who are now U.S. citizens anything you could do to get this Amendment passed." Accompanied by the originating lightly nicked carbon letter, 8.5 x 11.0 inch, 1967 February 13. Near fine with expected folds. A fantastic signed letter allowing one to reflect on Kennedy's thoughts on several important policies, communism, defecting and discrimination. Scarce signed and annotated with an association as shown in his autographed postscript. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).
Price: $ 2,490 / € 1.925
Liebig, Justus v. (1803-1873)
Autographed 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. Autographed 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.
Price: $ 750 / € 575
Piaf, Édith (1915-1963)
Souvenir signed and matted
French cabaret singer, songwriter, actress and one of France's greatest international stars. Signed souvenir “Edith Piaf”. 3.25 x 1.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark ballpoint pen. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Piaf to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 510 / € 390
Obama, Barack (1961)
One of a kind signed Cuba Newspaper
44. President of the United States. Newspaper signed, 1p. (upper part of the first page), 10.0 x 7.25 inch. The March 21, 2016 edition of the Cuban newspaper "Trabajadores" ("Workers") reporting on Obama''s state visit to that country, the first by a U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge made the trip in 1928. Obama signs boldly in black ink over his image on the front page, adding the inscription "To Dayanna - All the best!" Fine condition. The former president added his signature to the newspaper at the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard in the presence of the previous owner, an employee of that establishment. The "Dayanna" mentioned in the inscription is the daughter of the previous owner. The item is accompanied by a photo of Obama signing the newspaper on the golf course, as the previous owner looks on. Handsomely matted in gray to an overall of 13.0 x 8.5 inch, removable affixed with photo corners. Historic and one of a kind autograph and the first Obama where I can guarantee the authenticity.
Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350
Gershwin, George (1898-1937)
Fine condition signed check
American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924) and “An American in Paris” (1928). Personal check signed “George Gershwin”. 6.25 x 2.75 inch, New York, 1933 September 22. Filled out in another hand and signed by Gershwin. Payable to Dorothy Druman for $20. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and cancellation holes. Accompanied by an unsigned FDC with a cachet honoring Gershwin.
Price: $ 1,090 / € 850
Kelly, Grace (1929-1982)
Card signed and matted with photograph
American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Card signed “Grace de Monaco”. 4.25 x 2.5 inch, n.p., n.d. “La Princess de Monaco” printed at the top. Signed in dark ballpoint pen. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Grace Kelly to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 425 / € 325
Miro, Joan (1893-1983)
Excellent signed color reproduction of one of his works
Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Color reproduction of one of Miro's uncommon mixed-media pieces. Printed on a glossy 8.5 x 11.0 inch sheet, removed from a catalog of his works and signed at bottom. Fine.
Price: $ 960 / € 740
Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)
Fine document signed (co-signed by Walther von Brauchitsch)
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. Partly Printed Document Signed “Adolf Hitler”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch. "Fuhrer Headquarters", Berlin, 1941 October 15. Countersigned by Walther von Brauchitsch (1881-1948) - German field marshal and the Commander-in-Chief of the German Army in the early years of World War II. A promotion of Lt. Col. Treptow of the 52nd Infantry Regiment to the rank of colonel. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal. Hitler and von Brauchitsch have signed with bold fountain pen. Handling wear, slightly discolored, else fine condition. 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: $ 2,750 / € 2.125
Mandela, Nelson (1918-2013)
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Color glossy signed photograph “NMandela 14.3.2001”. 9.5 x 7.0 inch, n.p. A fine half-length photo of Mandela shaking hands with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl during Mandela's trip to Germany in late May 1996, signed in black ballpoint. Reverse bears official text and Federal Government copyright label. In fine condition.
Price: $ 1,460 / € 1.125
George VI., King (1895-1952)
Document signed (countersigned by Prime Minister A. Eden)
King of the United Kingdom 1936-52. Document Signed “George R. I.” as King. 1p., 16.5 x 13.0 inch, Court at Saint James's, 1945 May 26. The king approves a commission issued by "Our Good Friend the President of the United States of America," which appoints Raymond A. Hare "to be Consul in London." Signed in the upper right by King George and countersigned by later Prime Minister Anthony Eden (1897-1977). With intersecting folds, else fine condition. Rare document and signature combination, only two weeks after the end of WW II.
Price: $ 875 / € 675
Pershing, John J. (1860-1948)
Typed letter signed from Paris
John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Typed letter signed “John J. Pershing”. 1p., 6.0 x 7.25 inch, Paris, 1923 December 8. Addressed to Mr. Keenan in Pittburgh. In full: “I have your letter written on board the “Paris”, and I am very sorry indeed that I cannot consent to your publicly quoting me on the subject of American Cemeteries in France. I have already sent a report to the Secretary of War on this subject, and you will readily understand that it is now up to the War Department to give out all statements in that connection. However, I am pleased that you should have a full knowledge of facts as you are now in a position to refute all unjust criticisms." Signature light but legible, small paper clip stain at top, else good condition.
Price: $ 495 / € 385
Marconi, Guglielmo (1874-1937)
Fine document signed by the Nobel Prize winner
Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun. Document signed “G. Marconi”. 1p. (bifolium), 12.0 x 15.75 inch. Roma, 1929 January 1. Blind embossed seal “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche”. Signed by Marconi as President and countersigned by the General Secretary. Nomination for Prof. Vittorio Peglion “dell Istituto Superiore Agrario di Bologna, Presidente del Comitato Nazionale per l’Agricoltura”. Slightly discolored, horizontal fold, right edge a bit rough, else good condition with a dark Marconi signature. The Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) or National Research Council, is an Italian public organization set up to support scientific and technological research, Marconi was President from 1927-1937.
Price: $ 510 / € 390
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
Autograph note on his personal visiting card
Italian composer of operas. Autograph note on his personal visiting card “…ringraziamenti”. A short thank you note on his card imprinted “Giuseppe Verdi”. 3.5 x 2.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Written in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Verdi to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Card slightly discolored and stained, else good condition.
Price: $ 680 / € 525
Nixon, Richard (1913-1994)
Vintage signed photograph
37. President of the United States. Vintage signed and inscribed photograph. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. A bust shot in suit by Arnold Newman. Inscribed by Nixon “To Ludwig Raimondo with best wishes from Richard Nixon”. Handling and corner wear, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. Comes with my own COA and a JSA James Spence Letter of Authenticity.
Price: $ 435 / € 350
Arafat, Yasser (1929-2004)
Large signed card with photograph
Palestinian leader, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for the negotiations at Oslo. Large signed card “Y. Arafat 25.3.93”. 12.5 x 8.25 inch (unfolded). With colour photograph of Arafat and blind embossed “State of Palestine” crest on verso. Fine condition. Excellent official cad with a classic image of Arafat.
Price: $ 415 / € 320
Barrie, James M. (1860-1937)
Fine autograph letter signed by the creator of Peter Pan
Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. Autograph letter signed “J. M. Barrie”. 1p. (bifolium), 4.5 x 6.0 inch, Lancaster Gate, 1905 December 2. To Mr. Hammerton. Barrie writes, in full: “I don't have a thing, and am very sorry. May the magazine flourish under you. And thank you for your pleasant words about my plays”. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Barrie correspondent is most likely to be John Alexander Hammerton (1871-1949) Scottish Journalist and Editor of encyclopedias and other reference works. Hammerton had joined Alfred Harmsworth's Amalgamated Press in 1905, the same year as the present letter, and would later edit a biography of Barrie.
Price: $ 615 / € 475
Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)
American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Vintage signed photograph “Love you Josephine Baker 1973”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., 1973. The imaged depicting Baker in a half-length pose in costume as Zazou Clairon from the comedy film The French Way (1945). Signed in blue ink to a clear area of the image. With a horizontal crease to the centre of the image, and a small crease to the lower left corner, else good condition.
Price: $ 490 / € 380
Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)
Typed letter signed re: “…expected to be rather house-broken and pliable”
35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, United States Senate letterhead, 1953 April 14. Signed by JFK in blue ballpoint. Letter to Mr. Orville Swett Poland in Massachusetts. In full: “Thank you very much for your letter of April 8 in regard to the Democratic vacancy on the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank. I know of no one who would be more effective in that job than you, and therefore I will do everything that I can. I am not exactly sure of the procedure as my experience has been that members of the opposition party nominated to these positions are expected to be rather house-broken and pliable, which you quite obviously are not, But I will check into it and let you know what I learn.” Letter marked “JFK:el” - written by Evelyn Lincoln, JFK’s personal secretary for twelve years. Mailing folds, 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.).
Price: $ 2,340 / € 1.800
Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973)
Signed photograph as President
36. President of the United States. Color signed photograph “Lyndon B. Johnson”. 11.0 x 14.0 inch, n.p. (Washington), 1967. Signed as President with printed dedication “Christmas 1967 - To Arthur B. Poinier With appreciation and best wishes” and signed in black ink by Lyndon B. Johnson. Some stains at the top, handling wear, corners slightly bumped, scratches on the photo. Lyndon B. Johnson is rare in authentic autographs, nearly everything is signed by his secretary Bruce Thomas or Autopen. This photo is uncommon, because of his size. Arthur Poinier (1911-1998) was a famous American editorial cartoonist.
Price: $ 585 / € 450
John Paul II., Pope (1920-2005)
One of a kind Y. Karsh photograph signed as Pope
Born Karol Józef Wojtyła. Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is widely known to Catholics as Saint John Paul the Great. Signed and inscribed photograph. 7.75 x 9.75 inch photo on the original 11.0 x 14.75 inch photographers mount. N.p., 1980 May 12. Signed and inscribed by the Pope on the mount below his image “Al carissimo Mons. Justo Mullor Garcia nunzia apostolico in Abidjan Joannes Paulus PP. II”. Photograph by Yousuf Karsh and printed on verso No. 7, Karsh, Ottawa. “7” filled in by hand (pencil). Photograph shows also a printed signature of Karsh below the image of the Pope. Minor foxing and minimal scratches on the photograph, else good condition. Signed photos of John Paul II. as Pope are rare and this one is surely one of the finest known to exist. Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was an Armenian-Canadian photographer best known for his portraits of notable individuals. He has been described as one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th century. Justo Mullor García (1932-2016) was a Roman Catholic archbishop. Mullor Garcia was ordained to the priesthood in 1954. From 1979 to 2000 he served as apostolic nuncio, then he served as President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy from 2000 to 2007.
Price: $ 3,735 / € 2.875
Callas, Maria (1923-1977)
Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Excellent signed and inscribed photograph “A Veigilio Planas sinceramente Maria Callas 1973”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., 1973. Signed in black felt tip pen. Photographer copyright stamp on verso “Michel Petit, Paris”. Handling wear, else good condition. Also included is a program from of “The Maria Callas Society” signed by Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921-2008).
Price: $ 975 / € 750
Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)
Autograph postcard signed
Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph postcard signed “Giacomo Puccini”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch. Milano, date illegible (postmark). Addressed to Felice Franceschini in Lucca. An untranslated letter in Italian in which Puccini thanks him for his letter. Also included is an unsigned G. Puccini postcard photograph. Fine condition.
Price: $ 1,260 / € 975
Bonaparte, Joséphine (1763-1814)
Excellent letter signed “Josephine” to Cardinal Casoni
Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I., and thus the first Empress of the French. Letter signed “Josephine”. 1p., 9.0 x 14.5 inch, Paris, 1808 January 10. To Cardinal Casoni, in French. The Empress sends her greetings to Casoni. In full, translated: “My Cousin, nothing could be more pleasant than your new testimonies with good feelings towards me, which you are sending to me on this occasion of the new year; I have no doubt about your sincere words, and I can assure you that my wish is to find the right occasions to forward my kindness.” Countersigned by Jean Marie Deschamps. Mailing folds, very small professional repairs to the edges, else good condition. Filippo Casoni (1733-1811) Italian Cardinal. State secretary of the Italian pontifical state. Jean-Marie Deschamps (1750-1826) French Writer and Playwright, Secretaire of Josephine.
Price: $ 2,690 / € 2.075
Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)
Fine content typed letter signed to his daughter in law
Liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) from 1949 to 1959. Fine content typed letter signed “Theodor Heuss”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.5 inch. Bonn, 1957 December 16. Hand made paper. A personal letter to his daughter in law Hanne Heuss. In German, in part: “Ich glaube, die wesentliche Arznei, die Dir im Augenblick verschrieben werden kann, heist ‘Geduld’, dazu ein Maximum an Schlaf. “… Seit 25 Jahren bin ich mit dem Jungen befreundet und habe es erst jetzt erfahren! Er setzte sich dann auch ans Klavier und spielte etwas, wobei er mit dem rechten Arm über den linken weg über die Tasten fuhr, wie ein Virtuose, wenn er kokoett wird, und nachher behauptete er, das sei aus Richard Wagners ‘Tristan’!” Mailing folds, else fine condition. Hanne Heuss, born Elsas (1918-1958), wife of Theodor Heuss son Ernst Ludwig Heuss (1910-1967), one of the daughters of the murdered partisan Fritz Elsas (1890-1945).
Price: $ 485 / € 375
Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)
Scarce autograph musical quotation signed
Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Autograph musical quotation signed “G. Rossini”. 1p. (album page), 8.5 x 5.5 inch, Bologna, 1842 November 27. Rossini pens three bars of unidentified music. Slightly discolored, handling wear, else fine condition. On verso a handwritten note by G. Tommasini, probably Giacomo Tommasini (1768-1846) an Italian doctor. Dated Parma 29 February 1846 regading Rossinis’s opera “Semiramide”. Rossini is quite uncommon in musical quotes.
Price: $ 3,445 / € 2.650
Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)
Autographed postcard signed “Richard u. Pauline Strauss”
Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Salome”. Autographed postcard signed "Richard u. Pauline Strauss". 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Amsterdam, 1904, October 5 (from postmark). Addressed to German arts patron Willy Levin and wife in Berlin. In German, translated: "This evening, first concert with (Symphonia) Domestica and songs. See you again soon!” Inscribed in the margins of a view of Bocht Heerengracht in Amsterdam and addressed on the verso in his hand. Faint scattered soiling, cancelled 5-cent stamp at upper right verso.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
Spontini, Gaspare (1774-1851)
Fine content autograph letter signed
Italian opera composer and conductor. Excellent and unusual autograph letter signed “Spontini”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.25 inch, Berlin, 1831 June 26. In French. A cleanly written letter in bold black ink by Spontini, stating in part: “I have visited you and have verbally responded to all your letter points, I am however ready to answer again whenever you wish so in presence of witnesses…In the meantime your threat do not frighten me at all, they can return to you...” Spontini concludes explaining that his witnesses are many and most respectable and important people. With small traces from previous affixing to the upper and lower edges, not affecting the text nor the signature.
Price: $ 765 / € 610
Bartholdi, Frederic Auguste (1834-1904)
Postcard signed and inscribed
French sculptor who is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty. Postcard signed and inscribed “Bartholdi”. 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Paris 1902 (postmark), in French. The French Sculptor, in his own hand, sends his best wishes to his correspondent. Addressed in another hand to the verso and post-stamped. Handling wear, else fine.
Price: $ 790 / € 650
Schliemann, Heinrich (1822-1890)
Autograph letter signed
German businessman and a pioneer of field archaeology. He was an advocate of the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an archaeological excavator of Hissarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy. Autograph letter signed “H. Schliemann”. 1p., 4.25 x 2.0 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. Addressed to the French-German Assyriologist Jules Oppert (1825-1905). In French, in full: “Mon cher Monsieur Oppert … - je vous prier de en écrire quelques mots en response a la letter incluse?” Translated: “May I ask you to write a few words in response to the letter included?“ Handsomely matted in green with a photo of Schliemann (printed signature) to an overall of 8.25 x 11.75 inch. Excellent condition.
Price: $ 1,540 / € 1.190
Stoker, Bram (1847-1912)
Autograph letter as secretary to Henry Irving
Abraham "Bram" Stoker was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant and secretary of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. Letter written in the hand of Bram Stoker and signed “Faithfully yours Henry Irving”. 1p., bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, blindstamped Lyceum Theatre letterhead, 1902 July 21. As Henry Irving’s secretary, Stoker pens a brief letter and the date “Dear Madam I regret very much that I cannot avail myself of your offer of the pictures.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 490 / € 390
Charles, Prince (1948) & Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)
Typed letter signed regarding the “wedding of the century"
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”. Typed letter signed “Charles” and “Yours most sincerely, and Diana”. 1p., 8.0 x 12.75 inch, embossed Buckingham Palace letterhead, 1981, October 7. The royal couple write to Miss Endruweit. In full: “We would both like to thank you very much indeed for your most kind contribution to the wedding present which the Duchy has given us. We really are delighted with the mahogany library table which will look splendid in our home at Highgrove and is exactly the right period for the house. We were also most touched to receive the balance of the gift in the form of a cheque with which we shall probably buy some more furniture. As you can well imagine, with two houses to equip from scratch we have quite a difficult task ahead of us! We have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity which so many people have shown to us, but, as you will know we have a very special affection for the Duchy and all those who live and work in it and we therefore particularly appreciate your gift. We look forward very much to visiting the Duchy together in the future.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. In fine condition. The fabled royal wedding took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981, before an invited congregation of 3,500 and an estimated worldwide television audience of 750 million. A handsome and personal souvenir of one of the most storied “public” marriages in modern history!
Price: $ 2,150 / € 1.660
Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)
Autographed letter signed
14. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed “Franklin Pierce”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.0 x 8.0 inch. Concord, 1862 October 24. Letter to F. N. Blood of New Hampshire concerning a real estate transaction. In part: “I met Colo. Tappen a day or two since who apologized for not having sent the deed of the land for which I paid him…more than 18 mos ago & said ‘I cannot describe the land, but if Mr. Blood will make out a quitclaim deed & send it to me, I will cause it to be executed’…Henry can give you the description of the land to be quitclaimed.” Mailing folds, else in fine condition.
Price: $ 1,140 / € 950
Warhol, Andy (1928-1987)
Signature matted with photograph
American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Fine signature “Andy Warhol”. 1.5 x 6.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black felt tip pen. Mounted on glossy paper, probably a page from an exhibition catalog. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Warhol to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 525 / € 410
Harding, Warren G. (1865-1923)
Unusual and one of a kind autograph letter signed
29. President of the United States. Unusual autograph letter signed “W. G. H.” 7pp., on humorous 5.5 x 3.5 inch postcards, no date. Letter to his personal physician Charles E. Sawyer, in which Harding occasionally comments on the subject of the postcard. In part: "Thought you about due for a card. This one is from the cook, superscribed by the purchasing agent…I may say that the next card also comes from the tight wad purchasing agent…You will be interested to know that turnips and kale are still staple at the old grill…This card seems appropriate. I was going to send one to the parson, but I recalled that he never fished…Yesterday we motored with the Flickingers—Mae and Frank. Today the rain has kept us in all day. We did have three glorious days…I don't know why I send this card. It reads like a confession. But Duchess (his wife, Florence Harding) said to send it, and she knows best. We are booked to sail for Lima, leaving Jaxonville April 2…I do not know the purpose of this card. Case for the class in grammar—parse the pronoun…All is going lovely. Frank killed a small diamond rattlesnake on the beach…We witnessed the execution! Was about two feet long and as pretty a skin as you ever saw." In fine condition. One of a kind Harding autograph.
Price: $ 1,090 / € 840
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix (1809-1847)
Autograph note matted
German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Address panel, 1p., 4.25 x 4.5 inch (visible), Frankfurt, 1845 August 8 (date of the accompanying letter, but not included). Addressed in his hand to violinist and composer W. Speyer. Additional in Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s hand in German: "Hierbei auch der Kinderfreund mit bestem Dank" (Here also the “Kinderfreund” with thanks). Among the various books and magazines of this title Mendelssohn Bartholdy probably refers to Friedrich Philipp Wilmsens book "Der deutsche Kinderfreund". Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Mendelssohn Bartholdy to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Address panel shows minor paper loss at the left edge, else fine condition. A photocopy of the accompanying letter is included.
Price: $ 875 / € 675
Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)
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: $ 1,915 / € 1.475
Göring, Hermann (1893-1946)
German politician, military leader and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Signed photograph “Hermann Göring”. 6.0 x 4.25 inch, black and white photograph of a smiling Göring, signed in black ink. Photo by Bazzoli, San Remo, blind embossed in lower left edge. 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.
Price: $ 1,020 / € 850
Doyle, Arthur Conan (1859-1930)
Typed letter signed “We are amateurs at the shop …”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Typed letter signed “A. Conan Doyle”. 2pp., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, Windlesham letterhead, 1930, June 25 Letter. Addressed to Lord Gorell, in full: "I wonder if, in your busy life, you could find time to give me a little advice. As you know we, the Psychic Bookshop, publish a few books and we have two in the press at present. One, 'The Consoling Angel,' a very remarkable case of evidential identity and the other Mrs. Hinchcliffe's narrative as to her husband's return, also a most evidential document. Here is good stuff, well printed and got up, but there is always the one fatal link in my chain that I have no means of putting it before the booksellers. So small a business with so limited an output cannot afford a staff of travellers. I advertise but with the limited circulation such books have, the advertising must also be limited. Could you suggest ay means by which I could get these books on the counters of booksellers? We are amateurs at the shop and a world of professional advice would be welcome. I like the look of my new book immensely. The shop tells me it is selling well and I told them to send you a repeat order." With intersecting folds and faint foxing, else fine condition. For many of his later years, Doyle intensely pursued his interest in paranormal phenomena, and by the end of World War I. he identified himself as a spiritualist, believing in a spirit world and the ability to communicate with those beyond the grave. He established the specialized Psychic Bookshop in 1925, devoted entirely to the sale of spiritualistic and psychic books; he later formed a small museum in the basement, showcasing various objects relevant to ghosts and the spirit world. An intriguing letter associated with Doyle's paranormal pursuits.
Price: $ 1,190 / € 925
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: $ 1,885 / € 1.450