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Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)

Large signed photograph inscribed to his housekeeper

Leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Salome”. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria. Large signed photograph "Dr Richard Strauss". 6.5 x 8.0 inch black and white photograph on 7.25 x 9.25 inch photographers mount, Garmisch, 1937 September 1. Inscribed in black ink below his image in German to his housekeeper “Unserer lieben Anna Glossner in wärmster Anerkennung 25jähriger treuer Dienste dankbar ergeben“. Slightly trimmed, else good condition. Anna Glossner (died 1944) had been Richard Strauss's housekeeper since 1912.

Price:  $ 1,150 / € 890

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Dali, Salvador (1904-1989)

Color engraving signed “Nu aux Violettes” (Artist's Proof)

Prominent Spanish surrealist. Engraving signed “Dali”. 19.75 x 26.0 inch (sheet) and 14.5 x 20.75 inch (print). A fine print titled “Nu aux Violettes (Nude with Veils)” from the set titled “Visions de Quevedo”. The set was published by EGI (Paris), Jean-Paul Loup (Paris) and Börjeson (Sweden) in 1975. The print is marked “E.A. (Epreuve d'artiste/ Artist’s Proof)” on Arches watermarked paper. Signed by Dali in pencil in the lower right margin. Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali, catalog no. OI 75-5 (E). Minor handling and corner wear, else fine condition. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Frank Hunter from The Salvador Dali Archives, the leading Dali expert.

Price: $ 2,350 / € 1.850

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Dali, Salvador (1904-1989)

Engraving signed “Tristan le Fou” (Artist's Proof)

Prominent Spanish surrealist. Engraving signed “Dali”. 20.0 x 26.0 inch (sheet) and 10.5 x 16.0 inch (print). A fine print titled “Tristan le Fou (Mad Tristan)” from the set titled “Tristan et Iseult”. The set was published in four language editions: English (Leon Amiel, New York), German (Orangerie Verlag. Köln), French (Éditions Oeuvres Graphiques Contemporaines, Paris) and Italian (unknown publisher) in 1970. The print is marked “E.A. (Epreuve d'artiste/ Artist’s Proof)” on Japon paper. Signed by Dali in pencil in the lower right margin. Official Catalog of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali, catalog no. OI 70-10 (S). Minor handling and corner wear, else fine condition. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Frank Hunter from The Salvador Dali Archives, the leading Dali expert.

Price: $ 2,350 / € 1.850

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Typed letter signed as Prime Minister

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. Fine typed letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 7.5 x 9.5 inch, 1952 July 24, on Prime Minster, 10. Downing Street, Whitehall letterhead with embossed coat of arms and address in black. Addressed to Henry A. Price, Esq., M.P. In full: “Dear Price, Thank you for your letter of July 22. I understand that the Board of Trade looked into the matter further and that the Secretary for Overseas Trade attended the function yesterday afternoon.” Mailing folds, handling wear, signature slightly blurred, else fine.

Price: $ 2,535 / € 1.950

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Foch, Ferdinand (1851-1929)

Signature matted with photograph

French general, Marshal of France, Great Britain and Poland and the Supreme Allied Commander during the final year of the First World War. Album page signed “F. Foch” and dated in his hand. 1p., 5.0 x 3.0 inch, n.p., September 1919. Signed and dated in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Foch to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Album page has minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 430 / € 330

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Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1873-1943)

Excellent card signed

Russian composer, pianist and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Card signed and inscribed “To J. Marechal Brown S. Rachmaninoff 1941”.  Card, 4.25 x 3.25 inch, n.p., 1941. Signed in dark black ink. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

 

Price: $ 860 / € 690

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Cleveland, Grover (1837-1908) & Cleveland, Frances (1864-1947)

Signed photographs AS PRESIDENT/ FIRST LADY

22. and 24. President of the United States and First Lady. Vintage pair of signed cabinet card photographs AS PRESIDENT "Grover Cleveland Dec. 30, 1896." in Grover Cleveland’s hand and probably AS FIRST LADY "Frances F. Cleveland" in Frances F. Cleveland’s hand. About 4.25 x 6.0 inch, n.p. (Washington). Copyright by C.M. Bell the famous Washington D.C. photographer. Both photos have wear along the edges, slightly trimmed, but still a nice pair and Grover Cleveland is rather uncommon in signed photos.

Price: $ 1,325 / € 1.050

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Philip, Prince (1921-2021)

Signed photograph

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Handsome vintage matte-finish signed photograph “Philip ‘Ajax 1956’”. A fine 6.0 x 8.0 inch portrait of Prince Philip in uniform, affixed to its original 7.0 x 9.75 inch mount, signed on the mount in fountain pen. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,235 / € 950

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John XXIII., Pope (1881-1963)

Signed photograph

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Vintage glossy signed photograph “Joannes p.p. XXIII 1-IV-(1)962”. 4.0 x 5.75 inch color photograph mounted on a 7.0 x 10.25 inch high quality paper, n.p. (Rome), 1962 April 1. Signed by fountain pen in black ink, on verso you can see the pressure of the pen. Photograph was removed from the book “Pensieri E Discorsi, Angelo Giuseppe Card. Roncalli”, 1962. Photo with minor stains, slightly discolored and wavy, else fine condition. Uncommon and fine signed photograph as Pope.

 

Price: $ 1,825 / € 1.450

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Byrd, Richard E. (1888-1957)

Typed letter signed

American naval officer, aviator and explorer. Typed letter signed “R.E. Byrd”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Boston, 1928 April 30. On his Byrd Antarctic Expedition letterhead. Letter to Rev. Leo Leonard Twinem. In full: “I want to thank you for the privilege you have extended to me in adding my name to your organization of boys in your church. I am glad to be one of them. Will you please tell the boys of this organization that I am pleased that they stand for such high things – courage, humility and devotion to purpose, and that I send each of them my best wishes. At your convenience I should like to have a list of the members of this organization and their addresses.” Mailing folds, handling wear and minor paper clip stain, else good condition.

Price: $ 350 / € 270

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Laurel, Stan (1890-1965) & Hardy, Oliver (1892-1957)

Signed photograph in excellent condition

A comedy double of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of thin Englishman, Stan Laurel and heavyset American, Oliver Hardy. They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. Wonderful vintage matte finish black and white photograph of the pair in their bowler hats. 7.0 x 5.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed and inscribed in dark blue fountain pen “OUR BEST WISHES JIMMY! Stan Laurel” and also in dark blue fountain pen “Oliver Hardy”. In excellent condition with perfect signatures. Surely one of the best Stan and Olli signed photographs you can hope to find.

Price: $ 1,425 / € 1.150

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Benedict XVI., Pope (1927)

Signed photograph

Pope Benedict XVI., born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Signed photograph “Joseph Card. Ratzinger”. Black and white photograph, 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo by J.H. Darchinger as printed on verso. Two small pieces of tape on verso, else fine condition. Also included is a fine photo card signed and inscribed on verso by Georg Ratzinger (1924-2020). Card, 5.75 x 4.25, Regensburg 1982 November 11. The front of the card shows the “Regensburger Domspatzen” (literally: Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows). Georg Ratzinger was a German Catholic priest and musician, known for his work as the conductor of the Regensburger Domspatzen He was the elder brother of Pope Benedict XVI.

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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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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: $ 975 / € 750

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Ribbentrop, Joachim von (1893-1946)

Scarce document signed

Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945. Scarce partly printed document signed “Ribbentrop”. 1p. (bifolium), 10.0 x 14.0 inch, Berlin, 1939 August 19. Ribbentrop, acting “In the name of the Führer and chancellor”, appoints Werner Fischer to be a consulate secretary. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal in the lower left corner. Slightly discolored, two small stains from mounting tape on verso, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history.  Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)

Card signed as President elect

28. President of the United States. Card signed as President elect, fine pen ink signature “Woodrow Wilson”. Card, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, 1912 November 30. Wilson’s signature underlined in another hand. Card is a fine vintage colour picture postcard of Government House, residence of the Governor of Bermuda. Dated 30th November 1912 in the hand of a collector and with further annotations to the verso. Post marked at Bermuda. Some very light, minor age wear, else fine. On November 5, 1912 Wilson won the presidential election against the Republicans divided between President William Howard Taft and ex-President Theodore Roosevelt, who ran for the Progressive Party. General Sir George Bullock (1851-1926) served as Governor Bermuda from 1912-17.

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Wilhelm I., King (1797-1888)

Autograph letter signed re: visit of Queen Victoria at Garrison Church Potsdam

King of Prussia from 1861 and first Emperor of Germany from 1871 until his death in 1888. Fine content autograph letter signed. 3 pages, bifolium, 5.25 x 8.5 inch, Schloss (Castle) Babelsberg, 1858 August 15. As Prince Regent to Pastor Emil Hering the minister of the Garrison Church in Potsdam. The Emperor informs his correspondent that the Queen of England will be attending the services at the Garrison Church today and continues to provide instructions to the Pastor. In German, in full: “Die Königin von England wird heute am Gottesdienst in der Garnison Kirche teilnehmen. Derselbe nimmt seinen ganz gewöhnlichen vorschriftsmäßigen Verlauf ebenso die Predigt. Nur ein Lithurgisches Gebeth ist nach dem Gebeth für unsere Königin, ungefähr folgendes Gebeth für die Königin von England einzuschieben, daß vor dem Gebeth für mich: ‚Seegne die erhabene Königin von England + Ihren Gemahl, die du gnädigst hergeführt hast + die wir in unserer Mitte sehen. Seegne die schöne und beglückende Familienvereinigung beider Königshäuser die du uns in diesen Tagen sichtlich vorführst, jetzt und in aller Zukunft‘“. An den Geistlichen welcher heute den Gottesdienst in der Garnisonskirche abhält.“ Translated: “The Queen of England will attend the Services at the Garrison Church today. These services take their ordinary course in due form, also does the sermon, only the Litany Prayers after the Prayer for the Queen there is to be inserted a prayer in about the following form for the Queen of England, and that before the prayer for me. ‘Bless the illustrious Queen of England and her Prince-Consort, whom You have led to us in Your Grace and who are now present amidst us. Bless the beautiful and happiness-giving family union of both the Royal Houses, which you have shown to us, now and in all the future’''. Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed by the Emperor. Also including an autograph letter signed by Pastor E. Hering. 2 pages, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, New York, 1891 December 10. To C. F. Gunther in Chicago, discussing the sale of the letter by Wilhelm I. and stating, in part: “I am willing to sell it at a reasonable price. What such price is, is a little difficult to state. You are right: the Emperor wrote in his long life many letters. But my letter is of another character; it is not a private one, but official, written by him as Highest Bishop of the Prussian State Church; therefore a proof of his consciousness of this dignity and power, because only the Evangelical Oberkirchenrath has the right to change the official Liturgy; second: my letter is a valuable proof for his tender and fine regard for the Queen of England, third: a proof of his piety, which moved him to implore our Lord for his blessings for that most important marriage, and implore openly in the Holy Service of the congregation…. These remarks, I suppose, will be valuable for your sale of the letter, and I would never sell it, but for my bitter want of help, as my mission work here gives me a trifling of income.” The integral leaf bears Hering's autograph statement of provenance, signed alongside a circular blind embossed seal, and stating, in part: “I was at that time Assistant Preacher at the Imperial Court Chapel in Potsdam and had to preach Sunday, August 15th 1858, wherefore I received the letter directly from the Prince Regent by a mounted livery servant...The genuineness of the above letter of William I cannot therefore be called into question”. Some light overall age wear, minor staining, and a few slight traces of former mounting, else good condition. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited their eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, in Germany in August 1858. It was the first time Queen Victoria had seen her daughter since her wedding and subsequent move to Germany earlier that year. The Queen and Prince Consort stayed with the pregnant Princess Royal at Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam until 28th August when they left for Cologne.

Price: $ 1,680 / € 1.350

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Nansen, Fridtjof (1861-1930)

Autograph letter signed

Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1922). Autograph letter signed “Fridtjof Nansen”. 1p. (double page), 5.75 x 8.25 inch, “Delegation de Norvege” letterhead. Genf (Geneve), 1929 September 27. Written in blue ink to Mrs. Gyömöres-Almares, in German: “Hochverehrte Frau Gyömöres-Almares Ich wünsche nur dass es mir möglich wäre eine Einleitung für das interessante Buch zu schreiben; leider ist aber meine Zeit so stark belastet, dass es mir unmöglich wird, was ich sehr bedaure. Und es tut mir weh, dass ich nicht anders antworten kann. Mit vorzüglicher Hochachtung Ihr ergebener”. Horizontal mailing fold, area of paper loss to the left edge which is repaired with a piece of paper inside the double page, else good condition.

Price: $ 825 / € 660

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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

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Carte de visite photograph signed

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Carte de visite photograph signed “Al. Dumas”. 2.5 x 4.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph featuring an oval image of Dumas in a head and shoulders pose. Photograph by Pierre Petit, Paris as printed on verso. Signed in bold black fountain pen ink to the lower border. Upper left corner very slightly clipped with small toning stain to the upper edge, otherwise good condition.

Price: $ 2,425 / € 1.950

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autograph letter signed “I need two hundred francs…”

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 “Al. Dumas”. 1p., 8.0 x 5.25 inch, black bordered, n.p. (Paris), n.d. (July 1843). To Monsieur Porcher, in French. Dumas writes to his editor requesting urgently and once again money, and states, in full, translated: “My dear Porcher, I absolutely need two hundred francs this morning, give them to me. Yours A. Dumas.” Bearing to the right bottom corner an annotation in the hand of the person who collected the sum on behalf of Dumas, acknowledging receipt, and dated in Paris, 21st July 1843. Handling wear, else good condition. Jean Baptiste Porcher (1792-1864) French former theatre employee and theatrical agent who created an agency which used to buy copyrights to their authors and ticket passes, later reselling them at the entrance doors of theatres. He very often was advancing money to Dumas and sometimes keeping some manuscripts in pledge. Dumas wrote about him “The man in Paris who has rendered more services to me”.

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Khrushchev, Nikita (1894-1971)

Typed letter signed co-signed by L. Kaganovich

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Typed letter signed “N. Khrushchev”. 1p., 7.0 x 10.25 inch, signed in green ink, Voroshilovograd, October 1947. To comrades Secretary and Chairman of the regional executive committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, Gayev and Oreshko respectively, in Cyrillic. Khrushchev, in his capacity as Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Ukranian Communist Party, states in part: “Your response telegram was received. The measures you have outlined to ensure the accomplishment of the task are insufficient”. Khrushchev further says “In order to raise state grain procurements, you need to take more specific measures district by district, and collective farm one by one in each district. Pay special attention to the following districts: Evsugsky, Lozno-Aleksandrovsky, Novoaidarsky, Svatovsky, Troitsky”. And before concluding states “In this very last period of state grain procurements, do not let yourself and people be discouraged. Ensure a truly Bolshevistic behaviour in the struggle for a complete and successful completion of the state grain procurement plan by Ukraine.” Also signed at the base by Lazar Kaganovich (1893-1991) in purple ink, Secretary of the Ukranian Communist party. Slightly trimmed, else good condition.

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Lindbergh, Charles A. (1902-1974)

Signed photograph of a young Lucky Lindy

American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. He became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. Signed photograph “Charles A. Lindbergh”. 8.0 x 11.0 inch, sepia photograph, n.p., n.d. The attractive image depicting a young Lindbergh in a head and shoulders pose. Signed in bold black fountain pen ink to a clear area to the lower right corner of the photograph. Mounted on a same size photographers mount, illegible note at the bottom, age wear, toning and foxing stains mostly to borders, else good condition.

 

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Korngold, Erich Wolfgang (1897-1957)

Autograph musical quotation signed from Violanta

Austrian-born American composer and conductor and he became one of the most important and influential composers in Hollywood history. Autograph musical quotation signed “Erich Wolfgang Korngold”. 1p., 6.0 x 4.75 inch, removed from an autograph album, Vienna, December 1948, written and signed in pencil. Korngold has penned a one bar autograph manuscript quotation which he identifies as from his Opera Violanta (premiered 1916). Violanta, Op. 8, is a one-act opera by Korngold and it is Korngold's second opera, written when he was only seventeen years old.

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Double signed document/ official letter of PM Douglas-Home to the Queen

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Very desirable Document signed “Appd ER" and "Alec Douglas-Home,”. 1 page, bifolium, 7.5 x 9.5 inch, Prime Minster stationery, London, 1964 April 8. Official letter from the British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home (1903-1995) to the Queen of England. In full: "Sir Alec Douglas-Home, with his humble duty to The Queen, has the honour to submit the attached list of awards for Your Majesty's most gracious approval." Signed above in fountain pen by Queen Elizabeth II. and signed below in ink by Douglas-Home. In fine condition. A scarce dual-signed document that features two of Britain's most influential leaders. Anything signed by Douglas-Home during his brief tenure as Prime Minister is quite scarce.

Price: $ 1,550 / € 1.190

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Virchow, Rudolf (1821-1902)

Autograph letter signed by the father of pathology

German physician, anthropologist, pathologist, prehistorian, biologist, writer, editor, and politician, known for his advancement of public health. He is known as "the father of modern pathology". Autograph letter signed “Rud. Virchow”. 1 page, postcard, 5.5 x 3.75 inch, Berlin, 1891 January 12. Untranslated handwritten letter to "Monsieur le docteur Ollier" in Lyon. Addressed on the reverse in Virchow's hand. In fine condition.

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Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973)

Rare autograph note signed AS PRESIDENT

36. President of the United States. Autograph note signed as President “Lyndon”. 1 page, a handsome 4.25 x 2.25 inch stationery card gilt-embossed with the presidential seal, no date. Handwritten note to longtime West Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph (1902-1998). In full: "To Jennings - We are thinking of you and hoping for the best”. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, which bears a matching embossed seal on the flap. With minor oxidation to the gilt-stamped seal and gilt edges, else fine condition. Anything handwritten by Johnson, especially as President, is rare.

 

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Ben-Gurion, David (1886-1973)

Signed photograph

Primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Black and white signed photograph “D. Ben-Gurion”. 5.0 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in blue ink. Fine condition.

 

 

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Mary of Teck, Queen (1867-1953)

Imperial cabinet photograph signed

Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India, as the wife of King George V. Brilliant vintage sepia matte-finish full-length portrait of Mary. Signed in fountain pen “Victoria Mary Singapore 1901”. 6.75 x 10.75 inch, Singapore 1901. Affixed to a same-size studio mount. In overall very good to fine condition, with light fading and foxing to the images, and slight chipping along the edges. Uncommon in this size.

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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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Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)

Autograph letter signed

French composer, pianist and conductor. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928). Autograph letter signed “Maurice Ravel”. 1 page, 8.25 x 7.0 inch, Paris, 1922 February 10. To Eugène Louis Demets. Ravel acknowledges receipt of the two letters sent by the editor and specifies, in French: “...Voici trois semaines que je suis à Paris, et viens de me décider à faire venir mon courrier. Excusez-moi et veuillez trouver ci-dessous la formule demandée.” Eugène Louis Demets (1858-1923) was one of the most prestigious music publishers in early 20th-century Paris. Demets was able to enlist a number of well known modern composers for his catalogue, including Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie and Joaquin Turina. Mailing folds, slightly trimmed at the bottom, else fine condition.

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Edward VII., King (1841-1910)

Letter signed “Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee”

King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death. Letter signed “Albert EdwardP”. 3pp. (double-page), written on page one, page two and three inside. 7.25 x 9.0 inch, London, "Marlborough House", 1886 November 12. As Prince of Wales to the "Chairman of the Urban Sanitary Authority of Benfieldside" concerning the preparations for the "Golden Jubilee" of Queen Victoria the following year. In full: "...I have no doubt that your attention has been drawn to the correspondence which has recently passed between the Lord Mayor of London and myself on the subject of the formation of an Imperial Institution of the Colonies and India in commemoration of Her Majesty's Jubilee by her subjects and to the opening of a Central Fund at the Mansion House in London for the receipt of contributions from the various parts of the Empire towards this object. As I am convinced that the anxiety to commemorate in some special manner Her Majesty's Jubilee is felt as warmly in the Provincial Cities and Towns of the United Kingdom as in any portion of the Queen's Dominions, I am desirous of inviting the cooperation of Mayors, Provosts, and Chairmen of Sanitary Boards in bringing this proposal prominently to the knowledge of their fellow townsmen, and in taking such practical steps, by the convening of meetings, the formation of local committees, and the opening of local subscription lists as may be desirable on necessary in aid of the Central Fund. It will give me much satisfaction to hear that I may count upon your personal assistance in the matter, and to learn from time to time how the fund is progressing ..." Slightly discolored, mounting residue on verso, minor fold break, else good condition.

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Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Typed letter signed

Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Typed letter signed “Jean Sibelius”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.75 x 8.25 inch, Järvenpää, 1949 December 30. Signed in pencil. To Miss Katharine Cornell. In full: “You have been extremely kind in remembering me again on my birthday with excellent cigars through the American Arts Foundation. The cigars have arrived here in perfect condition and I need not say that they were very welcome. Please accept my warmest thanks for your great kindness. You have made me very happy and proud. With kindest regards and best wishes for the new year.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Blomberg, Werner von (1878-1946)

Typed letter signed

German Generalfeldmarschall, Minister of War, and Commander-in-Chief of the German Armed Forces until January 1938. Typed letter signed “vBlomberg”. 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin, 1936 May 14. On “Der Reichskriegsminister” stationery. Appointment for Alois Hartmann as “Oberintendanturrat” im “Reichskriegsministerium”. Near mint 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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Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)

Autograph letter signed regarding his jubilation cantata op. 58

German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic and one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Autograph letter signed “CMvWeber”. 1p., 7.75 x 8.0 inch, Dresden, 1818 August 5. Addressed on verso in Weber`s hand to the publisher Carl Friedrich Peters in Leipzig to whom he offers his jubilation cantata op. 58 for print. In German, in full: “…Die Jubiläumsfeyer unsres erhabenen Monarchen muß jedes treuen Unterthanen Gefühl erheben und bethätigen zu lauten Beweisen desselben. Fried(rich) Kind hat mir eine Kantate gedichtet, die ich hier aufzuführen gedenke, es aber zugleich zweckmäßig fände wenn selbe als ein Kunstdenkmal in aller Sachsen Hände kommen könnte. Wollen Sie die Herausgabe der Partitur übernehmen? ich habe es für eine freundliche Pflicht gehalten Sie vor Allen bei diesem ehrenvollen Unternehmen zu befragen. Antworten Sie mir bald und bestimmt, und verzeihen Sie die Eile zu der mich meine Geschäfte zwingen.“ Mailing folds, left margin irregular, else good condition. The premiere took place to Weber's disappointment not on 20 September. But only three days later to the "Besten der Armen (best of the poor)" in the church of Neustadt. The first printing took place at Schlesinger in Berlin. Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Gesamtausgabe (Carl-Maria-von-Weber-collected works), Digitale Edition (digital edition.), http://webergesamtausgabe.de/A041441.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Typed letter signed with handwritten addition

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his U.S. Senate letterhead, Washington, 1954 January 27. Addressed to Mr. Richard S. Kelley in Boston. With a fine handwritten addition in Kennedy’s hand: “I am very glad to hear from you - Hope everything is going well.” The letter was typed by Evelyn Lincoln, JFK’s private secretary for twelve years (JFK:el). The letter in full: “Dear Dick: Thank you very much for your recent letter inviting me to attend the annual Banquet and Ball of the Mt. Benedict Council, Knights of Columbus on April 22nd. I certainly appreciate your kind invitation and would like very much to be with you, but I am making it a policy to remain in Washington during the week while the Senate is in session due to the important legislation which will be up for consideration during this session of Congress. I will, however, be very glad to meet with your organization some time this Fall after the adjournment of Congress. Again my thanks and with every good wish.” A carbon copy of a letter from Richard Kelley to JFK, dated January 20. 1954, is included. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, 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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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Content typed letter signed with handwritten addition

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his Congress of the United States letterhead, Washington, 1952 November 13. To Richard Kelly in Boston. With a fine handwritten addition in Kennedy’s hand: “Many thanks for all of your help”. The letter in full: “Dear Dick: I want you to know how grateful I am to you for all of your help over the past months. I am certain that we would never have been so successful against the Eisenhower landslide if it had not been for the effectiveness of our organization, an organization, in my opinion that was the best that the state had ever seen. I am particularly appreciative of your help - for I know that the campaign took far too much of your efforts and energy away from your work, but it made all the difference and I am greatly indebted to you. I expect to go away soon for a few weeks, but I am looking forward to seeing you sometime soon to thank you personally. I hope you will let me know if there is every anything I can do.” Also included is an UNSIGNED Western Union telegram of Kennedy to Kelly, dated November 6, 1952, with a short thank you note. 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.).

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Typed letter signed with handwritten addition

American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Typed letter signed “Bob”. 1p., 7.25 x 10.5 inch, Kilby Street, Boston, 1952 November 18. With a fine handwritten addition in Bobby’s hand: “You did a terrific job for us Dick”. Uncommon letter as JFK’s campaign manager. To Richard Kelly (Dick) in Boston. In full: “I wanted to write to tell you what a great pleasure it was to work with you in Jack’s campaign. The work that you did will always be greatly appreciated. I feel strongly, as I know Jack does, that his winning was due in large measure to the interest, enthusiasm, and effort of people such as yourself. It was a long, hard, difficult campaign --- for what you contributed during these past month, we are all most grateful. I hope it will be possible for us all to get together in the near future. In closing, I again extend my thanks to you.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Ramsay, William (1852-1916)

Important autograph letter signed “… argon passes through iron”

Scottish chemist who discovered the noble gases and received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904. Autograph letter signed “W. Ramsay”. Written on a postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Paris, 1895 April 2. In full: “Dear Sir, Thanks for your letter. I have had my eye on Gratams observation for some time, but have had no time to repeat it. Your letter will bring me to this scratch; & it may prove a good means of separation. My impression is that argon passes through iron, but it is not proved. I think I lost a lot in using iron tubar; & I have always intended to repeat it & to use platinum, but I have not had time as yet. There is too much to do. Believe me.” Card is addressed on verso in Ramsay’s hand to “Anshby Esq. Grammar School”. Two folds, handling and corner wear, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. On the evening of 19 April 1894 Ramsay attended a lecture given by Lord Rayleigh. Rayleigh had noticed a discrepancy between the density of nitrogen made by chemical synthesis and nitrogen isolated from the air by removal of the other known components. After a short conversation he and Ramsay decided to investigate this. In August Ramsay told Rayleigh he had isolated a new, heavy component of air, which did not appear to have any chemical reactivity. He named this inert gas "argon". A handwritten letter mentioning argon is of great rarity.

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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de (1900-1944)

Rare book signed “Terre Des Hommes”

French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the United States National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella “The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)”. Book signed “Antoine de Saint-Exupèry”. Book “Terre Des Hommes”. Softcover, 4.75 x 7.25 inch, Librairie Gallimard, Paris, 1939, 218 pages. Fine uncommon inscribed in black ink by Saint-Exupèry "Pour Mademoiselle Babette … En la priant de me pardonner mes inexcusables distractions Et avec mon plus amical souvenir”. And two arrows to the first and second name in Exupèry’s hand. Housed in a custom made box especially for this book. Book discolored, stained, handling wear, writing dark and fine. Box in mint condition.

Price: $ 3,675 / € 2.950

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Kneipp, Sebastian (1821-1897)

Uncommon document signed

German Catholic priest and one of the forefathers of the naturopathic medicine movement. Uncommon document signed “Seb: KneippPf(arrer)”. Document, 3.75 x 2.5 inch, n.p., 1883.  Document “Sparkasse für Zeit und Ewigkeit”. Created by Rosina Mayer. In full: “Diese Nullen sind an sich wertlos, kommt aber nur die einfachste Ziffer hinzu, dann gibt e seine große Summe. Unsere Handlungen sind Nullen, kommt aber nur das Einserls hinzu, so gibt es eine große Summe. Dieses Einserl ist die gute Meinung.“ Handsomely and removable matted in gray with a photograph of Kneipp to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Handling and corner wear, else good condition. Accompanied by a small UNSIGNED piece of paper with information about a „water-therapy“ written by Kneipp in pencil.

 

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Philippe I., Louis (1773-1850)

Autograph letter signed “The King as a numismatist”

King of the French from 1830 to 1848, the last King and penultimate monarch of France. Autograph letter signed “LP”. 3 pages, bifolium, 5.0 x 7.75 inch, Palermo, 1812 February 18. Handwritten letter to the coin-collector Count von Rohan, to whom he sent an old Maltese coin with the portrait of the Maltese Grand Master Rohan. In French: “Comme je sais, mon cher Comte, que vous aimés à faire des collections, j’ai pensé que vous series bien aise d’y placer une pièce de monnoye portans les noms & armes de votre Maison, &/ cela de determine à vous envoyer une demi piaster Maltaise du Grand-Maitre de Rohan. Vous y trouverés d’un coté vos Macles, & de l’autre son effigie & la perruque qui ont bien leur mérite. Cette pièce vaut quinze taris Maltais, dix taris Siciliens, ou trois taris Napolitains & und Sol … de mois qu’une demie piastre forte d’Espagne …”. He ends with some words about the growing up of a son and the expectation of a second child in April. Mailing folds, minor mounting residue, handling wear, else good condition.

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Autograph letter signed

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Autograph letter signed “AvHumboldt”. 5.0 x 8.25 inch, bifolium. Potsdam, September no year. In German, in full: “Können Sie, Verehrter Freund, meinen Geburtstag Donnerstag 14 Sept. verschönern, so beglücken Sie mich Donnerstag um 1 Uhr in Berlin, damit ich Sie nach Tegel führe.“ Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Autograph letter signed

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Autograph letter signed “AvHumboldt”. 5.5 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. In German, in full: “David reist wahrscheinlich schon übermorgen ab, also flehe ich daß sie, theurer Freund, morgen Freitags um 4 Uhr (vier Uhr) bei mir essen.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Handwritten envelope signed

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Handwritten envelope signed “AvHumboldt”. 5.75 x 4.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Addressed by Humboldt “Sr Wohlg Herr Dr. Gumprecht Buchhandlung von G. Reimer“. Verso with fine red wax seal. Slightly discolered, handling wear, else good condition. Thaddäus Eduard Gumprecht (1801-1856) was a geologist, mineralogist, and geographer.

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Autograph letter signed

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871-1890. Autograph letter signed „vBismarck“. 1p., 8.5 x 10.75 inch, Berlin, 1863 February 5. To an unknown recipient, probably a court marshal. A submissive Bismarck asks for an audience. In German, in full: “Ew. Hochwohlgeboren würde ich sehr dankbar sein wenn Sie die Güte hätten die Befehle Sr. Königlichen des Großherzogs darüber zu erbitten, ob seine Königliche Hoheit die Gnade haben wolle mir eine Audienz zu gewähren…“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. After the founding of the empire, Bismarck's letters no longer needed to be written in such a submissive manner.

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Letter signed

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871-1890. Letter signed „vBismarck“. 1p., 8.75 x 11.0 inch, Berlin, 1874 May 30. To Prof. Hermann Schulze in Breslau. In German, in full: “Für die freundliche Übersendung der Fortsetzung Ihres ‚Preußischen Staatsrechts‘ und die mir in der gefälligen Zuschrift vom 20. d. Mts. ausgedrückte Theilnahme für meine Gesundheit, sage ich Ihnen  verehrter Herr College, meinen verbindlichen Dank.“ Mailing folds, paper clip impression, right edge expertly repaired on verso, else good condition. Hermann Schulze, later Hermann Johann Friedrich von Schulze-Gävernitz (1824-1888), was a German legal scholar, constitutional lawyer, legal historian and the undisputed authority of princely law.

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Wayne, John (1907-1979)

Signed page from a menu

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, producer, academy award-winner and American icon. A large folio printed page, 11.25 x 15.5 inch, n.p. (Tokyo), 1974 March 25, heavy paper, signed and inscribed by Wayne in black felt tip pen “Eddie Good Luck John Wayne” and dated 23/3/74 in another hand. Large and impressive signature. The page is for a menu from Maxim's restaurant in the Sony Building, Tokyo, featuring a typically Belle Epoque printed colour image of diners and waiters by the French caricaturist Georges Goursat (Sem). The menu also bears a few other signatures by other unknown individuals. Handling wear, else good condition. Uncommon Wayne autograph.

 

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Theresa, Maria (1717-1780)

Autograph note signed

The only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions, ruling from 1740 until her death in 1780. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma. By marriage, she was Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress. Autograph note signed with initials. 2 pages, recto and verso, 4.5 x 7.5 inch sheet of paper, n.p. (Vienna), n.d. (1764). To the Hungarian court chancellor, Count Franz Esterházy (1715-1785), about a work published by the Hungarian historian Adam Franz Kollár von Keresztén, who later became director of the Vienna court library - probably the "Casparis Ursini Velii de bello Pannonico libri decem" (Vienna 1762), in which the succession to the throne of the House of Habsburg in Hungary is dealt with. In German, in full: „ich glaube mit disen zettul eine grosse langmuth und mässigung zu bezeigen allein je grösser selbe ist desto weniger will sie längers mehr fortsetzen dan entlich wurde es eine schwachheit. daraus wan er nicht glaubt das meine besondere gnad erkennt wird und nichts mehr, weder von dem buch geredet noch von mir begert werde, und mit mehrers eyffer und erkantlichkeit in denen lands sachen mir an die Hand gegangen werde, so verbiette ich ihme einen usage davon zu machen. die geistlichkkeit solle jetzt ihren eyffer bezeigen dan sie allein alles verdorben und sollen die schartten auswetzen die sie in mein herzen bilig verursacht.“ Horizontal fold, slightly discolored, else fine condition. Adam Franz Kollár de Keresztén (1718-1783) was a jurist, Imperial-Royal Court Councillor and Chief Imperial-Royal Librarian, a member of Natio Hungarica in the Kingdom of Hungary, a historian, ethnologist, an influential advocate of Empress Maria Theresa's Enlightened and centralist policies. His advancement of Maria Theresa's status in the Kingdom of Hungary as its apostolic ruler in 1772 was used as an argument in support of the subsequent Habsburg annexations of Galicia and Dalmatia. Kollár is also credited with coining the term ethnology and providing its first definition in 1783.

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Paul VI., Pope (1897-1978)

Typed letter signed WW II. dated “confidenziale”

Paul VI. (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1963 until his death. Succeeding Pope John XXIII., he continued the Second Vatican Council and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Typed letter signed “GBMontini”. 1p., recto and verso, 8.0 x 10.75 inch, Dal Vaticano, 1942 October 3, Segretaria di Stato stationery. Confidential letter “Riservata confidenziale”. Fine letter regarding the approval for a pontifical honor to Mr. Ferruccio Pergolesi, distinguished professor of Constitutional Law. In Italian, in full: “Nel mese di Giugno fu chiesto all’E.mo Card. Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano, Arcivescovo di Bologna, il benestare per il conferimento di una onorificenza pontificia al Sig. Ferruccio Pergolesi, distinto professore di Diritto Costituzionale in quella R. Universita e Consulente della Commissione Centrale Laureati Cattolici. L’E.mo Sig. Cardinal si riservò di assumere informazioni e di dar poi una risposta. Fino ad oggi però nulla é pervenuto a questo Ufficio. Le sarei pertanto molto grato se Ella volesse prendere a cuore la cosa e dire una buona parola all’E.mo Sig. Cardinale affinchè questo Ufficio sia in grado di corrisponde re alle premure che gli sono fatte per questo caso. Si tratta di ottima persona, di cui qui si hanno molte e buone referenze. Se l’E.mo volesse far Sua la proposta, o almeno si compiacesse di dare il suo autorevole assenso, farebbe certo cosa grata a chi ha proposto il Prof. Pergolesi e a quanti lo raccomandano tanto caldamente. Nutro fiducia che Ella con la delicatezza e la premura che la distinguono possa condurre la cosa a buon fine. Grato fin d’ora dei Suoi cortesi servigi, con sensi di sincera e destinta stima ho il piacere di confermarmi.” Mario Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano (1903-1988) was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else good condition.

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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph note signed on his personal visiting card

Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph note signed on his personal visiting card “GPuccini”. Card, 4.25 x 2.75 inch, Torre del Lago, (19)05 December 16. On his personal Giacomo Puccini, Via Verdi, 4 Milano card. In Italian, in full: „...Storch. Ebbi il trio di Sua composizione e mi rallegro di cuore col bravo autore per l‘elaborato e geniale svolgimento delle singole parti. Saluti Aff Puccini”. Fine condition.

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Isabella I., Queen (1451-1504)

Letter signed “payment order dated 1499”

Queen of Castile from 1474 and, as the wife of King Ferdinand II., Queen of Aragon from 1479 until her death. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage that led to the discovery of the New World. Letter signed “yo la Reyna” (I the Queen). 2 pages, recto and verso, 8.75 x 12.25 inch, Granada, 1499 November 10. Tacking cord on the left edge. Order to her accountants, instructing them to credit Sancho de Paredes, Her Majesty’s Chamberlain, with the sums of money mentioned in the list which follows. The items mentioned are for household use, notably mattresses, with cloth and thread for making the same and sums paid to seamstresses. There are also some payments for chests. At the foot of page two is a short summary of the document with several abbreviations. Countersigned by her secretary Gaspar de Trizio. Expected folds and wrinkles, else remarkably bright and well-preserved for having been signed over 500 years ago!

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Autograph musical quotation signed “This is how life should be!”

Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Autograph musical quotation signed “Edvard Grieg”. 1p., bifolium, 7.0 x 8.75 inch. Stuttgart, February 1890. In Grieg’s hand a C Major chord and the Swedish verse “Sådan bör livet vara!...” Translated: “This is how life should be!...” Two further entries on the third and fourth page of the bifolium, one by the pianist Josef Weiss (Stuttgart 1890) with a short autograph musical quotation signed. Slightly discolored, else good condition.

 

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Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921)

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 and hand drawn caricature of himself “Enrico Caruso” and dated in his hand “Berlin 1908”. 5.75 x 8.75 inch, Berlin, 1908. Caruso added a beautiful caricature of himself. Drawn and signed in pencil. Horizontal fold, handling wear, else good condition.

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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed “introducing his scenographer”

Italian composer of operas. Autograph letter signed "GVerdi”. 5.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Introducing his scenographer Girolamo Magnani. To “Giulio”, in Italian, translated: "I only have time to tell you that this is Professor Magnani. It is pointless for me to tell you all that which you know better than I." Mailing folds, minor mounting residue on verso, else fine condition. Girolamo Magnani (1815-1889) was an Italian scenographer, decorator and set designer. Also included is a postcard photograph of Verdi with a PRINTED signature.

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