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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Autograph letter signed “…from the boss’s wife!”

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”. Wonderful three pages autograph letter signed “Diana”. 3 pages, 6.25 x 8.0 inch, on her typical red bordered Kensington Palace stationery, (Cameroon), 1990 March 22. Addressed to “Dear Sgt. Lewis”. In full: “A special thank you for taking such care over us all during the last eight days in particular. What with that extreme heat + often difficult conditions moving around was a nightmare for you + your luggage! However, you always have a smile on your face + a quick one liner to fire so its wonderful for us that you’re with us - Essential I’d say! You will have been away from home + your “lovely wife” … + cats for a long time, which I mind about, but I did want to take this opportunity of saying how enormously you’re appreciated + this comes with a huge thank you from the boss’s wife!”. The original mailing envelope addressed and initial signed in Diana’s hand is included. Mailing fold, else fine condition. The letter was written from Cameroon during Charles’s and Diana’s Africa tour.

Price: $ 2,790 / € 2.250

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Rare signed photograph “The four Generations”

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. An excellent rare vintage signed cabinet photo, 4.25 x 6.5 inch, n.p. (London), 1894 July 16, gold bordered, signed by the Queen “Victoria RI The four generation July 16. 1894”. Photo by W & D. Downey, London. The Four Generations: Victoria, Edward VII., George V. and Edward VIII. Fine condition. Provenance: From the George Wise collection of letters and photos relating to Prince Christian Victor. Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (1867-1900) was the eldest son of Princess Helena, third daughter of Queen Victoria.

 

 

Price:  $ 2,150 / € 1.790

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

Excellent signed photograph

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Matte-finish signed photograph “Mit herzlichen Grüßen Euer treuer Onkel Max Planck” and dated in Planck’s hand „3.6.38“.  2.5 x 3.5 photograph affixed to a 4.5 x 7.0 inch mount. Berlin, 1938, June 3, Photograph by Atelier Binz. With a printed message of thanks related to Planck’s eightieth birthday. Stain upper right edge, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.150

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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (1858-1889)

Autograph letter signed (son Sisi/ Franz Joseph)

Only son and third child of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi). He was heir apparent to the throne of Austria-Hungary from birth. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge. Autograph letter signed “Rudolf”. 2 pages, bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Laxbg (Castle Laxemburg), 1883 August 25. To “Dear Brehm”. In German: „Innigsten Dank für Ihren Brief, schade, dass ein Missverständnis, eine Fahrlässigkeit, uns so arg mitgespielt hat und mich des Vergnügens beraubte, Sie doch einige Tage in Laxemburg zu sehen. Wenn Sie Anfang September nach Wien kommen, wäre ich sehr froh, wenn Sie mich hier für einige Stunden besuchen würden. Bewohnen in Laxemburg kann ich Sie dann unmöglich, da jetzt meine Schwiegermutter hier weilt und das Haus ganz voll ist; auch dürfte ich um diese Epoche sehr wenig freie Zeit haben. Auf hoffentlich frohes Widersehen in kurzer Zeit; mit vielen Grüßen, Ihr treuer Freund.“ Mailing fold, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.575

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Taft, William H. (1857-1930)

Signed photograph AS PRESIDENT

27. President of the United States. Vintage signed photograph. 6.75 x 10.0 inch, n.p., (Washington), 1911 June 10. Photo by Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C. Signed and inscribed in black ink by Taft “For Robert B. Mantell with best wishes - June 10 1911 WmHTaft”. Slightly trimmed at the top, mounting residue on verso, left edge slightly soiled, else good condition.

Price: $ 750 / € 625

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Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921)

Fine self portrait drawing signed

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. Fine self portrait caricature signed “To M. W. LeFerve Enrico Caruso East Hampton 1920”. 1p., 8.5 x 10.5 inch, East Hampton 1920, pen and ink. Mailing folds, stains from prior matting, handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,125 / € 875

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Excellent signed Halsman photograph

35. President of the United States. Signed crystal-clear vintage glossy photograph “To David Ireland III with best wishes John Kennedy”. 7.75 x 9.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed and inscribed in black fountain pen. A fine classic photo of JFK as Senator. Slightly trimmed and some very small emulsion losses not affecting any of the writing, otherwise good condition. Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) was a famous American portrait photographer. Halsman’s photographs are highly collectible even unsigned, an exceptionally desirable portrait. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

 

Price: $ 5,525 / € 4.250

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Handwritten manuscript “…develop more effective weapons"

35. President of the United States. Handwritten manuscript, unsigned. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1954). Important handwritten manuscript on John F Kennedy for U.S. Senator stationery. In Kennedy’s hand: "more horrible than they could now imagine doesn’t lessen the severity of the challenge that this presents. We can meet this successfully by only by  Our success in meeting this challenge has been invited. Our task in the next years must be to develop more effective weapons." Notes written by JFK at his desk in the Senate Office building in 1954 on stationery used in his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Henry Cabot Lodge in 1952. Notes were thoughts to be used in a speech on United States defense. Handling wear, else good 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: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Handwritten manuscript re: “his upcoming presidential campaign schedule”

35. President of the United States. Handwritten manuscript, unsigned. 1p., 5.25 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1960). Wishful Thinking! Interesting April 1960 memorandum on JFK's upcoming presidential campaign schedule with wishes for specific rest periods after which were disbanded once the campaign started in Sept. 1960. In Kennedy’s hand: “In arranging my fall schedule - you should provide - One full day off per week in a pleasant surrounding - preferably a beach - Every 3 weeks I should have 4 days off - every 6 weeks I should have 5 days to 7.” In April 1960, Senator Kennedy wrote this memorandum concerning his fall Presidential campaign schedule. All of his plans for spacing his rest periods were disbanded once the campaign started in September, 1960. He had very little time off during the campaign. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

7 pages autograph letter signed to granddaughter Marie Louise

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Unusually long autograph letter signed. 7 pages, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Osborne, 1899 August 10, on her personal monogrammed black bordered mourning stationery. Addressed to “Dearest Louie”. Queen Victoria`s handwriting was always hard to read and this is nearly impossible with the mention of travelling to Balmoral appearing to the end. Further research necessary. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (1872-1956) was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She was known to her family as "Louie".

 

 

 

Price:  $ 1,235 / € 950

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Lopez de Santa Anna, Antonio (1794-1876)

Letter signed

Mexican general and politician, best known in the US for his role in the Mexican-American War and the slaughter of scores of Americans at the Alamo. Letter signed “A. L. de Sta Anna”. 1p., 8.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d., probably slightly trimmed at the top. Letter in Spanish: “Mi estimado amigo sirbase usted entregar a nuestro amigo D. Jose Julian Gutierrez el juego de Café que existe en su poder de mi pertinencia, pues con esta misma carta le escribe para que lo recoja. He tenido el mayor gusto al saber que ha sido usted nombrado primer Alcalde de la Aduana de Tamauilipas, y port al suceso le doy a usted la enhorabuena. Sabed usted que lo aprecia su afectisimo amigo y muy seguro servidor.” Translated: “My dear friend, would you give our friend D. Jose Julian Gutierrez the coffee game that exists in your possession of my relevance, because with this same letter he writes to pick it up. I have had the greatest pleasure knowing that you have been appointed the first Mayor of the Customs of Tamauilipas, and port to the event I congratulate you. Do you know that your affectionate friend and very safe server appreciates it.” Fold breaks expertly repaired on verso, slightly discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,050 / € 825

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Lafayette, Marquis de (1757-1834)

Letter signed

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette often known simply as Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer born in Chavaniac, in the province of Auvergne in south central France. Lafayette was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a leader of the Garde nationale during the French Revolution. Letter signed “Lafayette”. 1p., 7.25 x 8.75 inch, Paris, 1831 September 9. To a colleague, in French. Lafayette states: “Allow me, my dear colleague, to introduce you to Mr. Sarrans, a former officer at our headquarters and editor of our excellent journal Les Communes. He has a project in mind, and that is to create a daily journal which would be named Programme, which would count with the funds from Communes subscribers, this being a good starting point...” Further concluding “My friendship with him joins in such circumstances the public interest.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Oversize signed photograph from the year of her coronation

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Excellent signed photograph, 11.0 x 14.5.0 inch on a 12.25 x 16.75 inch photographers mount. Black and white three-quarter length photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. wearing the coronation diadem and the Order of The Garter. Signed and dated in ink on white margin below the picture "Elizabeth R 1953". The photograph is a silver print by Dorothy Wilding with her photographers label on verso. Signature slightly faded, minor discoloration above signature, mounting residue on verso, slightly wavy and minor cracks, price accordingly. Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952, on the death of her father. Later that year, prior to her Coronation on June 2, 1953, Dorothy Wilding was approached to photograph the new monarch. Wilding was the first woman to be appointed as the Official Royal Photographer. Elizabeth sat for her once, during which an excellent set of photographs was produced. A fantastic coronation photograph especially with the original Wilding label on verso and in this size.

Price: $ 2,790 / € 2.150

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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 a golf course at 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: $ 1,250 / € 975

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Baden-Powell, Robert (1857-1941)

Typed letter signed by the scout-movement-founder

Lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association. His book “Scouting for Boys” was with 150 million copies the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Robert Baden Powell”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, London, 1920 February 9, “The Boy Scouts Association, London” letterhead. Addressed to “Dear Mr Chadwick”. In full: “I am very much obliged to you for the outline of your ideas on citizenship which you were kind enough to send me. This was of the very greatest use to me in making up my report. I am much interested to see the programme for your Scout Play on February 12th and hope that you will have a huge success with it.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed with fine aphorism

French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862 and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). Autograph letter signed “Victor”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, (1846) July 20. To Monsieur Henry D’Escamps (1815-1891) in Paris. With a fine aphorism: “Dieu donne la pensée à l’homme, il faut que l’homme donne le travail à la pensée.” The letter in full: “Vous m’envoyez un livre excellent (histoire de la géographie de Madagascar, sous le pseudonyme de Macé Descartes). J’aime, mon cher poète, à vous voir travailler ainsi. Dieu donne la pensée à l’homme, il faut que l’homme donne le travail à la pensée. Venez donc me voir un jour, que nous causions de cette croix. Je vous serre la main.” Translated: “You send me an excellent book (history of the geography of Madagascar, under the pseudonym Macé Descartes). I love, my dear poet, your work like this. God gives thought to man, man must give work to thought. Come and see me one day, let us talk about this.” Also included is a fine portrait engraving of Hugo. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,975 / € 1.550

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autograph poem signed

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph poem signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., 6.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d.. Wonderful eight lines of his famous poem “L’Ange de poésie”. In French, in full: “Que cherches-tu sur notre terre étrange/ Esprit du ciel perdu dans nos chemins,/ Ne crains-tu pas de blesser tes pieds d’ange/ Aux durs cailloux de nos sentiers humains./ Ne crains-tu pas qu’un parfum ne dévoile/ Ton origine à ceux qui te verront/ Ou que le vent qui soulève ton voile/ Ne fasse luire une étoile à ton front.” This extract, entirely in Dumas hand, from the poem “L'Ange de poésie”, was originally composed in 1833 by Dumas for Marie Manessier-Nodier (1811-1893), daughter of the writer and academician Charles Nodier (1780-1844). Nodier was close friend of Dumas and great figure in the Romantic movement. Fine condition.

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Charming autograph note signed

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph note signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., (1865) January 2. Charming little note from Alexandre Dumas, inviting a friend to spend the evening at home. In French: “Cher Leon Voulez vous venir dans la soirée rue St Lazare n°70, chez des gens qui vous aiment. A vous.” Translated: “Dear Leon Do you want to come in the evening rue St Lazare n ° 70, to the people who love you.” Alexandre Dumas lived at 70 rue St Lazare in Paris from October 1864 before moving for his last home, from 1866 to 1870, at 79 blvd Malesherbes. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Clinton, Bill (1946)

Signature matted with photograph

42. President of the United States. Signature and inscription “To Mary - Bill Clinton”. Piece of paper, probably removed from a book, 4.5 x 3.0 inch, n.p., n.d., mounted on a slightly larger piece of paper. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Clinton to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

Price: $ 280 / € 225

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Chagall, Marc (1887-1985)

Autograph letter signed

Russian-French artist. Autograph letter signed “Chagall”. 1p., 8.0 x 8.75 inch, 3 allée des Pins, (Paris) Boulogne, 1926 October 5. Addressed to the Gallery Briant-Robert. Chagall writes in French that the majority of his works are held by the Galerie Granoff. The gallery probably has invited Chagall to exhibit his works or perhaps to be published there, because the gallery was producing art books at the time. Indistinct signature at the foot of the page, possibly “Robert” offset from another document. Mailing folds, two pinholes near the top edge, a few light creases and marks, overall in good condition, with the large Chagall signature in excellent condition.

 

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Pasteur, Louis (1822 -1895)

Fine content autograph letter signed “anthrax after vaccination”

French chemist and microbiologist, popularly known as the "father of microbiology". Autograph letter signed “L. Pasteur”. 1p., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Paris, 1883 May 23. Addressed to the President of the Hérault Agricultural Society, who had experimented with his vaccinations against the anthrax of sheep. This fine letter deals with the duration of immunity against anthrax after vaccination. Mailing folds, minor stains on the left, else good condition. In May 1881, Pasteur performed a famous public experiment at Pouilly-le-Fort to demonstrate his concept of vaccination. He prepared two groups of 25 sheep, one goat and several cows. The animals of one group were twice injected, with an interval of 15 days, with an anthrax vaccine prepared by Pasteur; a control group was left unvaccinated. Thirty days after the first injection, both groups were injected with a culture of live anthrax bacteria. All the animals in the non-vaccinated group died, while all of the animals in the vaccinated group survived. The public reception was sensational.

Price: $ 2,925 / € 2.250

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Tolstoy, Leo (1828-1910)

Autograph note signed matted

Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature and for the Nobel Peace Prize, the fact he never won is a major Nobel prize controversy. Autograph note signed “To Charlie Straughan from Leo Tolstoy Jan. 18, 1896”. Card, 3.75 x 2.25 inch, no place, signed in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Tolstoy to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Card is slightly discolored, else fine condition. A perfect example of Tolstoy’s handwriting and signature.

 

 

Price: $ 3,090 / € 2.475

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Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)

Fine document signed by the Fairy tale King (Neuschwanstein)

Ludwig II. was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King and “der Märchenkönig” - the Fairy tale King. He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. He succeeded to the throne aged only 18 and is famous for the construction of two lavish palaces and the fantastic Neuschwanstein Castle. Partly printed document signed “Ludwig”. 1p. (double-page), 8.0 x 13.5 inch, blind embossed seal, Hohenschwangau, 1877 July 21. “Decret für Maximilian Gradinger”. Impressive signed in dark black ink by Ludwig and countersigned by the War Minster Joseph Maximilian von Maillinger (1820-1901). Mailing folds, slightly discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050

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Hauptmann, Gerhart (1862-1946)

Uncommon early postcard portrait signed

German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912. Postcard portrait signed “Gerhart Hauptmann” and dated in his hand “Rovio d 26.4.99.”. Postcard, 5.5 x 4.0 inch, signed and dated in purple ink, a fine 1899 postcard reproducing an engraved portrait of Hauptmann. The portrait (by Hans Weyl, 1899) is captioned with Hauptmann's name, misspelled “Gerhard”, he has corrected this in the same purple ink. The verso of the card, addressed in another hand, is stamped and postmarked at Rovio, Switzerland the day it was signed. It has been mounted on a slightly larger piece of card, with a window cut in the verso displaying most of the verso of the postcard. One corner of the window frame has a postmarked stamp commemorating Hauptmann, this was issued in 1950. Minor handling wear, else good condition.

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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)

Rare autographed letter signed

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

 

 

 

Price: $ 875 / € 675

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Paganini, Niccolò (1782-1840)

Autograph note signed

Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. Autograph note signed “Da Paganini La response de su…”. Part of a document,  2.75 x 1.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (Paris, about 1831), written in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in cream white with a photograph of Paganini to an overall of 6.75 x 9.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Good condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,480 / € 1.190

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Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874)

Hand addressed signed envelope “free frank” AS PRESIDENT

13. President of the United States. Free frank signed “M. Fillmore”. 1p., address panel, 5.0 x 3.0 inch, Washington, (1850-1853), no post stamp, probably hand delivered. Addressed by a secretary to “Asbury Dickins Esq. Secry of the Senate”. Another free frank envelope with the same blue paper and with the same secretary handwriting was sold some years ago. It had a red wax seal of the President on verso, therefore I’m sure that the envelope was signed as President. Handsomely matted in gray with a photo of Fillmore to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition. Asbury Dickins (1780–1861) was a United States government official who served as Secretary of the United States Senate from 1836 until shortly before his death in 1861.

 

Price: $ 690 / € 530

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Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917)

Autograph letter signed

French sculptor whose works, including the iconic “The Kiss” and “The Thinker”, earned him a place among the most influential artistic figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Autograph letter signed „Auguste Rodin“. 2pp. (double-page), 5.5 x 6.75 inch. 25 Via Gregoriana, Rome, 1915 February 11. To an unidentified lady, in French. Rodin sends his apologies to his correspondent and states: „…last Sunday I was at the restaurant Latour, my workshop from 2h30 to 3h30. I must have ran out of memory and this way missed your kind visit. Please forgive me...“ Mailing fold, else fine.

Price: $ 1,020 / € 850

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Disney, Walt (1901-1966)

Wonderful signed Donald Duck print

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

Price: $ 7,150 / € 5.500

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Mucha, Alphonse (1860-1939)

Postcard signed

Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards and designs. Signed postcard “Mucha”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p. n.d. Signed by the artist in black ink, colour postcard depicting “The Humble Will Revive”. In fine condition.

 

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Mucha, Alphonse (1860-1939)

Postcard signed

Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards and designs. Signed postcard “Mucha”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p. n.d. Signed by the artist in black ink, colour postcard depicting “Blessed in the Merciful”. In fine condition.

 

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Amin Dada, Idi (1923-2003)

Signed photograph with excellent provenance

Ugandan political leader and military officer who was the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. A murderous, oppressive President who was deposed in 1979 and lived the remainder of his years in exile. Glossy signed photograph “I. Amin Dada”. 6.5 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (1976), signed in blue ballpoint. Enclosed is the correspondence between a German collector and the German embassy of the Republic of Uganda regarding the request for a signed photograph of Idi Amin. The last letter, dated February 10, 1976 reads: “I now have the pleasure to enclose herewith an autographed portrait of H.E. President Amin.” Handling wear, else good condition. A rare signed photo with excellent provenance.

 

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.150

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Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)

Large signed photograph

American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Vintage sepia photograph signed “Thos A Edison”. The image depicting the inventor in a formal half length pose. 7.0 x 10.5 inch (sight) and matted in gray – overall 10.75 x 14.25 inch. Signed in bold black fountain pen ink. Photograph by Walter Scott Shin of New York and signed by him in pencil to the lower border. Two spots on Edison’s head, minor bends, some slight scuffing just affecting the signature, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 1,250 / € 975

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Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778)

Excellent and fine content letter signed

François-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and Christianity as a whole, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. Letter Signed “Voltaire”. 1p., bifolium, 7.5 x 9.0 inch, Ferney, 1763 September 11. A letter to poet and playwright Adrien-Michel-Hyacinthe Blin de Sainmore (1733-1807). Letter in French, translated, in part: "Sick and old, almost blind people, are bad correspondents. I have not kept any of those fleeting things you mention. They are bagatelles for the amusement of society for a few days which one forgets. Once people collected those little works from the days of Voiture and Sarasin when they were (illegible) ... but now one is blooded by them. If I find some I will gladly send them to you, even if they are not worthy..." Addressed on verso and with a fine red wax seal. Slightly discolored, small stain, fold breaks expertly repaired inside the bifolium, writing dark and fine. Five months before writing this letter, Voltaire published his famous “Traité sur la tolerance” (April 1763), which accused Christianity of being the biggest perpetrators of religious persecution. In 1759, Voltaire purchased an estate called "Ferney" near the French-Swiss border. Its location proved helpful on numerous occasions when Voltaire provoked the wrath of the king with his writing and found it expedient to slip across the border into Switzerland until the king cooled down or friends of Voltaire's interceded on his behalf. Ferney became the intellectual capital of Europe, with visitors flocking to his door. His wide circle of correspondents included Catherine II. of Russia and Frederick II. (The Great) of Prussia.

Price: $ 4,325 / € 3.450

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

One of the finest signed Christmas cards…

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”. Beautiful Royal Christmas card for 1994 signed by Princess Diana ("from Diana") to “Mr. Somerville,” (written in Diana’s hand at the top). 8.0 x 6.0 inch folded. Mounted sepia toned photograph of Diana with her two young sons, Princes William and Harry, gold embossed monogram on the front. In near mint condition. From the Estate of Mr. Philip Somerville (1930-2014). Somerville was one of Queen Elizabeth’s milliners from the early 1980s until he retired in 2008. His hats were also favored by Lady Diana and members of several European royal families.

Price: $ 1,450 / € 1.160

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Rare autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Penicillin)

Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. Rare autograph Letter Signed “Alexander Fleming”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 20A, Danvers Street, Cheyne Walk, S.W.3. (London), 1946 September 30. A letter to "Gratia", with content regarding his busy travel schedule. In part: "...I am coming to Brussels in Friday morning (Oct. 18th) to attend some function which is to inaugurate the Radio Universitaire of this year. I have recorded a number of 10 minute talks in this series... We have just come back from 2 weeks in Rio de Janeiro and next Monday I am having a week in N. Italy so there is not much time for service work but I am still hoping to be able to do something more in the lab.” With a single flattened mail fold, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,980 / € 1.625

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Fokker, Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" (1890-1939)

Signature matted with photograph

Dutch aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer. Signature “Fokker”. 4.25 x 1.0 inch, piece of paper, probably from a document. Mounted on a yellow 5.25 x 3.5 inch piece of paper, n.p., 1915. Signed in pencil by Fokker. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Fokker to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

Price: $ 410 / € 325

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Graham Bell, Alexander (1847-1922)

Typed letter signed

Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone. Typed letter signed “Alexander Graham Bell”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Washington, D.C., 1916 March 17, on his imprinted letterhead, signed in full and in dark black ink. Addressed to Craige McComb Snader Esq in Overbrook. A brief letter sending his autograph. Minor creasing, with age-toning and two rust stains from a paper-clip at top left corner, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,290 / € 1.050

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Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)

Typed card signed

Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque. Typed card signed “Ferrari”. Card, 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Modena, 1982 August 13. Signed in his typical purple ink. A short thank you note, in Italian, in full: "Caro Santovetti (in Ferrari’s hand), Grazie della confortante testimonianza per Piro e cordial saluti.” Verso shows a photo of Didi Pironi (1952-1987) - a French racing driver with a PRINTED signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed to Francesco Santovetti in Rome. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 960 / € 790

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Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)

Typed card signed

Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque. Typed card signed “Ferrari”. Card, 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Modena, 1984 August 1. Signed in his typical purple ink. A short thank you note, in Italian, in full: "Gentile signor Molinaro, grazie della sua 19 luglio e dell’attenzione riservata alle Scuderia Ferrari. Cordiali saluti.” Verso shows a photo of René Arnoux (1948) - a French racing driver and Michele Alboreto (1956-2001) - an Italian racing driver both with a PRINTED signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed to Antonio Molinaro. Fine condition.

 

Price: $ 960 / € 790

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” autograph letter signed

Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party - known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Autograph letter signed “Mussolini”. 1p., bifolium, black bordered, 4.50 x 7.25 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1940-1945). Fine condolence letter in Italian. Writing is compared with examples of Charles Hamilton’s fine book “Leaders and Personalities of the TR” and I think WW II. dated - between 1940-1945. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 635 / € 490

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Autograph letter signed re: his South Africa speech 1907

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. Autograph letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 4.75 x 7.5 inch, bifolium, blind embossed “House of Commons” letterhead, 1907 June 21. To Sir Alfred (Thomas) thanking him for his kind letter and many other encouragements. In full: “My dear Sir Alfred, Your letter is very kind + I appreciate very much the spirit wh(ich) prompted it + many other encouragements which you have given to me. I am glad indeed that you liked my speech. We have a good cause to present to the public. Yours very sincerely". Mailing fold, else fine condition. Note: The letter from Sir Alfred Thomas (1840-1927), Liberal MP, later Lord Pontypridd, to Churchill, congratulating him on his South Africa Speech of 20 June, is in the Churchill Papers (CHAR 12/26).

Price: $ 4,950 / € 3.850

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Charles, Prince (1948)

Signed Christmas Card

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 7.25 x 4.75 inch (folded), no place (London), n.d. (1980). Signed in black ink “Sir Fitzroy and Lady Maclean - from Charles”. Inside fine photo of a water colour by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Handling wear, else fine condition. Sir Fitzroy Maclean (1911-1996) was a Scottish soldier, writer and politician. Veronica, Lady Maclean (1920–2005) was a British food writer and hotelier.

Price: $ 485 / € 375

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Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)

Fine autograph letter signed “Rilke and his last big love”

Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Autograph letter signed “R. M. Rilke”. 2 pages, 6.0 x 8.0 inch, bifolium, Château de Berg-am-Irchel (canton Zurich), 1920 December 10, written in Rilke’s neat hand and addressed to Robert Télin. An excellent letter about the works of Baladine Klossovska, Rilke’s last big love. In French „ …je tiendrais à réveiller par ce petit signe l’aimable intérêt que vous avez si activement témoigné aux épreuves que Madame Klossowska est venue vous confier pour la vente ; cela avait si bien commencé, grâce à votre zèle, maintenant il serait bien gentil, si on pouvait, pour Noël, préparer à Mme K. de nouveau une surprise agréable ! Ne voyez-vous pas le moyen, d’aviver un peu l’intérêt de quelque amateur pour les estampes qui restent à vendre ?…” Handling wear, else fine condition. The painter Baladine Klossowska (1886-1969), a student of Pierre Bonnard, was Rilke's last big love. Klossowska met Rilke in 1919. At the time, Rilke was emerging from a severe depression that had limited his writing to uncollected poems, and a large number of letters, for several years during and after World War I. The two had an intense but episodic romantic relationship that lasted until Rilke's death from leukemia in 1926. With Rilke's stay in the winter of 1920/21, Schloss Berg entered for a short time the stage of world literature.

Price: $ 4,485 / € 3.450

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Leopold II., King (1835-1909)

Rare autograph letter signed

King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. Born in Brussels as the second but eldest surviving son of Leopold I. and Louise of Orléans. He succeeded his father to the Belgian throne in 1865 and reigned until his death, the longest reign of any Belgian monarch. Leopold was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State. Leopold's administration of the Congo was characterized by murder, torture and notorious systematic brutality. Autograph letter signed “Leopold”. 4 pages, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, bifolium, Château de Laeken, 1880 June 1. Addressed to: „Cher cousin, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ernest II. (Ernst August Karl Johann Leopold Alexander Eduard, 1818-1893). A fine handwritten letter regarding a wish of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. In French, in parts: “L’Archiduc Rodolphe Prince Impérial d’Autriche Hongrie désire très vivement…pour…Mr Karl Bohuslawek la petite croix en argent de chevalier de l’ordre de Famille. J’ai promis de vous faire part du vœu de mon futur gendre…” Translated: “The Archduke Rudolph, Prince Imperial of Austria Hungary, wishes the little cross in silver of knight of the order of Family for ... Mr. Karl Bohuslawek. I promised to share with you the wish of my future son-in-law…”. The original mailing envelope with a fine black wax seal is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (1858-1889), was the only son and third child of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Elisabeth of Bavaria. He was heir apparent to the throne of Austria-Hungary from birth. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge.

Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.490

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph letter signed 

Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph letter signed “Magritte”. 1p., 8.25 x 11 inch, 135 rue Esseghm, Jette-Bruxelles, March 8, 1938. Letter to a gentleman, in French, in full (translated): "I received your letter of the 5th and I thank you for the invitation you make to me. I will hold at your disposal for May 25th, paintings that I will choose as you request. But until then, could you please be so kind and give me in good time the instructions to follow for sending and returning the paintings?" In fine condition, with two file holes to the left side. Magritte lived and worked in an apartment at 135 rue Esseghm in Brussels for nearly 24 years from 1930 to 1954. The residence soon became a headquarters for the Belgian surrealists, as Magritte's colleagues gathered to organize the production of artwork, journals, pamphlets, and books. Today the address is home to the Rene Magritte Museum.

Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.490

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph letter signed to poet Marcel Béalu

Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph letter signed “Rene Magritte”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, Brussels, n.d. A very nice handwritten and signed letter from Rene Magritte to the Belgian poet Marcel Béalu (1908-1993) in Paris. Hoping that "he has received the others and the 1st letter". Comes with the original mailing envelope, addressed in Magritte’s hand. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)

Rare handwritten telegram signed to Empress Sisi

Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, King of Croatia, King of Galicia and Lodomeria and Grand Duke of Cracow from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German Confederation. Telegram signed “FrJ”. 1p., 6.25 x 9.0 inch, Budapest, 1887 March 19, afternoon, 4:25 h. Written in black ink in German. To Empress Elisabeth of Austria, nicknamed Sisi (1837-1898). In full: “Der Kaiser an I(hre) M(ajestät) die Kaiserin in Wien. Habe soeben Carmen Silva und den König auf der Durchreise am Bahnhofe begrüßt und eine viertel Stunde angenehm verplauscht“. Translated: “The Emperor to H(er) M(ajesty), the Empress in Vienna. Have just welcomed Carmen Silva and the King in transit at the station and we had a pleasant conversation for a quarter of an hour.” In a different hand at the end a forwarding annotation “Exp. Budapest 19/3. 1887, NM 4.25”. Fine condition. Carmen Silva - Elisabeth of Wied (1843-1916) was the Queen of Romania as the wife of King Carol I., widely known by her literary name of Carmen Silva. Carol I. (1839-1914) was the monarch of Romania from 1866 to 1914.

Price: $ 1,755 / €1.350

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Castro, Fidel (1926-2016)

Signed photograph (just three weeks after the revolution)

Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Signed press-photograph “Fidel CastroR Enero (January) 21, 1959”. Black and White photograph, 6.25 x 4.25 inch, n.p., January 21, 1959. Signed in black ink. Handling wear, vertical bend, mounting residue on verso. Photo probably in connection with the Cuban Revolution (20.07.1953 - 01.01.1959) which ended with the fall of the dictator Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973). Castro is rare in authentic signed photos, especially from this early time.

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Lehár, Franz (1870-1948)

Signed photograph

Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe). Signed postcard photograph. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, black and white photograph by Gutmann, Vienna, signed in dark black ink. Photo shows Lehár leaning to his piano. Handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 250 / € 190

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” signs a photograph

Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party - known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Signed photograph “BMussolini”. 6.5 x 8.75 inch black and white photograph on the original 8.25 x 10.5 inch photographers mount, n.p. (Roma), n.d. (1925). Additionally signed in pencil by the photographer Eva Barrett (1879-1950) “Eva Barrett Roma 25”. Minor handling wear, else fine.

 

Price: $ 1,430 / € 1.100

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Napoleon III. (1808-1873)

Draft of an autograph letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon”

Emperor of the French 1852-70, the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. First President of France 1848-52, therefore holding the distinction of being the first titular president and the last monarch of France. Draft of an autograph letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon” within the text. 1p., double-page, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. To the editor of the Times (John Delane). In French: “J'ignore ce que votre correspondant a pu vous écrire le 10 aout 1870, mais certes il a été mal informé. L'empereur Napoleon n'a point écrit à ses ministres la phrase qu'on lui prete. Il s'est borné, après la bataille de Wörth, de leur envoyer ces mots: 'il faut élever nos ames à la hauteur des circonstances'. Je regrette, Monsieur, d'voir de nouveau recours à votre obligeance.” Fine condition.

Price: $ 520 / € 400

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