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Nelson, Horatio (1758-1805)

Autograph note signed matted with photograph

British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. He was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Excellent autograph note signed, probably the closing of a letter. Signed “Nelson & Bronte”. And additionally in his hand “I beg you to Believe that I feel myself as Ever your most obliged servant”. 7.75 x 1.25 inch, n.p., 1800. Written and signed in dark black ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Nelson to an overall of 8.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful display piece.

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Excellent Document signed “Bonaparte”

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Document signed “Bonaparte”. 3pp. (double-page), written on page one, page two and three inside, 8.0 x 12.25 inch. Paris, 1803 December 19. Printed letterhead “Repubblica italiana/ Minuta di Decreto/ …/ Bonaparte, primo Console della Repubblica francese, e Presidente della Repubblica italiana”. Decree on the payment of bonuses to the members of the presidential guard. In part: “… I Ministri della guerra e del Tesoro pubblico sono incaricati ciascheduno nella parte che lo riguarda dell’Esecuzione del presente Decreto che non sarà stampato.” In January 1802, the Cisalpine Consulta of the Cisalpine Republic (Sister Republic of France in Northern Italy) decided to change the name of the State to the Italian Republic, when Napoleon had himself elected president on 24 January. Two days later Bonaparte appeared in the Collège de la Trinité of Lyon and heard the assembled notables proclaim the Italian Republic. Mailing folds, else fine condition, beautiful signature.

Price: $ 3,950 / € 3.050

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Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

Fine ink signature matted with photograph

Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Fine fountain pen signature in Bengali on an off-white 3.5 x 2.75 inch (visible) album page, dated September 14, 1926. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Tagore to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. On verso signature of composer Prince Joachim of Prussia (1876-1939). Fine condition. Tagore visited Europe in 1926 and met with many famous people, i.a. Albert Einstein.

 

Price: $ 940 / € 725

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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)

Excellent signed Photograph

28. President of the United States. Original silver gelatin photograph depicting Wilson as President of Princeton University in 1902. Signed by Wilson in dark black ink “Woodrow Wilson”. 7.5 x 10.75 inch. Probably slightly trimmed, retouched small bend in the middle of photo and minor handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,075 / € 825

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Wayne, John (1907-1979)

Twice-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, heavy paper, signed and inscribed by Wayne in black ink “Ed - Day after tomorrow, Good Luck, again, John Wayne” and dated 25/3/74 in another hand. A second signature and inscription “Ed – Good Luck John Wayne” appears at the head of the page written with a pen running out of ink and is barely visible. 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 individuals including the opera singer Anna Moffo, most dated between 1972-74. Some areas of light staining and some age wear, largely at the folds, else good condition. Uncommon Wayne autograph.

Price: $ 975 / € 750

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Uncommon signed photograph “in leather trousers”

Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Signed postcard photograph “Adolf Hitler München 20/ V. 1933”. 3.5 x 5.25 inch, Munich, 1933 May 20, signed and dated in dark black ink. The card has a Hindenburg post stamp and is dated 1933 May 23. Text on verso indicates that Hitler handed the card over to an SS man. Card is addressed to Emmy Melchior in Regensburg. The text on verso in German: “Liebe Emmy” Mein recht herzl. Dank für die lb. Geburtstagswünsche, worüber ich mich sehr freute. Du hast ja heuer Deinen 19jähr. Hochzeitstag gefeiert, nachträglich noch alles Gute. Jetzt haben wir endlich Mailüfterl, du wirst fleißig gärteln. Meine Mutter ist z.Zt. in Schöneising bei Carola und unser SS in Obersalzberg beim Führer zur Arbeit. Dir u.(nd) Karl Otto herzl.(iche) Grüße.“ Handling wear, some bends, else good condition. Provenance: Hermann Historica auctions November 2013. 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: $ 1,950 / € 1.525

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Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)

Autograph letter signed to the Secretary of War

14. President of the United States. Handsome autograph letter signed “Franklin Pierce”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.5 inch. Concord, N.H., 1845 June 30. To "Hon Wm. L. Marcy, Secy of War, Washington D.C." In full: “I have to request that a permit may be granted to me to locate a mine in the county South of Lake Superior." Mailing folds, handling wear, left margin with minor residue of mounting tape on verso and probably slightly trimmed, else good condition. William Learned Marcy (1786-1857) was an American statesman, who served as U.S. Senator, Governor of New York, U.S. Secretary of War and U.S. Secretary of State.

Price: $ 1,240 / € 1.090

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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed

Italian composer of operas. Autograph letter signed “G. Verdi”. 1p., 5.5 x 8.5 inch. Torino, 1861 November 26. To his lawyer Ercolano Balestra in Parma. Blind embossed coat of arms at the top - “Camera dei Deputati” of the first Italian Parliament, to which Verdi belonged as a member. Written before his departure to St. Petersburg for the performance of his new opera „La forza del destino“ In Italian: “Avrei voluto parlargli prima di partire, ma non ho avuto tempo di venire a Parma… Glimando 20 Nap. d’oro… Di fretta le dico addio a rivederci in Marzo se non gelerò. Mi scriva con qust indirizzo/ Monsieur Verdi/ au Théatre Italien/ Russie/ St. Petersbourg”. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, minor stains, else good condition. La forza del destino (The Power of Fate or often translated The Force of Destiny) is a Italian opera by Verdi and  was first performed in the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 10 November 1862.

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Kästner, Erich (1899-1974)

Typed letter signed “your own fault”

German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature. For the latter contributions he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1960. Typed letter signed in pencil “Erich Kästner”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, Munich, 1955 October 8. Addressed to the composer and pianist Gerhard F. Wehle (1884-1973) in Berlin. In German (untranslated): “... Leider sind alle die von Ihnen angeführten Arbeiten musikalisch bereits in festen Händen, und ich sehe keine Möglichkeit, Ihnen die Veröffentlichung und Aufführung dieser Texte zu erlauben. Daß Ihnen diese Absage schmerzlich sein wird, kann ich verstehen. Andererseits trifft an diesem Bescheide Sie selber die Schuld; denn es ist begreiflicherweise heutzutage mehr denn je notwendig, sich der erforderlichen Genehmigung zu versichern, ehe man sich die Mühe und Arbeit macht." Mailing fold, punch and staple holes, else fine condition.

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Hess, Rudolf (1894-1987)

Scarce autograph letter signed

A prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. Scarce autograph letter signed “Rudolf Hess”. 1p., bifolium, 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Munich, (19)38, January 9. Written in dark black ink on his personal black bordered Rudolf Hess, Munich (Braunes Haus/ brown house) stationery. A fine condolence letter addressed to “Liebes Fräulein Thea”. In German, in full: “Ihnen und Ihrem Fräulein Schwester mein aufrichtiges Beileid zum Hinscheiden Ihres Herrn Vaters. In herzlichen Gedenken an frühere Zeiten.“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. Handwritten letters of Hess are scarce. 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: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Edward VIII., King (1894-1972)

Very rare document signed AS KING

King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December the same year. Very rare document signed as King “Edward RI”. 1p., 21.0 x 15.75 inch, Court at Saint James’s, 1936 March 30. King Edward appoints James Heffernan to be an "Officer in Our Royal Air Force…in the Rank of Flying Officer." Signed in the upper left corner by the King. With scattered light creasing, horizontal and vertical fold, minor mounting tape residue on verso, else good to fine condition. An extremely rare document and signature due the kings very short reign of less than a year.

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Mourning card signed

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. Black-bordered mourning card issued by Robert and Ethel Kennedy following the death of JFK. Signed and inscribed in black felt tip: "Dear Miss Huddleston, My appreciation for your kind letter, Robert F. Kennedy." 1 page, 5.25 x 3.75 inch, Washington 1964 March 18 (postmark). The main text, in part: "We are deeply touched by your thoughtfulness in letting us know that you share in our sorrow." Includes an original mass card and the original mailing envelope, postmarked on March 18, 1964, just shy of four months following the assassination of his brother. In fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,150 / € 885

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Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

Scarce autograph musical quotation signed with full signature

German composer, theater director and conductor who is primarily known for his operas especially “The Ring of the Nibelung”. Scarce autograph musical quotation signed “Richard Wagner”. 1 page, 8.25 x 3.25 inch, laid paper with watermark, n.p., n.d. Some bars of unknown music and in Wagner’s hand “Rose blüht”. Slightly uneven edges, else fine condition. Wagner is scarce in autograph musical quotations signed, especially with a perfect full signature.

Price: $ 4,975 / € 3.850

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph letter signed “Björnstjerne Björnson”. 1p, 7.0 x 8.5 inch. Munich, 1896 February 19. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee for his translator. In German, in full: “Sehr geehrter Herr, - wir leben in die Zeit der Kompromisse. Machen wir es so: Sie zahlen meinem Übersetzer, Freiherr v. Enzberg, Schumannstrasse 3, 10 - zehn - mark, und sprechen wir von dem anderen nicht oder verschenken wir es den Konfektionsarbeitern. Achtungsvoll und mit freundlichen Grüße an den norwegisch verstehenden deutschen Verleger.“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph postcard signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph postcard signed “Björnson”. 1p, postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee. In German: “Haben Sie die Güte Freiherr von Enzberg (Friedenau) aus meinem Honorar zu zahlen. Nicht wenig!“ Handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph letter signed “Björnstjerne Björnson”. 1p, 8.75 x 5.5 inch (unfolded), n.p., n.d. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee. In German: “Sie brauchen mir es auch nicht zu schicken. Ich habe so große Freude daran in „die Zukunft“ zu sagen, was ich da gesagt habe, dass ich diese Freude nicht verdorben haben will durch ein Honorar auf 10 – zehn – mark. Die anderen zehn nimmt nämlich mein übersetzer“. Slightly stained, two minor holes repaired with paper on verso, else good condition.

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Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901)

Fine Executive Mansion/ White House engraving signed

23. President of the United States. Fine vintage engraving of the Executive Mansion/ White House signed “Benjamin Harrison”. 4.75 x 3.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (between 1889-1893), signed in dark black ink. Front approach to the North Portico of the White House (named Executive Mansion at this time). Slightly discolored, else good condition. It was during the administration of Chester A. Arthur that Executive Mansion/ White House engravings appeared and from that time they became very popular collectibles.

Price: $ 690 / € 530

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Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969)

Signed photograph

34. President of the United States. Photo inscribed and signed "For Claudette Lorel with best wishes Dwight D Eisenhower". 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. A matte-finish, chest-up photograph boldly penned and signed in the lower border. Slight waviness at lower edge, corner wear, minor residue of tape on verso, else good condition.

 

 

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Rare signed engraving

1st Duke of Wellington was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. Engraved portrait signed “Wellington”. 11.25 x 14.0 inch, 9.25 x 12.0 inch visible, matted in cream-colored to an overall of 11.75 x 15.75. Engraving is removable affixed with photo corners. Below image printed “Engraved by H. T. Ryall Historical Engraver to the Queen” and “From M. Claudets Daguerreotype Portrait”. Signed in black ink by Wellesley. Strong breaks at the top, minor hole in the middle of engraving, probably slightly trimmed, else good condition.

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Leoncavallo, Ruggero (1857-1919)

Signed cabinet-photo

Italian composer, best known for his operas, particularly the beloved repertoire staple “Pagliacci” (1892). Signed cabinet-photo “R. Leoncavallo”. 4.25 x 6.5 inch, Budapest, 1897 December 2. Photo by E. Bieber, Berlin-Hamburg. Inscribed by Leoncavallo in dark ink "All'ottimo amico Andrea Merkler cordialmente offre" and dated "Budapest 2 Dicembre 1897" in his hand. Handling wear, discolored, but still a beautiful signed photo and with a rare image.

 

 

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” signs an presentation 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 and inscribed photograph, 10.25 x 13.25 inch, Roma, 1931 March 6. And also dated “IX” for year nine of the fascist calendar (1922 March on Rome). Head and shoulders portrait with a blind stamp “Instituto Nationale Luce Roma”. Signed and inscribed in Mussolini’s hand to the Persian Ambassador “… Fatoullah Khan Pakrevan, Roma 6 Marzo 1931 –IX”. Handling wear, some minor bends, else good condition and excellent signed and inscribed.

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Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)

Letter signed to famous tenor Marco Bordogni

Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Letter signed “Gioachino Rossini”. 2 pages, 6.75 x 8.5 inch, bifolium, n.p., 1854 December 30. Letter handwritten by Rossini’s second wife Olympe Pélissier and signed by Rossini with his rare full signature. Letter in French to “Mon cher Bordogni” in Paris. In this fine letter Rossini recommend Mr. Servadio, director of the Journal L’Arte in Florence. In parts: “Je me sert de la main de ma femme pour te recommander Monsieur Servadio, directeur du journal de L'Arte de florence compositeur de musique et agent correspondant theatrial!...” Giulio Marco Bordogni (1789-1856) was an Italian operatic tenor and singing teacher of great popularity and success. Olympe Pélissier (1799-1878) was a French artists' model, courtesan and the second wife of Rossini.

Price: $ 1,460 / € 1.125

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

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., 9.0 x 3.75 inch, n.p., n.d. A fine  note in French written and signed in dark black ink. Handling wear, else good condition.

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Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)

Excellent autographed letter signed

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. Autographed letter signed “R. M. Rilke”. 1p. (recto and verso), 6.25 x 8.25 inch, March 16, 1922. Letter to Mr. Jaffe, written from his home at Chateau de Muzot, Switzerland. In full (translated): "The notation made by the sender of the requested books that arrived in good condition in two shipments, is an indication for me that you had taken special care sending these packages. Let me take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude for your courtesy. I am returning your greetings most heartily. Please remember me to your father, to whom I am also sending my regards and best wishes.” In good condition. The recipient of this letter was presumably the son of Munich bookseller Heinrich Jaffe, whose shop was a favorite of many writers including Rilke and Thomas Mann. At this time Rilke was recovering from a long period of depression during which he did not write. In 1921 the noted patron of the arts Werner Reinhart invited Rilke to live at the Chateau de Muzot, where he found renewed inspiration and could dedicate himself to writing again. In a storm of creative energy in February, he completed the Duino Elegies and wrote the entirety of the Sonnets to Orpheus. Written during this incredibly productive period, this is a superb Rilke letter.

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Warhol, Andy (1928-1987)

Signed drawing of his iconic soup can

American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Bookpage signed and inscribed “to Sam Andy Warhol”. 1p., 7.25 x 10.25 inch, n.p., n.d. With a large drawing of his iconic soup can. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050

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

Rare signed presentation photo

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

Price: $ 2,990 / € 2.300

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Grace of Monaco (1929-1982)

Fine content typed letter signed re: Olympic Games Munich 1972

American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Fine typed letter signed “Sincerely Grace de Monaco”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.5 inch, Palais de Monaco blind embossed stationery, 1972 July 25. Addressed to Mr. Dayton T. Mitchell. In full: “It was very nice to hear from you and we are delighted to know that things are going so well for you after a series of adventures! We are now in the midst and madness of Monte-Carlo in summer time but all children are with us and it is really quite fun. Ania Chervachidzé has taken an apartment here on the Rocher and is one of the most faithful supporters of our Symphonic Orchestra and regularly attends the concerts now being held in our Courtyard. We plan to take all three children to Munich for the Olympic Games and are eagerly looking forward to discovering for the first time this part of Europe. Next time you come to Monte-Carlo, please let us know.” Slightly discolored and stained, writing and signature dark and unaffected.

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Rainier of Monaco (1923-2005)

Content typed letter signed

Rainier III. ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Fine content typed letter signed "Most sincerely, Rainier Prince de Monaco". And additionally in his hand “Dear Fried”. 7.75 x 13.5 inch, Palace de Monaco, 1967 January 20. Addressed to Mr. Dayton T.V. Mitchell in New York. In parts: “. I therefore cannot act alone, and that project must be developed with the consent of the Government and the National Council… It would be necessary that these conversations be held with a representative  of the Government, but this can only be envisaged if the intentions of the people at your end are definitely and completely focussed in realizing the Hotel Spa project here in Monte Carlo. … I hope also that you will understand my position and the fact that I cannot advance alone in such an important project that involves State property and concerns the national economy of this Country.” Discolored, stained, else good condition.

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Typed letter signed (Nobel Prize Penicillin)

Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. Typed letter signed “Alexander Fleming”. 1p., 5.5 x 8.75 inch, 1950 November 23. On stationery imprinted "The Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology”. Addressed to Dr. I. Geikie-Cobb in London. In full: “I return manuscript and proofs, also new manuscript which incorporates the bottom of the penultimate page and the whole of the last page of the proofs. I hope I have not put in too much new stuff, but it was necessary.” Handling wear, slightly discolored, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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

Signed photograph

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. Vintage signed and inscribed photograph by both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy individually. The image depicting the duo standing together, 7.0 x 5.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed and inscribed in dark ink  “HELLO ANNETTE Stan Laurel” by Laurel and in ballpoint pen “Oliver Hardy” by Hardy. Corner wear, else good condition. One of the larger signed photos, not the more common postcard size.

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Garfield, James A. (1831-1881)

Rare signed cabinet photograph

20. President of the United States. Serving from March 4, 1881 until his death by assassination six and a half months later. Rare signed cabinet photograph “James A. Garfield”. 4.25 x 6.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo by “W. J. Baker’s Photo-Studio, Buffalo, N.Y.” as printed on verso. Signed in dark black ink. Slightly discolored, two minor pin holes, minor corner mounting residue on verso, else good condition. Garfield is rare in signed photos and this one is probably one of the finest you can hope to find.

 

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907) & Grieg, Nina (1845-1935)

Autograph musical quotation signed

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. Nina Grieg was a Danish-Norwegian lyric soprano and the wife of Edvard Grieg. Rare autograph musical quotation signed “Edvard Grieg” and “Nina Grieg”. 5.0 x 2.5 inch piece of paper, n.p., n.d. Additionally a fine musical quotation labled “andante” and “E.G.” written by Nina Grieg. Minor show through of tape, else fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Edvard and Nina Grieg to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Rare combination!

 

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Excellent signature matted with photograph

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. Fine signature “Edvard Grieg”. Album page, 3.5 x 1.25 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Grieg to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

 

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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)

Document signed “bill for books”

German writer, scientist, and philosopher who takes a place among the central intellectual and artistic figures of his day. Fine signature “JWvGoethe”. Part of a bill for books, 4.0 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. On verso mention of authors and their works, among others Karl Heinrich Georg Venturini “Chronik des XIX. Jahrhunderts”, Theophil Friedrich Ehrmann “Handlungs-, Post- und Zeitungs-Lexicon” and Friedrich Wilken “Geschichte der Kreuzzüge”. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Goethe to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

Price: $ 4,485 / € 3.450

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Rare autograph letter signed

32. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 1p., 7.25 x 10.5 inch. New York City, n.d. (about 1926). On his personal letterhead as Vice President of the "Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland". Written while on vacation, the future President asks his secretary to forward his mail. In full: “Will you please send on my mail + continue to do so every 2 or 3 days, till Aug 20th? Long to bother you - This is a wonderful spot - too delightful to open mail from, but I have to keep up!" Mailing folds., else fine condition. FDR is rare in handwritten letters. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

 

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Hendrix, Jimi (1942-1970)

Card signed and matted with photograph “Love Jimi Hendrix”

American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music surely one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Signed card “Love Jimi Hendrix”. 1p., 4.75 x 3.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in red ballpoint pen. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Hendrix to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful display piece. Comes like all my autographs with an Andreas Wiemer Historical autographs COA and additionally with a Beckett Letter of Authenticity.

 

Price: $ 4,485 / € 3.450

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Strauss, Johann II. (1825-1899)

Autograph letter signed “In vain is death”

Also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger or the Son. Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King" and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century. One of his most famous works is "The Blue Danube". Autograph letter signed “Johann Strauss”. 4 pages, bifolium, 5.5 x 8.5 inch, Paris 1867 May 18. A fine combined letter to the wife of his friend, the music publisher Gustav Lewy (1824-1901), who had accompanied him to the Paris World Fair. Strauss had been able to win the conductor Benjamin Bilse and his orchestra for joint performances. Page one and two are handwritten by Lewy, page three and four are handwritten by Johann Strauss. Lewy reports in the introduction on Strauss’s reception "with the Princess Metternich, which is intriguing to him in a truly enchanting way and promises a colossal success… but he has to play at her ball festival on the 28th ..." In Strauss’s hand, in parts: „… durch die Versicherungen der Fürstin … und Versprechungen von andren Seiten unser Unternehmen fördern zu wollen - Courage gefasst … somit wenn Gott will - wir Beide mit Geld nach Hause kommen - was denn eigentlich die Ursache eines solchen Plagens sich zu unterziehen bildet. Umsonst ist der Tod. Wir arbeiten jetzt 1/2 1 Nachts fleißig. Gustl führt sich brav auf - er ist von mir bewacht aber meine Überwachung ist - wahrhaftig nicht nothwendig - er sieht nur Geschäft - u. hat Recht auch ich sehe nichts Andres …“ Translated: “through the insurances of the princess ... and promises from other sides to want to promote our company - Courage caught ... thus, if God will - we both come home with money - what is actually the cause of such a plague to undergo. In vain is death. We are working diligently now 1/2 1 at night. Gustl behaves well - he is guarded by me but my surveillance is - really not necessary - he only sees business - and is right too I see nothing else ... " Handling and corner wear, else good condition. Also included is the original ticket to the funeral of Johann Strauss (June 6, 1899) and a fine unsigned cabinet card photograph of G. Lewy.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Watt, James (1736-1819)

Rare signature matted with photograph

Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist. He developed the concept of horsepower and the SI unit of power, the watt, was named after him. Rare signature “James Watt”. Cut from a document, witnessed by Thomas Lee. 2.5 x 1.25 inch, 1786 June 28. Neatly laid down on part of an album page. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Watt to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine display piece.

 

 

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

WW II. dated autograph postcard signed

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Postcard signed “Dr. M. Planck”. 5.75 x 4.0 inch, Berlin, 1943 July 16. Additionally in Planck’s hand “16.7.43“ and “In vorzüglicher Hochachtung ganz ergebenst”. Addressed by Plack to „Herrn Dr. W. Krafft in B.(erlin) - Niederschönhausen. Thank you card regarding Planck’s 85. Birthday. Handling wear, else fine condition. Uncommon WW II. dated signed postcard.

 

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi), Empress (1837-1898)

Handwritten envelope to Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, and many other titles by marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I. Handwritten envelope “Seiner Majestät dem Kaiser von Österreich, Salzburg Ischl (location in Austria)”. Envelope, 4.5 x 3.75 inch, Tutzing 1/9 (postmark). Written in Sisi’s hand in dark black ink and in fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Elisabeth to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

Price: $ 1,560 / € 1.200

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Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi), Empress (1837-1898)

Handwritten envelope to Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, and many other titles by marriage to Emperor Franz Joseph I. Handwritten envelope “Seiner Majestät dem Kaiser und König”. Envelope, 4.5 x 3.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Written in Sisi’s hand in dark black ink and in fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Elisabeth to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

 

Price: $ 1,170 / € 900

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Anne, Princess Royal (1950)

Uncommon Christmas Card signed to The Queen Mother

Second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Uncommon Christmas Card signed “Anne” and additionally in her hand “Darling Granny, and my fondest love”. 8.25 x 6.5 inch (folded), n.p., n.d. A nice card with a picture showing Princess Anne at a show jumping event. Uncommon card from a Princess to another family member - Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900-2002). Fine condition.

Price: $ 550 / € 425

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Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)

Letter archive (two autograph and five typed letter signed)

Liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) from 1949 to 1959. Excellent letter archive, two autograph letter signed and five typed letter signed. All on “Theodor Heuss” stationery, 8.25 x 11.75 inch, fine laid paper. Addressed to Mrs. Marga Stempel in Oberems/ Taunus and to Mr. Hans G. Stempel in Frankfurt. Dated (1) 1949 December 28, (2) 1951 December 27, (3) 1953 March 30, (4) 1954 March 8, (5) 1958 December 25, (6) 1959 February 18, (7) 1959 February 19. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,950 / € 1.500

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Suttner, Bertha von (1843-1914)

Autograph letter signed (first woman Nobel Peace Prize)

Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Autograph letter signed “B. von Suttner”. 2 pages, bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Castle Harmannsdorf, 1887 September 19. In German regarding publications: „… Gleichzeitig … ist auch eine 2te Auflage meines ‘Inventariums einer Seele’ auf den Markt gekommen. Gegenwärtig habe ich einen neuen Roman unter der Feder, der voraussichtlich Ende Okt. fertig gestellt sein wird und den ich (wie wir beide dies ja mit allen unsern grössern Sachen zu thun pflegen) zuerst Ihnen vorlegen werde …“. In fine condition.

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Important content Typed letter signed

German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School. Typed letter signed “Walter Gropius”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Cambridge, 1960 November 10, on his personal Walter Gropius stationery. An important content typed letter signed to Mr. Hans Dollinger in Munich. In full: “Thank you for having sent to me the Declaration of the 121 French personalities re: the Algerian war. I have decided not to sign your supporting statement. I thoroughly sympathize with any steps publicly made to end the cruel Algerian war. The way the French Declaration does this, however -- calling for a revolt in the French Army -- appears to me a dangerous step which may lead to civil war in France. Their call goes far beyond the insistence on freedom of opinion which you emphasize in your statement and which certainly is the backbone of democracy”. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Surely one of the finest Gropius letters you can hope to find.

Price: $ 1,160 / € 890

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Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903)

Autograph letter signed

Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. Autograph letter signed “C. Pissarro”. 1p., 4.5 x 5.75 inch, Paris, 1902 March 15, address and stamp on back. To his eye specialist Daniel Parenteau in Paris about his health. In French: „... Il y a un mieux sensible dans mon état. Il n’y avait pas de pus ce matin, encore un peu de rouge, un filet, je me suis injecté à l’eau boriquée et cauthérisé, je pense qu’il est inutile que j’affronte le grand vent pour me rendre chez vous …“ Fold in the middle, else fine condition.

 

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Franco, Francisco (1892-1975)

Signed photograph

Dictator of Spain from 1939 to his death in 1975. Coming from a military background, he became the youngest general in Europe in the 1920s. Vintage signed photograph, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in black ink by Franco. Photo by Jalon Angel, Zaragoza. Mounted on cardboard, minor stains, else good condition

Price: $ 730 / € 560

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Talleyrand, Charles Maurice (1754-1838)

Document signed in the name of Napoleon I.

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

Price: $ 810 / € 625

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Autograph postcard signed

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 artist postcard signed “Nina + Edvard Grieg”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Troldhaugen, 1901 December 22. Addressed to Professor and organist Gotfred Matthisen-Hansen in Copenhagen. In Norwegian, translated in full: “Dear friend, As you can see, I press (shake) Helga’s hand and Nina presses yours, Gotfred. Se: Merry Christmas to both. Our thoughts go to Denmark. May we seen meet there.” Fine condition. Also included is an autograph letter signed “Nina Grieg”. Card, 4.5 x 3.5 inch, Hotel Monopol, 1925 February 6. Addressed to Pastor Fibinger in Copenhagen regarding the cancellation of an invitation. Envelope included and in fine condition.

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph postcard signed 

Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph postcard signed “René Magritte” and for his wife in Magritte’s hand “Georgette” and for his dog in his hand “Loulou”. Postcard, 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Hotel La Madonnina, Ischia/ Italy, 1965 April 20 (postmark). Addressed in Magritte’s hand to Monsieur Alexander Iolas in Paris. In French:  „un bonjour du pays du Soleil ..." (Hello from the land of the Sun). Alexandre Iolas (1907-1987) was a Greek gallerist and collector. Handwritten notes on the card, probably done by Iolas. Also included is an autograph postcard of Magritte’s wife Georgette (1901-1986). Postcard with the Magritte picture "The Voice of the Blood" and signed “Georgette". 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Brussels, 1968 February 2. A fine handwritten card regarding Magritte's work "Le chemin de Damas" (1966). Fine condition.

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Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867)

Document signed

French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. Document signed “Baudelaire-Dufays” and additionally in his hand “17. Quai d’anjou”. 1p., bill of exchange, 9.5 x 4.0 inch, Neuilly 1845 March 6. A bill of exchange for the antiquarian Antoine-Jean-Marie Arondel. In French, in full: “Au vingt novembre prochain il vous plaira de Payer a mon ordre par cette seule de change La somme de six mille cinq cents francs pour même valeur reçu comptant / Arondel“ Baudelaire signs the following part: “accepté pour la Somme de Six mille cinq cents francs Valeur reçue comptant / Baudelaire-Dufaÿs. / 17. quai d'Anjou.” "Dufaÿs" was the maiden name of his mother. On the reverse two further notes from Arondel: "Payez à l'ordre de M. Perducet, valeur reçu comptant ..." as well as "Ce billet n'a plus de valeur et a été renouvellé ..." Minor damage to the left edge, small pin holes, handling wear, else good condition. For non-payment of debts, homeowner Nicolas Perducet sent a bailiff to Baudelaire on May 16. Baudelaire had acquired paintings and etchings from Arondel, who ran an antique shop on the Quai d'Anjou on the ground floor of the house.

Price: $ 3,690 / € 2.850

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Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940)

Autograph letter signed regarding her masterpiece „Gösta Berling“

Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is best remembered for her children's book “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson”. Autograph letter signed “Selma Lagerlöf”. 2 pages, bifolium, 5.5 x 7.0 inch, Marbacka, 1927 January 2. Addressed to the writer Nanny Wachsmuth in Rostock. Translated: „… Es hat mich ein wenig überrascht, dass Ihnen dieses Lied bisher unbekannt war. Es kommt nämlich in ‘Gösta Berling’ im Kapitel ‘Ebba Dohnas Geschichte’ vor. Möglicherweise ist es in der von Ihnen gelesenen Übersetzung ausgelassen. In Pauline Klaibers Übertragung, Albert Langen Verlag, ist es aufgenommen …“. Mailing fold, handling wear, else good condition. Gösta Berling's Saga was the debut novel of Selma Lagerlöf, published in 1891. To this day, Gösta Berling is one of the best known and most widely read Swedish books ever and counted among Selma Lagerlöf's greatest masterpieces.

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Letter signed with handwritten addition in Napoleon’s hand

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Letter signed and with handwritten addition in Napoleon’s hand. 1p, recto and verso, 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Paris, 1809 March 31, gilt edged paper. To Secretary of War Clark, who sent him a disturbing report on the "17 Regimens de Cavalerie légère, qui sont eu en Allemagne". - Napoleon gives detailed instructions to restore the respective regimental size. In French, in full: “… independamment des 100 h[omm]es que le 5.e de chasseurs a incorcorporés dans le 1.er Régiment, il en incorporera 100 autres, ce qui portera le 1.er Regiment à 989. h.es – indépendamment des 50 h.es que le 21.e doit incorporer dans le 20.e, il en incorporera 150. autres dans le même régiment, ce qui portera le 20.e regiment à 980 … Ainsi, les quatre Regimens de hussards seront audelà du complet: mais je vois avec peine qu’à l’Exception de quatre Regimens de chasseurs, tous les autres auront besoin de 100. h.es pour etre complettés. Donnez ordre à tous les Dépôts des Regimens de chasseurs et de hussards qui ont leurs Escadrons de guerre en Espagne ou en France, de diriger sur Strasbourg tous leurs hommes disponibles. je remets à ne m’occuper de la formation des Escadrons d’ordonnance qu’après que mes 17. Regimens de cavalerie légère seront complettés à 1000. h.es … il m’importe beaucoup que mes Regimens de cavalerie légère, en Allemagne, aient leurs 4 Escadrons et soient portés à 1000 h.es …”. Fine content letter in excellent condition. On April 9, the declaration of war took place in Austria.

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Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)

Autograph letter signed

German composer, pianist, conductor of the Romantic period and one of the greatest composers of all time. Autograph letter signed “J. Brahms”. Written on a postcard, 5.75 x 3.75 inch, Thun, 1886 June 28 (postmark).  In German, in full: “Ihr freundl. Brief hat die bedenkliche Eigenschaft, meinerseits 3 zu verlangen! Was gemacht werden kann, wird gemacht. Kalbecks wegen mögen Sie indeß ruhig sein. Er soll den Text nur fertig machen - nach alter Erfahrung werde ich sehr rasch damit fertig u. kann er dann ja zu Ihnen wandern! Ihren Katalog aber laßen Sie nur rasch anschwellen von vortrefflichsten Sachen, diese und nicht der Verleger sind die Hauptsache.“ Translated: “Your friendly letter has the questionable quality of requiring three on my part! What can be done is done. But for Kalbeck's sake you may be quiet. He should just finish the text - after my previous experience, I'll be able to finish it very quickly and then it can go to you! Your catalog, however, can only grow rapidly in the most excellent ways; these and not the publisher is the main thing.” Handling wear, minor paper loss at the top, else fine condition.

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Paderewski, Ignacy Jan (1860-1941)

Fine autograph musical quotation signed

Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. Wonderful autograph musical quotation signed “IJPaderewski”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Fleming’s Hotel Mayfair, 1907 March 9. Additional in his hand four bars “Fuga” from his composition “Variations and Fugue op. 23” (composed about 1903) and “with every good wish of” in his hand. Fine condition.

 

 

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Kollwitz, Käthe (1867-1945)

Autograph letter signed regarding a fee for one of her works

German artist, who worked with painting, printmaking (including etching, lithography and woodcuts) and sculpture. Autograph letter signed “Käthe Kollwitz”. 1p., 5.75 x 7.0 inch, n.p., 1926 July 12. Addressed to a lady (Dr. Heyne). In German, in full: “von der Reise zurückkommend hatte ich gehofft die Honorarzahlung von M. 500,- für das Blatt ‚Besuch im Kinderkrankenhaus‘ vorzufinden. Darf ich Sie bitten mir die Summe jetzt auf mein Postscheckkonto 5291 (Berlin N.W. 7 Dorotheenstr. 23) zu überweisen. Fine condition. The chalk lithograph was edited as an annual gift of the “Association of Friends of Graphic Arts, Leipzig.”

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Zweig, Stefan (1881-1942)

Typed letter signed

Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. Typed letter signed “Stefan Zweig”. 1p., 8.5 x 10.25 inch, Vienna, 1911 September 4, on his personal “SZ” stationery. Addressed to the writer Dr. Albert Sergel (1876-1946) in Reutlingen. In German, in full: “Lieber Herr Doktor, ich komme eben von einer Reise zurück, finde mit Freude auf dem Tisch Ihr schönes Buch liegen und freue mich ungemein darauf, nicht zumindest mit der kleinen Eitelkeit, darin gut vertreten zu sein. Ich komme bald wieder nach Berlin und hoffe, dass wir dann Gelegenheit zu gutem Zusammensein haben werden und bitte nur für heute Sie und Ihre Frau Gemahlin, meine herzlichsten Grüsse zu empfangen.“ Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Monet, Claude (1840-1926)

Autograph letter signed re: much needed money donation

French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. Autograph letter signed “Claude Monet”. 1 page, bifolium, 5.25 x 8.25 inch, Vétheuil, 1880 August 4. Letter to painter Giuseppe De Nittis which he had asked for a much needed money donation. In French, in full: “Cela me contraire beaucoup de vous tourmenter ainsi mais je suis dans panne absolue et chaque matin j’espère que le facteur m’apportera une lettre de vous mais les jours se passent … Je ne puis songer à venir à Paris puisque tout le monde est absent, je suis donc obligé de m’adresser à vous. Si vous ne pouvez disposer de beaucoup d’argent en ce moment tachez toujours de m’envoyer quelque chose …“ Translated: “It really annoys me to torment you like this but I am in absolute failure and every morning I hope that the postman will bring me a letter from you but the days go by ... I cannot think of coming to Paris since everyone is absent I am obliged to address you. If you cannot have a lot of money right now, always try to send me something..." Mailing folds, handling wear, fold-breaks expertly repaired on verso, else good condition. Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1884) was one of the most important Italian painters of the 19th century, whose work merges the styles of Salon art and Impressionism.

Price: $ 5,135 / € 3.950

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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.

Price: $ 4,875 / € 3.750

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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 2.5 x 3.25 photo affixed to a 7.5 x 5.5 inch mount. Berlin, 1928, May 21. With a printed message of thanks related to Planck’s seventieth birthday. Signed on the mount “M. Planck” and with an autograph note signed in German: „Ihnen, verehrtester Herr College Kaufmann, und ebenso den Collegen Hoffmann und Kretschmann, mit dem besten Gruss!” Fold in the middle, minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.070

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Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)

Important document signed (from the National Conservatory of Music in America)

Czech composer and one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition, most famous for his Symphony No. 9 - From the New World. Partly printed document signed, payment receipt, signed “Antonín Dvořák”. 1p., 8.5 x 3.25 inch, New York, 1894 February 1. Filled out in another hand and signed by Dvořák in dark black ink. In full: “Received from the National Conservatory of Music in America, Nine Hundred + Thirty-seven 50/100 Dollars, for January salary/ 937 50/100”. Staple holes, folded in the middle, else fine condition. From 1892 to 1895, Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He began at a then-staggering $15,000 annual salary. The Conservatory had been founded by Jeannette Thurber who made it open to women and black students as well as white men, which was unusual for the times. Dvořák's original contract provided for three hours a day of work, including teaching and conducting, six days a week, with four months vacation each summer. The Panic of 1893, a severe economic depression, depleted the assets of the Thurber family and other patrons of the Conservatory. In 1894 Dvořák's salary was cut to $8000 per year and moreover was paid only irregularly. Only some month earlier in 1893 Dvořák composed his Symphony No. 9 - the so called “New World Symphony”. Fine and important association autograph.

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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 “Humboldt”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.5 inch. (Paris), Rue Saint-Dominique d’Enfer n. 20, about 1809. A fine untranslated letter in French to a friend. Slight browning, handling wear, small tear to lower outer corner, else fine condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Garbo, Greta (1905-1990)

Rare signed check

Swedish film actress, icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods and one of the greatest film stars of all time. Rare bank check signed “Greta Garbo”. 6.25 x 2.75 inch, 1963 September 3. Filled out in type and signed by Garbo, payable to Beekman Campanile, Inc. for $527.24. From the estate of Greta Garbo. This attractively signed check was made out to Beekman Campanile, the very high-end co-op building that Garbo moved into in October 1953 and lived for 37 years. Excellent condition.

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Doyle, Arthur Conan (1859-1930)

Autograph letter signed

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Autograph letter signed “A Conan Doyle”. 2 pages, bifolium, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Grand Hotel, 1903 May 26. In full: “Dear Sir I shall be here all the week, in case anything is wanted. I observed a suggestion in a paper the other day that some Motor Cycle firm should prepare a machine + trailer expressly for Commercial Travellers. I think that a very good idea. Don’t you think that something of the sort, well done, and shown in some exhibition would do us good - The C.T. Motor Cycle. I had wished to put Mr. Stewart Leckie on the board, but I don’t want to overman it, and as the other was actually asked that seemed to end the matter. But it is understood, is it not, that I have the power of adding Mr. Leckie to it at any time.” Mailing fold, slightly discolored, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,235 / € 950

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Gershwin, George (1898-1937)

Fine condition signed check

American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924) and “An American in Paris” (1928). Personal check signed “George Gershwin”. 6.25 x 2.75 inch, New York, 1933 September 22. Filled out in another hand and signed by Gershwin. Payable to Dorothy Druman for $20. In fine condition, with expected bank stamps and cancellation holes. Accompanied by an unsigned FDC with a cachet honoring Gershwin.

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French Literature / Paul Claudel & Marcel Achard

Portraits signed

Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat and the younger brother of the sculptress Camille Claudel. Fine magazine page signed “a Madame Val Claudel”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Marcel Achard (1899-1974) was a French playwright and screenwriter whose popular sentimental comedies maintained his position as a highly recognizable name in his country's theatrical and literary circles for five decades. Fine magazine page signed “très cordialment Marcel Achard”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark blue ink. Both magazine pages in 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

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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George II., King (1683-1760)

Document signed as King with uncommon countersignature

King of Great Britain and Ireland 1727-60. Document signed “George R.” 2 pages, bifolium, written on first page and second page inside. 7.5 x 12.0 inch. Court at St. James, 1747 February 18. Demanding the collection of benevolences for the poor. Signed to the top left corner by King George II. and countersigned by Lord Chesterfield on the second page. Two small tears to the top, slightly discolored, else good condition. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) was a British statesman, diplomat and a man of letters. Fine signature combination.

Price: $ 890 / € 690

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Peron, Eva (1919-1952)

Rare autograph letter signed to the mother of Juan Peron

María Eva Duarte de Perón was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is usually referred to as Eva Perón or by the affectionate Spanish language diminutive Evita. Autograph letter signed “Evita”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 6.5 x 10.0 inch. n.p., n.d. (about 1951/1952). On her personal “Eva Peron” stationery. To Juana Sosa (mother of Juan Peron). In Spanish, in full: “Mi querida Ana Juana, mamá: Espero que se halle bien junto a Marcelino las chicas y sus maridos. Yo ahora un poco major, yo sé que Juan le ha hablado y me pidió que no les diga que no estuve muy bien de salud, pero a ustedes ne les puedo mentir. No estuve nada bien en estos meses. Pero ahora sí. Tendré que hacerme muchos estudios pero no hay que preocuparse. Juan me dice que vendrán por acá y no sabe cómo la espero a usted que siempre me ha tratado como a una hija. Acá Mario ya se está instalando con las chicas y espero poder converser con mis queridas sobrinas que son una gran companía. Juan les está enviando unas cosas con el Teniente Coronel Duval, y aprovecho para hacerle llegar esta cartita que hace mucho que le escribo. Bueno mi querida mamá, espero poder verla prontito. Yo no sé si podré viajar hasta Comodoro. No quiero que se preocupe por mí, pore so le envoi un gran beso de su hija que nunca la olvida. Con saludos para Marcelino q para todos. Adiós Dona Juana, con saludos de Juan. Evita”. Translated: “My dear Juana, mum: I hope you are well with Marcelino, the girls and their husbands. I’m a little better now. I know Juan has spoken with you, and he asked me not to tell you that I haven’t been very well, but I cannot lie to you. I was not at all well these past months. But now I am. I will have to have some tests done, but there is nothing to worry about, Juan tells me you are coming over, and you can’t imagine how I look forward to seeing you, that you have always treated me like your daughter. Here Mario is settling down with the girls and I hope I can talk with my dear nieces, who are a great company. Juan is sending you some things with Lieutenant Colonel Duval, and I take the opportunity to send you this letter since I haven’t written in a long time. Well my dear mother, I hope to see you very soon. I don’t know if I will be able to travel to Comodoro. I don’t want you to worry about me, that’s why I send you a big kiss from your daughter who never forgets you. Regards to Marcelino and for everyone. Goodby Dona Juana, regards from Juan”. Mailing fold, small tear and on the right edge, minor stain, else fine condition.

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Beecher Stowe, Harriet (1811-1896)

Wonderful autograph quotation signed

American abolitionist and author, best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans. Wonderful autograph quotation signed “HB Stowe” and dated in her hand “Aug 3 1886”. The quotation in her hand “Trust in the Lord and do good”. Small card, 3.5 x 2.0 inch, n.p. Accompanied by a fine engraving of Beecher Stowe by A.H. Ritchie. Card has mounting residue on verso and a bend in the middle of the lower half, engraving is in fine condition.

 

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Iconic signed photograph by Walter Stonemann

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. Signed Photograph “Winston S. Churchill” and dated in his hand “1950”. Photograph 2.75 x 3.75 inch on his original mount, 4.0 x 5.75 inch overall. “Walter Stonemann of J. Russel & Sons” stamp on verso. The prime minister is seen in this iconic chest up portrait sitting with his right arm propped up on a table. He is wearing a dark suit, bowtie, and white pocket square. Accompanied by the original letter sending the photograph to a Mrs. Glanville, on Hyde Park Gate London stationery, 1950 June 14th, signed by Churchill’s Private Secretary. Discolored from prior framing, minor water stain, signature a little light, but fully legible, else good condition. The photograph was taken by Walter Stoneman of J. Russell & Sons on April 1, 1942 and is one of the most powerful photographs of Winston Churchill ever made. Walter Stoneman (1876-1958) regularly photographed Winston Churchill for the portrait firm J. Russell & Sons and Churchill frequently used Stoneman's portraits as his official photographs.

Price: $ 3,750 / € 2.900

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Letter signed regarding an important vote

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

Price: $ 470 / € 360

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Impressive signed Imperial Cabinet Photograph

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. An excellent vintage signed imperial cabinet photo, 13.0 x 8.5 inch, n.p. (Aix-les-Bains), 1890, gold bordered, depicting the Queen and her family in the South of France. Signed “Victoria R.I. 1890” in dark fountain pen ink. Photo taken by Numa Blanc fils, Cannes Monte-Carlo. The photo itself is in good condition, the mount has damages to the edges, price accordingly. Queen Victoria visited Aix-les-Bains three times from 1st to 22nd April 1885, from 6th to 28th April 1887 and from 26th March to 22nd April 1890 - staying at The Maison Mottet (remaned Villa Victoria).

Price:  $ 2,015 / € 1.550

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