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Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von (1742-1819)

Letter signed with holograph salutation…

Fürst von Wahlstatt, Prussian Generalfeldmarschall (field marshal) who most notably led his army against Napoleon I. at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in 1813 and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, in alliance with the Duke of Wellington. Letter signed “gantz Ergebenster Freund und gehorsamster Diener Blücher”. 1p., 7.25 x 8.75 inch, Stargard, 1818 June 3. Addressed to colonel von Ebra regarding his congratulation to his promotion. In German: “Indem ich Ew Hochwohlgeboren zu dem längst verdienten Avancement zum Obersten … aufrichtig gratuliere, danke ich Dieselben für Ihren Glückwunsch den Sie mir bezeugt haben, und bitte die Versicherung dahin zu nehmen, daß ich jede Gelegenheit sowohl Dieselben, als das Dero Befehl anvertraute Corps Officier dienstbereitwillig zu sein, gerne benutzen werde…“ Mounting residue on the left edge on verso, slightly visible on recto, else good condition. Enclosed a second autograph, a document signed by his son Franz Graf Blücher von Wahlstatt (1814).

Price: $ 1,495 / € 1.150

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Autographed letter signed (7 pages, written in GERMAN)

Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. A fine autographed letter signed “VRg”. 7pp., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Balmoral, 1863 May 30. Written on her stationery with deep mourning border after the death of Prince Albert on December 14, 1861. All the stationery used by the Queen would have a black border for the rest of her life. To Alphons von Mensdorff-Pouilly (1810-1894). In German, translated: “Dear Alphons, I am most grateful to you for the kind letter on my so dreadful birthday. God willed it that way and so I must patiently and resigned seek to make the journey with difficulty and alone. But the heart is weak and one’s strength increasingly weakens. Arthur has written a very beautiful and sympathetic letter to me about my angel Albert. Please tell him again how touched I was. If you find something else in letters or diary of your mother about life in Koburg or about the visits on … with Fritz and Albert in Mainz, please copy it for me. Dear Arthur always made spelling mistakes and has addressed me A S and La Renne Vicotria! Poor Alexander writes discontentedly  about his forced stay in Lemberg. If only the matter would finish soon. I fear it will not. I am pleased to hear how satisfied you are in your domesticity, and little Resi as well. It was very nice of your wife to present this expensive comb. It is the same that dear aunt Louise had. Instead giving it to Gardel, she gave the comb which Gardel was meant to keep, to the poor Princess. I am enclosing a photo of myself with 6 of our children, our daughter-in-law and Louis v. Huston. I numbered the figures and wrote the names on the reverse side. Ever Yours dear unhappy cousin. VRg. Write to me again soon. Your letters are written so amusingly and remind me so much of the dear wonderful past, whilst I now live on my memories. Dear Albert always laughs so warmly about them.” Mailing folds, else near mint condition. Together with an original unsigned carte-de-visite photo of Queen Victoria, taken by Mayall in London. Victoria was fluent in German which was very often spoken between herself and Prince Albert. Uncommon letter, surely one of the finest you can hope to find.

Price:  $ 1,910 / € 1.475

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May, Karl (1842-1912)

Beautiful and rare autographed poem signed

A popular German writer, noted mainly for adventure novels set in the American Old West. Best known for the characters of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. Autographed poem signed “Karl May”. 1p., 6.75 x 3.75 inch. Radebeul-Dresden, 1910 May 2. In German (untranslated) in full: "Laß auch die Seelen, nicht nur die Gestalten, / Aus meiner Welt an Dir vorübergleiten, / So wird vor Dir die Bühne sich entfalten, / Auf der die Menschen zur Vollendung schreiten." Mounted on thin cardboard, upper right corner missing, else good condition. Poems written and signed by by May are rare.

Price: $ 2,410 / € 1.850

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Signed photograph

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”. Excellent signed photograph “Diana 1993”. No place, 1993, 10.0 x 7.25 inch color photograph on his original 12.0 x 10.0 inch photographers mount. The Princess of Wales seated centrally with her staff, signed and dated by Diana in black ink on the mount. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,980 / € 1.525

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Cocteau, Jean (1889-1963)

Autographed letter signed

French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Autographed letter signed “Jean Cocteau”. 1p, 8.25 x 10.75 inch Milly-la-Foret, France (postmark), 1961 November 19. In French. Addressed to the Theatre Artists in Toronto Canada. Cocteau expresses his gratitude for them staging one of his plays and regrets for his inability to attend. The original mailing envelope addressed in Cocteau’s hand is included. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Edward VIII., King (1894-1972) & Lloyd George, David (1863-1945)

Photograph signed by both

Edward VIII. - 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. David Lloyd George - British Liberal politician. His most important role came as the highly energetic Prime Minister of the Wartime Coalition Government (1916–22). He was a major player at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 that reordered Europe after the defeat of the Central Powers. Rare signed black and white photograph “Edward P” as Duke of Windsor and “D Lloyd George”. N.p., n.d. (1919), 7.0 x 10.5 inch. Photo was taken by Vandyk, 24 April 1919. Signed by both in black ink. Edward VIII. signature dark and fine, Lloyd George signature slightly faded. Probably slightly trimmed, minor discoloration at the edges, else good condition. Rare combination.

Price: $ 985 / € 760

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Nansen, Fridtjof (1861-1930)

Autographed letter signed

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

Price: $ 825 / € 660

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Guevara, Ernesto "Che" (1928-1967)

Very rare typed letter signed

Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist and a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Captured during a 1967 campaign in Bolivia, he was executed on the following day and instantly attained status as a martyr and one of the most revered and influential political revolutionaries of the 20th century. Rare typed letter signed “Che”. 1p., thin paper, 8.5 x 10.75 inch. Embossed “BANCO NACIONAL DE CUBA LA HABANA, CUBA” letterhead. Havana (Cuba), 1960 December 31. Addressed to “Sr. Administrador del Central José Arechabala”. In this letter Che is discussing a difficult situation related to the Cuban currency and circulation. In Spanish (untranslated):”Senor: La extraordinaria salida de moneda fraccionaria de nuestras bóvedas nos obligó a tomar medidas para su distribución, con el ob jeto de frenar el atesoramiento de la misma port parte de elementos interesados en crear problemas a la circulación. No obstante, esta mos en el deber de informale que debemos defender las existencias que nos quedan hasta tanto sean recibidas las acunanciones ordena—das. En mérito a los principios de coordinación que require la defense de los intereses generals de la Nación, nos dirigimos a – usted para que se sirva disponer que las nóminas que deban pagar – las industrias de ese Consolidado, lo hagan por cantidades redon – das, acumulando las fracciones de centavos de cada pago para ser – liquidado en pesos, en la forma que estimen màs conveniente a su – contabilidad. El procedimiento expuesto nos daría tiempo para recibir las acunanciones solicitadas y con ello reseolver el problema. La muy valiosa labor que pueda usted realizar será el fac—tor determinante para obviar eficazmente la demanda de monedas di-visionaria para el pago de la nómina. En la seguridad de que habrá que cooperar con este Banco – considerando al mismo tiempo la urgencia en llegar a resultados positives, aprovechamos esta oportunidad para darle las gracias y quedar de usted.” Mailing folds, punch holes at top, stained. Text and signature dark. The letter is accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Anything signed by Che as President of the National Bank is rare and virtually not obtainable. Following the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s, the new authorities famously appointed Guevara as President of the National Bank of Cuba. Despite his status, the activist in him disliked his official governmental duties, leading him to sign letters such as this solely as “Che”.

Price: $ 2,535 / € 1.950

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Adenauer, Konrad (1876-1967)

Rare autographed letter signed to actress Lucy Millowitsch

European statesman who served as the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany from 1949 to 1963. Rare autographed letter signed “K. Adenauer”. 1p. (double page), 6.25 x 8.0 inch. Rhöndorf, 1949 December 21. Written in black ink, in German: “Liebes Fräulein Millowitsch! Herzlichst danke ich Ihnen für Ihren lieben Brief und die schöne Karte. Ich wünsche Ihnen auch ein gesegnetes Weihnachsfest und alles Gute für 1950. Mit vielen Grüßen.” Translated: “Dear Miss Millowitsch! I sincerely thank you for your dear letter and the beautiful card. I also wish you a blessed Christmas and all the best for 1950. With many greetings.” Mailing fold, else fine condition. Lucy Millowitsch (1905-1990) was a German actress, stage author, director of the Millowitsch-Theater in Cologne and sister of famous actor Willy Millowitsch. Adenauer is uncommon handwritten letters.

Price: $ 660 / € 525

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Autographed letter signed “… great comfort at a difficult time”

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”. Autographed letter signed “Diana”. 2pp. (recto and verso), 5.5 x 7.0 inch, Kensington Palace, 1992 September 7. Written in black felt tip pen on personalized stationery with embossed crowned "D" and "Kensington Palace" letterhead. Cream ground surrounded by red edges and with matching printed type. In full “Dear Roger, I was so touched to get your letter + the contents brought great comfort at a difficult time - You are kind to think of me + I did want you to know how deeply I appreciated your concern. With my best wishes, Yours sincerely, Diana". With horizontal fold at center, minor spot on first page, else in near fine condition. In this thank you letter to Roger (Chubb, born 1943), then a director of several UK dance companies including the English National Ballet School, Ltd., Princess Diana refers to her recent "difficult time". In May 1992, British tabloid journalist Andrew David Morton (born 1953) released a biography entitled “Diana: Her True Story”. While the extent to which Princess Diana cooperated with Morton is still unclear, the publication of the book began what the press dubbed the "War of the Waleses". The deterioration of the royal marriage accelerated when transcripts and taped phone conversations between Princess Diana and her friend James Gilbey were released to the press in August 1992. "Camillagate", the scandal caused by the release of taped conversations between Prince Charles (born 1948) and his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles (born 1947), erupted in November 1992. The resultant sensational media coverage revealed the infidelity of both spouses and Princess Diana's struggle with depression. Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their "amicable separation" just two months after Diana wrote this letter to Roger Chubb. Insiders cite age and personality differences as causes of the marriage's collapse, but the extramarital affairs of each also contributed to it. The pair officially divorced roughly one year before Diana's death. A fine letter from Princess Diana during a period of tabloid media frenzy.

Price: $ 2,010 / € 1.550

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Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)

Early 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., 8.0 x 13.5 inch, fine paper seal, Schloß Berg (Berg Castle), 1869 May 12. Patent for Leo Leeb as “Landwehr Unterlieutenant”. Signed in dark black ink by Ludwig and countersigned by the general secretary. Ludwig used Berg castle as his summer residence, moving here regularly every year on 11 May and performing the business of state from it. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050

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Luitpold, Prince Regent (1821-1912)

Document signed

Prince Regent of Bavaria and de facto ruler of Bavaria from 1886 to 1912, due to the incapacity of his nephews, King Ludwig II. for three days and King Otto for 26 years. Partly printed document signed. 1p., 8.25 x 13.0 inch, Munich, 1890 December 23. Fine paper seal at the bottom. Decree for Leo Leeb. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

Price: $ 290 / € 225

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Garibaldi, Giuseppe (1807-1882)

Autographed letter signed

Italian general, politician and nationalist who played a large role in the history of Italy and considered one of the greatest generals of modern times. Autographed letter signed “G. Garibaldi”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, Caprera 1865 March 25. Addressed to Mr. James Howard. In English, in full: “I should most assuredly have replied to your letters if I had received them, for I shall never forget the kind welcome that I received at your magnificent establishment, and from your dear family. One of your ordinary ploughs I will accept with gratitude, but for a steam plough land would not be found suitable at Caprera. I therefore thank you and your fine workmen with all my heart for your generous offer. I prefer to address my letter to you in England, and I beg you to present my most affectionate wishes to your amiable family. I am – for life – your devotedly. I believe that we saluted the Ripon on your passage. Remember me kindly to Capt. Rogers when you see him.” Mailing folds, minor fold breaks expertly repaired, else good condition.

Price: $ 875 / € 675

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Eliot, Thomas S. (1888-1965)

Fine typed letter signed with interesting literary content

British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets", awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Fine typed letter signed „T.S. Eliot“. 1p., 7.25 x 9.5 inch, Faber and Faber Limited, Russell Square, London stationery, 1951, April 4. Addressed to Maurice Carpenter in Somerset. In full: „I am sorry fort he delay in reporting on the collection of poems you sent with your letter of February 3rd. I was well impressed by your poems, and sent them for further reading. Since then, I have had to be away from business for reasons of health, and find that while your poems have certainly impressed the readers, they are, on the whole, averse to taking these on for the reason that we now have to confine our poetry list within limits, owing to the very high cost and the small demand. I feel sure that your poems merit publication, and I think that the present selection will have much better chances than The Tall Interpreter. The volume is decidedly on the short side, and I suggest that in writing to any publisher, you should mention that you are prepared to add further poems to this self-contained series“. Mailing folds, some light overall creasing and a few minor tears to the edges, else good condition. A letter of interesting literary content.

Price: $ 860 / € 690

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Vintage signed photograph

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

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,235 / € 950

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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: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Cody, William F. “Buffalo Bill” (1846-1917)

Fine autographed letter signed

American scout, bison hunter and showman. Autographed letter signed “W. F. Cody”. 1p., 6.0 x 9.0 inch. The Rensselaer Hotel, Troy, New York, 1907 July 7. Addressed to Joseph T. McCaddon regarding his dire financial situation. In full:  "As per your telegram of yesterday. That you would send me a check for $5000 tomorrow Monday. Instead of sending me the check, if you will use it by kindly sending it with someone tomorrow Monday to take up my note for 5000 at the Astor Trust Company Bank. And if you will please telegraph me on receipt of this so as to relieve my mind, I will be very much obliged. I enclose the ck for $75 - to pay the interest.” Mailing folds, two punch holes to upper margin, light yellowing to paper, else good condition. Together with a typed letter from Astor Trust Company and three Western Union Telegrams from McCaddon, two addressed to Cody and one to F.B. Hutchinson.

Price: $ 1,685 / € 1.350

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Mitchell, Margaret (1900-1949)

Fine typed letter signed

American author and journalist. One novel by Mitchell was published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel, Gone with the Wind. Typed letter signed “Margaret M. March”. 1p., 7.0 x 11.0 inch, Atlanta, Georgia 1939 March 1, personal stationery, signed in dark black ink. Addressed to Mrs. Mills. In full: “I am returning the clippings which I enjoyed so much. Thank you for letting me see them.” Mailing folds, slightly discolored and handling wear, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 1,065 / € 820

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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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Dalí, Salvador (1904-1989)

Beautiful large etching signed

Untitled dry point etching of Hermes signed “Dali”. 1p., 10.5 x 14.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in pencil by Dali below right corner of image. Limited edition, numbered 85/150. Uneveness of tone due to previous framing, minor mark upper right corner, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,115 / € 860

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Lessing, Theodor (1872-1933)

Autographed postcard double signed „This time is like a madhouse”

German Jewish philosopher, assassinated by Sudeten German Nazi sympathizers Autographed postcard signed „Th. Lg.“ and „Prof. Lessing“. Postcard, 4.0 x 5.75 inch, Marienbad (Czechoslovakia), 1933 May 18 (postmark). Addressed by Lessing to „Graf Adolf Dubsky, Schloss Ziadlowitz, Loschitz, Mähren“. In German, in full: „Werter Herr Graf, - Dank für die Nachricht. Das helle weisse Schloss lockt. Ich werde nicht verfehlen am Ende Juni es aufzusuchen. Den Brünner Vortrag über die Juden kann ich leider nicht senden, da ich ihn nicht aufgeschrieben habe. Interessant ist diese Zeit … ja, aber so wie ein Narrenhaus. Gute Fahrt und Dank“. Translated: „Dear Count, - Thanks for the news. The bright white castle lures. I will not miss to visit it at the end of June. Unfortunately, I can not send the Brünner lecture on the Jews, because I have not written it down. Interesting is this time ... yes, but like a madhouse. Good trip and thanks ". At that time, Lessing could not have foreseen that only a few weeks later he would fall prey to some fanatics of the "Narrenhaus (madhouse)". The prospective Lessing had fled to Czechoslovakia on March 1, and settled down in Mariánské Lázně, where he was by no means safe: he was shot by national socialist fanatics on August 30, 1933. A fine handwritten postcard with excellent content.

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Typed letter signed

German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School and regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modernist architecture. Typed letter signed “Walter Gropius”. 1p., 8.0 x 11.0 inch, Cambridge, MA, 1963 January 21. On his personal embossed Walter Gropius stationery. Large signature in dark black ink. Addressed to the chairman of the German “Werkbund” in Hamburg. In full: “Dear Sirs: Thank you for your note of January 15th asking me to send you a few lines on Hugo Häring’s Gut Garkau, which I enclose with best regards.” Mailing folds, punch holes, handling wear, else good condition. Gut Garkau, a farm built in 1924-1926 in Ostholstein, was the masterpiece of the architect Hugo Häring (1882-1952) and was regarded as a model for organic building.

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Clemenceau, Georges (1841-1929)

Autographed letter signed on his personal visiting card, written three month before outbreak of WW I.

French politician, physician and journalist who served as Prime Minister of France during the First World War. Autographed letter signed “G Clemenceau”. 2pp., written on recto and verso of his personal visiting card, 3.25 x 2.0 inch. Paris, 1914 March 7. A fine letter to Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox (1864-1945) in London. Thanking her for a book “Diary of Lord Bostoc”, she has sent him. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Clemenceau’s hand. Fine condition.

 

 

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Guevara, Ernesto "Che" (1928-1967)

Rare signed document

Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist and a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Captured during a 1967 campaign in Bolivia, he was executed on the following day and instantly attained status as a martyr and one of the most revered and influential political revolutionaries of the 20th century. Visually striking partly-printed document signed. In Spanish, signed with his usual small “che”. 1p, 15.75 x 12.0 inch, n.p., September 1962, Ministry of Industry Honorable Mention Certificate awarded to Arturo Benitez Navarro. Signed by Guevara as Minister of Industries. Uniform toning, small closed tear at the left edge, minor stains and probably slightly trimmed. Signature is strong and fine. Guevara was at the very top of Castro's government when this document was signed, serving as minister of industries and president of the Cuban National Bank. Despite his status, the activist in him disliked his official governmental duties, leading him to sign documents such as this solely as “Che”. A rare document!

Price: $ 2,275 / € 1.750

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Anne, Queen (1665-1714)

Rare document signed

Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland reigned from 1702-1714. Under the Acts of Union, two of her realms, the kingdoms of England and Scotland, united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. Document signed “Anne R”. 13.5 x 9.25 inch, Court at Windsor, 1709 August 2. Rare military commission on vellum signed by Queen Anne appointing John Lloyd, Ensign to be a Captain in the Regiment of Foot commanded by Archibald, Earl of Ilay. It is lacking the seal but retains the pale blue revenue stamp affixed in the left margin. Soiled and some stains, signature light, but legible. Archibald Campbell (1682-1761) 3rd Duke of Argyll, Earl of Ilay (from 1706) was a Scottish nobleman, politician and soldier and was one of the founders of the Royal Bank of Scotland. It is countersigned at the bottom by Henry Boyle (1669-1725) 1st Baron Carleton. Anglo-Irish Politician, Lord Treasurer of Ireland 1704-15 and Northern Secretary.

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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.

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Handwritten and signed envelope to his sister-in-law

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Handwritten envelope signed “Charles Dickens”. 4.75 x 2.75 inch, London, 1867 July 2 (postmark). C.D. embossed printed on verso, franked with the 1 penny red. Addressed in ink by Dickens to his sister-in-law Miss (Georgina) Hogarth in Rochester and signed on the bottom left. Handling wear, else fine condition. Hogarth was the maiden name of Dicken’s wife, and Gad’s Hill Place was his home. Georgina Hogarth took care of his home after Dicken’s separation from his wife in 1958, and even a long time before.

Price: $ 1,095 / € 885

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Monroe, James (1758-1831)

Rare signed variant of a land grant with vignette

5. President of the United States. Partly-printed vellum document signed as President “James Monroe”. Land deed granting 160 acres in Illinois to Jeremiah Wilson. 13.5 x 9.75 inch, Washington, 1818 November 20. Countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Josiah Meigs. Scattered minor foxing, docketing on verso, folds, paper seal intact. Fine document with the rare vignette.

Price: $ 760 / € 610

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Wayne, John (1907-1979)

Autographed letter signed – a short rhyme in Wayne’s hand

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, producer, academy award-winner and American icon. Autographed letter signed “John Wayne”. Wedding Card, 4.5 x 6.0 inch (folded), n.p., 1978. Wedding card of congratulations by Wayne on the occasion of a 50th wedding anniversary. In full: “Dear Virl + Emma – you are the envy of many and have the Good Will of All". Boldly written and signed by Wayne and in near mint condition. Together with a photo card of Wayne (printed signature). Highly uncommon Wayne autograph.

Price: $ 1,485 / € 1.190

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Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)

Autographed note 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. Autographed note signed “Ferrari”. 1p., 6.25 x 4.25 inch card, embossed black horse upper left corner, Modena, 1963 March 6. Written in his typical purple ink, in Italian, in full: "Grazie di tanto sollecito interessamento". Translated: “Thanks so much for your interest”. Mounting residue on verso, else fine condition.

Price: $ 845 / € 675

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Typed letter signed

32. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, New York, 1932 February 6, “State of New York” letterhead. Governor Roosevelt writes a letter to Morris Osofsky in New York. In full: “Thank you so much for your greetings on my birthday. It was good of you to think of me.” Excellent signed in dark ink. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Comes with my Franklin D. Roosevelt autograph study.

 

Price: $ 630 / € 490

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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848)

Fine autographed letter signed

6. President of the United States. Autographed Letter Signed as U.S. Representative “J.Q. Adams”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, with blank integral leaf. Washington, 1836 February 20. To Anthony Collamore, Esq., regarding the pension claim of a widow. In full: "The papers in the case of Mrs. Elizabeth Gundeway have been returned to me from the War Department with the enclosed Letter (not present) from the Commissioner of Pensions whence I regret to perceive that the claim is considered as inadmissible. I enclose also conformably to your desire three printed blanks being the regulations of the County Land Office”. Mailing folds, slightly toned, handling and corner wear, small mounting remnants on verso of integral leaf, else good condition and boldly written and signed. After losing his bid for a second term as President in 1828, Adams was elected to the House of Representatives in 1830, where he served for the rest of his life, fighting tirelessly for the abolition of slavery.

Price: $ 1,375 / € 1.100

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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

 

 

Price: $ 640 / € 510

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

Beautiful signed photograph

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed photograph “Elizabeth R”. Additionally signed by Prince Philip “Philip 1955”. 6.5 x 7.5 inch (visible), n.p. (London), n.d., signed by both in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray to an overall of 8.75 x 10.5 inch. Fine condition.

 

Price: $ 1,430 / € 1.150

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Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901)

Autographed letter signed “…bad habit of becoming big girls before you know it”

23. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed “Benj. Harrison”. 1p., 4.0 x 6.25 inch, 674 North Delaware Street letterhead, 1896 July 9. Letter to Ruth Sadler, in full: "I am very sorry that your kind letter has remained so long unanswered. I remember the incident of the flag but would not I fear know you if I should see you again - for little girls have such a bad habit of becoming big girls before you know it. I am sorry that neither my wife nor I have a photograph that we could send you. Instead please accept this with my kind regards and good wishes." In fine condition.

 

Price: $ 960 / € 770

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Appealing signed photograph

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Appealing color matte-finish photo of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip posing with their children and dogs outside. 7.25 x 9.25 inch, n.p., 1957. Signed in the lower border in black ink "Elizabeth R 1957". In very good to fine condition, slightly trimmed, some light toning from prior display, and some light spotty staining in the signature area.

 

Price: $ 1,280 / € 1.025

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Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)

Signature matted with photograph

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. Fine signature “Picasso”. 4.0 x 1.5 inch piece of paper, probably a page from a book, n.p., n.d., signed in pencil. Affixed on thin cardboard and handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Picasso to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,030 / € 860

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Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939)

Handwritten envelope

Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Hand-addressed mailing envelope with Freud’s return address printed on the flap. 6.25 x 4.75 inch, Vienna, 1931 July 8 (postmark). Addressed by Freud in dark black ink to “Herrn Dr. P. Federn, Rösslergasse 7 in Wien VI (Vienna).” Handling and corner wear, else good condition. The return address on the flap, Berggasse 19, Vienna, was Freud’s longtime residence and is now the site of the Sigmund Freud Museum.

 

Price: $ 1,225 / € 980

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Hayes, Rutherford B. (1822-1893)

Rare typed quotation signed

19. President of the United States. Typed quotation signed “Rutherford B. Hayes”. 1p., 5.5 x 5.75 inch, n.p., 1887 December 16. Signed by Hayes with his rare full signature in dark black ink. In full: “These words of Emerson, which I have just read, call to mind the burning questions of our day: ‘The deep sincerity of the speakers who are agitating social, not political questions, and who are studying how to secure a fair share of bread to every man, and to get God’s justice done through the land, is very good to hear.’” On verso is written “Please look inside” with light show through on recto, else fine condition. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet.

Price: $ 785 / € 615

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Signature matted with photograph

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Fine ink signature. 2.25 x 1.5 inch piece of paper, cut from a letter or document, n.p., n.d. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Napoleon to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 965 / € 775

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Chiang Kai-Shek (1887-1975)

Signed photograph in excellent condition

Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. Desirable matte-finish head-and-shoulders signed photo. 3.75 x 5.75 inch, n.p. (Taipei), n.d. (1973 September 20), signed in dark black ink in Chinese. Reverse bears a Hu Chnng Hsien photographer’s stamp. Accompanied by a letter dated 1973 Sept. 20 from the Director of his office acknowledging the photo. Photo in excellent condition, letter with handling wear.

 

Price: $ 895 / € 740

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Wayne, John (1907-1979)

Signed photograph

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, producer, academy award-winner and American icon. Signed photograph “Good Luck John Wayne – 1964”. 4.0 x 5.0 inch, black and white, signed and dated in ballpoint. Minor handling and corner wear, minor mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 1,140 / € 950

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Scarce autographed letter signed

35. President of the United States. Scarce and sought-after autographed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., recto and verso, 6.25 x 9.0 inch. Congress of the United States letterhead, no date but June 11, 1951. A COPY of the original postmarked envelope is included. Letter to Colonel Joseph T. Benedict. In full: "Many thanks for fixing things at the Convention. I thought that you had an unusually fine group there and that it was a great success. I hope things go well for your ... in the service. If there is every (crossed out) ever anything I can do - I hope you will let me know -." In fine condition. Accompanied by several copies of letters addressed between Benedict, Kennedy, and members of his White House staff, dated between 1961 and 1963. Scarce in handwritten letters. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 4,650 / € 3.875

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Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972)

Rare autographed letter signed as President

33. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed as President “Harry S. Truman”. 1p., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, 1949 February 19. In full: "To Michael…with best wishes for a complete and an early recovery. I know you'll do what the doctor tells you." In fine condition. Rare ALS as President.

 

 

 

Price: $ 690 / € 575

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Buchanan, James (1791-1868)

Fine autographed letter signed

15. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed “James Buchanan”. 2pp. (double-page), written on first page and second page inside, 6.25 x 8.0 inch, Wheatland 1861, June 20. To Pennsylvania politician and his ex-secretary Adam J. Glossbrenner. In part: "...If you cannot spare the time necessary to complete the arrangement of my papers on the excellent plan you proposed; I trust you will be able to pass a long enough time with me to enable me to understand it... I understand you have been in Philadelphia about the establishment of a Democratic paper... my personal regard for you would prevent me from advising you to embark on it... a hazardous venture...". Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine.  Adam John Glossbrenner (1810-1889) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania and served as private secretary to Buchanan in 1860 and 1861.

Price: $ 875 / € 730

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autographed letter signed regarding his drama “Hernani”

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). Autographed letter signed “Victor Hugo”. 1p., 5.25 x 7.75 inch, Brussels, 1867 September 20. To Auguste Vacquerie (1819–1895) writer and director of the play Hernani and a close friend to Hugo. In French, in full: "Mon cher confrère et mon excellent directeur, je vous demande deux stalles pour Hernani et je vous les demandes les meilleures possible. Traitez, je vous prie M. Morisseaux comme moi-même. Votre viel ami.” Mounted on a same size sheet of paper, mailing fold, else good condition. Hernani (Full title: Hernani, ou l'Honneur Castillan) is a drama by Victor Hugo and one of his most important works.

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.250

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Uncommon WW II. dated letter signed

32. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, “The White House Washington letterhead”, 1942, March 4. Letter to William H. Davis in Washington. Signed at the conclusion in black ink. In full: “In your capacity as a public member of the National War Labor Board, and in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order No. 9017 of January 12, 1942, I hereby prescribe that you shall receive compensation for you services at the rate of $10,000 per annum, effective March 1, 1942." The letter shows original mailing folds, with file holes at the top edge and minor toning at the edges, else very good. Uncommon WW II. dated.

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McKinley, William (1843-1901)

Rare signed engraving

25. President of the United States. Signed engraving “Yours very truly WmMcKinley jr.” 7.5 x 8.75 inch. N.p., n.d. Engraving of himself signed in dark black ink. Slightly discolored, else fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 730 / € 610

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Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901)

Rare signed engraving as President

23. President of the United States. Signed engraving as President “Benj Harrison June 17th 1892”. 7.75 x 9.75 inch. N.p., n.d. Engraving of himself signed and dated in dark black ink. Slightly discolored, else fine condition. Rare – especially as President.

 

 

Price: $ 875 / € 730

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Typed letter signed re: “increase in the salaries of members of Congress”

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, United States Senate letterhead, 1953 May 25. Signed by JFK in black ink. Letter to Mr. Harold Kenney in Brookline, Massachusetts. In full: “Thank you for your letter opposing an increase in the salaries of members of Congress. I certainly believe that Congressional salaries should not be increased while our national expenditures and individual tax burdens are so high. I do feel, however, that the problem of finances in respect to those seeking public office--including not only salaries but also office expenses and the cost of campaigning—are most difficult problems which must be studied and adequately faced by our citizens and elected representatives. I shall vote against the proposed increase if it should come to the floor of the Senate.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 2,875 / € 2.400

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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)

Signed photograph

26. President of the United States. Signed and inscribed photograph “For Mrs. Coffin Van Rensselaer with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt Mar. 27th 1918”. 6.25 x 8.25 inch (visible), matted in beige to an overall of 9.5 x 11.75 inch. Photo by Pach Bros. Minor stains, writing a little light, otherwise fine condition.

 

Price: $ 1,425 / € 1.185

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Imperial signed cabinet photo

Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. A very rare vintage imperial signed cabinet photo, 7.5 x 11.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (1895), gold bordered, depicting the Queen at her desk. Signed “Victoria R.I. 1895” in dark fountain pen ink in the upper left corner and dated 1895 in her hand. Slightly trimmed at the bottom, some stains, surface on two places at the bottom minor scraped off, else good condition. Rare, especially in this size.

 

 

Price:  $ 1,790 / € 1.490

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Hoffmann von Fallersleben, August Heinrich (1798-1874)

Content autographed letter signed “…able to occupy the place among German poets that I deserve…”

A German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany. Autographed letter signed “Dr. Hoffmann”. 4pp., two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 7.75 inch. Breslau, 1833 August 3. Letter sent to his publisher F. A. Brockhaus about the publication of his Collected Poems. In part (translated): “I now have renewed courage for my poetry and my life, and with your help I will soon be able to occupy the place among German poets that I deserve as befits my poetry. The present collection can be considered complete, even though it is rigorously selected from already printed and handwritten collections. I have deliberately excluded poems that seemed to me insignificant or deficient in form. Two thirds are therefore tantamount to being new. You will see from the ms. itself that this Complete Collection has become something entirely new.” Mailing fold, else fine condition. Letter of excellent content.

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Frederick II. – The Great (1712-1786)

Humorous letter signed

King of Prussia from 1740 until his death. His political prowess and enlightened attitudes toward religion, learning, and the humanities earned him the sobriquet “Frederick the Great”. Letter signed “Federic”. 1p. (double-page), 7.25 x 8.25 inch. Berlin 1764 January 17. To the Count of Köstritz. In French. Frederick expressed his thanks to the enlightenment about Bredow and Bär, who would like to become chamberlain. He would like to put them into service, or they can recommend themselves for higher tasks so that they do not laze around and lose themselves in frivolities. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Frederick II. to an overall of 11.75 x 10.5 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Handling wear, lower left quarter of the first page is missing, else good condition and a beautiful display piece. Henry IX. Reuss, Count of Köstritz (1711-1780) earned a degree in Law and Political Sciences. Through his family connections he met with the future King Frederick II. of Prussia. From 1762 to 1769, he was Royal Prussian Postmaster General and Chief of the postal system. He later rose to become directing minister, top civil servant and close personal advisor to Frederick the Great.

Price: $ 1,020 / € 850

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Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)

Autographed letter signed

Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Autographed letter signed “G. Rossini”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.0 inch. Bologna, 1838 December 26. To Emilio Belgioioso recommending a fine young composer and singing master Maestro Ostotti. In Italian, in full: “Carissimo Emilio Il giovine Maestro Ostotti ti consegnerà la presente. Egli è buono compositore, accompagnatore e precettor di canto. Tu devi fare la sua fortuna come hai fatta quella di tanti attori, da bravo proteggi il mio raccomandato, proponilo a tutte le sedi, fallo comporre qualcosa per te, canta la sua musica giova q questo interessante artista e sia certo obligherai oltremondo l’antico e costante tuo amico.” Translated: “Dearest Emilio Young maestro Ostotti is the bearer of this letter. He is a good composer, accompanist, and singing teacher. You have to make his fortune as you have made the fortune of so many actors, be good and protect my protégé, propose him everywhere, have him compose something for you, sing his music be helpful to this interesting artist and be sure you will oblige immensely the old and constant friend of yours.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,910 / € 1.590

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Excellent signed cabinet photo

Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. An excellent vintage signed cabinet photo, 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (1887), gold bordered, depicting the Queen in semi profile, seated in a full length pose. Signed “Victoria R.I. 1887” in dark fountain pen ink in the upper left corner and dated 1887 in her hand. Bottom slightly and professional trimmed, else fine condition.

 

Price:  $ 2,150 / € 1.790

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Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)

Autographed letter signed “… I have no stories in hand…”

English journalist, short-story writer, poet and novelist. Most famous for “The Jungle Book“. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1907), making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize. Autographed letter signed “Rudyard Kipling”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 1895 December 2, blindstamped letterhead of Naulakha, Brattleboro, Vermont, crossed through and replaced with “Waite Windham Co.” in Kipling’s hand. To “Gentleman” of “The Combined Press”. Apparently in response to a solicitation for literary submissions. In full: “In reply to your favour of the 30th I can only say that I should be most happy to do work in any directorate which included Mr J.K. Bangs but as matters stand at present I have no stories in hand and I never pledge myself in advance - least of all for “best work” as my endeavour is to keep as first-class a line of goods as I can.” Left edge rough, minor toning and wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 750 / € 625

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Morse, Samuel F. B. (1791-1872)

Fine autographed letter signed with Civil War content

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and was a co-developer of the Morse code. Fine autographed letter signed “Saml. F.B. Morse”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch. New York, 1861 December 28. Letter to his friend Abraham Flandrau. In full: "Your note has just been received forwarded from Po'keepsie and I cheerfully comply with your request, expressing the hope that our beloved country entire will ere long be again bound together in bonds of fraternal union. Hoping you may recover your former health." With old mounting remnants in each corner, else fine condition. A desirable letter with fabulous content penned early on in the Civil War.

Price: $ 1,690 / € 1.420

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Disney, Walt (1901-1966)

Excellent album page signed and matted with photograph

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. Excellent album page signed “To IRENE Walt Disney”. 5.25 x 5.25 inch (visible), n.p. (Berlin), n.d. (1958), boldly inscribed and signed in green ballpoint. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Disney to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition. Autograph was obtained by Irene Schade, Berlin at the Berlin Film Festival 1958 - June 27 to July 28. A perfect example of a Disney autograph.

Price: $ 2,250 / € 1.850

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Frederick II. – The Great (1712-1786)

Four-line autographed note signed

King of Prussia from 1740 until his death. His political prowess and enlightened attitudes toward religion, learning, and the humanities earned him the sobriquet “Frederick the Great”. Autographed note signed “Federic”. 1p. (double-page), 7.25 x 9.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Letter of Henry IX. Reuss, Count of Köstritz addressed to the King. A letter written by the Count of Köstritz regarding the purchase of two pictures, where the dealers had pushed the prices higher and higher and Count Reuss had offered not only 6000. (écûs), but also „Cent Louis“ for each related frame. At the end of the letter the King added a fine four-line autographed note signed in French, in full: “je n’ai pas bessoin des Cadres j’en ai de reste, je ne pourai finir cette affaire qu’a mon retour de Silesie / Federic”. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition. Letters in French usually signed as “Federic” and not “Frederic”, referring to some biographies the King had the opinion that “Federic” sounds better. Handwritten notes of Frederick II. are rare and highly desirable. Henry IX. Reuss, Count of Köstritz (1711-1780) earned a degree in Law and Political Sciences. Through his family connections he met with the future King Frederick II. of Prussia. From 1762 to 1769, he was Royal Prussian Postmaster General and Chief of the postal system. He later rose to become directing minister, top civil servant and close personal advisor to Frederick the Great.

Price: $ 1,620 / € 1.350

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