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Beecher Stowe, Harriet (1811-1896)

Fine autograph letter signed

American abolitionist and author. She came from a famous religious family and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Autograph letter signed “H.B. Stowe”, 1p., 6.25 x 8.0 inch, Hartford (Conn.), 1864 October 10. Addressed to a Mr. Vinnard. The letter in full: “I never can think of any thing to write for an autograph - but if the expression of my most hearty interest in the cause of our brave soldiers & sailors, can be of any use, accept it herewith and believe me Ever yours truly”. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Comes with a fine vintage photograph of Beecher Stowe.

 

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Typed letter signed

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. Typed letter signed “Yours sincerely, Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 8.0 x 10.0 inch, 1923 September 22, on Paddington 1003. 2, Sussex Square, W.2. stationery. Addressed in Churchill’s hand to “My dear General Miles”. In full: “I am really very much obliged to you for your most interesting letter which I have read with the greatest attention. I think the work done by the Committee of which you are a member has been of the greatest value, and I am sure it has gained enormously from your experience and exceptional knowledge of the pre-war Army.” Mailing folds, minor mounting residue at three places on the back with light show through, writing a little light, else good condition.

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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed “introducing his scenographer”

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

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Maximilian I., Joseph, King (1756-1825)

Rare and fine content autograph letter signed

Duke of Zweibrücken from 1795 to 1799, prince-elector of Bavaria (as Maximilian IV. Joseph) from 1799 to 1806, then King of Bavaria (as Maximilian I. Joseph) from 1806 to 1825. Rare autograph letter signed “Max-Joseph”. 1p., bifolium, 6.5 x 8.25 inch, Baden, 1815 July 6. Only about four weeks after the end of the vienna congress on June 9th, 1815. An untranslated letter in French, to an unknown recipient “J’ai recu votre letter en date de …”. The Kings mentions in this letter Lord Wellington (Arthur Wellesley, 1769-1852, 1. Duke of Wellington) and Napoleon. On June 18, 1815 (only about 3 weeks before this letter), Wellington defeated Napoleon decisively at the Battle of Waterloo. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Surely one of the finest Maximilian I. autographs you can hope to find.

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Anne, Queen (1665-1714)

Document signed

Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland between 8 March 1702 and 1 May 1707. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, the kingdoms of England and Scotland united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1714. Manuscript Warrant Signed “Anne R”. 2 pages, recto and verso, bifolium, 9.0 x 14.0 inch, Windsor Castle, 1711 August 20. With a fine signature placed centrally at the head of the document. Countersigned by Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford and addressed to the paymaster, Spencer Compton, ordering payments to be made to Sir John Chardin “for the Use of the Vaudois Ministers” and for other uses, to Michaelmas 1709, and authorising payments to be made to Richard Hill for services after that date. The document includes authorisation of a payment of GBP 30 to be Remitted as Our Bounty to a Schole at Offenbach. One lower corner turn away and expertly repaired, integral blank leaf with old repairs, but overall of good appearance with a fine signature of Queen Anne. Robert Harley (1661-1724), Earl of Oxford, became chancellor of the Exchequer, and head of the government. Sir Jean Chardin (1643-1713) was a French jeweller and traveller whose ten-volume book “The Travels of Sir John Chardin” is regarded as one of the finest works of early Western scholarship on Persia and the Near East in general.

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Teresa, Mother (1910-1997)

Photograph signed

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, commonly known as Mother Teresa. A Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary. Recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and in 2003 she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta". Magazine photograph signed “God bless you M Teresa mc”. 4.0 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (1980), signed in black ink. Dated on verso in pencil 14.7.80, probably the date the signature was received. Fine condition.

 

 

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La Fontaine, Henri (1854-1943)

Autograph postcard signed with a fine peace statement

Belgian international lawyer and president of the International Peace Bureau. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1913 as “… the effective leader of the peace movement in Europe". Autograph postcard signed “HLaFontaine”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Brussels, 1914 March 13. Addressed to a Dr. Scharlau in Rostock (Germany). With an excellent statement in La Fontaine’s hand. In German, in full: “Mit Waffen macht man keinen Frieden. Mögen Ihre Mitbürger das endlich verstehen!“ Translated: “You don't make peace with weapons. May your fellow citizens finally understand that!" Handling wear, else fine condition.

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Verne, Jules (1828-1905)

Fine autograph letter signed “… your old unknown friend”

French novelist, poet, and playwright. Bestselling adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1872). Fine autograph letter signed “Jules Verne”. 1p., bifolium, 4.25 x 5.25 inch, Amiens, (18)91 April 20. To an unidentified correspondent. A kindly letter, evidently written in response to a request from a young lady to the famous and hugely popular author. In French, translated: “I think you must have a very good nurse in the person of Miss Mitzi Duschuh (?). She has asked me to write you a few words. I am doing so, telling you that you must get better, and as soon as possible, if you do not wish to be uncivil to this young lady who is all heart. Kindly present her with my compliments and assure her that I wish I could write in her language as well as she does in mine and believe me, your old unknown friend.” Slightly discolored, else good condition. Towards the end of his life, Verne served for many years as town councillor of Amiens. This does not appear to have hampered his literary output, which consisted of well over fifty novels and novellas.

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Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934) & Ludendorff, Erich (1865-1937)

One of a kind signed photograph

Paul von Hindenburg - Prussian/ German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Erich Ludendorff - German general, politician and military theorist. Oversize original press photograph signed “von Hindenburg” and “Ludendorff”. 13.5 x 10.75 inch, black and white, n.p., n.d. Signed by both in dark black ink. Photo shows von Hindenburg and Ludendorff on the occasion of Hindenburg's address to the Reichswehr - Academy of Arts, Berlin August 8, 1922. Minor mounting residue on verso, minor handling wear, else good condition. Uncommon photo signed by both and especially in this size.

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Montessori, Maria (1870-1952)

Rare document signed

Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name. Document signed “Maria Montessori”. 1p., 12.25 x 17.5 inch, Roma, 1931 July 15, signed in dark black ink. Partly printed document “XVI Corso Internazionale Montessori Roma”. Certificate for participation in the XVI Montessori course for Maria Luisa Streiff and that she is allowed to work according to the Montessori method for children till ten years. Stained and discolored, handling wear, text and signature still fine. Montessori is rare in any form.

 

 

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Rizzi, James (1950-2011)

Drawing signed (his famous Rizzi-Bird)

American pop artist. Drawing signed “James Rizzi 2002”. 6.0 x 4.0 inch, n.p., 2002. Drawn and signed in black felt tip pen. Excellent condition. In 1996 Rizzi designs the exterior shell of a Boeing 757 for Lufthansa's charter airline Condor Airlines - the "Rizzi Bird".

 

 

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Masaryk, Tomáš G. (1850-1937)

Signed Harris & Ewing photograph

Austrian-Czech politician, sociologist and philosopher, who as an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence during World War I. became the founder and first President of Czechoslovakia. Signed photograph “T. G. Masaryk 2/I ‘21”. 9.25 x 11.75 inch, n.p. Black and white portrait photo blind embossed “Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C.” Signed in black ink below his image. Slightly trimmed, mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

 

 

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Signed photograph additional signed by Hess/ Schirach/ Brückner

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 photograph “Adolf Hitler”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo by Photo-Hoffmann, Munich - printed “Der Reichskanzler auf einer Fahrt durch Deutschland” (The Chancellor on a trip through Germany). Signed on verso in pencil by Rudolf Hess (1894-1987) “RHess” and in crayon by Adolf Hitler “Adolf Hitler”, in pencil by Balduch von Schirach (1907-1974) “Baldur von Schirach” and in pencil by Wilhelm Brückner (1884-1954) “Brückner”. In a different hand in crayon “Wilhelm” before Brückner’s signature. Comes with a vintage UNSIGNED photo of Hitler shaking hands with Paul von Hindenburg at Potsdam 1933 March 21 - the famous Potsdam day. Handling and corner wear, some creases and bends, else good condition. Rare and probably one of a kind signature combination. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Albert, Eugen d’ (1864-1932)

Autograph musical quotation signed from his masterpiece “Tiefland”

Scottish-born pianist and composer. Autograph musical quotation signed “Eugen d’Albert”. 1p., bifolium, 5.75 x 8.75 inch, Kärnten (Austria), (1)914 June, no day. Fine musical quotation marked “Tiefland” and inscribed to an unknown person. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. In the summer of 1914, d'Albert and his fifth wife, Friedrike, traveled to Villach in Kärnten to go on vacation. Tiefland (The Lowlands) is an opera in a prologue and two acts by Eugen d'Albert, to a libretto in German by Rudolf Lothar. Tiefland was d' Albert's seventh opera, and is the one which is now the best known.

 

 

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Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)

Signed photograph

American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Vintage signed photograph “votre Josephine”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. The image depicting Baker in a full-length pose in costume. Verso printed “ANNABACOA” and “Par autorisation spéciale de Jospehine Baker. Les MILANDES (Dordogne).” Signed in blue ballpoint pen. Fine condition. Rare postcard, especially signed by Baker.

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Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874)

Letter signed AS PRESIDENT

13. President of the United States. Letter signed as President “Millard Fillmore”. 1p., bifolium, 7.75 x 9.75 inch, Washington, 1851 January 27. To General Charles Gratiot. In full: "Your letter of the 20th inst., in relation to the loss of a voucher, and expressing a hope that its non production may not operate to your injury, was received on the 25th. The loss cannot prejudice you, if you are able to prove its contents by copy or otherwise." Mailing folds, else good condition. Charles Gratiot (1786-1855), who had been William Henry Harrison's Chief Engineers in the War of 1812, had distinguished himself by planning and building Fort Meigs in 1813. In 1828, he was named Chief of Engineers, a position held for ten years. During that time, he engaged in a lengthy dispute with War Department officials over benefits before being dismissed for embezzlement by President Martin Van Buren. Gratiot's complaints against the federal government evolved into lengthy litigation, which was appealed twice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Jahn, Friedrich Ludwig (1778-1852) „Der Turnvater“

Autograph note signed

German gymnastics educator and nationalist. His admirers know him as “Turnvater” Jahn, roughly meaning "father of gymnastics" Jahn. Autograph note signed in the third person “Jahn”. 1p., 6.75 x 6.25 inch, n.p., n.d.  A fine note written in dark black ink. In German, in full: “Jahn wünscht zu erfahren, aber bald: Wie der Staatsmusicus von Pirna geheißen, dessen Sohn 1813, beim 3 Bataillon Lützow, Staatshornist gewesen, und wo der lebt, oder wo er gestorben?“. Also enclosed is a Jahn biography written in unknown hand and some old newspaper clippings. Uneven trimmed, label with number bottom left, else fine condition. Rare autograph!

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John Paul II., Pope (1920-2005)

Typed letter signed

Born Karol Józef Wojtyła. Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is widely known to Catholics as Saint John Paul the Great. Typed letter signed “+ Karol card. Wojtyla”. 1p., 8.0 x 11.5 inch. Krakow, 1977 January 30. On “Metropolita Krakowski” letterhead. Addressed to an unknown Bishop. In Polish, in full: “Ekscelencjo, Najczcigodniejszy Ksieze Biskupie, Serdecznie zapraszam na doroczna uroczystosc sw. Stanislawa B. i M. Patrona Polski. Tradycyjna procesja z Wawelu na Skalke wypada w tym roku w niedziele 8 maja. Szczegolowy program zostanie jeszcze dostarczony w pozniejszym terminie.” Translated: “Your Excellency, Most Reverend Bishop, I cordially invite you to the annual celebration of St. Stanislaw Patron of Poland. The traditional procession from … falls this year on Sunday, May 8. A detailed program will be delivered at a later date.” Handwritten note “negative” in a different hand at the upper right edge, mailing folds, else fine condition.

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John XXIII., Pope (1881-1963)

Unique signed photograph

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Vintage glossy black and white signed photograph “Joannes p.p. XXIII Epiphania domini (Three King’s day) 6.-1.1959”. 6.75 x 8.75  inch, n.p. (Rome), 1959 January 6. Signed in dark black ink. Photograph shows the Pope together with Emilio Tagle Covarrubias (1907-1991). Covarrubias has signed in blue ink “Emilio Tagle C.”. Covarrubias was Bishop of Valparaiso, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago later to be his Apostolic Administrator. Pope John XXIII. appointed him as Archbishop of Santiago in April 1961. Verso with some stamps “Secretaria de estado” and a second one with “Sant. de Chile”. A third stamp is illegible. A photographer stamp “ROMA” is also illegible. Handling wear and some bends tape-repaired on verso, else good condition. Unique with the “Epiphania domini” signature.

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Taft, William H. (1857-1930)

Fine content autograph letter signed

27. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed "Wm. H. Taft”. 2pp., recto and verso, 6.0 x 9.25 inch, Cincinnati, 1899 June 1. On United States Circuit Court of Appeal letterhead. A letter to E.D. Worcester, a fellow Yale alumnus. In part: "I have your favor of the 30th ult. I am very complimented to 'hang' in such distinguished company. I wish I could consider it prophetic but I see nothing before me but a circuit judgeship. I am content however for the duties delight me. I enclose the card with my signature (not present) as you request. Hadley’s election was a great day for Yale. It means that we shall take our proper place at the head of the educational procession…". Fine condition with bold ink resulting in some showthrough. From Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

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Paul VI., Pope (1897-1978)

Typed letter signed

Paul VI. (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1963 until his death. Succeeding Pope John XXIII., he continued the Second Vatican Council and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Typed letter signed “Dev.mo GBMontini”. Card, 5.5 x 4.25 inch, Vaticano, 1950 June 23. On his “Mons. Giovanni Battista Montini” card and addressed to Eccellenza Mons. Thomas Walsh in Newark. In Italian, in full: “devotamente ossequia Sua Eccellenza Rev.ma Monsignor Thomas Walsh, Arcivescovo di Newark, e si permette presentare e raccomandar alla Sua cortesia il Rev.mo Mons. Carlo Carbone, Vice Assistente Ecclesiastico Centrale dell’U=nione Uomini di Azione Cattolica Italiana, il quale si reca in Americaper ragione di sacro ministero.” Translated: "… devoutly pays homage to His Excellency Monsignor Thomas Walsh, Archbishop of Newark, and takes the liberty of introducing and recommending to your courtesy Mons. Carlo Carbone, Deputy Central Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Union …”. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Fine condition.

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Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977)

Vintage signed photograph

Charles (Charlie) Chaplin - English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. Vintage signed black and white photograph “Charles Chaplin”. 3.25 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Minor silvering top left edge, else good condition. Also included is a signed and inscribed photograph (4.0 x 5.75 inch) of Chaplin’s daughter Geraldine Chaplin (1944).

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Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)

Letter signed

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. His prowess at the keyboard earned him a reputation as perhaps the greatest virtuoso in the history of the instrument. Letter signed “F. Liszt”. 1p., bifolium, 5.5 x 8.75 inch, Weimar, 1885 July 26. Fine letter signed to an unknown lady. Liszt informs the lady that he always makes music on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. and that she is welcome to participate. In German, in full: “Geehrtes Fräulein! Montags, Mittwochs und Freitags jede Woche Nachmittags 4-6 Uhr wird bei bey mir viel Musik gemacht, der Sie nach Gefallen und Auswahl beiwohnen mögen. Hochachtungsvoll und Ergeben.“ Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition.

 

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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, n.p. (Vienna), 1929 March 10 (postmark). Addressed by Freud in dark black ink to “Herrn Dr. P. Federn, Riemergasse 1 in Wien I (Vienna).” Handling wear, else good condition. The return address on the flap, Berggasse 19, Vienna, was Freud’s longtime residence is now the site of the Sigmund Freud Museum. Dr.P. Federn was a student of Freud.

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Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934)

Autograph letter signed

Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Autograph letter signed “v. Hindenburg”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Karlsruhe, 1901 March 7. In German: „Sehr verehrter Herr Oberst! In der schweren Stunde, die Ihnen augenblicklich beschieden ist, möchte ich Ihnen als alter Kamerad treulich zur Seite stehen … Ich hoffe fest, daß Sie Ihr altpreußisches Pflichtgefühl auch in diesem Augenblick nicht verlassen wird, und daß Sie daher nicht verbittert sind…“. Mailing fold broken and repaired with japan paper, brown stain from an old improper repair, else good condition. Due to the condition price accordingly.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Hand addressed envelope

35. President of the United States. Hand addressed envelope. Addressed in Kennedy’s hand to “Colonel Joseph T. Benedict / 55 Perry Avenue / Worchester 41 / Massachusetts”. Congress of the Unites States House of Representatives envelope, postmarked Boston 1951 June 11. With a PRINTED free frank signature of JFK in the upper right corner and a 3 Cents Thomas Jefferson postage stamp. Fine condition. A COPY of the original letter mailed in this envelope is included. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

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John XXIII., Pope (1881-1963)

Fine content typed letter signed

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Fine typed letter signed “+A. G. Roncalli”. Card, 5.5 x 4.0 inch, on his personal “Mgr. Ange-Joseph Roncalli” card, Parigi (Paris), (1)946 June 3, place and date additionally in Roncalli’s hand. To Signor Fermo. In Italian, in full: “Carissimo Signor Fermo. Mi è ben gradita la occassione del ritorno a Redona del rev.mo P. Germini Provinziale per l'Italia dei PP. Montfortiani per mandarle un saluto che le confermi la perennità del mio ricordo e della mia affezione. Immagino di vederla abbastanza tranquilla coi suoi figliuolo omai tutti ritornati all'ostello paterno. E' naturale che tutti i giorni abbiano la loro spina. Ma questa è la vita: ed il buono ed il bello die questa vita è di non dimenticare l'ultima pagina dei Promessi Sposi dove c'è la vera filosofia per tutti. In questi giorni ebbi notizie da don Galioni e di Sofia. Penso sempre a quella chiesa di S. Giuseppe ed alle decorazioni che omai non restano più che in fotografia. Quale tragedia in quel povero paese, del resto ne brutto ne antipatico' E altrove? Basta. Come sarei lieto di vederla e di accoglierla qui a Parigi! E' veramente l'emporio più ricco del mondo sotto ogni punto di vista. Io non posso godermelo che sogguardano di tratto in tratto dall'auto, I miei impegni mi temgono occupato in altro. Questo altro però contiene, a mia soddisfazione, le ragioni più pure del buono e del bello. Venga. Ci daremo sollievo e incorragiamento insieme. Saluto e benedico di cuore lei ed i suoi. Un pensiero speciale per il suo reduce dall'India.” Translated: “Dear Mr. Fermo. I am well pleased with the occasion of the return to Redona of the rev.mo Fr. Germini Provinziale for Italy of Montfortiani to send her a greeting that confirms the permanence of my memory and my affection. I guess I see her quite calm with her son now all returned to the paternal hostel. It is natural that every day has its thorn. But this is life: and the good and the beauty of this life is not to forget the last page of the Promessi Sposi where there is the true philosophy for everyone. In these days I received news from Don Galioni in Sofia. I always think of that church of S. Giuseppe and of the decorations that no longer exist except in photographs. What tragedy in that poor country, neither ugly nor unpleasant 'And elsewhere? That's enough. How happy I would be to see you and welcome you here in Paris! It is truly the richest place in the world from every point of view. I can enjoy that glance from time to time from the car. This however contains, to my satisfaction, the purest reasons for the good and the beautiful. Come. We will give each other relief and encouragement together. I warmly greet and bless you and yours.” Handling wear, pencil impressions from a former note along the top, else fine.

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Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine (1652-1722)

Final page of an autograph letter signed to her half-sister

Princess Palatine Elisabeth Charlotte was a German princess and, as Madame, the wife of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, younger brother of Louis XIV. of France. Final page of an autograph letter signed "Elisabeth Charlotte". 1p. (double-page), 7.0 x 9.25 inch. (Versailles, 1719 March 19). The final page of one of the famous letters to her half-sister Louise von Degenfeld (1661-1733) in Hannover. In German, in full: "so seindt die beichtsvätter Eben so partiallisch undt voller politic alß andere, undt Man kan von hir Nun sagen, wie zur zeitten der Sündtfluth alles fleisch hatt seinen weg verkehrt, die beichts vatter denken Nur ahn politic, undt, waß die menschen nicht Vor sündt halten sagt Man den beichtsvattern nicht von dießem allem wollen wir biß Donnerstag ferner sprechen Nun kompt Mons Teray undt will mich zu bett, Muß also vor dieß mahl wider willen schließen und nichts mehr sagen alß daß Ich Euch Liebe Louise Von Hertzen lieb behalte". The full letter is printed in the issue of the "letters", edited by W. L. Holland, Nr. 1002. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition.

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Pius XII., Pope (1876-1958)

Document signed

Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, who reigned from 1939 until his death. Large and impressive document signed “E. Card. Pacelli”. 1p., 18.0 x 12.25 inch, Rome (Dal Vaticano), 1931 October 26. Appointment of the cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice“ ("For Church and Pope") for Giovanni Wolpert. On February 7, 1930, Pope Pius XI. appointed Pacelli as Cardinal Secretary of State, responsible for foreign policy and state relations throughout the world. He signed this document as “Il Cardinal Segretario di Stato”. Handling wear, some tears expertly repaired on verso, else good condition.

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Eiffel, Gustave (1832-1923)

Autograph letter signed

A French civil engineer and architect. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France. Autograph letter signed “G. Eiffel”. 1p., 8.25 x 4.75 inch, n.p., 29 April (1911?). To meteorologist Charles Goutereau. In French, in full: “…le rapport de Comité Aéronautique qui est très intéressant. Donnez les renseignements à Rion pour se le procurer, ou bien faites le vous meme. Je voudrais bien avoir aussi la Traduction littérale des notes de Laucherder (?) P. 33 à 36 avec la fig(ure) l qui confirme bien nos donnèes, et de lord Rayleigh sur la Similitude…”. Translated: “…the report of the Aeronautical Committee which is very interesting. Give the information to Rion to get it, or do it yourself. I would like to have also the literal translation of the notes of Laucherder (?) P. 33 to 36 with the fig (ure) l which confirms our data well, and of Lord Rayleigh on the Similarity… ”. Fine condition. As soon as the Tower that bears his name was completed in March 1889, Eiffel wanted to prove to his detractors that it could have scientific utility. There he sets up a meteorological observatory and uses the platform on the 2nd floor where he sets up an ingenious fall device to study and lay the foundations of the fundamental laws of air resistance. The wind tunnel that he installed in Auteuil in 1912, replacing the first wind tunnel that he had already built in 1909 on the Champ de Mars at the foot of the Tower, will set the rules of aerodynamics and render immense services, through its tests, in many fields: Aeronautics, Automotive, Building, Boats, Thermal power stations, Bridges, Radars etc.

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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (1844-1908)

Letter signed regarding his opera Snégourotchka

Russian composer, he was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions are Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture and the symphonic suite Scheherazade. Excellent letter signed “Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakow”. 2 pages, bifolium, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, St. Petersburg, 1907 October 22 (9 of the Julian calendar). To theatre and opera director Albert Carré (1852-1938). Letter written eight months before his death. He regrets that his opera Snégourotchka (The Snow Maiden) has been refused by the Opéra-Comique (momentarily since it will be performed a few months later). In Frech, in full: “Votre décision de ne pas monter ma Snégourotchka, à cause des prétentions cupides et sans tacte de Mr. Bessel, m’est, certainement, très pénible. Sans doute les opéras russes, pour être représentés doivent être choisis par leur éditeurs et non pas leur auteurs; les autres deux gros éditeurs russes - M.M. Jurgenson et Beliaïeff n’auraient pas agi comme Bessel. Je transmettrai à Mr. Bessel le contenu de votre dernière lettre. Il pourra, s’il veut, entrer en relation avec Mr. Lalo; peut-être vous fera-t-il de nouvelles propositions, mais plus raisonnables. En tous cas je m’abstiens de toute intervention dans cette affaire. J’espère, Cher Monsieur Carrè, que vous avez vu que j’ai fait tout mon possible pour vous aider - que faire, puisque mes efforts se sont brisés contre les actes de Mr Bessel. Pour réagir contre cela je n’ai aucun droit juridique. Je vous remercie infiniment d’avoir eu l’idée de faire représenter ma Snégourotchka sur la scène de l’Opéra Comique. Recevez, Cher Monsieur, mes salutations les plus sincères, Votre tout dévoué Sagorodny.28.” Translated: “Your decision not to stage my Snegourotchka, because of Mr. Bessel's greedy and tactless pretensions, is certainly very painful to me. No doubt Russian operas, in order to be represented, must be chosen by their publishers and not their authors; the other two big Russian publishers - M.M. Jurgenson and Beliaïeff would not have acted like Bessel. I will pass on the contents of your last letter to Mr. Bessel. He can, if he wishes, enter into a relationship with Mr. Lalo (Pierre Lalo, music critic and translator, 1866-1943); perhaps he will make you new, but more reasonable, proposals. In any case, I refrain from any intervention in this matter. I hope, Dear Mr. Carrè, that you have seen that I have done all I can to help you - what to do, since my efforts failed against the actions of Mr. Bessel. To react against this I have no legal right. Thank you very much for having had the idea of having my Snegourotchka performed on the stage of the Opéra Comique. Receive, Dear Sir, my most sincere greetings”. The Snow Maiden (Snégourotchka) is an opera in four acts with a prologue by Rimsky-Korsakov, composed during 1880-1881. The Russian libretto, by the composer, is based on the like-named play by Alexander Ostrovsky (which had premiered in 1873 with incidental music by Tchaikovsky). The first performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera took place at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg on 29 January 1882. It remained the composer's own favorite work. Mailing fold, else excellent condition.

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Lessing, Theodor (1872-1933)

Rare autograph quotation signed

German Jewish philosopher, assassinated by Sudeten German Nazi sympathizers. Fine autograph quotation signed “Theodor Lessing”. 1p., album page, 4.5 x 6.75 inch, Brünn, 1926 October 21. In Lessing’s hand: “So gut ich kann, so lange ich kann…”. Translated: “As best I can, as long as I can…”. Inscribed to the politician and lawyer “Herrn Dr. Eckstein” (Ernst Eckstein 1897-1933). Handwritten note upper left corner, else fine condition. Verso with a second quotation from an unknown person (1922).

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Hoepner, Erich (1886-1944)

Rare document signed (Partisan Operation Valkyrie)

German general during World War II. An early proponent of mechanisation and armoured warfare, he was a Wehrmacht army corps commander at the beginning of the war, leading his troops during the invasion of Poland and the Battle of France. He was implicated in the failed 20 July plot against Adolf Hitler (Operation Valkyrie) and executed in 1944. Document signed “Hoepner”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin, 1939 October 31, signed in copier-pen. Appointment for Heinz Feuerstake. Horizontal fold, punch holes, handling wear. else good condition. Rare autograph! Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Autograph note signed to his personal adviser

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Autograph note signed “WC.” Penned by Churchill in bold red ink on an off-white 3.75 x 1.25 inch slip, dated October 10 (1919). In full: "Sir James Stevenson, Please advise." Signature is removable affixed with photo corners and handsomely matted in gray with a paper photograph of Churchill to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. In fine condition. James Stevenson (1873-1926), known as Sir James Stevenson, was a British businessman and civil servant who worked as a personal adviser to Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for the Colonies.

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Renoir, Pierre-Auguste (1841-1919)

Autograph letter signed

French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. Autograph letter signed “Renoir”. 1 page, 4.5 x 6.75 inch, Les Collettes letterhead, 1912 June 29 (Samedi/Saturday). Letter in French to a friend. In full: “Mon cher Ami, Ma femme va a Nice me retenir un fauteuil lit et je reviendrai directement avec Gabrielle, vers jeudi vendredi ou samedi. Il faut retenir les places d’avance dites le a Pierre etc. Je t’ecriai  le jour ou je serai sur du jour de mon depart. Tout va bien. Amities de tous.” Translated: "My wife is going to Nice to reserve me a bed-chair and I will return right away with Gabrielle, around Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Seats have to be reserved ahead of time, tell Pierre etc. I will write to you the day I will be sure of the day of my departure. All goes well.” With light toning from prior display, else fine condition. The "Gabrielle" he mentions is Gabrielle Renard, a cousin of Renoir's wife and one of his models.

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

Excellent autograph letter signed

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. Autograph letter signed "Saml. F.B. Morse". 1p., 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Po'keepsie, 1853 March 18. A fine handwritten letter to Reverend William B. Sprague in Albany. The letter, in full: "Your kind favor in answer to my inquiries is just received, as I am passing throught the village on my way to New York.  I enclose Five dollars to purchase for me a copy of the Two volumes of the Transactions of the Albany Institute.  If they could be sent immediately to New York to the care of my brothers N.Y. Observer Office I shall receive them there in good time to use them to advantage.  Thanking you kindly for your attention, and hoping to see you at my house ere long." Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Limited edition book signed “Confessions of Felix Krull”

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Book signed “Thomas Mann”. Book „Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. Der Memoiren erster Teil“ (Confessions of Felix Krull). Fischer, Berlin 1954. 441 pages. A rare limited edition to Mann’s 80th birthday on June 6, 1955. Original calf leather in fine original slipcase. Special edition No. 299 of 500, hand-signed by Thomas Mann in blue ink. The signed page is included at the end of the book. The spine label with a small loss and with minor handling wear, otherwise in fine condition. “Confessions of Felix Krull” (German: “Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull”) is an unfinished 1954 novel by Mann.

Price: $ 1,975 / € 1.550

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Edward VII., King (1841-1910)

Signed photograph as King

King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death. Vintage signed sepia photograph “Edward R”. 8.0 x 10.25 inch, Cowes 1904. The image depicting the King standing in a three quarter length pose wearing his naval uniform and cap. Signed in bold, dark fountain pen ink to the lower photographer's mount and dated “Cowes – 1904” in his hand. Neatly trimmed to the edges of the photographer's mount and with some light discoloration, the image lightly faded, else good condition. Uncommon signed photo, especially as King.

 

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Fine typed letter signed

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Fine typed letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 7.5 x 9.5 inch, 1957 April 20, on his Chartwell, Westerham, Kent stationery. Addressed to Godfrey N.R. Morgan, Esq. In full: “Dear Mr. Morgan, In my position as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports it falls to me to appoint a Foundation Governor for Sir Roger Manwood’s Grammar School, Sandwich, for the tri-ennial period beginning on April 1, 1957. I fell it would be most fitting if you would accept this appointment, of which you already have considerable experience. Perhaps you would let me know what you think.” Punch hole at the top, mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Frederick I. (1657-1713)

Rare autograph letter signed by the first King of Prussia

Was (as Frederick III.) Elector of Brandenburg (1688–1713) and Duke of Prussia in personal union (Brandenburg-Prussia). The latter function he upgraded to royalty, becoming the first King in Prussia (1701–1713). Rare autograph letter signed “Friedrich R.”. 1 page, bifolium, 10.0 x 8 inch (unfolded), no place, 1704 August 26. Addressed to “Chambellandt de Cameke”. In German, in full: Lieber Kameke (?), Es ist mir hertzlich leidt dass Unglück so Du gehabt hast, Ich wünsche dass dieses Schreiben Euch wieder völlig (?) besser finde, und ihret Dich dankbar hat (?) wieder bei mir zu kommen, der Ich im dessen lebenslang bin, derselbe ehrwürdige … König.“ Red wax seal intact. Mounted on cardboard, slightly discolored, verso with an old typed note regarding the letter, dated June 1949. Else good condition. Rare in autograph letter signed.

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Garland, Judy (1922-1969)

Bank check signed

American singer and actress (particularly the classic “The Wizard of Oz”). Bank check signed “Judy Garland”. 6.25 x 2.75 inch, 1951 December 24. Boldly filled out in another hand and signed by Garland. Payable to Tishman Realty & Construction Co. Inc. for $264.50. In fine condition.

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

Large signed photograph

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Large vintage matte-finish photograph signed “Elizabeth R 1956” in Elizabeth’s hand and “Philip” in Philip’s hand. 8.25 x 11.25 inch, n.p., 1956. Elizabeth II. and Prince Philip posing with their young children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, and their two corgis, signed in the lower border in fountain pen. In very good to fine condition, with a stain to the lower left corner and some blurriness to Elizabeth's signature.

 

 

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Card signed

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Fine card signed „Thomas Mann“. 4.75 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition.

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Owens, Jesse (1913-1980)

Vintage signed photograph

American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprints and the long jump. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals. Vintage glossy signed and inscribed photograph “To Barry - Best of Luck Jesse Owens”. 7.75 x 9.5 inch., n.p., n.d. Owens proudly displaying his four Olympic medals. In very good to fine condition, with minor trimmed edges and some light creasing.

 

 

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ABBA (1972-1982)

Fine and rare vintage signed photograph

Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music. Fine color cardstock promo photo.  5.75 x 4.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in blue ballpoint by Benny, Agnetha, Anni-Frid and Björn. In fine condition.

 

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Debussy, Claude (1862-1918)

Autograph letter signed to pianist Walter Morse Rummel

French composer and one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Autograph letter signed “Claude Debussy”. 2 pages, recto and verso of a card, 5.0 x 3.5 inch, Paris (postmark), 1916 November 26. PREPARING FOR EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF "THE ÉTUDES". To pianist Walter Morse Rummel, agreeing to the date of December 14, authorizing him to describe the occasion as the "first audition of the Études of C.D." reporting that his wife remains ill, and requesting that the sixteenth-notes not be disturbed until they arrive. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope hand addressed in Debussy’s hand. Fine condition. Walter Morse Rummel (1887-1953) was a prominent pianist, especially associated with Claude Debussy's works, as well as a composer and music editor. Fine, especially with the hand addressed envelope.

 

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Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

Card signed

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 and dated in his hand July 12 1926 Wien (Vienna). Handling wear, minor mounting residue on verso, else fine condition.

 

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Fine autograph letter signed

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. Autograph letter signed “Wellington”. 3 pages, bifolium, written on first page and two pages inside, 4.5 x 7.25 inch. London, 1824 December 11. Addressed to Lord Verulam “I have received your note of greetings; and I am sorry to tell you that the Cabinet will sit certainly on Monday and Tuesday and probably later next week” … saying that the Duke of York cannot come and that in the circumstances he intends to propose the Duke to come in January as he is tied up with Lord Hartford, and continuing with similar digressions about possible meetings. Mailing folds, else good condition.

 

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Montgomery, Bernard L. (1887-1976)

Autograph letter signed

British Army officer who commanded the Allied forces at the Battle of Alamein during World War II. and later commanded the ground forces during Operation Overlord. 1. Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Autograph letter signed “Montgomery of Alamein F.M. (Field Marshal). 2 pages, 4.5 x 7.0 inch (recto and verso), London, (19)49 February 18. In full: “My dear Headmaster Your letter of 10 Feb has reached me in Switzerland. I will gladly attend your speech day in the autumn, present prizes and address the school. Thursday October 20 would suit me. That is a fairly safe date as the Alamein Reunion takes place in London on 21 October and therefore I must be in England that week. I have therefore chosen 20 October as a good safe date as I am anxious not to accept your invitation and then have to disappoint you. You will realize that I have very many commitments these days. Will the afternoon of 20 October suit you?” Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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George III., King (1738-1820)

Signed document by the last “King of the United States”

King of Great Britain and Ireland who reigned from 1760 until his death. Document signed in ink “George R”. 1p., 16.0 x 11.5 inch, Court at Saint James, 1794 March 1. Appointment for Captain Benjamin Marlow of the artillery as Major. Countersigned by William Henry Cavendish Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (1738-1809). Expected folds, handling wear, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. The signature of George III. changed more than that of any other. Both, blind and insane, his signature became eccentric and ill-formed, this one is an uncommon fine example.

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