Mandela, Nelson (1918-2013)
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Color glossy signed photograph “NMandela 14.3.2001”. 9.5 x 7.0 inch, n.p. A fine half-length photo of Mandela shaking hands with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl during Mandela's trip to Germany in late May 1996, signed in black ballpoint. Reverse bears official text and Federal Government copyright label. In fine condition.
Price: $ 1,460 / € 1.125
Pershing, John J. (1860-1948)
Typed letter signed from Paris
John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Typed letter signed “John J. Pershing”. 1p., 6.0 x 7.25 inch, Paris, 1923 December 8. Addressed to Mr. Keenan in Pittburgh. In full: “I have your letter written on board the “Paris”, and I am very sorry indeed that I cannot consent to your publicly quoting me on the subject of American Cemeteries in France. I have already sent a report to the Secretary of War on this subject, and you will readily understand that it is now up to the War Department to give out all statements in that connection. However, I am pleased that you should have a full knowledge of facts as you are now in a position to refute all unjust criticisms." Signature light but legible, small paper clip stain at top, else good condition.
Price: $ 495 / € 385
Toscanini, Arturo (1867-1957)
Excellent signed photograph
Italian conductor. known for his dynamic interpretations of Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner. Fine signed and inscribed photograph “Arturo Toscanini”. 4.5 x 7.0 inch, n.p., 1945 March 19. Black and white chest up portrait. Inscribed in his typical red ink “To Alfred Kaiser most cordially”. Good condition.
Price: $ 615 / € 475
Foch, Ferdinand (1851-1929)
Beautiful typed quotation signed
French general, Marshal of France, Great Britain and Poland and the Supreme Allied Commander during the final year of the First World War. Fine typed quotation signed “F. Foch”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. In full: “Let us fight energetically to maintain the spirit of fraternity that existed then between us, and we will surely find in our hearts how to solve many difficulties. Be assured that in France we keep piously the memory of your great deed as well as the souvenirs of the hard and heroic battles that we have fought side by side.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.
Price: $ 570 / € 440
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)
Handwritten envelope signed
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Handwritten envelope signed “ER”. 8.25 x 3.5 inch (visible), n.p. (Buckingham Palace), n.d. Addressed in blue ink in the Queen’s hand to: “The Earl of Scarbrough, Lord Chamberlain’s Office, St. Jame’s Palace”. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Elizabeth II. to an overall of 9.25 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Mint condition.
Price: $ 545 / € 420
Marconi, Guglielmo (1874-1937)
Fine document signed by the Nobel Prize winner
Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun. Document signed “G. Marconi”. 1p. (bifolium), 12.0 x 15.75 inch. Roma, 1929 January 1. Blind embossed seal “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche”. Signed by Marconi as President and countersigned by the General Secretary. Nomination for Prof. Vittorio Peglion “dell Istituto Superiore Agrario di Bologna, Presidente del Comitato Nazionale per l’Agricoltura”. Slightly discolored, horizontal fold, right edge a bit rough, else good condition with a dark Marconi signature. The Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) or National Research Council, is an Italian public organization set up to support scientific and technological research, Marconi was President from 1927-1937.
Price: $ 510 / € 390
Nixon, Richard (1913-1994)
Vintage signed photograph
37. President of the United States. Vintage signed and inscribed photograph. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. A bust shot in suit by Arnold Newman. Inscribed by Nixon “To Ludwig Raimondo with best wishes from Richard Nixon”. Handling and corner wear, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. Comes with my own COA and a JSA James Spence Letter of Authenticity.
Price: $ 435 / € 350
Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)
Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, King of Croatia, King of Galicia and Lodomeria and Grand Duke of Cracow from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German Confederation. Letter signed “Franz Joseph”. 1p. (bifolium), 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Vienna, 1869 March 2, attractive blind embossed seal to the upper left corner. To Count of Wrbna, in German. The letter being a report sent from the Emperor to the Count of Wrbna, informing him of the appointment of Franz Ritter von Streicher, promoting him to be a Royal Counselor, and explaining the salaries he will have to receive from now and that the salaries will have to be attended to by the Count. Slightly discolored, small residue of tape, but not affecting text or signature.
Price: $ 875 / € 675
Arafat, Yasser (1929-2004)
Large signed card with photograph
Palestinian leader, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for the negotiations at Oslo. Large signed card “Y. Arafat 25.3.93”. 12.5 x 8.25 inch (unfolded). With colour photograph of Arafat and blind embossed “State of Palestine” crest on verso. Fine condition. Excellent official cad with a classic image of Arafat.
Price: $ 415 / € 320
Barrie, James M. (1860-1937)
Fine autograph letter signed by the creator of Peter Pan
Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. Autograph letter signed “J. M. Barrie”. 1p. (bifolium), 4.5 x 6.0 inch, Lancaster Gate, 1905 December 2. To Mr. Hammerton. Barrie writes, in full: “I don't have a thing, and am very sorry. May the magazine flourish under you. And thank you for your pleasant words about my plays”. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Barrie correspondent is most likely to be John Alexander Hammerton (1871-1949) Scottish Journalist and Editor of encyclopedias and other reference works. Hammerton had joined Alfred Harmsworth's Amalgamated Press in 1905, the same year as the present letter, and would later edit a biography of Barrie.
Price: $ 615 / € 475
Selassie, Haile (1892-1975)
Uncommon signed photograph
Longtime Emperor of Ethiopia who reigned from 1930 to 1974. Selassie was one of the most revered figures among followers of the Rastafari movement, whose members viewed him as a symbol of God incarnate. Vintage signed sepia photograph. 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph of the Emperor in a full length pose wearing his uniform and overcoat. Signed and dated (?) in dark fountain pen ink across a light area of the image. Some very light overall age wear and minor corner creasing, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,460 / € 1.125
Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)
Excellent signed cabinet-photo
Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871–1890. Signed cabinet-photo “vBismarck” and dated by Bismarck “8 Juli 1890”. 4.25 x 6.5 inch, photo by Loescher & Petsch, Berlin (printed logo on verso). The image depicting Bismarck in a half-length pose and wearing his military uniform. Minor handling wear, two small stripes of mounting tape on verso, else fine condition. Signed photos of Bismarck are rare and this one is an excellent example.
Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250
Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)
American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Vintage signed photograph “Love you Josephine Baker 1973”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., 1973. The imaged depicting Baker in a half-length pose in costume as Zazou Clairon from the comedy film The French Way (1945). Signed in blue ink to a clear area of the image. With a horizontal crease to the centre of the image, and a small crease to the lower left corner, else good condition.
Price: $ 490 / € 380
Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)
Typed letter signed re: “…expected to be rather house-broken and pliable”
35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, United States Senate letterhead, 1953 April 14. Signed by JFK in blue ballpoint. Letter to Mr. Orville Swett Poland in Massachusetts. In full: “Thank you very much for your letter of April 8 in regard to the Democratic vacancy on the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank. I know of no one who would be more effective in that job than you, and therefore I will do everything that I can. I am not exactly sure of the procedure as my experience has been that members of the opposition party nominated to these positions are expected to be rather house-broken and pliable, which you quite obviously are not, But I will check into it and let you know what I learn.” Letter marked “JFK:el” - written by Evelyn Lincoln, JFK’s personal secretary for twelve years. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).
Price: $ 2,340 / € 1.800
Reagan, Ronald (1911-2004)
One of a kind signed photo
40. President of the United States. Signed black and white glossy photo, 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Inscribed and signed at the top “To Paul B. Pearson With Best Regards. Ronald Reagan”. The photo shows Reagan in a head and shoulders pose wearing a black cap in costume as Eddie Kent in a scene from the 1940 film “Tugboat Annie Sails Again”. He smiles as he looks towards the camera through the centre of a life ring bearing the name “Narcissus Secoma”. Referring to the writing and signature – photo was probably signed in the 70’s or 80’s.
Price: $ 715 / € 550
Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973)
Signed photograph as President
36. President of the United States. Color signed photograph “Lyndon B. Johnson”. 11.0 x 14.0 inch, n.p. (Washington), 1967. Signed as President with printed dedication “Christmas 1967 - To Arthur B. Poinier With appreciation and best wishes” and signed in black ink by Lyndon B. Johnson. Some stains at the top, handling wear, corners slightly bumped, scratches on the photo. Lyndon B. Johnson is rare in authentic autographs, nearly everything is signed by his secretary Bruce Thomas or Autopen. This photo is uncommon, because of his size. Arthur Poinier (1911-1998) was a famous American editorial cartoonist.
Price: $ 585 / € 450
Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)
Wonderful imperial cabinet photograph signed
The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Signed imperial cabinet photograph „Wilhelm Prinz von Preußen” and dated in his hand “Potsdam 15/ IV. (18)87.” 7.5 x 12.75 inch, dark black ink, heavy cardboard, gold margin. Wilhelm in uniform with saber. Minor handling and corner wear, small stains, else fine condition. Uncommon in this size and quality.
Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050
John Paul II., Pope (1920-2005)
One of a kind Y. Karsh photograph signed as Pope
Born Karol Józef Wojtyła. Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is widely known to Catholics as Saint John Paul the Great. Signed and inscribed photograph. 7.75 x 9.75 inch photo on the original 11.0 x 14.75 inch photographers mount. N.p., 1980 May 12. Signed and inscribed by the Pope on the mount below his image “Al carissimo Mons. Justo Mullor Garcia nunzia apostolico in Abidjan Joannes Paulus PP. II”. Photograph by Yousuf Karsh and printed on verso No. 7, Karsh, Ottawa. “7” filled in by hand (pencil). Photograph shows also a printed signature of Karsh below the image of the Pope. Minor foxing and minimal scratches on the photograph, else good condition. Signed photos of John Paul II. as Pope are rare and this one is surely one of the finest known to exist. Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) was an Armenian-Canadian photographer best known for his portraits of notable individuals. He has been described as one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th century. Justo Mullor García (1932-2016) was a Roman Catholic archbishop. Mullor Garcia was ordained to the priesthood in 1954. From 1979 to 2000 he served as apostolic nuncio, then he served as President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy from 2000 to 2007.
Price: $ 3,735 / € 2.875
Humperdinck, Engelbert (1854-1921)
Autograph musical quotation signed from “Hansel + Gretel”
German composer, best known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. Autograph musical quotation signed “EHumperdinck”. 1p. (thin cardboard), 5.5 x 6.5 inch, n.p., January 1900. Humperdinck pens some bars (third picture) of his famous opera “Hansel and Gretel”. Also inscribed in Humperdinck’s hand “Herrn Consul F. Ölsner zur freundlichen Erinnerung”. Minor creases, else fine good condition. Hansel and Gretel (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is the most famous opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper (fairy-tale opera). Humperdinck composed Hansel and Gretel in Frankfurt in 1891 and 1892. The opera was first performed in Hoftheater in Weimar on 23 December 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss.
Price: $ 725 / € 560
Callas, Maria (1923-1977)
Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Excellent signed and inscribed photograph “A Veigilio Planas sinceramente Maria Callas 1973”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., 1973. Signed in black felt tip pen. Photographer copyright stamp on verso “Michel Petit, Paris”. Handling wear, else good condition. Also included is a program from of “The Maria Callas Society” signed by Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921-2008).
Price: $ 975 / € 750
Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)
Autograph postcard signed
Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph postcard signed “Giacomo Puccini”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch. Milano, date illegible (postmark). Addressed to Felice Franceschini in Lucca. An untranslated letter in Italian in which Puccini thanks him for his letter. Also included is an unsigned G. Puccini postcard photograph. Fine condition.
Price: $ 1,260 / € 975
Bonaparte, Joséphine (1763-1814)
Excellent letter signed “Josephine” to Cardinal Casoni
Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I., and thus the first Empress of the French. Letter signed “Josephine”. 1p., 9.0 x 14.5 inch, Paris, 1808 January 10. To Cardinal Casoni, in French. The Empress sends her greetings to Casoni. In full, translated: “My Cousin, nothing could be more pleasant than your new testimonies with good feelings towards me, which you are sending to me on this occasion of the new year; I have no doubt about your sincere words, and I can assure you that my wish is to find the right occasions to forward my kindness.” Countersigned by Jean Marie Deschamps. Mailing folds, very small professional repairs to the edges, else good condition. Filippo Casoni (1733-1811) Italian Cardinal. State secretary of the Italian pontifical state. Jean-Marie Deschamps (1750-1826) French Writer and Playwright, Secretaire of Josephine.
Price: $ 2,690 / € 2.075
Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)
Fine content typed letter signed to his daughter in law
Liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) from 1949 to 1959. Fine content typed letter signed “Theodor Heuss”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.5 inch. Bonn, 1957 December 16. Hand made paper. A personal letter to his daughter in law Hanne Heuss. In German, in part: “Ich glaube, die wesentliche Arznei, die Dir im Augenblick verschrieben werden kann, heist ‘Geduld’, dazu ein Maximum an Schlaf. “… Seit 25 Jahren bin ich mit dem Jungen befreundet und habe es erst jetzt erfahren! Er setzte sich dann auch ans Klavier und spielte etwas, wobei er mit dem rechten Arm über den linken weg über die Tasten fuhr, wie ein Virtuose, wenn er kokoett wird, und nachher behauptete er, das sei aus Richard Wagners ‘Tristan’!” Mailing folds, else fine condition. Hanne Heuss, born Elsas (1918-1958), wife of Theodor Heuss son Ernst Ludwig Heuss (1910-1967), one of the daughters of the murdered partisan Fritz Elsas (1890-1945).
Price: $ 485 / € 375
Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)
Scarce autograph musical quotation signed
Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Autograph musical quotation signed “G. Rossini”. 1p. (album page), 8.5 x 5.5 inch, Bologna, 1842 November 27. Rossini pens three bars of unidentified music. Slightly discolored, handling wear, else fine condition. On verso a handwritten note by G. Tommasini, probably Giacomo Tommasini (1768-1846) an Italian doctor. Dated Parma 29 February 1846 regading Rossinis’s opera “Semiramide”. Rossini is quite uncommon in musical quotes
Price: $ 3,445 / € 2.650
Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)
Autographed postcard signed “Richard u. Pauline Strauss”
Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Salome”. Autographed postcard signed "Richard u. Pauline Strauss". 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Amsterdam, 1904, October 5 (from postmark). Addressed to German arts patron Willy Levin and wife in Berlin. In German, translated: "This evening, first concert with (Symphonia) Domestica and songs. See you again soon!” Inscribed in the margins of a view of Bocht Heerengracht in Amsterdam and addressed on the verso in his hand. Faint scattered soiling, cancelled 5-cent stamp at upper right verso.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
Tyler, John (1790-1862)
Free frank signed
10. President of the United States. Free frank address panel signed “JTyler”. 1p., 9.75 x 7.5 inch, Postmark Richmond, Jul(y) 31, (1853). Signed in the upper right corner and addressed in Tyler’s hand to Rev. Denison in Williamsburg, Virginia. Remains of the red seal visible. Discolored, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 650 / € 500
Spontini, Gaspare (1774-1851)
Fine content autograph letter signed
Italian opera composer and conductor. Excellent and unusual autograph letter signed “Spontini”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.25 inch, Berlin, 1831 June 26. In French. A cleanly written letter in bold black ink by Spontini, stating in part: “I have visited you and have verbally responded to all your letter points, I am however ready to answer again whenever you wish so in presence of witnesses…In the meantime your threat do not frighten me at all, they can return to you...” Spontini concludes explaining that his witnesses are many and most respectable and important people. With small traces from previous affixing to the upper and lower edges, not affecting the text nor the signature.
Price: $ 765 / € 610
Bartholdi, Frederic Auguste (1834-1904)
Postcard signed and inscribed
French sculptor who is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty. Postcard signed and inscribed “Bartholdi”. 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Paris 1902 (postmark), in French. The French Sculptor, in his own hand, sends his best wishes to his correspondent. Addressed in another hand to the verso and post-stamped. Handling wear, else fine.
Price: $ 790 / € 650
Peron, Eva (1919-1952)
Beautiful signed photograph
Maria Eva Duarte de Perón was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is usually referred to as Eva Perón or Evita. An excellent and rare signed and inscribed photograph by Eva Peron. Signed “Al companero Apold. Eva Peron”. 6.75 x 8.75 inch, n.p., 1950. Additional dated in Evita’s hand “Enero 1950” (January 1950). The image depicting Evita standing, giving a speech in a full length pose. Signed and inscribed in blue ink to a clear area of the image. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.
Price: $ 1,190 / € 925
Amin Dada, Idi (1923-2003)
His personal Automobile Association Licence signed
Ugandan political leader and military officer who was the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. A murderous, oppressive President who was deposed in 1979 and lived the remainder of his years in exile. One of a kind autograph signed “IdiADada”. His personal “Automobile Association of East Africa Licence NO. N 75”. 1p., 5.5 x 4.5 inch, Kempala, 1975. Issued to. “Field Marshall Idi Amin Dada, President Office, Uganda”. Signed by Idi Amin in dark black ballpoint. Handling wear, bends, else good condition. Idi Amin is rare in any form!
Price: $ 1,215 / € 940
Schliemann, Heinrich (1822-1890)
Autograph letter signed
German businessman and a pioneer of field archaeology. He was an advocate of the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an archaeological excavator of Hissarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy. Autograph letter signed “H. Schliemann”. 1p., 4.25 x 2.0 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. Addressed to the French-German Assyriologist Jules Oppert (1825-1905). In French, in full: “Mon cher Monsieur Oppert … - je vous prier de en écrire quelques mots en response a la letter incluse?” Translated: “May I ask you to write a few words in response to the letter included?“ Handsomely matted in green with a photo of Schliemann to an overall of 8.25 x 11.75 inch. Excellent condition.
Price: $ 1,540 / € 1.190
Stoker, Bram (1847-1912)
Autograph letter as secretary to Henry Irving
Abraham "Bram" Stoker was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant and secretary of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. Letter written in the hand of Bram Stoker and signed “Faithfully yours Henry Irving”. 1p., bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, blindstamped Lyceum Theatre letterhead, 1902 July 21. As Henry Irving’s secretary, Stoker pens a brief letter and the date “Dear Madam I regret very much that I cannot avail myself of your offer of the pictures.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 490 / € 390
Zeppelin, Ferdinand Graf von (1838-1917)
Letter signed as commander of the Ulanen-Regiment
German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. Letter signed “Graf Zeppelin”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.25 inch, Stuttgart 1883 March 16. Zeppelin as commander of the Ulanen-Regiment King Karl (1. Württ.) No. 19. Addressed to “Auditeur Schwab in Stuttgart”. Invitation to the members of the regiment to participate in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the regiment. Tape repaired fold break, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,025 / € 790
May, Karl (1842-1912)
Signature matted with photograph
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. Signature “Ihr Karl May”. Small card, 3.25 x 2.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Written in dark black ink. Additional written in Clara May’s hand: “Für Ihre freundlichen Wünsche zum 25 Febr. dankt mit bestem Gruß”. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of May to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 1,070 / € 825
Charles, Prince (1948) & Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)
Typed letter signed regarding the “wedding of the century"
Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Typed letter signed “Charles” and “Yours most sincerely, and Diana”. 1p., 8.0 x 12.75 inch, embossed Buckingham Palace letterhead, 1981, October 7. The royal couple write to Miss Endruweit. In full: “We would both like to thank you very much indeed for your most kind contribution to the wedding present which the Duchy has given us. We really are delighted with the mahogany library table which will look splendid in our home at Highgrove and is exactly the right period for the house. We were also most touched to receive the balance of the gift in the form of a cheque with which we shall probably buy some more furniture. As you can well imagine, with two houses to equip from scratch we have quite a difficult task ahead of us! We have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity which so many people have shown to us, but, as you will know we have a very special affection for the Duchy and all those who live and work in it and we therefore particularly appreciate your gift. We look forward very much to visiting the Duchy together in the future.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. In fine condition. The fabled royal wedding took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981, before an invited congregation of 3,500 and an estimated worldwide television audience of 750 million. A handsome and personal souvenir of one of the most storied “public” marriages in modern history!
Price: $ 2,150 / € 1.660
Medici, Catherine de (1519-1589)
Rare signed document
Italian noblewoman who was Queen of France from 1547 until 1559, as the wife of King Henry II. As the mother of three sons who became kings of France during her lifetime she had extensive influence in the political life of France. For a time she ruled France as its regent. Rare Manuscript vellum document signed in French, signed “Catherine”. 1p., 18.25 x 9.0 inch, July 1574. Payment order addressed to Etienne de Bray for different amounts. Storage folds, scattered creases, trimmed area to lower edge, toned and show through of old tape, signature slightly faded, else good condition.
Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650
Hess, Rudolf (1894-1987)
Excellent typed letter signed
A prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. Typed letter signed “RHess”. 2pp. (bifolium), 8.25 x 11.75 inch, “Der Stellvertreter des Führers” stationery, blind embossed eagle in the upper left corner, Munich (brown house), 1935 September 5. Signed in dark black ink by Hess. Addressed to Generalleutnant (major general) Henri de Champs (1869-1948) in Stockholm. In German, acknowledgment for "all the trouble you had on the occasion of my presentation in the German-Swedish society in Stockholm and for sending a souvenir folder with pictures“. Furthermore, he congratulates him on the upcoming awarding of the "1st Class of Honor of the German Red Cross". Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing folds, minor fold breaks, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350
Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)
Autographed letter signed
14. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed “Franklin Pierce”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.0 x 8.0 inch. Concord, 1862 October 24. Letter to F. N. Blood of New Hampshire concerning a real estate transaction. In part: “I met Colo. Tappen a day or two since who apologized for not having sent the deed of the land for which I paid him…more than 18 mos ago & said ‘I cannot describe the land, but if Mr. Blood will make out a quitclaim deed & send it to me, I will cause it to be executed’…Henry can give you the description of the land to be quitclaimed.” Mailing folds, else in fine condition.
Price: $ 1,140 / € 950
Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)
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., 8.25 x 13.0 inch, blind embossed seal, Hohenschwangau, 1878 December 18. Patent for Ferdinand Lösch as second lieutenant. Signed in dark black ink by Ludwig. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050
Warhol, Andy (1928-1987)
Signature matted with photograph
American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Fine signature “Andy Warhol”. 1.5 x 6.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black felt tip pen. Mounted on glossy paper, probably a page from an exhibition catalog. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Warhol to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 525 / € 410
Harding, Warren G. (1865-1923)
Unusual and one of a kind autograph letter signed
29. President of the United States. Unusual autograph letter signed “W. G. H.” 7pp., on humorous 5.5 x 3.5 inch postcards, no date. Letter to his personal physician Charles E. Sawyer, in which Harding occasionally comments on the subject of the postcard. In part: "Thought you about due for a card. This one is from the cook, superscribed by the purchasing agent…I may say that the next card also comes from the tight wad purchasing agent…You will be interested to know that turnips and kale are still staple at the old grill…This card seems appropriate. I was going to send one to the parson, but I recalled that he never fished…Yesterday we motored with the Flickingers—Mae and Frank. Today the rain has kept us in all day. We did have three glorious days…I don't know why I send this card. It reads like a confession. But Duchess (his wife, Florence Harding) said to send it, and she knows best. We are booked to sail for Lima, leaving Jaxonville April 2…I do not know the purpose of this card. Case for the class in grammar—parse the pronoun…All is going lovely. Frank killed a small diamond rattlesnake on the beach…We witnessed the execution! Was about two feet long and as pretty a skin as you ever saw." In fine condition. One of a kind Harding autograph.
Price: $ 1,090 / € 840
Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix (1809-1847)
Autograph note matted
German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Address panel, 1p., 4.25 x 4.5 inch (visible), Frankfurt, 1845 August 8 (date of the accompanying letter, but not included). Addressed in his hand to violinist and composer W. Speyer. Additional in Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s hand in German: "Hierbei auch der Kinderfreund mit bestem Dank" (Here also the “Kinderfreund” with thanks). Among the various books and magazines of this title Mendelssohn Bartholdy probably refers to Friedrich Philipp Wilmsens book "Der deutsche Kinderfreund". Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Mendelssohn Bartholdy to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Address panel shows minor paper loss at the left edge, else fine condition. A photocopy of the accompanying letter is included.
Price: $ 875 / € 675
Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)
Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Signed postcard-photo “Adolf Hitler”. 3.25 x 5.0 inch., n.p., n.d., signed in dark black ink. Lower margin titled "Der Führer in Rosenberg 20.X.1938". Photo shows Hitler in an open Mercedes, in the background the church tower of Rosenberg (Ruzovsky vrch/ Czech Republic). Fine condition. On October 20, Hitler drove from Linz to Bohemia and made a speech in Krumlov at 11 o'clock, the journey continued through Rosenberg. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 1,915 / € 1.475
Göring, Hermann (1893-1946)
German politician, military leader and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Signed photograph “Hermann Göring”. 6.0 x 4.25 inch, black and white photograph of a smiling Göring, signed in black ink. Photo by Bazzoli, San Remo, blind embossed in lower left edge. Fine condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 1,020 / € 850
Doyle, Arthur Conan (1859-1930)
Typed letter signed “We are amateurs at the shop …”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Typed letter signed “A. Conan Doyle”. 2pp., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, Windlesham letterhead, 1930, June 25 Letter. Addressed to Lord Gorell, in full: "I wonder if, in your busy life, you could find time to give me a little advice. As you know we, the Psychic Bookshop, publish a few books and we have two in the press at present. One, 'The Consoling Angel,' a very remarkable case of evidential identity and the other Mrs. Hinchcliffe's narrative as to her husband's return, also a most evidential document. Here is good stuff, well printed and got up, but there is always the one fatal link in my chain that I have no means of putting it before the booksellers. So small a business with so limited an output cannot afford a staff of travellers. I advertise but with the limited circulation such books have, the advertising must also be limited. Could you suggest ay means by which I could get these books on the counters of booksellers? We are amateurs at the shop and a world of professional advice would be welcome. I like the look of my new book immensely. The shop tells me it is selling well and I told them to send you a repeat order." With intersecting folds and faint foxing, else fine condition. For many of his later years, Doyle intensely pursued his interest in paranormal phenomena, and by the end of World War I. he identified himself as a spiritualist, believing in a spirit world and the ability to communicate with those beyond the grave. He established the specialized Psychic Bookshop in 1925, devoted entirely to the sale of spiritualistic and psychic books; he later formed a small museum in the basement, showcasing various objects relevant to ghosts and the spirit world. An intriguing letter associated with Doyle's paranormal pursuits.
Price: $ 1,190 / € 925
Ribbentrop, Joachim von (1893-1946)
Scarce document signed
Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945. Scarce partly printed document signed “Ribbentrop”. 1p. (bifolium), 10.0 x 14.0 inch, Berlin, 1939 August 19. Ribbentrop, acting “In the name of the Führer and chancellor”, appoints Werner Fischer to be a consulate secretary. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal in the lower left corner. Slightly discolored, two small stains from mounting tape on verso, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 1,885 / € 1.450
Piccard, Auguste (1884-1962)
Signature matted with photograph
Swiss physicist, inventor and explorer, known for his record-breaking hot air balloon flights. Signature “A. Piccard”. 3.5 x 1.5 inch piece of paper, n.p., n.d. Signed in blue ballpoint and handsomely matted in blue with photograph to an overall of 8.25 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition.
Price: $ 245 / € 190
Amundsen, Roald (1872-1928)
Typed letter signed (written from Alaska)
Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the Antarctic expedition (1910-12) to become the first men to reach the South Pole in December 1911. In 1926, he was the first expedition leader to be recognized without dispute as having reached the North Pole. Typed letter signed “Roald Amundsen”. 1p., 6.0 x 7.5 inch, Nome, Alaska, 1926 May 18. Signed in dark black ink. Amundsen extends note of appreciation to Alfred M. Collins, the president of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia: "Hearty thanks." In fine condition, with pin holes to the upper left corner area. Collins was a well-known explorer and sportsman who made several trips to Africa and other regions in search of big game.
Price: $ 725 / € 560
Hahn, Otto (1879-1968)
Autograph letter signed to his wife
German chemist and pioneer in the fields of radioactivity and radiochemistry who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1944 for the discovery and the radiochemical proof of nuclear fission. Autograph letter signed “Otto”. 2pp., 6.5 x 7.75 inch, n.p., Freitag Abend, 1918 May 31. To his wife Edith in Berlin. In German: “Nur ganz kurz ein paar Zeilen. Ich bin hier sehr gut angekommen, wurde … von meinem Freund Rehfeldt an der Bahn abgeholt. Wir wohnen entzückend …Morgen früh fahre ich mit dem General per Auto nach Spa; er hat dort zu tun, und ich kann es bei dieser Gelegenheit gleich bequem sehen. Mit der elektrischen Bahn fährt man nämlich über 5/4 Stunden hin, das ist mir zuviel. Sehr anstrengen kann ich mich vorerst durchaus nicht ... Der ärztliche Antrag über 4 Wochen Nauheim geht morgen fort ... Hier ist alles reichlich vorhanden, nur Kaffee ist knapp. Ausser dem Morgenkaffee, den wir so kriegen, müssen wir jeden anderen Kaffee mit 30 Pfennig pro Tasse zahlen ... Hast Du mit Karl noch tüchtig gekneipt? War das gestern an unserem letzten Abend nicht wie verhext mit den vielen Besuchen? ... Komme Du jetzt aber auch mal etwas zur Ruhe; mit dem Garten und den Motten etc. hast Du noch immer reichlich zu tun ... Iss gut und lass Dirs gut gehen. Einen lieben Abschiedskuss, am Bahnhof hab ichs ja nicht gewagt trotz des dezenten Karl!" Mailing folds, else fine condition.
Price: $ 790 / € 610
Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778)
François-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and Christianity as a whole, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. Letter signed “Voltaire”. 2 ½ p. (bifolium), 6.25 x 7.75 inch, Chateau de Ferney, 1767 October 18. Written in French. Voltaire is advising the recipient that his name had been used as a signatory without his knowledge. Voltaire had unknowingly become party to a dispute involving repair of a trail, which had come to a standstill. Slightly toned, with bold integral page containing Voltaire's signature, small bits of paper loss at the bottom not affecting any text. Docketed on verso, with bits of mounting remnants along the integral fold. Else good with excellent signature.
Price: $ 5,450 / € 4.190
Arthur, Chester A. (1829-1886)
Scarce letter signed as President
21. President of the United States. Letter signed as President “Chester A Arthur”. 1p. (double page), , 5.5 x 9.0 inch. Washington, 1884 March 28. Executive Mansion stationery. A letter, in a secretarial hand, signed by President Arthur to William H. Tefft, acknowledging receipt of the latter's letter. In full. “I am in receipt of your kind note of the 25th instant, and for your friendly interest and expressions I beg that you will accept my sincere thanks.” Slightly wrinkled with two horizontal folds, else good condition. William H. Tefft (1831-1898) was a long-time New York journalist who was a Republican who served in the New York State Assembly.
Price: $ 1,425 / € 1.090
Monroe, James (1758-1831)
Autograph letter signed
5. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed “Jas. Monroe”. 1p. (double page), 7.5 x 9.25 inch, n.p., 1794 August 25. In full: “Mr. Leavenworth will be pleased to send me five or six thousand livres by the bearer". Lightly toned, slight creasing and usual mail folds, two pieces of tape on verso. Monroe was appointed by George Washington to be his minister to France, and arrived there on July 31, 1794. Robespierre had been killed only a few days prior, and Monroe's reception at the Committee of Public Safety was brusque, given the circumstances. It is unknown what the requested amount of money was intended for.
Price: $ 940 / € 725
Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)
Typed letter signed
Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque. Typed letter signed “Ferrari”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.0 inch, Ferrari horse logo letterhead. Modena, 1968 August 6. Letter in Italian to Solange Garcia-Darwin in France regarding an Assistance officer in Modena. In full: “Rispondo alla Sua lettera del 28 u.s. per informarLa che ho interessanto del caso la mia official di Assistenza di Modena che prederà contatto con Lei per consigliarLa sul de farsi.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 950 / € 730
Göring, Hermann (1893-1946) + Göring, Emmy (1893-1973)
Photograph signed by both
German politician, military leader and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Emmy Göring -German actress and the second wife of Luftwaffe Commander-in-Chief Hermann Göring. She served as Adolf Hitler's hostess at many state functions and thereby staked a claim to the title of "First Lady of the Third Reich". Signed photograph “Göring” by Herman Göring and additional signed “Emmy Göring” by Emmy Göring. Postcard photograph (Film, Foto Verlag, Berlin), 4.25 x 6.0 inch, n.p., n.d., black and white image of Arno Breker’s work “Berufung” (1941). Signed in dark ink by Hermann and Emmy Göring. Excellent condition, rare signed by both. Arno Breker (1900-1991) was a German architect and sculptor who is best known for his public works in Nazi Germany. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050
Sousa, John Philip (1854-1932)
American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King". Vintage signed photograph “John Philip Sousa 1905”. 3.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed by Sousa in dark black in the upper right corner. Handling and corner wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 390 / € 300
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
Excellent signature from a check matted with photograph
16. President of the United States. Rare signature “A. Lincoln”. 1.75 x 0.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1859/ 1860). Part of a check from the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company (the blue lines are typical for this kind of Lincoln checks), signed in dark black ink by Lincoln. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Lincoln to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Good condition and affordable priced Lincoln signature.
Price: $ 4,850 / € 3.950
Hitchcock, Alfred (1899-1980)
Signed self-portrait sketch matted with photograph
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock - English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. Original signed self-portrait sketch “Alfred J Hitchcock”. 1p., page from a book (A. Hitchcock’s Haunted Houseful), 6.25 x 7.5 inch, n.p., n.d. His immediately recognizable profile drawn and signed in green felt-tip pen. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Hitchcock to an overall of 11.75 x 15.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 1,235 / € 950
Lewis, Sinclair (1885-1951)
Fine content typed letter signed
American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.Typed letter signed “Sinclair Lewis”. 1p., 5.5 x 9.0 inch, Hotel Eden Pallanza (Italy) stationery. 1921, October 24 (Received 14 ’21 written in pencil) at the top. To “My dear Prins”. In full: “We have scattered, haven’t we? since that night of magic in New York. Your letter came from Seattle, Van Loon is teaching at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and I am spending the winter in Italy. Thanks so much for the more than nice things you wrote about ‘Main Street.’ I hope you like the next book as well – I am working on it now. Thought it is divinely possible to drink to your health and success in chianti, I am glad to do it with a cup of the wonderful Zeda chocolate which is made in this neighborhood.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Main Street is generally considered to be Lewis's most significant and enduring work.
Price: $ 440 / € 340
Blyton, Enid (1897-1968)
Signed card with photograph
English children's writer whose books have been among the world's best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Signed note “Enid Blyton”. 1p., 4.0 x 2.0 inch, n.p., n.d., printed “An Autograph for ‘Veronica’ (in Blyton’s hand) With Love From”. Mounted on a yellow card to an overall of 5.75 x 4.0 inch. Fine.
Price: $ 415 / € 320
Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)
Signature matted with photograph
American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Signature “Josephine Baker”. 1p., piece of paper with “China” printed in the upper left corner, 7.25 x 4.7.5 inch. Additional salutation in Baker’s hand: “Avec mes meilleurs souvenir” and dated by her “1946”. Handsomely matted in green with a photograph to an overall of 8.25 x 11.5 inch. Good condition.
Price: $ 310 / € 240
Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940)
Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is best remembered for her children's book “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson”. Signed photograph “Selma Lagerlöf”. Card, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Mint condition.
Price: $ 415 / € 320
Shackleton, Ernest H. (1874-1922)
Signed card from his visit to Munich
Polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Postcard photograph signed “E.H Shackleton”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Munich, 1910 January 21 (postmark). Artist lithograph - Heinrich Kley (1863-1945): Munich, Bavaria with Ruhmeshalle. Fine condition. Rare document from his visit to Munich, shortly after his famous Antarctic expedition (Nimrod Expedition 1907–09).
Price: $ 1,070 / € 825
Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)
Excellent signed photograph
Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Postcard photograph signed “Edvard Grieg” and dated in his hand “München (Munich) 6/4 07”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Munich 1907 April 6 (postmark and written by Grieg). Artist lithograph - Heinrich Kley (1863-1945): Munich, view of the Maximilianeum. Fine condition. His last concerts were played by Grieg in 1907 (Oslo, Copenhagen, Munich, Berlin and Kiel). A fine and rare document from his year of death.
Price: $ 1,190 / € 925
Borglum, Gutzon (1867-1941)
Typed letter signed “A-MEN”
John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum was a Danish-American artist and sculptor famous for creating the monumental presidents' heads at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. Typed letter signed “Gutzon Borglum”. 1p., 6.0 x 8.0 inch, personal letterhead, 1917 January 31. Brief letter to John A. Stewart, in full: "A-MEN, to all you say I add amen, and then some." In fine condition, with light show-through from four pieces of mounting tape on the reverse.
Price: $ 625 / € 480
Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)
Scallop-topped ship’s pass signed as President
7. President of the United States. Partly-printed vellum Document signed as president “Andrew Jackson”. 1p., 10.75 x 15.0 inch, 1833 November 11. Scallop-topped ship's pass issued for "the Ship Wilmington & Liverpool Packet, Alexander Russell master or commander…To Pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods and Merchandize without any hinderance, seisure or molestation." Signed at the conclusion by President Jackson and countersigned by Secretary of State Edward Livingston (1764-1836). The white paper seal remains affixed to the lower left corner. In fine condition, with a small hole to the right of the vignettes.
Price: $ 1,875 / € 1.445