Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)
Autograph letter signed with fine aphorism
French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862 and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). Autograph letter signed “Victor”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, (1846) July 20. To Monsieur Henry D’Escamps (1815-1891) in Paris. With a fine aphorism: “Dieu donne la pensée à l’homme, il faut que l’homme donne le travail à la pensée.” The letter in full: “Vous m’envoyez un livre excellent (histoire de la géographie de Madagascar, sous le pseudonyme de Macé Descartes). J’aime, mon cher poète, à vous voir travailler ainsi. Dieu donne la pensée à l’homme, il faut que l’homme donne le travail à la pensée. Venez donc me voir un jour, que nous causions de cette croix. Je vous serre la main.” Translated: “You send me an excellent book (history of the geography of Madagascar, under the pseudonym Macé Descartes). I love, my dear poet, your work like this. God gives thought to man, man must give work to thought. Come and see me one day, let us talk about this.” Also included is a fine portrait engraving of Hugo. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,975 / € 1.550
Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)
Autograph poem signed
French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph poem signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., 6.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d.. Wonderful eight lines of his famous poem “L’Ange de poésie”. In French, in full: “Que cherches-tu sur notre terre étrange/ Esprit du ciel perdu dans nos chemins,/ Ne crains-tu pas de blesser tes pieds d’ange/ Aux durs cailloux de nos sentiers humains./ Ne crains-tu pas qu’un parfum ne dévoile/ Ton origine à ceux qui te verront/ Ou que le vent qui soulève ton voile/ Ne fasse luire une étoile à ton front.” This extract, entirely in Dumas hand, from the poem “L'Ange de poésie”, was originally composed in 1833 by Dumas for Marie Manessier-Nodier (1811-1893), daughter of the writer and academician Charles Nodier (1780-1844). Nodier was close friend of Dumas and great figure in the Romantic movement. Fine condition.
Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250
Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)
Charming autograph note signed
French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph note signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., (1865) January 2. Charming little note from Alexandre Dumas, inviting a friend to spend the evening at home. In French: “Cher Leon Voulez vous venir dans la soirée rue St Lazare n°70, chez des gens qui vous aiment. A vous.” Translated: “Dear Leon Do you want to come in the evening rue St Lazare n ° 70, to the people who love you.” Alexandre Dumas lived at 70 rue St Lazare in Paris from October 1864 before moving for his last home, from 1866 to 1870, at 79 blvd Malesherbes. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
Chagall, Marc (1887-1985)
Autograph letter signed
Russian-French artist. Autograph letter signed “Chagall”. 1p., 8.0 x 8.75 inch, 3 allée des Pins, (Paris) Boulogne, 1926 October 5. Addressed to the Gallery Briant-Robert. Chagall writes in French that the majority of his works are held by the Galerie Granoff. The gallery probably has invited Chagall to exhibit his works or perhaps to be published there, because the gallery was producing art books at the time. Indistinct signature at the foot of the page, possibly “Robert” offset from another document. Mailing folds, two pinholes near the top edge, a few light creases and marks, overall in good condition, with the large Chagall signature in excellent condition.
Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650
Pasteur, Louis (1822 -1895)
Fine content autograph letter signed “anthrax after vaccination”
French chemist and microbiologist, popularly known as the "father of microbiology". Autograph letter signed “L. Pasteur”. 1p., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Paris, 1883 May 23. Addressed to the President of the Hérault Agricultural Society, who had experimented with his vaccinations against the anthrax of sheep. This fine letter deals with the duration of immunity against anthrax after vaccination. Mailing folds, minor stains on the left, else good condition. In May 1881, Pasteur performed a famous public experiment at Pouilly-le-Fort to demonstrate his concept of vaccination. He prepared two groups of 25 sheep, one goat and several cows. The animals of one group were twice injected, with an interval of 15 days, with an anthrax vaccine prepared by Pasteur; a control group was left unvaccinated. Thirty days after the first injection, both groups were injected with a culture of live anthrax bacteria. All the animals in the non-vaccinated group died, while all of the animals in the vaccinated group survived. The public reception was sensational.
Price: $ 2,925 / € 2.250
Tolstoy, Leo (1828-1910)
Autograph note signed matted
Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature and for the Nobel Peace Prize, the fact he never won is a major Nobel prize controversy. Autograph note signed “To Charlie Straughan from Leo Tolstoy Jan. 18, 1896”. Card, 3.75 x 2.25 inch, no place, signed in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Tolstoy to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Card is slightly discolored, else fine condition. A perfect example of Tolstoy’s handwriting and signature.
Price: $ 3,090 / € 2.475
Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)
Fine document signed by the Fairy tale King (Neuschwanstein)
Ludwig II. was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King and “der Märchenkönig” - the Fairy tale King. He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. He succeeded to the throne aged only 18 and is famous for the construction of two lavish palaces and the fantastic Neuschwanstein Castle. Partly printed document signed “Ludwig”. 1p. (double-page), 8.0 x 13.5 inch, blind embossed seal, Hohenschwangau, 1877 July 21. “Decret für Maximilian Gradinger”. Impressive signed in dark black ink by Ludwig and countersigned by the War Minster Joseph Maximilian von Maillinger (1820-1901). Mailing folds, slightly discolored, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050
Hauptmann, Gerhart (1862-1946)
Uncommon early postcard portrait signed
German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912. Postcard portrait signed “Gerhart Hauptmann” and dated in his hand “Rovio d 26.4.99.”. Postcard, 5.5 x 4.0 inch, signed and dated in purple ink, a fine 1899 postcard reproducing an engraved portrait of Hauptmann. The portrait (by Hans Weyl, 1899) is captioned with Hauptmann's name, misspelled “Gerhard”, he has corrected this in the same purple ink. The verso of the card, addressed in another hand, is stamped and postmarked at Rovio, Switzerland the day it was signed. It has been mounted on a slightly larger piece of card, with a window cut in the verso displaying most of the verso of the postcard. One corner of the window frame has a postmarked stamp commemorating Hauptmann, this was issued in 1950. Minor handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 425 / € 325
Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)
Rare autographed letter signed
28. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed “Woodrow Wilson”. 1p., 3.75 x 5.0 inch. Princeton, 1903 January 26 Letter to Betty Breese Blodget. In full: “I cheerfully comply with your request for my autograph. It is a small return for your kindness in desiring it.” Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Wilson to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Wilson remains uncommon in handwritten letters.
Price: $ 875 / € 675
Paganini, Niccolò (1782-1840)
Autograph note signed
Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. Autograph note signed “Da Paganini La response de su…”. Part of a document, 2.75 x 1.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (Paris, about 1831), written in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in cream white with a photograph of Paganini to an overall of 6.75 x 9.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Good condition.
Price: $ 1,480 / € 1.190
Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874)
Hand addressed signed envelope “free frank” AS PRESIDENT
13. President of the United States. Free frank signed “M. Fillmore”. 1p., address panel, 5.0 x 3.0 inch, Washington, (1850-1853), no post stamp, probably hand delivered. Addressed by a secretary to “Asbury Dickins Esq. Secry of the Senate”. Another free frank envelope with the same blue paper and with the same secretary handwriting was sold some years ago. It had a red wax seal of the President on verso, therefore I’m sure that the envelope was signed as President. Handsomely matted in gray with a photo of Fillmore to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition. Asbury Dickins (1780–1861) was a United States government official who served as Secretary of the United States Senate from 1836 until shortly before his death in 1861.
Price: $ 690 / € 530
Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917)
Autograph letter signed
French sculptor whose works, including the iconic “The Kiss” and “The Thinker”, earned him a place among the most influential artistic figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Autograph letter signed „Auguste Rodin“. 2pp. (double-page), 5.5 x 6.75 inch. 25 Via Gregoriana, Rome, 1915 February 11. To an unidentified lady, in French. Rodin sends his apologies to his correspondent and states: „…last Sunday I was at the restaurant Latour, my workshop from 2h30 to 3h30. I must have ran out of memory and this way missed your kind visit. Please forgive me...“ Mailing fold, else fine.
Price: $ 1,020 / € 850
Disney, Walt (1901-1966)
Wonderful signed Donald Duck print
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney - American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist and voice actor. As a major figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Wonderful color print reproducing a cel from the 1951 short “Out of Scale”. 10.0 x 8.0 inch and presented in its original 15.5 x 14.5 inch mat. Nicely signed and inscribed on the mat in brown crayon: "To Dick - My Best, Walt Disney." The image shows Donald Duck in a conductor's cap, riding a model railroad train. The reverse retains the original Walt Disney Productions label. Framed to an overall size of 18.25 x 17.25. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Walt Disney was a famous model train enthusiast, and had his own “Carolwood Pacific” ridable miniature railroad built in his backyard. One of the finest Disney autographs you can hope to find.
Price: $ 7,150 / € 5.500
Mucha, Alphonse (1860-1939)
Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards and designs. Signed postcard “Mucha”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p. n.d. Signed by the artist in black ink, colour postcard depicting “The Humble Will Revive”. In fine condition.
Price: $ 285 / € 220
Mucha, Alphonse (1860-1939)
Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards and designs. Signed postcard “Mucha”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p. n.d. Signed by the artist in black ink, colour postcard depicting “Blessed in the Merciful”. In fine condition.
Price: $ 285 / € 220
Amin Dada, Idi (1923-2003)
Signed photograph with excellent provenance
Ugandan political leader and military officer who was the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. A murderous, oppressive President who was deposed in 1979 and lived the remainder of his years in exile. Glossy signed photograph “I. Amin Dada”. 6.5 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (1976), signed in blue ballpoint. Enclosed is the correspondence between a German collector and the German embassy of the Republic of Uganda regarding the request for a signed photograph of Idi Amin. The last letter, dated February 10, 1976 reads: “I now have the pleasure to enclose herewith an autographed portrait of H.E. President Amin.” Handling wear, else good condition. A rare signed photo with excellent provenance.
Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.150
Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)
Large signed photograph
American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Vintage sepia photograph signed “Thos A Edison”. The image depicting the inventor in a formal half length pose. 7.0 x 10.5 inch (sight) and matted in gray – overall 10.75 x 14.25 inch. Signed in bold black fountain pen ink. Photograph by Walter Scott Shin of New York and signed by him in pencil to the lower border. Two spots on Edison’s head, minor bends, some slight scuffing just affecting the signature, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,250 / € 975
Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778)
Excellent and fine content letter signed
François-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and Christianity as a whole, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. Letter Signed “Voltaire”. 1p., bifolium, 7.5 x 9.0 inch, Ferney, 1763 September 11. A letter to poet and playwright Adrien-Michel-Hyacinthe Blin de Sainmore (1733-1807). Letter in French, translated, in part: "Sick and old, almost blind people, are bad correspondents. I have not kept any of those fleeting things you mention. They are bagatelles for the amusement of society for a few days which one forgets. Once people collected those little works from the days of Voiture and Sarasin when they were (illegible) ... but now one is blooded by them. If I find some I will gladly send them to you, even if they are not worthy..." Addressed on verso and with a fine red wax seal. Slightly discolored, small stain, fold breaks expertly repaired inside the bifolium, writing dark and fine. Five months before writing this letter, Voltaire published his famous “Traité sur la tolerance” (April 1763), which accused Christianity of being the biggest perpetrators of religious persecution. In 1759, Voltaire purchased an estate called "Ferney" near the French-Swiss border. Its location proved helpful on numerous occasions when Voltaire provoked the wrath of the king with his writing and found it expedient to slip across the border into Switzerland until the king cooled down or friends of Voltaire's interceded on his behalf. Ferney became the intellectual capital of Europe, with visitors flocking to his door. His wide circle of correspondents included Catherine II. of Russia and Frederick II. (The Great) of Prussia.
Price: $ 4,325 / € 3.450
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)
One of the finest signed Christmas cards…
First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Beautiful Royal Christmas card for 1994 signed by Princess Diana ("from Diana") to “Mr. Somerville,” (written in Diana’s hand at the top). 8.0 x 6.0 inch folded. Mounted sepia toned photograph of Diana with her two young sons, Princes William and Harry, gold embossed monogram on the front. In near mint condition. From the Estate of Mr. Philip Somerville (1930-2014). Somerville was one of Queen Elizabeth’s milliners from the early 1980s until he retired in 2008. His hats were also favored by Lady Diana and members of several European royal families.
Price: $ 1,450 / € 1.160
Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)
Rare autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Penicillin)
Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. Rare autograph Letter Signed “Alexander Fleming”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 20A, Danvers Street, Cheyne Walk, S.W.3. (London), 1946 September 30. A letter to "Gratia", with content regarding his busy travel schedule. In part: "...I am coming to Brussels in Friday morning (Oct. 18th) to attend some function which is to inaugurate the Radio Universitaire of this year. I have recorded a number of 10 minute talks in this series... We have just come back from 2 weeks in Rio de Janeiro and next Monday I am having a week in N. Italy so there is not much time for service work but I am still hoping to be able to do something more in the lab.” With a single flattened mail fold, else fine condition.
Price: $ 1,980 / € 1.625
Fokker, Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" (1890-1939)
Signature matted with photograph
Dutch aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer. Signature “Fokker”. 4.25 x 1.0 inch, piece of paper, probably from a document. Mounted on a yellow 5.25 x 3.5 inch piece of paper, n.p., 1915. Signed in pencil by Fokker. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Fokker to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 410 / € 325
Graham Bell, Alexander (1847-1922)
Typed letter signed
Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone. Typed letter signed “Alexander Graham Bell”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Washington, D.C., 1916 March 17, on his imprinted letterhead, signed in full and in dark black ink. Addressed to Craige McComb Snader Esq in Overbrook. A brief letter sending his autograph. Minor creasing, with age-toning and two rust stains from a paper-clip at top left corner, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,290 / € 1.050
Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)
Typed card signed
Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque. Typed card signed “Ferrari”. Card, 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Modena, 1982 August 13. Signed in his typical purple ink. A short thank you note, in Italian, in full: "Caro Santovetti (in Ferrari’s hand), Grazie della confortante testimonianza per Piro e cordial saluti.” Verso shows a photo of Didi Pironi (1952-1987) - a French racing driver with a PRINTED signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed to Francesco Santovetti in Rome. Fine condition.
Price: $ 960 / € 790
Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)
Typed card signed
Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque. Typed card signed “Ferrari”. Card, 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Modena, 1984 August 1. Signed in his typical purple ink. A short thank you note, in Italian, in full: "Gentile signor Molinaro, grazie della sua 19 luglio e dell’attenzione riservata alle Scuderia Ferrari. Cordiali saluti.” Verso shows a photo of René Arnoux (1948) - a French racing driver and Michele Alboreto (1956-2001) - an Italian racing driver both with a PRINTED signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed to Antonio Molinaro. Fine condition.
Price: $ 960 / € 790
Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)
American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Handsome vintage matte-finish signed photo of Kennedy as the United States Attorney General. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d., signed and inscribed in fountain pen "To Mrs. …best wishes, Robert F. Kennedy." In fine condition, with some light dings to left edge and end of signature slightly smudged.
Price: $ 925 / € 760
Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)
“Il Duce” autograph letter signed
Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party - known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Autograph letter signed “Mussolini”. 1p., bifolium, black bordered, 4.50 x 7.25 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1940-1945). Fine condolence letter in Italian. Writing is compared with examples of Charles Hamilton’s fine book “Leaders and Personalities of the TR” and I think WW II. dated - between 1940-1945. Fine condition.
Price: $ 635 / € 490
Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)
Autograph letter signed re: his South Africa speech 1907
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Autograph letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 4.75 x 7.5 inch, bifolium, blind embossed “House of Commons” letterhead, 1907 June 21. To Sir Alfred (Thomas) thanking him for his kind letter and many other encouragements. In full: “My dear Sir Alfred, Your letter is very kind + I appreciate very much the spirit wh(ich) prompted it + many other encouragements which you have given to me. I am glad indeed that you liked my speech. We have a good cause to present to the public. Yours very sincerely". Mailing fold, else fine condition. Note: The letter from Sir Alfred Thomas (1840-1927), Liberal MP, later Lord Pontypridd, to Churchill, congratulating him on his South Africa Speech of 20 June, is in the Churchill Papers (CHAR 12/26).
Price: $ 4,950 / € 3.850
Charles, Prince (1948)
Signed Christmas Card
Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 7.25 x 4.75 inch (folded), no place (London), n.d. (1980). Signed in black ink “Sir Fitzroy and Lady Maclean - from Charles”. Inside fine photo of a water colour by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Handling wear, else fine condition. Sir Fitzroy Maclean (1911-1996) was a Scottish soldier, writer and politician. Veronica, Lady Maclean (1920–2005) was a British food writer and hotelier.
Price: $ 485 / € 375
Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)
Fine autograph letter signed “Rilke and his last big love”
Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Autograph letter signed “R. M. Rilke”. 2 pages, 6.0 x 8.0 inch, bifolium, Château de Berg-am-Irchel (canton Zurich), 1920 December 10, written in Rilke’s neat hand and addressed to Robert Télin. An excellent letter about the works of Baladine Klossovska, Rilke’s last big love. In French „ …je tiendrais à réveiller par ce petit signe l’aimable intérêt que vous avez si activement témoigné aux épreuves que Madame Klossowska est venue vous confier pour la vente ; cela avait si bien commencé, grâce à votre zèle, maintenant il serait bien gentil, si on pouvait, pour Noël, préparer à Mme K. de nouveau une surprise agréable ! Ne voyez-vous pas le moyen, d’aviver un peu l’intérêt de quelque amateur pour les estampes qui restent à vendre ?…” Handling wear, else fine condition. The painter Baladine Klossowska (1886-1969), a student of Pierre Bonnard, was Rilke's last big love. Klossowska met Rilke in 1919. At the time, Rilke was emerging from a severe depression that had limited his writing to uncollected poems, and a large number of letters, for several years during and after World War I. The two had an intense but episodic romantic relationship that lasted until Rilke's death from leukemia in 1926. With Rilke's stay in the winter of 1920/21, Schloss Berg entered for a short time the stage of world literature.
Price: $ 4,485 / € 3.450
Parker Bowles, Camilla (1947)
Signed Christmas Card
Duchess of Cornwall and the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Christmas card signed “from Camilla Parker Bowles”. 8.25 x 6.0 inch (folded), n.p., n.d., signed in blue ballpoint-pen, additionally in Camilla’s hand “Thomas”. Front shows a picture of flowers. Near mint condition.
Price: $ 150 / € 120
Leopold II., King (1835-1909)
Rare autograph letter signed
King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909. Born in Brussels as the second but eldest surviving son of Leopold I. and Louise of Orléans. He succeeded his father to the Belgian throne in 1865 and reigned until his death, the longest reign of any Belgian monarch. Leopold was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State. Leopold's administration of the Congo was characterized by murder, torture and notorious systematic brutality. Autograph letter signed “Leopold”. 4 pages, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, bifolium, Château de Laeken, 1880 June 1. Addressed to: „Cher cousin, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ernest II. (Ernst August Karl Johann Leopold Alexander Eduard, 1818-1893). A fine handwritten letter regarding a wish of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. In French, in parts: “L’Archiduc Rodolphe Prince Impérial d’Autriche Hongrie désire très vivement…pour…Mr Karl Bohuslawek la petite croix en argent de chevalier de l’ordre de Famille. J’ai promis de vous faire part du vœu de mon futur gendre…” Translated: “The Archduke Rudolph, Prince Imperial of Austria Hungary, wishes the little cross in silver of knight of the order of Family for ... Mr. Karl Bohuslawek. I promised to share with you the wish of my future son-in-law…”. The original mailing envelope with a fine black wax seal is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (1858-1889), was the only son and third child of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Elisabeth of Bavaria. He was heir apparent to the throne of Austria-Hungary from birth. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, at the Mayerling hunting lodge.
Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.490
Magritte, René (1898-1967)
Autograph letter signed
Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph letter signed “Magritte”. 1p., 8.25 x 11 inch, 135 rue Esseghm, Jette-Bruxelles, March 8, 1938. Letter to a gentleman, in French, in full (translated): "I received your letter of the 5th and I thank you for the invitation you make to me. I will hold at your disposal for May 25th, paintings that I will choose as you request. But until then, could you please be so kind and give me in good time the instructions to follow for sending and returning the paintings?" In fine condition, with two file holes to the left side. Magritte lived and worked in an apartment at 135 rue Esseghm in Brussels for nearly 24 years from 1930 to 1954. The residence soon became a headquarters for the Belgian surrealists, as Magritte's colleagues gathered to organize the production of artwork, journals, pamphlets, and books. Today the address is home to the Rene Magritte Museum.
Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.490
Magritte, René (1898-1967)
Autograph letter signed to poet Marcel Béalu
Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph letter signed “Rene Magritte”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, Brussels, n.d. A very nice handwritten and signed letter from Rene Magritte to the Belgian poet Marcel Béalu (1908-1993) in Paris. Hoping that "he has received the others and the 1st letter". Comes with the original mailing envelope, addressed in Magritte’s hand. Fine condition.
Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390
Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)
Scarce signed photograph
French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer and literary critic. Signed and inscribed photograph “avec Valerie Mass … homage de JP Sartre”. Page from a program, 1p., 5.25 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink and in fine condition. Uncommon and scarce Sartre autograph.
Price: $ 1,150 / € 890
Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)
Rare handwritten telegram signed to Empress Sisi
Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, King of Croatia, King of Galicia and Lodomeria and Grand Duke of Cracow from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German Confederation. Telegram signed “FrJ”. 1p., 6.25 x 9.0 inch, Budapest, 1887 March 19, afternoon, 4:25 h. Written in black ink in German. To Empress Elisabeth of Austria, nicknamed Sisi (1837-1898). In full: “Der Kaiser an I(hre) M(ajestät) die Kaiserin in Wien. Habe soeben Carmen Silva und den König auf der Durchreise am Bahnhofe begrüßt und eine viertel Stunde angenehm verplauscht“. Translated: “The Emperor to H(er) M(ajesty), the Empress in Vienna. Have just welcomed Carmen Silva and the King in transit at the station and we had a pleasant conversation for a quarter of an hour.” In a different hand at the end a forwarding annotation “Exp. Budapest 19/3. 1887, NM 4.25”. Fine condition. Carmen Silva - Elisabeth of Wied (1843-1916) was the Queen of Romania as the wife of King Carol I., widely known by her literary name of Carmen Silva. Carol I. (1839-1914) was the monarch of Romania from 1866 to 1914.
Price: $ 1,755 / €1.350
Gaddafi, Muammar (1942-2011)
Signed photograph in presentation folder
Known as Colonel Gaddafi. A Libyan revolutionary and politician, and ruler of Libya for 42 years. Fine signed color photograph in his original folder. 6.5 x 8.75 inch, n.p. (Tripoli), n.d. (1979 February 19). Signed by Gaddafi in red felt-tip pen. Accompanied by the original transmittal letter from the “Revolution Leaders’s Bureau” and the original transmittal envelope. Minor handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 635 / € 490
Alfonso XII., King (1857-1885)
Rare cabinet photograph signed to the King of Serbia
King of Spain 1874-85. An attractive vintage signed cabinet photograph. Signed and inscribed to the King of Serbia Milan I. Obrenovic (1854-1901). In French: “Au roi Milan de Serbie, souvenir de son affectueux collègue Alphonse”. 4.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Gilt edges photo by T. H. Voigt of Homburg, the sepia image depicting the King standing in a full length pose, wearing his military uniform. Signed in bold black ink to the white lower border, over the photographer´s imprint. Photographer´s imprint also to the verso, bearing ''Photographer by Appointment to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales - T.H. Voigt''. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Uncommon signed photograph from one King to another.
Price: $ 1,540 / € 1.190
Ebert, Friedrich (1871-1925)
German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the first President of Germany from 1919 until his death in office in 1925. Partly printed document signed “Ebert”. 1p., bifolium, 8.25 x 13.0 inch, Berlin, 1922 February 18. Ebert appoints “Im Namen des Reichs” Mr. Theodor Rolland as Finance Court President. Countersigned by Andreas Hermes (1878-1964) as Minister for Nutrition/Food. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 455 / € 350
Castro, Fidel (1926-2016)
Signed photograph (just three weeks after the revolution)
Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Signed press-photograph “Fidel CastroR Enero (January) 21, 1959”. Black and White photograph, 6.25 x 4.25 inch, n.p., January 21, 1959. Signed in black ink. Handling wear, vertical bend, mounting residue on verso. Photo probably in connection with the Cuban Revolution (20.07.1953 - 01.01.1959) which ended with the fall of the dictator Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973). Castro is rare in authentic signed photos, especially from this early time.
Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090
Lehár, Franz (1870-1948)
Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe). Signed postcard photograph. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, black and white photograph by Gutmann, Vienna, signed in dark black ink. Photo shows Lehár leaning to his piano. Handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 250 / € 190
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.
Price: $ 2,015 / € 1.550
Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)
“Il Duce” signs a photograph
Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party - known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Signed photograph “BMussolini”. 6.5 x 8.75 inch black and white photograph on the original 8.25 x 10.5 inch photographers mount, n.p. (Roma), n.d. (1925). Additionally signed in pencil by the photographer Eva Barrett (1879-1950) “Eva Barrett Roma 25”. Minor handling wear, else fine.
Price: $ 1,430 / € 1.100
Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)
Signed photograph as Reich Chancellor
Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Signed postcard photograph “Adolf Hitler”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in ink, Photo Hoffmann Munich. Two small stains, else 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: $ 2,535 / € 1.950
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: $ 290 / € 225
Lindbergh, Charles A. (1902-1974)
Typed letter signed re: Unauthorized Photographs of Him and His Wife
American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. He became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. Typed letter signed “Charles A. Lindbergh”, 1p, 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Huntington New York, 1939 October 26. Charles Lindbergh shows concern over unauthorized Photographs of Him and His Wife. Addressed to Mr. Paul Cordes in New York. In full: “My wife has just shown me your letters of Oct. 11th and 16th in regard to the request for a copy of her photograph which appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine. It is very considerate of you to write to us about these requests, but we would prefer not to have our photographs sold to anyone. As a matter of fact, I am writing Harcourt, Brace and Co. to find out how LIFE magazine obtained the photograph which they used on their cover. This was done without authorization from us and against our general instructions about such matters. I imagine it is one of the things that slips by unnoticed from time to time, and it may have been done without any authorization at all. Could you arrange to take another photograph for us some time this winter? If you, we will communicate with you at the first opportunity we have in regard to a date.” Mailing folds, else near mint condition. Charles Lindbergh had been making headlines and appearing in newspapers, periodicals, and magazines since his skyrocket to fame from obscurity in 1927. That was when he won the Orteig Prize, making a nonstop flight from New York to Paris. By 1927, Lindbergh even appeared in Time as their First Man of the Year cover. However, not all of the publicity surrounding the Lindbergh’s were related to his achievements. Lindbergh's historic flight and extraordinary celebrity status also led to tragedy. In March 1932, his infant son Charles Jr. was kidnapped and murdered in what the American media called the "Crime of the Century" and which was described by contemporaries as "the biggest story since the Resurrection." The case prompted the United States Congress to establish kidnapping as a federal crime once the kidnapper had crossed state lines. By late 1935, the hysteria surrounding the case had driven the Lindbergh family into voluntary exile in Europe, from which they returned in 1939, the year of this letter. Lindbergh once again appeared on the cover of Time in 1939. On May 15th of the same year, and apparently against the wishes of the Lindbergh’s, Life magazine came out with a full cover photo of his wife, captioned "Hero's Heroic Wife". Apparently the Life cover and the photo itself were never approved by the Lindbergh’s. This comprises the bulk of the content of this offered letter.
Price: $ 1,190 / € 925
Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)
Original Sketch Drawn on his U.S. Senate Letterhead
35. President of the United States. Original Sketch Drawn on His U.S. Senate Letterhead, c. 1959-60. Original sketch made as Senator from Massachusetts, drawn in pencil on JFK's official United States Senate letterhead, 1p., bifolium, 5.25 x 6.75 inch, c. 1959-60. Kennedy heavily underlined "United States Senate." Below he wrote "Iraq" and drew a frame around it. Below that he drew nine small connected boxes in a diagonal line, with "10-2" written in the first one. A separate box below also contains "10-2". At the end of the line of boxes, he wrote his first name, "John" and immediately below that, he wrote his initials "J.K." twice. At the lower side is what may be a tiny sailboat. Fine condition. This piece is from the personal correspondence collection of the late Michael J. Kirwan, who was U.S. Representative from Ohio and longtime chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as the chairman of both the Public Works and Interior Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee. Kirwan was a friend of Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson, as well as other Democratic stalwarts such as Sam Rayburn, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, and Tip O'Neill. Kirwan enjoyed collecting their doodles and sketches. Congressman Kirwan was the next-door neighbor to presidential historian John Jovich. Kirwan's widow, the late Alice Kirwan, presented Mr. Jovich with his personal correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous memorabilia during the 1970s. A Statement of Provenance from Mr. Jovich accompanies the sketch.
Price: $ 1,850 / € 1.425
Buchanan, James (1791-1868)
Autograph letter signed (co-signed by Senator S. McKean)
15. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed recommending a Doctor for a Position in the Land Office. Autograph letter signed “James Buchanan”. 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 9.75 inch, Washington, 1836 December 12, as U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. Countersigned by Samuel McKean (1787-1841), Pennylvania's second senator. Addressed to Hon. James S. Whitcomb (1795-1852), U.S. senator from Indiana, who had been appointed by President Andrew Jackson as Land Commissioner (1836-41). Buchanan and McKean recommend Dr. William Wallace, whom they believe to be well qualified to be a clerk in the Land office. In full: “We take pleasure in recommending to you the appointment of Dr. William Wallace as a clerk in the Land Office. We believe him to be well qualified for the situations of which he applies. He is the son of a highly respectable citizen of Pennsylvania who has recently removed to this City: and is himself a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. His appointment would give satisfaction to many friends." Clearly written in Buchanan's neat hand. Small mounting remnants on integral address leaf, else fine condition.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) & Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969)
Letter archive to a classmate (7 letters)
33. and 34. President of the United States. A large letter archive. Five typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT “Harry S. Truman”. All one page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch. Dated: 1945 April 28, 1945 November 23, 1948 July 29, 1949 July 21, 1952 November 8. All on the typical bifolium “The White House Washington” stationery and signed in dark black ink. All addressed to Marry B. Womack in St. Louis, Missouri. One typed letter signed “Dwight D. Eisenhower”. One page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, 1947 July 22. On “War Department The Chief of Staff” stationery. Signed in dark black ink and addressed to Marry B. Womack in St. Louis, Missouri. And one typed letter signed “Eisenhower”. One page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, 1947 July 22. On “War Department The Chief of Staff” stationery. Signed in dark black ink and addressed to Harry S. Truman’s secretary Charles G. Ross at “The White House”. Also included are some Newspaper articles and a 1949 black and white photograph of President Harry Truman with Charles Ross and Marry B. Womack. They were classmates at Independence Highschool. The picture was made when Marry was visiting her brother Bock Womack. Only one envelope from an Eisenhower letter is missing, the other six envelopes are all there. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. An excellent collection of personal letters between classmates, directly acquired from a descendant and on the market for the first time.
Price: $ 2,750 / € 2.110
Napoleon III. (1808-1873)
Draft of an autograph letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon”
Emperor of the French 1852-70, the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. First President of France 1848-52, therefore holding the distinction of being the first titular president and the last monarch of France. Draft of an autograph letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon” within the text. 1p., double-page, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. To the editor of the Times (John Delane). In French: “J'ignore ce que votre correspondant a pu vous écrire le 10 aout 1870, mais certes il a été mal informé. L'empereur Napoleon n'a point écrit à ses ministres la phrase qu'on lui prete. Il s'est borné, après la bataille de Wörth, de leur envoyer ces mots: 'il faut élever nos ames à la hauteur des circonstances'. Je regrette, Monsieur, d'voir de nouveau recours à votre obligeance.” Fine condition.
Price: $ 520 / € 400