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

Signed photograph

A comedy double of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of thin Englishman, Stan Laurel and heavyset American, Oliver Hardy. They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. Vintage signed and inscribed photograph by both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy individually. The image depicting the duo standing together, 7.0 x 5.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed and inscribed in dark ink  “HELLO ANNETTE Stan Laurel” by Laurel and in ballpoint pen “Oliver Hardy” by Hardy. Corner wear, else good condition. One of the larger signed photos, not the more common postcard size.

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Garfield, James A. (1831-1881)

Rare signed cabinet photograph

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

 

Price: $ 1,950 / € 1.500

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

Autograph musical quotation signed

Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Nina Grieg was a Danish-Norwegian lyric soprano and the wife of Edvard Grieg. Rare autograph musical quotation signed “Edvard Grieg” and “Nina Grieg”. 5.0 x 2.5 inch piece of paper, n.p., n.d. Additionally a fine musical quotation labled “andante” and “E.G.” written by Nina Grieg. Minor show through of tape, else fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Edvard and Nina Grieg to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Rare combination!

 

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.150

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Excellent signature matted with photograph

Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. Fine signature “Edvard Grieg”. Album page, 3.5 x 1.25 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Grieg to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

 

Price: $ 780 / € 600

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Eiffel, Gustave (1832-1923)

Bookpage signed

A French civil engineer and architect. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France. Signed and inscribed bookpage “G. Eiffel”. 9.25 x 12.5 inch, first page of the book “Etudes pratiques de météorologie et observations comparées des stations de Beaulieu, Sèvres et Vacquey pour l'année 1903”. Page from the first edition. Paris: L. Mazetheux, 1905. Signed and inscribed by Eiffel “Offert a M. Colomas comme terterminages et remerciement de la collaboration 1er Mai 1905”. Pencil note at the top, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939)

Handwritten envelope to Hungarian psychoanalyst

Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Hand-addressed mailing envelope, 5.5 x 3.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (c. 1920-1925)). Addressed by Freud in dark black ink to “Frau Kata Levy in Budapest”.  Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Kata Levy (1883-1969) married in 1908 Lajos Levy (1875-1961), who was a co-founder of the Hungarian Psychoanalytical Society in 1913. In 1918 Kata Levy began an analyses with Sigmund Freud during his stay in Budapest, continuing it in Vienna in 1920. This is a stray envelope from a collection of pamphlets inscribed by Freud to Kata Levy and autograph envelopes addressed to her.

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)

Document signed “bill for books”

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

 

Price: $ 4,485 / € 3.450

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Rare autograph letter signed

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

 

Price: $ 1,290 / € 1.090

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Hendrix, Jimi (1942-1970)

Card signed and matted with photograph “Love Jimi Hendrix”

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

 

Price: $ 4,485 / € 3.450

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Strauss, Johann II. (1825-1899)

Autograph letter signed “In vain is death”

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

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Watt, James (1736-1819)

Rare signature matted with photograph

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

 

 

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

WW II. dated autograph postcard signed

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

 

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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

Handwritten envelope to Emperor Franz Joseph I.

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

 

Price: $ 1,560 / € 1.200

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

Handwritten envelope to Emperor Franz Joseph I.

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

 

 

Price: $ 1,170 / € 900

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Anne, Princess Royal (1950)

Uncommon Christmas Card signed to The Queen Mother

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

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Schumann, Clara (1819-1896)

Rare autograph musical quotation signed

German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished composers and pianists of the Romantic era. Rare autograph musical quotation signed “Clara Schumann”. 1p., 5.75 x 2.5 inch, n.p., n.d. And additionally in her hand a fine autograph musical quoatation “Warum willst Du And’re fragen” from her 1841 published song op. 12 Nr. 11, text by Friedrich Rückert. Mounted to cardboard, lower right corner missing, else fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Schumann to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine!

 

Price: $ 1,885 / € 1.450

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Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)

Letter archive (two autograph and five typed letter signed)

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

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Suttner, Bertha von (1843-1914)

Autograph letter signed (first woman Nobel Peace Prize)

Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Autograph letter signed “B. von Suttner”. 3 pages, bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., 1896 October 6. In German regarding publications: „…Ich habe meinem Schützling sogleich Mitteilung gemacht, daß Sie gewillt seien, ihre Arbeiten zu prüfen … Mögen die Arbeiten nur gut sein! Denn Interesse verdient das Schicksal jener unglücklichen und würdigen Frau, die nur einen Wunsch hat: durch rastloses, ehrliches Arbeiten ihrem begabten … Söhnchen eine gute Erziehung geben zu können …“ In fine condition.

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Suttner, Bertha von (1843-1914)

Autograph letter signed (first woman Nobel Peace Prize)

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

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Important content Typed letter signed

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

Price: $ 1,160 / € 890

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Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903)

Autograph letter signed

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

 

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Strauss, Johann II. (1825-1899)

Autograph note signed matted with photograph

Also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger or the Son. Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King" and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century. One of his most famous works is "The Blue Danube". Autograph note signed “Johann Strauss”. Card, 4.0 x 2.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Additionally in Strauss’s hand a short thank you note in German “dankt herzlichst für ebenso liebenswürdigen als geistreichen Glückwunsch”. Punch holes, minor paper clip impression, else fine. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Strauss to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Also included is a personal visiting card of Strauss with a handwritten note in secretary hand regarding a meeting.

Price: $ 1,135 / € 875

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Franco, Francisco (1892-1975)

Signed photograph

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

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Talleyrand, Charles Maurice (1754-1838)

Document signed in the name of Napoleon I.

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

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Autograph postcard signed

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

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph postcard signed 

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

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.075

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Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867)

Document signed

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

Price: $ 3,690 / € 2.850

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Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940)

Autograph letter signed regarding her masterpiece „Gösta Berling“

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

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Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940)

Autograph letter signed

Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is best remembered for her children's book “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson”. Autograph letter signed “Selma Lagerlöf”. 1p., bifolium, 5.5 x 7.0 inch, Marbacka, 1930 April 17. Addressed to Adolf Herrmann in Vienna regarding a manuscript. In German, in full: „Es tut mir leid, dass ich Ihnen nicht, wie Sie es wünschen, helfen kann. Seit einer Woche liege ich an Lungenkatarrhe krank darnieder und darf das Bett nicht verlassen. Ich habe es versucht, Ihr Opus zu lesen, ertrage es aber nicht. Es ist einem kranken Menschen allzu stark. Ich muß es Ihnen zurücksenden.“ The original mailing envelope is included. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Impressive signed Imperial Cabinet Photograph

Italian composer of operas. Impressive signed Imperial Cabinet Photograph “G Verdi Montecantini Sept. 1899”. 6.75 x 9.5 inch. Montecantini, 1899. Fine half length portrait of Verdi. Photo by P(ietro) Tempestini - printed in silver on the front and on verso. Top and right edge very slightly trimmed, else fine condition. Photo was formerly framed, a copy of a statement from the back of the frame is included. The text in Italian: “autografo di Giuseppe Verdi data a mio padre, amico personale del Maestro a Montecantini 1899”. Translated: “autograph of Giuseppe Verdi given to my father, a personal friend of the Maestro at Montecantini 1899 + name/ signature of the son." Surely one of the finest signed Verdi photos you can hope to find and with excellent provenance.

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Letter signed with handwritten addition in Napoleon’s hand

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

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Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)

Autograph letter signed

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

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Paderewski, Ignacy Jan (1860-1941)

Fine autograph musical quotation signed

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

 

 

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Kollwitz, Käthe (1867-1945)

Autograph letter signed regarding a fee for one of her works

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

Price: $ 1,135 / € 875

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Zweig, Stefan (1881-1942)

Typed letter signed

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

Price: $ 875 / € 675

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Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)

Letter 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. Letter signed “Ludovico”. 1p., bifolium, 8.75 x 11.25 inch, gilt edging, Hohenschwangau, 1886 January 15. Addressed to Cardinal Ricci Paracciani (1830-1894) regarding Christmas wishes. In Italian: “Ringrazio l’Emza Vra dei buoni voti offertini nella ricorrenza delle Sante Feste die Natale…” Accompanied by the original black sealed mailing envelope. Mailing folds, lower right corner minor paper loss, else good condition and beautiful signed. Written in the year of his death.

Price: $ 1,560 / € 1.200

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Monet, Claude (1840-1926)

Autograph letter signed re: much needed money donation

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

Price: $ 5,135 / € 3.950

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Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)

Autograph letter signed regarding his jubilation cantata op. 58

German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic and one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Autograph letter signed “CMvWeber”. 1p., 7.75 x 8.0 inch, Dresden, 1818 August 5. Addressed on verso in Weber`s hand to the publisher Carl Friedrich Peters in Leipzig to whom he offers his jubilation cantata op. 58 for print. In German, in full: “…Die Jubiläumsfeyer unsres erhabenen Monarchen muß jedes treuen Unterthanen Gefühl erheben und bethätigen zu lauten Beweisen desselben. Fried(rich) Kind hat mir eine Kantate gedichtet, die ich hier aufzuführen gedenke, es aber zugleich zweckmäßig fände wenn selbe als ein Kunstdenkmal in aller Sachsen Hände kommen könnte. Wollen Sie die Herausgabe der Partitur übernehmen? ich habe es für eine freundliche Pflicht gehalten Sie vor Allen bei diesem ehrenvollen Unternehmen zu befragen. Antworten Sie mir bald und bestimmt, und verzeihen Sie die Eile zu der mich meine Geschäfte zwingen.“ Mailing folds, left margin irregular, else good condition. The premiere took place to Weber's disappointment not on 20 September. But only three days later to the "Besten der Armen (best of the poor)" in the church of Neustadt. The first printing took place at Schlesinger in Berlin. Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Gesamtausgabe (Carl-Maria-von-Weber-collected works), Digitale Edition (digital edition.), http://webergesamtausgabe.de/A041441.

Price: $ 4,875 / € 3.750

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

Excellent signed photograph

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Matte-finish 2.5 x 3.25 photo affixed to a 7.5 x 5.5 inch mount. Berlin, 1928, May 21. With a printed message of thanks related to Planck’s seventieth birthday. Signed on the mount “M. Planck” and with an autograph note signed in German: „Ihnen, verehrtester Herr College Kaufmann, und ebenso den Collegen Hoffmann und Kretschmann, mit dem besten Gruss!” Fold in the middle, minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.070

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Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)

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

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

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Autograph letter signed

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Autograph letter signed “Humboldt”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.5 inch. (Paris), Rue Saint-Dominique d’Enfer n. 20, about 1809. A fine untranslated letter in French to a friend. Slight browning, handling wear, small tear to lower outer corner, else fine condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Garbo, Greta (1905-1990)

Rare signed check

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

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Doyle, Arthur Conan (1859-1930)

Autograph letter signed

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

Price: $ 1,235 / € 950

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Gershwin, George (1898-1937)

Fine condition signed check

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

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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French Literature / Paul Claudel & Marcel Achard

Portraits signed

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

Price: $ 210 / € 160

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Ramsay, William (1852-1916)

Important autograph letter signed “… argon passes through iron”

Scottish chemist who discovered the noble gases and received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904. Autograph letter signed “W. Ramsay”. Written on a postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Paris, 1895 April 2. In full: “Dear Sir, Thanks for your letter. I have had my eye on Gratams observation for some time, but have had no time to repeat it. Your letter will bring me to this scratch; & it may prove a good means of separation. My impression is that argon passes through iron, but it is not proved. I think I lost a lot in using iron tubar; & I have always intended to repeat it & to use platinum, but I have not had time as yet. There is too much to do. Believe me.” Card is addressed on verso in Ramsay’s hand to “Anshby Esq. Grammar School”. Two folds, handling and corner wear, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. On the evening of 19 April 1894 Ramsay attended a lecture given by Lord Rayleigh. Rayleigh had noticed a discrepancy between the density of nitrogen made by chemical synthesis and nitrogen isolated from the air by removal of the other known components. After a short conversation he and Ramsay decided to investigate this. In August Ramsay told Rayleigh he had isolated a new, heavy component of air, which did not appear to have any chemical reactivity. He named this inert gas "argon". A handwritten letter mentioning argon is of great rarity

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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George II., King (1683-1760)

Document signed as King with uncommon countersignature

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

Price: $ 890 / € 690

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Peron, Eva (1919-1952)

Rare autograph letter signed to the mother of Juan Peron

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

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Beecher Stowe, Harriet (1811-1896)

Wonderful autograph quotation signed

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

 

Price: $ 625 / € 480

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Iconic signed photograph by Walter Stonemann

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Signed Photograph “Winston S. Churchill” and dated in his hand “1950”. Photograph 2.75 x 3.75 inch on his original mount, 4.0 x 5.75 inch overall. “Walter Stonemann of J. Russel & Sons” stamp on verso. The prime minister is seen in this iconic chest up portrait sitting with his right arm propped up on a table. He is wearing a dark suit, bowtie, and white pocket square. Accompanied by the original letter sending the photograph to a Mrs. Glanville, on Hyde Park Gate London stationery, 1950 June 14th, signed by Churchill’s Private Secretary. Discolored from prior framing, minor water stain, signature a little light, but fully legible, else good condition. The photograph was taken by Walter Stoneman of J. Russell & Sons on April 1, 1942 and is one of the most powerful photographs of Winston Churchill ever made. Walter Stoneman (1876-1958) regularly photographed Winston Churchill for the portrait firm J. Russell & Sons and Churchill frequently used Stoneman's portraits as his official photographs.

Price: $ 3,750 / € 2.900

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Letter signed regarding an important vote

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

Price: $ 470 / € 360

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Camus, Albert (1913-1960)

Portrait signed

French philosopher, author, and journalist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. Portrait signed “en homage Albert Camus”. 8.0 x 10.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Page from a magazine, signed in dark black ink. Fine condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 975 / € 750

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Impressive signed Imperial Cabinet Photograph

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

Price:  $ 2,015 / € 1.550

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Charles, Prince (1948)

Typed letter signed

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Typed letter signed “Yours sincerely Charles” and additionally in his hand “Dear Mr. Todd”. 1p., 8.0 x 12.0 inch, 1990 January 12. On embossed “Kensington Palace” stationery. In part: “It was very good of you to take the trouble to make a return visit and I was interested to hear your views about the future for Blackburn. I am sure you are also right about the need for the ordnance factory to investigate diversifying its production, particularly in view of all the current international changes that are taking place, apart from any other consideration.” Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine.

 

Price: $ 575 / € 440

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Gide, André (1869-1951)

Typed letter signed by the winner of the Nobel Prize

 French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. Typed letter signed “Andre Gidé”. 2pp. (bifolium), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Cuverville, n.d. (1927). To Gustave Pigot, director de la revue Le Capitole. Fine untranslated letter in French, in full: “Pour l’amour du ciel, laissez B. tranquille. Il s’amuse de vous et de moi. Je me mordais les doigts de l’avoir sollicité, et suis extrèmement heureux qu’ill s’abstienne; et d’autent plus que sa défection va permettre la collaboration de Valéry. Si donc maintenant, se ravisant, il vous envoie le manuscrit, ayez le courage de le lui renvoyer en lui disant: “trop tard”, la première place est promise. Aviez-vous déjà payé?? Je consen à vous couvrir cette fausse avance. Vous n’avez rien à répondre à Rouveyre, avec qui j’ai correspond. Laissez tomber cela. Pour Valéry, laissez-moi faire. et Jaloux? Vous ne me dites rien de Giraudoux. Ni de Mauriac, ni de Thibaudet, don’t vous annoncez la collaboration d’une manière peut-etre un peu imprudente, avant d’avoir recu leur “copie”. Et pour quoi mettre sue l’annonce “Etudes complement”, qui est “complètement” ridicule. Et “des documents rares” … Qu’entendez-vous pa là? Persuadez – vous que ces inutiles battages mècontentent les lecteurs autent que moi. Au revoir et croyez à mes sentiments bien cordiaux.” Mailing fold, handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 585 / € 450

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Strauss, Johann II. (1825-1899)

Autograph musical quotation signed from “THE BLUE DANUBE”

Also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger or the Son. Austrian composer of light music, particularly dance music and operettas. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King" and was largely responsible for the popularity of the waltz in Vienna during the 19th century. One of his most famous works is "The Blue Danube". Visiting card with the opening bars of the celebrated theme signed “Johann Strauss”. Visiting card, 3.25 x 2.0 inch, n.d., Boston. Written in pencil on verso of the visiting card of an unknown Lady with the name Mary. Slightly stained, mounting residue on verso, therefore the complete name of the Lady is not readable. Musical quotations from “The blue Danube” are rare.

Price: $ 2,665 / € 2.050

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

Typed 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. Typed letter signed “Mussolini”. 1p., 8.25 x 12.0 inch, Roma, 1936 June 21 (A.XIV = fascist calendar 14 years after March on Rome 1922). On “Il Capo del Governo” stationery. In Italian, in full: “Il Tenente General medico Gr. Uff. Luigi FRANCHI, direttore general delle sanità militare, ha validamente ed efficacemente collaborato alle preparazione e mobilitazione delle forze terrestri destinate in A.O. Ha lavorato con intelligenza, passion, competenza. Lo encomio.” Translated: "The Lieutenant General physician Gr. Uff. Luigi FRANCHI, director general of military health, has validly and effectively collaborated in the preparation and mobilization of terrestrial forces destined for A.O. He worked with intelligence, passion, competence. I commend it." Mailing folds, paper clip impression, else fine condition.

Price: $ 570 / € 440

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Edward VIII., King (1894-1972)

Signed photograph (famous Hugh Cecil photo)

King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December the same year. Vintage signed photograph “Edward P 1925-“. 7.5 x 9.5 inch, n.p., 1925. Original photograph on photo cardboard by famous royal photographer Hugh Cecil with the original red label “Portrait by Hugh Cecil Number 7825.A” on verso. Handling wear, slightly wavy, surface scraped off on two places, minor silvering, else good condition with excellent dark signature.

 

Price: $ 975 / € 750

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Rare autograph letter signed from Russia

Autograph letter signed “Love, B.”. Penned on a 5.75 x 4.0 inch postcard, no date (summer 1955). Kennedy writes a brief letter to Teresa Kraus in Washington. In full: "Well this is the way we do it in Russia. It was 55°C here in Chardz(h)ou on the 7th of Aug which is a little over 130°F so stop complaining & get back to work." In fine condition. Uncommon autograph from RFK’s trip to Russia a trip that shaped his mind.

 

Price: $ 1,150 / € 885

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Schweitzer, Albert (1875-1965)

Signed photograph

German theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa best known for his interpretive life of Jesus. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life”. Signed photograph “Albert Schweitzer”. 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in dark ink. Photograph by R. Kik, Heidenheim/ Brenz. Slightly wrinkled, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 485 / € 375

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Typed letter signed regarding a Welsh scarf for Harry

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 “Yours sincerely, Diana”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.25 inch, 1992 February 5, on Kensington Palace stationery addressed to Lord Parry. Additionally in Diana’s hand “Dear Lord Parry”. In full: “It was so kind of you to have taken the trouble to send Harry the Welsh scarf. He is thrilled to bits to have his own and it will be a constant reminder of a happy afternoon at Cardiff Arms Park. The boys enjoyed themselves enormously on Saturday, as did their Mother, you all made us feel so welcome. Thank you for thinking of Harry - it meant a great deal”.  Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and two Newspaper photos of Diana with William (with scarf) and Harry. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Lord Parry hosted Princess Diana, William and Harry at the Wales versus England Rugby match. He took of his GBP1 Welsh scarf and gave it to William. He then sent one for Harry. He told William “You are the only future King wearing a GBP1 scarf”.

Price: $ 1,820 / € 1.400

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Kelly, Grace (1929-1982)

Fine content autograph letter signed

American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Autograph letter signed “Grace”. 3pp, recto and verso, 5.5 x 8.25 inch, Palais de Monaco blind embossed stationery, 1966 October 17. Addressed to Mr. Charles R. Fish Jr. in Philadelphia. In full: “Charlie dear - many thanks for your sweet letter and for coming to my defense - I appreciate it very much - It was such fun seeing you + I am glad that you enjoyed our evening at the shore - It was a bit disorganised as far as the menue was concerned but we had some good laughs and it is wonderful to be able to relay with old pals (the old is used with an affectionate rather than other  connotation) - We have to spend so much time meeting people + making conversation + small talk with strangers that it is a great relief not to have to make efforts - I am back into the school runtime - Dancing lessons, piano lessons - dentists - football + various small - by social functions - besides my own etcs. Life keeps getting busier + more complicated + I keep getting lazier! What to do? Hope you have a pleasant + fun fall - warmest regards to all - as ever.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Kelly’s hand. Mailing fold, handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Document signed and medal “Order of the British Empire”

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. Document signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.25 inch, Ministry of Munitions of War, London, 1918 January 1. Document addressed to Ernest Gilman, Ashley regarding appointment to the Order of the British Empire. In full: “I HAVE had much pleasure in recommending to the Prime Minster that you should be appointed to the Order of the British Empire, and I am glad to learn that the King has approved the recommendation. Pray accept my hearty congratulations on this recognition of your valuable services.” Accompanied by the original medal in his original case. The box is marked with “M.B.E.” for “Member British Empire”. Also included is a letter of the Acting Secretary of the Home Office Whitehall, London, 1917 December 20 regarding the appointment and a Newspaper article regarding the appointment. Letter has mailing folds and minor stains, case with handling wear, otherwise fine. The first time that I can sell an appointment with the original medal. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was established by King George V. in June 1917 for services to the British Empire. The Order has five classes and a medal. The five classes are Knight and Dame Grand Cross (GBE), Knight and Dame Commander (KBE/ DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE), and Member (MBE).

Price: $ 2,390 / € 1.850

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Document signed countersigned by her husband Albert

Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Document signed “Victoria R.”. 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 12.75 inch, Court at Buckingham, 1859 June 23, paper seal remains affixed. Grant of the dignity of a companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath to John Edye Esquire (Naval Surveyer 1789-1873). Signed in the upper right corner by the Queen and countersigned on the second page inside by the Consort of Queen Victoria, her husband Albert (1819-1861), signed “Albert Great Master”. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. Fine and rare signature combination.

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Autograph letter signed

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Autograph letter signed “Miró.”. 2pp., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, on his personal Joan Miro Palma de Mallorca stationery, 1976 February 29. Addressed to Georges Raillard in Paris. Untranslated letter in French. The original mailing envelope, addressed in Miro’s hand, is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Provenance: Georges Raillard, friend and Miro specialist. Rare in handwritten letters.

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Autograph letter signed

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Autograph letter signed “Miró.”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, on his personal Joan Miro Palma de Mallorca stationery, 1976 July 10. Addressed to Georges Raillard in Paris. Untranslated letter in French. The original mailing envelope, addressed in Miro’s hand, is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Provenance: Georges Raillard, friend and Miro specialist. Rare in handwritten letters.

 

 

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Large signature

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Large and impressive signature “Miró.”. Closing of a letter, 6.0 x 3.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1976). Written in dark ballpoint pen. Fine condition.

 

 

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Charles, Prince (1948)

Signed Christmas Card

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 15.75 x 6.0 inch (unfolded), no place (London), n.d. (2002). Signed in black ink “Sylvie – from Charles”. Inside fine original photo of Charles with his two sons. Gold embossed Prince of Wales monogram on the front. Fine condition.

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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)

Fascinating autograph letter signed

7. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed “Andrew Jackson”. 1p., 7.75 x 9.75 inch, Hermitage, 1819 January 6. Letter to Mayor Milo Mason, Deputy Quartermaster General of the Southern Department in Nashville, Tennessee. In full: "Inclosed you will find a note to Mr. McLamore to advance you one thousand dollars, and I have wrote to Mr. James Jackson Gen'l of the house of James Jackson & Co. to advance you the sum of 1883 dollars. This sum of 2883 dollars will close my account with the Government, with the sums due (me) I regret I did not attend to it yesterday but not having the accounts with me I did not recollect the amount. I wish to close my accounts in full & take your receipt for the amount and therefore request that you will take the trouble to receive the above mentioned sums & when you reach here I will receipt on the accounts I have & close it with public by your receipt in full." In a postscript signed "A. J." he adds: "Send me the answer with the letter B.B. which I heard mention made yesterday—& the proof sheets of the Seminole War, & write me by return of servant when you & the other gentlemen will be here." Addressed on the reverse in Jackson's hand. In very good to fine condition, with minor paper loss along intersecting folds, seal-related paper loss to the left edge, tear to the right edge, and a few seal-related stains. The recovery of foreign markets in the wake of the 1816 “Year without a Summer” took a terrible toll on the American cotton industry, with the value of cotton dropping 25% in a single day and effectually ushering in the Panic of 1819, the first major peacetime financial crisis in United States history. Swift opposition to the handling of the Bank of the United States came from state chartered private banking interests, as well as from Old Republicans holding firm to the principles of Jeffersonian agrarianism and limited federal power. Jackson, whose own experience with faulty land transactions had left him in considerable debt, cast the blame solely on the Second Bank of the United States, an institution he would inevitably conquer as president in 1833. A fascinating missive that presages Jackson’s controversial Bank War.

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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)

Autograph letter signed AS PRESIDENT

7. President of the United States. Third-person autograph letter signed as president, signed within the text "The President". 1p., both sides, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, no date but circa early 1831. Letter addressed to "Secretary of the Treasury" Samuel D. Ingham. In full: “The President with his respects to the Secretary of the Treasury, will thank him at as early a day or his convenience will permit to furnish him with a statement of the receipts into the Treasury for the fiscal year of 1830, & with the expenditures. The amount of principle & interest of the Public debt paid in 1830 - and whether any & if any what further provisions may be necessary for the better security of the revenue against smuggling - whether any, & if any, what changes would be beneficial on the credit system of duties - whether any additional ware Houses are necessary for Deposits of Foreign merchandise, to give greater security to the collection of our revenue, with any other information he may conceive it would be proper to be communicated to Congress at their next session”.  With some light staining, else fine condition.

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Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (1898-2003)

Rare signed photograph

Soong Mei-ling also known as Madame Chiang. Chinese political figure who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of President Chiang Kai-shek. Soong played a prominent role in the politics of the Republic of China and was the sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, the founder and the leader of the Republic of China. Matte-finish full-length photo of Madame Chiang, signed in the lower border in fountain pen "Mayling Soong Chiang". 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. In very good condition, with a tear to the bottom, silvering, creasing, and two repaired areas of paper loss to corners.

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Fine autograph letter signed

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". Autograph letter signed “Diana”. 1p., both sides, 6.25 x 4.0 inch, 1995 March 22, personal Kensington Palace stationery. Letter to "Peter" - in full: "An enormous thank you for sending round such a wonderful selection - I have 20 godchildren, so there is always a birthday, (!) no peace…I have taken a lovely necklace which I'm thrilled with!". Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, marked in her own hand with “Peter”. In fine condition.

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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.

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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955)

Wonderful content typed letter signed with handwritten addition

A German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2 - "the world's most famous equation”. Received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Wonderful content typed letter signed “A. Einstein”. 1p., 8.5 x 5.0 inch, 1951 March 17. Einstein sent this letter to Dr. Lionel Ettlinger, a man with whom he had been corresponding for almost 20 years. This fine letter shows Einstein as a caring friend, a side of the famous physicist that was rarely seen by the public. Written 3 days after his 72 birthday where the famous tongue-photo was taken. In German: “Lieber Herr Ettlinger: Ich danke Ihnen für Ihre freundliche Gratulation und für die wunderbaren Bücher. Sie (nicht die Bücher!) sind eine wirkliche Balleteuse des Gedankens: man kann wohl glotzen aber es nicht nachmachen. Ich schäme mich, so verwöhnt zu werden, während sich niemand um die kümmert, denen die guten Dinge versagt bleiben.“ Translated: “Dear Mr. Ettlinger: I thank you for your friendly congratulations and for the wonderful books. You (not the books!) are a real ballet dancer of thought: one may well gape but not imitate him. I feel so ashamed to be so spoiled, whereas nobody cares about those to whom the good things are denied. Friendly regards from your”. Mailing folds, trimmed top and bottom, else fine condition. The language in his letter shows a unique side to the great mind. His rhetoric is colorful and shows a depth and warmth rarely seen in any of his writing. "You ...are a real ballet dancer of thought: one may well gape but not imitate him.". This may seem to be a quote from some other source but is not, it is unique, rare and referenced nowhere else. Since 1933 when AH rose to power in Germany, they had shared a common concern for Jews, and each demonstrated the amazing difference which one person can make, Einstein began writing hundreds of letters to raise money on behalf of Jews. He primarily concentrated on these efforts from 1933 when he arrived in the United States until that nation entered World War II. in 1941. His actions enabled many of his “people” to obtain visas and find work outside of NS territory. Ettlinger would spend approximately 80 percent of his personal wealth helping German Jews relocate to other countries. At the time he composed this letter, Einstein was spending his evenings reading to his young sister, Maria (1881-1951), who had lived with him since escaping war-torn Europe in 1939. Known as Maja, she had suffered a stroke (1946) which left her bedridden and eventually unable to speak. She died on June 25, 1951, three month after her brother Albert sent this letter.

Price: $ 9,400 / € 7.300

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