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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Striking signed photograph in royal presentation frame

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Striking signed photograph “Elizabeth R, 1961”. Matte-finish 6.0 x 8.0 inch formal photograph of the Queen in gown with crown, sash and orders, taken at Buckingham Palace, affixed to its original 7.0 x 9.5 inch mount, signed on the mount in fountain pen. Displayed in its original black leather wide grain calf leather frame with support leg by H. H. Plante, London, to an overall size of 9.0 x 12.5. inch. In fine condition. 1961 was a seminal year for the Queen. That year she toured Cyprus, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Iran and also visited Ghana. For those who watch “The Crown” this was the occasion when she reportedly ignored advice from advisors and traveled to Accra to meet with President Nkrumah, then threw caution to the wind and danced with him. That the dance (it was actually a foxtrot) took place is a historical fact - however, the impact it may have had on Nkrumah’s move to Socialism was portrayed with some artistic license. Nevertheless, the visit did wonders for her image at home and abroad, even causing the otherwise caustic Harold Macmillan (Prime Minister at the time) to note that she had been “determined all through” had the “heart and stomach of a man” and “loves her duty and means to be a Queen”. The sexist platitude apart, this was rare praise from Macmillan. Surely one of the finest signed photos you can hope to find.

Price: $ 2,665 / € 2.050

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Guevara, Ernesto "Che" (1928-1967)

Rare document signed as minister of industries

Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist and a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Captured during a 1967 campaign in Bolivia, he was executed on the following day and instantly attained status as a martyr and one of the most revered and influential political revolutionaries of the 20th century. Partly-printed document signed “Che”. 1p., 8.25 x 12.75 inch, September 15, 1964. Cuban Ministry of Industries vacation request document, approved at the conclusion by Guevara. In very good condition, with folds, creasing and tears to the edges. Che's signature is clear and unaffected. Guevara was at the very top of Castro’s government when this document was signed, serving not only as minister of industries but as president of the Cuban National Bank. Despite his high status, the activist in Guevara disliked his official duties - leading him to dismissively and diminutively sign solely as "Che" in his governmental capacities.

Price: $ 2,275 / € 1.750

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Charles, Prince (1948)

Signed Christmas Card + original Christmas gift (enamel pill box)

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. (2004). Signed in black ink “Darren from Charles”. The card is thick white board with gilded royal crest to front and features a photograph of Prince Charles, William & Harry. The picture is a stylish Black & White form with the three Princes. Also included is the original gift a beautiful Halcyon Days Enamel Pill Box. The Pill Box depicts the Castle Of Mey and inscribed to the inside “Christmas 2004”. Near mint condition. Card & accompanying gift were received by his personal staff. One of a kind items and the first time that I have the card and gift together for sale.

Price: $ 1,050 / € 810

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Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

Autograph letter signed

French composer best known for his popular stage works, most notably Orpheus in the Underworld (including the famous “Can-Can”) and The Tales of Hoffmann. Autograph letter signed “J. Offenbach”. 3pp. (bifolium), fine embossed crest at the top, 1872 July 12. Addressed to an unknown recipient. A fine untranslated letter in Offenbach’s hand.  Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

 

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Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

Autograph letter signed

French composer best known for his popular stage works, most notably Orpheus in the Underworld (including the famous “Can-Can”) and The Tales of Hoffmann. Autograph letter signed “Jacques Offenbach”. 1p. (bifolium), on “Theatre Des Bouffes Parisiens” stationery. Paris, n.d. Addressed on verso by Offenbach to Monsieur Perrin. In French, untranslated. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Excellent full signature.

 

 

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Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

Autograph letter signed

French composer best known for his popular stage works, most notably Orpheus in the Underworld (including the famous “Can-Can”) and The Tales of Hoffmann. Autograph letter signed “J. Offenbach". 1p. (bifolium), 1873 June 24 (postmark). Addressed to a Monsieur in Vienna. In French, translated: “I stayed out so late last night at the Gaité that it was too late to warn Nuitter. So try to stop by and see me, at least. I won’t go out all day. I have a lot of things to tell you about, and a few words to change in Judic’s Round”. Yours.” The original mailing envelope, addressed in Offenbach’s hand, is included. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

 

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Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

Document signed (agreement for opera performance)

French composer best known for his popular stage works, most notably Orpheus in the Underworld (including the famous “Can-Can”) and The Tales of Hoffmann. Document signed “Jacques Offenbach”. 2pp., recto and verso, n.p., 1869 December 18. Agreement in French between J. Offenbach and Eugène Bertrand for an opera performance at the Théâtre des Variétés. Approved and signed by Offenbach and Bertrand at the end of the agreement. Mailing folds, some stains, else good condition. Eugène Bertrand (1834-1899) was a French comedian, theatre managing director and opera house director.

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

Document signed

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Document signed “Planck”. 3pp. (bifolium), Berlin, 1904 August 6. Diploma for Karl Schulze „Wir Rector und Senat der königlichen Friedrich Wilhelm Universität zu Berlin“. Countersigned by Ferdinand von Richthofen (1833-1905) as President, Paul Daude (1851-1921) as University Judge, Otto Pfleiderer (1839-1908) as professor and Max Planck. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, minor fold breaks, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,010 / € 780

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Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) & Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969)

Letter archive to a classmate

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

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Marconi, Guglielmo (1874-1937)

Fine document signed by the Nobel Prize winner

Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun. Document signed “G. Marconi”. 1p., double-sheet, 11.75 x 15.5 inch. Roma, 1930 February 18. Blind embossed seal “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche”. Signed by Marconi as President and countersigned by the General Secretary. Nomination for Vittorio Peglion Presidente Onorario del Comitato Nazionale per l'Agricoltura. Mailing fold, else fine condition. The Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) or National Research Council, is an Italian public organization set up to support scientific and technological research, Marconi was President from 1927-1937.

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Autograph letter signed

1st Duke of Wellington was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. Autograph letter signed “Wellington”. 2pp. (recto and verso), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, London, 1827 October 9. Recipient is Lady Cecilia De la Touche, a member of an Irish Huguenot banking dynasty. The letter in full: “I am very much flattered and obliged by your kind recollection of me my dear Lady Cecilia; and return you my thanks for your present which I should prize as you’d  wish, and as a token of your remembrance Believe me ever yours”. Mailing folds, handling wear, parts of the folds broken, else good condition.

Price: $ 375 / € 290

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Edward VIII., King (1894-1972)

Very rare document signed AS KING

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. Very rare document signed as King “Edward RI”. 1p., 12.5 x 15.25 inch, 1936 June 23. Appointing Walter Robert Ludlow a knight commander. Signed to the top left corner by the King as “Edward R(ex) I(mperator). Countersigned by Arthur, Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) - a member of the British Royal Family as the seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Document is mounted to thick board and slightly faded due to previous display but still very clear. An extremely rare document and signature due the kings very short reign of less than a year.

Price: $ 1,265 / € 975

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Uncommon colourful document signed

Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Partly-printed Document signed “Victoria R.I”. 3 pages, bifolium, 7.75 x 12.75 inch, 1893 July 4. Blind embossed colour seal and paper seal at the top. Awarding Francis Walter De Winton the Knight Grand Cross. Signed to the top left corner by Queen Victoria. Excellent clear signature. Countersigned by George Frederick Samuel Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon (1827-1909) - a British politician who served in every Liberal cabinet from 1861 until the year before his death, which took place forty-eight years later. Together with the original covering letter sent with document. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition.

Price: $ 630 / € 490

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Monroe, James (1758-1831) & Adams, John Q. (1767-1848)

Document signed by both (patent for farming implement)

Partly printed document signed "James Monroe” as President" and “John Quincy Adams" as Secretary of States. Additionally signed by U.S. Attorney General William Wirt (1772-1834) as "Wm Wirt" along bottom. 2pp. (recto and verso), 11.0 x 14.5 inch, on vellum, Washington, 1824 April 16. The patent document is bound to a double-sided schedule containing a detailed description of the invention. Handsome paper seal at lower left, the left edge and seal threaded with a black ribbon. The document reads in part: "The United States of America. To all to whom these Letters Patent shall come: Whereas, Martin Stevens a Citizen of the United States, hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the mode of making Steel Dung-forks, with four or more tines, without riveting or welding out of a solid Bar of Steel, which improvement he states has not been known or used before his application…" Overall in near fine condition, with expected toning, wrinkles, and folds. Martin Stevens, a mechanic from Waterbury, Connecticut, petitioned for a patent in October 1823. His invention was a four-tined dung fork whose manufacture did not require extra heat or labor, thus producing a cheaper and stronger product. With Steven's dung fork, homesteaders could easily "remove manure and dig potatoes" along with a host of other agricultural tasks. The Industrial Revolution was in full swing when Martin Stevens received his patent on April 16, 1824. He was 1 of 12 inventors from New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and the Midwest to receive patents from the U.S. Government that month. Their inventions ranged from modifications to ploughs, locks, and suction pumps, to improvements on stove box hearths and steam engines. James Monroe, one of America's Founding Fathers and the last president of the "Virginia Dynasty," ushered the nation into both the nineteenth century and the Era of Good Feelings. Monroe first became involved in revolutionary politics as a teenaged orphan when he stormed the Virginia Governor's palace; he was later wounded at the Battle of Trenton. Monroe studied law under then Governor of Virginia Thomas Jefferson. His brilliant political career included stints as Continental Congressional delegate, Virginia Senator, Virginia Governor, U.S. Minister to France, U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom, U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of War, and finally 5th U.S. President (1817-1825.). John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) succeeded Monroe as U.S. President just 13 months after signing this document in his role as Secretary of State. John Quincy trained as a lawyer and joined the foreign service, representing his young country's interests in the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and the United Kingdom. John Quincy was also a Senator and Congressman from Massachusetts. He served as 8th Secretary of State before entering the White House in March 1825.

Price: $ 2,450 / € 1.885

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Kennedy, Joseph P. (1888-1969)

Typed letter signed by the father of JFK (amusing content)

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. was a prominent American businessman, investor, and ambassador. Irish American and the father of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Typed letter signed “Joe”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, Embassy of the United States of America stationery, 1939 April 24. To “The Honorable Harry H. Woodring, Secretary of War, in Washington”. Signed twice by Joe Kennedy, once at the bottom of the typed letter as "Joe" and again at the bottom of his handwritten note as "Joe". The letter in full: “I have your letter of April 6th telling me of Mrs. Woods Plankinton, who desires to receive a voucher for the Royal Enclosure at Ascot and an invitation to the Royal Garden Party this year. You may be sure I will be glad to include her name in my list of applicants for both functions, and to do what I can to meet her wishes.” Additional handwritten postscript at the bottom: “Dear Harry, unless she committed murder or something like that she'll be OK.” With expected folds, near fine condition. A rather cryptic letter based on the hand written note along the bottom, from Joseph Kennedy as Ambassador to Great Britain, to Harry Woodring, Secretary of War, Washington. The seemingly innocuous letter first starts with Kennedy writing Woodring about an invitation for Mrs. Woods Plankinton to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot and an invitation to the Royal Garden Party. However his personal note to the Secretary Of War along the bottom of the page indicates more. Although it will never be clear as to what occurred, through research Mrs. Woods Plankinton shows up continually in The Palm Beach newspapers as a socialite who entertained regularly at Casa de los Ensuenos, and had connections with Harry Woodring. And in the spirit of this Kennedy Patriarch, anything goes short of murder! An amusing letter with clandestine content behind the party scene.

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Fontane, Theodor  (1819-1898)

Autographed letter signed regarding a distich

German novelist and poet, regarded by many as the most important 19th-century German-language realist writer. Autographed letter signed “Th. Fontane”. 1p, 5.5 x 8.5 inch, Berlin, 1895 December 31. In German: „Hochgeehrter Herr. Bitte, nehmen Sie das Distichon, das Sie mit hoffentlich nicht zu viel Mühe heraus gesucht. Ihnen ein gutes Neujahr wünschend, in vorzügl.(icher) Erwartung.“ Punch holes, mailing folds, slightly discolored, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Taft, William H. (1857-1930)

Typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT “assist him in his fight (Harding)”

27. President of the United States. Typed letter signed "Wm H Taft”. 2pp., 6.75 x 8.75 inch, Beverly, Mass., 1910 August 7. On watermarked "The White House, Washington" letterhead. Signed at top of the second page. President Taft wrote this lengthy letter to his long-time friend and colleague Pastor John Wesley Hill (1863-1936). In the letter, President Taft discusses the fall-out of the recent 1910 midterm elections, and also endorses Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) as the Republican candidate for Governor of Ohio. In full: ”I have your letter of August 4th, and thank you sincerely for writing. I could not tell you how cheery your letter is and how glad I am that you are in the fight. I expect to see Harding, our candidate for Governor in Ohio, during the next week, and am delighted to know that you will assist him in his fight. I think, as you indicated in your previous letter, that he is likely to prove a very much more formidable candidate than has been supposed. I am not sitting up nights and mourning at what has happened in Kansas or Iowa. What is done has been done, and I am not making any apologies for it, and if the people do not like it, they can register their dissent; but my impression is that after two years things look a little differently from what they do in the light of the misrepresentations which have been the chief stock in trade of our insurgent muck-raking friends. I thank you for relieving me in Winona, and I appreciate your motive in desiring me to go there, but I find myself so loaded down that I must use a surgical operation to get rid of my burdens.” With expected paper folds and overall light weathering, else fine condition. Despite Taft's and Hill's hopes, Republican candidate Harding would lose the Ohio gubernatorial race to incumbent and Democratic candidate Judson Harmon (1846-1927) by a margin of approximately 175,000 votes. (Just eleven years later, however, Harding would win the biggest election of his political career when he became 29th U.S. President...). Ideological differences between former President Roosevelt's progressive brand of Republicanism and the sitting President's had divided the Republican Party, with real consequences. In the 1910 midterm elections, Republicans lost 10 Senate seats and 57 places in the House of Representatives. The states Taft mentions in this letter, Iowa and Kansas, did not lose any seats, but there was also no net change; it is possible that Taft was disappointed that Republicans had not gained seats there. The 1910 midterm elections anticipated the outcome of the 1912 presidential election. Taft couldn't compete against 3rd party Progressive candidate Roosevelt, resulting in the election of Democratic candidate and 28th U.S. President of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). Taft and his correspondent Hill had known each other for a long time. Both Taft's presidential predecessors McKinley and Roosevelt relied on Hill's counsel as a Methodist preacher, and he served as a sort of religious advisor to Taft on his Western presidential campaign. The two were also officers of the peace organization International Peace Forum. Hill was the pastor at the Metropolitan Temple in New York City for many years.

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Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973)

Typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT

36. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Lyndon B. Johnson”. 1p., 6.75 x 8.75 inch, Washington, 1965 September 15. White House stationery, addressed to Miss Sarah McClendon in Washington. In full: “Your were thoughtful to send me the Congressional Record remarks about Jack Valenti and your own laudatory comments about Bill Moyers. I am already aware of John Montgomery, his loyalty and his forthright support of what we are trying to do. Thank you for taking time out to tell me your views.” Mailing fold, bold signature, minor stains, else good condition. Rare, because about eight of ten signatures are done by LBJ’s secretary Bruce Thomas.

Price: $ 725 / € 560

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Speer, Albert (1905-1981)

Four pages autograph letter signed

German architect who was, for most of World War II., Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany. Autograph letter signed “Albert”. 4pp. (bifolium), 6.0 x 8.25 inch, Heidelberg, 1976 February 24. On his personal Albert Speer stationery, addressed to “Dear Ed”.  A personal note addressing several topics, including his own notoriety. In part: "…The second thing with (historian) John Toland is bothering… me seriously. Until now in public opinion I was an exception. This Toland gives some bad lights on me… Because he knows me, had a long talk with me once. So, if he really would be an historian, he would air my opinion on the facts, as I see them. But I don't want to approach him. Now it is too late for that. Perhaps you can convince him?..." Shows folds, with staple holes at the top left margin, else very good. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Speer, Albert (1905-1981)

Typed letter signed “no photographs of Eva Braun”

German architect who was, for most of World War II., Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany. Typed letter signed “Albert Speer”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.75 inch, Heidelberg, 1972 June 24. On his “Albert Speer dipl. ing.” stationery, addressed to Charles Smith in Columbus, Ohio. Signed in blue ink, light airmail paper. In German, in full: “Dear Mr. Smith, leider habe ich keine Fotografien von Eva Braun zur Verfügung; ich kenne auch keine ausser denen, die in dem Buch von Gun über Eva Braun abgebildet sind. Kennen Sie dieses Buch bereits? Es wird Sie sicher interessieren.“ Translated: “Dear Mr. Smith, unfortunately I have no photographs of Eva Braun available; I do not know anyone except those depicted in Gun's book about Eva Braun. Do you already know this book? It will certainly interest you.” Original mailing envelope included. Mailing folds, handling wear, top and bottom slightly trimmed, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Mint condition Executive Mansion card signed

32. President of the United States. Signed card “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. State of New York Executive Mansion Albany card, 5.0 x 3.25 inch, gold embossed crest upper left corner. Signed in blue ink (rather uncommon, normally FDR used a black India ink). Mint condition and with a perfect signature.

 

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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)

Autographed note signed (Forbes collection)

26. President of the United States. Autographed note signed “Theodore Roosevelt”. 1p., 4.5 x 6.75 inch. (1895) June 1. A fine note in his own hand “After this please send the proof to me at the Police Commissioner's, 300 Mulberry St.” Roosevelt served as police commissioner from 1895 to 1897. He is likely referring about a proof for his book “Hero Tales from American History” (co-authored with Henry Cabot Lodge) which was published in 1895. Uneven left margin (not visible matted), else good condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Roosevelt to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)

Typed letter signed AS President

26. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Theodore Roosevelt”. 1p., (bifolium), 7.0 x 8.75 inch, Washington, 1905 December 19, on “The White House Washington” stationery. To “My dear Dr. Mitchell” (American Philosophical Society). In full: “You make it very hard for me, my dear sir. Believe me, it was painful to have to refuse your request, and it is painful now to say that I simply can not take a whole day off at that time to come even for the purpose you indicate. I wish you could be just one week here and see the multitude of requests to speak or to preside at meetings, or to be present without speaking, which I receive, to which I must return the same answer. I do not mean that they are requests that I would not care to accept, but requests each one of which, if it stood entirely by himself, I would be glad to accept. If you and any others whom you choose to indicate can bring on the French Delegate and other foreign guests, if there are any who are similarly entitled to recognition, I would be very glad to have the whole party take lunch with me; but I can not go to Philadelphia or anywhere else at that time.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Fine letter as President!

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Personal content typed letter signed

German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Typed letter signed “H Hesse”. 1p., (recto and verso), printed page from his diary “Aus dem Tagebuch des Jahres 1920 von Hermann Hesse”. N.p., n.d., addressed to Werner Boeck, Barsighausen bei Hannover. In full: “Da schicke ich Ihnen einen Gegengruß. Ihre Gedichte kann ich nicht beurteilen, ich bin ein kranker alter Mann und seit Jahr und Tag immerzu mit ganz unliterarischen Pflichten und Lasten überbürdet; die Spürkraft eines Kritikers muß feiner und wacher sein als die meine es heute noch ist. Aber ich habe aus Brief und Versen doch eine Vorstellung von Ihnen bekommen, und gebe Ihnen Ihren Gruß von Herzen zurück“. Signed in pencil by Hesse. Fold, corner wear, punch holes, else fine condition.

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Typoscript of a poem signed „Flötenspiel“

German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Typoscript signed “H Hesse”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, thin carbon paper, n.p., n.d. Poem “Flötenspiel” (1940). Signed by Hesse in dark black ink. Fold, corner wear, punch holes, else fine condition.

 

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Typoscript of a poem signed „Skizzenblatt“

German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Typoscript signed “Gruss von H Hesse”. 1p., 8.25 x 5.5 inch, thin carbon paper, n.p., n.d. Poem “Skizzenblatt”. Signed by Hesse in dark black ink. Fold, corner wear, punch holes, else fine condition.

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Book page with watercolour signed

German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Book page signed “H. Hesse” and additional in his hand “#7”. 1p., 6.5 x 8.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Printed watercolour of a landscape. Page of the book “Wanderung Aufzeichnungen von Hermann Hesse“, Fischer Verlag, Berlin 1920. Signed and numbered in pencil by Hesse. Slightly discolored, else fine condition.

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Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Typed letter signed

Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Typed letter signed “Jean Sibelius”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.75 x 8.25 inch, Järvenpää, 1949 December 30. Signed in pencil. To Miss Katharine Cornell. In full: “You have been extremely kind in remembering me again on my birthday with excellent cigars through the American Arts Foundation. The cigars have arrived here in perfect condition and I need not say that they were very welcome. Please accept my warmest thanks for your great kindness. You have made me very happy and proud. With kindest regards and best wishes for the new year.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,050 / € 810

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Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Album page signed

Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Album page signed “Jean Sibelius”. 1p., 5.0 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in pencil. Fine condition.

 

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Typed letter signed with handwritten postscript to famous wartime painter John Lavery

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch. 1934 January 28. On his “Chartwell, Kent” letterhead. Addressed in Churchill’s hand to “My dear John”. (Sir John Lavery 1856-1941 - an Irish painter best known for his portraits and wartime depictions). Additional in Churchill’s hand “your friend” and “I do trust Hazel is progressing”. In full: “Do forgive me. But I am so pressed at present it is all I can do to keep abreast of my work. I deeply sympathise with the objects of your charity.” On verso a short autograph note signed by John Lavery, the recipient of this letter: “My dear Copa I am sorry I have failed and I cannot think of anyone else”. Mailing folds, minor mounting residue on verso, handling wear, else good condition. Hazel was Hazel Lavery (1880–1935) - painter and the second wife of Sir John Lavery. Her likeness appeared on Banknotes of Ireland for much of the 20th century. Fine Churchill autograph, especially with the autograph note signed of John Lavery on the same piece.

Price: $ 2,110 / € 1.625

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901) + Beatrice, Princess (1857-1944)

Imperial cabinet photograph signed by both – finest exist

Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom was the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. An excellent vintage signed imperial cabinet photograph, 7.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p. 1879 August 9. Cabinet photo by Arthur J. Melhuish, Portman Square.  An unusual private photograph showing Queen Victoria leaning on a fur coat and smiling and whilst Princess Beatrice is also smiling holding a parasol. Signed “+ Victoria R.I. Aug: 9-1879- and “Beatrice” in dark fountain pen ink. Minor corner wear. Some stains, else good condition. Very uncommon photograph of a smiling Queen, she rarely smiled for photographs after the death of her husband Prince Albert (1861). The Queen had stated that her youngest daughter Beatrice was the one light in her life after the death of Prince Albert. Maybe the finest signed photograph of the Queen and the Princess you can hope to find.

Price:  $ 3,495 / € 2.690

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Fantastic oversize document signed regarding a deserter

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Document signed “Napoleon”. 1p., 21.25 x 16,75 inch, Fontainebleau, 1807 September 27. Fine paper seal at the bottom. Exceptional and large document granting the Emperor's grace to a deserter. Signed by Napoleon I. with a fantastic large and dark signature. Countersigned by three high personalities: Archichancelier de l'Empire Jean Jacques Régis de CAMBACERES (1753-1824), Duc de Parme, Le Grand-Juge Ministre de la Justice Claude Ambroise REGNIER (1746-1814), Duc de Massa and Le Ministre secrétaire d'état Hugues Bernard MARET (1763-1839), Duc de Bassano. In French, in full: “NAPOLEON, par la grâce de Dieu et les constitutions de l'Empire, Empereur des Français aux président et membres composant notre cour de justice criminelle des départements de Marengo et de la Sesia séant à Casal. Sur le compte qui nous a été rendu en exécution de l'article XLIX de l'Arrêté du 19 vendémiaire An 12, de la bonne conduite tenue aux ateliers d'Alexandrie par Bernard RADELSKI, soldat au Régiment de la Tour d'Auvergne condamné par un jugement d'un conseil de guerre en date du 13 mai 1806 à seize ans de boulet et à 1 500 frs d'amende pour désertion détenu auxdits ateliers ; Nous avons reconnu que nous pouvions lui faire éprouver les effets de notre clémence : en conséquence, nous avons, par décret daté de notre camp impérial de Tilsitt, le 23 juin 1807, ordonné qu'il serait tenu dans notre Palais des Tuileries à Paris, sous la présidence de notre cousin le Prince Archichancelier de l'Empire, Président ; notre cousin le Prince Architrésorier, MM. DEJEAN Ministre de l'administration de la guerre, Champagny, Ministre de l'Intérieur, Monge, Président du Sénat, Garnier (Germain), Sénateur, Bigot-Préameneu et Lacuee, Conseillers d'Etat, Muraire, conseiller d'état, premier président de la cour de cassation, et Merlin, conseiller d'Etat, notre procureur général en ladite cour ; et après nous être fait représenter le procès verbal de la séance dudit conseil privé, tenue le 9 juillet suivant dans notre palais des Tuileries, le même procès verbal contenant le rapport de notre Grand-juge Ministre de la justice, et l'avis des autres Membres du conseil privé ; TOUT VU ET EXAMINE, voulant préférer miséricorde à la rigueur des lois, nous avons déclaré et déclarons faire grâce pleine et entière [rayé] audit Bernard RADELSKI, du tems à écouler de la peine conformément audit article XLIX de l'Arrêté du 19 vendémiaire An 12, et pour en jouir, suivant l'article LXXXIII du même arrêté. Mandons et ordonnons que les présentes lettres, scellées du sceau de l'Empire, vous soient présentées par notre procureur général près ladite cour, en audience publique, où l'impétrant sera conduit, pour entendre la lecture d'icelles, en présence de l'Officier commandant la gendarmerie dans le département, et que lesdites lettres soient de suite transcrites sur vos registres, à la réquisition du même procureur général.” Written and stamped on verso: "recorded on the registers of the registry of the Criminal and Penal Court of the departments of Marengo and Sesia, in Casal Monferrato on November 12, 1807". This document is important and amazing because of the high quality of the signatures. It presents the great interest to treat of a grace for a deserter of the Regiment of the Tower of Auvergne (not to be confused with the regiment of the same name under the former Regime, nor with the first Foreign Regiment of the Legion created much later). This regiment of light infantry, also named 1st Foreign Regiment was mainly composed of deserters of defeated armies (Austrians, Russians and so on). Radelski did not enjoy full and complete grace, but a simple grace. He is likely to join his Regiment later to continue the Empire Campaigns. Document is unfolded and rolled, wear at the top, else good condition.

Price: $ 3,185 / € 2.450

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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Large and humorous Birthday Card 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”. Large and humorous Birthday Card signed. 6.0 x 9.0 inch (folded), n.p., about 1986 (card manufacturer information with date on verso). At the top in Diana’s hand “George”, “A very” (Happy Birthday) and “with love from the four of us Diana”. Minor crease in the lower right corner, else near mint condition. A very unusual card from the royal family which shows wonderfully the humor of Lady Diana and surely one of the finest Birthday Cards signed by Diana you can hope to find.

Price: $ 1,810 / € 1.390

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Strauss, Richard (1864-1949)

Signed photograph

Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Salome”. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria. Signed postcard photo “Dr Richard Strauss”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Handling wear, slightly stained, else good condition.

 

 

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Nikisch, Arthur (1855-1922)

Fine signed photograph

Hungarian conductor. Fine signed postcard photograph “Arthur Nikisch”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition.

Price: $ 360 / € 275

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Grace (1929-1982) and Rainier of Monaco (1923-2005)

Signed photograph

Grace Kelly was an American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Rainier III. ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs of the 20th century. Best known outside of Europe for having married American actress Grace Kelly in 1956. Matte-finish photograph signed in fountain pen “Grace de Monaco,” and in blue ballpoint "Rainier, Prince de Monaco". 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier posing with their children. Reverse bears a Howell Conant of New York photography stamp. Minor handling and corner wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 950 / € 730

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Kelly, Grace (1929-1982)

Vintage signed photograph (beautiful image)

American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III. Vintage glossy photograph signed “Sincerely Grace Kelly”. 4.0 x 5.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Kelly in an elegant close-up pose, In very good to fine condition, with a few light creases, and the signature a little faded but legible. Beautiful image!

 

 

Price: $ 810 / € 625

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Eckener, Hugo (1868-1954)

Card signed

Manager of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin for most of its record-setting flights, including the first airship flight around the world, making him the most successful airship commander in history. Signature in pencil “DrHugo Eckener”. 1p., card, 4.0 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (1930). Below Eckener’s signature in a different hand in pencil “Nach glücklicher Heimkehr von der Weltumsegelung Juni 1930”. Minor mounting residue on verso, else fine condition.

Price: $ 230 / € 175

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Eiffel, Gustave (1832-1923)

Autograph letter signed by the architect of the Eiffel Tower

A French civil engineer and architect. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France. Autograph letter signed “G. Eiffel”. 2pp. (double-page), 8.0 x 5.25 inch (unfolded). 60, Rue de Prony letterhead, (Paris) January 20th 1880. Letter in French to a gentleman, in parts (translated): "I am very obliged to you for receiving your two most interesting volumes. They are illustrated in the most charming manner. My children and I have already started paging through those books and we promise to give them all the attention they deserve. This will be a precious memory of your friendship..." This letter dates to one year into the construction of the fame Eiffel Tower, which broke ground on January 28, 1887. It would be officially inaugurated a year later at the Exposition Universelle of 1889. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350

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Bartók, Béla (1881-1945)

Excellent signature matted with photograph

Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Ink signature “Béla Bartók”. 4.75 x 3.5 inch, probably a page from an autograph album, n.p., n.d. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Bartók to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Excellent condition. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

 

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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: $ 1,145 / € 880

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Richter, Gerhard (1932)

Signature mounted

German visual artist. Cut signature “Richter”. 4.0 x 2.0 inch, heavy paper, n.p., n.d. Affixed to the front cover of a book dust jacket. Overall dimensions 6.5 x 8.25 inch. The signature comes from the book where the dust jacket came from and was done to create a fine display piece. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 290 / € 225

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Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)

Scarce autograph letter signed

French composer, pianist and conductor. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928). Autograph letter signed “Maurice Ravel”. 1p., 5.75 8.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Written in pencil, an untranslated letter in French. Ravel assured its participation in the mishap of a friend. Mailing folds, small tears repaired on verso, slightly soiled, else good condition. Scarce!

 

 

Price: $ 1,675 / € 1.290

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Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)

Autograph letter signed  to his son-in-law

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. Autograph letter signed, 1p., 6.5 x 8.25 inch, Bad Ischl, 1910 August 29 (written in a different hand at the bottom). Excellent autograph letter signed with his initials to his son in law Prince Leopold of Bavaria. In German, in full: “Der Kaiser von Österreich an S. k. Hoheit Prinz Leopold von Baiern in Reichenhall, Baiern. Herzlichen Dank für Deinen lieben Brief. Gestern habe ich bei schönen Wetter in Warmbach einen straken Zwölfender erlegt. Heute ganz umzogen mit theilweisem Regen. Hoffentlich ist es in Reichenhall besser.“ Slightly discolored, else good condition. Leopold, Prinz von Bayern (1846-1930) was the son of Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria (1821–1912) and his wife Archduchess Augusta of Austria (1825–1864). He was a Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) who commanded German and Austro-Hungarian forces on the Eastern Front in World War I.

Price: $ 1,115 / € 860

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Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)

Autograph document signed re: death of Archduke Joseph

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. Autograph document signed with paraph. 1p. (bifolium), 6.75 x 8.25 inch, n.p., 1905 June 16 (written in a different hand at the bottom). A fine handwritten document on the occasion of the death of Archduke Joseph, who died on June 13 in Fiume and was buried on June 19 in the Palatinus Crypt at Ofen. In addition to Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the funeral ceremony was attended by Emperor Franz Joseph (as King of Hungary). In pencil, in German, in full: “Diese Anträge genehmigt. In Karlstadt, Agram und Kaposvár hat auch das Offizierscorps des stehenden Heeres auf dem Bahnhofe zu erscheinen.” At the bottom in a different hand „Fahrt der Leiche Ehz. Josef“. Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria (1833-1905) was a member of the Habsburg dynasty. He was the second son of Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary (7th son of Leopold II., Holy Roman Emperor) and Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg. Slightly discolored from prior framing, else good condition.

Price: $ 975 / € 750

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Byrd, Richard E. (1888-1957)

Typed letter signed

American naval officer, aviator and explorer. Typed letter signed “R.E. Byrd”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Boston, 1928 April 30. On his Byrd Antarctic Expedition letterhead. Letter to Rev. Leo Leonard Twinem. In full: “I want to thank you for the privilege you have extended to me in adding my name to your organization of boys in your church. I am glad to be one of them. Will you please tell the boys of this organization that I am pleased that they stand for such high things – courage, humility and devotion to purpose, and that I send each of them my best wishes. At your convenience I should like to have a list of the members of this organization and their addresses.” Mailing folds, handling wear and minor paper clip stain, else good condition.

Price: $ 420 / € 325

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Liszt, Franz  (1811-1886)

Autograph letter signed on his personal visiting card

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. His prowess at the keyboard earned him a reputation as perhaps the greatest virtuoso in the history of the instrument. Autograph letter signed “F. Liszt”. 1p., visiting card, 2.75 x 4.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Short autograph letter signed on his personal visiting card with printed „F. Liszt” in the middle. In German, in full: “Hochgeehrter Freund, Empfangen Sie freundlichst Herrn Baumeister, ein liebenswürdig ausgezeichneter Künstler, ergebenst.” Translated: "Dear friend. Please welcome Mr. Baumeister, a graciously honored artist.” Fine condition.

 

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Document signed (countersigned by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan)

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Document signed “Elizabeth R”. 21.0 x 16.5 inch, Court of Saint James’s, 1955 August 17. Appointment for Ronald Agnew Finlay as Consul for the Trust Territory of the Cameroons under French administration, to reside at Duala. Countersigned by later Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) as Foreign Secretary. Mailing folds, light show through of an official stamp on verso, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Item was directly acquired from a descendant of Ronald Agnew Finlay. Ronald Agnew Finlay was born in 1901 in Glasgow, Scotland and died there in 1974. He was lucky enough to be born just too late to fight in WWI and went to University instead. According to family stories he joined the Foreign Office after graduation, he was a polyglot, being able to speak six languages and they say that he was sent to spy in various countries, especially China during the Manchurian Incident. A document with fine history on the market the first time.

Price: $ 1,145 / € 880

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Document signed (countersigned by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan)

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Document signed “Elizabeth R”. 21.0 x 16.5 inch, Court of Saint James’s, 1955 August 17. Appointment for Ronald Agnew Finlay as Consul for the Spanish possessions in the Gulf of Guinea and Fernando Po and its dependencies. Countersigned by later Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894-1986) as Foreign Secretary. Mailing folds, light show through of an official stamp on verso, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Item was directly acquired from a descendant of Ronald Agnew Finlay. Ronald Agnew Finlay was born in 1901 in Glasgow, Scotland and died there in 1974. He was lucky enough to be born just too late to fight in WWI and went to University instead. According to family stories he joined the Foreign Office after graduation, he was a polyglot, being able to speak six languages and they say that he was sent to spy in various countries, especially China during the Manchurian Incident. A document with fine history on the market the first time.

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Elizabeth, “The Queen Mother” (1900-2002) + Margaret, Princess (1930-2002)

One of a kind document signed by both

Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was the wife of King George VI. and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II. and Princess Margaret. She was Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the Dominions from her husband's accession in 1936 until his death in 1952, after which she was known as Queen Elizabeth - The Queen Mother. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was the younger daughter of King George VI. and Queen Elizabeth. Document “Signed on behalf of her Majesty The Queen”. Signed in black ink “Elizabeth R” and in blue ink “Margaret”. 21.0 x 16.5 inch, Court of Saint James’s, 1959 July 22. The Queen (Elizabeth II.) could not sign the document herself because she was on a state visit to Canada at that time. Appointment for Ronald Agnew Finlay as Consul for the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam, to reside at Willemstad. Countersigned  by Selwyn Lloyd (1904-1978) as Foreign Secretary. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Item was directly acquired from a descendant of Ronald Agnew Finlay. Ronald Agnew Finlay was born in 1901 in Glasgow, Scotland and died there in 1974. He was lucky enough to be born just too late to fight in WWI and went to University instead. According to family stories he joined the Foreign Office after graduation, he was a polyglot, being able to speak six languages and they say that he was sent to spy in various countries, especially China during the Manchurian Incident. A document with fine history on the market the first time.

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Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917)

Letter signed regarding a Rodin bronze for the Bavarian State

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. Letter signed „Auguste Rodin“. 2pp., recto and verso of a double-page, 6.0 x 7.75 inch. Paris, 1913 July 31. Addressed to Walter Zimermann, Secretary of the International Art Exhibition in Munich, who had acquired a Rodin bronze for the Bavarian State. The artist thanks the city of Munich and the free State of Bavaria. In French: "J'ai le plaisir de vous accuser réception du contrat passé entre l'Etat Bavarois et moi pour l'achat du bronze 'Falguière', que je vous retourne signé ci-inclus. - Je suis heureux et fier que la ville de Munich, ville universellement connue comme centre artistique, on pourrait dire la capitale des arts, ait choisi un de mes bronzes. Je vous prie de transmettre mes remerciments les plus respectueux à l'Etat Bavarois. En vous faisant mer compliments pour la facon parfaite dont vous avez organise l'Exposition, veuillez agreer Monsieur l'assurance de mes sentiments les meilleurs.” Some stains, mounting residue inside the double-page, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,550 / € 1.190

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Clement XII., Pope (1652-1740)

Letter signed

Born Lorenzo Corsini, was Pope from 12 July 1730 to his death in 1740. Letter signed “Card. Corsini”. 1p. (double-page), 8.0 x 10.75 inch, Rome, 1712 April 30. Bearing to the address leaf an attractive blind embossed seal. To Monseigneur Gaetano Palletti, in Italian. Cardinal Corsini states: “I have read the report received referring to the belongings owned by Martini Ronta, and when they will be free it seems to me they will not be private persons…” Further asking his correspondent to make sure the values given are correct. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,050 / € 810

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Chiang Kai-Shek (1887-1975)

Excellent signature on a card + FDC

Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975. Crisp black ink signature in Chinese on a card. 2.75 x 5.5 inch, n.p. (Taipei), 1961. Accompanied by the original envelope sent from the office of the President of the Republic of China, post stamped, and dated in 1961 (pencil note on verso). Together with a first day of issue (FDC) envelope, post stamped and dated in July 1942, on the occasion of the “5 Years War with Japan”. Printed text, bearing a large and attractive printed image of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. Card is in fine condition, envelopes with minor handling wear.

Price: $ 1,130 / € 870

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Carlos, Juan (1938) & Sofia (1938)

Christmas card signed by both

King of Spain who ascended the throne in 1975, two days after the death of Francisco Franco and oversaw the troubled nation’s transition to a constitutional monarchy. Individually signed Christmas greetings card “Juan Carlos” + “Sofia” as Prince and Princess. 5.0 x 6.75 inch (folded), n.p., 1967. To the inside of the folding stiff white card, featuring a photograph of Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia outdoors with their two daughters, Elena and Cristina. Signed in bold dark ink beneath a printed greeting in Spanish. To the front card bearing a golden embossed crown. Fine condition.

Price: $ 550 / € 425

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Carlos, Juan (1938) & Sofia (1938)

Christmas card signed by both

King of Spain who ascended the throne in 1975, two days after the death of Francisco Franco and oversaw the troubled nation’s transition to a constitutional monarchy. Individually signed Christmas greetings card “Juan Carlos” + “Sofia” as Prince and Princess. 6.75 x 4.75 inch (folded), n.p., 1974. To the inside of the folding stiff white card, featuring a color photograph of their three children, Elena, Cristina and Felipe, riding their bicycles at their home´s garden. Signed in bold black ink beneath a printed greeting in Spanish. To the front card bearing a golden embossed monogram with a coat of arms. Accompanied by the original envelope. Fine condition. Felipe VI. (1968) King of Spain since 2014 following the abdication of his father King Juan Carlos I.

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Pahlavi, Mohammad Reza (1919-1980) + Pahlavi, Soraya (1932-2001)

Invitation card signed by both

Last Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary - actress, and the queen consort of Iran as the second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Signed invitation card “M.R. Pahlavi” + “Soraya Pahlavi”. 4pp., 4.0 x 6.0 inch (folded), 1955 March 3. Card regarding the visit of the Persian Royals to Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Baden). Signed in blue ballpoint by Reza Pahlavi and in pencil by Soraya. From the estate of Baden-Württemberg minister president Gebhard Müller (1900-1990). Near mint condition.

 

Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050

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Gustaf VI. Adolf, King (1882-1973)

Signed presentation photograph

King of Sweden from 29 October 1950 until his death. He was the eldest son of King Gustaf V. and his wife, Victoria of Baden, and had been Crown Prince of Sweden for the preceding 43 years in the reign of his father. Vintage signed presentation photograph “Gustaf Adolf 1938”. 6.5 x 8.5 inch visible, 9.25 x 11.5 overall. Showing Gustaf VI. Adolf in a formal half length pose wearing his uniform. Signed in fountain pen ink to the lower photographer's mount and dated 1938 in his hand. Additionally signed by the photographer in white fountain pen ink to the lower right corner of the image. Framed and glazed in the original red/ brown leather presentation frame by P.A. Norstedt in Stockholm and bearing a gilt stamped crown at the head. Handling wear to the frame, else good condition and excellent signed.

Price: $ 1,275 / € 980

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

Fine autograph letter signed

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Autograph letter signed “M. Planck”. 1p., personal stationery card, 5.75 x 3.5 inch, n.p., 1937 November 1. Fine and personal condolence letter in German. To „Hochverehrte Frau Lincke!“. In full: “Tief besorgt erfuhr ich von dem neuerlichen schweren Leid, das Sie betroffen hat, daß nun auch Ihr geliebter Vater Ihnen entrissen ist, und ich bitte Sie, die Versicherung der herzlichen Teilnahme von Ihrem Schmerz von mir und von meiner Frau freundlich anzunehmen. Wie unendlich schwer muß es für Sie gewesen sein, Ihren Vater zuletzt so leiden zu sehen. Ich sehe ihn noch immer vor mir mit seinem kleinen offenen Blick und seinem herzgewinnenden Wesen, gütig gegen jedermann und gewissenhaft besorgt um die Interessen der Goethe-Gesellschaft. Auch ein leiser Zug von Wehmut und Resignation war doch in der letzten Zeit von ihm zu bemerken. Den Schmerz um den Verlust der geliebten Gattin hat er wohl niemals ganz überwunden...“ Minor corner wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,885 / € 1.450

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Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977)

Iconic vintage signed photograph “The Tramp”

Charles (Charlie) Chaplin - English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. One of a kind signed and inscribed photograph “To Richard … with admiration from Charlie Chaplin” and dated in his hand “Feb. 23rd 1953.” Glossy black and white photograph, 7.25 x 9.25 inch, n.p., 1953 February 23. Photo by Florence (Meyer) Homolka (1911-1962) an American portrait photographer and socialite. Photo is mounted to cardboard and probably slightly trimmed, else fine condition. 

Price: $ 2,925 / € 2.250

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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)

Excellent signed Photograph

28. President of the United States. Original silver gelatin photograph depicting Wilson as President of Princeton University in 1902. Signed by Wilson in dark black ink “Woodrow Wilson”. 7.5 x 10.75 inch. Probably slightly trimmed, retouched small bend in the middle of photo and minor handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,075 / € 825

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Letter signed of the Iron Chancellor

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871–1890. Letter signed “vBismarck”. 1p. (double-page), Berlin, 1863 October 20. Addressed to Government Secretary Schultze in Magdeburg. In German, in full: „Euer Wohlgeboren gefällige Zuschrift vom 14. d. M. habe ich erhalten und von der beigefügten Schrift als einem Zeugniß patriotischer Gesinnung mit Interesse Kenntniß genommen“. Minor fold breaks expertly repaired on verso, handling wear and the right edge with minor damages, not affecting the text or signature.

Price: $ 680 / € 525

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” signs an outstanding 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 with fine and large signature, 5.25 x 9.0 inch on 8.5 x 11.75 inch mount. Head and shoulders portrait. Signed and dated “Benito Mussolini Roma 29 aprile 1927 – V”. (fascist calendar - 5 years after the March on Rome). Minor stains, handling and corner wear, writing dark and unaffected. Outstanding signed photo.

Price: $ 1,495 / € 1.150

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May, Karl (1842-1912)

His famous photograph signed

A popular German writer, noted mainly for adventure novels set in the American Old West. Best known for the characters of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. Signed postcard photograph “Gruß! May”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in dark black ink on verso. Photo by Erwin Raupp 1906 - printed on the left lower edge of the photo. Handling and corner wear, pinholes at the top and bottom edge, minor creases, signature large and unaffected.

 

 

Price: $ 1,070 / € 825

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Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)

Bookpage signed (uncommon photo)

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, playwright and one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Bookpage signed “POUR LEO - Picasso le 4.4.65”. 1p., 7.75 x 11.0 inch, n.p. Written and signed in blue artist crayon. On verso in a different pen and in pencil “THE PRIVATE WORLD OF PABLO PICASSO” by Davon Douglas Duncan, The Ridge Press, 1958. This is page 129 of this book. Leo was Leo Keller a German citizen who immigrated to the United States in the 1950s. An avid collector, who received most of his autographs through the mail. Mailing folds, handling wear, corner bend and middle fold with a minor broke on the right. Else good condition and a very uncommon Picasso autograph with fine provenance.

Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Scarce typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 6.75 x 9.0 inch, THE WHITE HOUSE Washington letterhead, 1961 March 20. Signed by JFK in black ink. Letter to Mr. Douglass Parkhirst. In full: “It is a great pleasure for me to add my personal best wishes and congratulations to the many others you will receive on your 13th anniversary. The “Bedside Network” of the Veterans Hospital Radio and Television Guild provides wonderful encouragement and therapy to thousands of veterans in 110 VA medical facilities. Your members are to be congratulated for their generous donation of time and talent. May you continue your warmly human volunteer work in VA hospitals across the country for many more years to come.” Mailing fold, slightly discolored from prior framing, small expertly repaired tear at the top. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.). Fine letter signed as President.

Price: $ 4,250 / € 3.270

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Letter signed with excellent large signature

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Letter signed “Napol”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Varsovie (Warsaw), 1807 January 28. In French to war minister General Clarke. In full: “Monsieur le Général Clarke, l’armée sera réunie ce 1er février à Villemberg et marchera à l’ennemi. Comme un corps pourrait être coupé et jeté sur le bas de la Vistule et peut- être plus loin, je vous ai recommandé d’envoyer du monde à Stettin et d’avoir l’oeil sur ce qui se passera, afin de pouvoir prévenir le Maréchal Mortier, le conseiller, et empêcher l’ennemi non seulement de passer l’Oder, mais le contenir et retarder sa marche, pour que le corps qui le suivrait en queue ait le temps de l’atteindre. Je vous ai déjà mandé d’envoyer un courrier pour faire avancer le 19e de ligne. Il y a à Berlin des fusils saxons. Donnez-les de préférence aux détachements de mes troupes qui passent et qui ne sont pas armées; ce n’est qu’à leur défaut que vous devez leur donner des fusils prussiens, en ayant soin que ce soit des fusils de notre calibre. Dans la levée des 6000 chevaux, 400 sont destinés à ma Garde. Comme elle n’en a pas besoin, faites les délivrer aux dragons de ma Garde. Faites-moi connaître quand le dernier détachement de 250 hommes de ce régiment arrivera, et quand il pourra entrer en ligne. Je prie Dieu pour qu’Il vous ait en sa sainte garde. P.S.: ci-joint une lettre que vous ferez passer au Maréchal Mortier”. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Also included is a letter by Clarke to Marchal Adolphe Édouard Casimir Joseph Mortier, 1st Duc de Trévise (1768-1835), a French general and Marshal of France under Napoleon I. General Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke (1765-1818) - a politician and Marshal of France.

Price: $ 2,730 / € 2.100

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Letter signed with correction in Napoleon’s own hand

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Letter signed with correction in Napoleon’s own hand “Napol”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.25 inch, Varsovie (Warsaw), 1807 January 8. In French to war minister General Clarke. In full: “Monsieur le General Clarke, les 2 bataillons du Regiment de la garde de Paris forts de 1400 hommes doivent être arrives à Magdebourg. Je pense cependant que le General Lagrange aura pu les retenir à Canel pour mettre fin aux évenemen(t)s qui ont eu lieu, ce que j’approuverais fort. toutefois mon intention est qu’ils restent à Canel (crossed out by Napoleon and written in his own hand “Magdeburg”) jusqu’à nouvel ordre, ainsi que le regiment des fusiliers de ma Garde. Ce ferait trios mille hommes que ja pourrais rejetter sur mes derrieres, si cela devenait nécessaire. Envoyez la letter cijointe au General Lagrange par un de vos aides de Camp qui en retour rapportera un rapport detaillé sur la situation du pays, susc… je prie Dieu qu’il vous ait en sa sainte garde.” Mailing folds, else fine condition. General Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke (1765-1818) - a politician and Marshal of France.

Price: $ 2,980 / € 2.300

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