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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955)

Humorous typed letter signed re: chocolates and limit speed

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. Fantastic typed letter signed “A. Einstein”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Princeton, 1949 March 28. On his blind embossed “A. Einstein 112, Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey stationery”, “erh. (received) 30/3” in pencil at the top, signed in dark black ink. Addressed to Mr. L. Manners in New York. In German, in full: “Sehr geehrter Herr Manners, Ihr Brief war wirklich erquickend. Man fühlt die freundliche Gesinnung und freut sich. Was nun die von Ihnen mit so viel Recht gepriesenen Pralinen anbelangt, so ist der Vergleich mit der Grenzgeschwindigkeit wohl berechtigt. Ich habe es konstatiert indem ich unter Missachtung strengster medizinischer Vorschrift eines aus der Menge probierte. Es ist gut, wenn man etwas produzieren kann, das dauernd des allgemeinen Interesses gewiss ist; mit dem Gehirn allein lässt sich das nicht zuwege bringen“. Translated: „Dear Mr. Manners, Your letter was really refreshing. One feels the friendly attitude and is happy about it. As far as the chocolates you so rightly praised, the comparison with the limit speed is probably justified. I found it out by trying one of the crowd, disregarding the strictest medical regulations. It's good when you can produce something that is always of general interest; that cannot be achieved with the brain alone.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Beautiful and humorous letter from the great scientist!

Price: $ 11,550 / € 10.500

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Frederick II. – The Great (1712-1786)

Letter signed

King of Prussia from 1740 until his death. His political prowess and enlightened attitudes toward religion, learning, and the humanities earned him the sobriquet “Frederick the Great”. Letter signed “Federic”. 1p. (double-page), 7.25 x 9.0 inch. Potsdam, 1764 April 27. To the Count of Köstritz. In French: “C'est avec bien du plaisier que de vous accorde la permission, que vous me demandez par votre letter de 26 de ce mois, de vous rendre a Brandenbourg, pour y prendre possession de la prebende que vous avez acquise.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Henry IX. Reuss, Count of Köstritz (1711-1780) earned a degree in Law and Political Sciences. Through his family connections he met with the future King Frederick II. of Prussia. From 1762 to 1769, he was Royal Prussian Postmaster General and Chief of the postal system. He later rose to become directing minister, top civil servant and close personal advisor to Frederick.

Price: $ 1,020 / € 925

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John XXIII., Pope (1881-1963)

Large official Vatican presentation photograph signed

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Official Vatican color matte-finish presentation photo signed “Joannes XXIII PP 28 Dicembre 1960”. 7.0 x 8.75 inch photo of Pope John XXIII. in his papal robes, affixed to its official 11.0 x 15.0 inch mount, embossed with his official seal, signed on the mount in blue ink. Original thin and transparent protective film protects the photograph. With minor creasing to the corners of the mount, protective film with two small holes, else fine condition. Surely one of the finest signed photos of John XXIII. you can hope to find.

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.950

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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: $ 970 / € 880

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Castro, Fidel (1926-2016)

Rare document signed co-signed by President Dorticós

Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Document signed “Fidel Castro” as Prime Minister and “Osvaldo Dorticós” as President. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Havana, Cuba 1960 December 31. In Spanish. Decree No. 2910. Also signed by the Minister of Communication. Impressed with official seals of office over Castro and  Dorticós signatures. Slightly discolored, closed punch holes left margin, else good condition with excellent signatures. On January 1, 1959, Cuban President Fulgencio Batista fled the country, and Fidel Castro, who had led a guerrilla struggle against the former leader, took over as Premier. He would hold this title he until 1976, when he became President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. Although Castro's Marxist-Leninist principles and alignment with the former Soviet Union isolated Cuba in the Western Hemisphere and antagonized the United States, his regime has outlasted its former Soviet patron. Castro is now by far the longest-ruling statesman in the Americas. Osvaldo Dorticòs Torrado (1907-1989) served as President of Cuba from 1959 to 1976. Dorticós, a Castro loyalist who has been variously described as a colorless figurehead, and as a competent administrator with pragmatic tendencies, made headlines in a UN speech during the Cuban missile crisis with the (false) claim that Cuba possessed nuclear weapons. When this decree was signed, Castro was moving toward open identification with communism and alignment with the Soviet Union, while the US would soon break diplomatic relations, impose economic sanctions and initiate a clandestine effort to secure Castro's overthrow.

Price: $ 900 / € 820

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Document signed with impressive signature

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Document Signed “Victoria Rg”. 3 pages with address panel, bifolium, St James's, 1850, February 5. Being a manuscript letter of appointment in favour of Thomas Maitland to be one of the Ordinary Lords of Session in Scotland, following the death of Francis Jeffrey. Signed at head of first page by the Queen and at foot of third page by Sir George Grey (1799-1882) as Home Secretary, with further annotations and signatures at top and bottom of fourth page including one from the Lords Commissioners. Some age wear and splitting along folds, else good condition. Large and impressive 4.25 inch signature of the Queen. Thomas Maitland, Lord Dundrennan (1792-1851) was a Scottish lawyer and judge. He was Solicitor General for Scotland, 1840-1841 & 1846-1850. In 1850, following Francis Jeffrey's death, he was named lord of the court of session and took the title of Lord Dundrennan. Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850) was a Scottish judge and literary critic.

Price:  $ 660 / € 600

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Gorky, Maxim (1868-1936)

Excellent signature on a card

Russian and Soviet writer and a founder of the socialist realism literary method, a political activist and also a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Signed card “M. Gorki” and additional in his hand “9.10.24 Sorrento”, written in dark blue ink and Cyrillic. 5.0 x 3.25 inch, Sorrento (Italy), 1924 October 9. Together with a fine and large portrait, 8.25 x 10.5 inch, Hofkunstverleger G. Heuer & Kirmse, Berlin-Halensee. Card in fine condition, portrait slightly discolored, else fine. Perfect example of a Gorky signature.

Price: $ 1,740 / € 1.580

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Pius IX., Pope (1792-1878)

Document signed with handwritten addition

Born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, who ascended the papal throne in 1846 and served until his death. Among the notable achievements of his 32-year reign, the longest in Roman Catholic Church history, Pius convened the historic First Vatican Council, which included the doctrine of papal infallibility. Document Signed “Pius PP. IX”. 1p., 8.0 x 12.75 inch, bifolium, 1869, February 18. Date and last line in Latin in the hand of the Pope. Being a request supplied by the Chapel and Castle of Aigremont and the friends of the supplicant for a Plenary Indulgence to be granted to Hyacinthe de Clercx d'Aigremont and her parents. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

 

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Typed letter signed

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his United States Senate Committee on Labor and public Welfare letterhead, Washington, 1953 February 6. A fine and affordable priced letter to Mr. Henry Zirinsky in Brooklyn 35, N.Y. The letter in full: “Dear Mr. Zirinsky: “This will acknowledge and thank you for your letter of recent date. In accordance with you request, I am enclosing herewith a card with my signature. With my best wishes”. The card is NOT longer available and NOT included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 2,035 / € 1.850

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926-2022) & Philip, Prince (1921-2021)

Exquisite pair of vintage signed photographs

Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Exquisite pair of vintage matte-finish portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. and Prince Philip. The famous Elizabeth II. photo by Dorothy Wilding shows the queen seated and wearing a strapless dress with the Riband and Star of the Order of the Garter, a Lesser George at the waist, and the Diamond Diadem crown, signed on the original 7.25 x 10.0 inch studio mount in fountain pen "Elizabeth R 1954". The photo is numbered in pencil “015957-W” on verso. The Philip photo by Baron Studios (Sterling Henry Nahum) portrays the prince in a handsome seated pose attired in his Admiral of the Fleet uniform, signed on the original 7.25 x 10.0 inch studio mount in fountain pen "Philip 1954." Slightly discolored from prior framing, signatures a little light, else fine condition. Provenance: Presented to J. M. W. Robinson on board Royal Yacht “Gothic” at Aden 27th April 1954. Robinson was the 4th Officer aboard SS Gothic, the ship which took the Queen and her consort on the 1953/ 1954 Commonwealth tour. A beautiful pair of royal portraits with excellent provenance.

Price: $ 4,125 / € 3.750

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Pahlavi, Mohammad Reza (1919-1980)

Card signed

The last Shah (King) of the Imperial State of Iran. Vintage postcard signed “M. R. Pahlavi”. Postcard, 5.75 x 4.25 inch, Badgastein (Stubnerkogel), Austria, n.d. (1965), fine blue ink signature on verso of the postcard. With old adhesive residue on the image side, else fine condition. Pahlavi was a guest in Badgastein in 1965.

Price: $ 1,045 / € 950

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Excellent document signed

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Document signed “Victoria RI”. Document, 16.0 x 12.0 inch, Court at St. James's, 1899, November 30, papered royal and duty seals to left margin. Being a pre-printed commission on linenised paper with manuscript insertions. Appointing John McClay, Gentleman, as Quarter-Master, in the Land Forces, signed by the Queen upper left and countersigned by Lord Lansdowne lower right. Also included is a large envelope from the War Office on her Majesty’s Service and addressed to “The Principal Medical Officer”. Mailing folds, else good condition. This would seem to be Major J. McClay of Royal Army Medical Corps who died on 17 January 1917 and is buried or commemorated at Fulford Cemetery. Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845-1927) was a British statesman who served successively as Governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India, Secretary of State for War and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Magazine portrait signed AS PRESIDENT

35. President of the United States. Magazine portrait signed AS PRESIDENT. 1 page, 9.5 x 11.25 inch, no place (Washington), 1963. Front page of the Saturday evening Post, issue April 6, 1963. Signed and inscribed by Kennedy in blue ballpoint pen “To Jim - Best wishes - from John Kennedy”. The front page of the magazine features a Norman Rockwell portrait painting of a thoughtful JFK with the headline “A worried President: The crisis in his foreign policy”. Neatly mounted on thin paper of the same size, slightly trimmed at the bottom, minor stains, else fine. Fine and uncommon JFK autograph! Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 3,250 / € 2.950

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Erzberger, Matthias (1875-1921)

Typed letter signed

German publicist and politician who spoke out against World War I. and signed the armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers as head of the German delegation. He was assassinated in 1921 by the right-wing terrorist group Organisation Consul. Typed letter signed "M. Erzberger". 1p., bifolium, 8.25 x 6.75 inch, n.p. (Berlin), n.d. Letter regarding the death of Prince Heinrich of Bavaria (1884-1916), a highly decorated Army officer in the First World War who was killed in the Battle of the Olt Valley in 1916. In German, translated: "Your Excellency, I would like to enclose a letter from the deputy Dr. Pfeiffer about the deceased Prince Heinrich, which was written at my instigation, with the request that I would like to present it to His Majesty the Emperor." Mailing fold, else in fine condition.

Price: $ 430 / € 390

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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. Wonderful vintage matte finish black and white photograph of the pair. Black and white photograph, 7.0 x 5.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1930). Signed in blue ink “Thanks! Stan Laurel” and also in black ink “Oliver Hardy”. Uncommon - NOT inscribed to an individual by Stan Laurel. Bend lower left corner, small tear at the top edge, handling wear, else fine.

Price: $ 1,200 / € 1.100

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Autograph letter signed

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871-1890. Autograph letter signed „vBismarck“. 1p., 8.5 x 10.75 inch, Berlin, 1863 February 5. To an unknown recipient, probably a court marshal. A submissive Bismarck asks for an audience. In German, in full: “Ew. Hochwohlgeboren würde ich sehr dankbar sein wenn Sie die Güte hätten die Befehle Sr. Königlichen des Großherzogs darüber zu erbitten, ob seine Königliche Hoheit die Gnade haben wolle mir eine Audienz zu gewähren…“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. After the founding of the empire, Bismarck's letters no longer needed to be written in such a submissive manner.

Price: $ 1,595 / € 1.450

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Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix  (1809-1847)

Autograph letter signed

German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Autograph letter signed “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”. 1p., bifolium, 4.75 x 7.5 inch, Leipzig, 1837 January 24. With a fine red “FMB” wax seal and addressed in Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s hand on verso. To the Leipzig city councilor Carl Wilhelm August Porsche, whom he asks to make an appointment for a meeting. Mendelssohn intended to seek certification of his employment as music director and joint municipal protection in Leipzig for himself and his bride, Cécile Jeanrenaud. In German, in full: „Ich wünsche dringend Sie in einer mich betreffenden Angelegenheit auf ein Paar Worte sprechen zu dürfen, u. erlaube mir daher die ergebne Anfrage ob ich Sie wohl heut im Laufe des Tages entweder in Ihrem Hause oder auf dem Rathhause antreffen könnte, u. um welche Stunde…“ Published in „Sämtliche Briefe“ Band 5 Nr. 1542. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 4,950 / € 4.500

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926-2022) & Philip, Prince (1921-2021)

Excellent signed photograph

Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Striking matte-finish signed photograph. 7.0 x 9.5 inch photo of Queen Elizabeth II. and Prince Philip, affixed to an 8.25 x 11.25 inch mount. Signed on the mount in fountain pen "Elizabeth R 1961" and “Philip”. The silver gelatin photograph is believed to be by Anthony Buckley, number 4474-43 written in pencil on verso. Depicting the Queen in gown, tiara and regalia and Prince Philip in the Uniform of Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal Navy, complete with sword, taken at Buckingham Palace. Photograph in excellent condition, mount slightly discolored and with minor corner wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 3,850 / € 3.500

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Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (1864-1901)

Autograph letter signed

French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist and illustrator. Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, a group which includes Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. Autograph letter signed “H. de Toulouse-Lautrec”. 2 pages, bifolium, written on first and third page (inside), blue ink. 15 Avenue Frochot (Paris/ his studio address), 1898 November 15. A fine letter in French to the publisher and print dealer Gustave Pellet. Mailing fold, minor fold break, pencil note at the top, else good condition.

Price: $ 3,300 / € 3.000

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Monroe, Marilyn (1926-1962)

Excellent album page signed and matted with photograph

American actress, model, and singer. Large vintage signature and inscription "To Judy Warmest Wishes Marilyn Monroe”. Yellow album page, 5.25 x 3.5 inch, ballpoint pen, n.p., n.d. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Monroe to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. With faint show-through from an unrelated signature on the back, else fine condition. Beautiful display item!

Price: $ 5,400 / € 4.900

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Impressive large Document Signed “accordé Napol”

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Document signed “accordé Napol”. 1 page, Garde du Gouvernment Imperial, 11.5 x 17.0 inch, Paris "6 pluviose an 13" (1805 January 26). Signed in the upper left corner in dark black ink. Proposal for promotion for two officers (Lebeau und Daval) of the Chasseur-Regiments of the Garde Imperiale. Countersigned by Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753-1815). Horizontal fold, minor hole in the middle of the lower part, handling wear, else good condition. Berthier was Prince of Neuchâtel and Valangin, Prince of Wagram, a French Marshal of the Empire who served during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He was twice Minister of War of France and served as chief of staff to Napoleon Bonaparte. Impressive Document!

Price: $ 3,200 / € 2.900

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Herrmann-Neisse, Max (1886-1941)

Two poems and three cards signed

German expressionist writer. (1) Two autograph poems “Frage an das neue Leben” and “Absage ans vergangene Jahr”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, n.p., n.d. UNSIGNED. (2) Autograph postcard signed “Max Herrmann”, Berlin, 1930 October 29. A fine card with a George Grosz portrait of Herrmann-Neisse. (3) Autograph postcard signed “Max Herrmann(=Neisse), Berlin, 1921 January 16. (4) Autograph card signed “Max Herrmann”, Berlin, 1932 January 16. Handling wear, else good condition. Fine collection!

Price: $ 825 / € 750

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Document Signed (countersigned by Sussy, Daru and Decrès)

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Partly printed document signed “Nap”. 1 page, recto and verso, 13.0 x 19.25 inch, Palais du Trianon, 1813 March 13. Authorization for an American ship to enter the port of Bordeaux. Countersigned by Jean-Baptiste Henry Collin de Sussy (1776-1837), Pierre Antoine Noël Bruno comte Daru (1767-1829), Denis Decrès (1761-1820) and the General director of customs. Mailing folds, minor fold breaks, probably slightly trimmed, handling wear, else good condition. Rather uncommon document!

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Dumas (fils), Alexandre (1824-1895)

Autograph letter signed

French author and playwright, best known for the romantic novel La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), published in 1848, which was adapted into Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 opera La traviata (The Fallen Woman). Autograph letter signed “A Dumas”. 1p., bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Untranslated letter in French. Mailing fold, ink stain, else good condition.

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Richelieu, Cardinal (1585-1642)

Rare Document Signed

Armand Jean du Plessis, cardinal-duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac. French cardinal and statesman who served as chief minister from 1624 until his death, widely considered the world’s first prime minister. Sought after manuscript Document Signed “Armand Card de Richelieu”. Three pages on three adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 13.0 inch. A legal document signed at the conclusion by Richelieu and countersigned by the royal notairs Gabriel Guerreau and Pierre Parque. Handling wear, slightly discolored, else good condition. Rare in any from.

 

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Church's dignitaries

Lot of about 30 autographs

Church’s dignitaries. Lot of about 30 autographs. 1) Helmut Hermann Wittler (bishop/ card signed), 2) Mathias Defregger (bishop/ autograph letter signed + photograph signed), 3) Eduard Schick (bishop/ card and envelope signed), 4) Edoardo Pecoraio (bishop/ card signed), 5) Hermann Volk (bishop/ photo and 2 cards signed), 6) Donald Coggan (bishop/ photo signed), 7) Pedro Arrupe (card signed), 8) Jose Clement Card. Maurer (bishop/ photo signed), 9) Antonius Hofmann (card and photo signed), 10) Langton D. Fox (bishop/ card signed), 11) Bruno B. Heim (bishop/ card signed), 12) Ernesto Civardi (cardinal/ autograph note signed), 13) Eugene Tisserant (cardinal/ photo signed), 14) Josephus Hasler (bishop/ 2 cards and 2 photos signed), 15) Alfred Flury (photo signed and drawing signed), 16) Bruno B. Heim (bishop/ 2 photos signed), 17) Olof Sundby (bishop/ photo signed), 18) Giovanni Benelli (cardinal/ card signed), 19) Heinrich Suso Braun (photo signed), 20) Christopher Butler (card signed), 21) Georg Holzherr (photo signed), 22) Youhanna Kabes (bishop/ card signed). Handling wear, else fine condition.

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Handwritten envelope signed

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Desirable hand-addressed and signed envelope “Charles Dickens”. Envelope, 5.0 x 3.0 inch, n.p. (London), 1854 February 23, stamp removed. Hand-addressed by Dickens to “Mr. Joseph Ellis Bedford Hotel Brighton”. Handling war, tear from opening the envelope, else good condition. A CARBON COPY of the letter that was sent in the envelope is enclosed.

Price: $ 1,100 / € 1.000

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Daru, Pierre Antoine Noël Bruno (1767-1829)

Autograph letter signed

French soldier, statesman, historian and poet. Autograph letter signed “Daru”. 1 page, 6.25 x 8.0 inch, 1812 Jan. 28 (?), remnants of a red wax seal on verso. Addressed to the “Pigeon commissaire ordonnateur in Paris”. The letter acknowledging the receipt of a letter and presuming to do what he can. Addressed on verso by Daru. Letter is professional inlaid to a slightly larger piece of paper, verso is fully visible, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Charles III., King (1948)

Autograph letter signed “Apparently it used to be an orchard until some clot removed it"

King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. Fine content autograph letter signed “Charles”. 1 page, recto and verso, 4.75 x 7.5 inch, Windsor Castle letterhead, 1987 April 17. Letter to friend and landscape consultant Vernon Russell-Smith. Charles considers Windsor Castle's landscape, in full: "I have been thinking about the present from the Game Conservancy that you told me about. It occurred to me that what would be most useful - and appropriate - would be apple trees to plant an orchard within the small field just beyond the kitchen garden. Apparently it used to be an orchard until some clot removed it. I feel it would make the whole difference to that area but it may require too many trees for the amount of money they have? Perhaps we could look at the area when you are down next?" Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in his own hand and initial signed as always in the lower left corner “C”. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,320 / € 1.200

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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Beautiful signed cabinet card photograph

Italian composer. Signed and inscribed cabinet card photograph “Giacomo Puccini”. Cabinet card photograph, 4.25 x 6.5 inch, Milano, September 1912. Inscribed and dated in black ink by Puccini in Italian. Photograph by G. Magrini in Viareggio-Rapallo as printed on recto and verso. Handling wear, pin holes all four corners, handling and corner wear, else good condition. Fine signed photo of Puccini seated in a chair with his hat and cane.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Fine typed letter signed

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his United States Senate, Washington, D.C. letterhead. Washington, 1956 May 11. To Mr. Anderson of the Employment Office in Amherst, Massachusetts. The letter in full: “Dear Mr. Anderson: I am writing in the interest of Mr. Adolph Czarnecki of 23 L. Street, Turner Falls, who is most desirous of securing a position as Janitor in the new building that is now being completed at the University of Massachusetts. It is my understanding that Mr. Czarnecki has already filed an application, and I would, therefore, sincerely appreciate your favorable consideration of his request. Thanking you for your kind attention and interest in this matter and with every good wish, I am Sincerely yours”. Mailing folds, staple holes, received stamp on verso, else fine with a perfect signature. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 2,750 / € 2.500

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Charles III., King (1948)

Signed Christmas Card

King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 4.5 x 7.0 inch (folded), London 1975, blue embossed coat of arms on the front. Signed in blue ink “Mr. Darby, from Charles”. Inside a fine color photo of Charles wearing the uniform of Colonel of the Welsh Guards. Original mailing envelope with typed address enclosed. Red postmark, London 19 Dec. 75. Handling wear, else fine condition.

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Charles III., King (1948)

Signed Christmas Card

King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 7.25 x 4.75 inch (folded), no place (London), n.d. (1980). Signed in black ink “Sir Fitzroy and Lady Maclean - from Charles”. Inside fine photo of a water colour by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Handling wear, else fine condition. Sir Fitzroy Maclean (1911-1996) was a Scottish soldier, writer and politician. Veronica, Lady Maclean (1920–2005) was a British food writer and hotelier.

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926-2022)

Impressive large document signed & countersigned by Selwyn Lloyd

Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. Rare partly printed royal document signed “Elizabeth R” and countersigned by Selwyn Lloyd (1904-1978) as secretary of state. 1p., 21.0 x 16.5 inch, Court of Saint James’s, London, 1957 March 21. Fine embossed seal of the Queen in the top left corner. Appointing Mr. Anthony Colin Kendall as “consul for the Regions of the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the City of Trieste and the surrounding territory under the administration of the Italian Government, to reside at Venice”. Elizabeth II. has signed in dark black ink in the top right corner and Selwyn Lloyd has signed in dark blue ink at the end. Central horizontal and vertical fold, else fine condition. Uncommon document with a rare combination of signatures.

Price: $ 3,000 / € 2.750

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Wayne, John (1907-1979)

Signed page from a menu

Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, producer, academy award-winner and American icon. A large folio printed page, 11.25 x 15.5 inch, n.p. (Tokyo), 1974 March 25, heavy paper, signed and inscribed by Wayne in black felt tip pen “Eddie Good Luck John Wayne” and dated 23/3/74 in another hand. Large and impressive signature. The page is for a menu from Maxim's restaurant in the Sony Building, Tokyo, featuring a typically Belle Epoque printed colour image of diners and waiters by the French caricaturist Georges Goursat (Sem). The menu also bears a few other signatures by other unknown individuals. Handling wear, else good condition. Uncommon Wayne autograph.

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Harrison, Anna (1775-1864)

Scarce autograph letter signed (pictured in reference book)

Wife of US President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), mother of John Scott Harrison and paternal grandmother of US President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901). She was first lady of the United States during her husband's one-month term in 1841, though never entered the White House. Scarce autograph letter signed “Anna Harrison”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.75 inch, Longview (Ohio), 1857 November 24. A friendly letter sending her husband's autograph and an apology for not being able to reply sooner, because of her “indisposition”. In parts: “… I am sorry, I am not able to send you a more legible one, but I had to take it from a letter, that I suppose was written in much haste, but I hope I will answer, the purpose for which you want it”. Mailing folds, handling wear, minor stains, else good condition. Letter is pictured in the fine book “The First Ladies of the United States by Dr. Walter A. Ostromecki, Jr. Encino, California, June 1991”.

Price: $ 1,100 / € 1.000

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Garbo, Greta (1905-1990)

Check signed

Swedish film actress, icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods and one of the greatest film stars of all time. Check signed “Greta Garbo”. A light green Chase Manhattan Bank check signed “Greta Garbo”. Check, 6.25 x 2.75 inch, New York, 1965 August 30, filled out in type and signed by Garbo. Payable to Ethel H. Anderson for $145.03. Fine condition and with an excellent signature. The rarity of Greta Garbo autographs is legendary and can be traced back to her early years when Garbo refused to sign autographs or answer fan mail. Signed photos are virtually non-existent and some signed documents are highly questionable. The best way to have a guaranteed genuine autograph of Greta Garbo - bank checks.

Price: $ 1,320 / € 1.200

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Garbo, Greta (1905-1990)

Check signed

Swedish film actress, icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods and one of the greatest film stars of all time. Check signed “Greta Garbo”. A light yellow Chase Manhattan Bank check signed “Greta Garbo”. Check, 6.0 x 2.75 inch, New York, 1984 April 16, filled out in type and signed by Garbo. Payable to Wolfgang Tretter, M.D. for $85. Fine condition and with an excellent signature. The rarity of Greta Garbo autographs is legendary and can be traced back to her early years when Garbo refused to sign autographs or answer fan mail. Signed photos are virtually non-existent and some signed documents are highly questionable. The best way to have a guaranteed genuine autograph of Greta Garbo - bank checks.

Price: $ 1,320 / € 1.200

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Charles III., King (1948)

Typed letter signed

King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, 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 condition.

 

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Stoker, Bram (1847-1912)

Autograph letter as secretary to Henry Irving

Abraham "Bram" Stoker was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant and secretary of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. Letter written in the hand of Bram Stoker and signed “Henry Irving”. Two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, blindstamped Lyceum Theatre letterhead, 1894, April 20. Stoker writes, in full: "Very many thanks for your cordial greeting which I heartily reciprocate, with the hope that your somewhat gloomy anticipation with regard to yourself will remain unfulfilled for many years yet”. In fine condition, with some minor show-through from mounting remnants on the back. Stoker worked as business manager for Henry Irving's world-famous Lyceum Theatre in London between 1879 and 1898, where he supplemented his income by writing a large number of sensational novels, his most famous being the vampire tale Dracula, published in 1897.

Price: $ 715 / € 650

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Armstrong, Louis (1901-1971)

Vintage glossy photograph signed

Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo, American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Armstrong appeared in more than a dozen Hollywood films, usually playing a band leader or musician. His most familiar role was as the bandleader cum narrator in the 1956 musical, High Society, in which he sang the title song and performed a duet with Bing Crosby on "Now You Has Jazz". Desirable vintage glossy 8.0 x 10.0 inch publicity photo of Armstrong seated and playing his trumpet, signed and inscribed in his typical green fountain pen "Best wishes to Eva Dunn From Louis Armstrong.” In very good to fine condition, with scattered light creasing. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder. A neatly signed portrait of Armstrong doing what he does best.

Price: $ 1,045 / € 950

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