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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.

Price: $ 975 / € 750

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George VI., King (1895-1952)

Document signed with excellent history

King of the United Kingdom 1936-52. Document Signed “George R.” as King. 1p., 21.25 x 16.5 inch, Court at Saint James's, 1950 January 28. The king approves a commission which appoints Ronald Agnew Finlay to be our Consul at reside at Elisabethville. Signed in the upper right by King George and countersigned by Secretary of State Ernest Bevin (1881-1951). With intersecting folds, 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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George VI., King (1895-1952)

Document signed with excellent history

King of the United Kingdom 1936-52. Document Signed “George R.” as King. 1p., 21.25 x 16.5 inch, Court at Saint James's, 1950 October 6. The king approves a commission which appoints Ronald Agnew Finlay to be an Officer of the third Grade of Branch Bof. Signed in the upper right by King George and countersigned by Secretary of State Ernest Bevin (1881-1951). With intersecting folds, 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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Warren, Earl (1891-1974)

Typed letter signed

American jurist and politician who served as the 30th Governor of California (1943–1953) and later the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969). Typed letter signed “Earl Warren”. 1p., 7.25 x 8.5, Sacramento, 1952 December 11. Addressed to Mr. Seymour E. Allen in Springfield. In full: “Because of my busy schedule since returning to California, this is the first opportunity I have had to write and thank you for the opinion expressed by you in an article in the Springfield Daily News, copy of which was sent to me by Lester Wisler of Oakland. I want you to know I appreciate your confidence in me. Slightly discolored and minor stains, bottom probably slightly trimmed, else good condition.

Price: $ 155 / € 120

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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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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Great content typed letter signed regarding his “New Deal”

32. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, New York, 1932 July 30, “Executive Mansion” letterhead. Governor Roosevelt writes a letter Mr. Seymour E. Allen in Massachusetts regarding his “New Deal”. In full: “I am glad to get your letter of July 15th. The “New Deal” which I mentioned in my acceptance speech has many ramifications; some of the things which I had in mind were mentioned in the acceptance speech; the other factors I shall speak about during the campaign at length. On the whole, it can be characterized by a statement that it seeks a more equitable distribution of national wealth among all of the people. It does not include some of the things which you mention in your letter. They appear to be unnecessarily drastic and I am afraid will prevent rather than bring about the condition which I am sure both you and I ultimately hope to obtain, i.e., one where all classes of society will share more fairly and equitably in our national opportunities. May I ask that you read my acceptance speech over again and other speeches which I shall make from time to time, and let me have your criticisms and suggestions thereof.” Mailing folds, slightly discolored, handling wear, else good condition. Also included are three letters to Mr. Seymour E. Allen (October 1932) and signed by a SECRETARY as “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. Three letters to Allen signed “Louis McH. Howe” (1933) as Roosevelt’s secretary. One letter to Allen signed “Alfred E. Smith” on Empire State, Inc. letterhead (1932). One letter of Elliott Roosevelt (1965) and signed “Elliott Roosevelt”. One letter to Allen signed “Lee C. White” as Associate Special Counsel to the President (1964). PLEASE NOTE: only the first letter (1932, July 30) in this description is signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt himself. Comes with my Franklin D. Roosevelt autograph study. The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms and regulations enacted in the United States 1933-36, in response to the Great Depression. The acceptance speech mentioned in Roosevelt’s letter was held during the 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois June 27 – July 2, 1932. The convention resulted in the nomination of Governor Roosevelt for President.

Price: $ 1,950 / € 1.490

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Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)

Large signed photograph

American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Vintage sepia photograph signed “Thos A Edison”. The image depicting the inventor in a formal half length pose. 7.0 x 10.5 inch (sight) and matted in gray – overall 10.75 x 14.25 inch. Signed in bold black fountain pen ink. Photograph by Walter Scott Shin of New York and signed by him in pencil to the lower border. Two spots on Edison’s head, minor bends, some slight scuffing just affecting the signature, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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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.

Price: $ 510 / € 390

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Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)

Typed letter signed

French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969. Fine typed letter signed “C.de Gaulle”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.5 inch, on his personal embossed “LE GÉNÉRAL DE GAULLE” letterhead. Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, 1946, December 31. Signed in dark blue ink and addressed to Monsieur A. Boucher. De Gaulle sends his wishes for the New Year. The letter in French: “Les voeux que vous avez eu l’aimable pensée de m’adresser à l’occasion de l’année nouvelle me sont bien parvenus. Je vous remercie de cette attention à laquelle j’ai été vivement sensible. Croyez, Monsieur, à mes sentiments les meilleurs.” The original envelope is included. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 780 / € 650

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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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Hundertwasser, Friedensreich (1928-2000)

Fine signature

Austrian-born New Zealand artist and architect who also worked in the field of environmental protection. Signature “Hundertwasser”. Signature cut, probably from a book, 3.75 x 2.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo corner mounted to a slightly larger sheet. Fine condition.

Price: $ 140 / € 110

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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.

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Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934)

Signed photograph

Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Signed photograph „von Hindenburg”. 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Corner crease, minor handling wear, else fine condition.

 

 

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Excellent signed color reproduction of one of his works

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Color reproduction of one of Miro's uncommon mixed-media pieces. Printed on a glossy 8.5 x 11.0 inch sheet, removed from a catalog of his works and signed at bottom. Fine.

 

 

 

Price: $ 960 / € 740

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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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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Vintage signed photograph

32. President of the United States. Signed photograph “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, photo by ORTHO, N.Y. Discolored, upper left and right corner with minor corner crease, else good condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,235 / € 950

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

Christmas card signed by both (from the coronation year)

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Scarce and highly sought after Christmas card signed “Elizabeth R” and dated “1953.” in her hand. Additionally signed by Prince Philip “Philip”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch (folded), n.p. (London). The card shows a picture of the queen on her coronation day together with Prince Philip and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne. An exceptionally rare card and the most sought after of all Christmas cards as queen. Some discoloration to the left facing side and on verso. The image itself is crisp as are the signatures.

Price: $ 1,490 / € 1.140

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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.

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Kästner, Erich (1899-1974)

Typed letter signed “your own fault”

German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature. For the latter contributions he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1960. Typed letter signed in pencil “Erich Kästner”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, Munich, 1955 October 8. Addressed to the composer and pianist Gerhard F. Wehle (1884-1973) in Berlin. In German (untranslated): “... Leider sind alle die von Ihnen angeführten Arbeiten musikalisch bereits in festen Händen, und ich sehe keine Möglichkeit, Ihnen die Veröffentlichung und Aufführung dieser Texte zu erlauben. Daß Ihnen diese Absage schmerzlich sein wird, kann ich verstehen. Andererseits trifft an diesem Bescheide Sie selber die Schuld; denn es ist begreiflicherweise heutzutage mehr denn je notwendig, sich der erforderlichen Genehmigung zu versichern, ehe man sich die Mühe und Arbeit macht." Mailing fold, punch and staple holes, else fine condition.

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Clemens, Samuel L. “Mark Twain” (1835-1910)

Card signed and matted with photograph

He is better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Signed card “Mark Twain”. 3.5 x 2.0 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in pencil by Twain. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Twain to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Card is toned, else fine.

 

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Hess, Rudolf (1894-1987)

Typed letter signed with rare full signature

A prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. Typed letter signed “Rudolf Hess”. 1p, 8.75 x 11.25 inch, On his personal “Rudolf Hess München Harlaching” stationery. Munich, 1934 October 14. Signed in dark black ink by Hess with a rare full signature. Addressed to Lieselotte Kreisel-Kaestle, wife of the art historian Heinrich Kreisel (1898-1975). In German, in full: “Haben Sie nachträglich vielen Dank für das Werk “München” das mich als von Ihrem Herrn Gemahl stammend natürlich besonders interessiert. Noch mehr hätte es mich gefreut, wenn Sie es tatsächlich selbst mir überreicht hätten. Aber ich weiss, dass ich selbst schuld bin, wenn es nicht geschah. Sie dürfen mir aber nicht böse sein, wenn ich die telefonische Zusage, bald mit Ihnen zusammen sein zu wollen, noch immer nicht einlöste. Es lag gar zu viel in der Zwischenzeit, das mich voll in Anspruch nahm.“ Translated: "Thank you very much for the work “Munich", which naturally interests me as being from your husband. I would have been even happier if you actually presented it to me. But I know that it is my own fault if it did not happen. I am sorry if I still did not honor the commitment to be with you soon. There was too much in the meantime, which took me fully.” Heinrich Kreisel was museum director (Ludwig II. - Museum Herrenchiemsee) and general curator of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments. He wrote the book "Munich" in 1934 as described in this letter. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history.  Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Hess, Rudolf (1894-1987)

Typed letter signed with rare full signature

A prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. Typed letter signed “Rudolf Hess”. 1p, 8.75 x 7.5 inch, on his personal “Rudolf Hess München Harlaching” stationery. Munich, 1934 January 16. Signed in dark black ink by Hess with a rare full signature. Addressed to Lieselotte Kreisel-Kaestle, wife of the art historian Heinrich Kreisel (1898-1975). In German, in full: „Infolge sehr vieler Post recht nachträglich danke ich Ihnen für Ihre seinerzeitigen  Glückwünsche, über die ich mich in Erinnerung an das Zusammensein Ende des Kriegs und in der ersten Kampfzeit hinterher herzlich freute. Ich hoffe, dass doch bald einmal die längst gehegte Absicht verwirklicht werden kann, Sie und die Ihren bei uns zu sehen.“ Translated: „As a result of a great deal of mail, I thank you very much for your congratulations at the time, which I gladly rejoiced in remembrance of the end of the war together and in the first fight time. I hope that soon the long-cherished intention of seeing you and yours with us can be realized.” Heinrich Kreisel was museum director (Ludwig II. - Museum Herrenchiemsee) and general curator of the Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments. He wrote the book "Munich" in 1934. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history.  Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Handwritten envelope signed and matted

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Handwritten envelope signed “A v Humboldt”. 5.0 x 3.5 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. Addressed in Humboldt’s hand to „Ihre Excellenz der Frau Ministerin Baronin von Bülow / Tegel“. Signed on the left by Humboldt and handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Humboldt to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine display piece.

 

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Valentin, Karl (1882-1948)

Dust jacket signed

Bavarian comedian, cabaret performer, clown, author and film producer. Valentin starred in many silent films in the 1920s, and was sometimes called the "Charlie Chaplin of Germany". Signed and dated front page of a dust jacket “Karl Valentin 12.4.43”. 1 page, 4.5 x 7.5 inch, no place. As usually signed in pencil. Dust jacket from the book “Valentiniaden – Ein buntes Durcheinander von Karl Valentin”, Hugendubel 1943. Slightly discolored, corner wear and two minor tape repaired tears, else good condition. Rare!

 

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Braun, Wernher von (1912-1977)

Signature matted with photograph

German, later American, aerospace engineer, and space architect. He was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the father of rocket technology and space science in the United States. Signed and inscribed piece of cardboard “To Billy L. Knight with warmest personal regards – Wernher von Braun”. 6.25 x 2.5 (visible), n.p., n.d. Excellent signed in dark ink by Braun. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Braun to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

 

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Autograph letter signed re: trip with King Frederick William IV.

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. (double-page), Frankfurt a.M., 1853 March 19. As a Prussian ambassador to the Federal Parliament to a prince for a meeting with Ministerialrat Bertram. In German, in full: „… Zu meinem großen Leidwesen kann ich den Herrn Ministerialrat Bertram morgen hier nicht erwarten, indem ich den Befehl erhalten habe mich bei Anwesenheit Sr. Majestät des Königs (Friedrich Wilhelm IV.) in Cassel einzufinden, und mich Allerhöchst demselben auf der weiten Reise anzuschließen. Meiner Vermuthung nach werde ich am nächsten Sonntag wieder hier sein; da ich es aber nicht mit Gewißheit voraussagen kann, so werde ich nicht verfehlen Ew Durchlaucht meine Rückkehr noch besonders anzuzeigen, u. mich alsdann sehr freuen mit Herrn Bertram verabredeter Maßen in Verbindung zu treten …". Translated in parts: „... having been ordered to appear in Cassel in the presence of His Majesty the King (Frederick William IV.) and to join him at the long trip. My guess is I'll be back next Sunday …I am very happy to get in touch with Mr. Bertram as agreed ...". Mailing fold in the middle expertly repaired on the back, minor stains, writing dark and unaffected.

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Blücher, Gebhard Leberecht von (1742-1819)

Letter signed

Fürst von Wahlstatt, Prussian Generalfeldmarschall (field marshal) who most notably led his army against Napoleon I. at the Battle of the Nations at Leipzig in 1813 and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, in alliance with the Duke of Wellington. Letter signed “Blücher”. 1p., 8.0 x 4.5 inch (visible). Treptow, 1808 August 2. To Colonel von Bardeleben. Sending an estate statement of the 1754 deceased Colonel Christoph Ludwig von Bardeleben. Enclosed the first and the last sheet of this list with seals and signatures of the widow and General Nikolaus Andreas v. Katzler. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Blücher to an overall of 9.5 x 12.0 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Some stains, else good condition.

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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.

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Heisenberg, Werner (1901-1976)

Rare autograph letter signed

German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics. Autograph letter signed “Werner Heisenberg”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.5 inch, Göttingen, 1957 July 13. “Prof. W. Heisenberg” letterhead, written in dark blue ink. In German, in full: “Liebe Frau John! An Hess habe ich geschrieben, und wenn ich von ihm Antwort bekomme, werden Sie wieder von mir hören. Ausserdem wollte ich Ihnen schreiben, dass in meinem Institut im Herbst d.h. wohl spätestens 1. Okt., die Stelle einer Bibliothekssekretärin frei wird. Diese Stelle ist allerdings nicht sehr hoch dotiert (T.O.A. VIII, vielleicht später VII), aber für den Fall, dass Hess keine Möglichkeit hat, Sie in die Forschungsgemeinschaft aufzunehmen, wäre das jedenfalls ein erstes Unterkommen. Jedenfalls würde ich mich freuen, Ihnen helfen zu können. Mit vielen herzlichen Grüßen.“ Translated: „I have written to Hess, and if I get an answer from him, you will hear from me again. In addition, I wanted to write to you that in my institute in the autumn. probably no later than 1 Oct., the vacancy of a library writer becomes available. However, this post is not very highly paid (T.O.A. VIII, maybe later VII), but in case Hess has no way of getting you into the research community, it would be a first step. Anyway, I would be happy to help you. With many best regards." Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Excellent typed letter with long handwritten postscript

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “John Kennedy”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, United States Senate letterhead, 1957 March 1. Signed by JFK in black ink and he adds in his own hand: “Many many thanks to you for your thoughtfulness in writing. Good Luck!” Letter is addressed to Mr. Richard Geiger in South Bend, Indiana. JFK crossed out “Mr. Geiger” to “Richard”. The letter in full: “Many thanks for your very kind letter concerning my visit to Notre Dame last Friday. Your generous comments are deeply appreciated. I was honored in being invited to address such a fine group as yours. It was for me an extremely interesting and rewarding experience, one of the most pleasant aspects of which was the opportunity to talk with so many of the individual faculty members and students. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it also.” The original mailing envelope (with FACSIMILE free frank signature of JFK) is included. Mailing folds, lower right corner professionally repaired on verso, else fine condition. Great letter, especially with such a fine and rare handwritten postscript. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

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Signac, Paul (1863-1935)

Fine content handwritten manuscript (five pages)

French Neo-Impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the Pointillist style. Autograph manuscript, unsigned. 5pp., Brussels, 24 February, no year. Handwritten notes made on works he had studied in two museums; first about sketches to Delacroix’s famous Louvre mural painting "Apollo slays the Python" (1850/51). In parts: "… Musée Moderne / Esquisse du plafond d’Apollon de Delacroix, dans un etat merveilleux de conservation – C’est certainement ce que j’ai vu de lui le plus coloré … la femme blonde en robe bleu vert est certainement plus frais que n’importe quel Renoir … Musee Ancien – … le bras de la femme refleté bleu sur le haut et rose sur le bas – (Delacroix parle de ce principe) – les parties refletant le ciel, sont froids, celles refletant le sol sont chauds) …" Mentioned the painters Peter Paul Rubens ("merveilleuse etude") and Henri Regnault as well as the painting "Mars et Venus" ("Mars désarmé par Vénus" von Jacques-Louis David). Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

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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.

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Khrushchev, Nikita (1894-1971)

Typed letter signed “…will help the Red Army in the final destruction of German-Fascist’s aggressors”

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Typed letter signed in Russian. 1p, 7.5 x 11.5 inch, Kiev 1944 March 11. Signed in his typical green ink by Nikita Khrushchev. Addressed to the Metal Factory of Dzerginskiy – to Comrades Fomenko, Schepanskiy, Kozlov, Koodinov, Taranov. Khrushchev congratulates the workers on their "industrial victory", stating it will help "the Red Army in the final destruction of German Fascist aggressors". In full: "Congratulate collective of workers, engineers, technicians and employees of metal factory of Dzerginskiy with new industrial victory - putting into operation a second [house] furnace. CK KP/b/ U is strongly sure that collective of metalworkers of “Dzerginki” following instructions of comrade Stalin about fastest restoring black metallurgy will successfully solve further problems with restoring its factory, will provide over planned production of cast-iron, steel and will help the Red Army in the final destruction of German-Fascist’s aggressors. I wish you further success in your work. Secretary CK KP/b/U, Khrushchev, Kiev." Mailing folds, minor chipping and punch-holes to left edge, slightly trimmed. Excellent WW II. autograph with fine content.

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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.

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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph letter signed to the painter Charlotte Popert

Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph letter signed “Giacomo Puccini”. 5.0 x 3.5 inch card, Rome (Grand-Hotel), 1908 March 31. Fine embossed eagle at the top of the card. To the painter Charlotte Popert (1848-1922), who lives in Rome and who had invited him to her studio. In Italian, in full: “Mi voglio scusare se la ristrettezza del tempo non mi permette di venire ad ammirare I suoi lavori – debbo partire domattina! Ed oggi sono occupatissimo!...”. In fine condition. A letter from the violinist Teresina Tua (1866-1956), also directed to Charlotte Popert, Rome 1913 (thanks for "la deliziosa Madonnina") is included.

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Paderewski, Ignacy Jan (1860-1941)

Rare fine content autograph letter signed “Life is not happy”

Polish pianist and composer, politician and spokesman for Polish independence. Autograph letter signed “I. J. Paderewski”. 5.0 x 7.75 inch. Paris, (18)88, February 27. To “Ma reine!” in French. He first apologizes for the small orthographic error, which he corrects, could not come in the morning, doubts whether he would be able to see her again in the morning. "This is sad - but life is not happy and the first concert in Paris demands a lot of work (‘beaucoup de soins’)". He sends the four tickets he could exchange, the best seats, (‘pour que veut, sur tous les points, critique le pauvre artiste’). Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Meyerbeer, Giacomo (1791-1864)

Autograph letter signed

German opera composer who has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the nineteenth century. Autograph letter signed “Meyerbeer”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.25 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (Lundi = monday). Addressed on recto in Meyerbeer’s hand to the Politician and playwright Charles Guillaume Étienne (1777-1845) - member Académie francaise. In French, Meyerbeer writes that he will accept Étienne’s invitation for the coming Friday morning. Discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Catherine II., The Great (1729-1796)

Rare document signed

Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II., also known as Catherine the Great, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Her reign was called Russia's golden age. Fine and rare ornate Document Signed on vellum, in Cyrillic, signed “Ekaterina”. One page, 17.0 x 13.5 inch, St. Petersburg, 1786. Catherine signs a renewal of an appointment for Lieutenant General Otto von Derfelden from the year 1784. Slightly discolored, stained, some heavy folds and wrinkles consistent with vellum documents, else good condition with the typical large signature of Catherine II.

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Tito, Josip (1892-1980)

Signed photograph

Longtime leader of Yugoslavia from 1945 until his death in 1980. Crystal-clear matte-finish 6.75 x 9.25 inch photo of Tito in a suit and tie. Boldly signed in fountain pen and dated 8.VI -1964 in his hand. Minor horizontal crease in the middle of the photo, slightly discolored at the bottom, mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

 

 

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Benedict XVI., Pope (1927)

Rare signed photograph

Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 2005 to 2013. Signed photograph “+Joseph Card. Ratzinger”. 4.75 x 4.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph shows the pope at the thanksgiving service on the occasion of the Golden Priest Jubilee in the Munich Liebfrauendom. Repro-photograph slightly blurred, signature excellent. Rare signed photograph.

 

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Saint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)

Autograph letter signed re: his opera Henry VIII.

French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include the opera Samson and Delilah (1877) and The Carnival of the Animals (1886). Fine autograph letter signed “C. Saint-Saens”. 3pp., (bifolium), 5.0 x 6.5 inch, Cannes, 1901 December 13, in French to a lady. Starts with condolences and ends with the words that he will not forget all that he owes to his incomparable creation of Henry VIII. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Henry VIII. is an opera in four acts by Saint-Saëns with its first performance on 5 March 1883 at the Académie Nationale de Musique.

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Fine document signed (co-signed by Werner v. Blomberg)

Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Partly Printed Document Signed “Adolf Hitler”. 1p., 8.5 x 12.5 inch. Berlin, 1934 December 22. Countersigned by Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg (1878-1946), Nazi Minister of War and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, 1935-1938. In German. Hitler, acting “in the name of the Reich”, appoints Alois Hartmann to be a senior civil servant. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal. Hitler and von Blomberg have signed with bold fountain pen. The document is in fine condition. 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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Robespierre, Maximilien de (1758-1794)

Rare document signed (Top of the Reign of Terror)

French lawyer and politician, as well as one of the best known and most influential figures associated with the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Document signed “Robespierre”. 3pp. (two adjoining sheets), allegorical vignette at the top, 8.25 x 12.5 inch, Paris 13. Floréal an 2 (1794 May 2). In French: “Extrait des Registres du Comité de Salut Public de la Convention Nationale”. Decree on the organization of the national military music school “Ecole Nationalle des trompettes”. Signed at the conclusion by five important members of the Revolutionary government: Maximilien Robespierre, Lazare Carnot (1753-1823), Bertrand Barere (1755-1841), Georges Couthon (1755-1794) and Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois. Minor holes on the left edge, corner wear, else good condition. From the top of the Reign of Terror. On July 27, Robespierre was overthrown and executed the next day. Rare - especially from this time.

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Nehru, Jawaharlal (1889-1964)

Signed Yousuf Karsh photograph – finest exist

First Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. Signed black and white photograph “Jawaharlal Nehru”. 9.5 x 11.5 inch (visible). Inscribed “To Dr. Heinrich von Brentano with all good wishes” and dated in Nehru’s hand “16.7.1956”. Fine blue ink, photo taken by Yousuf Karsh. Photograph housed in the original brown leather presentation folder, overall 11.25 x 13.25 inch. Folder with handling wear, photograph with a small stain on the lower right margin. The first signed Nehru photograph which I have sold in the original presentation folder and surely the finest you can hope to find. Heinrich von Brentano (1904-1964) was a German politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He served as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1955 to 1961.

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Frederick III. (1831-1888)

Exceedingly rare autograph letter signed as King and Emperor (99 days)

Frederick III. was German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days in 1888, the Year of the Three Emperors. Friedrich Wilhelm Nikolaus Karl, known informally as Fritz, was the only son of Emperor William I. and was raised in his family's tradition of military service. Although celebrated as a young man for his leadership and successes during the Second Schleswig, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars. Rare autograph letter signed as King and Emperor. 1p. (double-page), 5.5 x 8.5 inch, blind embossed coat of arms at the top, written in pencil, n.p., 1888 April 18. According to a former owner to Count von Seckendorff about the delivery of coins for the royal collection. In German, in full: “Ich würde mich freuen die beiliegenden Münzen für die Sammlung angenommen zu sehen sobald Dr. Friedländer sich über dieselben geäußert hat.“ Fine condition. A rare autograph letter signed, dated during his short reign. After 27 years as Crown Prince, Frederick III. became Emperor, but suffering from cancer of the larynx he died aged 56 after reigning for only three months.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Hepburn, Audrey (1929-1993)

Signed program “Love in the afternoon”

British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon and one of the greatest female screen legends in the history of American cinema. Signed program “Audrey Hepburn”. 4pp., 7.25 x 10.5 inch, n.p., n.d. “Illustrierte Film-Bühne Nr. 3952”, black and white. Program for „Ariane - Liebe am Nachmittag“ (Love in the afternoon) with Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier. A 1957 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Billy Wilder. Punch holes, horizontal and vertical fold, small tape repaired tear at the bottom, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 715 / € 550

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Fegelein, Otto Hermann (1906-1945)

Uncommon signed photograph

High-ranking commander in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany. He was a member of Adolf Hitler's entourage and brother-in-law to Eva Braun. Signed photograph “Hermann Fegelein”. 4.75 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in dark ink. Fine condition. Together with a card signed by Johannes Göhler (1918-2003) “Hans Göhler SS-Obersturmführer”. 4.25 x 2.0 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in dark ink and in 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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Richelieu, Cardinal (1585-1642)

Rare letter signed to Cardinal Posman

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. Very rare letter signed “Il Card De Richelieu”. 1p, 8.5 x 13.5 inch, Paris, 1629 December 14. In Italian to Cardinal Posman whom he congratulates on his appointment. Left margin slightly uneven, minor stains, writing dark and bold.

 

Price: $ 4,850 / € 3.730

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Frick, Wilhelm (1877-1946)

Signed H. Hoffmann photograph

Prominent German politician of the NSDAP, who served as Reich Minister of the Interior in the Hitler Cabinet from 1933 to 1943. After World War II. he was tried and convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials and executed by hanging. Signed photograph “Frick”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in dark ink. Photo by Photo Hoffmann, Munich. Slightly discolored, handling wear, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history.  Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

Price: $ 990 / € 775

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Röntgen, Wilhelm Conrad (1845-1923)

Autograph letter signed

German mechanical engineer and physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. Autograph letter signed “W.C. Röntgen”. 1p., 5.0 x 6.5 inch, lettercard, Weilheim, 1921 May 27. Addressed on verso by Röntgen to Dr. Stenzl from the company Boehringer (Ingelheim), who had asked for a reference for a new scientist. In German, in full: "Auf Ihre leider in Vergessenheit gerathene Anfrage vom 18.II. gestatte ich mir zu erwidern, dass eine Besprechung mit meinem Assistenten ergeben hat, dass ein Stud. Rud. Schuegraf seiner Zeit das Praktikum für Anfänger in meinem Institut besucht hat. Eine etwas mehr selbstständige Arbeit hat derselbe nach meiner Erinnerung nicht angefangen." Mailing fold, else fine condition.

Price: $ 2,535 / € 1.950

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Schliemann, Heinrich (1822-1890)

Autograph letter signed

German businessman and a pioneer of field archaeology. He was an advocate of the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an archaeological excavator of Hissarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy. Autograph letter signed “H. Schliemann”. 1p., 4.5 x 5.0 inch, Carlsbad, 1881 August 17. In German, in full: “Geehrter Herr, Ich haben Ihnen leider nichts anderes zu senden als die Einlage. Hochachtungsvoll“. Translated: “Dear Sir, Unfortunately, I have nothing to send you except the enclosure. Sincerely”. Mailing fold, probably slightly trimmed, writing dark and unaffected.

Price: $ 1,270 / € 980

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