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Hari, Mata (1876-1917)

Scarce autograph letter signed “… who loved me a lot”

Dutch-born dancer, born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, whose renown as a performer was permanently overshadowed by her activities as an Axis spy during World War I., which led to her execution by firing squad at the age of 41. Autograph letter signed “Mata Hari”. 3 pages, on two adjoining sheets, 5.75 x 7.5 inch, Nieuwe Uitleg 16, La Haye letterhead, annotated in pencil, March 14, 1916. In French, Mata Hari writes to "Mon Cher Consul." In full (translated): "I would be very grateful if you could organize my papers anyway. Please read the letter attached that I received last night as you can see. I could still see my friend (male) and have the costume made that I need to dance Mrs. Bangeville's minuet. Also, please have the letter sent to Jean Le Franc whom I fear wounded or dead and who loved me a lot. I did not receive any news from him for six weeks. And "last not least" (in English in the text) here is the novel. Kind regards with all my thanks in return." Minor stains on first page, else fine condition. A courtesan as well as a dancer, Mata Hari amassed an impressive catalog of lovers, including high-ranking military officers and political figures from both France and Germany. When she sent this letter, she was still a great star, reflected in her reference to having a friend complete a costume needed "to dance Mrs. Bangeville's minuet." Her cavorting with Jean Le Franc, perhaps a French military officer, is also of note, though her proclamation that she fears him "wounded or dead and who loved me a lot" appears sincere…and not linked to her espionage. With the outbreak of World War I, these relationships immediately made her suspicious to French intelligence, which reportedly put her under surveillance. The circumstances of Mata Hari's alleged spying activities during the war were and remain unclear: It was said that, while in the Netherlands in 1916, she was offered cash by a German consul to report back information obtained on her next visit to France. When British intelligence discovered details of this arrangement, they passed them on to their counterparts in France; Mata Hari was arrested in Paris in February 1917. A rarely seen and immensely desirable letter by one of the most intriguing figures of World War I.

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph letter signed 

Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph letter signed “Magritte”. 1p., 8.25 x 11 inch, 135 rue Esseghm, Jette-Bruxelles, March 8, 1938. Letter to a gentleman, in French, in full (translated): "I received your letter of the 5th and I thank you for the invitation you make to me. I will hold at your disposal for May 25th, paintings that I will choose as you request. But until then, could you please be so kind and give me in good time the instructions to follow for sending and returning the paintings?" In fine condition, with two file holes to the left side. Magritte lived and worked in an apartment at 135 rue Esseghm in Brussels for nearly 24 years from 1930 to 1954. The residence soon became a headquarters for the Belgian surrealists, as Magritte's colleagues gathered to organize the production of artwork, journals, pamphlets, and books. Today the address is home to the Rene Magritte Museum.

Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.490

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Joseph I., Franz (1830-1916)

Rare handwritten telegram signed to Empress Sisi

Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, King of Croatia, King of Galicia and Lodomeria and Grand Duke of Cracow from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German Confederation. Telegram signed “FrJ”. 1p., 6.25 x 9.0 inch, Budapest, 1887 March 19, afternoon, 4:25 h. Written in black ink in German. To Empress Elisabeth of Austria, nicknamed Sisi (1837-1898). In full: “Der Kaiser an I(hre) M(ajestät) die Kaiserin in Wien. Habe soeben Carmen Silva und den König auf der Durchreise am Bahnhofe begrüßt und eine viertel Stunde angenehm verplauscht“. Translated: “The Emperor to H(er) M(ajesty), the Empress in Vienna. Have just welcomed Carmen Silva and the King in transit at the station and we had a pleasant conversation for a quarter of an hour.” In a different hand at the end a forwarding annotation “Exp. Budapest 19/3. 1887, NM 4.25”. Fine condition. Carmen Silva - Elisabeth of Wied (1843-1916) was the Queen of Romania as the wife of King Carol I., widely known by her literary name of Carmen Silva. Carol I. (1839-1914) was the monarch of Romania from 1866 to 1914.

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Gaddafi, Muammar (1942-2011)

Signed photograph in presentation folder

Known as Colonel Gaddafi. A Libyan revolutionary and politician, and ruler of Libya for 42 years. Fine signed color photograph in his original folder. 6.5 x 8.75 inch, n.p. (Tripoli), n.d. (1979 February 19). Signed by Gaddafi in red felt-tip pen. Accompanied by the original transmittal letter from the “Revolution Leaders’s Bureau” and the original transmittal envelope. Minor handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

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Alfonso XII., King (1857-1885)

Rare cabinet photograph signed to the King of Serbia

King of Spain 1874-85. An attractive vintage signed cabinet photograph. Signed and inscribed to the King of Serbia Milan I. Obrenovic (1854-1901). In French: “Au roi Milan de Serbie, souvenir de son affectueux collègue Alphonse”. 4.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Gilt edges photo by T. H. Voigt of Homburg, the sepia image depicting the King standing in a full length pose, wearing his military uniform. Signed in bold black ink to the white lower border, over the photographer´s imprint. Photographer´s imprint also to the verso, bearing ''Photographer by Appointment to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales - T.H. Voigt''. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Uncommon signed photograph from one King to another.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,540 / € 1.190

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Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)

Document signed

The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Partly printed document signed “Wilhelm R.” 2 pages, bifolium, 8.5 x 14.25 inch, Neues Palais (Potsdam), 1912 December 18. Appointment for Ludwig Baader as “Hauptmann der Infanterie”. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition.

 

 

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Ebert, Friedrich (1871-1925)

Document signed

German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the first President of Germany from 1919 until his death in office in 1925. Partly printed document signed “Ebert”. 1p., bifolium, 8.25 x 13.0 inch, Berlin, 1920 April 30. Ebert appoints “Im Namen des Reichs” Mr. Ludwig Baader as „Regierungsrat“. Countersigned by Alexander Schlicke (1863-1940) as Minister of Labour. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

 

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Ebert, Friedrich (1871-1925)

Document signed

German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the first President of Germany from 1919 until his death in office in 1925. Partly printed document signed “Ebert”. 1p., bifolium, 8.25 x 13.0 inch, Berlin, 1921 March 15. Ebert appoints “Im Namen des Reichs” Mr. Ludwig Baader as „Oberregierungsrat“. Countersigned by Heinrich Brauns (1868-1939) as Minister of Labour. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

 

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Ebert, Friedrich (1871-1925)

Document signed

German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the first President of Germany from 1919 until his death in office in 1925. Partly printed document signed “Ebert”. 1p., bifolium, 8.25 x 13.0 inch, Berlin, 1922 February 18. Ebert appoints “Im Namen des Reichs” Mr. Theodor Rolland as Finance Court President. Countersigned by Andreas Hermes (1878-1964) as Minister for Nutrition/Food. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

 

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Castro, Fidel (1926-2016)

Signed photograph (just three weeks after the revolution)

Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Signed press-photograph “Fidel CastroR Enero (January) 21, 1959”. Black and White photograph, 6.25 x 4.25 inch, n.p., January 21, 1959. Signed in black ink. Handling wear, vertical bend, mounting residue on verso. Photo probably in connection with the Cuban Revolution (20.07.1953 - 01.01.1959) which ended with the fall of the dictator Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973). Castro is rare in authentic signed photos, especially from this early time.

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Ben-Gurion, David (1886-1973)

Signed photograph

Primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Black and white signed photograph “D. Ben-Gurion”. 3.75 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in blue ballpoint-pen by Ben-Gurion below his image. Fine condition.

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Trump, Donald (1946)

Signed photograph

45. President of the United States. Signed glossy photograph “Donald Trump”. 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black sharpie. Mounting residue on verso, else fine condition.

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Lehár, Franz (1870-1948)

Signed photograph

Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe). Signed postcard photograph. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, black and white photograph by Gutmann, Vienna, signed in dark black ink. Photo shows Lehár leaning to his piano. Handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 250 / € 190

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Hoepner, Erich (1886-1944)

Rare document signed (Partisan Operation Valkyrie)

German general during World War II. An early proponent of mechanisation and armoured warfare, he was a Wehrmacht army corps commander at the beginning of the war, leading his troops during the invasion of Poland and the Battle of France. He was implicated in the failed 20 July plot against Adolf Hitler (Operation Valkyrie) and executed in 1944. Document signed “Hoepner”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin, 1939 October 31, signed in copier-pen. Appointment for Heinz Feuerstake. Horizontal fold, punch holes, handling wear. else good condition. Rare autograph! Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

Price: $ 2,015 / € 1.550

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” signs a photograph

Benito Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party - known as Il Duce (“the leader”) ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943. Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Signed photograph “BMussolini”. 6.5 x 8.75 inch black and white photograph on the original 8.25 x 10.5 inch photographers mount, n.p. (Roma), n.d. (1925). Additionally signed in pencil by the photographer Eva Barrett (1879-1950) “Eva Barrett Roma 25”. Minor handling wear, else fine.

 

Price: $ 1,430 / € 1.100

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Signed photograph as Reich Chancellor

Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Signed postcard photograph “Adolf Hitler”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in ink, Photo Hoffmann Munich. Two small stains, else fine condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

Price: $ 2,535 / € 1.950

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Sousa, John Philip (1854-1932)

Signed photograph

American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as "The March King". Vintage signed photograph “John Philip Sousa 1905”. 3.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed by Sousa in dark black in the upper right corner. Handling and corner wear, else good condition.

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Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)

Autograph letter signed “mourns his daughter with Down syndrome”

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. Autograph letter signed “C. de Gaulle”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, on his embossed “LE GENERAL DE GAULLE” stationery, n.p., 1948 February 12. In French, translated: “Your sympathy in my great mourning was expressed in a manner that has deeply touched me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am always, my dear Master, yours faithfully.” Charles de Gaulle had three children: Philippe (born 1921), Élisabeth (1924–2013) and Anne (1928–1948). Anne had Down syndrome and died of pneumonia at the age of 20 on February 6, 1948. De Gaulle always had a particular love for Anne; one Colombey resident recalled how he used to walk with her hand-in-hand around the property, caressing her and talking quietly about the things she understood. Mailing fold, minor corner wear, else fine condition.

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Lindbergh, Charles A. (1902-1974)

Typed letter signed re: Unauthorized Photographs of Him and His Wife

American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. He became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. Typed letter signed “Charles A. Lindbergh”, 1p, 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Huntington New York, 1939 October 26. Charles Lindbergh shows concern over unauthorized Photographs of Him and His Wife. Addressed to Mr. Paul Cordes in New York. In full: “My wife has just shown me your letters of Oct. 11th and 16th in regard to the request for a copy of her photograph which appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine. It is very considerate of you to write to us about these requests, but we would prefer not to have our photographs sold to anyone. As a matter of fact, I am writing Harcourt, Brace and Co. to find out how LIFE magazine obtained the photograph which they used on their cover. This was done without authorization from us and against our general instructions about such matters. I imagine it is one of the things that slips by unnoticed from time to time, and it may have been done without any authorization at all. Could you arrange to take another photograph for us some time this winter? If you, we will communicate with you at the first opportunity we have in regard to a date.” Mailing folds, else near mint condition. Charles Lindbergh had been making headlines and appearing in newspapers, periodicals, and magazines since his skyrocket to fame from obscurity in 1927. That was when he won the Orteig Prize, making a nonstop flight from New York to Paris. By 1927, Lindbergh even appeared in Time as their First Man of the Year cover. However, not all of the publicity surrounding the Lindbergh’s were related to his achievements. Lindbergh's historic flight and extraordinary celebrity status also led to tragedy. In March 1932, his infant son Charles Jr. was kidnapped and murdered in what the American media called the "Crime of the Century" and which was described by contemporaries as "the biggest story since the Resurrection." The case prompted the United States Congress to establish kidnapping as a federal crime once the kidnapper had crossed state lines. By late 1935, the hysteria surrounding the case had driven the Lindbergh family into voluntary exile in Europe, from which they returned in 1939, the year of this letter. Lindbergh once again appeared on the cover of Time in 1939. On May 15th of the same year, and apparently against the wishes of the Lindbergh’s, Life magazine came out with a full cover photo of his wife, captioned "Hero's Heroic Wife". Apparently the Life cover and the photo itself were never approved by the Lindbergh’s. This comprises the bulk of the content of this offered letter.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Original Sketch Drawn on his U.S. Senate Letterhead

35. President of the United States. Original Sketch Drawn on His U.S. Senate Letterhead, c. 1959-60. Original sketch made as Senator from Massachusetts, drawn in pencil on JFK's official United States Senate letterhead, 1p., bifolium, 5.25 x 6.75 inch, c. 1959-60. Kennedy heavily underlined "United States Senate." Below he wrote "Iraq" and drew a frame around it. Below that he drew nine small connected boxes in a diagonal line, with "10-2" written in the first one. A separate box below also contains "10-2". At the end of the line of boxes, he wrote his first name, "John" and immediately below that, he wrote his initials "J.K." twice. At the lower side is what may be a tiny sailboat. Fine condition. This piece is from the personal correspondence collection of the late Michael J. Kirwan, who was U.S. Representative from Ohio and longtime chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as well as the chairman of both the Public Works and Interior Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee. Kirwan was a friend of Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson, as well as other Democratic stalwarts such as Sam Rayburn, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, and Tip O'Neill. Kirwan enjoyed collecting their doodles and sketches. Congressman Kirwan was the next-door neighbor to presidential historian John Jovich. Kirwan's widow, the late Alice Kirwan, presented Mr. Jovich with his personal correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous memorabilia during the 1970s. A Statement of Provenance from Mr. Jovich accompanies the sketch.

Price: $ 1,850 / € 1.425

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Buchanan, James (1791-1868)

Autograph letter signed (co-signed by Senator S. McKean)

15. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed recommending a Doctor for a Position in the Land Office. Autograph letter signed “James Buchanan”. 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 9.75 inch, Washington, 1836 December 12, as U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. Countersigned by Samuel McKean (1787-1841), Pennylvania's second senator. Addressed to Hon. James S. Whitcomb (1795-1852), U.S. senator from Indiana, who had been appointed by President Andrew Jackson as Land Commissioner (1836-41). Buchanan and McKean recommend Dr. William Wallace, whom they believe to be well qualified to be a clerk in the Land office. In full: “We take pleasure in recommending to you the appointment of Dr. William Wallace as a clerk in the Land Office. We believe him to be well qualified for the situations of which he applies. He is the son of a highly respectable citizen of Pennsylvania who has recently removed to this City: and is himself a graduate of the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. His appointment would give satisfaction to many friends." Clearly written in Buchanan's neat hand. Small mounting remnants on integral address leaf, else fine condition.

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Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)

Album page signed

Russian composer, pianist and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Album page signed and dated “D. Shostakovich 23 V 1969.”. 6.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., ballpoint-pen. Second unknown signature below Shostakovich’s signature. Erased unknown pencil signature above Shostakovich’s signature, Shostakovich’s name written in red upper left corner and red corners, probably done by the collector. Corner bend, handling wear, else good condition. Excellent for display!

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Charles, Prince (1948)

One of the most unusual signed Christmas Cards

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 9.5 x 7.25 inch (unfolded), no place (London), n.d. (1977). Signed in blue ink “Mr. and Mrs. Christopher – from Charles”. Inside fine original photo of Charles in native Canadian dress and in his hand underneath his image “CANADA 1977.” Gold embossed Prince of Wales monogram on the front. Two minor stains, else fine condition. Provenance: Mr. Christopher who was the head gamekeeper at Prince Charles Sandringham Estate until his recent death.

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Arthur, Chester A. (1829-1886)

Signed Executive Mansion card

21. President of the United States. Signed Executive Mansion card “Chester A. Arthur”. 4.25 x 2.75 inch, Washington, n.d. Bold signature AS PRESIDENT. Very light soiling, else fine condition. Two styles of “Executive Mansion” cards were available. Variant one has “Executive Mansion, Washington” printed at the top center. Variant two has “Executive Mansion, Washington” printed in the more familiar top right corner of the card.

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Sade, Donatien Alphonse Francois, Marquis de (1740-814)

Autograph letter signed

French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. Autograph letter signed “Sade”. 1p., bifolium, 6.75 x 8.5 inch, n.p., 1809 December 5. Addressed on verso in Marquis de Sade’s hand to “Monsieur Niepert - pere in Carpentras”. A fine letter regarding a payment of 410 frcs. In French, in parts: “…il m’est absolument impossible d’attendre davantage, et vous m’affligerez véritablement si vous me faites éprouver de plus longs délais…”. Mailing folds, minor hole from opening the wax seal on verso, handling wear, else fine. Provenance : collection Aristophile.

Price: $ 3,350 / € 2.750

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Baden-Powell, Robert (1857-1941)

Autograph letter signed by the scout-movement-founder

Lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association. His book “Scouting for Boys” was with 150 million copies the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century. Autograph letter signed “R Baden Powell Maj Gnl. I.G. S.A.C”. 1p, 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p. (South Africa), 1901 March 19, on embossed “South African Constabulary” stationery. Addressed to Sergt. F. A Williams and in full: “In reply to your application of 6.3.01, did you send in your name for the South African Constabulary, in accordance, with the instructions issued to the Protectorate Regiment.” Mailing folds, minor corner wear, else fine condition. The South African Constabulary (SAC) was a paramilitary force set up in 1900 under British Army control to police areas captured from the two independent Boer republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State during the Second Boer War. Robert Bade-Powell was its first Inspector-General.

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

Letter archive to a classmate (7 letters)

33. and 34. President of the United States. A large letter archive. Five typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT “Harry S. Truman”. All one page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch. Dated: 1945 April 28, 1945 November 23, 1948 July 29, 1949 July 21, 1952 November 8. All on the typical bifolium “The White House Washington” stationery and signed in dark black ink. All addressed to Marry B. Womack in St. Louis, Missouri. One typed letter signed “Dwight D. Eisenhower”. One page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, 1947 July 22. On “War Department The Chief of Staff” stationery. Signed in dark black ink and addressed to Marry B. Womack in St. Louis, Missouri. And one typed letter signed “Eisenhower”. One page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, 1947 July 22. On “War Department The Chief of Staff” stationery. Signed in dark black ink and addressed to Harry S. Truman’s secretary Charles G. Ross at “The White House”. Also included are some Newspaper articles and a 1949 black and white photograph of President Harry Truman with Charles Ross and Marry B. Womack. They were classmates at Independence Highschool. The picture was made when Marry was visiting her brother Bock Womack. Only one envelope from an Eisenhower letter is missing, the other six envelopes are all there. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. An excellent collection of personal letters between classmates, directly acquired from a descendant and on the market for the first time.

Price: $ 2,750 / € 2.110

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Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)

Handwritten envelope matted

Italian composer. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies “Il barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville). Handwritten envelope matted. 5.5 x 3.75 inch, Bologna, 1838. Addressed in dark black ink by Rossini: “Al Nobil uomo Il Sr. Principe Emilio Belgioioso Celebra Dilettante di Musica, Parigi”. Translated: “To the nobleman Signor Prince Emilio Belgioioso Famous music dilettante, Paris”. Handsomely matted in gray with a vintage card de visite photo of Rossini to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

 

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Napoleon III. (1808-1873)

Draft of an autograph letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon”

Emperor of the French 1852-70, the nephew and heir of Napoleon I. First President of France 1848-52, therefore holding the distinction of being the first titular president and the last monarch of France. Draft of an autograph letter signed “L’Empereur Napoleon” within the text. 1p., double-page, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d. To the editor of the Times (John Delane). In French: “J'ignore ce que votre correspondant a pu vous écrire le 10 aout 1870, mais certes il a été mal informé. L'empereur Napoleon n'a point écrit à ses ministres la phrase qu'on lui prete. Il s'est borné, après la bataille de Wörth, de leur envoyer ces mots: 'il faut élever nos ames à la hauteur des circonstances'. Je regrette, Monsieur, d'voir de nouveau recours à votre obligeance.” Fine condition.

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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: $ 770 / € 590

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Fang Yi (1916-1997)

Very rare signature (Vice Premier of China)

Chinese Communist revolutionary, diplomat, and high-ranking politician. As a military leader, he participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, he served as Vice Governor of Fujian, Vice Mayor of Shanghai, economic representative at the Chinese embassy in North Vietnam, President of the Chinese Academy of Science, and Vice Premier of China. He was also a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China. Rare signature and date, 2.5 x 4.5 inch piece of paper (album-page), 1978 Oct. 11. Signed and dated by Fang Yi in dark black ink, small newspaper photo  and name mounted below his signature. Fine condition. Autographs of Fang Yi are very rare and nearly impossible to find.

 

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Charles, Prince (1948) & Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Rare signed presentation photo

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Presentation photograph, signed and dated in ink “Charles 1987” by Charles and signed in ink “Diana” by Diana. 5.25 x 7.0 inch visible photograph and 7.0 x 9.5 inch framed, n.p. (London), 1987. Original green morocco presentation stand-frame by Andrew Soos of London which has the Prince of Wales feathers embossed in silver on the front at the top. Photo shows Charles and Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry in the gardens of Highgrove. Frame shows only very minor handling wear, but is in near fine condition. Photograph is in fine condition, signatures a little faded. A highly desirable and rare autograph.

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Ribbentrop, Joachim von (1893-1946)

Scarce document signed

Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945. Scarce partly printed document signed “Ribbentrop”. 1p. (bifolium), 10.0 x 14.0 inch, Berlin, 1939 August 19. Ribbentrop, acting “In the name of the Führer and chancellor”, appoints Werner Fischer to be a consulate secretary. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal in the lower left corner. Slightly discolored, two small stains from mounting tape on verso, 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: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)

Fine document signed by the Fairy tale King (Neuschwanstein)

Ludwig II. was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King and “der Märchenkönig” - the Fairy tale King. He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. He succeeded to the throne aged only 18 and is famous for the construction of two lavish palaces and the fantastic Neuschwanstein Castle. Partly printed document signed “Ludwig”. 1p. (double-page), 8.25 x 13.0 inch, fine paper seal, Linderhof, 1879 December 16. “Decret für den Rath der Kammer des Innern der Regierung von Mittelfranken Georg Wilhelm Fischer über dessen Ernennung zum Rath des Verwaltungsgerichtshofes“. Signed in dark black ink by Ludwig and countersigned by the secretary of the interior Sigmund von Pfeufer (1824-1894). Minor fold breaks expertly repaired inside, handling wear, else good condition.

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Tolkien, J. R. R. (1892-1973)

Hand addressed envelope

Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel, English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”. Hand addressed mailing envelope. 5.5 x 3.75 inch, Oxford, 1956 January 30. Addressed in Tolkien’s hand “Mrs. Doris Elizabeth Sykes, 95 Linden Gardens, Bayswater, London, W.2." Envelope bears a January 30, 1956, Oxford postmark. In fine condition. Tolkien corresponded with Sykes a few times, and he praised illustrations she sent him that had been inspired by Lord of the Rings.

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Hedin, Sven (1865-1952)

Signed photograph and autograph note signed

Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. Fine signed photograph “Sven Hedin 25.11.49”. 4.0 x 6.0 inch, n.p. On verso Hedin wrote and signed a short message. Minor mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

 

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Stresemann, Gustav (1878-1929)

Rare autographed letter signed

German politician and statesman who served as Chancellor in 1923 and Foreign Minister 1923–1929, during the Weimar Republic. He was co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926. Autographed letter signed “Dr. Stresemann“. 1p., 5.5 x 8.5 inch. Berlin 1908, December 2. To Josef Adolf Bondy, editor of “Neue Revue” regarding a manuscript. In German: “Beifolgend sende ich Ihnen das Manuscript meines Vortrages über Industrie und Reichsfinanzreform, bitte jedoch mir vor Veröffentlichung (un)bedingt einen Correkturabzug zuzusenden (nach Berlin N.W. Reichstag)“. Mailing fold, slightly discolored, punch holes, else good condition.

 

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Pershing, John J. (1860-1948)

Typed letter signed from Paris

General officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. Fine typed letter signed “John J. Pershing”. 1p., (bifolium), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Paris, 1932 October 4, on Hotel de Crillon, Paris stationery. Addressed to Mrs. John Clarke Graff in Illinois. The letter in full: “Due to my continued absence from Paris, I have been unable to handle my correspondence until recently. I was very glad to receive your letter and to have news of you and your children. As to your son’s condition I have no doubt that he will be very well looked after and think that you should not worry as to the kind of attention he will receive. There is nothing that I could do at this time to assist but if there should be later, please call on me and I shall be most willing to help. Thanking you for your letter and hoping that you will disabuse your mind of any reticence you may have about writing me, I remain as always.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)

Signed Portrait

German general and military theorist - known as the Desert Fox. Signed portrait “Rommel”. 4.25 x 6.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed with his typical pencil. Marked on verso „W. Willrich“ and “VDA Volksdeutsches Kameradschaftsopfer der deutschen Jugend December 1941”. Handling and corner 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: $ 1,135 / € 875

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Erzberger, Matthias (1875-1921)

Typed letter signed

German publicist and politician, Reich Minister of Finance from 1919 to 1920. He was assassinated for this act by the right-wing terrorist group Organisation Consul. Typed letter signed “MErzberger”. 1p., 6.75 x 8.75 inch. Berlin, 1917 December 10. Addressed to Legation-Secretary von Simson in Zurich. In German: “Besten Dank für Ihr Schreiben vom 3. Dezember betreffend Herrn Rosenbaum, das ich heute erhalten habe.“ Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

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Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)

Impressive Imperial cabinet photograph signed

The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Impressive imperial cabinet photograph signed “William I.R. Lowther 19/ XI 1902”. 5.5 x 8.5 inch photograph on original 7.5 x 11.75 inch photographers mount. Photograph by T. H. Voigt, Bad Homburg as printed on verso. The Kaiser wearing British Field Marshal's uniform and the sash of the Order of the Garter while staying at Lowther Castle, home of the 5th Earl of Lonsdale. Mounting residue on verso, minor corner and handling wear, else good condition. Provenance: Victor Spencer, 1st Viscount Churchill, Lord in Waiting to King Edward VII. and Lord Chamberlain at the time of his Coronation in 1902. Impressive signed photograph with fine provenance.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Typed letter signed

32. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, New York, 1930 November 12, “State of New York” letterhead. Governor Roosevelt writes a letter to the Glenfield Democratic Women’s Club. In full: “Dear friends: I am deeply grateful to your association for your telegram. It was good of you all to think of me and I appreciate it.” Excellent signed in dark ink. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing folds, minor stain, else fine condition. Comes with my Franklin D. Roosevelt autograph study.

 

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Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)

Typed letter signed

28. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Woodrow Wilson”. 1p. (double-page), 6.0 x 7.0 inch, Princeton, N.J., 1911 January 3. Addressed to S. St. J. McCutcheon. In full: “I wish sincerely it were possible for me to appoint some time to see you before my inauguration but frankly every day I have is mortgaged. May I not hope to have the pleasure of seeing you as soon as possible after I am installed in my office in Trenton?” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)

Typed letter signed (written from Berlin)

26. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Theodore Roosevelt”. 1p., 8.0 x 11.25 inch, Berlin, 1910 May 13. To “My dear Dr. Fries in Stockholm”. In full: “Mr. Abbott has shown me your letter of May 10th. I am glad of the opportunity of expressing to you my cordial admiration of the work which the Young Men’s Christian Association is doing in various parts of the world. My special interest has been aroused by the Railway Branch of the Association. I hope also to see the work extended on broad lines in the country districts where young men cannot have under ordinary circumstances the educational and cultural advantages which are found in the cities. It was a pleasure to meet you the other day in Stockholm, and I am glad again to express to you my sincere interest in the work which you and the Association are doing.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. In May 1910 Roosevelt and his son met with the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. On 12 May 1910 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Berlin. Unusual letter from a famous trip.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Excellent signature matted with photograph

35. President of the United States. Signature “warm regards - Jack”. 4.5 x 1.5 inch (visible) piece of paper, n.p., n.d., signed in dark ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of JFK to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. 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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Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Fantastic content typed letter signed

First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Typed letter signed “Diana”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.25 inch, 1992 August, on Kensington Palace crested stationery and signed by Diana at the conclusion in black ink. Sent by Princess Diana to the editor of Dragons Magazine. "Dragons" was a magazine published by the Welsh Rugby Union, aimed at younger players & fans of the sport. In full: "I am sure that every Welsh boy who follows rugby has a secret dream that one day he will don the red shirt and run onto Cardiff Arms Park to play for Wales! I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to the International Matches and I am so glad to see Wales getting back into form. However it was not until I went to St. Helens Club, Swansea, in February and saw the training that I realised that to build up a first class international team we have to start at an early age. This is why I welcome the Dragon Magazine which is aimed to help youngsters to be fit and develop their rugby technique as well as introducing them to the fun of being a member of the team. I hope that all the hard work and efforts by WRU, the Editors and contributors to Dragon as well as those who train our young people in our schools and clubs will find ample reward in the future. I look forward to hearing of your progress." Diana ends the letter with a line of Welsh "Ymlaen Ieuenctid Cymraeg!" which translates as "Forward Welsh Youth". In excellent condition. A highly desirable letter with astonishing Welsh rugby content from the Princess of Wales herself. 

Price: $ 2,390 / € 1.850

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Signature matted with photograph

Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. Signature “Alexander Fleming”. 2.75 x 1.25 inch (visible) piece of paper, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark blue ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Fleming to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

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Hitchcock, Alfred (1899-1980)

Self-portrait sketch signed

English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema and known as "the Master of Suspense". Original ink self-portrait sketch of Alfred Hitchcock's immediately recognizable profile. Signed “To Richard from Alfred Hitchcock”. Gold bordered card, 4.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (1971). Signed and inscribed in dark blue ink by Hitchcock. Excellent condition. Autograph obtained in-person during the filming of “Frenzy” on Hitchcock’s return to Pinewood studios in 1971 and acquired from the collector directly. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Hitchcock to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

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Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)

Document signed “Armor army Africa 1942” to a schoolboy

German general and military theorist - known as the Desert Fox. Document signed “Rommel”. 1p., 8.75 x 11.0 inch, Gefechtsstand (combat-standing), Africa, 1942 March 25 (postmark), as usually signed in pencil by Rommel and addressed to schoolboy August Palm in Andernach. A formal document where Rommel points out that he receives too much mail to answer personally. And he ends: “I am proud to say that even under the extremely difficult conditions of the desert, the German soldier fought bravely and dutifully on the side of the Italian comrades for the common victory. In the future, German troops in North Africa will continue their difficult task of contributing to the ultimate victory of the Axis.” The original mailing envelope “Feldpost” is included. 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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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Bookpage signed and matted with photograph

German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lower part of a bookpage - signed “HHesse”. 1p., 6.0 x 4.0 inch (visible), n.p., n.d., signed in pencil by Hesse. Bookpage “Aufzeichnungen von Hermann Hesse/ Mit farbigen Bildern vom Verfasser”, Fischer Verlag, Berlin - 1920. Signed in later years by Hesse and formerly part of a large collection of Ursula Schwerin, an employee at the Suhrkamp publishing house. Slightly discolored, else fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Hesse to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

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Charles, Prince (1948) & Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997)

Signed Christmas Card

Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana, first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the "world's most photographed woman” or “The Queen of hearts”. Signed Christmas Card from 1984. 7.0 x 6.0 inch (folded), no place (London), n.d. (1984). Signed in black ink “To you both from Charles and” in Charle’s hand and “Diana” in Diana’s hand. Inside fine original photo shows Charles and Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry. Gold coat of arms on the front. Minor stains on verso, else fine condition.

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

Uncommon signed Christmas card

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card “Elizabeth” in Elizabeth’s hand and “+ Philip” in Philip’s hand. The 1951 Christmas card - the final card sent before the death of her father the King and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne. Card, 6.5 x 7.5 inch (folded), no place (London), n.d. (1951). Fine green and white ribbon visible on recto and inside. Comes complete with the original mailing envelope to Miss M Luschwitz. (later to become Mrs. Maureen Baker-Munton). The card sent by the future queen, whilst a princess and her husband Prince Philip. The image shows the princess with her husband in a car during one of their royal tours. Slightly discolored and some foxing, otherwise good condition. A rather uncommon early card and guaranteed authentic signed. Christmas cards since 1959 are mostly signed by Autopen.

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Philip, Prince (1921)

Autograph letter signed to the dean of his old school

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Rare autograph letter signed “Philip”. 2p. (recto and verso), 6.5 x 8.0 inch, RN Petty Officers school, Kingswood, 1939 (?) March 26. The prince writes to Rev Taylor, the dean of his school at Cheam apologising for not being able to attend a party. In full: “Thank you very much for your letter and kind invitation. As far as the invitation to the party is concerned, I am sorry to say that I will be away on home at the time and so will be unable to attend. I have been meaning to run over and visit you for some time but what with one thing and another I seem to have been rather rushed for time recently. However I shall definitely be over someday soon. I am delighted to hear that everything is going so well at the school though naturally the weather has not been particularly helpful. I received the piece of cake safely and enjoyed it immensely although my recollections of Mrs. Sawyer are rather vague. Please remember me to Mrs. Taylor and any of my old friends (or should I say masters?) who are still with you”. Mailing folds, else excellent condition. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. In 1928, he was sent to the United Kingdom to attend Cheam School, living with his maternal grandmother, Victoria Mountbatten, Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, at Kensington Palace and his uncle, George Mountbatten, 2nd Marques of Milford Haven, at Lynden Manor in Bray, Berkshire. After leaving Gordonstoun in early 1939, Philip completed a term as a cadet at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, then repatriated to Greece, living with his mother in Athens for a month in mid-1939. At the behest of the Greek king, George II, he returned to Britain in September to resume training for the Royal Navy. He graduated from Dartmouth the next year as the best cadet in his course. During the Second World War, he continued to serve in the British forces, while two of his brothers-in-law, Prince Christoph of Hesse and Berthold, Margrave of Baden, fought on the opposing German side. Philip was appointed as a midshipman in January 1940. A fine early handwritten letter.

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

Vintage signed photograph

A comedy double of the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of thin Englishman, Stan Laurel and heavyset American, Oliver Hardy. They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous Hardy. Vintage signed photograph “Stan Laurel” and “Oliver Hardy” in blue and black ink. Additionally inscribed by Laurel “Hello Gwennie!” 5.0 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo showing Laurel and Hardy in a famous pose wearing bowler hats. Diagonal crease, corner and handling wear, else good condition.

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Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)

Original George IV. Coronation ticket signed

1st Duke of Wellington was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. Rare ticket for admission to Westminster Hall of George IV’s Coronation on July 19th, 1821. 1 page, 10.0 x 9.25 inch, printed in red, black and blue with blind embossed border by Dobbs, signed by the Duke of Wellington and inscribed “For Miss Hamilton Wellington”. Countersigned by Lord Gwydyr, additional annotated in clerical hand “Coronation ticket” at upper margin and “The Lord High Constable Box” at lower margin. A little general soling, turn along vertical fold, minor paper loss, mounted onto a leaf from a scrap album. There are two versions of this ticket, one admitting to Westminster Hall, the other to Abbey, marked respectively “Hall” and “Abbey” in oval cut-outs to the left of the central motif. One of a kind item!

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Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

Fine ink signature matted with photograph

Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Fine fountain pen signature in Bengali on an off-white 3.5 x 2.75 inch (visible) album page, dated September 14, 1926. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Tagore to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. On verso signature of composer Prince Joachim of Prussia (1876-1939). Fine condition. Tagore visited Europe in 1926 and met with many famous people, i.a. Albert Einstein.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Wayne, John (1907-1979)

Twice-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, heavy paper, signed and inscribed by Wayne in black ink “Ed - Day after tomorrow, Good Luck, again, John Wayne” and dated 25/3/74 in another hand. A second signature and inscription “Ed – Good Luck John Wayne” appears at the head of the page written with a pen running out of ink and is barely visible. 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 individuals including the opera singer Anna Moffo, most dated between 1972-74. Some areas of light staining and some age wear, largely at the folds, else good condition. Uncommon Wayne autograph.

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Pierce, Franklin (1804-1869)

Autograph letter signed to the Secretary of War

14. President of the United States. Handsome autograph letter signed “Franklin Pierce”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.5 inch. Concord, N.H., 1845 June 30. To "Hon Wm. L. Marcy, Secy of War, Washington D.C." In full: “I have to request that a permit may be granted to me to locate a mine in the county South of Lake Superior." Mailing folds, handling wear, left margin with minor residue of mounting tape on verso and probably slightly trimmed, else good condition. William Learned Marcy (1786-1857) was an American statesman, who served as U.S. Senator, Governor of New York, U.S. Secretary of War and U.S. Secretary of State.

Price: $ 1,240 / € 1.090

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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed

Italian composer of operas. Autograph letter signed “G. Verdi”. 1p., 5.5 x 8.5 inch. Torino, 1861 November 26. To his lawyer Ercolano Balestra in Parma. Blind embossed coat of arms at the top - “Camera dei Deputati” of the first Italian Parliament, to which Verdi belonged as a member. Written before his departure to St. Petersburg for the performance of his new opera „La forza del destino“ In Italian: “Avrei voluto parlargli prima di partire, ma non ho avuto tempo di venire a Parma… Glimando 20 Nap. d’oro… Di fretta le dico addio a rivederci in Marzo se non gelerò. Mi scriva con qust indirizzo/ Monsieur Verdi/ au Théatre Italien/ Russie/ St. Petersbourg”. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, minor stains, else good condition. La forza del destino (The Power of Fate or often translated The Force of Destiny) is a Italian opera by Verdi and  was first performed in the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre of Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 10 November 1862.

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