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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.

 

Price: $ 390 / € 300

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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.

Price: $ 520 / € 400

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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.

Price: $ 2,490 / € 2.100

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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.).

 

 

Price: $ 1,235 / € 950

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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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Suttner, Bertha von (1843-1914)

Rare oversize signed photograph

Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Signed and inscribed photograph “To Mr. Heingartner Bertha von Suttner”. 10.5 x 14.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo by Paulussen & Co. Wien. Discolored from prior framing, else good condition. Suttner is rare in signed photographs, especially in this size - probably one of a kind.

 

 

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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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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), 8.0 x 13.5 inch, fine paper seal, Schloß Berg (Berg Castle), 1869 September 18. “Decret für den bisherigen 1. Ministerialassessor Dr. Anton Huller über dessen Beförderung zum Ministerialrath II. Klasse im Staatsministerium des Inneren für Kirchen- und Schul-Angelegenheiten“. Signed in dark black ink by Ludwig and countersigned by the minister for education Franz von Gresser (1807-1880). Ludwig used Berg castle as his summer residence, moving here regularly every year on 11 May and performing the business of state from it. Slightly discolored and handling wear, else good condition with excellent signature.

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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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Nelson, Horatio (1758-1805)

Autograph note signed matted with photograph

British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. He was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Excellent autograph note signed, probably the closing of a letter. Signed “Nelson & Bronte”. And additionally in his hand “I beg you to Believe that I feel myself as Ever your most obliged servant”. 7.75 x 1.25 inch, n.p., 1800. Written and signed in dark black ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Nelson to an overall of 8.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful display piece.

Price: $ 2,390 / € 1.850

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Excellent Document signed “Bonaparte”

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Document signed “Bonaparte”. 3pp. (double-page), written on page one, page two and three inside, 8.0 x 12.25 inch. Paris, 1803 December 19. Printed letterhead “Repubblica italiana/ Minuta di Decreto/ …/ Bonaparte, primo Console della Repubblica francese, e Presidente della Repubblica italiana”. Decree on the payment of bonuses to the members of the presidential guard. In part: “… I Ministri della guerra e del Tesoro pubblico sono incaricati ciascheduno nella parte che lo riguarda dell’Esecuzione del presente Decreto che non sarà stampato.” In January 1802, the Cisalpine Consulta of the Cisalpine Republic (Sister Republic of France in Northern Italy) decided to change the name of the State to the Italian Republic, when Napoleon had himself elected president on 24 January. Two days later Bonaparte appeared in the Collège de la Trinité of Lyon and heard the assembled notables proclaim the Italian Republic. Mailing folds, else fine condition, beautiful signature.

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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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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Uncommon signed photograph “in leather trousers”

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 München 20/ V. 1933”. 3.5 x 5.25 inch, Munich, 1933 May 20, signed and dated in dark black ink. The card has a Hindenburg post stamp and is dated 1933 May 23. Text on verso indicates that Hitler handed the card over to an SS man. Card is addressed to Emmy Melchior in Regensburg. The text on verso in German: “Liebe Emmy” Mein recht herzl. Dank für die lb. Geburtstagswünsche, worüber ich mich sehr freute. Du hast ja heuer Deinen 19jähr. Hochzeitstag gefeiert, nachträglich noch alles Gute. Jetzt haben wir endlich Mailüfterl, du wirst fleißig gärteln. Meine Mutter ist z.Zt. in Schöneising bei Carola und unser SS in Obersalzberg beim Führer zur Arbeit. Dir u.(nd) Karl Otto herzl.(iche) Grüße.“ Handling wear, some bends, else good condition. Provenance: Hermann Historica auctions November 2013. 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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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.

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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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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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Edward VIII., King (1894-1972)

Very rare document signed AS KING

King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December the same year. Very rare document signed as King “Edward RI”. 1p., 21.0 x 15.75 inch, Court at Saint James’s, 1936 March 30. King Edward appoints James Heffernan to be an "Officer in Our Royal Air Force…in the Rank of Flying Officer." Signed in the upper left corner by the King. With scattered light creasing, horizontal and vertical fold, minor mounting tape residue on verso, else good to fine condition. An extremely rare document and signature due the kings very short reign of less than a year.

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Mourning card signed

American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Black-bordered mourning card issued by Robert and Ethel Kennedy following the death of JFK. Signed and inscribed in black felt tip: "Dear Miss Huddleston, My appreciation for your kind letter, Robert F. Kennedy." 1 page, 5.25 x 3.75 inch, Washington 1964 March 18 (postmark). The main text, in part: "We are deeply touched by your thoughtfulness in letting us know that you share in our sorrow." Includes an original mass card and the original mailing envelope, postmarked on March 18, 1964, just shy of four months following the assassination of his brother. In fine condition.

 

 

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Wagner, Richard (1813-1883)

Scarce autograph musical quotation signed with full signature

German composer, theater director and conductor who is primarily known for his operas especially “The Ring of the Nibelung”. Scarce autograph musical quotation signed “Richard Wagner”. 1 page, 8.25 x 3.25 inch, laid paper with watermark, n.p., n.d. Some bars of unknown music and in Wagner’s hand “Rose blüht”. Slightly uneven edges, else fine condition. Wagner is scarce in autograph musical quotations signed, especially with a perfect full signature.

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph letter signed “Björnstjerne Björnson”. 1p, 7.0 x 8.5 inch. Munich, 1896 February 19. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee for his translator. In German, in full: “Sehr geehrter Herr, - wir leben in die Zeit der Kompromisse. Machen wir es so: Sie zahlen meinem Übersetzer, Freiherr v. Enzberg, Schumannstrasse 3, 10 - zehn - mark, und sprechen wir von dem anderen nicht oder verschenken wir es den Konfektionsarbeitern. Achtungsvoll und mit freundlichen Grüße an den norwegisch verstehenden deutschen Verleger.“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph postcard signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph postcard signed “Björnson”. 1p, postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee. In German: “Haben Sie die Güte Freiherr von Enzberg (Friedenau) aus meinem Honorar zu zahlen. Nicht wenig!“ Handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph letter signed “Björnstjerne Björnson”. 1p, 8.75 x 5.5 inch (unfolded), n.p., n.d. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee. In German: “Sie brauchen mir es auch nicht zu schicken. Ich habe so große Freude daran in „die Zukunft“ zu sagen, was ich da gesagt habe, dass ich diese Freude nicht verdorben haben will durch ein Honorar auf 10 – zehn – mark. Die anderen zehn nimmt nämlich mein übersetzer“. Slightly stained, two minor holes repaired with paper on verso, else good condition.

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Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901)

Fine Executive Mansion/ White House engraving signed

23. President of the United States. Fine vintage engraving of the Executive Mansion/ White House signed “Benjamin Harrison”. 4.75 x 3.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (between 1889-1893), signed in dark black ink. Front approach to the North Portico of the White House (named Executive Mansion at this time). Slightly discolored, else good condition. It was during the administration of Chester A. Arthur that Executive Mansion/ White House engravings appeared and from that time they became very popular collectibles.

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Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969)

Signed photograph

34. President of the United States. Photo inscribed and signed "For Claudette Lorel with best wishes Dwight D Eisenhower". 8.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p., n.d. A matte-finish, chest-up photograph boldly penned and signed in the lower border. Slight waviness at lower edge, corner wear, minor residue of tape on verso, else good condition.

 

 

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Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)

“Il Duce” signs an presentation 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 and inscribed photograph, 10.25 x 13.25 inch, Roma, 1931 March 6. And also dated “IX” for year nine of the fascist calendar (1922 March on Rome). Head and shoulders portrait with a blind stamp “Instituto Nationale Luce Roma”. Signed and inscribed in Mussolini’s hand to the Persian Ambassador “… Fatoullah Khan Pakrevan, Roma 6 Marzo 1931 –IX”. Handling wear, some minor bends, else good condition and excellent signed and inscribed.

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autograph note signed

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph note signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., 9.0 x 3.75 inch, n.p., n.d. A fine  note in French written and signed in dark black ink. Handling wear, else good condition.

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Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)

Excellent autographed letter signed

Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Autographed letter signed “R. M. Rilke”. 1p. (recto and verso), 6.25 x 8.25 inch, March 16, 1922. Letter to Mr. Jaffe, written from his home at Chateau de Muzot, Switzerland. In full (translated): "The notation made by the sender of the requested books that arrived in good condition in two shipments, is an indication for me that you had taken special care sending these packages. Let me take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude for your courtesy. I am returning your greetings most heartily. Please remember me to your father, to whom I am also sending my regards and best wishes.” In good condition. The recipient of this letter was presumably the son of Munich bookseller Heinrich Jaffe, whose shop was a favorite of many writers including Rilke and Thomas Mann. At this time Rilke was recovering from a long period of depression during which he did not write. In 1921 the noted patron of the arts Werner Reinhart invited Rilke to live at the Chateau de Muzot, where he found renewed inspiration and could dedicate himself to writing again. In a storm of creative energy in February, he completed the Duino Elegies and wrote the entirety of the Sonnets to Orpheus. Written during this incredibly productive period, this is a superb Rilke letter.

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Typed letter signed (Nobel Prize Penicillin)

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. Typed letter signed “Alexander Fleming”. 1p., 5.5 x 8.75 inch, 1950 November 23. On stationery imprinted "The Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology”. Addressed to Dr. I. Geikie-Cobb in London. In full: “I return manuscript and proofs, also new manuscript which incorporates the bottom of the penultimate page and the whole of the last page of the proofs. I hope I have not put in too much new stuff, but it was necessary.” Handling wear, slightly discolored, else good condition.

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Garfield, James A. (1831-1881)

Rare signed cabinet photograph

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

 

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

Autograph musical quotation signed

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

 

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Excellent signature matted with photograph

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

 

 

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Hendrix, Jimi (1942-1970)

Card signed and matted with photograph “Love Jimi Hendrix”

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

 

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Strauss, Johann II. (1825-1899)

Autograph letter signed “In vain is death”

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

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

WW II. dated autograph postcard signed

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

 

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

Handwritten envelope to Emperor Franz Joseph I.

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

 

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Anne, Princess Royal (1950)

Uncommon Christmas Card signed to The Queen Mother

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

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Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)

Letter archive (two autograph and five typed letter signed)

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

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Important content Typed letter signed

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

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Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903)

Autograph letter signed

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

 

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Franco, Francisco (1892-1975)

Signed photograph

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

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Talleyrand, Charles Maurice (1754-1838)

Document signed in the name of Napoleon I.

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

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Autograph postcard signed

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

Price: $ 1,365 / € 1.050

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph postcard signed 

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

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.075

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Baudelaire, Charles (1821-1867)

Document signed

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

Price: $ 3,690 / € 2.850

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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Letter signed with handwritten addition in Napoleon’s hand

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

Price: $ 4,225 / € 3.250

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Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897)

Autograph letter signed

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

Price: $ 5,135 / € 3.950

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