Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)
Fantastic rare early signed photograph
35. President of the United States. Rare early signed and inscribed glossy photograph from his first year in Congress. 7.0 x 9.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (1948), signed and inscribed in fountain pen "With warmest regards to Kenneth Browne from John F. Kennedy”. Reverse bears an affixed collector's label indicating that it was signed in 1948. The said date is consistent with my Kennedy autograph study which shows some signatures from this time. In 1946 the 29-year-old John F. Kennedy ran for the vacant 11th Congressional District seat in eastern Massachusetts. To its predominantly working class constituents - located in and around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown, and Brighton - Kennedy seemed like a privileged dilettante: he was young, inexperienced, wealthy, and propped up by family and political connections. Yet Kennedy successfully cultivated another image, that of a World War II. veteran sympathetic to economic and social hardship. His campaign slogan “The New Generation Offers a Leader” emphasized his age positive rather than treating it as a liability. He won the general election by winning 73% of the vote, and went on to serve in the House of Representatives until 1953, when he secured a Senate seat. An exemplary, very early signed portrait of Kennedy as he began his career in politics and one of the finest you can hope to find. With light overall creasing, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).
Price: $ 5,525 / € 4.250
Bebel, August (1840-1913)
Signature matted with photograph
Ferdinand August Bebel was a German Marxist politician, writer, and orator. He is best remembered as one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Signed album page „A. Bebel“. 4.0 x 2.5 inch, signed in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Bebel to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Small stain, else fine condition. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful presented!
Price: $ 290 / € 225
Furtwängler, Wilhelm (1886-1954)
Early autographed letter signed
Highly regarded German conductor and composer. Autographed letter signed “Wilhelm Furtwängler”. 1p., 8.25 x 5.75 inch, Mannheim, 1915 December 14. A fine letter regarding the death of an acquaintance. In German, in full: “Von der Reise zurück, finde ich die traurige Nachricht vom Todes Ihres Mannes vor. Da ich ihn selber – wenn auch nur flüchtig – gekannt habe, kann ich Ihnen umsomehr nachfühlen, welchen Verlust dies für Sie bedeutet, und mag nicht unterlassen Ihnen mein großes und herzliches Mitgefühlt auszusprechen.” Mailing folds, otherwise fine condition.
Price: $ 635 / € 490
Dali, Salvador (1904-1989)
Fine and large signature
Prominent Spanish surrealist. Signature “Dali 1975” and underline in his hand. 1p., 8.5 x 11.25 inch, n.p. Red piece of thin cardboard removed from a book or catalog. Signed, dated and underlined by Dali in black felt-tip pen. Minor handling and corner wear, else fine condition. Impressive and fine example!
Price: $ 440 / € 340
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926) and Philip, Prince (1921)
Signed photograph in original folder (from her hairdresser)
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed photograph “Elizabeth R 1954” and “Philip”. 6.0 x 8.0 inch black and white photo on a 7.5 x 9.75 inch photographers mount and mounted inside a slightly larger original presentation folder, n.p. (London), 1954. Signed in dark black ink on the photographers mount below the photograph. Photo comes from Mr. Jules Henry Joelin of Emile Limited on Sloane Street, her hairdresser for over thirty years - 1939-1969. Accompanied by an original envelope sent Registered from Buckingham Palace, but postmarked 21st December 1953. The photo fits perfectly in the envelope, envelope was probably reversed in later years. Handling and corner wear, slightly discolored, signatures fine. Excellent provenance.
Price: $ 2,275 / € 1.750
Elizabeth II., Queen (1926) and Philip, Prince (1921)
Excellent signed Christmas card
Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card “Elizabeth R” in Elizabeth’s hand and “Philip 1957” in Philip’s hand. 15.5 x 9.25 inch (unfolded), n.p., 1957, with an embossed crown on the front, featuring a color family portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children, Charles and Anne and a pair of corgis. With some light stains to the outside of the card, else fine condition.
Price: $ 1,090 / € 850
Stoker, Bram (1847-1912)
Autograph letter as secretary to Henry Irving
Abraham "Bram" Stoker was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant and secretary of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned. Letter written in the hand of Bram Stoker and signed “Faithfully yours Henry Irving”. 1p., bifolium, 4.5 x 7.25 inch, Lyceum (Theatre), 1894 July 13. As Henry Irving’s secretary, Stoker pens a brief letter and the date “Dear Sir with the greatest pleasure + all good wishes.” Handling wear, else fine condition.
Price: $ 455 / € 350
Mussolini, Benito (1883-1945)
Content four page typed letter signed with holograph postscript
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. Content typed letter signed “Mussolini”. 4pp. (double-page), 8.25 x 10.75 inch. On “Il Capo del Governo” stationery. Roma, 1928 April 20. Addressed to his “Ministro delle Finanze” Giuseppe Volpi in Roma. With a fine postscript in Mussolini’s hand at the end. An excellent content letter regarding the coverage of municipal expenses, cost control with authorities and tax revenues. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Giuseppe Volpi, 1st Count of Misurata (1877-1947) was an Italian businessman and politician. Count Volpi developed utilities which brought electricity to Venice, northeast Italy, and the Balkans by 1903. As Italy's Finance Minister from 1925 until 1928, he successfully negotiated Italy's World War I debt repayment with the United States and with England and pegged the value of the lira to the value of gold.
Price: $ 1,220 / € 940
Bonaparte, Joséphine (1763-1814)
Fine letter signed “Josephine”
Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I., and thus the first Empress of the French. Letter signed “Josephine”. 1p., 7.25 x 9.0 inch, Paris, 1807 March 29. To "Monsieur le Général Ernouf”. Note in French recommending Mr. Mallevault, who will soon depart for Guadeloupe. Fine condition. Letters signed “Josephine” are more valuable than those signed “Lapagerie Bonaparte”, an earlier signature combining her maiden and married names. General Jean Augustin Ernouf (1753-1827) was a French general and colonial administrator of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. He held several posts as chief-of-staff and in military administration. In 1804, Napoleon I. appointed him as governor general of the French colony in Saint-Domingue and Guadeloupe. Although he was able to reestablish some semblance of order and agricultural production, the British overwhelmed the colony in 1810 and, after a brief engagement, forced him to capitulate. After the second restoration, he held an administrative position in one of the occupation zones, and later he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of France.
Price: $ 2,690 / € 2.075
Tilly, Johann Tserclaes Count of (1559-1632)
Field marshal who commanded the Catholic League's forces in the Thirty Years' War. From 1620-1631 he had an unmatched string of important victories against the Protestants. A Swedish cannonball took his life at Rain. Along with Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein of Friedland and Mecklenburg, he was one of two chief commanders of the Holy Roman Empire’s forces in the first half of the war. Letter signed "Johann grave von Tilly". 2 pages (recto and verso), 7.75 x 12.75 inch, Pirna, 1627 April 26. Probably to a nobleman who had hitherto failed to meet his demand for lodgings and horses for two companies and a contribution. He seriously recalled this demand and had authorized his troops to procure the necessary quarters and horses themselves. Restored right edge, handling and corner wear, recipient name crossed out, else good condition. Also included is a fine lithographic portrait of Tilly.
Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650
Keller, Helen (1880-1968)
American author, political activist, and lecturer. Signature and dedication “To: Tom Helen Keller”. 1p., probably a page from a book or album, 5.0 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d., written and signed in pencil. Mounted on a slightly larger piece of red cardboard. Fine condition.
Price: $ 440 / € 340
Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)
Rare autographed letter signed
28. President of the United States. Autographed letter signed “Woodrow Wilson”. 1p., 3.75 x 5.0 inch. Princeton, 1903 January 26 Letter to Betty Breese Blodget. In full: “I cheerfully comply with your request for my autograph. It is a small return for your kindness in desiring it.” Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Wilson to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Wilson remains uncommon in handwritten letters.
Price: $ 875 / € 675
Zeppelin, Ferdinand Graf von (1838-1917)
Autograph note signed on Zeppelin postcard
German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. Autograph note signed „Gf. Zeppelin”. Postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., 1908. Additional in Zeppelin’s hand “Den Bestrebungen des vaterländischen Frauenvereins wünsche ich den besten Erfolg. November 1908“. Front shows the Strasbourg Cathedral and the over ride of a Zeppelin on August 4, 1908 - greeted with gunfire. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.
Price: $ 940 / € 725
Christie, Agatha (1890-1976)
Bookpage signed by the “Queen of Crime”
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan - English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Boogpage signed “Agatha Christie” and dated in her hand “11. April 1969”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p. Signed in dark ballpoint pen. Unfortunately it is unknown from which book this page is. Fine condition.
Price: $ 310 / € 240
Göring, Hermann (1893-1946)
German politician, military leader and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Signed photograph “Göring”. 4.25 x 6.0 inch, black and white photograph of Göring in uniform, signed in blue ink. Photo Hoffmann, Munich printed on verso. 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: $ 1,020 / € 850
Goebbels, Joseph (1897-1945)
WW II. dated typed letter signed to General Commissioner Wilhelm Kube
German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. Typed letter signed “Dr. Goebbels”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin 1942 January 2. Fine blind embossed “Der Reichsminister für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda” stationery. Addressed to General Commissioner (Wilhelm) Kube in Minsk regarding payments for author Wilhelm Kotzde-Kottenrodt. In German, in full: “Lieber Parteigenosse Kube! Auf Ihr Schreiben vom9.12.1941 habe ich eine Überprüfung der wirtschaftlichen Verhältnisse des Schriftstellers Wilhelm Kotzde-Kottenrodt veranlasst. Durch die Ehrenrente des Führers in Höhe von RM 250,-- monatlich ist der Autor wirtschaftlich im Notwendigsten sichergestellt. Aus wiederholten besonderen Anlässen wurden ihm von der Schiller-Stiftung grössere Einzelunterstützungen gewährt. Ich habe veranlasst, dass Kotzde-Kottenrodt erneut eine Überweisung von RM 500,-- zur Jahreswende erhält. Im übrigen wird der im völkischen Kampf verdiente Autor seit Jahren zu Lesungen und Vorträge eingesetzt.“ Translated in parts: “I arranged a review of the economic situation of the writer Wilhelm Kotzde-Kottenrodt. Through the honorary pension of the leader for the amount of RM 250,- monthly the author is economically assured. For repeated special occasions, the Schiller Foundation granted him larger individual support. I have arranged that Kotzde-Kottenrodt again receives a transfer of RM 500,- …For the rest, the author, who has made a name for himself in the national struggle, has been inserted for readings and lectures." Mailing folds, water stain, paper loss at the top, else good condition. Wilhelm Kube (1887-1943) was a German politician and Nazi official. Important figure in the German Christian movement during the early years of Nazi rule. During the war he became a senior official in the occupying government of the Soviet Union, achieving the rank of General Commissioner for Weiss-Ruthenien (Belarus). Wilhelm Kotzde-Kottenrodt (1878-1948) was a German teacher, author and publicist. 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: $ 1,190 / € 925
Khrushchev, Nikita (1894-1971)
Typed letter signed “…will help the Red Army in the final destruction of German-Fascist’s aggressors”
Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Typed letter signed in Russian. 1p, 7.5 x 11.5 inch, Kiev 1944 November 3. Signed in his typical green ink by Nikita Khrushchev. Addressed to the Metal Factory of Dzerginskiy – to Comrades Fomenko, Schepanskiy, Kozlov, Koodinov, Taranov. Khrushchev congratulates the workers on their "industrial victory", stating it will help "the Red Army in the final destruction of German Fascist aggressors". In full: "Congratulate collective of workers, engineers, technicians and employees of metal factory of Dzerginskiy with new industrial victory - putting into operation a second [house] furnace. CK KP/b/ U is strongly sure that collective of metalworkers of “Dzerginki” following instructions of comrade Stalin about fastest restoring black metallurgy will successfully solve further problems with restoring its factory, will provide over planned production of cast-iron, steel and will help the Red Army in the final destruction of German-Fascist’s aggressors. I wish you further success in your work. Secretary CK KP/b/U, Khrushchev, Kiev." Mailing folds, minor chipping and punch-holes to left edge, slightly trimmed. Excellent WW II. autograph with fine content.
Price: $ 1,660 / € 1.275
Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977)
Typed letter signed
Charles (Charlie) Chaplin - English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. Typed letter signed “Charlie Chaplin”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, n.p. (Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland), 1969 April 22. On his personal Charles Chaplin letterhead. A thank you letter to Mr. Langer, in full: “Thank you very much for your kind thoughts on my eightieth birthday.” Signed in dark black felt tip pen. Mailing fold, punch holes, else fine condition.
Price: $ 860 / € 660
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.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)
Excellent “umbrella” signature
American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Signature “Thomas A Edison”. 1p., 4.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Small sheet of paper containing other signatures, possibly from a guest book. Excellent signed in pencil by Edison at the top. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Edison to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Good condition. Edison trademarked his signature in 1899 and he rarely signed his name as "Thomas". Virtually all of his later signatures have his first name abbreviated as "Thos”, that indicates that he signed this photo until 1899.
Price: $ 960 / € 740
Lindemann, Fritz (1894-1944)
Very rare autograph letter signed by the resistance fighter
German officer in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany and member of the resistance to Adolf Hitler. Very rare autograph letter signed “Lindemann”. 2pp., (recto and verso), 5.75 x 7.5 inch, (Hamburg), 1943 August 31. This is one of five letters from the period August/ September 1943, which are addressed to the adjutant of the 132. ID, Captain Horst Schonsky. In parts: "Allmählich sieht man etwas mehr durch alles durch. Zweifellos hat hier die größte Katastrophe stattgefunden, die jemals eine deutsche Stadt betroffen hat. Ob die Totenziffer tatsächlich schon dreistellig ist, wage ich noch zu bezweifeln, jedenfalls sind es ganze Stadtviertel (Hamm, Hammerbrook, Rothenburgsort), in denen kein Zimmer mehr steht, in denen Tausende von Toten unter den Schuttmassen ruhen… Im Allgemeinen ist die Haltung der Bevölkerung ausgezeichnet. Alles, was noch lebt, begrüßt sich freudestrahlend. Die Fenster sind größtenteils holzverschalt wie in Rußland… Ich fahre am 4.9. mit meiner Frau für einige Tage nach Potsdam, anschl. nach Dresden, und am 15.9. wahrscheinlich nach Mölln, wo es noch gute Verpflegung geben soll. … Wie mag es inzwischen mit diesen merkwürdigen Untersuchungen bei Ihnen stehen? Ich glaube, es tat dem O.B. fast schon leid. … Herzlichen Gruß an alle Herren, ich schreibe bald an Geyer, dem ich für die sorgfältige Bearbeitung des reizenden Gedenkbuches besonders danke, in alter Kameradschaft Ihr Lindemann!" "Geyer" is certainly Heinz Geyer, the General Staff Officer of the 132. ID. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Very rare and fine content. 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: $ 715 / € 550
Millerand, Alexandre (1859-1943)
Content autograph card signed + personal visiting card signed
French politician and freemason. Autograph card signed “AMillerand”. 1p., 10.25 x 7.0 inch (unfolded). Paris, 1929 April 11. A fine content handwritten card by Millerand regarding “La Guerre”, “traditions” and “La France”. Mounted on the left side is a fine postcard of Millerand by Mascré-Pirou. Also included is a personal visiting card of Millerand with handwritten salutation and signed “AM”. Slightly discolored else fine condition.
Price: $ 340 / € 260
Clostermann, Pierre (1921-2006)
French flying ace. Clostermann scored 33 recorded victories, earning the accolade "France's First Fighter" from General Charles de Gaulle. Rare signed and inscribed photograph. 6.0 x 4.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Fine black and white photograph of Closterman in his plane. Excellent condition.
Price: $ 245 / € 190
Chamberlain, Neville (1869-1940)
British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Chamberlain is best known for his appeasement foreign policy, and in particular for his signing of the Munich Agreement in 1938, conceding the German-speaking Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany. Card signed “N. Chamberlain”. 5.0 x 2.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition.
Price: $ 275 / € 210
Walter, Bruno (1876-1962)
Christmas card signed
German-born conductor, pianist and composer. Christmas card signed “Bruno Walter”. 4.5 x 5.75 inch (folded), n.p., n.d. Additional salutation in Walter’s hand “Auf Wiedersehen in Salzburg! Ihr altergebener“. Written and signed in ballpoint-pen on verso. Inside the card is a print of a Madonna with child. Slightly trimmed, else good condition.
Price: $ 180 / € 140
Walter, Bruno (1876-1962)
German-born conductor, pianist and composer. Signed and inscribed photograph “Für Karoline Schnobel mit bestem Gruss Bruno Walter” and dated in his hand “September 1958”. 4.5 x 6.5 inch, n.p. Excellent black and white photo in fine condition.
Price: $ 375 / € 290
Gaulle, Charles de (1890-1970)
Card signed + autographs of V. Auriol, L. Blum, G. Bidault
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. Card signed “C.G.” and additional salutation in de Gaulle’s hand. 3.25 x 2.5 inch, Paris January 17, 1949. Together with the original mailing envelope. Also included is a card signed by the first President of the fourth French republic Vincent Auriol (1884-1966), Prime Minister Leon Blum (1872-1950) and Prime Minister Georges Bidault (1899-1983). Fine condition.
Price: $ 635 / € 490
Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)
Impressive oversize signed photograph
The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Signed photograph “Wilhelm I.R. Weihnacht 1927”. 10.0 x 13.5 inch, Dorn (barely visible below Wilhelm’s handwriting), signed in blue colored pencil. Impressive half-length portrait in uniform. Handling wear, slightly trimmed, else good condition. Uncommon in this size.
Price: $ 1,090 / € 850
Böll, Heinrich (1917-1985)
Fine content autograph letter signed
One of Germany's foremost post-World War II. writers. Böll was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. Autograph letter signed „Heinrich Böll“. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, on his personal stationery. Köln, 1957 September 24. To the writer and publicist Gert Kalow (1921-1991). In parts, in full: „Ihr Brief war für mich eine große Freude, betrachte ich Sie doch ein wenig als einen kontrollierenden Bruder, nicht immer im Sinne der Kompetenz, sondern eher der Zeugenschaft...“ Translated: „Your letter was a great joy to me, I consider you a bit as a controlling brother, not always in terms of competence, but rather the testimony.” Mailing fold, else fine condition.
Price: $ 550 / € 425
Morse, Samuel F. B. (1791-1872)
Fine autograph letter signed & original carte-de-visite photograph
Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and was a co-developer of the Morse code. Fine autograph letter signed “Saml. F.B. Morse”. 1p., 4.25 x 6.75 inch. New York, 1856 February 13. Letter to manuscript collector Z. Allen Esq. (Providence, Rhode Island). In full: "I write now a hasty line to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 30th ulto. and to say that so soon as I am relieved of the numerous interruptions with which I am hourly beset. I will reply to yours more fully. Be pleased in the meantime to accept my thanks and to be assured that your kind and friendly sentiments are most cordially reciprocated.” Also included is an original carte-de-visite photograph of Morse, backstamp by E&H.T. Anthony of New York from photographic negative in Brady’s National Portrait Gallery. Mounting residue from prior framing on verso of the letter and stronger mounting residue on verso of the photograph. The letter is addressed to one of the two principal manuscript collectors in America of the nineteenth century, Mr. Z. Allen of Providence, Rhode Island, a contemporary of Rev. Sprague of Albany, New York, who had assembled more than 100.000 letters of eminent people. Allen’s collection, though much smaller, was of higher quality in general.
Price: $ 1,495 / € 1.150
Hundertwasser, Friedensreich (1928-2000)
Fine signature matted with photograph
Austrian-born New Zealand artist and architect who also worked in the field of environmental protection. Signature “Hundertwasser”. Signature cut, probably from a book, 3.75 x 2.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Hundertwasser to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 140 / € 110
Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)
Wonderful signed portrait
Composer, pianist, and conductor. Widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Wonderful signed portrait “Igor Stravinsky”. Program, 12 pages (recto and verso), 8.25 x 9.25 inch, Concert program for the gala concert “Musica Viva”, 1957 October 4, German Museum Munich. Signed inside the program in blue ballpoint pen. Fine condition.
Price: $ 985 / € 760
Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934)
WW I. dated document signed
Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Document signed “von Hindenburg”. 2pp., (recto and verso), 8.25 x 11.5 inch, “Chef des Generalstabes des Feldheeres” stationery. Addressed to “Oberkommando der Heersgruppe Herzog Albrecht” regarding a sergeant's complaint. Signed in dark black ink. Mailing folds, slightly trimmed and discolored, mounting residue, else good condition.
Price: $ 425 / € 325
Heuss, Theodor (1884-1963)
Uncommon autograph letter signed
Liberal German politician who served as the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany (then West Germany) from 1949 to 1959. Autograph letter signed “Theodor Heuss”. 1p., 6.0 x 8.25 inch, Berlin-Lichtenfelde, 1933 July 16. To “Liebe Frau Möricke”. Untranslated letter in German. Minor handling wear, else fine.
Price: $ 585 / € 450
Foch, Ferdinand (1851-1929)
Signature matted with photograph
French general, Marshal of France, Great Britain and Poland and the Supreme Allied Commander during the final year of the First World War. Album page signed “F. Foch” and dated in his hand. 1p., 5.0 x 3.0 inch, n.p., September 1919. Signed and dated in dark black ink. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Foch to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Album page has minor handling wear, else fine condition.
Price: $ 430 / € 330
Masaryk, Tomáš Garrigue (1850-1937)
Czech politician, statesman, sociologist and philosopher. Signed photograph “T.G. Masaryk 16/11.(?)’28”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., black and white photo, signed in dark black ink. Additional signed by Alois Jirasek (1851-1930) a Czech writer, author of historical novels and plays. Mounted on thin cardboard, Jirasek signature slightly blurred, else good condition.
Price: $ 360 / € 275
Benedict XVI., Pope (1927)
Excellent condition signed photograph
Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City from 2005 to 2013. Signed photograph “Joseph Card. Ratzinger”. 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph by J.H. Darchinger as printed on verso. Excellent condition and one of the few that is not signed with autopen.
Price: $ 535 / € 410
Gorky, Maxim (1868-1936)
Excellent signature on a card
Russian and Soviet writer and a founder of the socialist realism literary method, a political activist and also a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Signed card “M. Gorki” and additional in his hand “9.10.24 Sorrento”, written in dark blue ink and Cyrillic. 5.0 x 3.25 inch, Sorrento (Italy), 1924 October 9. Together with a fine and large portrait, 8.25 x 10.5 inch, Hofkunstverleger G. Heuer & Kirmse, Berlin-Halensee. Card in fine condition, portrait slightly discolored, else fine. Perfect example of a Gorky signature.
Price: $ 1,885 / € 1.450
Luitpold, Prince Regent (1821-1912)
Cabinet card photograph signed
De facto ruler of Bavaria from 1886 to 1912, due to the incapacity of his nephews, King Ludwig II. for three days and King Otto for 26 years. Cabinet card photograph signed “Luitpold”. 4.5 x 6.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (1886), red border, written and signed in dark black ink on verso. Additional in Luitpold’s hand “Prinz Regent von Bayern, läßt sich den Herrschaften empfe(h)len.” Lower right corner missing, handling and corner wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 485 / € 375
Brandström, Elsa (1888-1948)
Typed letter signed by the "Angel of Siberia"
Swedish nurse and philanthropist. She was known around the world as the "Angel of Siberia". Typed letter signed “Ihre Elsa Brandström-Ulich”. 1p., 9.0 x 11,0 inch, Dresden, 1931 November 22. On “Stiftung: Arbeitssanatorium für ehem. Kriegsgefangene Deutsche” stationery. Addressed to „Mrs. Siniossoglon“. In German, translated in parts: “…Unfortunately, I have to tell you that my time has been so extraordinarily busy through my work that I cannot fulfill your request.” Mailing folds, handling wear, slightly discolored, else good condition. Brandström was married since 1929 with the philosopher and educator Robert Ulich (1890-1977).
Price: $ 585 / € 450
Hussein, Saddam (1937-2006)
Important document signed
The fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. Document signed. 1p., 8.0 x 11.0 inch, n.p. (Baghdad), 1980 May 18, blind embossed national coat of arms at the top. Signed in red ink by Hussein as President of the Bath-Party. The document deals with the affiliation of a city that wants to belong to the district of Mossul. A German translation is included. Slightly discolored, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,350 / € 1.040
Keynes, John Maynard (1883-1946)
Rare card signed
British economist - his ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. Card signed “Keynes” and additional in his hand “30.12.45 with appreciation of Sergt Lewis’s good wishes”. 4.25 x 3.25 inch, n.p. Written and signed in blue ink, fine condition.
Price: $ 680 / € 525
Guevara, Ernesto "Che" (1928-1967)
Rare document signed as minister of industries
Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist and a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Captured during a 1967 campaign in Bolivia, he was executed on the following day and instantly attained status as a martyr and one of the most revered and influential political revolutionaries of the 20th century. Partly-printed document signed “Che”. 1p., 8.25 x 12.75 inch, September 15, 1964. Cuban Ministry of Industries vacation request document, approved at the conclusion by Guevara. In very good condition, with folds, creasing and tears to the edges. Che's signature is clear and unaffected. Guevara was at the very top of Castro’s government when this document was signed, serving not only as minister of industries but as president of the Cuban National Bank. Despite his high status, the activist in Guevara disliked his official duties - leading him to dismissively and diminutively sign solely as "Che" in his governmental capacities.
Price: $ 2,275 / € 1.750
Charles, Prince (1948)
Signed Christmas Card + original Christmas gift (enamel pill box)
Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Signed Christmas card, 15.75 x 6.0 inch (unfolded), no place (London), n.d. (2004). Signed in black ink “Darren from Charles”. The card is thick white board with gilded royal crest to front and features a photograph of Prince Charles, William & Harry. The picture is a stylish Black & White form with the three Princes. Also included is the original gift a beautiful Halcyon Days Enamel Pill Box. The Pill Box depicts the Castle Of Mey and inscribed to the inside “Christmas 2004”. Near mint condition. Card & accompanying gift were received by his personal staff. One of a kind items and the first time that I have the card and gift together for sale.
Price: $ 1,050 / € 810
Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)
Autograph letter signed
French composer best known for his popular stage works, most notably Orpheus in the Underworld (including the famous “Can-Can”) and The Tales of Hoffmann. Autograph letter signed “Jacques Offenbach”. 1p. (bifolium), on “Theatre Des Bouffes Parisiens” stationery. Paris, n.d. Addressed on verso by Offenbach to Monsieur Perrin. In French, untranslated. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Excellent full signature.
Price: $ 845 / € 650
Planck, Max (1858-1947)
German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Document signed “Planck”. 3pp. (bifolium), Berlin, 1904 August 6. Diploma for Karl Schulze „Wir Rector und Senat der königlichen Friedrich Wilhelm Universität zu Berlin“. Countersigned by Ferdinand von Richthofen (1833-1905) as President, Paul Daude (1851-1921) as University Judge, Otto Pfleiderer (1839-1908) as professor and Max Planck. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, minor fold breaks, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,010 / € 780
Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) & Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969)
Letter archive to a classmate
33. and 34. President of the United States. A large letter archive. Five typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT “Harry S. Truman”. All one page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch. Dated: 1945 April 28, 1945 November 23, 1948 July 29, 1949 July 21, 1952 November 8. All on the typical bifolium “The White House Washington” stationery and signed in dark black ink. All addressed to Marry B. Womack in St. Louis, Missouri. One typed letter signed “Dwight D. Eisenhower”. One page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, 1947 July 22. On “War Department The Chief of Staff” stationery. Signed in dark black ink and addressed to Marry B. Womack in St. Louis, Missouri. And one typed letter signed “Eisenhower”. One page, 7.0 x 9.0 inch, 1947 July 22. On “War Department The Chief of Staff” stationery. Signed in dark black ink and addressed to Harry S. Truman’s secretary Charles G. Ross at “The White House”. Also included are some Newspaper articles and a 1949 black and white photograph of President Harry Truman with Charles Ross and Marry B. Womack. They were classmates at Independence Highschool. The picture was made when Marry was visiting her brother Bock Womack. Only one envelope from an Eisenhower letter is missing, the other six envelopes are all there. Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition. An excellent collection of personal letters between classmates, directly acquired from a descendant and on the market for the first time.
Price: $ 2,750 / € 2.110
Marconi, Guglielmo (1874-1937)
Fine document signed by the Nobel Prize winner
Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun. Document signed “G. Marconi”. 1p., double-sheet, 11.75 x 15.5 inch. Roma, 1930 February 18. Blind embossed seal “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche”. Signed by Marconi as President and countersigned by the General Secretary. Nomination for Vittorio Peglion Presidente Onorario del Comitato Nazionale per l'Agricoltura. Mailing fold, else fine condition. The Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) or National Research Council, is an Italian public organization set up to support scientific and technological research, Marconi was President from 1927-1937.
Price: $ 550 / € 425
Wellesley, Arthur (1769-1852)
Autograph letter signed
1st Duke of Wellington was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. Autograph letter signed “Wellington”. 2pp. (recto and verso), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, London, 1827 October 9. Recipient is Lady Cecilia De la Touche, a member of an Irish Huguenot banking dynasty. The letter in full: “I am very much flattered and obliged by your kind recollection of me my dear Lady Cecilia; and return you my thanks for your present which I should prize as you’d wish, and as a token of your remembrance Believe me ever yours”. Mailing folds, handling wear, parts of the folds broken, else good condition.
Price: $ 375 / € 290
Edward VIII., King (1894-1972)
Very rare document signed AS KING
King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December the same year. Very rare document signed as King “Edward RI”. 1p., 12.5 x 15.25 inch, 1936 June 23. Appointing Walter Robert Ludlow a knight commander. Signed to the top left corner by the King as “Edward R(ex) I(mperator). Countersigned by Arthur, Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) - a member of the British Royal Family as the seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Document is mounted to thick board and slightly faded due to previous display but still very clear. An extremely rare document and signature due the kings very short reign of less than a year.
Price: $ 1,265 / € 975
Monroe, James (1758-1831) & Adams, John Q. (1767-1848)
Document signed by both (patent for farming implement)
Partly printed document signed "James Monroe” as President" and “John Quincy Adams" as Secretary of States. Additionally signed by U.S. Attorney General William Wirt (1772-1834) as "Wm Wirt" along bottom. 2pp. (recto and verso), 11.0 x 14.5 inch, on vellum, Washington, 1824 April 16. The patent document is bound to a double-sided schedule containing a detailed description of the invention. Handsome paper seal at lower left, the left edge and seal threaded with a black ribbon. The document reads in part: "The United States of America. To all to whom these Letters Patent shall come: Whereas, Martin Stevens a Citizen of the United States, hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the mode of making Steel Dung-forks, with four or more tines, without riveting or welding out of a solid Bar of Steel, which improvement he states has not been known or used before his application…" Overall in near fine condition, with expected toning, wrinkles, and folds. Martin Stevens, a mechanic from Waterbury, Connecticut, petitioned for a patent in October 1823. His invention was a four-tined dung fork whose manufacture did not require extra heat or labor, thus producing a cheaper and stronger product. With Steven's dung fork, homesteaders could easily "remove manure and dig potatoes" along with a host of other agricultural tasks. The Industrial Revolution was in full swing when Martin Stevens received his patent on April 16, 1824. He was 1 of 12 inventors from New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and the Midwest to receive patents from the U.S. Government that month. Their inventions ranged from modifications to ploughs, locks, and suction pumps, to improvements on stove box hearths and steam engines. James Monroe, one of America's Founding Fathers and the last president of the "Virginia Dynasty," ushered the nation into both the nineteenth century and the Era of Good Feelings. Monroe first became involved in revolutionary politics as a teenaged orphan when he stormed the Virginia Governor's palace; he was later wounded at the Battle of Trenton. Monroe studied law under then Governor of Virginia Thomas Jefferson. His brilliant political career included stints as Continental Congressional delegate, Virginia Senator, Virginia Governor, U.S. Minister to France, U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom, U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Secretary of War, and finally 5th U.S. President (1817-1825.). John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) succeeded Monroe as U.S. President just 13 months after signing this document in his role as Secretary of State. John Quincy trained as a lawyer and joined the foreign service, representing his young country's interests in the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia, and the United Kingdom. John Quincy was also a Senator and Congressman from Massachusetts. He served as 8th Secretary of State before entering the White House in March 1825.
Price: $ 2,450 / € 1.885
Kennedy, Joseph P. (1888-1969)
Typed letter signed by the father of JFK (amusing content)
Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. was a prominent American businessman, investor, and ambassador. Irish American and the father of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Typed letter signed “Joe”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, Embassy of the United States of America stationery, 1939 April 24. To “The Honorable Harry H. Woodring, Secretary of War, in Washington”. Signed twice by Joe Kennedy, once at the bottom of the typed letter as "Joe" and again at the bottom of his handwritten note as "Joe". The letter in full: “I have your letter of April 6th telling me of Mrs. Woods Plankinton, who desires to receive a voucher for the Royal Enclosure at Ascot and an invitation to the Royal Garden Party this year. You may be sure I will be glad to include her name in my list of applicants for both functions, and to do what I can to meet her wishes.” Additional handwritten postscript at the bottom: “Dear Harry, unless she committed murder or something like that she'll be OK.” With expected folds, near fine condition. A rather cryptic letter based on the hand written note along the bottom, from Joseph Kennedy as Ambassador to Great Britain, to Harry Woodring, Secretary of War, Washington. The seemingly innocuous letter first starts with Kennedy writing Woodring about an invitation for Mrs. Woods Plankinton to the Royal Enclosure at Ascot and an invitation to the Royal Garden Party. However his personal note to the Secretary Of War along the bottom of the page indicates more. Although it will never be clear as to what occurred, through research Mrs. Woods Plankinton shows up continually in The Palm Beach newspapers as a socialite who entertained regularly at Casa de los Ensuenos, and had connections with Harry Woodring. And in the spirit of this Kennedy Patriarch, anything goes short of murder! An amusing letter with clandestine content behind the party scene.
Price: $ 560 / € 430
Taft, William H. (1857-1930)
Typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT “assist him in his fight (Harding)”
27. President of the United States. Typed letter signed "Wm H Taft”. 2pp., 6.75 x 8.75 inch, Beverly, Mass., 1910 August 7. On watermarked "The White House, Washington" letterhead. Signed at top of the second page. President Taft wrote this lengthy letter to his long-time friend and colleague Pastor John Wesley Hill (1863-1936). In the letter, President Taft discusses the fall-out of the recent 1910 midterm elections, and also endorses Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) as the Republican candidate for Governor of Ohio. In full: ”I have your letter of August 4th, and thank you sincerely for writing. I could not tell you how cheery your letter is and how glad I am that you are in the fight. I expect to see Harding, our candidate for Governor in Ohio, during the next week, and am delighted to know that you will assist him in his fight. I think, as you indicated in your previous letter, that he is likely to prove a very much more formidable candidate than has been supposed. I am not sitting up nights and mourning at what has happened in Kansas or Iowa. What is done has been done, and I am not making any apologies for it, and if the people do not like it, they can register their dissent; but my impression is that after two years things look a little differently from what they do in the light of the misrepresentations which have been the chief stock in trade of our insurgent muck-raking friends. I thank you for relieving me in Winona, and I appreciate your motive in desiring me to go there, but I find myself so loaded down that I must use a surgical operation to get rid of my burdens.” With expected paper folds and overall light weathering, else fine condition. Despite Taft's and Hill's hopes, Republican candidate Harding would lose the Ohio gubernatorial race to incumbent and Democratic candidate Judson Harmon (1846-1927) by a margin of approximately 175,000 votes. (Just eleven years later, however, Harding would win the biggest election of his political career when he became 29th U.S. President...). Ideological differences between former President Roosevelt's progressive brand of Republicanism and the sitting President's had divided the Republican Party, with real consequences. In the 1910 midterm elections, Republicans lost 10 Senate seats and 57 places in the House of Representatives. The states Taft mentions in this letter, Iowa and Kansas, did not lose any seats, but there was also no net change; it is possible that Taft was disappointed that Republicans had not gained seats there. The 1910 midterm elections anticipated the outcome of the 1912 presidential election. Taft couldn't compete against 3rd party Progressive candidate Roosevelt, resulting in the election of Democratic candidate and 28th U.S. President of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). Taft and his correspondent Hill had known each other for a long time. Both Taft's presidential predecessors McKinley and Roosevelt relied on Hill's counsel as a Methodist preacher, and he served as a sort of religious advisor to Taft on his Western presidential campaign. The two were also officers of the peace organization International Peace Forum. Hill was the pastor at the Metropolitan Temple in New York City for many years.
Price: $ 750 / € 625
Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973)
Typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT
36. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Lyndon B. Johnson”. 1p., 6.75 x 8.75 inch, Washington, 1965 September 15. White House stationery, addressed to Miss Sarah McClendon in Washington. In full: “Your were thoughtful to send me the Congressional Record remarks about Jack Valenti and your own laudatory comments about Bill Moyers. I am already aware of John Montgomery, his loyalty and his forthright support of what we are trying to do. Thank you for taking time out to tell me your views.” Mailing fold, bold signature, minor stains, else good condition. Rare, because about eight of ten signatures are done by LBJ’s secretary Bruce Thomas.
Price: $ 725 / € 560
Speer, Albert (1905-1981)
Four pages autograph letter signed
German architect who was, for most of World War II., Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany. Autograph letter signed “Albert”. 4pp. (bifolium), 6.0 x 8.25 inch, Heidelberg, 1976 February 24. On his personal Albert Speer stationery, addressed to “Dear Ed”. A personal note addressing several topics, including his own notoriety. In part: "…The second thing with (historian) John Toland is bothering… me seriously. Until now in public opinion I was an exception. This Toland gives some bad lights on me… Because he knows me, had a long talk with me once. So, if he really would be an historian, he would air my opinion on the facts, as I see them. But I don't want to approach him. Now it is too late for that. Perhaps you can convince him?..." Shows folds, with staple holes at the top left margin, else very good. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 550 / € 425
Speer, Albert (1905-1981)
Typed letter signed “no photographs of Eva Braun”
German architect who was, for most of World War II., Minister of Armaments and War Production for Nazi Germany. Typed letter signed “Albert Speer”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.75 inch, Heidelberg, 1972 June 24. On his “Albert Speer dipl. ing.” stationery, addressed to Charles Smith in Columbus, Ohio. Signed in blue ink, light airmail paper. In German, in full: “Dear Mr. Smith, leider habe ich keine Fotografien von Eva Braun zur Verfügung; ich kenne auch keine ausser denen, die in dem Buch von Gun über Eva Braun abgebildet sind. Kennen Sie dieses Buch bereits? Es wird Sie sicher interessieren.“ Translated: “Dear Mr. Smith, unfortunately I have no photographs of Eva Braun available; I do not know anyone except those depicted in Gun's book about Eva Braun. Do you already know this book? It will certainly interest you.” Original mailing envelope included. Mailing folds, handling wear, top and bottom slightly trimmed, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.
Price: $ 550 / € 425
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)
Mint condition Executive Mansion card signed
32. President of the United States. Signed card “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. State of New York Executive Mansion Albany card, 5.0 x 3.25 inch, gold embossed crest upper left corner. Signed in blue ink (rather uncommon, normally FDR used a black India ink). Mint condition and with a perfect signature.
Price: $ 590 / € 455
Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)
Typed letter signed AS President
26. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Theodore Roosevelt”. 1p., (bifolium), 7.0 x 8.75 inch, Washington, 1905 December 19, on “The White House Washington” stationery. To “My dear Dr. Mitchell” (American Philosophical Society). In full: “You make it very hard for me, my dear sir. Believe me, it was painful to have to refuse your request, and it is painful now to say that I simply can not take a whole day off at that time to come even for the purpose you indicate. I wish you could be just one week here and see the multitude of requests to speak or to preside at meetings, or to be present without speaking, which I receive, to which I must return the same answer. I do not mean that they are requests that I would not care to accept, but requests each one of which, if it stood entirely by himself, I would be glad to accept. If you and any others whom you choose to indicate can bring on the French Delegate and other foreign guests, if there are any who are similarly entitled to recognition, I would be very glad to have the whole party take lunch with me; but I can not go to Philadelphia or anywhere else at that time.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Fine letter as President!
Price: $ 790 / € 610
Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)
Personal content typed letter signed
German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Typed letter signed “H Hesse”. 1p., (recto and verso), printed page from his diary “Aus dem Tagebuch des Jahres 1920 von Hermann Hesse”. N.p., n.d., addressed to Werner Boeck, Barsighausen bei Hannover. In full: “Da schicke ich Ihnen einen Gegengruß. Ihre Gedichte kann ich nicht beurteilen, ich bin ein kranker alter Mann und seit Jahr und Tag immerzu mit ganz unliterarischen Pflichten und Lasten überbürdet; die Spürkraft eines Kritikers muß feiner und wacher sein als die meine es heute noch ist. Aber ich habe aus Brief und Versen doch eine Vorstellung von Ihnen bekommen, und gebe Ihnen Ihren Gruß von Herzen zurück“. Signed in pencil by Hesse. Fold, corner wear, punch holes, else fine condition.
Price: $ 690 / € 540
Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)
Typoscript of a poem signed „Flötenspiel“
German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Typoscript signed “H Hesse”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, thin carbon paper, n.p., n.d. Poem “Flötenspiel” (1940). Signed by Hesse in dark black ink. Fold, corner wear, punch holes, else fine condition.
Price: $ 690 / € 540
Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)
Typoscript of a poem signed „Skizzenblatt“
German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Typoscript signed “Gruss von H Hesse”. 1p., 8.25 x 5.5 inch, thin carbon paper, n.p., n.d. Poem “Skizzenblatt”. Signed by Hesse in dark black ink. Fold, corner wear, punch holes, else fine condition.
Price: $ 635 / € 490
Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)
Typed letter signed
Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Typed letter signed “Jean Sibelius”. 1p. (bifolium), 5.75 x 8.25 inch, Järvenpää, 1949 December 30. Signed in pencil. To Miss Katharine Cornell. In full: “You have been extremely kind in remembering me again on my birthday with excellent cigars through the American Arts Foundation. The cigars have arrived here in perfect condition and I need not say that they were very welcome. Please accept my warmest thanks for your great kindness. You have made me very happy and proud. With kindest regards and best wishes for the new year.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.
Price: $ 1,050 / € 810
Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)
Album page signed and matted with photograph
Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Album page signed “Jean Sibelius”. 1p., 5.0 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in pencil. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Sibelius to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.
Price: $ 540 / € 415
Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)
Typed letter signed with handwritten postscript to famous wartime painter John Lavery
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Winston S. Churchill”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch. 1934 January 28. On his “Chartwell, Kent” letterhead. Addressed in Churchill’s hand to “My dear John”. (Sir John Lavery 1856-1941 - an Irish painter best known for his portraits and wartime depictions). Additional in Churchill’s hand “your friend” and “I do trust Hazel is progressing”. In full: “Do forgive me. But I am so pressed at present it is all I can do to keep abreast of my work. I deeply sympathise with the objects of your charity.” On verso a short autograph note signed by John Lavery, the recipient of this letter: “My dear Copa I am sorry I have failed and I cannot think of anyone else”. Mailing folds, minor mounting residue on verso, handling wear, else good condition. Hazel was Hazel Lavery (1880–1935) - painter and the second wife of Sir John Lavery. Her likeness appeared on Banknotes of Ireland for much of the 20th century. Fine Churchill autograph, especially with the autograph note signed of John Lavery on the same piece.
Price: $ 2,110 / € 1.625
Victoria, Queen (1819-1901) + Beatrice, Princess (1857-1944)
Imperial cabinet photograph signed by both – finest exist
Queen of the United Kingdom Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom was the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. An excellent vintage signed imperial cabinet photograph, 7.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p. 1879 August 9. Cabinet photo by Arthur J. Melhuish, Portman Square. An unusual private photograph showing Queen Victoria leaning on a fur coat and smiling and whilst Princess Beatrice is also smiling holding a parasol. Signed “+ Victoria R.I. Aug: 9-1879- and “Beatrice” in dark fountain pen ink. Minor corner wear. Some stains, else good condition. Very uncommon photograph of a smiling Queen, she rarely smiled for photographs after the death of her husband Prince Albert (1861). The Queen had stated that her youngest daughter Beatrice was the one light in her life after the death of Prince Albert. Maybe the finest signed photograph of the Queen and the Princess you can hope to find.
Price: $ 3,495 / € 2.690
Napoleon I. (1769-1821)
Fantastic oversize document signed regarding a deserter
Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Document signed “Napoleon”. 1p., 21.25 x 16,75 inch, Fontainebleau, 1807 September 27. Fine paper seal at the bottom. Exceptional and large document granting the Emperor's grace to a deserter. Signed by Napoleon I. with a fantastic large and dark signature. Countersigned by three high personalities: Archichancelier de l'Empire Jean Jacques Régis de CAMBACERES (1753-1824), Duc de Parme, Le Grand-Juge Ministre de la Justice Claude Ambroise REGNIER (1746-1814), Duc de Massa and Le Ministre secrétaire d'état Hugues Bernard MARET (1763-1839), Duc de Bassano. In French, in full: “NAPOLEON, par la grâce de Dieu et les constitutions de l'Empire, Empereur des Français aux président et membres composant notre cour de justice criminelle des départements de Marengo et de la Sesia séant à Casal. Sur le compte qui nous a été rendu en exécution de l'article XLIX de l'Arrêté du 19 vendémiaire An 12, de la bonne conduite tenue aux ateliers d'Alexandrie par Bernard RADELSKI, soldat au Régiment de la Tour d'Auvergne condamné par un jugement d'un conseil de guerre en date du 13 mai 1806 à seize ans de boulet et à 1 500 frs d'amende pour désertion détenu auxdits ateliers ; Nous avons reconnu que nous pouvions lui faire éprouver les effets de notre clémence : en conséquence, nous avons, par décret daté de notre camp impérial de Tilsitt, le 23 juin 1807, ordonné qu'il serait tenu dans notre Palais des Tuileries à Paris, sous la présidence de notre cousin le Prince Archichancelier de l'Empire, Président ; notre cousin le Prince Architrésorier, MM. DEJEAN Ministre de l'administration de la guerre, Champagny, Ministre de l'Intérieur, Monge, Président du Sénat, Garnier (Germain), Sénateur, Bigot-Préameneu et Lacuee, Conseillers d'Etat, Muraire, conseiller d'état, premier président de la cour de cassation, et Merlin, conseiller d'Etat, notre procureur général en ladite cour ; et après nous être fait représenter le procès verbal de la séance dudit conseil privé, tenue le 9 juillet suivant dans notre palais des Tuileries, le même procès verbal contenant le rapport de notre Grand-juge Ministre de la justice, et l'avis des autres Membres du conseil privé ; TOUT VU ET EXAMINE, voulant préférer miséricorde à la rigueur des lois, nous avons déclaré et déclarons faire grâce pleine et entière [rayé] audit Bernard RADELSKI, du tems à écouler de la peine conformément audit article XLIX de l'Arrêté du 19 vendémiaire An 12, et pour en jouir, suivant l'article LXXXIII du même arrêté. Mandons et ordonnons que les présentes lettres, scellées du sceau de l'Empire, vous soient présentées par notre procureur général près ladite cour, en audience publique, où l'impétrant sera conduit, pour entendre la lecture d'icelles, en présence de l'Officier commandant la gendarmerie dans le département, et que lesdites lettres soient de suite transcrites sur vos registres, à la réquisition du même procureur général.” Written and stamped on verso: "recorded on the registers of the registry of the Criminal and Penal Court of the departments of Marengo and Sesia, in Casal Monferrato on November 12, 1807". This document is important and amazing because of the high quality of the signatures. It presents the great interest to treat of a grace for a deserter of the Regiment of the Tower of Auvergne (not to be confused with the regiment of the same name under the former Regime, nor with the first Foreign Regiment of the Legion created much later). This regiment of light infantry, also named 1st Foreign Regiment was mainly composed of deserters of defeated armies (Austrians, Russians and so on). Radelski did not enjoy full and complete grace, but a simple grace. He is likely to join his Regiment later to continue the Empire Campaigns. Document is unfolded and rolled, wear at the top, else good condition.
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