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Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)

Autograph letter signed regarding his jubilation cantata op. 58

German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic and one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Autograph letter signed “CMvWeber”. 1p., 7.75 x 8.0 inch, Dresden, 1818 August 5. Addressed on verso in Weber`s hand to the publisher Carl Friedrich Peters in Leipzig to whom he offers his jubilation cantata op. 58 for print. In German, in full: “…Die Jubiläumsfeyer unsres erhabenen Monarchen muß jedes treuen Unterthanen Gefühl erheben und bethätigen zu lauten Beweisen desselben. Fried(rich) Kind hat mir eine Kantate gedichtet, die ich hier aufzuführen gedenke, es aber zugleich zweckmäßig fände wenn selbe als ein Kunstdenkmal in aller Sachsen Hände kommen könnte. Wollen Sie die Herausgabe der Partitur übernehmen? ich habe es für eine freundliche Pflicht gehalten Sie vor Allen bei diesem ehrenvollen Unternehmen zu befragen. Antworten Sie mir bald und bestimmt, und verzeihen Sie die Eile zu der mich meine Geschäfte zwingen.“ Mailing folds, left margin irregular, else good condition. The premiere took place to Weber's disappointment not on 20 September. But only three days later to the "Besten der Armen (best of the poor)" in the church of Neustadt. The first printing took place at Schlesinger in Berlin. Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Gesamtausgabe (Carl-Maria-von-Weber-collected works), Digitale Edition (digital edition.), http://webergesamtausgabe.de/A041441.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Typed letter signed with handwritten addition

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his U.S. Senate letterhead, Washington, 1954 January 27. Addressed to Mr. Richard S. Kelley in Boston. With a fine handwritten addition in Kennedy’s hand: “I am very glad to hear from you - Hope everything is going well.” The letter was typed by Evelyn Lincoln, JFK’s private secretary for twelve years (JFK:el). The letter in full: “Dear Dick: Thank you very much for your recent letter inviting me to attend the annual Banquet and Ball of the Mt. Benedict Council, Knights of Columbus on April 22nd. I certainly appreciate your kind invitation and would like very much to be with you, but I am making it a policy to remain in Washington during the week while the Senate is in session due to the important legislation which will be up for consideration during this session of Congress. I will, however, be very glad to meet with your organization some time this Fall after the adjournment of Congress. Again my thanks and with every good wish.” A carbon copy of a letter from Richard Kelley to JFK, dated January 20. 1954, is included. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, 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.).

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Content typed letter signed with handwritten addition

35. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Jack”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, on his Congress of the United States letterhead, Washington, 1952 November 13. To Richard Kelly in Boston. With a fine handwritten addition in Kennedy’s hand: “Many thanks for all of your help”. The letter in full: “Dear Dick: I want you to know how grateful I am to you for all of your help over the past months. I am certain that we would never have been so successful against the Eisenhower landslide if it had not been for the effectiveness of our organization, an organization, in my opinion that was the best that the state had ever seen. I am particularly appreciative of your help - for I know that the campaign took far too much of your efforts and energy away from your work, but it made all the difference and I am greatly indebted to you. I expect to go away soon for a few weeks, but I am looking forward to seeing you sometime soon to thank you personally. I hope you will let me know if there is every anything I can do.” Also included is an UNSIGNED Western Union telegram of Kennedy to Kelly, dated November 6, 1952, with a short thank you note. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Typed letter signed with handwritten addition

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. Typed letter signed “Bob”. 1p., 7.25 x 10.5 inch, Kilby Street, Boston, 1952 November 18. With a fine handwritten addition in Bobby’s hand: “You did a terrific job for us Dick”. Uncommon letter as JFK’s campaign manager. To Richard Kelly (Dick) in Boston. In full: “I wanted to write to tell you what a great pleasure it was to work with you in Jack’s campaign. The work that you did will always be greatly appreciated. I feel strongly, as I know Jack does, that his winning was due in large measure to the interest, enthusiasm, and effort of people such as yourself. It was a long, hard, difficult campaign --- for what you contributed during these past month, we are all most grateful. I hope it will be possible for us all to get together in the near future. In closing, I again extend my thanks to you.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Ramsay, William (1852-1916)

Important autograph letter signed “… argon passes through iron”

Scottish chemist who discovered the noble gases and received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904. Autograph letter signed “W. Ramsay”. Written on a postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Paris, 1895 April 2. In full: “Dear Sir, Thanks for your letter. I have had my eye on Gratams observation for some time, but have had no time to repeat it. Your letter will bring me to this scratch; & it may prove a good means of separation. My impression is that argon passes through iron, but it is not proved. I think I lost a lot in using iron tubar; & I have always intended to repeat it & to use platinum, but I have not had time as yet. There is too much to do. Believe me.” Card is addressed on verso in Ramsay’s hand to “Anshby Esq. Grammar School”. Two folds, handling and corner wear, mounting residue on verso, else good condition. On the evening of 19 April 1894 Ramsay attended a lecture given by Lord Rayleigh. Rayleigh had noticed a discrepancy between the density of nitrogen made by chemical synthesis and nitrogen isolated from the air by removal of the other known components. After a short conversation he and Ramsay decided to investigate this. In August Ramsay told Rayleigh he had isolated a new, heavy component of air, which did not appear to have any chemical reactivity. He named this inert gas "argon". A handwritten letter mentioning argon is of great rarity.

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Frederick III. (1831-1888)

Autograph letter signed

Frederick III. was German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days in 1888, the Year of the Three Emperors. Friedrich Wilhelm Nikolaus Karl, known informally as Fritz, was the only son of Emperor William I. and was raised in his family's tradition of military service. Although celebrated as a young man for his leadership and successes during the Second Schleswig, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars. Autograph letter signed “Friedrich Wilhelm Prinz”. 3pp., (double page), written on page one, two and three inside, 5.5 x 8.5 inch, black border mourning stationery, blind embossed crest at the top. Wiesbaden, 1877 November 27. Condolence letter, also on behalf of Crown Princess Victoria, to a count who had lost his son in a war. In part (German): "... Nach Allem was Sie bereits im Lauf des Sommers an Gemüthsbewegungen durchmachen mußten, hatten wir gehofft daß der orientalische Kriegsschauplatz ihrem Sohn schöne Erfolge verschaffen, und ihn als einen geläuterten Charakter uns heimsenden würde. Gott beschloß es anders ...". Slightly discolored, mailing fold, else fine. Probably the young Count had participated in the Russia/ Turkey War (1877-1878).

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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de (1900-1944)

Rare book signed “Terre Des Hommes”

French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the United States National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella “The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)”. Book signed “Antoine de Saint-Exupèry”. Book “Terre Des Hommes”. Softcover, 4.75 x 7.25 inch, Librairie Gallimard, Paris, 1939, 218 pages. Fine uncommon inscribed in black ink by Saint-Exupèry "Pour Mademoiselle Babette … En la priant de me pardonner mes inexcusables distractions Et avec mon plus amical souvenir”. And two arrows to the first and second name in Exupèry’s hand. Housed in a custom made box especially for this book. Book discolored, stained, handling wear, writing dark and fine. Box in mint condition.

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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph letter signed to the painter Charlotte Popert

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

 

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Kneipp, Sebastian (1821-1897)

Uncommon document signed

German Catholic priest and one of the forefathers of the naturopathic medicine movement. Uncommon document signed “Seb: KneippPf(arrer)”. Document, 3.75 x 2.5 inch, n.p., 1883.  Document “Sparkasse für Zeit und Ewigkeit”. Created by Rosina Mayer. In full: “Diese Nullen sind an sich wertlos, kommt aber nur die einfachste Ziffer hinzu, dann gibt e seine große Summe. Unsere Handlungen sind Nullen, kommt aber nur das Einserls hinzu, so gibt es eine große Summe. Dieses Einserl ist die gute Meinung.“ Handsomely and removable matted in gray with a photograph of Kneipp to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Handling and corner wear, else good condition. Accompanied by a small UNSIGNED piece of paper with information about a „water-therapy“ written by Kneipp in pencil.

 

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Philippe I., Louis (1773-1850)

Autograph letter signed “The King as a numismatist”

King of the French from 1830 to 1848, the last King and penultimate monarch of France. Autograph letter signed “LP”. 3 pages, bifolium, 5.0 x 7.75 inch, Palermo, 1812 February 18. Handwritten letter to the coin-collector Count von Rohan, to whom he sent an old Maltese coin with the portrait of the Maltese Grand Master Rohan. In French: “Comme je sais, mon cher Comte, que vous aimés à faire des collections, j’ai pensé que vous series bien aise d’y placer une pièce de monnoye portans les noms & armes de votre Maison, &/ cela de determine à vous envoyer une demi piaster Maltaise du Grand-Maitre de Rohan. Vous y trouverés d’un coté vos Macles, & de l’autre son effigie & la perruque qui ont bien leur mérite. Cette pièce vaut quinze taris Maltais, dix taris Siciliens, ou trois taris Napolitains & und Sol … de mois qu’une demie piastre forte d’Espagne …”. He ends with some words about the growing up of a son and the expectation of a second child in April. Mailing folds, minor mounting residue, handling wear, else good condition.

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Autograph letter signed

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Autograph letter signed “AvHumboldt”. 5.0 x 8.25 inch, bifolium. Potsdam, September no year. In German, in full: “Können Sie, Verehrter Freund, meinen Geburtstag Donnerstag 14 Sept. verschönern, so beglücken Sie mich Donnerstag um 1 Uhr in Berlin, damit ich Sie nach Tegel führe.“ Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Autograph letter signed

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Autograph letter signed “AvHumboldt”. 5.5 x 8.5 inch, n.p., n.d. In German, in full: “David reist wahrscheinlich schon übermorgen ab, also flehe ich daß sie, theurer Freund, morgen Freitags um 4 Uhr (vier Uhr) bei mir essen.” Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Humboldt, Alexander von (1769-1859)

Handwritten envelope signed

German (Prussian) geographer, naturalist and explorer. His quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Handwritten envelope signed “AvHumboldt”. 5.75 x 4.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Addressed by Humboldt “Sr Wohlg Herr Dr. Gumprecht Buchhandlung von G. Reimer“. Verso with fine red wax seal. Slightly discolered, handling wear, else good condition. Thaddäus Eduard Gumprecht (1801-1856) was a geologist, mineralogist, and geographer.

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Autograph letter signed

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

Price: $ 1,810 / € 1.450

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Letter signed

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871-1890. Letter signed „vBismarck“. 1p., 8.75 x 11.0 inch, Berlin, 1874 May 30. To Prof. Hermann Schulze in Breslau. In German, in full: “Für die freundliche Übersendung der Fortsetzung Ihres ‚Preußischen Staatsrechts‘ und die mir in der gefälligen Zuschrift vom 20. d. Mts. ausgedrückte Theilnahme für meine Gesundheit, sage ich Ihnen  verehrter Herr College, meinen verbindlichen Dank.“ Mailing folds, paper clip impression, right edge expertly repaired on verso, else good condition. Hermann Schulze, later Hermann Johann Friedrich von Schulze-Gävernitz (1824-1888), was a German legal scholar, constitutional lawyer, legal historian and the undisputed authority of princely law.

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Teresa, Mother (1910-1997)

Excellent autograph quotation signed

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, commonly known as Mother Teresa. A Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary. Recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and in 2003 she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta". Excellent autograph quotation signed “Love others as God loves you God bless you M Teresa mc”. Card, 4.25 x 2.75 inch visible, n.p., n.d. Written in blue ballpoint pen. Handsomely photo corner matted in gray with a photograph of Mother Teresa to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition.

 

 

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Manet, Édouard (1832-1883)

Document twice signed

Important 19th century French painter whose works, including such well-known images as “The Luncheon on the Grass” and “Olympia” were a seminal influence on the impressionists of the succeeding generation. Document signed “Edouard Manet”. 4 pages, two sheets recto and verso, 7.0 x 9.75 inch, Paris, 1877 September 19, fee stamp upper left corner on first page. Document with the printed title “Entre les Soussignés”. Lease agreement for a property in “Gennevillers”, called “La Litte au Moulin de Cage”, between Manet and his youngest brother Gustave (“demeurant à Paris 49 rue St. Petersbourg”) as the landlord and the couple Louis and Pierette Girard as the tenant. Co-signed by Gustave Manet. Page two with a handwritten addition in a different hand and the initial signatures of Edouard and Gustave Manet (second signature). Mailing folds, handling wear, minor mounting residue, else good condition. Manet's family came from Gennevilliers and owned considerable property.

 

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Wayne, John (1907-1979)

Signed page from a menu

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

 

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Theresa, Maria (1717-1780)

Content autograph letter signed “offensive reasons against our holy religion”

The only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions, ruling from 1740 until her death in 1780. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma. By marriage, she was Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress. Autograph letter signed “Maria Theresia”. 2 pages, bifolium, 6.0 x 7.5 inch, golden edge, n.p. (Vienna), n.d. (1763/1764). To the Hungarian court chancellor, Count Franz Esterházy (1715-1785), about a work published by the Hungarian historian Adam Franz Kollár von Keresztén, who later became director of the Vienna court library - probably the "Casparis Ursini Velii de bello Pannonico libri decem" (Vienna 1762), in which the succession to the throne of the House of Habsburg in Hungary is dealt with. In German, in full: „Lieber Graf Esterhazy. nachdeme mir hinterbracht worden, das das buch, welches Kollar herausgegeben, nebst andern, auch einige anstössige gründe gegen unsere heilige Religion enthalten solle, so ist dieser zweyffel genug, das ihme, wie bereits hier geschehen, den befehl ertheile die einfuhr dieses buchs in hungarn, in so lang bis dessen innhalt genau werde untersuchen lassen, nicht mehr zu gestatten … übrigens ist meine gedanckens art der nation durch die 23 jahr als regire, genug bekant worden, da allein durch liebe, und vertrauen, von derselben jene hilff, und mittel, gesuchet, welche der Staatt, des königreichs eygne erhaltung, und die wohlfahrt meines haus erfordert haben. ich erwarte von der nation auch noch anitzo die nembliche bereitwilligkeit, welche mich in stand setze, nicht allein des königreichs sicherheit zu befestigen, sondern auch dessen insassen noch weiters meine wahre mütterliche wohlgewogenheit in allen gelegenheiten ferners zu erkennen zu geben …“. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition. Adam Franz Kollár de Keresztén (1718-1783) was a jurist, Imperial-Royal Court Councillor and Chief Imperial-Royal Librarian, a member of Natio Hungarica in the Kingdom of Hungary, a historian, ethnologist, an influential advocate of Empress Maria Theresa's Enlightened and centralist policies. His advancement of Maria Theresa's status in the Kingdom of Hungary as its apostolic ruler in 1772 was used as an argument in support of the subsequent Habsburg annexations of Galicia and Dalmatia. Kollár is also credited with coining the term ethnology and providing its first definition in 1783. A letter of fine content!

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Theresa, Maria (1717-1780)

Autograph note signed

The only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions, ruling from 1740 until her death in 1780. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma. By marriage, she was Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress. Autograph note signed with initials. 2 pages, recto and verso, 4.5 x 7.5 inch sheet of paper, n.p. (Vienna), n.d. (1764). To the Hungarian court chancellor, Count Franz Esterházy (1715-1785), about a work published by the Hungarian historian Adam Franz Kollár von Keresztén, who later became director of the Vienna court library - probably the "Casparis Ursini Velii de bello Pannonico libri decem" (Vienna 1762), in which the succession to the throne of the House of Habsburg in Hungary is dealt with. In German, in full: „ich glaube mit disen zettul eine grosse langmuth und mässigung zu bezeigen allein je grösser selbe ist desto weniger will sie längers mehr fortsetzen dan entlich wurde es eine schwachheit. daraus wan er nicht glaubt das meine besondere gnad erkennt wird und nichts mehr, weder von dem buch geredet noch von mir begert werde, und mit mehrers eyffer und erkantlichkeit in denen lands sachen mir an die Hand gegangen werde, so verbiette ich ihme einen usage davon zu machen. die geistlichkkeit solle jetzt ihren eyffer bezeigen dan sie allein alles verdorben und sollen die schartten auswetzen die sie in mein herzen bilig verursacht.“ Horizontal fold, slightly discolored, else fine condition. Adam Franz Kollár de Keresztén (1718-1783) was a jurist, Imperial-Royal Court Councillor and Chief Imperial-Royal Librarian, a member of Natio Hungarica in the Kingdom of Hungary, a historian, ethnologist, an influential advocate of Empress Maria Theresa's Enlightened and centralist policies. His advancement of Maria Theresa's status in the Kingdom of Hungary as its apostolic ruler in 1772 was used as an argument in support of the subsequent Habsburg annexations of Galicia and Dalmatia. Kollár is also credited with coining the term ethnology and providing its first definition in 1783.

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Paul VI., Pope (1897-1978)

Typed letter signed WW II. dated “confidenziale”

Paul VI. (Latin: Paulus PP. VI; Italian: Paolo VI), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1963 until his death. Succeeding Pope John XXIII., he continued the Second Vatican Council and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements. Typed letter signed “GBMontini”. 1p., recto and verso, 8.0 x 10.75 inch, Dal Vaticano, 1942 October 3, Segretaria di Stato stationery. Confidential letter “Riservata confidenziale”. Fine letter regarding the approval for a pontifical honor to Mr. Ferruccio Pergolesi, distinguished professor of Constitutional Law. In Italian, in full: “Nel mese di Giugno fu chiesto all’E.mo Card. Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano, Arcivescovo di Bologna, il benestare per il conferimento di una onorificenza pontificia al Sig. Ferruccio Pergolesi, distinto professore di Diritto Costituzionale in quella R. Universita e Consulente della Commissione Centrale Laureati Cattolici. L’E.mo Sig. Cardinal si riservò di assumere informazioni e di dar poi una risposta. Fino ad oggi però nulla é pervenuto a questo Ufficio. Le sarei pertanto molto grato se Ella volesse prendere a cuore la cosa e dire una buona parola all’E.mo Sig. Cardinale affinchè questo Ufficio sia in grado di corrisponde re alle premure che gli sono fatte per questo caso. Si tratta di ottima persona, di cui qui si hanno molte e buone referenze. Se l’E.mo volesse far Sua la proposta, o almeno si compiacesse di dare il suo autorevole assenso, farebbe certo cosa grata a chi ha proposto il Prof. Pergolesi e a quanti lo raccomandano tanto caldamente. Nutro fiducia che Ella con la delicatezza e la premura che la distinguono possa condurre la cosa a buon fine. Grato fin d’ora dei Suoi cortesi servigi, con sensi di sincera e destinta stima ho il piacere di confermarmi.” Mario Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano (1903-1988) was an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else good condition.

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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph note signed on his personal visiting card

Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph note signed on his personal visiting card “GPuccini”. Card, 4.25 x 2.75 inch, Torre del Lago, (19)05 December 16. On his personal Giacomo Puccini, Via Verdi, 4 Milano card. In Italian, in full: „...Storch. Ebbi il trio di Sua composizione e mi rallegro di cuore col bravo autore per l‘elaborato e geniale svolgimento delle singole parti. Saluti Aff Puccini”. Fine condition.

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Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph note signed on his personal visiting card

Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. Autograph note signed on his personal visiting card “GPuccini”. Card, 4.0 x 2.5 inch, Torre del Lago, (19)20 February 17. On his personal Grand Uff(iciale) Giacomo Puccini card. “Grand Uff.” crossed out by Puccini. Fine untranslated note in Italian. Pencil date in a different hand, probably written by the recipient. Fine condition.

 

 

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Isabella I., Queen (1451-1504)

Letter signed “payment order dated 1499”

Queen of Castile from 1474 and, as the wife of King Ferdinand II., Queen of Aragon from 1479 until her death. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage that led to the discovery of the New World. Letter signed “yo la Reyna” (I the Queen). 2 pages, recto and verso, 8.75 x 12.25 inch, Granada, 1499 November 10. Tacking cord on the left edge. Order to her accountants, instructing them to credit Sancho de Paredes, Her Majesty’s Chamberlain, with the sums of money mentioned in the list which follows. The items mentioned are for household use, notably mattresses, with cloth and thread for making the same and sums paid to seamstresses. There are also some payments for chests. At the foot of page two is a short summary of the document with several abbreviations. Countersigned by her secretary Gaspar de Trizio. Expected folds and wrinkles, else remarkably bright and well-preserved for having been signed over 500 years ago!

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Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)

Autograph letter signed

French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer and literary critic. Rare autograph letter signed “JPSartre”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.75 inch, n.p., 1971 May. A fine handwritten letter to the liberation theologian and resistance fighter Georges Casalis (1917-1987). In French, in full: “Voici la lettre que Neruda m’a envoyé. Il parait bien disposé. A-t-il fait signé à Carrera? „Il semble, si’l ne l’a pas fait, que Carrera doit il manifester lui-même à l’ambassade de Chili. Croyez à mes sentiments très cordiaux“. Carrera was probably the Ecuadorian poet and diplomat Jorge Carrera Andrade (1903-1978). Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

 

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McKinley, William (1843-1901)

Rare signed photograph

25. President of the United States. Vintage signed photograph “Yours very truly WMcKinley”. 5.5 x 8.0 inch, n.p., n.d., half-length portrait in suit and bow tie. Photo copyrighted by Courtney, April ’96, Canton, Ohio as printed at the bottom. Signature not clearly visible due to the dark background. The image below the photo shows the signature at a different angle to the light. Handling wear, chipped edges, else good condition. McKinley is rarely seen in signed photographs.

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Bismarck, Otto von (1815-1898)

Seven pages letter signed

Influential German statesman known as the “Iron Chancellor”, who served as the first Chancellor of the German Empire from 1871-1890. Remarkable letter signed “ergebenster Diener vBismarck”. 7 pages, 2 separate bifolium/ double sheets, 8.0 x 9.5 inch, Frankfurt, 1853 February 6. As the Prussian envoy to the Bundestag, probably to the Austrian General Anton Prokesch “K. K. Federal Presidential Envoy ”. Concerning the presentation of the Prussian officer corps announced by Major General Eberhard Herwarth von Bittenfeld and Joseph von Schmerling. In German, in parts: „…Der König“ (Friedrich Wilhelm IV.), mein Allergnädigster Herr, ist von dem Wunsche beseelt, daß von Seiten Seiner Diener jede sich darbietende Gelegenheit ergriffen werde, um die engen persönlichen und politischen Beziehungen, welche ihn mit Sr Majestät dem Kaiser von Oesterreich (Franz Joseph I.) verbinden, auch in den äußeren Formen zur Anschauung zu bringen. In Ausführung dieser Allerhöchsten Intention wird das Königl. Offizier-Corps morgen Euer Excellenz als K.K. Feldmarschall-Lieutenant seine Aufwartung machen … Ich darf voraussetzen, daß Euer Excellenz von meinem aufrichtigen Wunsche, die Formen des gegenseitigen Verkehrs jeder Zeit zum Ausdruck ebensowohl des innigen Buendnisses unserer Allerhöchsten Regierungen als meiner persönlichen Verehrung für den kaiserlichen Praesidialhof und für Euer Excellenz Selbst zu machen, überzeugt seid …“ Mailing fold, minor mounting residue, tiny pin hole, else fine condition. Uncommon letter and the first time that I see a letter of seven pages signed by Bismarck.

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Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917)

Autograph letter signed

French sculptor whose works, including the iconic “The Kiss” and “The Thinker”, earned him a place among the most influential artistic figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Autograph letter signed „Auguste Rodin“. 2pp. (double-page), 5.5 x 6.75 inch. 25 Via Gregoriana, Rome, 1915 February 11. To an unidentified lady, in French. Rodin sends his apologies to his correspondent and states: „…last Sunday I was at the restaurant Latour, my workshop from 2h30 to 3h30. I must have ran out of memory and this way missed your kind visit. Please forgive me...“ Mailing fold, else fine.

Price: $ 1,020 / € 850

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Matisse, Henri (1869-1954)

Hand addressed envelope signed

French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Hand addressed envelope signed “H. Matisse 1 Place Ch.(arles) Felix Nice”. Envelope, 5.75 x 4.5 inch, Nice, 1922 May 27 (postmark). Addressed in Matisse’s hand to a “Monsieur Fr. Harris in Cimiez Nice”. On verso his signature and place. Handling wear, paper loss, else good condition. After Matisse had temporarily lived in the Hôtel Méditerranée, he moved into a two-story apartment on Place Charles-Félix in Nice in the 1920s.

Price: $ 840 / € 675

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James II., King (1633-1701)

Letter signed as King “Kill and deliver a fat Buck”

James II. and VII was King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII. from 6 February 1685 until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. He was the last Roman Catholic monarch to reign over the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Outstanding letter signed “James R”. 1p., 7.0 x 9.5 inch, Whitehall, 1686 September 9. To the „Ranger or Keepers of Our Parkes at Woodstock“. In full: “Our Will and Pleasure is, that you kill and deliver unto this Bearer one Fat Buck of this Season, and for so doing this shall be your Warrant .“ Discolored and uneven edges, writing and signature dark.

 

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Autograph musical quotation signed “This is how life should be!”

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 musical quotation signed “Edvard Grieg”. 1p., bifolium, 7.0 x 8.75 inch. Stuttgart, February 1890. In Grieg’s hand a C Major chord and the Swedish verse “Sådan bör livet vara!...” Translated: “This is how life should be!...” Two further entries on the third and fourth page of the bifolium, one by the pianist Josef Weiss (Stuttgart 1890) with a short autograph musical quotation signed. Slightly discolored, else good condition.

 

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Scarce carte-de-visite photograph signed

French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862 and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). Scarce carte-de-visite photograph signed “Victor Hugo”. 2.5 x 4.0 inch, n.p. (Guernsey), n.d. (1862-1864). Excellent signed on verso in black ink. Full length Photo of Hugo by T.B. Hutton, Guernsey as stamped on verso. Internet research shows that the photo was taken at Guernsey between 1862-1864, most likely 1862 (the year he finished Les Misérables). Minor handling wear, else good condition. Surely one of the finest signed photos of Hugo you can hope to find. Hugo settled with his family at Hauteville House in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, where he would live in exile from 1855 until 1870.

Price: $ 2,925 / € 2.350

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Brecht, Bertolt (1898-1956)

Fine content typed letter signed re: Therese Giehse

German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet. Typed letter signed “brecht”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin, 1950 January 3, on “Berliner Ensemble” stationery. To Kurt Hirschfeld, Vice Director of the Zürcher Schauspielhaus, with appointments concerning Therese Giehse. In German: „…Im Augenblick ringen wir mit der Scala um Therese, da die Wiener jetzt doch wieder telegrafiert haben, sie brauchen sie am 16. Februar für den ‘Biberpelz’. Therese wollte nun die zwei Monate Wien, die ihr von der Scala schon freigegeben worden waren, unter uns – d. h. das ‘Berliner Ensemble’ und das Züricher Schauspielhaus – teilen. – – Die Premiere der ‘Wasa Schelesnowa’ hier hat sich hinausgezögert durch Viertels (Berthold Viertel - Austrian screenwriter and film director) verspätetes Eintreffen und die Kammerspiele sind ja nicht sehr gross, so dass Therese das Stück unbedingt im Februar noch spielen muss, um ihren enormen Erfolg hier auszuwerten oder besser, zu vervollständigen. Man kann derlei heute in Berlin tatsächlich nicht als Delikatesse ein paar hundert Leuten vorbehalten …“. Mailing folds, punch holes expertly closed, handling wear, else good condition. Not published in: Bertolt Brecht "Große commented Berlin and Frankfurt edition”. Therese Giehse (1898-1975) was a German actress.

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Caruso, Enrico (1873-1921)

Signed and hand drawn caricature of himself

World renowned Italian tenor usually considered the greatest operatic tenor ever, and he was the first opera star to make best-selling recordings, beginning around 1903, which are still in print to this day. Signed and hand drawn caricature of himself “Enrico Caruso” and dated in his hand “Berlin 1908”. 5.75 x 8.75 inch, Berlin, 1908. Caruso added a beautiful caricature of himself. Drawn and signed in pencil. Horizontal fold, handling wear, else good condition.

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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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Göring, Hermann (1893-1946)

Signed photograph

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.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Typed letter signed AS PRESIDENT/ WW II. dated

32. President of the United States. Typed letter signed “Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 1p., 7.0 x 8.75 inch, on embossed “The White House Washington” stationery. Washington, 1943 March 19, large signature in his typical jet black india ink. Rather uncommon World War II. dated letter. Addressed to Miss Esther J. Lichtmann in New York. In full: "Dear Miss Lichtmann: I told Mr. Wallace just before he left that I would be delighted to see you and Mr. Horch if you have anything special to come down for. Call up General Watson at any time and he will arrange things. Very sincerely yours”. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing fold, envelope slightly discolored, else fine condition. Esther J. Lichtmann (1892-1990) was a teacher of music at the Master Institute of United Arts, a New York art school founded by her brother, Maurice Lichtmann, as well as Russian painter and mystic, Nicholas Roerich. Along with Louis Horch, who was a director and financier of the Master Institute, Lichtmann was greatly involved in the Roerich Circle, which was instrumental in the development and passage of the Roerich pact, an inter-American treaty which ensured the protection and defense of cultural and artistic monuments from military destruction, and was signed into law by Roosevelt in 1935. Comes with my Franklin D. Roosevelt autograph study.

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Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874)

Document signed “Bond signed as New York comptroller”

13. President of the United States. Partially printed document signed “Millard Fillmore”. 1p., 8.75 x 7.0 inch, Albany, New York, 1848 March 7. Uncommon onion-skin bond signed by Fillmore, as New York Comptroller.  To the Auburn & Rochester Rail Road Company Sinking Fund, for $9,500. Cancellation perforations affecting a few letters in Fillmore's name, creasing from original folds. Includes a hand-colored engraved portrait of Fillmore, as well as one clipped biographical profile of him.

 

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Beecher Stowe, Harriet (1811-1896)

Fine autograph letter signed

American abolitionist and author. She came from a famous religious family and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Autograph letter signed “H.B. Stowe”, 1p., 6.25 x 8.0 inch, Hartford (Conn.), 1864 October 10. Addressed to a Mr. Vinnard. The letter in full: “I never can think of any thing to write for an autograph - but if the expression of my most hearty interest in the cause of our brave soldiers & sailors, can be of any use, accept it herewith and believe me Ever yours truly”. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Comes with a fine vintage photograph of Beecher Stowe.

 

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Churchill, Winston S. (1874-1965)

Typed letter signed

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 “Yours sincerely, Winston S. Churchill”. 1 page, 8.0 x 10.0 inch, 1923 September 22, on Paddington 1003. 2, Sussex Square, W.2. stationery. Addressed in Churchill’s hand to “My dear General Miles”. In full: “I am really very much obliged to you for your most interesting letter which I have read with the greatest attention. I think the work done by the Committee of which you are a member has been of the greatest value, and I am sure it has gained enormously from your experience and exceptional knowledge of the pre-war Army.” Mailing folds, minor mounting residue at three places on the back with light show through, writing a little light, else good condition.

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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed “introducing his scenographer”

Italian composer of operas. Autograph letter signed "GVerdi”. 5.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Introducing his scenographer Girolamo Magnani. To “Giulio”, in Italian, translated: "I only have time to tell you that this is Professor Magnani. It is pointless for me to tell you all that which you know better than I." Mailing folds, minor mounting residue on verso, else fine condition. Girolamo Magnani (1815-1889) was an Italian scenographer, decorator and set designer. Also included is a postcard photograph of Verdi with a PRINTED signature.

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Maximilian I., Joseph, King (1756-1825)

Rare and fine content autograph letter signed

Duke of Zweibrücken from 1795 to 1799, prince-elector of Bavaria (as Maximilian IV. Joseph) from 1799 to 1806, then King of Bavaria (as Maximilian I. Joseph) from 1806 to 1825. Rare autograph letter signed “Max-Joseph”. 1p., bifolium, 6.5 x 8.25 inch, Baden, 1815 July 6. Only about four weeks after the end of the vienna congress on June 9th, 1815. An untranslated letter in French, to an unknown recipient “J’ai recu votre letter en date de …”. The Kings mentions in this letter Lord Wellington (Arthur Wellesley, 1769-1852, 1. Duke of Wellington) and Napoleon. On June 18, 1815 (only about 3 weeks before this letter), Wellington defeated Napoleon decisively at the Battle of Waterloo. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Surely one of the finest Maximilian I. autographs you can hope to find.

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Teresa, Mother (1910-1997)

Photograph signed

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, commonly known as Mother Teresa. A Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary. Recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and in 2003 she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta". Magazine photograph signed “God bless you M Teresa mc”. 4.0 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (1980), signed in black ink. Dated on verso in pencil 14.7.80, probably the date the signature was received. Fine condition.

 

 

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La Fontaine, Henri (1854-1943)

Autograph postcard signed with a fine peace statement

Belgian international lawyer and president of the International Peace Bureau. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1913 as “… the effective leader of the peace movement in Europe". Autograph postcard signed “HLaFontaine”. 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Brussels, 1914 March 13. Addressed to a Dr. Scharlau in Rostock (Germany). With an excellent statement in La Fontaine’s hand. In German, in full: “Mit Waffen macht man keinen Frieden. Mögen Ihre Mitbürger das endlich verstehen!“ Translated: “You don't make peace with weapons. May your fellow citizens finally understand that!" Handling wear, else fine condition.

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Verne, Jules (1828-1905)

Fine autograph letter signed “… your old unknown friend”

French novelist, poet, and playwright. Bestselling adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1872). Fine autograph letter signed “Jules Verne”. 1p., bifolium, 4.25 x 5.25 inch, Amiens, (18)91 April 20. To an unidentified correspondent. A kindly letter, evidently written in response to a request from a young lady to the famous and hugely popular author. In French, translated: “I think you must have a very good nurse in the person of Miss Mitzi Duschuh (?). She has asked me to write you a few words. I am doing so, telling you that you must get better, and as soon as possible, if you do not wish to be uncivil to this young lady who is all heart. Kindly present her with my compliments and assure her that I wish I could write in her language as well as she does in mine and believe me, your old unknown friend.” Slightly discolored, else good condition. Towards the end of his life, Verne served for many years as town councillor of Amiens. This does not appear to have hampered his literary output, which consisted of well over fifty novels and novellas.

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Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934) & Ludendorff, Erich (1865-1937)

One of a kind signed photograph

Paul von Hindenburg - Prussian/ German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Erich Ludendorff - German general, politician and military theorist. Oversize original press photograph signed “von Hindenburg” and “Ludendorff”. 13.5 x 10.75 inch, black and white, n.p., n.d. Signed by both in dark black ink. Photo shows von Hindenburg and Ludendorff on the occasion of Hindenburg's address to the Reichswehr - Academy of Arts, Berlin August 8, 1922. Minor mounting residue on verso, minor handling wear, else good condition. Uncommon photo signed by both and especially in this size.

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Masaryk, Tomáš G. (1850-1937)

Signed Harris & Ewing photograph

Austrian-Czech politician, sociologist and philosopher, who as an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence during World War I. became the founder and first President of Czechoslovakia. Signed photograph “T. G. Masaryk 2/I ‘21”. 9.25 x 11.75 inch, n.p. Black and white portrait photo blind embossed “Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C.” Signed in black ink below his image. Slightly trimmed, mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

 

 

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Signed photograph additional signed by Hess/ Schirach/ Brückner

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 photograph “Adolf Hitler”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photo by Photo-Hoffmann, Munich - printed “Der Reichskanzler auf einer Fahrt durch Deutschland” (The Chancellor on a trip through Germany). Signed on verso in pencil by Rudolf Hess (1894-1987) “RHess” and in crayon by Adolf Hitler “Adolf Hitler”, in pencil by Balduch von Schirach (1907-1974) “Baldur von Schirach” and in pencil by Wilhelm Brückner (1884-1954) “Brückner”. In a different hand in crayon “Wilhelm” before Brückner’s signature. Comes with a vintage UNSIGNED photo of Hitler shaking hands with Paul von Hindenburg at Potsdam 1933 March 21 - the famous Potsdam day. Handling and corner wear, some creases and bends, else good condition. Rare and probably one of a kind signature combination. 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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Albert, Eugen d’ (1864-1932)

Autograph musical quotation signed from his masterpiece “Tiefland”

Scottish-born pianist and composer. Autograph musical quotation signed “Eugen d’Albert”. 1p., bifolium, 5.75 x 8.75 inch, Kärnten (Austria), (1)914 June, no day. Fine musical quotation marked “Tiefland” and inscribed to an unknown person. Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition. In the summer of 1914, d'Albert and his fifth wife, Friedrike, traveled to Villach in Kärnten to go on vacation. Tiefland (The Lowlands) is an opera in a prologue and two acts by Eugen d'Albert, to a libretto in German by Rudolf Lothar. Tiefland was d' Albert's seventh opera, and is the one which is now the best known.

 

 

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Baker, Josephine (1906-1975)

Signed photograph

American-born French dancer, singer and actress. Vintage signed photograph “votre Josephine”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. The image depicting Baker in a full-length pose in costume. Verso printed “ANNABACOA” and “Par autorisation spéciale de Jospehine Baker. Les MILANDES (Dordogne).” Signed in blue ballpoint pen. Fine condition. Rare postcard, especially signed by Baker.

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Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874)

Letter signed AS PRESIDENT

13. President of the United States. Letter signed as President “Millard Fillmore”. 1p., bifolium, 7.75 x 9.75 inch, Washington, 1851 January 27. To General Charles Gratiot. In full: "Your letter of the 20th inst., in relation to the loss of a voucher, and expressing a hope that its non production may not operate to your injury, was received on the 25th. The loss cannot prejudice you, if you are able to prove its contents by copy or otherwise." Mailing folds, else good condition. Charles Gratiot (1786-1855), who had been William Henry Harrison's Chief Engineers in the War of 1812, had distinguished himself by planning and building Fort Meigs in 1813. In 1828, he was named Chief of Engineers, a position held for ten years. During that time, he engaged in a lengthy dispute with War Department officials over benefits before being dismissed for embezzlement by President Martin Van Buren. Gratiot's complaints against the federal government evolved into lengthy litigation, which was appealed twice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Jahn, Friedrich Ludwig (1778-1852) „Der Turnvater“

Autograph note signed

German gymnastics educator and nationalist. His admirers know him as “Turnvater” Jahn, roughly meaning "father of gymnastics" Jahn. Autograph note signed in the third person “Jahn”. 1p., 6.75 x 6.25 inch, n.p., n.d.  A fine note written in dark black ink. In German, in full: “Jahn wünscht zu erfahren, aber bald: Wie der Staatsmusicus von Pirna geheißen, dessen Sohn 1813, beim 3 Bataillon Lützow, Staatshornist gewesen, und wo der lebt, oder wo er gestorben?“. Also enclosed is a Jahn biography written in unknown hand and some old newspaper clippings. Uneven trimmed, label with number bottom left, else fine condition. Rare autograph!

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John Paul II., Pope (1920-2005)

Typed letter signed

Born Karol Józef Wojtyła. Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is widely known to Catholics as Saint John Paul the Great. Typed letter signed “+ Karol card. Wojtyla”. 1p., 8.0 x 11.5 inch. Krakow, 1977 January 30. On “Metropolita Krakowski” letterhead. Addressed to an unknown Bishop. In Polish, in full: “Ekscelencjo, Najczcigodniejszy Ksieze Biskupie, Serdecznie zapraszam na doroczna uroczystosc sw. Stanislawa B. i M. Patrona Polski. Tradycyjna procesja z Wawelu na Skalke wypada w tym roku w niedziele 8 maja. Szczegolowy program zostanie jeszcze dostarczony w pozniejszym terminie.” Translated: “Your Excellency, Most Reverend Bishop, I cordially invite you to the annual celebration of St. Stanislaw Patron of Poland. The traditional procession from … falls this year on Sunday, May 8. A detailed program will be delivered at a later date.” Handwritten note “negative” in a different hand at the upper right edge, mailing folds, else fine condition.

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John XXIII., Pope (1881-1963)

Unique signed photograph

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Bishop of Rome and hence head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. Vintage glossy black and white signed photograph “Joannes p.p. XXIII Epiphania domini (Three King’s day) 6.-1.1959”. 6.75 x 8.75  inch, n.p. (Rome), 1959 January 6. Signed in dark black ink. Photograph shows the Pope together with Emilio Tagle Covarrubias (1907-1991). Covarrubias has signed in blue ink “Emilio Tagle C.”. Covarrubias was Bishop of Valparaiso, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago later to be his Apostolic Administrator. Pope John XXIII. appointed him as Archbishop of Santiago in April 1961. Verso with some stamps “Secretaria de estado” and a second one with “Sant. de Chile”. A third stamp is illegible. A photographer stamp “ROMA” is also illegible. Handling wear and some bends tape-repaired on verso, else good condition. Unique with the “Epiphania domini” signature.

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Taft, William H. (1857-1930)

Fine content autograph letter signed

27. President of the United States. Autograph letter signed "Wm. H. Taft”. 2pp., recto and verso, 6.0 x 9.25 inch, Cincinnati, 1899 June 1. On United States Circuit Court of Appeal letterhead. A letter to E.D. Worcester, a fellow Yale alumnus. In part: "I have your favor of the 30th ult. I am very complimented to 'hang' in such distinguished company. I wish I could consider it prophetic but I see nothing before me but a circuit judgeship. I am content however for the duties delight me. I enclose the card with my signature (not present) as you request. Hadley’s election was a great day for Yale. It means that we shall take our proper place at the head of the educational procession…". Fine condition with bold ink resulting in some showthrough. From Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

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Chaplin, Charles (1889-1977)

Vintage signed photograph

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. Vintage signed black and white photograph “Charles Chaplin”. 3.25 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Minor silvering top left edge, else good condition. Also included is a signed and inscribed photograph (4.0 x 5.75 inch) of Chaplin’s daughter Geraldine Chaplin (1944).

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Liszt, Franz (1811-1886)

Letter signed

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. His prowess at the keyboard earned him a reputation as perhaps the greatest virtuoso in the history of the instrument. Letter signed “F. Liszt”. 1p., bifolium, 5.5 x 8.75 inch, Weimar, 1885 July 26. Fine letter signed to an unknown lady. Liszt informs the lady that he always makes music on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4.00 to 6.00 p.m. and that she is welcome to participate. In German, in full: “Geehrtes Fräulein! Montags, Mittwochs und Freitags jede Woche Nachmittags 4-6 Uhr wird bei bey mir viel Musik gemacht, der Sie nach Gefallen und Auswahl beiwohnen mögen. Hochachtungsvoll und Ergeben.“ Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine condition.

 

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Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939)

Handwritten envelope

Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Hand-addressed mailing envelope with Freud’s return address printed on the flap. 6.25 x 4.75 inch, n.p. (Vienna), 1929 March 10 (postmark). Addressed by Freud in dark black ink to “Herrn Dr. P. Federn, Riemergasse 1 in Wien I (Vienna).” Handling wear, else good condition. The return address on the flap, Berggasse 19, Vienna, was Freud’s longtime residence is now the site of the Sigmund Freud Museum. Dr.P. Federn was a student of Freud.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Hand addressed envelope

35. President of the United States. Hand addressed envelope. Addressed in Kennedy’s hand to “Colonel Joseph T. Benedict / 55 Perry Avenue / Worchester 41 / Massachusetts”. Congress of the Unites States House of Representatives envelope, postmarked Boston 1951 June 11. With a PRINTED free frank signature of JFK in the upper right corner and a 3 Cents Thomas Jefferson postage stamp. Fine condition. A COPY of the original letter mailed in this envelope is included. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy – autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

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Pius XII., Pope (1876-1958)

Document signed

Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, who reigned from 1939 until his death. Large and impressive document signed “E. Card. Pacelli”. 1p., 18.0 x 12.25 inch, Rome (Dal Vaticano), 1931 October 26. Appointment of the cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice“ ("For Church and Pope") for Giovanni Wolpert. On February 7, 1930, Pope Pius XI. appointed Pacelli as Cardinal Secretary of State, responsible for foreign policy and state relations throughout the world. He signed this document as “Il Cardinal Segretario di Stato”. Handling wear, some tears expertly repaired on verso, else good condition.

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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (1844-1908)

Letter signed regarding his opera Snégourotchka

Russian composer, he was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions are Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture and the symphonic suite Scheherazade. Excellent letter signed “Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakow”. 2 pages, bifolium, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, St. Petersburg, 1907 October 22 (9 of the Julian calendar). To theatre and opera director Albert Carré (1852-1938). Letter written eight months before his death. He regrets that his opera Snégourotchka (The Snow Maiden) has been refused by the Opéra-Comique (momentarily since it will be performed a few months later). In Frech, in full: “Votre décision de ne pas monter ma Snégourotchka, à cause des prétentions cupides et sans tacte de Mr. Bessel, m’est, certainement, très pénible. Sans doute les opéras russes, pour être représentés doivent être choisis par leur éditeurs et non pas leur auteurs; les autres deux gros éditeurs russes - M.M. Jurgenson et Beliaïeff n’auraient pas agi comme Bessel. Je transmettrai à Mr. Bessel le contenu de votre dernière lettre. Il pourra, s’il veut, entrer en relation avec Mr. Lalo; peut-être vous fera-t-il de nouvelles propositions, mais plus raisonnables. En tous cas je m’abstiens de toute intervention dans cette affaire. J’espère, Cher Monsieur Carrè, que vous avez vu que j’ai fait tout mon possible pour vous aider - que faire, puisque mes efforts se sont brisés contre les actes de Mr Bessel. Pour réagir contre cela je n’ai aucun droit juridique. Je vous remercie infiniment d’avoir eu l’idée de faire représenter ma Snégourotchka sur la scène de l’Opéra Comique. Recevez, Cher Monsieur, mes salutations les plus sincères, Votre tout dévoué Sagorodny.28.” Translated: “Your decision not to stage my Snegourotchka, because of Mr. Bessel's greedy and tactless pretensions, is certainly very painful to me. No doubt Russian operas, in order to be represented, must be chosen by their publishers and not their authors; the other two big Russian publishers - M.M. Jurgenson and Beliaïeff would not have acted like Bessel. I will pass on the contents of your last letter to Mr. Bessel. He can, if he wishes, enter into a relationship with Mr. Lalo (Pierre Lalo, music critic and translator, 1866-1943); perhaps he will make you new, but more reasonable, proposals. In any case, I refrain from any intervention in this matter. I hope, Dear Mr. Carrè, that you have seen that I have done all I can to help you - what to do, since my efforts failed against the actions of Mr. Bessel. To react against this I have no legal right. Thank you very much for having had the idea of having my Snegourotchka performed on the stage of the Opéra Comique. Receive, Dear Sir, my most sincere greetings”. The Snow Maiden (Snégourotchka) is an opera in four acts with a prologue by Rimsky-Korsakov, composed during 1880-1881. The Russian libretto, by the composer, is based on the like-named play by Alexander Ostrovsky (which had premiered in 1873 with incidental music by Tchaikovsky). The first performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera took place at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg on 29 January 1882. It remained the composer's own favorite work. Mailing fold, else excellent condition.

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