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Napoleon I. (1769-1821)

Impressive document signed during The Congress of Erfurt

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and its associated wars. Partly printed document signed “Napoleon”. On vellum, 20.25 x 16.25 inch, Palais d’Erfurt, 1808 October 5, coat of arms painted in natural color at the top left. This letter patent attributes to Claude Masson de St-Amand the title of knight as “Membre de la Legion d’Honneur”. The Knight Masson of St-Amand is represented by his coat of arms, because the wearing of coats of arms has just been authorized again. Document is countersigned by Jean-Jacques-Régis de Cambacérès at the lower left edge. Armand Claude Masson de Saint-Amand (1756-1835) was Master of requests since 1783 and adviser to the king in 1789, he succeeded the first prefect of the department of Eure on March 9, 1800. Jean-Jacques-Régis de Cambacérès Duke of Parma (1753-1824) was a French nobleman, lawyer and statesman during the French Revolution and the First Empire. He is best remembered as one of the authors of the Napoleonic Code which still forms the basis of French civil law and French-inspired civil law in many countries. The Congress of Erfurt was the meeting between Napoleon I. and Alexander I., Emperor of All Russia, from Tuesday 27 September to Friday 14 October 1808 intended to reaffirm the alliance concluded the previous year with the Treaties of Tilsit which followed the end of the War of the Fourth Coalition. The city of Erfurt was under the direct control of the Emperor of the French at this time as Principality of Erfurt. Napoleon attempted to awe Alexander with the glories of the French Empire. The meeting became a great conference involving an array of kings, princes, dukes, barons and notables from all over Europe. Johann Wolfgang Goethe was courted by Napoleon himself (October 2, 1808) and the twenty-year-old Arthur Schopenhauer arrived in Goethe's train and cast a cynical eye over the proceedings. Writing in parts a little light, minor stains, slightly discolored, tear lower left edge old repaired on verso. Napoleon’s signature still large and dark. A beautiful document signed during an important conference.

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Charles III., King (1948)

Typed letter signed

King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. He acceded to the throne on 8 September 2022 upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II. Typed letter signed “Yours sincerely Charles” and additionally in his hand “Dear Mr. Todd”. 1p., 8.0 x 12.0 inch, 1990 January 12. On embossed “Kensington Palace” stationery. In part: “It was very good of you to take the trouble to make a return visit and I was interested to hear your views about the future for Blackburn. I am sure you are also right about the need for the ordnance factory to investigate diversifying its production, particularly in view of all the current international changes that are taking place, apart from any other consideration.” Mailing folds, minor handling wear, else fine condition.

 

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Callas, Maria (1923-1977)

Vintage photograph signed

Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Vintage photograph signed “Maria Callas 1970”. 4.0 x 5.75 inch, n.p., 1970. The black and white photograph by Piccagliani shows Maria Callas as “Ifigenia in Tauride” by Gluck at Teatro alla Scala. Slightly wavy and handling wear, glue residues on verso, else good condition. A fine photograph showing Maria Callas in one of her important performances. “Iphigénie en Tauride” is a 1779 opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) in four acts.

 

Price: $ 880 / € 800

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Callas, Maria (1923-1977)

Vintage photograph signed

Greek-American soprano, and one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Vintage photograph signed “Maria Callas”. 3.5 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d. The black and white photograph by E. Piccagliani (photographer copyright stamp on verso) shows Maria Callas in Cherubini’s “Medea”. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. Médée or Medea is a French language opéra-comique by Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842).

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George III., King (1738-1820)

Signed document by the last “King of the United States/ 1771”

King of Great Britain and Ireland who reigned from 1760 until his death. Document signed in ink “George R”. 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 12.25 inch, Saint James, London, 1771 November 1, with a fine intact red wax seal. Countersigned by Johann Friedrich Karl von Alvensleben (1714-1795). In German, to field marshal August Friedrich von Spörcken (1698-1776) regarding “a service regulation to be established for all of our troops”. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. The document was opened without breaking the red wax seal, so a small part at the bottom of the address sheet is not torn out, but is attached to the seal at the top edge. Johann Friedrich Karl von Alvensleben was a British Hanoverian minister. In 1771 (the year of this document) King George III. appointed him as "Head of the German Chancellery" (Minister for Hanoverian Affairs) to London. He worked there until the end of his life. August Friedrich von Spörcken was a Hanoverian field marshal best known for his service in the Seven Years' War. He served as part of the Army of Observation between 1757-1762 leading the Hanoverian contingent at a number of major battles including Krefeld and Minden. Rare and the first George III. document I have for sale dated before the American Declaration of Independence.

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Schulz, Charles (1922-2000)

Beautiful drawn and signed Snoopy sketch

American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among many others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time. Original felt tip sketch of Snoopy drawn and signed by Charles Schulz on a white 5.75 x 3.5 card. Item was collected by mail and a slight imprint of a postmark is visible in the lower left margin, else fine condition. Beautiful display item!

Price: $ 1,925 / € 1.750

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Ribbentrop, Joachim von (1893-1946)

Scarce document signed

Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945. Scarce partly printed document signed “Ribbentrop”. 1p. (bifolium), 10.0 x 14.0 inch, Berlin, 1939 August 19. Ribbentrop, acting “In the name of the Führer and chancellor”, appoints Werner Fischer to be a consulate secretary. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal in the lower left corner. Slightly discolored, two small stains from mounting tape on verso, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

Price: $ 1,320 / € 1.200

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Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

Typed letter signed to the Minister of Education in Prague

Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Typed letter signed “Rabindranath Tagore”. 1p., 6.0 x 9.0 inch, Santiniketan, Bengal, 1937 September 27. Tagore writes as Founder-President, Visva-Bharati (University) to the Minister of Education in Prague (Czechoslovakia). In English, in full: “Your Excellency, I am extremely pleased to read in your letter of the 25th August, 1937, of the possibility of Prof. Lesny’s visit to this country in the academic year 1938/39 and of his learned collaboration with the Research Department of our University. I herewith, on behalf of the Visva-Bharati, extend to Prof. Lesny through your office our formal invitation and assure him that we shall feel honoured by his visit and collaboration. I thank you and your Government for their kindness in helping us in this matter. Visva-Bharati is a public central university and an Institution of National Importance located in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India. It was founded by Rabindranath Tagore who called it Visva-Bharati, which means the communion of the world with India. Handling wear, a bit creased and discolored, else good condition. Tagore is rare in typed letters.

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Böll, Heinrich (1917-1985)

Photograph signed and card signed

One of Germany's foremost post-World War II. writers. Böll was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. Vintage glossy photograph signed “Heinrich Böll”. 6.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p., 1972 March 28 (stamp on verso and the year he awarded the Nobel Prize). A large black and white photograph of Böll holding a cigarette. Also included is a thank you card with a PRINTED text and a handwritten thank you note by Böll “Mit herzlichem Dank Heinrich Böll” at the bottom. Photograph in fine condition, card slightly discolored and with handling wear.

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Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972)

Photograph signed

33. President of the United States. Photograph signed “To Wolfgang Windhausen From Harry S Truman”. Photograph, 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d., black and white photograph of Truman signing a book. Handling wear, else good condition.

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George IV., King (1762-1830)

Document signed as Prince Regent

King of Great Britain and Ireland 1820-1830 who became Prince Regent in 1811 when George III. became permanently deranged. Document signed “George PR.” 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 12.75 inch, Carlton House (London), 1818 October 9, with a fine intact paper seal and impressive large signature and countersigned. Uncommon document in German, patent for “Ober-Berg-Commissair Leonhard Schaake zu Celle”. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Suu Kyi, Aung San (1945)

Signed photograph

Burmese politician, diplomat, author and a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who served as State Counsellor of Myanmar (equivalent to a prime minister) and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2016 to 2021. Excellent color photograph signed “With all good wishes. Aung San Suu Kyi”. 5.25 x 4.25 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in blue ink below her image. Fine condition and still a rare autograph.

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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963)

Important typed memorandum signed AS PRESIDENT

35. President of the United States. Captivating lot of five items, all of which relate to a memo Kennedy sent to Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. The first is a typed draft on White House letterhead, 1p., 6.75 x 9.0 inch, Washington, April 2, 1963, and the carbon typescript. On the first typed draft are three emendations written by Kennedy, changing “re:” to “on”, “Boarmark's” to “Bomarc” and adding “our” in the last sentence. The second is the final typed draft also on White House letterhead, 1p., 6.75 x 9.0 inch, Washington, April 2, 1963, titled: “Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense”, with only one handwritten correction and Kennedy's signature “John Kennedy” at the bottom. The text reads in full: “It might be worthwhile to bring to the attention of those who read your testimony on the Bomarc in Canada, that their failure to catch the political significance has strengthened Diefenbaker's hand considerably and increased our difficulties. It would seem to me that every word in those sentences flashed a red light. They should be on the alert for our political, as well as military, security.” The last items are two handwritten drafts of the memo in shorthand by JFK’s secretary Evelyn Lincoln (1909-1995) on his personal letterhead “From the Desk of John F. Kennedy”. 1p., 4.0 x 5.0 inch. A mere six days after this memo was written, Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker lost the election, making way for Lester Pearson. This change in leadership led to the approval of nuclear warheads in Canada, known as the “Bomarc Program”. Robert Strange McNamara (1916-2009) was an American business executive and the eighth United States Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. John George Diefenbaker (1895-1979) was the 13th prime minister of Canada, serving from 1957 to 1963. Minor pinholes in the upper left corner, else fine condition and uncommon especially with Evelyn Lincoln’s shorthand memos. Comes together with my book “John F. Kennedy - autograph study” - about 90 pages with hundreds of signatures (authentic, secretary, Autopen, stamps, facsimile etc.).

Price: $ 8,500 / € 7.750

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Lessing, Theodor (1872-1933)

Autograph postcard twice signed

German Jewish philosopher. On the night of 30 August 1933, he was assassinated by Sudeten German Nazi sympathizers. Autograph postcard signed “Lessing”. Postcard, 4.25 x 5.75 inch, Seewalchen am Attersee (Austria), no date (poststamp illegible). Return address: „Prof Lessing (second signature) Seewalchen am Attersee beim Holzinger“. Addressed in Lessing’s hand to: “Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schöndorfer in Steyr” regarding an appointment. In German, in full: “Sehr geehrter Herr Professor. Ich muss am 15ten Juli über Salzburg heimfahren. Ich würde Sie sehr gerne sehn. Wenn Sie bis dahin schon hier sind, so komme ich gern nach Vöcklabruck hinüber; ich weiss nicht wie weit es bis Steyr ist; vielleicht auch könnten wir uns in der Mitte treffen. Verzeihen Sie dass ich erst heute sicher antworten konnte. Viele frohe Grüße“. Handling and corner wear, else good condition.

 

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Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973)

Rare photograph signed

36. President of the United States. Photograph signed “For Wolfgang Wendhausen Best wishes Lyndon B. Johnson”. The name was misspelled, Wolfgang Windhausen is correct. Black and white postcard photograph, 4.0 x 6.0 inch, n.p., n.d. The photograph was taken in March 1964 at the White House and it is possible that it was signed as President. Handling wear, else good condition. Lyndon B. Johnson is rare in any form. Larry Vrzalik and Mike Minor in their fine book “From the President’s Pen”: “Lyndon B. Johnson … may be the “Button Gwinett” of American presidents for autographic material …” That’s absolutely true most items are secretary signed, mostly by Bruce Thomas or autopen signed. This signed photo is fine and guaranteed authentic.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Signed books/ TWO Volumes both signed “The Magic Mountain”

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Two volumes of the literary classic and Thomas Mann’s masterpiece. Both volumes signed “Thomas Mann”. Volume One and Volume Two of “The Magic Mountain” (Der Zauberberg). Hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf New York 1938. Octavo (5.5 x 7.75 inch), English, First and second volume of the two Volume edition reissued February 1938. Translated from the German by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Both signed by Mann in dark black ink. Discolored, handling wear, else good condition. The Magic Mountain is a novel by Thomas Mann, first published in German in November 1924. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of twentieth-century German literature.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Book signed “Three Essays”

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Book signed “Three Essays”. Hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf Inc., New York 1932, octavo (5.25 x 7.75 inch), English, translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Signed by Mann in dark black ink. Discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Book signed “Past Masters”

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Book signed “Past Masters and other papers”. Hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf Inc. 1933 Printed in Great Britain, octavo (5.25 x 7.5 inch), English, translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Signed by Mann in dark black ink. Water stained front and back cover inside, discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Book signed “Joseph and his Brothers”

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Book signed “Joseph and his Brothers”. Hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf Inc. 1936, fourth printing April 1936, octavo (5.5 x 7.75 inch), English, translated from the German for the first time by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Signed by Mann in dark black ink. Some pages minor water stained at the top and bottom, discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Book signed “Young Joseph”

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Book signed “Young Joseph”. Hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf Inc., New York 1935, octavo (5.25 x 7.75 inch), English, translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter. Signed by Mann in dark black ink. Small note erased at the top of the signature page (page slightly abraded), discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

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Elizabeth II., Queen (1926)

Double signed document/ official letter of PM Douglas-Home to the Queen

Queen of the United Kingdom since 1952. Very desirable Document signed “Appd ER" and "Alec Douglas-Home”. 1 page, bifolium, 7.5 x 9.5 inch, Prime Minster stationery, London, 1964 April 8. Official letter from the British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home (1903-1995) to the Queen of England. In full: "Sir Alec Douglas-Home, with his humble duty to The Queen, has the honour to submit the attached list of awards for Your Majesty's most gracious approval." Signed above in fountain pen by Queen Elizabeth II. and signed below in ink by Douglas-Home. In fine condition. A scarce dual-signed document that features two of Britain's most influential leaders. Anything signed by Douglas-Home during his brief tenure as Prime Minister is quite scarce.

Price: $ 2,450 / € 2.225

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Madame Chiang Kai-Shek (1898-2003)

Excellent card signed

Soong Mei-ling also known as Madame Chiang. Chinese political figure who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of President Chiang Kai-shek. Soong played a prominent role in the politics of the Republic of China and was the sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, the founder and the leader of the Republic of China. Excellent card signed "Mayling Soong Chiang". 6.0 x 4.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Singed in black ink below a Madame Chiang Kai-Shek portrait postage stamp. Small stamp on verso erased and surface a little scraped, else fine condition.

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Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)

Scarce autograph letter signed to his housekeeper “I kiss you”

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, playwright and one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Autograph letter signed “Picasso”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.5 inch, La Californie, Cannes, 1960 May 4. To Inès Sassier, his housekeeper. In French, in full: “Ma chère Inès voici le chèque à porter chez Maître de Sarriac (lawyer Bernard de Sariac). Portez-vous bien tous les trois. Je vous embrasse”. Translated: “My dear Inès here is the check to bring to Maître de Sarriac (lawyer Bernard de Sariac). Be well, all three of you. I kiss you". Minor handling wear, else fine condition. In 1936, Picasso had met Inès Sassier and her sister while vacationing and had brought them back to work for him at the Rue de Boétie apartment. Although Inès had left Paris during the war she returned there to work for Picasso as his housekeeper. For more than three decades, she would serve as Picasso's advisor cook, friend and confidant. Bernard de Sariac was responsible for checking the alimony payments Picasso owed his children Claude and Paloma. “La Californie”, also known as Villa Fenelon, is located at 18 avenue Costebelle in Cannes, Picasso stayed there from 1955 to 1961. Handwritten Picasso letters remain scarce and highly sought-after. Provenance: Collection Inès et Gérard Sassier.

Price: $ 6,500 / € 5.900

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Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)

Hand addressed and signed envelope to his housekeeper

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, playwright and one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Hand-addressed and signed mailing envelope. Envelope, 7.0 x 3.5 inch, addressed by Picasso to "Madame Inès Sassier, 7 R. des Grands Augustins, Paris 6e As." and signed as part of the return address on the flap: "Envoi Picasso - Cannes A.M.". Postmarked at Cannes 1960 May 4. Minor handling wear, else fine condition. In 1936, Picasso had met Inès Sassier and her sister while vacationing and had brought them back to work for him at the Rue de Boétie apartment. Although Inès had left Paris during the war she returned there to work for Picasso as his housekeeper. For more than three decades, she would serve as Picasso's advisor cook, friend and confidant. Provenance: Collection Inès et Gérard Sassier.

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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de (1900-1944)

Rare book signed “COURRIER SUD”

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-Exupéry”. Book “Courrier Sud”. Softcover, 4.75 x 7.25 inch, Librairie Gallimard, Paris, 1929, 227 pages. Dedicated in French in Saint-Exupéry’s hand “En hommages respectueux d’ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”. The name of the dedication recipient has been cut out. The defect has been professionally repaired. Housed in a wonderful custom made box especially for this book. Book discolored, stained, handling wear, writing dark and fine. Box in mint condition.

Price: $ 2,900 / € 2.650

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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de (1900-1944)

Rare book signed “VOL DE NUIT”

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 Exupéry”. Book “Vol de Nuit”. Softcover, 4.75 x 7.25 inch, unopened pages, Librairie Gallimard, Paris, 1931, 182 pages, preface André Gide. Dedicated in French in Saint-Exupéry’s hand “Pour Mademoiselle … En bien sympathique souvenir Antoine Exupéry”. The name of the dedication recipient has been erased. Book discolored, minor stains, handling wear, writing dark and fine.

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Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)

Scarce autograph letter signed to actor Boris Livanov

Russian composer, pianist and a prominent figure of 20th-century music. Autograph letter signed “D. Shostakovich”. 1p., 5.0 x 7.5 inch, Moscow, 1954 June 17. A fine letter in Russian to Boris N. Livanov. He congratulates him on a high award. With all his heart he wishes that he always stays happy and healthy and continues to enchant "our wonderful people" with his great art. Mailing fold, minor handling wear, else fine condition. Boris Nikolayevich Livanov (1904-1972) was a Soviet and Russian actor and theatre director. People's Artist of the USSR (1948) and a member of the Moscow Art Theatre from 1924 through 1972. 

 

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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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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.

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Blomberg, Werner von (1878-1946)

Typed letter signed

German Generalfeldmarschall, Minister of War, and Commander-in-Chief of the German Armed Forces until January 1938. Typed letter signed “vBlomberg”. 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin, 1936 May 14. On “Der Reichskriegsminister” stationery. Appointment for Alois Hartmann as “Oberintendanturrat” im “Reichskriegsministerium”. Near mint condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history.  Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

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.

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Augustus II., “The Strong” (1670-1733)

Letter signed

Most commonly known as Augustus the Strong. Elector of Saxony from 1694 as well as King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania in the years 1697-1706 and from 1709 until his death in 1733. Augustus' great physical strength earned him the nickname "The Strong". Letter signed “Augustus Rex”. 4 pages, on two adjoining sheets, 7.5 x 12.25 inch, Castle of Dresden, 1704, January 21. Lengthy untranslated letter in German and signed at the conclusion by Augustus II. With a rusty circular paperclip impression to the edge, else good condition.

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Paul VI., Pope (1897-1978)

Rare autograph letter signed

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. Autograph letter signed “GB. Card. Montini Arciv.”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.25 inch, Milano 1960, April 28. On “Il Cardinale Arcivescovo di Milano” (Archbishop of Milan) stationery. In Italian, translated: “Excellency! I must thank you once again for your kind invitation, and again my apologies if I do not accept it. May 12th is already full of commitments for me and I can't afford to be your guest. I am even more sorry that I cannot give my heart to Cardinal Tisserant at the moment that he is your guest. To your Excellency the expression of my respect.” Mailing folds, else good condition. Eugène-Gabriel-Gervais-Laurent Tisserant (1884-1972) was a French prelate and cardinal of the Catholic Church. Elevated to the cardinalate in 1936, Tisserant was a prominent and long-time member of the Roman Curia.

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Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)

Impressive signed Imperial Cabinet Photograph

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. An excellent vintage signed imperial cabinet photo, 13.0 x 8.5 inch, n.p. (Aix-les-Bains), 1890, gold bordered, depicting the Queen and her family in the South of France. Signed “Victoria R.I. 1890” in dark fountain pen ink. Photo taken by Numa Blanc fils, Cannes Monte-Carlo. The photo itself is in good condition, the mount has damages to the edges, price accordingly. Queen Victoria visited Aix-les-Bains three times from 1st to 22nd April 1885, from 6th to 28th April 1887 and from 26th March to 22nd April 1890 - staying at The Maison Mottet (Villa Victoria).

Price:  $ 1,860 / € 1.690

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Frederick II. – The Great (1712-1786)

Letter signed

King of Prussia from 1740 until his death. His political prowess and enlightened attitudes toward religion, learning, and the humanities earned him the sobriquet “Frederick the Great”. Letter signed “Federic”. 1p. (double-page), 7.25 x 9.0 inch. Potsdam, 1764 April 27. To the Count of Köstritz. In French: “C'est avec bien du plaisier que de vous accorde la permission, que vous me demandez par votre letter de 26 de ce mois, de vous rendre a Brandenbourg, pour y prendre possession de la prebende que vous avez acquise.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Henry IX. Reuss, Count of Köstritz (1711-1780) earned a degree in Law and Political Sciences. Through his family connections he met with the future King Frederick II. of Prussia. From 1762 to 1769, he was Royal Prussian Postmaster General and Chief of the postal system. He later rose to become directing minister, top civil servant and close personal advisor to Frederick the Great.

Price: $ 1,020 / € 925

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Frederick II. – The Great (1712-1786)

Letter signed

King of Prussia from 1740 until his death. His political prowess and enlightened attitudes toward religion, learning, and the humanities earned him the sobriquet “Frederick the Great”. Letter signed “Federic”. 1p. (double-page), 7.25 x 9.0 inch. Potsdam, 1775 June 24. To the Count of Köstritz. In French: “Je vous par votre rapport de 23 de ce mois le deces de Baron de Pöttnitz c'est un chambellan deplus au Diable.” Mailing folds, else good condition. Henry IX. Reuss, Count of Köstritz (1711-1780) earned a degree in Law and Political Sciences. Through his family connections he met with the future King Frederick II. of Prussia. From 1762 to 1769, he was Royal Prussian Postmaster General and Chief of the postal system. He later rose to become directing minister, top civil servant and close personal advisor to Frederick the Great.

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Bohr, Niels (1885-1962)

Excellent card signed

Danish physicist who was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physics for his theory of atomic structure. Excellent vintage fountain pen signature “Niels Bohr”. Card, 4.25 x 3.0 inch, dated in Bohr’s hand “Kopenhagen 29-08-1936”. Card is mounted at the top on a slightly larger grey card. Fine condition and excellent for display.

 

Price: $ 1,100 / € 1.000

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Humperdinck, Engelbert (1854-1921)

Signed photograph & Autograph musical quotation signed

German composer, best known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. Signed photograph and autograph musical quotation signed “EHumperdinck”. Black and white postcard photograph, 3.5 x 5.25 inch, n.p. (Charlottenburg), 1903. Below his signature Humperdinck has added an autograph musical quotation and the date 1903. Addressed on verso in a different hand and postmarked Charlottenburg 11.03.(19)03. Biographical information about Humperdinck in pencil on verso, minor handling wear, else good condition.

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

Autograph note signed WW II. dated and matted with photograph

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Autograph note signed “Dr. Max Planck”. Card, 4.75 x 3.5 inch, Prag 1942 October 13. In Planck’s hand, in German: „Herrn R. Safránek zur freundlichen Erinnerung an meinen Besuch in Prag“. Translated: "Mr. R. Safránek as a friendly reminder of my visit to Prague". Small newspaper photo affixed. Card is removable mounted with photo corners and handsomely matted in grey with a paper photograph of Planck to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. In fine condition.

 

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Louise, Marie (1791-1847)

Letter signed

Austrian archduchess who reigned as Duchess of Parma from 1814 until her death. She was Napoleon's second wife and, as such, Empress of the French from 1810 to 1814. Letter signed “Maria Luigia”. 1p., bifolium, 8.0 x 10.0 inch, Parma, 1833 December 27. In Italian to Barone Vincenzio Mistrali (1780-1846) the Governor and Minister of Finance of Parma and Piacenza on administrative and financial matters. Small stain in the middle, else good condition. Mistrali was born in Parma in 1780, he was governor for the Ducato di Parma, and minister of finance for Marie Louise.

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Rudolf (1858-1889)

Autograph letter signed

Crown Prince of Austria, the only son and third child of Emperor Franz Joseph I. of Austria and Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria. He was heir apparent to the imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from birth. In 1889, he died in a suicide pact with his mistress Mary Vetsera at the Mayerling hunting lodge. Autograph letter signed “Rudolf”. 1p., bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Vienna, 1887 January (Jänner) 2. To Joseph Ritter von Weilen (1828-1889). In German, in full: "Nach Ausspruch der Ärtze geht es heute um vieles besser, doch dürfte die Sache immerhin 8 Tage der Ruhe bedürfen. Beiliegend stelle ich den Artikel des Fremdenblatt zurück. Mit besten Grüßen“. Mailing fold, else fine condition. Joseph Ritter von Weilen was an Austrian writer. In 1884 he became editor-in-chief of the German editorial team of the so-called “Kronprinzenwerk”, an encyclopedia in 24 volumes.

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Morse, Samuel F. B. (1791-1872)

Excellent autograph letter signed

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. Autograph letter signed "Saml. F.B. Morse". 1p., bifolium, 5.25 x 8.25 inch, 5 West 22 St (New York), 1870 April 21. A fine handwritten letter to Margaret (Stuyvesant) Rutherford, Art Committee, Sheltering Arms. The letter, in full: "I cheerfully comply with your request respecting the Photographs, and herewith return them duly endorsed. Wishing you success in your laudable efforts in promoting the benevolent intentions of the 'Sheltering Arms'.” Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed by Morse. The envelope has no stamps or postmarks, probably hand delivered. Morse lived for many years and died at 5 West 22 Street.

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Autograph letter signed

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Autograph letter signed “Charles Dickens” in the third person. 1p., bifolium, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 1857 June 3 (Friday). The Stationery embossed printed address is "Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London.W.C.". In full: “Mr Charles Dickens regrets that his engagements do not admit of his accepting the invitation with which he is favored by the United Law clerk’s society.” Mailing folds, discolored from an old framing, two small pieces of tape on verso, else good condition. Tavistock House was the London home of Dickens and his family from 1851 to 1860. At Tavistock House Dickens wrote Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities.

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Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)

Document signed (Bayreuth 1937/ co signed W. von Blomberg)

Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - NSDAP). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer (leader) of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Partly Printed Document Signed “Adolf Hitler”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Bayreuth, 1937 July 31. Countersigned by Field Marshal Werner von Blomberg (1878-1946), Nazi Minister of War and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, 1935-1938. In German. Hitler, acting “in the name of the Reich”, appoints Wolfgang Krieger to be a major. Document bears a large blind-embossed Nazi eagle seal. Hitler and von Blomberg have signed with bold fountain pen. Minor paper clip impression. otherwise excellent condition. Uncommon and probably one of a kind document - signed in Bayreuth. On the evening of July 30, 1937 Hitler visited in Bayreuth the Wagner performance "Götterdämmerung“ and spent the night in the “Siegfriedhaus”. He took the train to Nuremberg-Marienberg on Saturday, July 31 and visited the Nazi Party Rally Grounds and gave a speech to the construction workers there. On the same day he flew to Breslau-Gandau and in the evening gave a speech in front of 500,000 (!) people about the German Singers' Association. (Harald Sandner - Hitler - Das Itinerar, Band III. Berlin Story Verlag 2018). 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: $ 3,025 / € 2.750

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Hess, Rudolf (1894-1987)

Fine content typed letter signed „Die Sozen-Herrlichkeit“

A prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. Typed letter signed “Rudolf Hess”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 8.75 x 6.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Addressed to Dr. Frey in Garmisch. In German, in full: “Sehr verehrte, gnädige Frau, vielen Dank für Ihren Brief, den ich soeben vorfand. Sie dürfen überzeugt sein, dass jede Spende für das Parteiheim - gleich in welcher Höhe - hochwillkommen ist. Wenn sich eine kleine Spende laufend wiederholt, desto besser! Mit grossem Berdauern hörte ich, dass die Ortskrankenkassen-Bonzen Ihrem Gemahl derartige Schwierigkeiten bereiten. Ich hoffe nur, dass Ihr Gemahl entsprechenden Ersatz findet durch sonstige Praxis. Die Sozen-Herrlichkeit in den Krankenkassen wird auch eines Tages ein jähes Ende finden; vielleicht dauert es nicht mehr allzu lange. Ihr Fräulein Tochter nimmt zu an Geist und Gewicht; beängstigend, wenn das so weitergeht! Ich habe mich wirklich gefreut, dass es ihr nun anscheinend so gut geht. Mit den herzlichsten Pfingstgrüssen.“. Mailing folds, two minor fold breaks, handling wear, else good condition. Note: We reject Nazism in any form! Nevertheless we offer autographs of this kind, because it is an important part of the history of the 20th Century. To the extent applicable to those affected by German law, particularly § 86a StGB, historical and military items from or relating to the period and personalities of the German Third Reich are offered for only purposes of education and research regarding historical events and military history. Clients who purchase such items agree that they will not use them for propaganda or other purposes that would be punishable under § 86a StGB.

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Humperdinck, Engelbert (1854-1921)

Autograph musical quotation signed from “Hansel & Gretel”

German composer, best known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. Autograph musical quotation signed “EHumperdinck”. Visiting card, 4.0 x 1.75 inch, n.p., 1905 June 23. Above his signature Humperdinck has added an autograph musical quotation of two bars from his opera Hansel and Gretel. Fine condition. Hansel and Gretel is an opera often described by Humperdinck as a Märchenoper (fairy-tale opera). Humperdinck composed Hansel and Gretel in Frankfurt in 1891 and 1892. It has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances and today it is still most often performed at Christmas time.

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Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)

Autograph letter signed

Norwegian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, his music is part of the classical repertoire worldwide. Autograph letter signed “Edvard Grieg”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Leipzig, 1894 February 1. In German, in full: “Hochgeehrter Herr! Herzlichen Dank für den Ausdruck Ihrer Sympathie für meine Kunst! Hochachtungsvoll“. Mailing fold, neatly mounted on thin cardboard of the same size.

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Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)

Document signed (from the year he composed his Symphony No. 9)

Czech composer and one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition, most famous for his Symphony No. 9 - From the New World. Partly printed document signed, check, endorsed on verso “Antonín Dvořák”. 1p., 8.5 x 3.25 inch, New York, 1893 March 31. Check from “The National Conservatory of Music of America” - Knickerbocker Trust Co. “Pay to the order of Dr. Antonin Dvorak” the sum of $ 937.50. Filled out in another hand and signed by Dvořák on verso in dark black ink. Staple holes, folded in the middle, else fine condition. From 1892 to 1895, Dvořák was the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. He began at a then-staggering $15,000 annual salary. The Conservatory had been founded by Jeannette Thurber who made it open to women and black students as well as white men, which was unusual for the times. Dvořák's original contract provided for three hours a day of work, including teaching and conducting, six days a week, with four months vacation each summer. The Panic of 1893, a severe economic depression, depleted the assets of the Thurber family and other patrons of the Conservatory. In 1894 Dvořák's salary was cut to $8000 per year and moreover was paid only irregularly. The Symphony No. 9 - popularly known as the New World Symphony - was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 during the time he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. It premiered in New York City on 16 December 1893. It has been described as one of the most popular of all symphonies.

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Ludwig II., King (1845-1886)

Document signed by the Fairy tale King (Neuschwanstein)

Ludwig II. was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King and “der Märchenkönig” - the Fairy tale King. He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. He succeeded to the throne aged only 18 and is famous for the construction of two lavish palaces and the fantastic Neuschwanstein Castle. Partly printed document signed “Ludwig”. 1p., 8.25 x 13.0 inch, bifolium, blind embossed seal, Linderhof, 1885 July 5. Patent for Isidor Grieb as premier lieutenant. Signed in dark black ink by King Ludwig II. and countersigned by War Minister Adolf von Heinleth (1823-1895) - Bavarian General der Infanterie and War Minister under Ludwig II. of Bavaria and under Otto of Bavaria. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Saint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)

Autograph letter signed                                                                

French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include the opera Samson and Delilah (1877) and The Carnival of the Animals (1886). Fine autograph letter signed “C. Saint-Saens”. 1p., (bifolium), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, n.p., June 28 (no year). An untranslated letter in French. Mailing fold, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Le Corbusier (1887-1965)

Sheet of paper signed

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret known as Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner and writer. Sheet of paper signed “Le Corbusier 24/1/61”. Sheet of paper, 5.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p. (Paris), 1961 January 24. Signed and dated in dark black ink. With his typical notation of the date. Day, month and year written below the other. Accompanied by a transmittal letter on LE CORBUSIER, Paris stationery, in full: “De la part de M. LeCorbusier.” and dated January 24, 1961. Minor paper clip impression, else good condition.

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Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)

Excellent card signed

Russian composer, pianist and conductor, later of French (from 1934) and American (from 1945) citizenship. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century and a pivotal figure in modernist music. Excellent card signed “Igor Stravinsky Hollywood July 16/65”. Card, 5.75 x 3.75 inch, Hollywood, 1965 July 16, high quality paper, signed and dated in red ballpoint pen. Fine condition and perfect for display.

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Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917)

Letter signed regarding a Rodin bronze for the Bavarian State

French sculptor whose works, including the iconic “The Kiss” and “The Thinker”, earned him a place among the most influential artistic figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Letter signed „Auguste Rodin“. 2pp., recto and verso of a double-page, 6.0 x 7.75 inch. Paris, 1913 July 31. Addressed to Walter Zimermann, Secretary of the International Art Exhibition in Munich, who had acquired a Rodin bronze for the Bavarian State. The artist thanks the city of Munich and the free State of Bavaria. In French: "J'ai le plaisir de vous accuser réception du contrat passé entre l'Etat Bavarois et moi pour l'achat du bronze 'Falguière', que je vous retourne signé ci-inclus. - Je suis heureux et fier que la ville de Munich, ville universellement connue comme centre artistique, on pourrait dire la capitale des arts, ait choisi un de mes bronzes. Je vous prie de transmettre mes remerciments les plus respectueux à l'Etat Bavarois. En vous faisant mer compliments pour la facon parfaite dont vous avez organise l'Exposition, veuillez agreer Monsieur l'assurance de mes sentiments les meilleurs.” Some stains, mounting residue inside the double-page, else good condition.

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Hindenburg, Paul von (1847-1934)

Typed letter signed

Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, he served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Typed letter signed “v. Hindenburg”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, Berlin 1930 April 2. On „Der Reichspräsident“ stationery. Addressed to General Kosch in Berlin. In German, in full: "Euer Exzellenz und Euer Exzellenz Frau Gemahlin sende ich zur Goldenen Hochzeit herzliche Glückwünsche. Mit kameradschaftlichem Gruss“. Mailing fold, else good condition. Robert Paul Theodor von Kosch (1856-1942) was a Prussian General of the Infantry during World War I.

 

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Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)

Document signed

The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Partly printed document signed “Wilhelm I.R”. 2 pages, (recto and verso), bifolium, 8.5 x 14. inch, Neue Palais (Sanssouci), 1909 October 16. Large blind embossed seal and a typical large and dark ink signature. In German: “…Patent als Marine-Stabsarzt für den bisherigen Marine-Ober-Assistenzarzt Dr. Bernhard Zschech“. Handling wear, else good.

 

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Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)

Typed letter signed

The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Typed letter signed “Wilhelm I.R.”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.25 inch, Haus Doorn, 1930 April 3. On his „Seiner Majestät des Kaisers und Königs“ stationery. Additional in his hand “Gedenke des Abends auf der Höhe von Grabnick”. Written with his typical purple colored pencil. Addressed to General Kosch in Berlin regarding his golden wedding. In German, in full: “Ihre Majestät die Kaiserin und Ich senden Ihnen und Ihrer Gattin Unsere besten Wünsche zur Feier Ihrer Goldenen Hochzeit. Möge Gott Ihren Lebensabend segnen. Gerne erinnere ich Mich Ihrer ausgezeichneten Leistungen als Soldat im Frieden wie im Kriege, insbesondere der Befreiung Lycks vor 15 Jahren durch das I. Armeekorps unter Ihrer bewährten Führung und lasse Ihnen zur Erinnerung an den heutigen Tag und als Zeichen Meiner Dankbarkeit beifolgend mein Bild (picture not longer available) zugehen.“ Translated: “Her Majesty the Empress and I send you and your wife our best wishes on the celebration of your golden wedding anniversary. May God bless your twilight years. I like to remember your excellent performance as a soldier in peace and in war, especially the liberation of Lycks 15 years ago by the 1st Army Corps under your proven leadership and I am enclosing my picture (picture not longer available) as a reminder of today and as a token of my gratitude.” Left edge folded  and with small holes, else good condition. Robert Paul Theodor von Kosch (1856-1942) was a Prussian General of the Infantry during World War I.

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Blyton, Enid (1897-1968)

German first edition signed

English children's writer. Signed book “Love from Enid Blyton”. Hardcover book “Die Farrellkinder” (Original title: House at the corner), 5.0 x 7.5 inch, n.p., n.d. German First edition, Verlag Die Boje, Stuttgart, 1954. Signed in blue ballpoint pen. Handling wear, pages slightly discolored, two numbers in felt tip pen written on the first page, else good condition. Books signed by Blyton are rather uncommon.

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Mackensen, August von (1849-1945)

Autograph letter signed

German field marshal. He commanded successfully during the First World War of 1914-1918 and became one of the German Empire's most prominent and competent military leaders. Autograph letter signed (Brief-Telegramm) “v. Mackensen General-Feldmarschall”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.75 inch, Falkenwalde bei Stettin, 1930 April 2. To General Kosch in Berlin regarding his golden wedding. In German, in full: “Herrn General der Infanterie Kosch, Exzellenz, Berlin Zum Lorbeer des Armeeführers die goldene Myrte des Eheglücks! Eine von Gott gesegnete, inhaltsreiche Höhe des Lebens! Möchten Sie von dieser aus noch recht lange den Lebensabend genießen! Meine anteilvollsten Glückwünsche begleiten den bewährten Kriegskammeraden.“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. A printed telegram (unsigned) to Kosch’s 85. Birthday is also attached. Robert Paul Theodor von Kosch (1856-1942) was a Prussian General of the Infantry during World War I.

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Stein, Heinrich Friedrich Karl Reichsfreiherr vom und zum (1757-1831)

Autograph letter signed

Known as Baron vom Stein, a Prussian statesman who introduced the Prussian reforms that paved the way for the unification of Germany. Rare autograph letter signed “Stein“. 1p., 7.75 x 9.5 inch (unfolded), bifolium, no place (probably Paris), (18)14 April 29, red wax seal. To “L’amiral Kinckel a l’hotel des Ambassadeurs” in Paris. Most likely Hendrik August baron van Kinckel, born as Heinrich August Künckelin (1747-1821) a Dutch naval officer and reformer, diplomat, and British confidential agent. In French: “Je sors rarement avant 11. heures, et suis par consequence toujours pret a parler aux personnes qui veulent me honorer de leur presence et me parler d’affaires”. Translated: “I rarely go out before 11 a.m., and am therefore always ready to talk to people who want to honor me with their presence and talk to me about business”. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Stein is rare in any form.

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Liszt, Franz  (1811-1886)

Autograph letter signed on his personal visiting card

Hungarian Romantic era composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor. Autograph letter signed “F. Liszt”. 1p., visiting card, 2.75 x 4.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Short autograph letter signed on his personal visiting card with printed „F. Liszt” in the middle. In German, in full: “Hochgeehrter Freund, Empfangen Sie freundlichst Herrn Baumeister, ein liebenswürdig ausgezeichneter Künstler, ergebenst.” Translated: "Dear friend. Please welcome Mr. Baumeister, a graciously honored artist.” Fine condition.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter 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). Autograph letter signed “V. Hugo”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.25 inch, Paris, 9 rue Jean Goujon Champs-Elysées, (1830) May 28. Addressed on verso in Hugo’s hand to Antony THOURET (1807-1871), law student, 3 rue de cluny near the Sorbonne. He was a political journalist from 1828, lawyer, writer and French politician. In French: “Je vous remercie, Monsieur, de ce qu'il y a d'amical et d'obligeant dans votre lettre. Je serai à votre disposition le jour où il vous conviendra. Je suis presque toujours chez moi le matin entre onze heures et midi et le soir après huit heures. Votre bien cordialement dévoué serviteur. V. Hugo. 9 rue Jean Goujon Champs Elysees.” Translated: “I thank you, Sir, for what is friendly and obliging in your letter. I will be at your disposal when it suits you. I am almost always at home in the morning between eleven o'clock and noon and in the evening after eight o'clock. Your most cordially devoted servant.” Mailing folds, else fine condition. Hugo lived on the second floor of a modest house isolated in the middle of the market gardens and meadows at 9 rue Jean Goujon Champs Elysees. Here he wrote Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed to French journalist Émile de Girardin

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). Autograph letter signed “Victor Hugo”. 1p., 5.25 x 7.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1850). To Émile de Girardin (1802-1881). In French, in full: “Voici un brave jeune home qui a beaucoup de talent comme poète, ce qui ne lui sert à rien, et beaucoup de courage et de zèle comme homme, ce qui devrait l’empêcher de mourir de faim. Il serait heureux du plus humble emploi dans La Presse. pouvez-vous l’employer ? Y a-t-il place pour lui ? Je vous le recommande. Il s’appelle Pierre Cauwet - bien à vous et à votre coeur.” Translated: “Here is a brave young man who has a lot of talent as a poet, which is of no use to him, and a lot of courage and zeal as a man, which should prevent him from starving. He would be happy with the humblest job in La Presse. Is there room for him? I recommend it. His name is Pierre Cauwet.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Émile de Girardin (1802-1881) was a French journalist, publisher and politician. He was the most successful and flamboyant French journalist of the era.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter 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). Autograph letter signed “Victor Hugo”. 1p., bifolium, 4.75 x 7.0 inch, n.p., 16 7bre, no year (September 9) and about 1850. To an unknown author who sent him his work. In French: „Je m'empresse, Monsieur, d'avoir l'honneur de vous remercier, je lirai avec le plus vif intérêt l'ouvrage que vous voulez bien m'en voyer et que votre suffrage recommande hautement à mes yeux. je connais, Monsieur, vos beaux travaux et votre esprit élevé, et je suis heureux à cette occasion de vous offrir la vive assurance de mes sentiments les plus distingués.“ Translated: “Sir, I have the honor of thanking you, I shall read with the keenest interest the work which you kindly send me and which your vote highly recommends to me. I know, Sir, your fine works and your high spirit, and I am happy on this occasion to offer you the strong assurance of my most distinguished feelings”. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter 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). Autograph letter signed “Victor Hugo”. 1p., 4.0 x 6.25 inch, Veules, 12 7bre 1880 (September 5, 1880). To Monsieur Lhommede in Paris. In French, in full: “Votre lettre, monsieur, et votre envoi, m’ont inspiré un vif interet. Je serai charmé de vous voir et de causer avec vous. Paris convient a cela. Venez, a partir du 18 7bre, le jour que vous voudrez a 9h1/2 du soir. Vous serez le très bien venu et le tres bien recu. Agreez je vous prie, l’assurance de mes sentiments distingués.” Translated: “Your letter, sir, and your despatch, have inspired me with keen interest. I shall be charmed to see you and to talk with you. Paris suits this. Come, from 18 7 bre, the day you want at 9:30 in the evening. You will be very welcome and very well received. Please accept the assurance of my distinguished sentiments.” Mailing fold, else fine condition. Hugo arrived at Veules-les-roses on Saturday August 21, 1880 by train at the home of his friend Paul MEURICE, with whom he came to spend a few summer stays in 1879.

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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.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945)

Engraving signed AS PRESIDENT

32. President of the United States. Signed and inscribed engraving “For Oscar Wintraub from Franklin D. Roosevelt”. 6.25 x 7.25 inch, n.p., n.d. A signed engraving with the same image of Roosevelt was sold with a White House letter dated 1937. I think this item was signed about the same time and is surely signed AS PRESIDENT. Slightly trimmed, lower left edge expertly repaired, else good condition and dark signed with his usual Jet Black India Ink. Comes with a copy of my Franklin D. Roosevelt autograph study.

 

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