Miscellaneous


Ali, Muhammad (1942-2016)

Autographed poem signed “Love is the net, where Hearts are caught like Fish”

American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. Autograph poem signed “Muhammad Ali”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, on "Muhammad Ali Farms" letterhead, Berrien Springs MI, 1987 November 12. In full: “To Frank From Muhammad Ali Love is the net, where Hearts are caught like Fish and a fine sketch of a shining heart drawn by Ali and dated 11-12-87”. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Ali sometimes adds a poem along with his signature, this one with a drawn heart is remarkable. Additional JSA Letter of Authenticity included.

 

Price: $ 825 / € 690

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Cody, William F. “Buffalo Bill” (1846-1917)

Fine autographed letter signed

American scout, bison hunter and showman. Autographed letter signed “W. F. Cody”. 1p., 6.0 x 9.0 inch. The Rensselaer Hotel, Troy, New York, 1907 July 7. Addressed to Joseph T. McCaddon regarding his dire financial situation. In full:  "As per your telegram of yesterday. That you would send me a check for $5000 tomorrow Monday. Instead of sending me the check, if you will use it by kindly sending it with someone tomorrow Monday to take up my note for 5000 at the Astor Trust Company Bank. And if you will please telegraph me on receipt of this so as to relieve my mind, I will be very much obliged. I enclose the ck for $75 - to pay the interest.” Mailing folds, two punch holes to upper margin, light yellowing to paper, else good condition. Together with a typed letter from Astor Trust Company and three Western Union Telegrams from McCaddon, two addressed to Cody and one to F.B. Hutchinson.

Price: $ 1,685 / € 1.350

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Dalí, Salvador (1904-1989)

Beautiful large etching signed

Untitled dry point etching of Hermes signed “Dali”. 1p., 10.5 x 14.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in pencil by Dali below right corner of image. Limited edition, numbered 85/150. Uneveness of tone due to previous framing, minor mark upper right corner, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,115 / € 860

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Dempsey, William Harrison "Jack" (1895-1983) – signed photograph

Known as "The Manassa Mauler" - American professional boxer, who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. He held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926. Vintage signed and inscribed photograph “To Fred Bainbridge good Luck always - Jack Dempsey”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, black and white photo postcard from Dempsey’s New York Restaurant showing Dempsey in a classic boxing pose. Handling wear, minor stains, else good condition.

Price: $ 150 / € 125

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Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)

Large signed photograph

American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Vintage sepia photograph signed “Thos A Edison”. The image depicting the inventor in a formal half length pose. 7.0 x 10.5 inch (sight) and matted in gray – overall 10.75 x 14.25 inch. Signed in bold black fountain pen ink. Photograph by Walter Scott Shin of New York and signed by him in pencil to the lower border. Two spots on Edison’s head, minor bends, some slight scuffing just affecting the signature, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)

Signed photograph

American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Vintage signed photograph “Thomas A Edison”. The image depicting the inventor in his chair with a book in his hand. 5.0 x 8.0 inch (sight), removable matted with photo corners in gray – overall 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Signed with his typical “umbrella” signature in fountain pen ink. Light spotting and discolored, else good condition. Edison trademarked his signature in 1899 and he rarely signed his name as "Thomas". Virtually all of his later signatures have his first name abbreviated as "Thos”, that indicates that he signed this photo until 1899.

 

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)

Excellent “umbrella” signature

American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Signature “Thomas A Edison”. 1p., 4.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Small sheet of paper containing other signatures, possibly from a guest book. Excellent signed in pencil by Edison at the top. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Edison to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Good condition. Edison trademarked his signature in 1899 and he rarely signed his name as "Thomas". Virtually all of his later signatures have his first name abbreviated as "Thos”, that indicates that he signed this photo until 1899.

Price: $ 960 / € 740

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Eiffel, Gustave (1832-1923)

Autographed letter signed by the architect of the Eiffel Tower

A French civil engineer and architect. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France. Autographed letter signed “G. Eiffel”. 2pp. (double-page), 8.0 x 5.25 inch (unfolded). 60, Rue de Prony letterhead, (Paris) January 20th 1880. Letter in French to a gentleman, in parts (translated): "I am very obliged to you for receiving your two most interesting volumes. They are illustrated in the most charming manner. My children and I have already started paging through those books and we promise to give them all the attention they deserve. This will be a precious memory of your friendship..." This letter dates to one year into the construction of the fame Eiffel Tower, which broke ground on January 28, 1887. It would be officially inaugurated a year later at the Exposition Universelle of 1889. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,885 / € 1.450

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Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)

Autographed note signed

Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and subsequently of the Ferrari automobile marque. Autographed note signed “Ferrari”. 1p., 6.25 x 4.25 inch card, embossed black horse upper left corner, Modena, 1963 March 6. Written in his typical purple ink, in Italian, in full: "Grazie di tanto sollecito interessamento". Translated: “Thanks so much for your interest”. Mounting residue on verso, else fine condition.

Price: $ 845 / € 675

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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, Vienna, 1931 July 8 (postmark). Addressed by Freud in dark black ink to “Herrn Dr. P. Federn, Rösslergasse 7 in Wien VI (Vienna).” Handling and corner wear, else good condition. The return address on the flap, Berggasse 19, Vienna, was Freud’s longtime residence and is now the site of the Sigmund Freud Museum.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,225 / € 980

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Typed letter signed

German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School and regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modernist architecture. Typed letter signed “Walter Gropius”. 1p., 8.0 x 11.0 inch, Cambridge, MA, 1963 January 21. On his personal embossed Walter Gropius stationery. Large signature in dark black ink. Addressed to the chairman of the German “Werkbund” in Hamburg. In full: “Dear Sirs: Thank you for your note of January 15th asking me to send you a few lines on Hugo Häring’s Gut Garkau, which I enclose with best regards.” Mailing folds, punch holes, handling wear, else good condition. Gut Garkau, a farm built in 1924-1926 in Ostholstein, was the masterpiece of the architect Hugo Häring (1882-1952) and was regarded as a model for organic building.

Price: $ 755 / € 580

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Hahn, Otto (1879-1968)

Signed card

German chemist and pioneer in the fields of radioactivity and radiochemistry who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1944 for the discovery and the radiochemical proof of nuclear fission. Signed Christmas card “und schöne Weihnachten Ihr Otto Hahn”. 10.0 x 5.5 inch (unfolded), n.p. (Göttingen), n.d., portrait photo of Max Planck on the left. Written and signed in dark blue ink as President of the Max Planck society in Göttingen, Germany. In good condition.

Price: $ 390 / € 325

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Joop, Wolfgang (1944)

Hand drawn self-portrait signed

German fashion designer. Hand drawn self-portrait signed “Wolfgang Joop”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Fine condition.

 

Price: $ 290 / € 225

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Kalashnikov, Mikhail (1919-2013)

Signed photograph

Russian general. He is most famous for developing the AK-47 rifle and its improvements. Color glossy signed photograph. 4.0 x 6.0 inch photo of Kalashnikov, signed in black felt tip. Mint condition. Rare, mostly signed by Autopen.

Price: $ 590 / € 460

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Kokoschka, Oskar (1886-1980)

Signed postcard and autographed letter signed by his wife

Austrian artist, poet and playwright best known for his intense expressionistic portraits and landscapes. Signed art postcard “Oskar Kokoschka”. 6.25 x 4.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1979). Portrait Tilla Durieux, Kokoschka 1910. Also included is an autographed letter signed by Kokoschka’s wife Olda Kokoschka (1915-2004), dated 1979 March 20, regarding birthday wishes, flowers and Oskar Kokoschka’s tiredness. Fine condition.

Price: $ 275 / € 210

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Liebermann, Max (1847-1935)

Autographed letter signed “… the artist may sign conventionary only special (deluxe) prints”

German-Jewish painter and printmaker and one of the leading proponents of Impressionism in Germany. Autographed letter signed „MLiebermann“, 1p, 4.5 x 6.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Addressed to Georg Stern (Berlin). In German: “Herrn Georg Stern Ich sende Ihnen die Radierungen ohne meine Unterschrift zurück: Sie werden wissen, daß der Künstler vertragsmäßig nur Vorzeigedrucke - nuhr aber die der Auflage - unterzeichnen darf.“ Translated: „Mr. Georg Stern I send you the etchings without my signature back: You will know that the artist may sign conventionary only special (deluxe) prints – and only the edition.” Fine condition. Georg Stern (1867-1934) was a famous Berlin engineer and married to the sister of Käthe Kollwitz.

 

Price: $ 360 / € 300

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Liebig, Justus v. (1803-1873)

Autographed letter signed to writer Moritz Carrière

German chemist who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry and was considered the founder of organic chemistry. Autographed letter signed “J. Liebig”. 1p., 4.25 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.y. (probably Munich about 1855). Addressed to his brother-in-law, the writer and philosopher Moritz Carrière (1817-1895). Liebig asks his brother-in-law if he can call Dr. Ludwig Steub. In German in full: "Lieber Moritz Wolltest Du nicht so gut sein heute mit Dr. Steub (Ludwig Steub) zu sprechen, der seit Donnerstag hier ist; … diese Sache zu erledigen“. Mailing folds, minor stain, top right corner repaired on verso, else good condition.

Price: $ 750 / € 575

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Lindbergh, Charles A. (1902-1974)

War dated typed letter signed re: St. Louis-Chicago Air Mail

American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. He became famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927. Typed letter signed “Charles A. Lindbergh”, 1p, 6.75 x 7.25 inch. Dearborn, Michigan, 1943 July 6. On “Ford Motor Company” letterhead. Addressed to Clarence J. Root in Detroit. In full: “Thank you very much for your letter enclosing the clipping with Phil Love’s photograph taken at the start of the St. Louis-Chicago Air Mail in 1926. I thoroughly appreciate your consideration in sending me this.” Mailing folds, slightly discolored, else fine with excellent signature. Lindbergh served as a technical adviser and test pilot for the Ford Motor Company, rare war dated letter. Accompanied by a Longines Symphonette Sterling Silver Medal Lindbergh Flies The Atlantic, 1927.

Price: $ 1,160 / € 950

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Menzel, Adolph von (1815-1905)

Signed photograph inscribed to his nephew

German Realist artist noted for drawings, etchings, and paintings. Along with Caspar David Friedrich, he is considered one of the two most prominent German artists of the 19th century. Signed and inscribed photograph “Meinem Neffen Julian Martini Berlin u. Breslau d. 9. Mai 1904 in Erinnerung”. 4.0 x 5.75 inch photograph on a 7.75 x 10.25 inch photographers mount. Photo by E. Bieber (1903). A fine half length portrait of Menzel. Mount discolored, handling wear, ink stroke, writing dark. Remarkable signed photograph, uncommon especially in this size.

 

Price: $ 1,020 / € 850

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Excellent signed color reproduction of one of his works

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Color reproduction of one of Miro's uncommon mixed-media pieces. Printed on a glossy 8.5 x 11.0 inch sheet, removed from a catalog of his works and signed at bottom. Fine.

Price: $ 960 / € 740

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Mommsen, Theodor (1817-1903)

Autographed letter signed

German classical scholar, historian, jurist, journalist, politician, archaeologist and writer. Generally regarded as one of the greatest classicists of the 19th century. His work regarding Roman history is still of fundamental importance for contemporary research. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902 for being "the greatest living master of the art of historical writing”. Autographed letter signed “Mommsen”. 2pp., recto and verso, 5.5 x 8.5 inch. On his personal stationery, Berlin, 1874 October 28. To Konrad Reichard, editor of the newspaper “Im neuen Reich”, regarding a publication in his newspaper. In German: „Es geschieht mit aufrichtigem Bedauern, daß ich Ihre freundliche Aufforderung ablehne; aber ich kann nicht anders. Diese Reden bei der Uebernahme des Rectorats pflegen nicht gedruckt zu werden ... Es würde den größten Anstoß geben, wenn ich einen solchen solennen Act in einer auswärtigen Zeitschrift ... publicirte ...". Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 630 / € 490

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Mommsen, Theodor (1817-1903)

Autographed letter signed

German classical scholar, historian, jurist, journalist, politician, archaeologist and writer. Generally regarded as one of the greatest classicists of the 19th century. His work regarding Roman history is still of fundamental importance for contemporary research. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902 for being "the greatest living master of the art of historical writing”. Autographed letter signed “Mommsen”. 1p., 3.75 x 6.0 inch. On his personal stationery. Heringsdorf, 1875 August 10. To Konrad Reichard, editor of the newspaper “Im neuen Reich”, regarding a publication in his newspaper. In German: „Die Rectorreden werden nach Berliner Usance von der Universität publicirt. Erscheint Ihnen eine Reproduction im N.R. zweckmäßig, so bin ich damit gern einverstanden …“ Mailing folds, else fine condition.

 

Price: $ 585 / € 450

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

Fine autographed letter signed with Civil War content

Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system and was a co-developer of the Morse code. Fine autographed letter signed “Saml. F.B. Morse”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch. New York, 1861 December 28. Letter to his friend Abraham Flandrau. In full: "Your note has just been received forwarded from Po'keepsie and I cheerfully comply with your request, expressing the hope that our beloved country entire will ere long be again bound together in bonds of fraternal union. Hoping you may recover your former health." With old mounting remnants in each corner, else fine condition. A desirable letter with fabulous content penned early on in the Civil War.

 

Price: $ 1,690 / € 1.420

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Mucha, Alphonse (1860-1939)

Postcard signed

Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards and designs. Signed postcard “Mucha”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p. n.d. Signed by the artist in black ink, colour postcard depicting “The Humble Will Revive”. In fine condition.

Price: $ 410 / € 315

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Mucha, Alphonse (1860-1939)

Postcard signed

Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards and designs. Signed postcard “Mucha”. 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p. n.d. Signed by the artist in black ink, colour postcard depicting “Blessing in the Merciful”. In fine condition.

Price: $ 410 / € 315

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Nansen, Fridtjof (1861-1930)

Autographed letter signed

Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1922). Autographed letter signed “Fridtjof Nansen”. 1p. (double page), 5.75 x 8.25 inch, “Delegation de Norvege” letterhead. Genf (Geneve), 1929 September 27. Written in blue ink to Mrs. Gyömöres-Almares, in German: “Hochverehrte Frau Gyömöres-Almares Ich wünsche nur dass es mir möglich wäre eine Einleitung für das interessante Buch zu schreiben; leider ist aber meine Zeit so stark belastet, dass es mir unmöglich wird, was ich sehr bedaure. Und es tut mir weh, dass ich nicht anders antworten kann. Mit vorzüglicher Hochachtung Ihr ergebener”. Horizontal mailing fold, area of paper loss to the left edge which is repaired with a piece of paper inside the double page, else good condition.

Price: $ 825 / € 660

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Pasteur, Louis (1822 -1895)

Excellent autographed quotation signed

French chemist and microbiologist, popularly known as the "father of microbiology". Autographed quotation signed “L. Pasteur”. 1p. (double-page), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. In French: “La vraie démocratie est celle qui permet à chaque individu de donner son maximum d’efforts dans le monde”. Translated: “True democracy is one that allows each individual to give his maximum effort in the world". This quotation was part of a speech of thanks to M. Bertrand on December 10, 1885 in Paris. Mailing folds, minor stains, else fine condition.

 

 

Price: $ 2,390 / € 1.850

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Pasteur, Louis (1822 -1895)

Holograph envelope

French chemist and microbiologist, popularly known as the "father of microbiology". Holograph envelope, 5.25 x 3.25 inch, Paris, 1859 January 13. Addressed in Pasteur’s hand to his colleague, the chemist Alfred Claude Aimé Girard (1830-1898), "Conservateur des collections à l'École Polytechnique". Stamp at the top left corner. Handling wear, else good condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Pasteur to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

 

Price: $ 325 / € 250

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Pauling, Linus (1901-1994)

Signed photograph

American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator. For his scientific work, Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954. In 1962, for his peace activism, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Signed black and white photograph „Linus Pauling“. 6.75 x 5.75 inch, fine condition.

 

Price: $ 160 / € 125

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Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)

Signature matted with photograph

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. Fine signature “Picasso”. 4.0 x 1.5 inch piece of paper, probably a page from a book, n.p., n.d., signed in pencil. Affixed on thin cardboard and handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Picasso to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,030 / € 860

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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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Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917)

Autographed 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. Autographed 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: $ 1,235 / € 950

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Virchow, Rudolf (1821-1902)

Autographed postcard signed

German physician, anthropologist, pathologist, prehistorian, biologist, writer, editor, and politician, known for his advancement of public health. He is known as "the father of modern pathology". Autographed letter signed “Virchow”. 1p. (recto and verso), 5.5 x 3.5 inch postcard. Berlin, 1883 June 25. Addressed to A. Pearce Gould M.D. Honorary Secretary of the Medical Society, London. In German, in part: “Von Herzen bedauere, dass ich die ehrenvolle Einladung der Medicine Society of London nicht annehmen kann. Wir sind mitten in den Vorbereitungen…” Virchow regrets not accepting an invitation. Addressed on verso in Virchow’s hand. In fine condition. The recipient, Alfred Pearce Gould, went on to serve as president of the Medical Society of London as well as dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of London.

Price: $ 1,135 / € 875

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Zeppelin, Ferdinand Graf von (1838-1917)

Typed letter signed re: upcoming flight trips of LZ3

German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. Typed letter signed “Gf. Zeppelin”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.25 inch. Friedrichshafen, 1907 August 3. Addressed to Josef Adolf Bondy and Fritz Wolff, publisher of "Neue Revue" in Berlin. In German in full: "Zu meinem grossen Bedauern fehlt mir die Zeit, um Ihrem Wunsche zu entsprechen; auch würde alles jetzt Geschriebene durch die im Herbst stattfindenden Flugfahrten wieder veraltet erscheinen." Translated: “To my great regret I have no time to meet with your request. Everything written would be out of date by taking place in the autumn flight trips.” Mailing folds, handling wear, punch holes broken and repaired on verso, else good condition. LZ 3 became the first truly successful Zeppelin. In this letter Zeppelin refers to the LZ 3 flights in September 1907, when it made a flight lasting 4 hours 17 minutes. A series of successful flights was made in the following days, including one on 30 September lasting 7 hours 54 minutes during which it was flown over land for the first time. A fine letter of Zeppelin history.

Price: $ 810 / € 620

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