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Baden-Powell, Robert (1857-1941)

Typed letter signed by the scout-movement-founder

Lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association. His book “Scouting for Boys” was with 150 million copies the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Robert Baden Powell”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, London, 1919 July 2, “The Boy Scouts Association, London” letterhead. Addressed to “Dear Mr Chadwick”. In full: “Please forgive my delay in writing to thank you for your letter of the 23rd and for the literature and photographs which you have sent me, all of which are of the greatest interest. I am returning the book containing your articles with cordial thanks for letting me see it. I sympathise with you in the question of funds, which is a difficulty in most troops just now. We are going into the question of Play Centres and I am much obliged for your information on this subject.” Mailing folds, mounting residue on all four corners on verso, handling wear, else good condition.

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Baden-Powell, Robert (1857-1941)

Typed letter signed by the scout-movement-founder

Lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association. His book “Scouting for Boys” was with 150 million copies the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Robert Baden Powell”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, London, 1920 January 8, “The Boy Scouts Association, London” letterhead. Addressed to “Dear Mr Chadwick”. In full: “I was very pleased to have your report of 5 years Troop work. You have done well and I always follow the doings of your Troop with particular interest. I hope that the “Tempest” will be as successful as all your other efforts and that you will have a really good Scouting year in 1920.” Mailing folds, mounting residue on all four corners on verso, handling wear, else good condition.

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Baden-Powell, Robert (1857-1941)

Typed letter signed by the scout-movement-founder

Lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association. His book “Scouting for Boys” was with 150 million copies the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Robert Baden Powell”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, London, 1920 February 9, “The Boy Scouts Association, London” letterhead. Addressed to “Dear Mr Chadwick”. In full: “I am very much obliged to you for the outline of your ideas on citizenship which you were kind enough to send me. This was of the very greatest use to me in making up my report. I am much interested to see the programme for your Scout Play on February 12th and hope that you will have a huge success with it.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Baden-Powell, Robert (1857-1941)

Typed letter signed by the scout-movement-founder

Lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association. His book “Scouting for Boys” was with 150 million copies the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century. Typed letter signed “Robert Baden Powell”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.0 inch, London, 1920 February 28, “The Boy Scouts Association, London” letterhead. Addressed to “Dear Mr Chadwick”. In full: “I am very much obliged to you for the outline of your ideas on citizenship which you were kind enough to send me. This was of the very greatest use to me in making up my report. I am much interested to see the programme for your Scout Play on February 12th and hope that you will have a huge success with it.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Bartholdi, Frederic Auguste (1834-1904)

Postcard signed and inscribed

French sculptor who is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty. Postcard signed and inscribed “Bartholdi”. 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch, Paris 1902 (postmark), in French. The French Sculptor, in his own hand, sends his best wishes to his correspondent. Addressed in another hand to the verso and post-stamped. Handling wear, else fine.

Price: $ 790 / € 650

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Borglum, Gutzon (1867-1941)

Typed letter signed “A-MEN”

John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum was a Danish-American artist and sculptor famous for creating the monumental presidents' heads at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. Typed letter signed “Gutzon Borglum”. 1p., 6.0 x 8.0 inch, personal letterhead, 1917 January 31. Brief letter to John A. Stewart, in full: "A-MEN, to all you say I add amen, and then some." In fine condition, with light show-through from four pieces of mounting tape on the reverse.

 

Price: $ 625 / € 480

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Bosch, Carl (1874-1940)

Rare album page signed

German chemist and engineer and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1931. The Haber-Bosch process, quite possibly the best-known chemical process in the world, which captures nitrogen from the air and converts it to ammonia, has its hand in the process of the Green Revolution that has been feeding the increasing population of the world, almost 1/3 of the population. Fine album page signed “Carl Bosch”. 1p., 4.0 x 5.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Name tag affixed, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,185 / € 950

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Byrd, Richard E. (1888-1957)

Typed letter signed

American naval officer, aviator and explorer. Typed letter signed “R.E. Byrd”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Boston, 1928 April 30. On his Byrd Antarctic Expedition letterhead. Letter to Rev. Leo Leonard Twinem. In full: “I want to thank you for the privilege you have extended to me in adding my name to your organization of boys in your church. I am glad to be one of them. Will you please tell the boys of this organization that I am pleased that they stand for such high things – courage, humility and devotion to purpose, and that I send each of them my best wishes. At your convenience I should like to have a list of the members of this organization and their addresses.” Mailing folds, handling wear and minor paper clip stain, else good condition.

Price: $ 420 / € 325

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Chagall, Marc (1887-1985)

Autograph letter signed

Russian-French artist. Autograph letter signed “Chagall”. 1p., 8.0 x 8.75 inch, 3 allée des Pins, (Paris) Boulogne, 1926 October 5. Addressed to the Gallery Briant-Robert. Chagall writes in French that the majority of his works are held by the Galerie Granoff. The gallery probably has invited Chagall to exhibit his works or perhaps to be published there, because the gallery was producing art books at the time. Indistinct signature at the foot of the page, possibly “Robert” offset from another document. Mailing folds, two pinholes near the top edge, a few light creases and marks, overall in good condition, with the large Chagall signature in excellent condition.

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Disney, Walt (1901-1966)

Wonderful signed Donald Duck print

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney - American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist and voice actor. As a major figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Wonderful color print reproducing a cel from the 1951 short “Out of Scale”. 10.0 x 8.0 inch and presented in its original 15.5 x 14.5 inch mat. Nicely signed and inscribed on the mat in brown crayon: "To Dick - My Best, Walt Disney." The image shows Donald Duck in a conductor's cap, riding a model railroad train. The reverse retains the original Walt Disney Productions label. Framed to an overall size of 18.25 x 17.25. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Walt Disney was a famous model train enthusiast, and had his own “Carolwood Pacific” ridable miniature railroad built in his backyard. One of the finest Disney autographs you can hope to find.

Price: $ 7,150 / € 5.500

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Disney, Walt (1901-1966)

One of a kind signed Clara Cluck drawing

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney - American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist and voice actor. As a major figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to the field of entertainment during the 20th century. One of a kind drawing signed “Walt”. 2 pages, 15.5 x 12.5 inches, Walt Disney Productions Ltd. printed at the bottom, n.p., n.d. Disney approves a drawing by one of its artists. Two drawings of Clara Cluck, one is signed by Disney in red colored crayon and additionally with a check mark from Disney. Minor paper loss at the bottom, small closed tears, handling wear, else good condition. The pages are numbered 485 and 489 at the bottom right corner in pencil. Clara Cluck was usually the nervous, opera-singing hen in many of the Disney shorts of the 1930's.

Price: $ 3,450 / € 2.750

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Eckener, Hugo (1868-1954)

Card signed

Manager of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin for most of its record-setting flights, including the first airship flight around the world, making him the most successful airship commander in history. Signature in pencil “DrHugo Eckener”. 1p., card, 4.0 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (1930). Below Eckener’s signature in a different hand in pencil “Nach glücklicher Heimkehr von der Weltumsegelung Juni 1930”. Minor mounting residue on verso, else fine condition.

Price: $ 230 / € 175

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Eiffel, Gustave (1832-1923)

Letter signed with fine handwritten addition

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. Letter signed “G. Eiffel”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 8.25 x 10.5 inch, on his personal “G. Eiffel & Cie.” stationery. With a fine handwritten addition in Eiffel’s hand and initial signed. Addressed to “Monsieur Poncin”. A fine untranslated letter in French. Handling wear, slightly discolored and a handwritten note, probably by the recipient, at the top of the first page.

Price: $ 1,180 / € 950

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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955)

Wonderful content typed letter signed with handwritten addition

A German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2 - "the world's most famous equation”. Received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Wonderful content typed letter signed “A. Einstein”. 1p., 8.5 x 5.0 inch, 1951 March 17. Einstein sent this letter to Dr. Lionel Ettlinger, a man with whom he had been corresponding for almost 20 years. This fine letter shows Einstein as a caring friend, a side of the famous physicist that was rarely seen by the public. Written 3 days after his 72 birthday where the famous tongue-photo was taken. In German: “Lieber Herr Ettlinger: Ich danke Ihnen für Ihre freundliche Gratulation und für die wunderbaren Bücher. Sie (nicht die Bücher!) sind eine wirkliche Balleteuse des Gedankens: man kann wohl glotzen aber es nicht nachmachen. Ich schäme mich, so verwöhnt zu werden, während sich niemand um die kümmert, denen die guten Dinge versagt bleiben.“ Translated: “Dear Mr. Ettlinger: I thank you for your friendly congratulations and for the wonderful books. You (not the books!) are a real ballet dancer of thought: one may well gape but not imitate him. I feel so ashamed to be so spoiled, whereas nobody cares about those to whom the good things are denied. Friendly regards from your”. Mailing folds, trimmed top and bottom, else fine condition. The language in his letter shows a unique side to the great mind. His rhetoric is colorful and shows a depth and warmth rarely seen in any of his writing. "You ...are a real ballet dancer of thought: one may well gape but not imitate him.". This may seem to be a quote from some other source but is not, it is unique, rare and referenced nowhere else. Since 1933 when AH rose to power in Germany, they had shared a common concern for Jews, and each demonstrated the amazing difference which one person can make, Einstein began writing hundreds of letters to raise money on behalf of Jews. He primarily concentrated on these efforts from 1933 when he arrived in the United States until that nation entered World War II. in 1941. His actions enabled many of his “people” to obtain visas and find work outside of NS territory. Ettlinger would spend approximately 80 percent of his personal wealth helping German Jews relocate to other countries. At the time he composed this letter, Einstein was spending his evenings reading to his young sister, Maria (1881-1951), who had lived with him since escaping war-torn Europe in 1939. Known as Maja, she had suffered a stroke (1946) which left her bedridden and eventually unable to speak. She died on June 25, 1951, three month after her brother Albert sent this letter.

Price: $ 9,400 / € 7.300

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Einstein, Albert (1879-1955)

Typed letter signed regarding the German Jews

A German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Best known for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc2 - "the world's most famous equation”. Received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Typed Letter Signed "A. Einstein". 1p., thin paper, 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Princeton, N.J. 1952 October 8. A fine letter recommending Professor Paul Rosenstein's autobiography. In German, translated: "Professor Paul Rosenstein has given me an insight into the content of his autobiographical book. The episodes and circumstances outlined in it are, in my opinion, a rather considerable contribution to the cultural history of Germany and the German Jews in this century. It is the work of an unbiased, understanding and benevolent man." Paul Rosenstein (1875-1964) a well established German-Jewish urologist and head of the surgical department of the Berlin Jewish Hospital until 1938, fled Nazi Germany and emigrated to Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) in 1940. His autobiography „Narben bleiben zurück: Die Lebenserinnerungen des grossen jüdischen Chirurgen“ was published in Germany in 1954. Einstein's recommendation was printed and loosely inserted into the first edition. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 5,950 / € 4.750

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Ferrari, Enzo (1898-1988)

Typed card 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. Typed card signed “Ferrari”. Card, 6.0 x 4.0 inch, Modena, 1978 July 22. Signed in turquoise ink. A short note, in Italian, in full: "Grazie della sua affettuosa lettere, A parte le ho spedito un mio autobiografico. Molte cordiali saluti.” Translated: “Thank you for your affectionate letters. Apart from that, I sent you an autobiography of mine. Many regards.” Excellent condition.

Price: $ 960 / € 790

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Rare autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Penicillin)

Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. Rare autograph Letter Signed “Alexander Fleming”. 2 pages, recto and verso, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 20A, Danvers Street, Cheyne Walk, S.W.3. (London), 1946 September 30. A letter to "Gratia", with content regarding his busy travel schedule. In part: "...I am coming to Brussels in Friday morning (Oct. 18th) to attend some function which is to inaugurate the Radio Universitaire of this year. I have recorded a number of 10 minute talks in this series... We have just come back from 2 weeks in Rio de Janeiro and next Monday I am having a week in N. Italy so there is not much time for service work but I am still hoping to be able to do something more in the lab.” With a single flattened mail fold, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,980 / € 1.625

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Typed letter signed (Nobel Prize Penicillin)

Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist. His best-known discoveries are the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the world's first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain. Typed letter signed “Alexander Fleming”. 1p., 5.5 x 8.75 inch, 1950 November 23. On stationery imprinted "The Wright-Fleming Institute of Microbiology”. Addressed to Dr. I. Geikie-Cobb in London. In full: “I return manuscript and proofs, also new manuscript which incorporates the bottom of the penultimate page and the whole of the last page of the proofs. I hope I have not put in too much new stuff, but it was necessary.” Handling wear, slightly discolored, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Fokker, Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" (1890-1939)

Signature matted with photograph

Dutch aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer. Signature “Fokker”. 4.25 x 1.0 inch, piece of paper, probably from a document. Mounted on a yellow 5.25 x 3.5 inch piece of paper, n.p., 1915. Signed in pencil by Fokker. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Fokker to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

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Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939)

Fantastic content autograph letter signed

Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Autograph letter signed “Freud”. 2 pages, 5.25 x 3.5 inch, recto and verso of his personal correspondence card, Vienna IX, Berggasse 19, August 11, 1930, but from his holiday at “Grundlsee” in Austria. Freud writes to “Mrs. Prof. Ehrmann in Vienna“.  In full, in German: “Geehrte Freundin Ich danke Ihnen sehr für Ihre herzlichen Worte was für Bedeutung öffentliche Anerkennungen um diese Zeit des Lebens noch haben können, werden sie selbst erraten. Ich hoffe Sie haben noch viel Freude an Tochter u(nd) Enkelkind. Ihr herzlich ergebener“. Translated: "I thank you very much for your kind and heartfelt words. You can judge for yourself the impact that public recognition still can have on our lives in this day and age. I hope you continue to have much joy and happiness with your daughter and grandchild." In fine, clean condition. A fantastically crisp letter, including a pointed observation from a man who was no stranger to the limelight.

Price: $ 5,350 / € 4.450

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Important content Typed letter signed

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

Price: $ 1,160 / € 890

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Gropius, Walter (1883-1969)

Signed autograph card

German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School. Signed card “Walter Gropius Cambridge/ Mass 1967”. 5.5 x 3.75 inch. Stamp at the top “Autogrammkarte (autograph card)”. In fine condition.

 

 

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Hahn, Otto (1879-1968)

Autograph letter signed to his wife

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. Autograph letter signed “Otto”. 2pp., 6.5 x 7.75 inch, n.p., Freitag Abend, 1918 May 31. To his wife Edith in Berlin. In German: “Nur ganz kurz ein paar Zeilen. Ich bin hier sehr gut angekommen, wurde … von meinem Freund Rehfeldt an der Bahn abgeholt. Wir wohnen entzückend …Morgen früh fahre ich mit dem General per Auto nach Spa; er hat dort zu tun, und ich kann es bei dieser Gelegenheit gleich bequem sehen. Mit der elektrischen Bahn fährt man nämlich über 5/4 Stunden hin, das ist mir zuviel. Sehr anstrengen kann ich mich vorerst durchaus nicht ... Der ärztliche Antrag über 4 Wochen Nauheim geht morgen fort ... Hier ist alles reichlich vorhanden, nur Kaffee ist knapp. Ausser dem Morgenkaffee, den wir so kriegen, müssen wir jeden anderen Kaffee mit 30 Pfennig pro Tasse zahlen ... Hast Du mit Karl noch tüchtig gekneipt? War das gestern an unserem letzten Abend nicht wie verhext mit den vielen Besuchen? ... Komme Du jetzt aber auch mal etwas zur Ruhe; mit dem Garten und den Motten etc. hast Du noch immer reichlich zu tun ... Iss gut und lass Dirs gut gehen. Einen lieben Abschiedskuss, am Bahnhof hab ichs ja nicht gewagt trotz des dezenten Karl!" Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Hedin, Sven (1865-1952)

Signed photograph and autograph note signed

Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer, travel writer, and illustrator of his own works. Fine signed photograph “Sven Hedin 25.11.49”. 4.0 x 6.0 inch, n.p. On verso Hedin wrote and signed a short message. Minor mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

 

 

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Heisenberg, Werner (1901-1976)

Photograph signed

German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics. Heisenberg was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the creation of quantum mechanics". Photograph signed “W. Heisenberg”. Black/ White Repro Photograph mounted on cardboard, 7.0 x 4.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Participant photo of the seventh Solvay conference, Brussels (October 1933). Photograph is additionally signed by Louis de Broglie (1892-1987), Neville Mott (1905-1996) and Ernest Th. S. Walton (1903-1995). Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,185 / € 950

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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 “Humboldt”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.5 inch. (Paris), Rue Saint-Dominique d’Enfer n. 20, about 1809. A fine untranslated letter in French to a friend. Slight browning, handling wear, small tear to lower outer corner, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,410 / € 1.090

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Jung, Carl Gustav (1875-1961)

Uncommon bookpage signed

Often referred to as C. G. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist and the founder of the analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of extraversion and introversion, archetypes, and the collective unconscious. Page from a book signed “Gerne in rot! Ihr Jung” (Gladly in red). 5.0 x 2.75 inch, n.p., n.d., written and signed in red crayon. Verso with pencil note about the book: „C.G. Jung - Aufsätze zur Zeitgeschichte“, 1946 Rascher & Cie., AG Zürich. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Jung to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine condition. From a collection of signed books that were collected by mail in the 50s - 70s. Collector probably asked Jung to sign exactly this page with a red pen. Uncommon!

 

Price: $ 1,060 / € 850

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Keller, Helen (1880-1968)

Excellent signature

American author, political activist, and lecturer. Signature and dedication “To: Tom Helen Keller”. 1p., probably a page from a book or album, 5.0 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d., written and signed in pencil. Mounted on a slightly larger piece of red cardboard. Fine condition.

 

 

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Klee, Paul (1879-1940)

Autograph letter twice signed

Swiss-born artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. Autograph letter signed “Ihr Klee”. Postcard, 4.25 x 6.0 inch, Dessau, 1928 April 22. Addressed to the conductor Ernst Latzko (1885-1957) in Leipzig regarding a visit. In German, in full: „da meine Frau z.Zt. noch auf ‘Osterurlaub’ weilt, sage ich Ihnen an ihrer statt, dass wir uns sehr freuen über Ihre Nachricht vom 21.4. Wir erwarten gerne Ihren Besuch, den Sie uns ankündigen werden, sobald in Ihrer Zeiteinteilung Klarheit herrscht. Mit freundlichen Grüßen von Felix (his son) und mir und besten Empfehlungen und Gratulation...“. Translated: „since my wife is currently still on ‘Easter vacation’, I tell you instead that we are very happy about your message from April 21. We look forward to your visit, which you will announce to us as soon as there is clarity in your schedule. Kind regards from Felix (his son) and me and best recommendations and congratulations…”. Return address in Klee’s hand: „P(ro)f(essor) Klee / Dessau. Ink stains, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 3,690 / € 2.950

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Kollwitz, Käthe (1867-1945)

Large card signed and hand addressed envelope

German artist, who worked with painting, printmaking (including etching, lithography and woodcuts) and sculpture. Large signed card “Käthe Kollwitz”. Card, 5.75 x 3.5 inch, Berlin, 1931 April 22 (postmark). Hand addressed by Kollwitz to “Mrs. Gilla Kurz in Österreich”. With a fine Paul von Hindenburg stamp in the upper right corner. “Prof Käthe Kollwitz Berlin 24./IV 1931” written in pencil in a different hand on envelope verso. Card slightly discolored, envelope with handling wear, else fine condition.

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Lesseps, Ferdinand de (1805-1894)

Autograph letter signed on Suez Canal stationery

French diplomat and later developer of the Suez Canal, which in 1869 joined the Mediterranean and Red Seas, substantially reducing sailing distances and times between Europe and East Asia. Autograph letter signed “Ferd. de Lesseps”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.5 inch, Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez letterhead, 1862 June 4. Untranslated letter to Madame la Comtesse de Bourzac. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and scattered light creasing. Uncommon on Suez Canal stationery.

 

Price: $ 475 / € 365

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Liebermann, Max (1847-1935)

Fine print/ etching signed

German-Jewish painter and printmaker and one of the leading proponents of Impressionism in Germany. Fine print signed “MLiebermann”. Vellum paper, 28.75 x 23.75 inch, mounted on cardboard with an overall size 29.5 x 24.5 inch. Etching by Franz August Börner (1861-1929) after Max Liebermann. Additionally signed by the Artist Franz August “F.A. Börner” and dated „(19)00“ in his hand. Etching is No. 7 of 30. Signed by both in pencil. A fine pencil sketch of Max Liebermann done by Liebermann/ Börner or someone else appears in the middle of the lower border. The print based on Liebermann's famous painting "Die Netzflickerinnen", created 1887-1889 (Eberle 1889/1), which has been in the possession of the Hamburger Kunsthalle since 1889. Some stains (could be matted out) and handling wear, else good condition. Magnificent print with margin.

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Lindbergh, Charles A. (1902-1974)

Typed letter signed re: Unauthorized Photographs of Him and His Wife

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, 8.5 x 11.0 inch, Huntington New York, 1939 October 26. Charles Lindbergh shows concern over unauthorized Photographs of Him and His Wife. Addressed to Mr. Paul Cordes in New York. In full: “My wife has just shown me your letters of Oct. 11th and 16th in regard to the request for a copy of her photograph which appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine. It is very considerate of you to write to us about these requests, but we would prefer not to have our photographs sold to anyone. As a matter of fact, I am writing Harcourt, Brace and Co. to find out how LIFE magazine obtained the photograph which they used on their cover. This was done without authorization from us and against our general instructions about such matters. I imagine it is one of the things that slips by unnoticed from time to time, and it may have been done without any authorization at all. Could you arrange to take another photograph for us some time this winter? If you, we will communicate with you at the first opportunity we have in regard to a date.” Mailing folds, else near mint condition. Charles Lindbergh had been making headlines and appearing in newspapers, periodicals, and magazines since his skyrocket to fame from obscurity in 1927. That was when he won the Orteig Prize, making a nonstop flight from New York to Paris. By 1927, Lindbergh even appeared in Time as their First Man of the Year cover. However, not all of the publicity surrounding the Lindbergh’s were related to his achievements. Lindbergh's historic flight and extraordinary celebrity status also led to tragedy. In March 1932, his infant son Charles Jr. was kidnapped and murdered in what the American media called the "Crime of the Century" and which was described by contemporaries as "the biggest story since the Resurrection." The case prompted the United States Congress to establish kidnapping as a federal crime once the kidnapper had crossed state lines. By late 1935, the hysteria surrounding the case had driven the Lindbergh family into voluntary exile in Europe, from which they returned in 1939, the year of this letter. Lindbergh once again appeared on the cover of Time in 1939. On May 15th of the same year, and apparently against the wishes of the Lindbergh’s, Life magazine came out with a full cover photo of his wife, captioned "Hero's Heroic Wife". Apparently the Life cover and the photo itself were never approved by the Lindbergh’s. This comprises the bulk of the content of this offered letter.

Price: $ 1,190 / € 925

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Lumière, Auguste (1862-1954)

Card signed

Inventor of photographic equipment, along with his brother, Louis Jean. In 1893 they developed a cine camera, the cinématographe, and showed the first motion pictures using film projection in 1895. They also invented the Autochrome screen plate for colour photography in 1903. Signed and inscribed card “Lumiere”. 1p., 5.0 x 3.25 inch, dated in Lumiere’s hand “26.2.(19)35”. Inscribed in French, fine condition.

 

Price: $ 635 / € 490

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Lumière, Louis (1864-1948)

Unusual content typed letter signed

Together with his brother Auguste one of the first filmmakers in history. They patented an improved the cinematograph and showed the first motion pictures using film projection in 1895. Typed letter signed “Louis Lumiere”. 1p.,  8.25 x 10.5 inch, Neuilly-Sur-Seine, 1937 December 15, on his personal printed stationery. To “Messieurs Dumas-Fillion et Bouvet”, in French. Lumiere informs his correspondents that he has received their letter and states in part: “I approve what you have done related to the damages that the falling of a chimney of my building may have caused…”.  Fine condition.

 

Price: $ 810 / € 625

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph letter signed 

Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph letter signed “Magritte”. 1p., 8.25 x 11 inch, 135 rue Esseghm, Jette-Bruxelles, March 8, 1938. Letter to a gentleman, in French, in full (translated): "I received your letter of the 5th and I thank you for the invitation you make to me. I will hold at your disposal for May 25th, paintings that I will choose as you request. But until then, could you please be so kind and give me in good time the instructions to follow for sending and returning the paintings?" In fine condition, with two file holes to the left side. Magritte lived and worked in an apartment at 135 rue Esseghm in Brussels for nearly 24 years from 1930 to 1954. The residence soon became a headquarters for the Belgian surrealists, as Magritte's colleagues gathered to organize the production of artwork, journals, pamphlets, and books. Today the address is home to the Rene Magritte Museum.

Price: $ 1,890 / € 1.490

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph letter signed to poet Marcel Béalu

Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph letter signed “Rene Magritte”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, Brussels, n.d. A very nice handwritten and signed letter from Rene Magritte to the Belgian poet Marcel Béalu (1908-1993) in Paris. Hoping that "he has received the others and the 1st letter". Comes with the original mailing envelope, addressed in Magritte’s hand. Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Marconi, Guglielmo (1874-1937)

Fine document signed by the Nobel Prize winner

Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun. Document signed “G. Marconi”. 1p., double-sheet, 11.75 x 15.5 inch. Roma, 1930 February 18. Blind embossed seal “Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche”. Signed by Marconi as President and countersigned by the General Secretary. Nomination for Vittorio Peglion Presidente Onorario del Comitato Nazionale per l'Agricoltura. Mailing fold, else fine condition. The Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) or National Research Council, is an Italian public organization set up to support scientific and technological research, Marconi was President from 1927-1937.

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Matisse, Henri (1869-1954)

Fine art content autograph letter signed

French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Autograph letter signed in full “Henri Matisse”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.0 inch, written and signed in blue ink, Nice, 1920 November 4. Letter to Paul Colin of L'Art Libre, written from the Hotel Mediterranée. In French, in full: “Je ne puis vous répondre au sujet de votre exposition quant á mes oeuvres, veuillez vous addresser à Mme Bernheim ou Georges Bernheim, mes marchands. Quant au pastel de Redon, je ne puis vous satisfaire, car il n’est àmoi que la moitié. Or mon parent pour il est pour l’autre moitié, craintles risqué du voyage - mais, cependant desire le vendre – le pastel est visible 19 quai St. Michel, chez moi. Avec mes regrets de ne pouvoir vous satisfaire, je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur, mes sincères salutations.” Translated: "I cannot give you any answer regarding your exhibit; as far as my works are concerned, please contact Messrs. Bernheim or Mr. Georges Bernheim, my dealers. As for the pastel by Redon, I will not be able to satisfy you because I own only half of it and my relative who owns the other half fears the risks of a trip but still wants to sell it. The pastel can be seen at 19 quai St. Michel, at my place." In very good to fine condition, with creasing, and short tears, to the edges. A fantastic letter referencing Odilon Redon, an artist whom Matisse greatly admired. He had purchased some of Redon's paintings for his father, and acknowledged the influence of Redon's pastels on his own colorful Fauvist palette.

Price: $ 2,050 / € 1.650

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Autograph letter signed

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Autograph letter signed “Miró.”. 2pp., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, on his personal Joan Miro Palma de Mallorca stationery, 1976 February 29. Addressed to Georges Raillard in Paris. Untranslated letter in French. The original mailing envelope, addressed in Miro’s hand, is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Provenance: Georges Raillard, friend and Miro specialist. Rare in handwritten letters.

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Autograph letter signed

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Autograph letter signed “Miró.”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.75 inch, on his personal Joan Miro Palma de Mallorca stationery, 1976 July 10. Addressed to Georges Raillard in Paris. Untranslated letter in French. The original mailing envelope, addressed in Miro’s hand, is included. Mailing folds, else fine condition. Provenance: Georges Raillard, friend and Miro specialist. Rare in handwritten letters.

 

 

 

 

Price: $ 2,145 / € 1.650

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Mommsen, Theodor (1817-1903)

Autograph 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”. Autograph 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.

 

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Monet, Claude (1840-1926)

Autograph letter signed re: much needed money donation

French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. Autograph letter signed “Claude Monet”. 1 page, bifolium, 5.25 x 8.25 inch, Vétheuil, 1880 August 4. Letter to painter Giuseppe De Nittis which he had asked for a much needed money donation. In French, in full: “Cela me contraire beaucoup de vous tourmenter ainsi mais je suis dans panne absolue et chaque matin j’espère que le facteur m’apportera une lettre de vous mais les jours se passent … Je ne puis songer à venir à Paris puisque tout le monde est absent, je suis donc obligé de m’adresser à vous. Si vous ne pouvez disposer de beaucoup d’argent en ce moment tachez toujours de m’envoyer quelque chose …“ Translated: “It really annoys me to torment you like this but I am in absolute failure and every morning I hope that the postman will bring me a letter from you but the days go by ... I cannot think of coming to Paris since everyone is absent I am obliged to address you. If you cannot have a lot of money right now, always try to send me something..." Mailing folds, handling wear, fold-breaks expertly repaired on verso, else good condition. Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1884) was one of the most important Italian painters of the 19th century, whose work merges the styles of Salon art and Impressionism.

Price: $ 5,135 / € 3.950

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Montessori, Maria (1870-1952)

Great content autograph letter signed

Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name. Autograph letter signed “Maria Montessori”. 1p., 8.5 x 10.25 inch, Groenendaal (the Netherlands), 1938 February 6, written in pencil. Concise and hopeful characteristics of her previous and still to be done work on her educational concept: In Italian: "Jo credo Nell'avvenire magnifico e triumfale di questa opera che abbiamo comminciato insieme con fede e sacrificio. Tutto cio'di'cui manotiamo verrà; tutto cio'di'cui sofframo sparsera. Questa é la lotta sublime dellïumo; la lotta que vince gli ostacoli della giustizia.” Translated: "Jo, I believe in the magnificent and triumphal future of this work which we have begun together with faith and sacrifice. All that we are left with will come; all that we suffer will scatter. This is the sublime struggle of the smoke; the struggle that wins the obstacles of justice.” Fine condition. Montessori is rare in any form and a handwritten letter with such a fine content is surely one of the best Montessori autographs ever to come to market.

Price: $ 3,560 / € 2.850

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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.

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Munch, Edvard (1863-1944)

Rare autograph letter signed

Norwegian painter. His best known work, The Scream, has become one of the most iconic images of world art. Autograph letter signed “Edv. Munch”. 2 pages, bifolium, second page written inside, Klampenborg (Denmark), 1905 August 13. On “Taarbaek Badehotel” stationery. A fine handwritten letter, German spelling with some weaknesses. To a gentleman regarding reproductions of his works. In German, in full: “Ich. Gelegenheit das projectierte Werk aber auch musz ich Ihnen darauf aufmerksam machen dasz Ich nicht alle meine grafische Arbeiten producieren können. Ebenso musz ich bestimmt wissen welches Sie zu reproducieren beabzichtigen und die Grosze und Format. / Ich musz nämlich selbst einige zu an bestimmte Zurück brauchen. Hauptsächlich kommt es von der Grösze an - Gemalden zu schenken ist ein Bischen schwierig aber wenn es nothig ist werde ich versuchen - alzo bitte ich in dieser Gelegenheit um baldige und bestimmte Antwort.“ Mailing fold, handling wear, else good condition.

Price: $ 5,625 / € 4.500

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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.

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Pasteur, Louis (1822 -1895)

Fine content autograph letter signed “anthrax after vaccination”

French chemist and microbiologist, popularly known as the "father of microbiology". Autograph letter signed “L. Pasteur”. 1p., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Paris, 1883 May 23. Addressed to the President of the Hérault Agricultural Society, who had experimented with his vaccinations against the anthrax of sheep. This fine letter deals with the duration of immunity against anthrax after vaccination. Mailing folds, minor stains on the left, else good condition. In May 1881, Pasteur performed a famous public experiment at Pouilly-le-Fort to demonstrate his concept of vaccination. He prepared two groups of 25 sheep, one goat and several cows. The animals of one group were twice injected, with an interval of 15 days, with an anthrax vaccine prepared by Pasteur; a control group was left unvaccinated. Thirty days after the first injection, both groups were injected with a culture of live anthrax bacteria. All the animals in the non-vaccinated group died, while all of the animals in the vaccinated group survived. The public reception was sensational.

Price: $ 2,925 / € 2.250

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Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903)

Fine autograph letter signed to his son Rodolphe

Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. Autograph letter signed “C. Pissarro”. 2 pages, recto and verso, Eragny, 1900 November 3. Addressed to “Mon cher Rodolphe” - his son Ludovic Rodolphe Pissarro (1878-1952). In French, in full: “Mon cher Rodolphe, La voiture de déménagement doit venir chercher nos bagages mardi, nous serons donc à Paris mercredi pour le recevoir place Dauphine. Je regrette de n’avoir pas accepter l’invitation d’Hayachi, en meme temps j’avais à lui parler pour des papiers japon introuvables aujourd’hui; j’ai pas mal travaillé pendant mon séjour ici, j’ai pu finir 4 motifs, c’est regrettable de ne pouvoir faire encore quelques etudes, c’est splendid, encore deux ou trios jours tout disparaitra, heureusement  que je puis continuer l’année prochaine mes toiles commencées; bien de choses aimable à Alfred. Nous t’embrassons. Ton père aff. C. Pissarro.” Translated: “My dear Rodolphe, The car is due to pick up our luggage on Tuesday, so we will be in Paris on Wednesday to receive it at Place Dauphine. I regret that I did not accept Hayachi's invitation, at the same time I had to talk to him about Japanese papers which cannot be found today; I worked a lot during my stay here, I was able to finish 4 patterns, it's regrettable not being able to do a few more studies, it's splendid, another two or three days everything will disappear, luckily I can continue next year my paintings started; many kind things to Alfred. We kiss you. Your aff. father C. Pissarro.” Below Camille Pissaro’s letter his daughter Jeanne Pissarro (1881-1948) wrote in French: “Mon vieux Rodo, papa te fait dire qu’il partira peut-etre mardi, alors à partir de ce jour, il faut que tu laisses les clefs chez la concierge. Je viens de voir Aurélie qui m’a donné de vos nouvelles, elle est arrivée juste pour venir avec moi à l’enterrement de la petite fille de Mlle Cuchetet. Au revoir, à bientot.” Fine condition.

Price: $ 2,795 / € 2.150

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

Excellent signed photograph

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Matte-finish signed photograph “Mit herzlichen Grüßen Euer treuer Onkel Max Planck” and dated in Planck’s hand „3.6.38“.  2.5 x 3.5 photograph affixed to a 4.5 x 7.0 inch mount. Berlin, 1938, June 3, Photograph by Atelier Binz. With a printed message of thanks related to Planck’s eightieth birthday. Stain upper right edge, handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

 

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.150

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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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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.

Price: $ 1,550 / € 1.190

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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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Schliemann, Heinrich (1822-1890)

Autograph letter signed

German businessman and a pioneer of field archaeology. He was an advocate of the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an archaeological excavator of Hissarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy. Autograph letter signed “H. Schliemann”. 1p., 4.25 x 2.0 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. Addressed to the French-German Assyriologist Jules Oppert (1825-1905). In French, in full: “Mon cher Monsieur Oppert … - je vous prier de en écrire quelques mots en response a la letter incluse?” Translated: “May I ask you to write a few words in response to the letter included?“ Handsomely matted in green with a photo of Schliemann (printed signature) to an overall of 8.25 x 11.75 inch. Excellent condition.

 

Price: $ 1,540 / € 1.190

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Schliemann, Heinrich (1822-1890)

Autograph letter signed

German businessman and a pioneer of field archaeology. He was an advocate of the historical reality of places mentioned in the works of Homer. Schliemann was an archaeological excavator of Hissarlik, now presumed to be the site of Troy. Autograph letter signed “H. Schliemann”. 1p., 4.5 x 5.0 inch, Carlsbad, 1881 August 17. In German, in full: “Geehrter Herr, Ich haben Ihnen leider nichts anderes zu senden als die Einlage. Hochachtungsvoll“. Translated: “Dear Sir, Unfortunately, I have nothing to send you except the enclosure. Sincerely”. Mailing fold, probably slightly trimmed, writing dark and unaffected.

 

Price: $ 1,270 / € 980

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Schweitzer, Albert (1875-1965)

Signed photograph

 German theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa best known for his interpretive life of Jesus. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life”. Signed photograph “Albert Schweitzer”. 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d., signed in dark ink. Photograph by R. Kik, Heidenheim/ Brenz. Slightly wrinkled, else good condition.

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Signac, Paul (1863-1935)

Fine content handwritten manuscript (five pages)

French Neo-Impressionist painter who, working with Georges Seurat, helped develop the Pointillist style. Autograph manuscript, unsigned. 5pp., Brussels, 24 February, no year. Handwritten notes made on works he had studied in two museums; first about sketches to Delacroix’s famous Louvre mural painting "Apollo slays the Python" (1850/51). In parts: "… Musée Moderne / Esquisse du plafond d’Apollon de Delacroix, dans un etat merveilleux de conservation – C’est certainement ce que j’ai vu de lui le plus coloré … la femme blonde en robe bleu vert est certainement plus frais que n’importe quel Renoir … Musee Ancien – … le bras de la femme refleté bleu sur le haut et rose sur le bas – (Delacroix parle de ce principe) – les parties refletant le ciel, sont froids, celles refletant le sol sont chauds) …" Mentioned the painters Peter Paul Rubens ("merveilleuse etude") and Henri Regnault as well as the painting "Mars et Venus" ("Mars désarmé par Vénus" von Jacques-Louis David). Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

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Valentin, Karl (1882-1948)

Signature matted with photograph

Bavarian comedian, cabaret performer, clown, author and film producer. Valentin starred in many silent films in the 1920s, and was sometimes called the "Charlie Chaplin of Germany". Signature removed from a book “Karl Valentin”. 1 page, 4.5 x 2.5 inch, no place, no date.  As usually signed in pencil. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Valentin to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition and excellent display item.

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Watt, James (1736-1819)

Rare signature matted with photograph

Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer, and chemist. He developed the concept of horsepower and the SI unit of power, the watt, was named after him. Rare signature “James Watt”. Cut from a document, witnessed by Thomas Lee. 2.5 x 1.25 inch, 1786 June 28. Neatly laid down on part of an album page. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Watt to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine display piece.

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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Zeppelin, Ferdinand Graf von (1838-1917)

Excellent signed photograph

German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. Signed postcard photograph “Gf. Zeppelin”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, n.p., n.d. (postmark illegible). His facsimile signature appears below the image, and the reverse bears a German message in another hand. Probably very slightly trimmed, handling wear, else in fine condition. One of the finest signed photos I have sold in the past years.

Price: $ 1,425 / € 1.150

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Zeppelin, Ferdinand Graf von (1838-1917)

Fine letter signed

German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. Letter signed “Gf. Zeppelin”. 1p., 7.5 x 9.0 inch, Friedrichshafen, 1909 October 12. On his personal „Graf F. von Zeppelin“ letterhead. Addressed to Kurt Engelbrecht in Bielefeld. Zeppelin rejects a request for employment in his company. In German, in parts: ”… ich mich auf das Schreiben vom 10. ds. Mts. ergebenst zu verweisen, daß die auf dem Gebiete der Elektrotechnik vorkommenden Aufgaben von meinen … erledig werden; - ich kann Ihnen daher zu meinem Bedauern keine Aussicht auf Anstellung in meinem Betriebe bieten.” With light soiling and intersecting folds, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,060 / € 850

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Zeppelin, Ferdinand Graf von (1838-1917)

Autograph note signed on Zeppelin postcard

German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. Autograph note signed „Gf. Zeppelin”. Postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., 1908. Additional in Zeppelin’s hand “Den Bestrebungen des vaterländischen Frauenvereins wünsche ich den besten Erfolg. November 1908“. Front shows the Strasbourg Cathedral and the over ride of a Zeppelin on August 4, 1908 - greeted with gunfire. Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 940 / € 725

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