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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: $ 790 / € 640

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Baden-Powell, Robert (1857-1941)

Autograph 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. Autograph letter signed “R Baden Powell Maj Gnl. I.G. S.A.C”. 1p, 5.0 x 7.0 inch, n.p. (South Africa), 1901 March 19, on embossed “South African Constabulary” stationery. Addressed to Sergt. F. A Williams and in full: “In reply to your application of 6.3.01, did you send in your name for the South African Constabulary, in accordance, with the instructions issued to the Protectorate Regiment.” Mailing folds, minor corner wear, else fine condition. The South African Constabulary (SAC) was a paramilitary force set up in 1900 under British Army control to police areas captured from the two independent Boer republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State during the Second Boer War. Robert Bade-Powell was its first Inspector-General.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Dali, Salvador (1904-1989)

Fine and large signature

Prominent Spanish surrealist. Signature “Dali 1975” and underline in his hand. 1p., 8.5 x 11.25 inch, n.p. Red piece of thin cardboard removed from a book or catalog. Signed, dated and underlined by Dali in black felt-tip pen. Minor handling and corner wear, else fine condition. Impressive and fine example!

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

 

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Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)

Signature matted with photograph

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. Signature “Alexander Fleming”. 2.75 x 1.25 inch (visible) piece of paper, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark blue ink. Fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Fleming to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

 

 

Price: $ 940 / € 725

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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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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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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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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Mourning card signed

American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Black-bordered mourning card issued by Robert and Ethel Kennedy following the death of JFK. Signed and inscribed in black felt tip: "Dear Miss Huddleston, My appreciation for your kind letter, Robert F. Kennedy." 1 page, 5.25 x 3.75 inch, Washington 1964 March 18 (postmark). The main text, in part: "We are deeply touched by your thoughtfulness in letting us know that you share in our sorrow." Includes an original mass card and the original mailing envelope, postmarked on March 18, 1964, just shy of four months following the assassination of his brother. In fine condition.

Price: $ 1,150 / € 885

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Kennedy, Robert F. (1925-1968)

Rare autograph letter signed from Russia

American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Autograph letter signed “Love, B.”. Penned on a 5.75 x 4.0 inch postcard, no date (summer 1955). Kennedy writes a brief letter to Teresa Kraus in Washington. In full: "Well this is the way we do it in Russia. It was 55°C here in Chardz(h)ou on the 7th of Aug which is a little over 130°F so stop complaining & get back to work." In fine condition. Uncommon autograph from RFK’s trip to Russia a trip that shaped his mind.

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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.

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Kollwitz, Käthe (1867-1945)

Autograph letter signed regarding a fee for one of her works

German artist, who worked with painting, printmaking (including etching, lithography and woodcuts) and sculpture. Autograph letter signed “Käthe Kollwitz”. 1p., 5.75 x 7.0 inch, n.p., 1926 July 12. Addressed to a lady (Dr. Heyne). In German, in full: “von der Reise zurückkommend hatte ich gehofft die Honorarzahlung von M. 500,- für das Blatt ‚Besuch im Kinderkrankenhaus‘ vorzufinden. Darf ich Sie bitten mir die Summe jetzt auf mein Postscheckkonto 5291 (Berlin N.W. 7 Dorotheenstr. 23) zu überweisen. Fine condition. The chalk lithograph was edited as an annual gift of the “Association of Friends of Graphic Arts, Leipzig.”

 

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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.

 

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Liebig, Justus v. (1803-1873)

Autograph 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. Autograph 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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Magritte, René (1898-1967)

Autograph postcard signed 

Belgian Surrealist artist. Autograph postcard signed “René Magritte” and for his wife in Magritte’s hand “Georgette” and for his dog in his hand “Loulou”. Postcard, 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Hotel La Madonnina, Ischia/ Italy, 1965 April 20 (postmark). Addressed in Magritte’s hand to Monsieur Alexander Iolas in Paris. In French:  „un bonjour du pays du Soleil ..." (Hello from the land of the Sun). Alexandre Iolas (1907-1987) was a Greek gallerist and collector. Handwritten notes on the card, probably done by Iolas. Also included is an autograph postcard of Magritte’s wife Georgette (1901-1986). Postcard with the Magritte picture "The Voice of the Blood" and signed “Georgette". 6.0 x 4.25 inch, Brussels, 1968 February 2. A fine handwritten card regarding Magritte's work "Le chemin de Damas" (1966). Fine condition.

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.075

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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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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Miro, Joan (1893-1983)

Large signature

Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist. Large and impressive signature “Miró.”. Closing of a letter, 6.0 x 3.0 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1976). Written in dark ballpoint pen. 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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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.

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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.

 

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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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Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)

Bookpage signed (uncommon photo)

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, playwright and one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Bookpage signed “POUR LEO - Picasso le 4.4.65”. 1p., 7.75 x 11.0 inch, n.p. Written and signed in blue artist crayon. On verso in a different pen and in pencil “THE PRIVATE WORLD OF PABLO PICASSO” by Davon Douglas Duncan, The Ridge Press, 1958. This is page 129 of this book. Leo was Leo Keller a German citizen who immigrated to the United States in the 1950s. An avid collector, who received most of his autographs through the mail. Mailing folds, handling wear, corner bend and middle fold with a minor broke on the right. Else good condition and a very uncommon Picasso autograph with fine provenance.

Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350

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Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903)

Autograph letter signed

Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. Autograph letter signed “C. Pissarro”. 1p., 4.5 x 5.75 inch, Paris, 1902 March 15, address and stamp on back. To his eye specialist Daniel Parenteau in Paris about his health. In French: „... Il y a un mieux sensible dans mon état. Il n’y avait pas de pus ce matin, encore un peu de rouge, un filet, je me suis injecté à l’eau boriquée et cauthérisé, je pense qu’il est inutile que j’affronte le grand vent pour me rendre chez vous …“ Fold in the middle, else fine condition.

 

Price: $ 3,575 / € 2.750

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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 2.5 x 3.25 photo affixed to a 7.5 x 5.5 inch mount. Berlin, 1928, May 21. With a printed message of thanks related to Planck’s seventieth birthday. Signed on the mount “M. Planck” and with an autograph note signed in German: „Ihnen, verehrtester Herr College Kaufmann, und ebenso den Collegen Hoffmann und Kretschmann, mit dem besten Gruss!” Fold in the middle, minor handling wear, else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,390 / € 1.070

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

WW II. dated autograph postcard signed

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Postcard signed “Dr. M. Planck”. 5.75 x 4.0 inch, Berlin, 1943 July 16. Additionally in Planck’s hand “16.7.43“ and “In vorzüglicher Hochachtung ganz ergebenst”. Addressed by Plack to „Herrn Dr. W. Krafft in B.(erlin) - Niederschönhausen. Thank you card regarding Planck’s 85. Birthday. Handling wear, else fine condition. Uncommon WW II. dated signed postcard.

 

 

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Planck, Max (1858-1947)

Document signed

German theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Document signed “Planck”. 3pp. (bifolium), Berlin, 1904 August 6. Diploma for Karl Schulze „Wir Rector und Senat der königlichen Friedrich Wilhelm Universität zu Berlin“. Countersigned by Ferdinand von Richthofen (1833-1905) as President, Paul Daude (1851-1921) as University Judge, Otto Pfleiderer (1839-1908) as professor and Max Planck. Mailing folds, slightly discolored, minor fold breaks, else good condition.

Price: $ 1,010 / € 780

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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.

Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250

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Riefenstahl, Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" (1902-2003)

Photograph signed

German film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, photographer, actress and dancer. Signed postcard photograph “Leni Riefenstahl”. 4.25 x 6.25 inch, n.p., n.d. signed in black felt tip pen, fine condition.

 

Price: $ 195 / € 150

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Riefenstahl, Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" (1902-2003)

Photograph signed

German film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, photographer, actress and dancer. Signed postcard photograph “Leni Riefenstahl”. 4.25 x 6.25 inch, n.p., n.d. signed in black felt tip pen, fine condition.

 

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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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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.

Price: $ 485 / € 375

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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.

Price: $ 765 / € 590

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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)

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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