Theresa, Maria (1717-1780)
Autograph note signed
The only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions, ruling from 1740 until her death in 1780. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma. By marriage, she was Duchess of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Holy Roman Empress. Autograph note signed with initials. 2 pages, recto and verso, 4.5 x 7.5 inch sheet of paper, n.p. (Vienna), n.d. (1764). To the Hungarian court chancellor, Count Franz Esterházy (1715-1785), about a work published by the Hungarian historian Adam Franz Kollár von Keresztén, who later became director of the Vienna court library - probably the "Casparis Ursini Velii de bello Pannonico libri decem" (Vienna 1762), in which the succession to the throne of the House of Habsburg in Hungary is dealt with. In German, in full: „ich glaube mit disen zettul eine grosse langmuth und mässigung zu bezeigen allein je grösser selbe ist desto weniger will sie längers mehr fortsetzen dan entlich wurde es eine schwachheit. daraus wan er nicht glaubt das meine besondere gnad erkennt wird und nichts mehr, weder von dem buch geredet noch von mir begert werde, und mit mehrers eyffer und erkantlichkeit in denen lands sachen mir an die Hand gegangen werde, so verbiette ich ihme einen usage davon zu machen. die geistlichkkeit solle jetzt ihren eyffer bezeigen dan sie allein alles verdorben und sollen die schartten auswetzen die sie in mein herzen bilig verursacht.“ Horizontal fold, slightly discolored, else fine condition. Adam Franz Kollár de Keresztén (1718-1783) was a jurist, Imperial-Royal Court Councillor and Chief Imperial-Royal Librarian, a member of Natio Hungarica in the Kingdom of Hungary, a historian, ethnologist, an influential advocate of Empress Maria Theresa's Enlightened and centralist policies. His advancement of Maria Theresa's status in the Kingdom of Hungary as its apostolic ruler in 1772 was used as an argument in support of the subsequent Habsburg annexations of Galicia and Dalmatia. Kollár is also credited with coining the term ethnology and providing its first definition in 1783.
Price: $ 1,050 / € 850
Victoria, Queen (1819-1901) + Beatrice, Princess (1857-1944)
Imperial cabinet photograph signed by both – finest exist
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom was the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. An excellent vintage signed imperial cabinet photograph, 7.0 x 10.0 inch, n.p. 1879 August 9. Cabinet photo by Arthur J. Melhuish, Portman Square. An unusual private photograph showing Queen Victoria leaning on a fur coat and smiling and whilst Princess Beatrice is also smiling holding a parasol. Signed “+ Victoria R.I. Aug: 9-1879- and “Beatrice” in dark fountain pen ink. Minor corner wear. Some stains, else good condition. Very uncommon photograph of a smiling Queen, she rarely smiled for photographs after the death of her husband Prince Albert (1861). The Queen had stated that her youngest daughter Beatrice was the one light in her life after the death of Prince Albert. Maybe the finest signed photograph of the Queen and the Princess you can hope to find.
Price: $ 3,495 / € 2.690
Victoria, Queen (1819-1901)
Impressive signed Imperial Cabinet Photograph
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland 1837-1901. An excellent vintage signed imperial cabinet photo, 13.0 x 8.5 inch, n.p. (Aix-les-Bains), 1890, gold bordered, depicting the Queen and her family in the South of France. Signed “Victoria R.I. 1890” in dark fountain pen ink. Photo taken by Numa Blanc fils, Cannes Monte-Carlo. The photo itself is in good condition, the mount has damages to the edges, price accordingly. Queen Victoria visited Aix-les-Bains three times from 1st to 22nd April 1885, from 6th to 28th April 1887 and from 26th March to 22nd April 1890 - staying at The Maison Mottet (Villa Victoria).
Price: $ 2,015 / € 1.550
Wilhelm I., King (1797-1888)
Autograph letter signed re: visit of Queen Victoria at Garrison Church Potsdam
King of Prussia from 1861 and first Emperor of Germany from 1871 until his death in 1888. Fine content autograph letter signed. 3 pages, bifolium, 5.25 x 8.5 inch, Schloss (Castle) Babelsberg, 1858 August 15. As Prince Regent to Pastor Emil Hering the minister of the Garrison Church in Potsdam. The Emperor informs his correspondent that the Queen of England will be attending the services at the Garrison Church today and continues to provide instructions to the Pastor. In German, in full: “Die Königin von England wird heute am Gottesdienst in der Garnison Kirche teilnehmen. Derselbe nimmt seinen ganz gewöhnlichen vorschriftsmäßigen Verlauf ebenso die Predigt. Nur ein Lithurgisches Gebeth ist nach dem Gebeth für unsere Königin, ungefähr folgendes Gebeth für die Königin von England einzuschieben, daß vor dem Gebeth für mich: ‚Seegne die erhabene Königin von England + Ihren Gemahl, die du gnädigst hergeführt hast + die wir in unserer Mitte sehen. Seegne die schöne und beglückende Familienvereinigung beider Königshäuser die du uns in diesen Tagen sichtlich vorführst, jetzt und in aller Zukunft‘“. An den Geistlichen welcher heute den Gottesdienst in der Garnisonskirche abhält.“ Translated: “The Queen of England will attend the Services at the Garrison Church today. These services take their ordinary course in due form, also does the sermon, only the Litany Prayers after the Prayer for the Queen there is to be inserted a prayer in about the following form for the Queen of England, and that before the prayer for me. ‘Bless the illustrious Queen of England and her Prince-Consort, whom You have led to us in Your Grace and who are now present amidst us. Bless the beautiful and happiness-giving family union of both the Royal Houses, which you have shown to us, now and in all the future’''. Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed by the Emperor. Also including an autograph letter signed by Pastor E. Hering. 2 pages, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, New York, 1891 December 10. To C. F. Gunther in Chicago, discussing the sale of the letter by Wilhelm I. and stating, in part: “I am willing to sell it at a reasonable price. What such price is, is a little difficult to state. You are right: the Emperor wrote in his long life many letters. But my letter is of another character; it is not a private one, but official, written by him as Highest Bishop of the Prussian State Church; therefore a proof of his consciousness of this dignity and power, because only the Evangelical Oberkirchenrath has the right to change the official Liturgy; second: my letter is a valuable proof for his tender and fine regard for the Queen of England, third: a proof of his piety, which moved him to implore our Lord for his blessings for that most important marriage, and implore openly in the Holy Service of the congregation…. These remarks, I suppose, will be valuable for your sale of the letter, and I would never sell it, but for my bitter want of help, as my mission work here gives me a trifling of income.” The integral leaf bears Hering's autograph statement of provenance, signed alongside a circular blind embossed seal, and stating, in part: “I was at that time Assistant Preacher at the Imperial Court Chapel in Potsdam and had to preach Sunday, August 15th 1858, wherefore I received the letter directly from the Prince Regent by a mounted livery servant...The genuineness of the above letter of William I cannot therefore be called into question”. Some light overall age wear, minor staining, and a few slight traces of former mounting, else good condition. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited their eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, in Germany in August 1858. It was the first time Queen Victoria had seen her daughter since her wedding and subsequent move to Germany earlier that year. The Queen and Prince Consort stayed with the pregnant Princess Royal at Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam until 28th August when they left for Cologne.
Price: $ 1,680 / € 1.350
Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)
Impressive Imperial cabinet photograph signed
The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Impressive imperial cabinet photograph signed “William I.R. Lowther 19/ XI 1902”. 5.5 x 8.5 inch photograph on original 7.5 x 11.75 inch photographers mount. Photograph by T. H. Voigt, Bad Homburg as printed on verso. The Kaiser wearing British Field Marshal's uniform and the sash of the Order of the Garter while staying at Lowther Castle, home of the 5th Earl of Lonsdale. Mounting residue on verso, minor corner and handling wear, else good condition. Provenance: Victor Spencer, 1st Viscount Churchill, Lord in Waiting to King Edward VII. and Lord Chamberlain at the time of his Coronation in 1902. Impressive signed photograph with fine provenance.
Price: $ 1,625 / € 1.250
Wilhelm II., Emperor (1859-1941)
Impressive oversize signed photograph
The last German Emperor (Kaiser) and King of Prussia from 1888 to 1918. Signed photograph “Wilhelm I.R. Weihnacht 1927”. 10.0 x 13.5 inch, Dorn (barely visible below Wilhelm’s handwriting), signed in blue colored pencil. Impressive half-length portrait in uniform. Handling wear, slightly trimmed, else good condition. Uncommon in this size.
Price: $ 1,090 / € 850