Coolidge, Calvin (1872-1933)
Great signed photograph as President
30. President of the United States. Signed Harris & Ewing photograph, 7.0 x 12.0 inch. Dedicated by Coolidge in black ink “To Mrs. David H. Blair with Regards Calvin Coolidge”. Slightly discolored and trimmed, else fine
Price: $ 540 / € 450
Frederick II. – The Great (1712-1786)
Letter signed during the siege of Prague
King of Prussia from 1740 until his death. His political prowess and enlightened attitudes toward religion, learning, and the humanities earned him the sobriquet “Frederick the Great”. Letter signed “Federic”, aucàmp devant (field camp) Prague le 26 May 1757. Doublepage, verge paper, 7.5 x 9.0 inch. Letter in French: “Monsieur le còmte de Wrangel! Je Vous fais beaucoup de gré des sentimens que Vous avez bien voulu me témoigner par la lettre du 17e de ce Mois qui m'est parvenu et Je Vous remercie en même tems tres volontiers de la part obligeante que Vous me marquez de prendre à l'avantage que j'ay remporté icy sur les Autrichiens. Et sur ce je prie dieu qu'il vous ait, Monsieur le còmte de Wrangel, en fa fainte et digne garde." Mailing folds, otherwise fine condition. Letter was addressed to Major General Count Friedrich Ernst von Wrangel (1720-1805). The siege of Prague Friedrich apparently used to do his correspondence. However, the pleasure over the victory on May 6 towards the Austrians and the Duke of Lorraine was short. On June 18 the Prussian army suffered a heavy defeat at Kolin.
Price: $ 1,020 / € 850
Guillotin, Joseph-Ignace (1738-1814)
Rare signed document by the namesake of the French execution devices
A French physician who proposed on 10 October 1789 the use of a device to carry out death penalties in France, as a less painful method of execution. Document signed “Guillotin”, 2pp, 7.25 x 12.0 inch, 1791 January 16. Document as President of the Health Committee of the National Assembly, requiring a return of information on medical personnel and facilities for the Department of the Rhone and Loire. In French, printed with a holograph postscript. Stains to lower third and associated wear to edges. This document was signed a little over a year after Guillotin had first suggested in the Assembly the use of the machine that came to bear his name, in October 1789, and a little over a year before the first such execution was carried out, in April 1792. As is well known, Guillotin himself opposed capital punishment and was greatly distressed that his name should become synonymous with a form of execution, the present document being more typical of the work for which he would have preferred to have been remembered. Guillotin had been appointed head of a special Health Committee within the National Assembly comprising thirty-four members, including seventeen physicians, in 1790. His committee proposed a nationwide public health organisation of arrondissement health councils, or boards of health, invested with their own power of policing medicine, pharmacy and public health, as well as proposing the establishment of a medical civil service; among the duties of these boards of health would be the prevention and control of epidemics, research into hygienic conditions, the preparation of medical topographies, care for the poor, maternal and child protection, mass inoculation campaigns and the gathering of statistics. Excellent and rare autograph.
Price: $ 1,875 / € 1.450
Charles XV., King (1826-1872)
Rare signed carte de visite photo
King of Sweden (Charles XV.) and Norway (Charles IV.) from 1859 until his death. Signed carte de visite photo “Carl”. 2.5 x 3.75 inch. Marked on verso: Mathias Hansen, Stockholm. Fine condition and rare in any form, especially in signed photos.
Price: $ 550 / € 425
Ludendorff, Erich (1865-1937)
Excellent content autograph note signed
German general, victor of Liège and of the Battle of Tannenberg. From August 1916 his appointment as Quartermaster general made him joint head, with Paul von Hindenburg, and chief engineer behind the management of Germany's effort in World War I until his resignation in October 1918. Autograph note signed „Ludendorff“, 5.5 x 8.75 inch. In German (untranslated): „Jeder Deutsche sollte sich endlich seiner Pflicht gegenüber dem Vaterlande bewusst werden und kraftvoll und ohne Scheu für dieselbe eintreten“. Mailing fold, some stains, otherwise fine condition.
Price: $ 290 / € 225
Theresa, Maria (1717-1780)
Autograph note signed
Maria Theresa was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg. She was the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, 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. Rare autograph note signed “M”. No place and date, 4.25 x 3.0 inch. In German (untranslated): “was von gesandschafft silber vorräthig mögte eine specification haben und wan tousaint selbe verlangt zu sehen oder zu haben es ihme ausfolgen zu lassen / M“. Franz Josef Freiherr von Toussaint, a native of Lorraine, since 1725 Cabinet Secretary of Francis Stephen of Lorraine, Baron and confidant of Emperor Franz I., later "chargé d'affaires". Slightly discolored and some stains, otherwise fine.
Price: $ 450 / € 375