• Autographed Letter Signed by Alexandre Dumas with Carte-de-Visite

    Dumas, Alexandre (Alexander).

    Alexander Dumas Autograph Letter Signed.

    Autograph letter signed, “Alexandre Dumas,” to Martin d’Oisy, in French, requesting a copy of the letter from Louis Philippe to King Charles X, including any deletions One page with integral address leaf. Matted and framed with an original carte-de-visite of Dumas. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 18 inches.

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  • A Lengthy Autographed Letter from Allen Ginsberg

    Ginsberg, Allen.

    Allen Ginsberg Autographed Letter Signed.

    1971.

    Five Page Autographed Letter Signed by Allen Ginsberg. (“Ginsberg” with a long-stemmed daisy drawings), February 10, 1971, 12pm, Cherry Valley, New York. To the Symphony School, Mr. Loratz (Special Events Secretary), and Students. The American poet lists his “favorite musical compositions accumulated in ear/mind” – including specific works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, “Prajnaparamita Sutra … which will turn everyone on … Hare Krishna Mantra … Fugs record on which I sang, or George Harrison’s recent ‘My Sweet Lord’ … Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag … Bessie Smith … Ray Charles … Opera. Bertol Bracht / Kurt Weil Magahony … Some Versions of Rolling Stones’ Lets Spend the Night Together,” four Beatles hits, “J. Lennon – Give Peace a Chance … Bob Dylan …,” and others. Together with the original email addressed by Ginsberg to the teacher and school named above in La Crosse, Wisconsin, printed perpendicularly at the left edge “CIA Conspiracy / Trial Office!,” and “Free John, Pun & Jack!” along the bottom. A month prior to this letter, Ginsberg testified in pretrial hearings in Detroit for three members of the White Panther Party charged in the September 29, 1968, bombing of a CIA office in Ann Arbor: John Sinclair, John W. Forrest and Lawrence “Pun” Plamodon. The envelope used by Ginsberg to send the present letter was printed by the defense. In near fine condition.

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  • Rare Original Executive Patent Signed by President Andrew Jackson

    Jackson, Andrew.

    Andrew Jackson Autograph Executive Patent Signed.

    1835.

    Original patent executed and signed by Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. Two folio vellum leaves. Engraved vignette header, embossed paper seal with ribbons, ribbon bound. Signed by President Andrew Jackson on April 3rd 1835. Countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsythe and Attorney General Benjamin F. Butler. The patent is issued to “Elisha Holton, a citizen of the United States, who hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the construction of a grist mill.” The second page contains a lengthy hand-written description of the construction and design of the grist mill signed by Holton on the verso. Also bound in is an original hand-colored technical drawing of the grist mill. In fine condition. The entire document measures 15 inches by 11.5 inches. Uncommon. Rare and desirable in this condition and format.

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  • Exceptionally rare autograph album signed by President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet including Salmon P. Chase and William H. Seward

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Autograph Album Signed by Abraham Lincoln and His Cabinet.

    1863.

    Exceptionally rare finely bound autograph album signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln as well as his cabinet and 225 senators, representatives, and delegates of the 37th Congress, 1861-1863. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with the name “Lizzie F. Harlow” gilt on the front panel. Singed by Abraham Lincoln on the first page of the album, “Yours truly, Abraham Lincoln.” Additionally signed by William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, M. Blair, Edward Bates, J. P. Usher and S. P. Chase. Collected between the years of 1862 and 1863 by James McCain, a young patent officer at the United States Patent Office. McCain presented the custom-bound album to his sweetheart, Lizzie F. Harlow, who, despite not marrying the young clerk, passed it down to her heirs. In near fine condition. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.

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  • "My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing": Autograph Transcription of classic American anthem My Country 'Tis of Thee; Hand-written and signed by lyricist Samuel Francis Smith

    Smith, Samuel Francis.

    Autograph Transcription Signed of My Country ‘Tis of Thee.

    Autograph transcription of the first four stanzas of the American patriotic song My Country ‘Tis of Thee, which served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States before the official adoption of The Star Spangled Banner in 1931. Transcribed and signed by lyricist Samuel Francis Smith all in his hand, “My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From ev’ry mountainside, Let freedom ring! My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My heart with rapture thrills, Like that above. Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees Sweet freedom’s song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, The sound prolong. Our fathers’ God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King. Samuel Francis Smith.” Double matted and framed with a portrait engraving of Smith. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 18 inches. In near fine condition. A unique piece of American history.

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  • Letter from Bobby Jones regarding the genius of Clifford Roberts

    Jones, Robert T. (Bobby Jones) (Clifford Roberts).

    Autographed Letter Signed From Bobby Jones Regarding Clifford Roberts.

    1967.

    Two page autographed letter signed by golfing legend Bobby Jones regarding Clifford Roberts. A significant letter in which Jones writes to Richard Gordin at the Ohio Wesleyan University regarding his dissertation on the influence of the design of the Augusta National golf course and on the genius of Clifford Roberts in organizing the Masters Tournament. Matted and framed with a photograph of Jones and Roberts. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 31 inches. An exceptional piece of golf history.

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  • Typed signed letter from Carl Haverlin to Igor Stravinsky, with Stravinsky's holograph notes and signature

    Stravinsky, Igor.

    Autographed Letter Signed From Carl Haverlin To Igor Stravinsky.

    1962.

    Single page typed signed letter with notes in Stravinsky’s hand. Typed signed letter from 1962 to Igor Styravinsky from Carl Haverlin, pioneer in radio broadcasting, and longtime president of Broadcast Music Inc. The letter is on Broadcast Music Inc. stationary, and Haverlin writes to inquire about some illustrations which Dulac had made for Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet. He writes: “I…take the liberty of asking you if your memory will bring forth any background on the sketches.” In the margin adjacent to this sentence, Stravinsky writes “Not at all!” in red pen. Haverlin closes the letter with: “Photostats of the sketchbook pages are enclosed.” Beneath this Stravinsky writes, along with his signature, “I find it unfortunately very bad.” Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19.25 inches.

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  • “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man": Rare Autograph Note Signed by Charles Darwin

    Darwin, Charles.

    Charles Darwin Autograph Note Signed To Alfred Russel Wallace.

    Rare autograph note signed by Charles Darwin to fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. The note reads, “Oct. 27 Down, Beckenham Kent Can you tell me Mr. Fr. Geach’s address? I want to send him my book.” With the address in Darwin’s had on the verso: “A.R. Wallace The Dell Grays Essex.” The two leading figures in the development of the theory of evolution through natural selection, Darwin and Wallace’s theories differed slightly. Darwin argued that competition between members of the same species led to adaptation, while Wallace asserted that environmental pressures led populations of various locations to diverge. In 1858, Darwin and Wallace published a joint publication: On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection,’ the content of which Darwin would develop into his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species, published the following year. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Darwin. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 13.5 inches. An exceptional example linking two of the leading minds in the theory of evolution.

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  • “Silence is the ultimate weapon of power": Rare Signed Photograph of French General Charles De Gaulle

    de Gaulle, Charles.

    Charles de Gaulle Photograph Signed.

    Rare original photograph of French general Charles de Gaulle in uniform. Signed by Charles de Gaulle in the upper left corner of the photograph which measures 6.75 inches by 9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures  16.75 inches by 14.75 inches. Included is a handwritten autograph letter signed by Charles de Gaulle’s eldest son, Philippe de Gaulle who served as and French naval officer and senator on Marine Nationale letterhead in the original envelope. Additionally included is the original transmittal letter for the photograph signed by General de Gaulle’s secretary and dated November 25th, 1950.  In fine condition. Rare and desirable and with noted provenance.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • Extremely Rare Signature of Charlotte Bronte

    Bronte, Charlotte.

    Charlotte Bronte Signature.

    Extremely rare ink signature of Charlotte Bronte. Signed “yours faithfully, C. Bronte” on an off-white 3 inchess by .75 inches slip irregularly clipped and affixed to a larger scrapbook page. The page bears the signatures of several other notable British writers, including novelist and Bronte biographer Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth M. Sewell, Margaret Gatty, Jean Ingelow, and Mary Martha Sherwood, as well as an address panel in the hand of Elizabeth Eastlake. Double matted and framed with a lithograph of Charlotte Bronte. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 21.5 inches. Exceptionally rare. 

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  • Autographed Signed Letter From Clara Barton

    Barton, Clara.

    Clara Barton Autographed Signed Letter.

    Autograph letter signed by Clara Barton. The letter, addressed to a Mrs. Renel on the verso, transmits  the text of a reply she has mailed to correspondent in Athens, Greece, “My dear Mr. Denetriaralis, Your card asking for the last report of the Red Cross is at hand. In reply I would say that I am not now President of the Red Cross, which has passed into the hands of the Government, with the Sec. of War as its President. As you will see above, I am president of the National First Aid of America – which means First aid for the injured…” She signs the letter, Clara Barton, Pres. The letter measures 8.25 inches by 5.5 inches. Matted and framed.

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  • "I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion

    Ben-Gurion, David.

    David Ben-Gurion Autographed Letter Signed.

    1970.

    Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. It reads, “Sdeh. Boker,  28. 2.  70 Dear Mr. George P. Viegelmann, Jr. I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace. I am expressing a private view: I would be ready to give up a great Part of the areas which we hold since the six day war, if this would bring peace; by peace I mean friendship with our Arab neighbors and cooperation politically, economically and culturally, but perhaps only Russia can bring this about. I even doubt whether the American Gov. can achieve that. In the future there may be a change in Egypt. David Ben-Gurion.” This letter is a very unique piece of history, particularly in regards to Israeli-Arab relations and the study of peace in general. While publicly Ben-Gurion was the undoubted leader in Zionism, privately at the end of his life, he began to have other opinions. He desired peace even if it meant giving up land that they had fought to obtain. Ben-Gurion’s thoughts on peace in his latter years is corroborated by the recent documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. This movie features footage that was taken in 1968 and only recently discovered. In the footage he explains that Israel’s moral compass was inexorably tied to its treatment of the non-Jews living under its rule. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 16.5 inches.

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  • Musical Quotation Signed by Russian Composer and Pianist Dmitri Shostakovich

    Shostakovich, Dmitri.

    Dmitri Shostakovich Autograph Musical Quotation Signed.

    1947.

    Handwritten musical quotation inscribed by Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich in Russian above the opening three bars of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor (Op. 47) on a two-stave system with holograph tempo directive and title, “To Lionel Okvin from Dmitri Shostakovich 17th February 1947.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Shostakovich. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 15.75 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $8,800.00

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  • Douglas MacArthur Signed First Day Cover

    MacArthur, Douglas.

    Douglas MacArthur Signed First Day Cover.

    1948.

    First day cover boldly signed by General Douglas MacArthur. Dated February 3, 1948, the third anniversary of the entry of American forces. In fine condition.

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  • Autograph Letter signed by Greek Statesman Eleftherios Venizelos to American mining engineer and diplomat John Hays Hammond

    Venizelos, Eleftherios.

    Eleftherios Venizelos Autograph Letter Signed.

    One folding page letter hand-written and signed by “the father of modern Greece,” Eleftherios Venizelos. Dated December 24th, 1921 on letterhead from the El Mirasol in Santa Barbara, California, the letter reads “To Mr. John Hays Hammond El Mirasol. My dear Mr. Hammond, We are giving a very small luncheon party here on the 26th and Madame Venizelos & I would be delighted if Mrs. Hammond, Miss Hammond and yourself would give us the great pleasure of your company at 4 p.m. on the day. Very Sincerely yours, E.K. Venizelos.” The recipient, John Hays Hammond was a successful American mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist. A close friend of President William Howard Taft, Hays was appointed a special United States Ambassador and became chairman of the U.S. Coal Commission in 1922. A nice association.

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  • Autograph Letter signed by Greek Statesman Eleftherios Venizelos to American mining engineer and diplomat John Hays Hammond

    Venizelos, Eleftherios.

    Eleftherios Venizelos Autograph Letter Signed.

    1922.

    Autograph letter signed by “the maker of modern Greece,” Eleftherios Venizelos. One page, typescript on letterhead from Legation de Greece 51 Upper Brook Street. W.1, dated 24th October, 1922 and addressed to Mr. John Hays Hammond 2301 Kalorama Road Washington D.c., the letter reads, “My dear Mr. Hammond, I still retain very pleasant memories of out meeting in California, and of your courtesy and kindness to us. Since I have left America, a great disaster has come over my country, resulting in the expulsion of a million Christians from Asia Minor and Thrace, who are now threatened with starvation and death under the very eyes of a Europe too worn-out by the convulsions of the last ten years to cast more than an apathetic glance on the appalling sufferings caused by the mistakes of its diplomatists. In the papers I have read accounts of the truly magnificent spontaneity with which the American people are coming forward with offers of help in their crisis. America has once more shown her real Christian principles in what is primarily a humanitarian cause, and, as a Greek, I cannot but express my gratitude for the spirit that has been shown. I am taking the liberty of writing to you to ask you to use your wide influence on behalf of the innocent victims of this disaster, and should I like to point out that it is not only money that is needed, but assistance in the organisation of the relief; for Greece has been so exhausted by her recent adventures that she has neither the financial nor administrative resources to cope with the overwhelming problem of accommodating a surplus population amounting to one-fifth of the number of inhabitants within her borders. Please accept the expression of my gratitude and cordial thanks for anything you may be able to do for us. Believe me to be, Very sincerely Yours, E. K. Venizelos.” The recipient, John Hays Hammond was a successful American mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist. A close friend of President William Howard Taft, Hays was appointed a special United States Ambassador and became chairman of the U.S. Coal Commission in 1922. A nice association.

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  • Autograph Letter signed by Greek Statesman Eleftherios Venizelos to American mining engineer and diplomat John Hays Hammond

    Venizelos, Eleftherios.

    Eleftherios Venizelos Autograph Letter Signed.

    1922.

    Autograph letter signed by “the maker of modern Greece,” Eleftherios Venizelos. One page, typescript on Delegation Hellenique letterhead, the letter reads, “Lausanne, 7th December 1922 My dear Mr. Hammond, I thank you most cordially for your letter and wish to express to you the deep gratitude that I feel for the promptness with which you have do kindly undertaken to help us in this hour of trial and misfortune. I am indeed very sorry to hear that your daughter has been ill and hope that she has by this time completely recovered. My wife joins me in cordial greetings to Mrs. Hammond and yourself. Yours sincerely, E. K. Veniselos.” The recipient, John Hays Hammond was a successful American mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist with who Venizelos corresponded regularly. A close friend of President William Howard Taft, Hays was appointed a special United States Ambassador and became chairman of the U.S. Coal Commission in 1922. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 12 inches by 14 inches. A nice association.

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  • “The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm": Rare Autograph Note Signed by the founder of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale

    Nightingale, Florence.

    Florence Nightingale Autograph Note Signed.

    Rare autograph note signed by the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. The note reads, “A verbal answer, please, by messenger, ever yours sincerely, F. Nightingale.” Double matted and framed with an engraved photographic portrait of Nightingale. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 12 inches. A nice presentation.

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  • "You are without a doubt the kindest friend I have": Harper Lee Signed Letter to Close Friend Bruce Higgison

    Lee, Harper.

    Harper Lee Autographed Letter Signed.

    Autograph letter signed by Harper Lee on her personal monogram letterhead, June 26, 2009. The letter is written to her longtime friend Bruce Higgison. It reads, “My own Bruce: You are without a doubt the kindest friend I have, and are the kindest person in general—in the world, that is. In other words, you are so good to me and I love you. Nelle.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Lee’s hand. The letter measures 5.25 inches by 7.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 24 inches. A very warm and personal letter from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill A Mockingbird.

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  • "We can do anything we want to if we stick at it long enough": Autograph note signed by Helen Keller

    Keller, Helen.

    Helen Keller Autograph Note Signed.

    Rare autograph note written and signed by deaf-blind American activist and author Helen Keller. Written in pencil on a three-hole punch album page the note reads, “To Bob Hunt, We can do anything we want to if we stick at it long enough, Helen Keller.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Keller. The note measures 6 inches by 4.5 inches. The entire piece measures 21.25 by 16.5 inches.

    Price: $1,800.00

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