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Autograph quote signed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. The quote reads, “Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. I could not but feel with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around me, not only that of men but that of the whole creation. From this community of suffering I have never tried to withdraw myself. It seemed to me a matter of course that we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world.” Signed by Schweitzer beneath the quote. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Schweitzer. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17.5 inches. A unique example, rare and desirable signed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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.
Original carte-de-visite of famed author Alexandre Dumas. In near fine condition. The carte-de-visite measures 2.5 by 4 inches.
New York: 1795.
Rare autographed letter signed by Alexander Hamilton regarding books missing from his law library. One page, the letter is addressed on the verso to Hamilton’s personal friend and fellow lawyer Richard Varick. The letter reads, “New York June 16 1795 I beg the favour of you to cause a search to be made in your office for books belonging to me, and if any are found to send them to me. Inclosed [sic] is a list of books which I miss – There may be others of which I have neither minute or recollection – but believe my name will be written in any that belong to me. I am sir your very obedt. servt A Hamilton.” Accompanied is a list of Hamilton’s missing books titled “Deficient books of Mr. Hamilton’s Law Library” which includes volumes by Strange, Burrows, Wilson, and Buller. The recipient, Richard Varick served as the second Attorney General of New York from 1784 to 1789 and the 45th Mayor of New York City from 1789 to 1801. As Mayor, Varick focused on the yellow fever epidemics which struck repeatedly and revised the statutes of New York with fellow lawyer Samuel Jones. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Hamilton. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 13 inches.
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.
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.
Exceptionally rare autograph album signed by President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet including Salmon P. Chase and William H. Seward
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.
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.
Typed signed letter from Carl Haverlin to Igor Stravinsky, with Stravinsky's holograph notes and signature
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.
Rare autograph note signed by Russian-American philosopher Ayn Rand, “Ayn Rand 173 E. 74th St. New York, N.Y.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Rand. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.5 inches.
Autograph note signed by American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “I your most obedient & most humble servant B Franklin.” Affixed to a large original engraved portrait of Frankiln, printed in Paris, 1778. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 15.25 inches. Rare and desirable.
“Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course: the space between your ears": Bobby Jones Signed Portrait
Rare signed portrait of Bobby Jones seated with his golf clubs after a painting by Margaret Fitzhugh Browne. Signed and dated by Bobby Jones beneath the portrait in the year the portrait was published in Golf Illustrated Magazine, “Robert T. Jones Jr. Dec 29, 1930.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. Unique and desirable.
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man": Rare Autograph Note Signed by Charles Darwin 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.
“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power": Rare Signed Photograph of French General Charles De Gaulle
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.
"What would you say you want most out of life, Charlie Brown? To be happy?" Charles Schulz Original Linus Van Pelt Drawing Signed
Original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Linus Van Pelt. Drawn and inscribed by Charles M. Schulz, “For Sandy – Charles M. Schulz.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.5 inches by 12.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Rare original photograph of a young Charlie Chaplin. Signed by Chaplin beneath his portrait, “Faithfully Chas Chaplin.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches by 5 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
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.
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.
"I'm wearing a necklace and ear-rings so that the mountains can enjoy looking at them!": Exceptionally rare collection of autograph letters signed by reclusive author P.L. Travers
1974 - 1993.
Exceptionally rare collection of 28 typed and hand written letters and notes signed by the author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers. 36 pages, the letters are a collection of 20 years of correspondence between Travers and close personal friends John and Jacqueline Rutherfurd and offer an intimate glimpse into Travers’ personal life and many travels. In one note dated August 10, 1981, Travers writes: “Dear Jaqueline, I write, with a newly overhauled portable (and see how it works and imagine what I will have to say to them when I get back to London!) from Chandolin, the highest lived-in-all-the-year-round village in Europe. Lovely high air and I try to come for a short time every year to get away from London sea level. And I’m wearing a necklace and ear-rings so that the mountains can enjoy looking at them!” Another letter, dated December 20, 1981, reads in part: “I am waiting for a photograph of me that was taken for my new book that is coming out here in the spring…I wish I could say when the book will be out in the U. S. but there are all sorts of goings on there; I’ve rewritten one of the stories, called Bad Tuesday in the first Mary Poppins book as the San Francisco library put it in the index as being ‘insulting to minorities.’” Another letter dated May 7th 1980 reads in part: “That was a lovely poem to have received at three o’clock in the morning, Jacqueline! Truly beautiful…I will certainly keep it. I put special things into books and then come upon them ages after and am refreshed all over again. That is why I don’t lend my books. I’m not going to let others see my letters, my comments in the margins; why let them into my communing with myself?” Additionally included are the original envelopes addressed to the Rutherfurds in Travers’ hand. An exceptional collection offering a unique glimpse into the personality of the very private author.