• 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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  • "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 Roberts1

    Jones, Robert T (Bobby Jones).

    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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  • 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.

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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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  • Ian Fleming Autographed Letter Signed to Spy Antony Terry

    Fleming, Ian.

    Ian Fleming Autographed Letter Signed.

    Autographed letter signed by Ian Fleming to journalist and spy Antony Terry of the British Press Centre. On Kemsley House letterhead, dated 9th July 1951. It reads, ”I attach a copy of my final letter to Michael Parker, from which you will see that his application to Mr. Neville Berry only received consideration from me since Parker intended to move to Munich. Naturally, I do not want anyone else accredited to the British Zone, and I leave it to you in case Parker calls to clarify his mind on the point. Meanwhile, please accept my further congratulations on the splendid service you continue to give to us and which is greatly appreciated by all editors. It also gives me much pleasure to hear from time to time what a fine reputation you are building up in Germany. A high opinion of your work is undoubtedly held by everyone who matters in the British Zone. I hope you have a splendid holiday Yours ever Ian Fleming.” In near fine condition. The letter measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Fleming. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 18.5 inches.

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  • Jack Kerouac Autographed Manuscript

    Kerouac, Jack.

    Jack Kerouac Autographed Manuscript.

    Jack Kerouac’s candid handwritten reply to a young man’s questions about being a “Beatnik,” his life philosophy, his thoughts on Montana, and more. Students in Robert Dodd’s ninth-grade class were told to contact their favorite writer with their own unique series of questions relating specifically to that writer. The young Dodd chose Jack Kerouac, and the author replied at length to his questionnaire, which includes queries about his classification as a “Beatnik” (his answer: “I never was a Beatnik – it was the newspapers and critics who tagged that label on me….”), life philosophy (“My philosophy is ‘No Philosophy,’ just ‘Things-As-They-Are’”), career goals (“Be a great writer making everybody believe in Heaven”), the ideal way of life (“Hermit in the woods…”), his thoughts on fame (“My name is like Crackerjacks, famous, but very few people buy my books…”), and segregation (“[t]he Irish and Italians of Massachusetts never paraded in protest, just worked hard and made it”). Interestingly, Kerouac is most expansive in response to the final question: whether he has visited Montana. His answer fills three-quarters of the page, beginning: “Great day, my favorite state! – I wrote about Montana in ‘On the Road’ but the publishers took it out behind my back… I stayed one night, but up all night, in a saloon in Butte, to keep out of the 40-below February cold, among sheep ranchers playing poker.” Two pages. In near fine condition.

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  • Appointment by President John Adams; Boldly Signed by Him

    Adams, John .

    John Adams Signed Document.

    John Adams Signed Document, while as President. One page on vellum. Partially printed and some in manuscript, Philadelphia, June 27, 1798, appointing George Calder as Midshipman in the Navy. It is also signed by Benjamin Stoddart as Secretary of the Navy. A sharp example of a large Adams signature on a Midshipman’s commission. Calder served in that capacity until 1802, then was appointed Sailing Master, resigning in November of 1804. Many of his papers survive in the James W. Patton archive at University of North Carolina. Small repair to the upper right corner, in near fine condition. One page on vellum. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 17 inches.

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  • Signed Document From Marie 'de Medici

    'de Medici, Marie.

    Marie de Medici Signed Document.

    Letter signed by Marie ‘de Medici. Signed “Marie,” dated September 12, 1613. Letter to M. de Bouthwoud, the president of the Parliament at Rouen, ordering him in the name of her son to convene and supervise the convocation of the Parliament. At this time Marie de Medici was regent for her son, Louis XIII, who was nine years old. A rare and desirable piece from the influential Medici, featuring a large, prominent signature. In excellent condition with only light toning and wear. The document measures 8.25 inches by 12.5 inches. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph, the entire piece measures 20 inches by 18.75 inches.

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  • "I have been accepted in Boston University Graduate School as a regular student and a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Systematic Theology": Exceptionally Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before beginning graduate studies at Boston University in 1951

    King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther .

    Martin Luther King Autograph Letter Signed.

    Boston: 1951.

    Typescript autograph letter signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. requesting housing upon his acceptance to Boston University Graduate School. The letter, dated June 15th 1951 and addressed to Dean Charles W. Alter, Boston University Graduate School, reads, “Dear Dean Alter, I have been accepted in Boston University Graduate School as a regular student and a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Systematic Theology. I am now interested in finding living accommodations on the campus, or at least very near by. A single room would be preferable. If such is possible I would appreciate having it reserved. I am also interested in applying for a graduate Fellowship. Please send me the necessary information at this point along with an application blank. Thanks in advance for your cooperation, I am Sincerely yours, Martin L. King, Jr.” King later recalled his experience with housing bias in 1951 Boston in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1965, “I remember very well trying to find a place to live. I went into place after place where there were signs that rooms were for rent. They were for rent until they found out I was a Negro, and suddenly they had just been rented.” Double matted and framed, with a photograph of a young King. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 21.75 inches. This letter offers an extraordinary glimpse into the education of the great African-American Civil Rights leader, exemplifying his own experiences with the systemic racism in 1950s American society.

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  • Exceptionally Rare Hand-written Letter Signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a graduate student at Boston University in 1952

    King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Hand-Written Autograph Letter Signed.

    Boston: 1952.

    Hand-written autograph letter signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his academic adviser at Boston University Graduate School. The letter, dated September 1952 on an official Registrar Petition form addressed to the faculty reads: “I am desirous of taking twelve hours towards the PhD degree this semester in the Boston University Graduate School. My major field is Systematic theology. At present I have completed twenty-eight hours toward the degree, and passed the French examination. I plan to take the German examination in October, 1952. I would have taken the examination before now, but I wanted to make sure that I had an adequate background in German before taking it. For the past two years I have been a close student of German. In the light of this I am fairly certain that I can pass the examination in October. Martin L. King Jr. Graduate Student.” With faculty notes beneath signed by King’s academic adviser, “1952 L. Harold DeWolf. Approved. Granted for fall semester only.” King has also clearly printed his name on the verso, visible though an opening at in the back of the frame. Double matted and framed with a photograph of a young King. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 15 inches. An exceptionally rare example providing a remarkable glimpse into the iconic leader’s education.

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Autograph Signed to Activist Jean Bach

    King, Jr., Martin Luther.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Signed Notecard.

    Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr., “For Jean Bach With Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” The recipient Jean Bach was an activist, filmmaker and doyenne of New York Jazz. She was an important figure in New York Jazz circles, as well as a social activist and the director of the Oscar-winning film, A Great Day in Harlem. In fine condition. Double matted and framed opposite a print of King, Jr. A nice association.

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  • Maurice Ravel Signed Autograph musical quotation signed and an autograph letter signed

    Ravel, Maurice.

    Maurice Ravel Autographed Signed Letter and Signed Musical Quotation.

    Autograph musical quotation signed and an autograph letter signed by Maurice Ravel. The quotation, 3 bars from his Chansons madécasses, notated on a two-stave system, with holograph title, lyrics, tempo directive and instrument labels. The letter in French is addressed to “My friend”, in French, stating that he received his note when leaving Geneva and mentioning two places he might be when he returns at Christmastime, dated Paris 15 December 1928 With Hotel D’Athènes” stationery. Both matted and framed together with a commemorative medallion. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 27 inches. A striking piece, rare and desirable.

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  • Rare Michael Faraday Signed Letter with a Carte-de-visite

    Faraday, Michael .

    Michael Faraday Autograph Letter Signed.

    Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.

     

     

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  • Mohandas Gandhi Autographed Letter Signed

    Gandhi, Mohandas K.

    Mohandas K. Gandhi Autographed Letter Signed.

    India: 26 March 1934.

    A historically significant autographed signed letter from Mohandas Gandhi, written at the height of the independence movement in India, in response to the devastation of the Nepal-Bihar earthquake, and requesting help from a British friend. The 8.0 magnitude earthquake which struck on January 15, 1934, was one of the worst in the history of Nepal and the northern Indian state of Bihar. Gandhi writes to Sam Higginbottom in response to an offer of aid, “Dear Friend: Your letter has given me great joy. I take you at your word. Come, see the afflicted area and tell us (1) how best and cheaply we can clean our choked wells, (2) how we can house the homeless, (3) how drain water-clogged areas, (4) how remove the sand which covers our fair fields. These are but samples of the work in front of us. Of course the gov’t and the people are working in unison. But you know my regards for your expert knowledge. Even if you do not show us anything new, I personally will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have seen the area… I leave tomorrow morning with Rajendra Babu to visit balance of the area yet unseen by me. But you may come independently of me… I return to Patna on 4th prox. evening and leave for Purnea and thence for Assam on the 7th proximo… Very sincerely, M. Gandhi.” The recipient of the letter Sam Higginbottom, was an Englishman who lived in Allahabad, India, where he founded the Allahabad Agricultural Institute. While in India, he developed close friendships with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The letter is on both sides of a single sheet, with a portion of the original envelope, addressed in Gandhi’s hand and with canceled stamp, affixed to the bottom of the letter. In very good condition. Housed in a custom folding case. An exceptional piece of history.

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