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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face": Rare Eleanor Roosevelt Signed Photograph
Original black and white photograph of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt signed by her. With the gilt Pach Bros NY photographer’s insignia. One of the oldest photographic firms in business in New York City, the Pach Brothers photography studio’s patrons included famous and ordinary Americans involved in business, politics, government, medicine, law, education, and the arts, as well as thousands of students, families and children who sat for Pach cameras from 1866 onward. In fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 4.75 inches.
Rare hand-illuminated apostolic benediction signed by Pope Pius XI with a circular portrait of him. The blessing in elaborate script reads, “Most Holy Father, Margaret, Katherine, Regina, John, Leo and Charles Lougrhan, humbly prostrate at the feet of Your Holiness beg one special blessing.” Signed by the pope at the conclusion, “Pope PP. XI.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 19 inches. Uncommon signed by Pope Pius XI.
November 20, 1920.
Autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Oliver Wendell Holmes on Supreme Court letterhead. Dated November 20th 1920, the letter reads, “Mr. Barnes called last Evening and delivered to me the handsome Copy of your amended essay. In his presence I established in my shelves, its place being by the side of a fine edition of my much admired Malthus. Mr. Barnes gave a charming account of you and I enjoyed his call very much – none the less that he had been received at any earlier moment with some suspicion as an unknown man with a bag. I hardly know which gives me the greater pleasure – your kind estimate of my work or the admirable quality of yours. On both grounds I am very much obliged to you and am Sincerely yours, O.W. Holmes.” Holmes’ legal philosophy was strongly influenced by the political and economic observations of Thomas Robert Malthus, powerfully expressed in his best-known work An Essay on the Principle of Population, published in 1798. Matted and framed with a drawing of Holmes. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12 inches.
December 6, 1830.
Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President. One page, dated December 6, 1830, the document grants a parcel of land in Merion County, Ohio to Daniel Musser and reads in part, “To all whom these presents shall come greeting whereas Daniel Musser of Marion County, Ohio has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a certificate of the Register of the Land Office…whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Daniel Musser according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820 entitled ‘An act making further provision for the side of the Public Lands'”. Signed by Andrew Jackson and countersigned by Elijah Haywood, Commissioner of the General Land Office. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 16.5 inches.
Madrid: May 28, 1699.
Rare elaborately illuminated nobility diploma signed by King Charles II of Spain, appointing Don Martin Damian Mendizabal the title of Marquis of Torre Gines. Quarto, bound in full red contemporary velvet covered boards with two metal clasps, containing five illuminated leaves, two fully illuminated in color with the Royal coat of arms and portrait of King Charles II, text in Spanish. Signed by King Charles II, “Yo el Rey” and additionally signed by several Royal secretaries. Bound with a printed manuscript of the Oath of Fidelity to the King of Spain with Royal stamps dated 1701 and with two autograph letters laid in, the first dated September 17, 1701 and signed by Philip V, and the second addressed to the Marquis. Exceptionally rare.
Rare collection of Rough Riders Photographs and Documents; Twice signed and inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt
Rare collection of original signed documents and photographs taken during President Theodore Roosevelt’s days as Colonel of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, or Rough Riders. The collection includes an original mounted photograph of Roosevelt in full uniform with his campaign hat; two cabinet card photographs of Albert S. Johnson, a member of the Cavalry; an endorsement dated September 7, 1998 which reads in part, “This officer did not serve in Cuba but remained in Florida with the squadron left behind” signed, “T. Roosevelt” which is affixed to the verso of of Albert S. Johnson’s 5 September 1898 application for 60-days leave; and a military record discharging Johnson from the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry with remarks from Captain R.H. Bruce and Theodore Roosevelt, “Did not serve under me personally; is reported to me as a good and loyal officer. T. Roosevelt col 1st U.S.V.” Johnson’s application for leave was ultimately denied as his regiment was about to be disbanded and taken out of service. In near fine condition. An exceptional collection. Documents from Roosevelt’s Rough Rider days are rare.
Rare autograph letter signed by the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture
April 28, 1800.
Rare original letter signed and in the hand of the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture. One page, folded, bearing the original wax seal on the verso, containing both the original message sent by Toussaint L’Ouverture and a forwarded reply by its original recipient Michel Etienne Descourtilz to General Augustin Honore d’Hebecourt. The letter in Toussaint L’Ouverture’s hand translates as, “The Passport requested by the Petitioner cannot be granted at this time. Le Général en Chef Toussaint Louverture.” Descourtilz has written in reply, “Citizen, Our friend Huin, more occupied with general interest than his own in particular, reminded me when he left that he had forgotten to recommend that you obtain a passport to pick up animals in the Spanish section. He is economically and socially linked to one of my uncles to whom he has left the task of reinforcing the product of his cabin in Grand Islet. It is therefore for the same relative, and the men necessary for this voyage that I serve as interpreter to impose on your good graces. RSVP. Yours, Descourtilz P.S. My difficulty meeting you required me to write to you.” On the verso Descourtilz has also written, “If your care allows you to meet my three requests, you would very much oblige me to tell me at what time I can find you Décadi [part of the Republican calendar], my plans being to leave for Artibonite on Monday of the Décadi, where business awaits me.” Descourtilz was a French botanist, physician, taxonomist and historiographer of the Haitian Revolution. A passport from Toussaint L’Ouverture allowed him to serve as a physician with the forces of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Haiti, where he arrived in 1799. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
"Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much": Rare Typed Letter Signed by Harry S. Truman as President to Lewis Strauss
February 2, 1951.
Rare typed letter signed by Harry S. Truman as President. One page on White House stationary, the letter is dated February 2, 1951 and addressed to the Honorable Lewis Strauss, 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York. The letter reads: “Dear Admiral: I can’t tell you how very much I appreciated your letter of January twenty-ninth about Margaret’s acting at the performance for the Cancer Research Fund. Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much. Sincerely Yours, Harry Truman.” The recipient, Lewis Strauss, was a Jewish-American businessman, philanthropist, public office holder, and naval officer. He was a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States. After the deaths of both of his parents from cancer, Strauss established a fund for physics research to develop better radiation treatment for cancer patients. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches.
Signed by Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, Bryon White and Sandra Day O'Connor
Large photograph of the 1980’s Burger Court, signed by nine justices. The justices are Warren Burger, Byron R. White, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., William Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Additionally inscribed above the image by Burger, “For Donna De Young with best wishes Warren E. Burger.” Framed. The entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 17 inches. Rare and desirable. An attractive image of this important court which presided over a number of issues relating to equality and freedom.
"The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender": Proclamation of Nazi Germanys Surrender; Signed by Harry Truman
Washington, D.C: May 8, 1945.
Large three-colored broadside of Harry Truman’s Proclamation declaring the surrender of Germany, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman. Also included at the lower left is the original 1945 Christmas card from the President and Mrs. Truman and at lower right, the original red, white and blue ribbon. These were presented by the President as gifts for friends. Uncommon, especially with the original Christmas card and ribbon. Matted and framed, which measures 21 inches by 28 inches.
Rare original painting of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After a photograph by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner. Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner immigrated to the United States in 1856 where he became best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In near fine condition. In a period frame. The entire piece measures 20.75 by 16.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
Rare Original Ship's Passport; Boldly signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State
February 3, 1812.
Original Presidential ship passport signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State. One page partially printed on vellum with beautifully engraved headpiece of a ship and harbor by E. Savage and original wafer Presidential seal, the passport is dated February 3rd 1812 and reads in part, “By the President of the United States of America Suffer the Ship Calcutta of New York John Higginson master or commander of the burden of Three hundred seventy three & 94/95 tons or thereabouts, mounted with two guns, navigated with twenty men to pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods, and Merchandise without any hindrance, seizure or molestation: the said ship appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States and to him or them only.” Boldly signed by Madison at the conclusion, “James Madison” and countersigned by James Monroe as Secretary of State. In near fine condition.
Rare Military COMMISSION SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND Secretary of the War Edwin M. Stanton; with an additional appointment letter signed by Stanton
July 5, 1862.
Rare military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President July 5, 1862 and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original blue paper seal, the commission appoints Edward G. Beckwith as Additional Aide-de-Camp with the rank of Colonel. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 21 inches. Accompanied by a later appointment letter dated August 1, 1865 on Stanton’s War Department letterhead appointing Beckwith “for distinguished services in the Subsistence Department during the War, a Lieutenant Colonel by Brevet” and singed by Stanton at the conclusion. With the original transmittal envelope. Edward Griffin Beckwith served in the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War, and played a large role in the Pacific Railroad Survey from 1853 to 1857. The First Transcontinental Railroad followed his recommended route. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Royal Christmas card bearing two gilt royal seals to the front panel and an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Diana, “To Jon Ali, love from us both, Diana.” In fine condition. The card measures 16 inches by 6 inches.
Washington: May 1, 1866.
Rare Naval commission signed by Andrew Johnson as President of the United States. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original orange paper seal, the document is dated May 1, 1866 and appoints Leonard Paulding as Commander in the United States Navy. Signed at the conclusion by Andrew Johnson and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Leonard Paulding served in the U.S. Navy from 1840 to 1867. Beginning as a midshipman abroad the USS Preble II, he was promoted to an officer on September 14, 1855 and subsequently to commander with the present document. In near fine condition. Matted. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 20 inches.
Royal Christmas card bearing two royal seals to the front panel and an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles. Boldly inscribed by both and signed in each of their hands, “Mr. and Mrs. Bennett from Charles and Diana.” In fine condition. Matted and framed.