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ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD INSCRIBED BY PRINCESS DIANA; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE TWO YOUNG PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY
Royal 1992 Christmas card bearing two gilt royal seals to the front panel and an original black and white photograph of the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Diana, “To Jon Ali, love from the four of us, Diana.” In fine condition. The card measures 12 inches by 8 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.
“LEAD THEM STRAIGHT AND TRUE; GIVE STRENGTH TO THEIR ARMS, STOUTNESS TO THEIR HEARTS, STEADFASTNESS IN THEIR FAITH”; MAGNIFICENT LIMITED EDITION OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT’S D-DAY PRAYER, ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES PRINTED, BROADCAST THE NIGHT OF THE NORMANDY INVASION
Washington, D.C: Christmas, 1944.
Limited edition of this rare broadside of the “D-Day Prayer,” one of only 50 printed copies issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his close friends, handsomely printed in gothic type with red, blue and gold ink textual embellishments. The broadside measures 14 inches by 21 inches, printed in black gothic type, capital letters and portions of the heading in red and blue ink. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20.5 inches by 28 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
"The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.
Rare Civil War era carte-de-visite portrait of General Robert E. Lee in uniform, boldly signed “RE Lee”. In fine condition. Quadruple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches.
Kent: A.G. Bishop & Sons, Ltd, c. 1965.
Second edition of Mandela’s Rivonia Speech. Signed and dated on the front panel, “NMandela 31.8.05.” In near fine condition.
December 6, 1830.
Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Elijah Hayward. One page partially printed on vellum the document is dated November 11, 1830 and officially grants Scott Riggs a 72-acre land parcel in Springfield, Illinois. Signed at the conclusion “Andrew Jackson” and “Elijah Hayward” with the white paper paper seal to the lower left corner. In very good condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 by 13.5 inches.
First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber
J.A. Preuss, and London: H. Rothe: Zurich, n.d. (ca. 1880).
First edition of this extensive gallery of photographs of Switzerland. Quarto, original publisher’s full decorative vellum with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate gilt central motif to the front panel depicting an alpine postal carriage, all edges gilt, gilt patterned endpapers, illustrated with one hundred collotypes displaying views of Switzerland. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription from Queen Victoria to Horatia Stopford, a Lady of her Bedchamber, “To dear Horatia Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.
November 29, 1870.
Rare original document signed by Queen Victoria granting John R. Davidson a license to plead in Manchester at a trial for conspiracy. One page folded with the white paper Royal Seal to the front page. Signed by Queen Victoria at the top of the document, “Victoria R.” In fine condition.
Eton Square: January 9, 1859.
Rare original document signed by Queen Victoria appointing George Markham Giffard, Hunton Rodwell and Henry Hawkins to her Counsel Learned in the Law. One page, approved and signed by Queen Victoria at the head of the page, “App. Victoria R.” In near fine condition.
January 28, 1936.
Autograph signed letter by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as President. One page on White House letterhead and dated January 28th 1936, the letter reads: My dear Judge Meyer; Thank you ever so much for your kind thought in sending me the “Flying Cloud” etching. It is indeed a lovely thing and I am particularly glad to have it for my collection. Will you not be good enough to tell Mr. Dansford that I think it is very fine work. I am looking forward with pleasure to receiving the other etchings you mention. I am very grateful, too, for your cordial birthday greetings and good wishes. Very sincerely yours, “Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Roosevelt commissioned the first presidential library in the United States, built under his personal direction between 1939 and 1940. The library came to house 16,000 books, 15,000 photographs, 275,000 feet of movie film, and 300 sound recordings. The present letter refers to an etching of the historic clipper ship Flying Cloud which set the world’s sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco in 1854 and was acquired by Roosevelt as an addition to his large etching and photograph collection. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Roosevelt. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 15 inches.
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.
"We do hereby charge all Sharks, Whales, Eels, Dolphins, Gollywogs, Pollywogs, etc. to abstain from eating, playing with or otherwise maltreating his person": Official Neptune Rex Ceremony Decree Signed by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
June 5, 1950.
Rare original Neptune Rex Ceremony Decree signed by Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister. One page, partially printed with a woodcut headpiece of King Neptune, woodcut initials and red Neptune Rex seal. The decree reads, “Whereas by our Royal condescension we decree that our trusty and well beloved Norman Cliff has this day entered Our domain and has been rightly and duly initiated with all form and ceremony as our subject on board Indian Naval Ship Delhi. We do hereby charge all Sharks, Whales, Eels, Dolphins, Gollywogs, Pollywogs, etc. to abstain from eating, playing with or otherwise maltreating his person. And We further direct all Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Globetrotters and Landlubbers who have not crossed the Equator of Our Royal domain to treat him with respect due to on of Our loyal subjects. Given at Our Court on the Equator this fifth day of June 1950 in longitude 92.” Signed at the conclusion by Jawaharlal Nehru and Norman Cliff. The Neptune Rex Ceremony was a traditional line-crossing ceremony performed to initiate sailors into the Kingdom of Neptune upon their first crossing of the Equator. The tradition may have originated with early Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian vessels passing notable headlands. By the eighteenth century, there were well-established line-crossing rituals in the British Royal Navy, United States Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy. In near fine condition.
Rare Society of the Cincinnati membership certificate signed by George Washington as president of the society of the Cincinnati
Philadelphia: May 5th, 1784.
Rare autograph document signed by George Washington as President of the Society of the Cincinnati during the first general meeting of the Society and 5 years prior to his election and inauguration as the first President of the United States of America. One page partially printed on vellum with engraved vignettes by Auguste L. Belle after Jean-Jacques Andre LeVeau depicting America in knight’s armor trampling upon the British standard and the American eagle casting the British lion and Britannia out to sea with thunderbolts, engraved seal of the Order of the Cincinnati. The document reads: Be it known that Lieutenant William Andrews is a member of the society of the Cincinnati instituted by the Officers of the American Army at the Period of Dissolution, as well to commemorate the great Event which gave Independence to North American, as for the laudable Purpose of inculcating the Duty of laying down in Peace Arms assumed for public Defence, and of uniting in Acts of brotherly Affection and Bonds of perpetual Friendship the Members constituting the same. In Testimony whereof I, the President of the said Society have hereunto set my hand at Philadelphia in Pennsylvania this fifth day of may in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Four and in the Eighth Year of the Independence of the United States. By Order, ” “H.Knox” Secretary “G. Wahsington” President. William Andrews was commissioned a lieutenant on 1 January 1777 with the Third Continental Artillery. His regiment wintered at Valley Forge, andthe following June, Andrews was captured and held by the British in New York until he was exchanged in September 1781. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Washington. The entire piece measures 36 inches by 23 inches. An exceptional example.
Porter and Coates: Philadelphia, .
Large paper edition, one of 250 numbered copies of The Queens of Society and Beaux of Society. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full calf, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, illustrated. In fine condition.
“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all": Signed Photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru
Signed photograph of the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed and dated by Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru 1957.” Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Nehru, dated 21st June 1957 , and addressed to Mr. Tore Johansen which reads, ‘Dear friend, I have received you letter of the 20th June 1957 for which I thank you. I am sending you a photograph of mine. With all good wishes to you, “Yours sincerely Jawaharlal Nehru.”‘ In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.5 inches by 4.75 inches.