Framed Autographs and Historical Documents
Raptis Rare Books maintains an extensive selection of framed autographs, manuscripts, signed and inscribed photographs, and historical documents.
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Color photograph of President Kennedy meeting with astronaut Wally Schirra and his family in the Oval Office, affixed to its original mount. Boldly inscribed, “To Commander Walter Schirra—and his family—with esteem and best wishes, John Kennedy.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece linking these two great American icons.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 80092
Silver gelatin photograph signed and inscribed by Howard Hughes standing with his H-1 racing airplane. It was in this Hughes H-1 aircraft, designed by Hughes himself with Richard Palmer, that the aviator broke the world airspeed record in 1935 and the transcontinental airspeed record in 1937. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches. Signed and inscribed photographs of Hughes are rare.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 102564
NASA color photograph from the May 1969 press release printed on verso, showing the astronauts in space suits without helmets, the moon in the background. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Matted and framed.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 5469
Apollo Astronauts Signed Reunion Poster; signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts and from the collection of Frank White
Rare original poster from The Apollo Reunion July 16, 1986 in Washington D.C. Signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Charles Conrad, Ron Evans, Stuart Roosa, Richard Gordon, Charlie Duke, Michael Collins, Walt Cunningham, James Lovell, Donn Eisele, Bill Anders, Alan Bean, Jim Irwin, Al Worden, Rusty Schweickart, Alan Shepard, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt. From the collection of Frank White, author of ‘The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution’, a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development based on White’s interviews with 31 astronauts. The term “Overview Effect” describes the cognitive shift in worldview that astronauts experience when they see the Earth from space and in space. Framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 105483
Miami Beach, Florida: City Engineer's Office, 1925.
Rare early map of Miami Beach, Florida. This map covers the important southern from the Norris Cut north to 41st St., with the Flamingo, Miami Beach and Bay Shore Golf Courses. It is a cadastral map, with the various subdivisions and lots shown. OCLC/WorldCat list only one copy of the 1947 issue, at the University of Virginia, but no copies of this much earlier and more significant edition. The map measures 19.75 inches by 36.25 inches. Framed, the entire piece measures 25 inches by 41 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 82308
Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117764
“Adventure is just bad planning": Rare Signed Photograph of heroic expedition leader Roald Amundsen, the first explorer to reach both the North and South Poles
Sepia tone photograph of heroic expedition leader Roald Amundsen in arctic gear. Boldly signed by Roald Amundsen on the lower right corner. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches by 10 inches. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 18.5 inches. Photographs signed by Amundsen are rare.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 64007
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline “Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous”, a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Articles featured on the front page include, “Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon”, “Kennedy Charged in Crash”, and “Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 21 inches. Rare a desirable signed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
Single sheet of fifty four-cent stamps signed by all of the Mercury Seven, as follows: Malcolm Scott Carpenter; Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr.; John Herschel Glenn, Jr.; Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom; Walter “Wally” Schirra, Jr.; Alan B. Shepard, Jr.; Donald “Deke” Slayton. The signatures of Shepard and Grissom are faded. Matted and framed opposite a copy of Life magazine featuring the Mercury Seven. Entire piece measures 20 inches by 26 inches. An attractive and desirable piece, signed by all of the Mercury Seven astronauts.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 19052
Rare original photograph boldly signed by legendary aviator Amelia Earhart; with the original transmittal letter signed by her husband, George Putnam
Rare original photograph boldly signed by record-breaking aviator Amelia Earhart. Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Amelia Earhart’s husband, George P. Putnam. Addressed to Jean Teal of Murdock, Nebraska, the letter reads: “Dear Jean: Miss Earhart has asked me to answer your note, as she herself is too busy to do much corresponding these days. Herewith we are sending you an autographed picture. The drawing you made she is keeping herself as she would like to add it to her collection. Very truly yours, G. P. Putnam.” Earhart’s husband George P. Putnam achieved fame as one of the most successful promoters of the 1930s particularly with the blockbuster publication of Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography “We” in 1927. He later offered to assist Earhart in writing the story of her flight across the Atlantic ocean which ultimately resulted in the publication of 20 Hrs., 40 Min and their marriage. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 4.5 by 3.5 inches. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 12 inches.
Price: $3,600.00 Item Number: 92492
"one of the most decorative maps of the Holy Land of the 17th century": Rare engraved hand-colored map of the Holy Land
Amsterdam: Blaeu, W, 1634.
Copper engraved, hand-colored map of one of the most decorative map of the Holy Land of the 17th century. One page with hand-colored borders, the map depicts the tribes of Israel and the route the Israelites took from Egypt through Sinai into Canaan. In the sea there are three sea monsters, one of which has targeted a fishing vessel. The title cartouche is guarded by two dogs, draped with fruit, and flanked by Moses inscribing the ten commandments and a Jewish high priest. In fine condition. Double matted and framed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 101741
Rare 18th century Homann Heirs map of the Western Hemisphere. One page, the map depicts in detail North and South America as well as western portions of Europe and Africa with a large decorative cartouche. Homann’s second map of the Western Hemisphere, the present map provided new details in the interior of North America particularly along the Mississippi River. At the time of publication the Northwest coast of America and the Northwest Passage were still undiscovered. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120497
“ORBITING EARTH IN THE SPACESHIP, I SAW HOW BEAUTIFUL OUR PLANET IS. PEOPLE, LET US PRESERVE AND INCREASE THIS BEAUTY, NOT DESTROY IT!”: RARE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED by Yuri Gagarin, Pavel Popovich, Gherman Titov, and Andriyan Nikolayev
Rare original photograph signed by four important Russian cosmonauts including the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin. Additionally signed by Andriyan Nikolayev (the third Russian in space and the first person to make a televised broadcast from space), Gherman Titov who became the first human to orbit the earth multiple times in 1961, and Pavel Popovich (the fourth cosmonaut to travel into space). Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 9.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100123
Rare original photograph inscribed by journalist and explorer Henry M. Stanley. Inscribed by Stanley in the upper right corner of the photograph, “Yours faithfully, Henry M. Stanley 1907.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 100192
Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 39022
“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!”: Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin
Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 91799
Rare collection of engraved portraits of Italian navigator Christopher Columbus. Four pieces, each double matted and framed, including: an engraved portrait of Columbus with text in Latin which measures 11.5 inches by 9 inches; an engraved portrait titled, “Christophle Colomb” with Columbus gesturing towards the stars with a sextant which measures 12.5 inches by 10.5 inches; an engraved portrait of Columbus titled “D. Christoval Colon: Descubridor del Nuevo Mundo” which measures 12.5 inches by 9.75 inches; and an engraved lithographic portrait in color printed in Vienna which measures 17.5 by 13.5 inches. Each piece is in fine condition.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 100327
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of British orientalist Sir Richard Francis Burton. One page, the letter reads, “Dear Sir, With many thanks I wish to say that I am at present my own agent… but I will let you know in time… Bill F. Burton. Twist Feb. 23 85.” In very good condition. Accompanied by portrait of Burton. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 116349
Rare 1976 Series Two Dollar Bill; signed by American Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence
Washington, D.C: United States Treasury, 1976.
Rare two dollar bill signed by American astronaut and the second man to land on the moon, Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 10.5 inches by 5.75 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117394