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Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By ROBINSON, George F., 1st Marquess of Ripon (1827-1909)

This English aristocrat, politician and statesman served, among many high-level positions, as secretary for war (1863), secretary for India (1863), lord president of council in Gladstone's administration (1868-73), governor general of India (1880-84) and first lord of the admiralty (1866). ALS, 1p, 4½" X 7", Chelsea Embankment, U.K., 25 November 1908. Addressed to Aberdeen. Very good. Faint edgewear; single horizontal fold (not weakened). On black-bordered mourning stationery -- Lady Ripon had died in February 1907 -- he pens in his usual sloppy script "Most hearty do I thank for your very kind letter. I never dreamt that you would think of coming to the Luncheon yesterday. But I value greatly the letter which you have sent and which is another proof after many I have already received of your esteem & regard...." Signed simply "Ripon" A nice example.

$75.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By LANSDOWNE, 3rd Marquess (Sir Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice) (1780-1863)

This English politician, statesman and philanthropist served Parliament as a Whig and for more than half a century filled important posts such as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Lord President of the Council. ALS, 2pp (lettersheet), Bowood (Calne, Wiltshire, U.K.), n.d. Addressed to "Dear Bowles" (William Lisle Bowles, 1762-1850, poet, critic and clergyman). Near fine. Writing from the family estate of "Bowood," Lansdowne invites his friend to dinner on Monday, noting cryptically that "You will perhaps meet an acquaintance, not Rogers." Referring perhaps to an essay Bowles had published, Lansdowne also notes, "I quite assent to your criticism on light -- the lines were really not worth the thought you bestowed on them...." Signed simply "Lansdowne" and neatly penned in brown ink. In a postscript Lansdowne adds, "I have some notion that Bingham is with you, if he is pray bring him to Bowood on Monday." Reverend Peregrine Bingham (1756-1826) was a well-known clergyman and also a poet and biographer -- as well as husband of Bowles' daughter. A nice example with great associations.

$150.00

Signature and Salutation
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Signature and Salutation

By SIMOPOULOS, Charalambos (1847-1942)

This noted Greek diplomat served as ambassador to the Court of St. James during World War Two. Boldly penned "With best wishes / Ch. Simopoulos / Washington / D.C. / 1934" in black ink on a heavy stock 5" X 3" card. Very good. Tiny abrasion near top center (away from writing). A surprisingly uncommon signature.

$50.00

Document Signed
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Document Signed

By CHARLES II (1630-85)

The "Merrie Monarch," thus nicknamed because of the liberality of his court and the public's joy at the return to normalcy after the tyrannical rule of Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans, reclaimed the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1659 after exile on mainland Europe for nine years; he managed to retain control until his death in 1685. DS on vellum, 1p, 14" X 9¼", Whitehall, England, n.y. [1663] October 13. Good. Light folds (none weakened); bit of age toning about some edges. Royal military appointment naming John Griffith an "Ensigne of the Company of Hoote... in Sr. William Killegrew's Regiment" and commanding him "carefully to discharge the duty of an Ensigne by exercising and well disciplining both the inferior Officers & Souldiers of that Company, who are to obey you as their Ensigne...." Signed by EDWARD NICHOLAS (1593-1669) at lower right -- noted English statesman, close advisor to Charles I, Charles II's Secretary of State. In the upper left corner is affixed a 2" square paper seal onto which the circular Royal seal has been blind-embossed, and to the right of this Charles II signs with his usual large "Charles R." While the text of this document is only lightly faded, the signature is more so -- it's legible, but faint, as is Nicholas's signature as well. This document has been elegantly matted and framed: Free-floated against a gold-and-black matte with a textured cream outer matte. To left of the document is a second matte opening featuring a superb 4¼" X 7" steel-engraved portrait of "Charles the Second" (published 1808 by John White of London). Frame is a contemporary 1¼" black and gold, overall dimensions 27½" X 14½"

$1450.00

Typed Letter Signed
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Typed Letter Signed

By CHAVCHAVADZE, Paul (1899-1971)

Prince Paul of Georgia was a fiction writer and Georgian-to-English translator who married Princess Nina Georgievna of Russia, great-granddaughter of Nicholas I, then emigrated to the U.K. and then to the U.S.; their son David (1924-2014) became a noted CIA officer and author. TLS, 2pp (separate leaves), 5½" X 7", Wellfleet, MA, 1950 May 11. Addressed to popular radio interview host and author Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976). Very good. Couple of minor paper clip marks at upper left. Outstanding plug for the Tolstoy Foundation, reading in part: "The other day the Tolstoy Foundation sent me two copies of their folder (by mistake, no doubt). I am much impressed by the wonderful work they are doing among the D[isplaced]P[erson]s in Europe, and I happen to know they are badly in need of funds to carry on this work. I am therefore taking the liberty of sending you herewith one of these folders.... you might perhaps consider interviewing Alexandra Tolstoy on your program. As you probably know, she is a daughter of the famous writer, Leo Tolstoy. A few years ago I heard her on the radio and found she had an excellent radio voice, a warm one that goes straight to the heart of the listener..... if you communicate with her by phone, ask for Prince T. Bagration. Countess Tolstoy is very busy and is seldom in her office, while this man, who is a cousin of mine, works there...." Chats briefly about " delightful trip to Mexico. It is a beautiful country and so cheap, for who has U.S. dollars!" Signed boldly in blue ballpoint. Also present is the aforementioned brochure, a fine 14-page 6" X 9" pictorial leaflet explaining the work of this charitable organization.

$95.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By CROKER, J. Wilson (1780-1857)

This Irish-born British literary critic, essayist and satirist is remembered for his controversial 1831 edition of Boswell's "Life of Johnson"; as Member of Parliament and long-time secretary to the admiralty (1810-30) he is best known for slashing the size of the Royal Navy. ALS, 4pp (lettersheet), 4½" X 7", Aldeburgh, Great Britain, 1831 October 2. Addressed to George Lamb (1784-1834, British politician and writer; appointed under-secretary of state in 1830). Very good. Mild wear; being a four-page lettersheet, there's remnants of old archival tape along the fold. Croker comments on Lamb for answering his letter to British secretary of state The Viscount Melbourne -- George Lamb's own brother, William Lamb. Regards some cryptic naval incident -- in part: "I think it proper to observe that you do not appear to have seen the difficulty which I intended to submit to Lord Melbourne. My doubt did not apply so much to the treatment of the seamen who might be stranded, as to that of the town into which such persons may have been thrown" and he goes on at length to explain that the whole town may have been subjected to the stranded seamen. Good content from the tail end of Croker's admiralty career and the beginning of his literary career.

$200.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By CREWE-MILNES, Margaret Etienne Hannah Primrose (1881-1967)

The famed English hostess par excellence at age 18 married the 41-year-old Robert Crewe-Milnes, at that time The Lord Houghton (1885-95) and later the Earl of Crewe (1895-1911) and Marquess of Crewe (1911-1945), British politician and statesman who served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1882-95), Leader of the House of Lords (1908-16) and twice as Lord President of the Council (1905-08, 1915-16). ALS written on behalf of and signed for her husband, 3pp (lettersheet), 7½" X 5", n.p., 1907 July 23. Addressed to "My dear George." Near fine. Boldly penned in black ink on letterhead bearing the oval blindstamp at top of first page of "Privy Council Office," the 26-year-old Marchioness of Crew here pens a retained draft of one of her husband's letters, noting "Private" at upper left of first page. Interesting if cryptic, reading in part: "I need not say that we desire to proceed with great caution in the matters which the B[isho]p of Birmingham wishes us to discuss tomorrow & that we shall give all due weight to the opinions which you and others express on behalf of Oxford. Nothing very definite I imagine will come of the debate: but it ought to be an interesting discussion. I hope you are tolerably well? I wish we could have a tall one of these days...." She signs off "(sd) Crewe" and adds a postscript. Most unusual in this format.

$95.00

Letter Signed
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Letter Signed

By PÁEZ, José Antonio (1790-1873)

This Venezuelan military and political leader served as president of that country three times (1830-35, 1839-43, 1861-63), spending his last decade in exile in New York City; his dictatorship during what's considered a golden age in Venezuelan history was benevolent and enlightened, not self-serving and egomaniacal. LS, 2pp (lettersheet), 4 3/4" X 7½", n.p. [New York, NY], 1867 August 10. Addressed to Lewis J. Cist (1818-85). Near fine. In part: "...my Autobiography has not been translated into English for scarcity of pecuniary resources. I asked you also if there was a gentleman of your acquaintance who wished to enter with me in some arrangement to have said work translated into English. There are only two or three copies of my Autobiography in N. York at Mr. Christern's store in Broadway -- the rest has been sent to the Spanish American countries...." Attractively penned and very boldly signed. Paez's "Autobiografia del General Jose Antonio Paez" was published in New York by Hallet and Breen in 1870, in Spanish of course, and apparently the general never succeeded in getting his memoir published in English. A superb example of this uncommon autograph.

$350.00

Signature
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Signature

By OBREGÓN, Álvaro (1880-1928)

This Mexican Revolution general lost his right arm fighting Pancho Villa's rebels in 1915, but went on to serve as president of Mexico from 1920 to 1924; he was assassinated on the eve of his return to office. Bold signature in brown ink on a heavy stock linen-finish 5" X 3½" card bearing a typed "General Alvaro Obregon, President of Mexico" near top and "April 24, 1922" at bottom. Very good. Faint paper clip indent at lower left. This card is neatly affixed to lower right of a Typed Note Signed in Spanish from an aide transmitting it, 1p, 8¼" X 11", Mexico City, Mexico, 29 March 1922. Addressed to George Campbell. Very good. Three-punched at left; original folds. On "Presidencia de la Republica" letterhead, this assistant replies to a request from an American admirer for the president's signature. Obregon's is a quite uncommon signature.

$150.00

Typed Note Signed
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Typed Note Signed

By BACHKE, Halvard H. (?-1948)

This Norwegian minister served at the Norwegian Legation to the United States in the 1930s. TNS, 1p, 8¼" X 11", Washington, DC, 8 February 1934. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Very good. Lightly age toned. On "Kgl. Norsk Legasjon" letterhead, the diplomat pleases an admirer by "sending you my autograph which please find below."

$50.00

Typed Note Signed
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Typed Note Signed

By BENES, Edvard (1884-1948)

This Czechoslovakian politician served as that country's prime minister (1921-22) and as president from 1935 until forced out by the Nazis in 1938; he served in exile until the war's end, when he resumed office and served until 1948. TNS, 1p, 6" X 9¼", Chicago, IL, 5 June 1939. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar). Near fine. Two faint original folds. On colorful pictorial letterhead of "Hotels Windermerem" where he resided during a teaching stint at the University of Chicago, Benes sends "thanks for your kind greetings sent to me on the occasion of my birthday. I will be very glad to receive the pictures you took during my stay in Cleveland...." Huge bold signature in black ink. A superb example signed while in exile.

$275.00

Autograph Note Signed
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Autograph Note Signed

By d'ORLEANS, Robert (Prince Robert Philippe Louis Eugène Ferdinand of Orléans, Duke of Chartres) (1840-1910)

Together with his brother, Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, this member of a French royal house considered illegitimate by many joined the Union forces during the American Civil War, in which he was commissioned a captain in the U.S. Army and served as assistant adjutant general on the staff of Major General George B. McClellan; he served in the June 27, 1862 Battle of Gaines's Mill and resigned from the Army shortly after; under a pseudonym he fought valiantly in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, but was later exiled from France, returning only shortly before his death. ANS, 1p, 4 3/4" X 6", n.p., 1862. Very good. Single faint vertical fold. On letterhead of "Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac," d'Orleans writes: "Lt. Col Colburn notifies to the Aides de Camp that General McClellan is going to ride to Alexandria directly. By order," then signing boldly and listing four recipients of this message. Likely penned shortly before March 17th -- the date on which McClellan and his large Army set sail from Alexandria, Virginia, to begin their long-awaited Peninsular Campaign inching slowly towards the Confederate capital of Richmond in order to capture it -- ultimately a failed and humiliating Union defeat. A handsome, scarce war date piece penned during d'Orleans brief ten-month foray as a Union officer.

$295.00

Document Signed
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Document Signed

By DIAZ, Porfirio (1830-1915)

Controversial Mexican general and dictatorial seven-term president (1877-80, 1884-1911); forced into exile in Paris. Partly-printed DS in Spanish, 1p + integral blank, 11½" X 17", Mexico City, Mexico, 1886 April 12. Very good. Faint age toning and mild edgewear. Two tax stamps at upper left. A large and decorative document featuring elaborate masthead image with ornate typefaces across the top and a partly-printed text granting Lyman Franklin Holman (born 1828, an American engineer) permission to use an "apparatus for pulverizing minerals and other hard substances." Signed huge and bold by Diaz and another official at the bottom. Docketed on verso. Affixed to the mostly-blank verso is a smaller (8½" X 13½") printed handbill -- boilerplate regulations regarding patents. In 1881 the American "Commissioners of Patents' Journals" recorded the issuance of a patent for this apparatus to Holman and one other person. Scarce and quite handsome.

$500.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By THOMPSON, William (1794-1854)

This English member of Parliament was also elected mayor of London in 1828. ALS, 1p, 7 3/4" X 10", Whitehall Place {London], 1831 January 31. Addressed to Edward Church. Very good. Lightly age toned, with mild edgewear, but overall bold and attractive. Writing to this noted solicitor, Thompson declines an invitation: "The important business which will engage the attention of Parliament on the 10th Feby will prevent me having the honor of dining with the friends of the London Dispensary on the occasion of the anniversary meeting...." Interesting, a blank portion at lower right bears a lightly-pencilled note in the hand of pioneering autograph dealer Charles Hamilton misidentifying this document as being in the hand of a different William Thompson ("(d. 1833) Irish economist; supported Robt Owen; wrote 'Distribution of Wealth").

$75.00

Color Photograph Signed
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Color Photograph Signed

By WALDHEIM, Kurt (1918-

This Austrian politician and diplomat succeeded U Thant and became the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1972, serving until 1981; in 1986 he was elected the ninth president of Austria, serving until 1992, although allegations attempting to implicate him in Nazi war crimes on the Eastern front plagued his later years. Color PS, 4" X 6", n.p. [Vienna, Austria], n.y. [December 1987]. Fine. Handsome head and shoulders portrait in later years, signed boldly in black fineline on the blank lower margin. With TLS dated 1987 December 3 from assistant transmitting photograph.

$75.00

Autograph Note Signed (third person)
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Autograph Note Signed (third person)

By BIDDULPH, Sir Thomas (1809-78)

This British army officer (major, 7th Light Dragoons) and courtier was appointed master of her majesty's household in 1861 and in 1866 named one of the joint keepers of her majesty's privy purse (sole keeper after 1867), and as such, according to Sir Theodore Martin in "The Life of His Highness the Prince Consort," "he was the last survivor of the three very able men... who had been intimately associated with the prince from their position as leading members of her majesty's household" -- in other words, if you wanted to get through to Queen Victoria and the royal family, you had to go through him. Third person ANS, 1p lettersheet, 4 3/4" X 7¼", Buckingham Palace, 1869 April 7. Near fine. Mounting traces on verso. Beautifully and boldly penned "Sir Thomas Biddulph is commanded to express the Princess Louise's regret that Her Royal Highness is unable to accede to the request preferred in Miss Lowe's letter of the 5th Inst....." Princess Louise (1848-1939) was the fourth daughter and sixth child of Victoria and Albert.

$55.00

Document Signed
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Document Signed

By CHARLES IX (1550-74)

When France's King Henry II died in 1559 and his sickly 15-year-old heir Francis II followed the next year, the throne went to 10-year-old Charles Maximilian, who became Charles IX; his mother, Catherine de' Medici, dominated his reign, which is noted for the Wars of Religion and for the infamous St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572. Partial vellum DS, 1p, 11" X 8", n.p., n.y. [September 1570 lightly pencilled in another hand]. Very good. Folds and mild bit of wear evident, but overall handsome and boldly penned. Though penned in difficult early French (which is to modern French what Elizabethan English is to modern English) and not accompanied by a translation, this is a probate approval legal document. Below six lines of finely penned legalese, Charles signs at left with his usual enormous signature in a different and somewhat lighter ink. Below this appears another sentence in a large flamboyant hand (which appears to refer to Provence) and huge ornate signature of an official. This atmospheric piece has been archivally free-floated against a cream matte with a surrounding raised cream matte, framed in a contemporary 1" walnut frame (overall dimensions 18½" X 16"). A beautiful display item.

$950.00

Signature

By THORNTON, Edward (1817-1906)

This well-traveled English diplomat served in South America, Turkey and Russia, but is mainly remembered for his long stint as minister to the United States (1867-81), in which capacity he served on the commission on the Alabama Claims in 1871 and as arbitrator in the commission on the Mexican and United States Claims (1873). Nice signature in black ink, 3" X 1 3/4" slip, n.p., n.y. Near fine. Attractive example.

$40.00

Signature

By MOUNTBATTEN, George (1892-1938)

British nobility, styled His Serene Prince George of Battenberg (1892-1917) before becoming the Earl of Medina in 1917 (until 1921), then assuming his father's title in 1921 and becoming the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven until his death at age 45 of cancer. Bold "Prince George of Battenberg / Sopwell Snt Albans / Herts." on what appears to be the return address portion of an envelope, pale green 3 3/4" X 2½", n.p., n.y. Very good. Given the title with which Mountbatten signs, this handsome example was signed as a young man, perhaps a teenager. Unusual.

$25.00

Free-Franked Envelope
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Free-Franked Envelope

By PALMERSTON, Henry John Temple, Lord (1784-1865)

This popular and influential English statesman served often as foreign minister and twice (1855-58, 1859-65) as prime minister; he is mainly remembered for ending the Crimean War. Free-Franked Envelope, a signed envelope front panel, 4 3/4" X 3", Sligo, Ireland, 1824 September 6. Barely visible red postal inkstamp. Very good. Boldly addressed in Palmerston's handsome hand to Lady Gore Booth at Lissadeil, Sligo. Signed with his usual "Palmerston" at lower left. Very attractive. Palmerston was secretary for war at this time.

$75.00

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