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Very RARE Letter Of The Future Pope Getting The Church And Pope
Involved In Finding A Prisoner Of War. Known as “Hitler’s Pope!
PIUS XII. Eugenio Pacelli. (1876-1958). Nuncio in Bavaria & Germany (1917-20); Archbishop of Sardi (1917); made Cardinal (1929); sent on various Vatican Papal Missions (1934-38); Pope (1939-1958). He sought to save Rome from destruction during WWII. Promoted relief for war stricken areas, set up a remarkable information service for prisoners of war. His Xmas messages consisted one of history’s most thorough analysis on the subject of peace. Promoted many church reforms such as evening masses. He became Pope in 1939 after one of the shortest conclaves by the College of Cardinals in Papal history. Called by some “Hitler’s Pope” as he was arguably the most dangerous churchman in modern history. He failed to speak out against Hitler’s Final Solution. Pacelli in fact prompted events during the 1920’s and 30’s that helped sweep the Nazis to power. As papal nuncio in Munich and Berlin in the 1920’s, he used cunning and moral blackmail to impose Rome’s power on Germany. In 1933, he negotiated a treaty with Hitler which ensured that the Nazis would rise unopposed by the powerful Catholic community. This sealed the fate of the Jews in Europe.
Rare, Typed letter signed, 2 pages, on the ornate imprinted stationery Nunziatura Apostolica Baviera & Oggetto which contains the printed seal. Monaco, li l Luglio, 1918. Loosely translated Pacelli writes: “To the Most Reverend Eminence” (Cardinal in Rome, Gasquet). “I send with particular interest a letter to the Ministry of War in Berlin to find out what happened to Capt. Paget. I hope that you can grant my indulgence I’m giving you additional notice that I’m telegraphing immediately His Eminence The Cardinal Secretary of State so he can begin communication with Your Eminence (The Pope). I’m looking for Capt. George Gustavos and ask War Ministry for precise communications and additional information where this man is (prisoner of war) last located 23 March who was made a prisoner at Hammerstein. I am sure that Your Eminence is going to continue to speak strongly about this notice because it’s shameful we can’t locate this man. The pleasure of speaking to you on my part is ultimately mine and please place a kiss on the sacred ring with a sense of deep veneration.” The future Pope writes four words in his hand, draws the sign of the cross, signs his name in full adding: “Archbishop of Sardi, Our Apostle”. A wonderful content war time letter. Some underlining where the content is important. In fine condition together with a fine portrait of the Pope and an article from a 1999 Newsweek magazine titled “Sainthood for a Pope”.....................................$2,500.00
Important Presentation Copy From Queen Victoria
MARTIN, Theodore. Life Of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort. London, Smith, Elder Co. Five volume set. Vol. 1 1875, Fourth Edition, 516 pages, Frontispiece portrait of Prince Albert, four plates. Vol. 2 1877, Fourth Edition, 573 pages, Frontispiece portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. Vol. 3 1878, Fifth Edition, 531 pages, Frontispiece portrait. Vol. 4 1879, Third Edition, 513 pages, Frontispiece portrait of Prince Albert and the Queen. Vol. 5 1880, Third Edition, 532 pages, Frontispiece portrait of Prince Albert plus two additional plates.
All volumes in uniform brown publisher’s cloth with gilt titles on the spines. Black endpapers, contents tight and clean except for some scattered foxing. Many pages still uncut.
Volume one contains a very important full page presentation inscription by the Queen, She writes: “To Lord Methuen (Field Marshall, British Military Commander) In recollection of former happy days and of the marriage of our grandson William of Prussia. From Victoria R, Windsor Castle, Feb. 27, 1888”. On this day her grandson William also known as Wilhelm married for the first time to Princess Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein. Less then four months later William’s father died and he succeeded him as the German Emperor and King of Prussia.Affixed to the inside cover is an autograph letter signed (unidentified writer) on embossed letterhead of Windsor Castle dated Dec. 16, 1861 to Methuen regarding personal information about the Prince and the Queen. Volumes 2,3,4, & 5 have “From Her Majesty” written on the inside of the front free endpaper.
This outstanding biography of Prince Albert was written by Martin at the request of Queen Victoria. Prince Albert was one of the defining figures of the Victorian Age. This is a definitive account of his life. This is a fine set with very important association.........................................$995.00
Mikhail Gorbachev and the Berlin Wall
GORBACHEV, Mikhail (1931- ) Soviet statesman who served as the general Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985-1991. He was the first and last President of the Soviet Union from 1990 to its dissolution in 1991. His partnership with President Ronald Reagan contributed to the end of the Cold War. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1990. He initiated a policy perestroika or reconstruction. He also introduced glasnost which gave new freedom to the Soviet People. Ronal Reagan asked Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Color photograph, 5”x7”, three quarter length pose of a very serious looking Gorbachev looking directly into the camera. Signed on the light background of the curtains behind him. Signature obtained “in person” from a collector in Germany. Comes with a nice piece of the Berlin Wall, with original green and yellow paint, held within a protective holder with the printed statement on the verso: You Are Leaving The American Sector. On the front of the holder is printed: Berlin Wall 13.08.61, 09.11.89 Allied Checkpoint Charlie. Both items in very fine condition.........................................$250.00
|ROBINSON, Jackie (1919-1972 ) American baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. On April 15, 1947 the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base this ended racial segregation in baseball. It also contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement. Robinson played in 6 World Series. In 1949 he won the Most Valuable Player Award. He was inducted into the Baseball hall of Fame in 1962. Two U.S. six cent Professional Baseball stamps with Jackie Robinson signing his name across both stamps. In Mint condition and rather scarce as such....$575.00
RESNICK, Judy (1949-1986). First Jewish American astronaut. She perished aboard the ill-fated Challenger mission along with six other astronauts. She was the "First Woman Astronaut Candidate to Participate in the T-38 Shuttle Simulation Flight" above White Sands. Attractive NASA Official Photograph of Resnick in her blue jacket with NASA patch posing in front of a model of the Shuttle. Short biography of Resnick printed on verso. Inscribed and signed using a black in pen on a light portion of the photo offering excellent contrast. "Best wishes to Harry! Judy Resnick". One staple indentation top center otherwise in very fine condition.........$225.00
MONTGOMERY, B.L. (1887-1976). British Field Marshall, greatest British military commander since the Duke of Wellington. Drove Rommel's forces from North Africa (1943) & Egypt. Helped plan D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy. Photograph, 5"x6" wearing his leather field jacket, two sweaters and a beret. Signed "Montgomery of Alamein, Field Marshall". Official War Office photo passed for censorship stamp on verso. Fine and quite uncommon in signed photographs.......$575.00
|BANISADR, A. (1933- ) First President of the Islamic Republic of Iran (1980-1981). After 16 years in exile in Paris, he returned to Iran in 1975. Elected President in January 1980 but lost the support of the Ayatollah Khomeini. In June 1981 he was declared politically incompetent by Parliament and dismissed by Khomeini. Uncommon photograph, appx. 3.25"x5", head & shoulders pose in a with a look in deep thought. Dual signature in both English and Farsi. Rubber stamp on verso "10 Oct. 1981". Some biographical notes on verso otherwise in very fine condition.................................$125.00
SADAT, Anwar El. (1918-1981). Third President of Egypt. Along with the Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin, he signed the historic Camp David Mideast peace Accord which won them the 1978 Nobel Peace prize. He became the first Arab leader to recognize Israel. He was bitterly opposed by many Arab leaders and hated by Islamic fundamentalists. Sadat was assassinated in Cairo by religious fanatics. Typed letter signed, one page on the imprinted letterhead of The President. Addressed to a Mr. Kozma in Tel-Aviv, Israel. "Your letter and the very beautiful Album have been received with great interest and appreciation...thank you so much for sending such an impressive collection which I have really enjoyed..." This referred possibly to an Israeli stamp collection. Signed with a very large signature. Together with the original mailing envelope with printed return address "The Arab Republic of Egypt, The President". Top right corner has the embossed Seal of the President. Most interesting, unusual and worthy of mention is that the envelope contains three Israeli stamps, cancelled twice at Tel-Aviv on 16/5/1980. Letters signed by Sadat are considered scarce. In fine condition..............$325.00
The First To Fly An Airplane?
SANTOS-DUMONT, Alberto (1873-1932). Brazilian early pioneer of aviation. He designed and built and flew one of the first practical dirigibles. This conquest of the air won him the Deutsch de la Meurthe Prize (Oct.19, 1901) on a flight that rounded the Eiffel Tower. This made him one of the most famous persons in the world during the early 20th century. He is considered The father of Aviation in Brazil. He was a fan of Jules Verne. Between 1898 & 1905 he built and flew 11 dirigibles. In 1905 he finished his first airplane design and also designed a helicopter. He became a celebrity in Europe and throughout the world. There is still a controversy over whether the Wright 1903 Flyer 1 was the 1st true airplane. A French Federation who verifies aviation records states that an aircraft be able to take off under its own power which supports Santo-Dumont supporters that he flew the 1st successful fixed wing aircraft.
Autograph letter signed, 3 pages, on his imprinted stationery. San Paulo (Brazil) to Mr. Harry Woodhouse. Santos-Dumont writes in part: "I received a few days ago your nice letter inviting me to go see the exposition you are planning next January and I am very sorry to tell you it is impossible for me to be in new York by this date as I am going, now South in a visit to Patagonia... the Curtis boats are flying beautifully in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro-they are now 3 and I hear they ordered 3 more. When I left New York I asked you to settle my notes with Mr. Mackey and now I find these papers herewith enclosed. I do not understand how much I still owe to him-anyhow I beg you to settle with him and if possible pay him and let me know by next mail and I will send you a cheque... Sincerely yours, Santos-Dumont". Together with the original envelope hand addressed to :Mr. Harry Woodhouse, Aero-Club of America Madison Ave. Corner of 41st, New York, Estados Unidos". Both letter and envelope in near fine condition. Letters written and signed by Santos-Dumont are uncommon, especially so with aviation content................................$650.00
|DOOLEY, Tom (1927-1961). Jungle physician, disciple of Albert Schweitzer. Founded a hospital in Nam Tha in the distant kingdom of Laos. This was only 5 miles from the border of Red China. He returned to America to launch Medico. He fell from a cliff and died shortly after at the age of 34. He is destined to become a Saint. Photograph of Dooley, 5"x8", black & white of Dr. Dooley with his arms around three children in Laos. Signed with a two word sentiment on the lower white margin. Signed photos of Dr. Dooley are basically non-existent. In excellent condition.........$275.00
Excellent Baseball Reference
FRANKFURTER, Felix (1882-1965) Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court. Nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Served on the Court for 23 years.
MULLINS, William D. (1932-1986) State representative from Massachusetts. Mullins Center Arena on the campus of University of Mass named in his honor.
FUCHS, Emil (1878-1961) German-born American baseball club owner and executive. Fuchs was the attorney for John McGraw's N.Y. Giants when he bought the Boston Braves with Christy Mathewson in 1922. During 1923, the team presidency turned over to Fuchs and he hired Rogers Hornsby. When Fuchs learned that Babe Ruth's days as a N.Y. Yankee were numbered, Fuchs bought Ruth from Jacob Ruppert.
Autograph letter signed, two full pages on a large imprinted Supreme Court of the United States card (4"x6") April 2/58 Frankfurter writes: "What?! Emil is 80! But then why should be startled? I've just passed my 75th. I wish I could join you and I appreciate it very much the terms in which you ask me. But it just cannot be - much as I could reminisce of our early days. Emil's and mine. Join me in your toast to him, when you raise your glass and give him my warmest salutations. And "auld lang syne" to you with this Scotch slogan. Yours sincerely, Felix Frankfurter." Two very minor scotch tape stains not touching any of the writing , otherwise in very good condition. Frankfurter is quite scarce in handwritten material and anything with such nice personal content by Frankfurter is seldom seen.....................................................................$675.00
- Interesting and most unusual content
- from Calvin Coolidge, as President,
- to Walter R. Benjamin, noted autograph
COOLIDGE, Calvin (1872-1933).
Elected Vice-President of the U.S. (1920) and succeeded to the
presidency upon the untimely death of President Warren G. Harding.
in 1923. Elected President in 1924. On November 6, 1928, Herbert
Hoover wins the election as U.S. President.
Typed letter signed, one page, November 28, 1925 on the imprinted
letterhead of The White House, Washington. Coolidge writes: "My
Dear Mr. Benjamin, Thank you very much for your kindness in sending
me the letter from Joseph Coolidge to General Thomas. It is,
as you say, an interesting and pathetic reminder of a forgotten
chapter in the life of the Coolidge family, and I am glad to
have it. Very Truly yours, "
In very good condition, comes with the original envelope. Coolidge
known as "Silent Cal" rarely said much in his letters
and this examples sheds light on his feelings of the past life
of his family. $750.00
The Utimate Georgia O'Keeffe Check with Excellent
O'KEEFFE, Georgia (1887-1986). American muralist and landscape
painter. One of the leading artists of the 20th century. Remembered
for her paintings of the Southwest and of landscapes and steer
skulls. Wife of photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
Very rare double endorsed check. Check from the noted autograph
company Walter R. Benjamin Autographs. Dated March 15, 1948 and
made payable to "Georgia O'Keefe" (sic) for $250.00.
Check accomplished by the hand of noted autograph dealer Mary
Benjamin who spells Georgia O'Keeffe's name wrong. Georgia O'Keeffe
endorses the check twice, once the way Mary Benjamin has spelled
her name and the other signature spelling her name correctly.
In excellent condition. A modern day oddity and rarity connecting
who was considered at the time the top dealer in the autograph
hobby and Georgia O'Keeffe. $1,150.00
EXTRAORDINARY CONTENT TYPED LETTER SIGNED
Famed Writer Henry Miller Begs For Monetary Assistance
MILLER, Henry (1891-1980). American writer
and painter. Noted for his autobiographical controversial novels
of sexual candor and self-realization.
He is known as the Father of the Beat Generation of writers.
Miller led a bohemian existence that he write about in his novels;
Tropic of Cancer (1934), Black Spring (1936),
and Tropic of Capricorn (1939). These three books were
prohibited in the United States on grounds of obscenity. They
were frequently smuggled into this country building Henry Miler
an underground following.
Informative and unusual Typed Letter Signed,
one half page, Big-Sur (California) February 26, 1955. Miller
"Unless I receive help soon from those I call my
friends I shall be in a very bad way. Despite the fact that there
are several thousand dollars in royalties due me from various
sources, mostly abroad, I can do nothing to hasten the payment
The only solution I can think of, since I have found it
impossible to borrow anything like the sum I so urgently need,
is to ask if you would be willing to send me a dollar a week,
or a dollar a month, whichever you can spare, until the crisis
I make this suggestion because it demands the minimum of time
and effort to slip a dollar bill into an envelope and post it.
Naturally, I stand ready to return whatever is sent me just as
soon as circumstances permit. And I mean this absolutely.
If you know any one you think would be glad to follow suit, please
pass this letter on. Every little bit will help and will be most
Signed in full. Letter in very fine condition. Original mailing
folds, together with original "hand addressed" name
This remarkable letter was purchased directly from the person
it was written to, and therefore, is never been on the market
and the content sheds light on to some very hard times for Henry
DOCUMENT SIGNED BY TWO QUEENS
One of the Earliest Known Signatures of Elizabeth II as Queen
ELIZABETH II (b. 1926). Queen of England
he reign began 6 February 1952 until the present. Her coronation
was 2 June 1953.
ELIZABETH (Queen Mother) (1900-2002). Queen
consort of George VI from 1936-1952. Queen consort of Ireland
and Empress of India
Magnificent partly printed document signed,
appx. 12"x15". Elizabeth II appoints Humphrey Clifford
Lloyd a Commander of Our Royal Victorian Order. He is a member
of the Fourth Class of Our said Royal Victorian Order on whom
has been conferred the Decoration of the Military Cross one of
our Gentlemen Ushers Captain in our Army. Given at our Court
of St. James...and the seal of Our said Royal Order this First
day of June 1953. very boldly signed "Elizabeth R".
Countersigned "Elizabeth R" Grand Master
(Queen Mother) and also signed by "Scarbrough"
Choice embossed seal at upper left corner of this choice document
which has never been folded. In "as new" condition.
The first document we have handled signed by the two Queens
and dated the day before Elizabeth II coronation. $1,295.00
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