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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey (1737-1791) who is also known as the designer of the first official American flag. Manuscript DS, signed “Fra's Hopkinson,” one page, 12 x 7.5, April 15, 1784. As judge of the Court of Admiralty, Francis Hopkinson orders Marshal Clement Biddle to summon Captain Stewart and the owners of the schooner Rebecca to court to respo…

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Printed circular letter signed by Thomas McKean, John Barclay, James Hutchinson, Alexander J. Dallas, Hilary Baker, and Jared Ingersoll, one page, 8.25 x 13.25, August 3, 1799. A fascinating letter seeking nominations for members of Congress and presidential electors from Pennsylvania, in part: "By the enclosed copy of the minutes of the proceedings of a general meeting of the Citizens of Philade…

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Exceptional partly-printed DS, signed “B. Franklin, Presid't,” one page, 8 x 6.25, May 10, 1786. Pay order issued to Treasurer David Rittenhouse, in part: "Pay to David Stout, late a dragoon of the Pennsylvania Line, or his order, the sum of six pounds two shillings and six pence being two year's interest on his depreciation certificate." Beautifully signed at the conclusion b…

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Partly-printed DS, signed "P. Henry," one page, 13.75 x 18, December 2, 1785. As governor of Virginia, Henry grants Alexander Skinner a "certain Tract or parcel of Land, containing Two Thousand acres…being in the County of Jefferson on the Southside of Rough Creek." The white paper seal affixed at the bottom remains fully intact. Beautifully archivally matted and framed with an engraved portrait …

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Businessman who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multimillionaire in the United States (1763-1848). ADS, one page, 7 x 3, January 16, 1800. Handwritten receipt, in full: "Rec'd of Mr. Raunk one pound 6/ in full, New York, 16 January 1800, £1.6.0, John Jacob Astor." In very good to fine condition, with a few small repairs and some light staining. A desirabl…

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Exceptional glossy 9.25 x 5.25 photo of 'The Four Vagabonds'—Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone—affixed to its original 12 x 8.5 mount, signed on the mount in ink, "Henry Ford," "Thos. A. Edison," "Harvey S. Firestone." In fine condition, with mounting remnants to the corners, easily matted out. Edison, Ford, and Firestone, along with John Burroug…

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Supremely important naturalist (1743-1820), best remembered for his expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador, his participation in James Cook's first great voyage, and his role as President of the Royal Society for over four decades. DS, signed “Jos: Banks,” one page, 7.25 x 8.75, November 21, 1804. Official announcement from the Royal Society, in full: "These are to give Notice, th…

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ALS signed “Jno. Bard,” three pages, 7.25 x 9, May 27, 1765. Letter to "Mr. Samuel Bard, Student in Physick at the University of Edinburgh," written by his father John, in full: "I have received both your letters of March and April the first containing an acct of the situation you stand in in your own opinion to Miss Polly Lester I very much approve of that Delicacy you Express upon t…

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French physicist (1859-1906) best known for his pioneering investigation of radioactivity, who shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Curie. ALS in French, signed “P. Curie,” one page, 5 x 8, Faculte de Sciences de Paris letterhead, April 7, 1905. Letter to the secretary of the Royal Society of Surgery and Medicine, in full (translated): "It will not be possible fo…

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ADS, signed "Thomas A. Edison," one page, 5 x 3.5, Boston, February 3, 1869. Document related to his first successful invention, an improvement for telegraphs. In full: "Received of Samuel W. Ropes Jr the sum of Thirty 30 dollars-being full amount received from him." In fine condition, with mild soiling and expected document wear. Accompanied by copies of other documents associated with the trans…

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Edison Botanic Research Corporation business check, 8.5 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Edison, "Thos. A. Edison," payable to S. Moore for $120, stamp-dated July 1, 1929. In fine condition. Accompanied by an Edison Botanic Research Corporation check signed by his son, "Charles Edison" (April 18, 1928), and a personal check signed by his wife, "Mina M. Edison" (June 30, 1941).

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German naturalist and explorer (1769-1859) who wrote Kosmos, a massive five-volume study which attempted to unify the various branches of man's knowledge. ALS in German, signed “A. Humboldt,” one page both sides, 3.75 x 4.75, no date. A fascinating scientific letter to the geologist Brochant de Villiers, speaking about several types of minerals. In very good to fine condition, with…

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French physician (1781-1826) who invented the stethoscope in 1816 and pioneered its use for diagnosing chest problems. Rare ADS in French, signed “Laennec,” one page, 5 x 7.5, January 3, 1824. Medical prescription written by Laennec, in part (translated): "For Madame: 1. Apply again 13 bandages on the side that hurts. 2. If the side pain persists return to the employment of a topical r…

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French naturalist and biologist (1744-1829) known as an early proponent of the concept of evolution and his mistaken theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics. ADS in French, signed "Lamarck," one page, 7.25 x 9.5, July 31, 1792. Lamarck writes, in full (translated): "I, the undersigned, acknowledge having received from Panckoucke the sum of Seven hundred liveres in account of the part…

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Extremely influential French chemist (1743-1794) noted for his discovery of the role oxygen plays in combustion; he was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution due to his involvement with the deeply unpopular Ferme Générale. ALS in French, signed “Lavoisier,” one page, 6.5 x 8.25, March 23, 1791. Letter concerning the details of some payments. In fine conditio…

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Italian physicist and inventor (1874-1937) who devoted his life to experiments in wireless communication, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1909. Stunning vintage matte-finish 10.5 x 14.75 photo of Marconi in uniform by Harris & Ewing, boldly signed and inscribed in the wide lower border in fountain pen, "To William T. Flynn, yours very truly, G. Marconi, Washington, DC, June 1917.” Imp…

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Russian chemist and inventor (1834-1907) who formulated the Periodic Law and created a predictive version of the periodic table of elements. Extremely rare ALS in French, signed “D. Mendeleev, Profes. a l'Universite St. Petersburg,” one page, 8.5 x 11, November 25, 1888. Significant letter reviewing Ira Remsen's "Introduction to the Study of Compounds of Carbon." In full (trans…

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Stock certificate for shares in the explosives manufacturing firm founded by Alfred Nobel, Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9 x 11.5, issued on April 7, 1915, to "Gerdt Lundeberg." The second page logs the transfer of ownership of the shares through 1954. In fine condition, with two punch holes at center. In 1888, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel—famed as the in…

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Program for an Achievement Award Dinner held by the Pyramid Club Inc., in honor of Doctor J. Robert Oppenheimer on October 21, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, four pages, 5.5 x 8.5, signed on the first page in fountain pen. In fine condition, with some light toning to the front cover.

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AQS in German, one page, October 21, 1927. Planck writes an aphorism and signs with his initials, “Bleibe dir selber treu, M. P." [translation: "Stay true to yourself"]. Captioned above in another hand. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Planck's hand.

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Exceedingly rare twice-signed counter check drawn on Chase National Bank, 8.25 x 3.5, filled out and signed by Tesla, "Dr. Nikola Tesla," listing his address as the "Hotel New Yorker," payable to Hotel New Yorker for $50, November 27, 1942; also endorsed on the reverse by Tesla, "Nikola Tesla." In fine condition, with multiple unobtrusive vertical folds. Accompanied by an airmail envelope address…

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TLS signed "C. G. Jung," one page, 8.25 x 5.75, personal letterhead, April 1, 1954. Letter to medieval art historian Summer Crosby, in full: "I often wondered what had become of you in those 40 years that went by in the meantime. Your ideal of mirth or humour is as good as any other ideal: it lasts as long as it is there, and when one particularly needs it, it is not there. By the way, Schopenhau…

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TLS signed “Yours sinc'ly, Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, Hyde Park Gate letterhead, August 4, 1950. Letter to editor and publisher Desmond Flower, in full: "Thank you for your letter. I have sent a telegram to Mr. Laughlin, a copy of which I enclose. You will see that my reason is pressure of public affairs; and it would be better for you to await a reply before tele…

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Ink signature and inscription, "To Stephen from, Winston S. Churchill, 1951,” on an off-white 5 x 7.5 book page. In very good condition, with toning from prior display, and slight surface loss along the top and bottom edges. The recipient, Stephen Locker-Lampson (1937-2012), was the son of Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson, a decorated WWI hero and British Conservative Party politician. Steph…

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