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Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative of North Carolina (1741-1781). ALS, one page, 7 x 7.75, January 19, 1772. Addressed from Caroline, Virginia, a handwritten letter to an unidentified recipient discussing the sale of some of Col. John Baylor's slaves, in part: "When I wrote to you I made not the least doubt of having your money by th…

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ALS signed “Rich'd Stockton,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 12.25, May 3, 1771. Handwritten letter to a "Mr. Hunt," consisting of legal content regarding an estate, in part: “I have considered your last state of the case respecting the recovery—Nothing is more fully settled than that the suffering of a recovery after making a will is a revocation; I took it for granted f…

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Original portrait painting of Margaret Todd Kellogg, the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, who commissioned her niece Katherine Helm to paint this portrait for her son, Robert Todd Lincoln. Accomplished in oil on canvas stretched over an oval frame measuring 25 x 30, with the reverse of canvas annotated: “Margaret Todd, Portrait of Mrs. Charles Kellogg, Copied by K. Helm from Missus Kellogg…

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Son of President Abraham Lincoln (1843-1926) who served as Secretary of War in the Garfield and Arthur administrations. Attractive 2.5 x 4 carte-de-visite head-and-shoulders portrait of Lincoln, signed in ink, "Robert T. Lincoln." Reverse bears a "Collection of Americana, Frederick H. Meserve" stamp. In fine condition. Frederick H. Meserve (1865-1962) was a world-renowned collector of Lincoln and…

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Civil War-dated DS, signed "I am, Dear Sir, Yours Truly, Fred'k Douglass, Rochester, Sept. 6th 1864," one page, 5 x 8, August 25, 1864. Douglass signs at the conclusion of an autograph request document issued by the Western Illinois Sanitary Fair Committee, in part: "As a means for increasing the fund for the benefit of our soldiers, and procuring a valuable and interesting collection, the Ex…

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Signed book: Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1958. Hardcover with custom quarter-leather slipcase, 6.25 x 9, 230 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in ballpoint, "To my Friend: Julius Kiano, In appreciation for your unswerving devotion to the ideals of freedom and human dignity, Martin Luther King, Jr." Autographic condition: fine. Book …

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Two items: an ALS signed “Bess W. Truman,” one page, 6 x 9.25, no date [1956], personal letterhead, addressed to Lionel Aucoin of Spencer, Massachusetts, in full: “I am sorry I have not returned your stamps long before this. Your letter simply was near the bottom of a great pile of mail. Only former Presidents’ widows are allowed the franking privilege”; and a semi-g…

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Magnificent Santini scarf of the flag of South Africa, with the black isosceles triangle featuring an image of Nelson Mandela and a white facsimile signature, measuring 31 x 31 unfolded, signed on the yellow band in black ink, “N. Mandela, 24. 4. 95.” Includes a French-language softcover copy of 491 Days: Prisoner Number by Winnie Madikizela-mandela, who has signed the first free end …

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Three items: two identical color 11 x 8 prints of Simon N. Fisher's painting of the Titanic, each signed in the lower border in pencil by Millvina Dean and Simon N. Fisher; and an ink signature, "Millvina Dean," on an off-white 3.25 x 1.5 slip, encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder. In overall fine condition.

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Indian activist and poet (1879-1949) who was the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state, and the second woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress in 1925. Signed book: The Sceptred Flute: Songs of India. Later printing. NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1928. Hardcover, 5.5 x 8.25, 231 pages. Signed on the half-title page in fountain pen, "Sarojini Naidu, 1929." Auto…

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Unsigned handwritten notes by Booker T. Washington for an address given before the Birmingham Lyceum on March 30, 1899, one page, 8.5 x 11, penned on the reverse of a sheet of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute stationery. Following a brief list of speaking topics, Washington writes, in part: "It has been surprising to me how the Negro's education has been overlooked in the very matters…

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City Bank of Kansas City check, 6.25 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Harry S. Truman, payable to Ray Bengert for $5, June 29, 1925. In fine condition.

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German inventor and mechanical engineer (1858-1913) famous for the invention of the diesel engine. TLS in German, signed “Diesel,” one page, 8.5 x 11.5, personal letterhead, February 11, 1911. TLS in German, signed “Diesel,” one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, February 11, 1911. Written from Munich, a typed letter to James R. Harris, concerning the formation of the Bus…

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Permission slip signed “Francis Crick,” one page, 8.5 x 14, October 18, 1983, reproducing his letter of April 20, 1983 to Paul Rifkin. The original letter read, in full: "No, I do not believe in God," and reproduces his signature. Below, the authentically signed permission slip reads: "I herewith give Paul Rifkin permission to include this response in his forthcoming boo…

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Early, fully operational three-rotor Enigma I electromechanical cipher machine made for the German military in Berlin in 1935 (most likely by Heimsoeth und Rinke), during the build up of German forces in violation of the Treaty of Versailles prior to World War II. Based on the chassis of the commercial Enigma D, the Enigma I machine was the standard Enigma machine used by the German military throu…

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Handsome vintage matte-finish 9.25 x 11.75 photo of Senator Marconi wearing his captain's hat, signed and inscribed in the lower border in Italian in fountain pen, "Ai Batelli Bertino…Guglielmo Marconi, Genova 12 Settembre 1931 IX.” Blindstamped in the lower right corner by the photography studio. In very good to fine condition, with small stains and tack holes to the borders, and silve…

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ALS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page, 4.5 x 3.5, January 28, 1885. Important letter about his research on a rabies vaccine, in part (translated): "I have received today, from the hands of Mr. Savadon, a dealer in Gray, a dog that has been attacked by a rabid dog. It will not leave my kennel where I will try to make him resistant to rabies despite the bite being probably at lea…

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English theologian, philosopher, and scientist who is credited with the discovery of oxygen (1733-1804)Rare ALS, one page, 8 x 11, February 26, 1783. Letter written from Birmingham, recommending the noted Unitarian minister William Hazlitt. In full: "Mr. Hazzlit laying much more stress on my testimonial in his favour than it deserves, I cannot help certifying, that, tho I have not had much pe…

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Born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto in 1835, Pius X served as pope from 1903 until his death in 1914. Known for his conservative, anti-modernist philosophies, he became, in 1954, the first pope to be elevated to sainthood since Pius V in 1712. Vintage matte-finish 6.75 x 9.25 portrait of Pope Pius X, affixed to its original 9.5 x 13 mount, inscribed on the mount with a six-line apostolic benediction in…

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LS, one page both sides, 5 x 8, June 19, 1868. Written from Salt Lake City, a letter to "Miss Jane Ire, Barrington, Yates County, Pennsylvania, Care of John Johnson, Esq.," in full: "In reply to your note of May 22, I have to inform you that any one of our faithful Elders or members, with whom you may meet, will give you 'reliable' information concerning our religious faith and doctrines …

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British Airways menu for a mid-Atlantic dinner on the Boeing Clipper flying boat RMA 'Berwick' on January 16, 1942, 4 x 6.5, signed in fountain pen by attendees including Winston Churchill and members of his war cabinet: First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, Air Chief Marshall Sir Charles Portal, Minister for Aircraft Production Lord Beaverbrook, Senior Assistant Secretary Gen. Leslie …

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ALS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 5 x 8, Ashby St. Ledgers letterhead, February 3, 1905. Handwritten letter to Mr. Morris, in part: "Will you explain…how much I appreciate the courtesy of his invitations, & how greatly I regret my inability to be present at the dinner of the Manchester Automobile Club, I am much pressed just now." In fine condition, with scattered light…

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TLS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, Hyde Park Gate letterhead, March 30, 1950. Letter to editor and publisher Desmond Flower, in full: "Thank you for your letter of March 23 and for telling me about the intricacies of publishing Volume III. I am sorry it is so much behind the American edition, but I quite understand the difficulties." In fine condition. Desmond Flo…

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DS, signed by the prime minister, "Winston S. Churchill," and the king, "App'd GRI," one page, 6.75 x 8.5, 10 Downing Street letterhead, July 24, 1942. In full: "Mr. Churchill, with his humble duty to The King, respectfully recommends to Your Majesty the appointment of the Reverend Harry Lionel Ingham, M.A., B.D., Rector of St. Nicholas, Hereford, to the Vicarage of Whittlebury with Silversto…

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