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Exquisite ALS signed "B. Franklin," one page, 7.5 x 12.5, January 12, 1784. Handwritten rough draft of a letter from Franklin to Baron de Blome. In full: "The Underwritten Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to the Court of France, acknowledges the Receipt of the official presentation sent to him the 21st of November by his Excellency the de Blome, Envoy Extraordinary from …

Sold For: $59,375 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

LS as secretary of state, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 8 x 9.75, June 17, 1790. Letter to "His Excellency The President of New Hampshire," fellow Declaration signer Josiah Bartlett, in full: "I have the honor to send you herein inclosed two copies duly authenticated of the Resolution respecting the arrears of pay due to the troops of the lines of the States of Virginia and North …

Sold For: $23,750 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Autograph draft of an important letter by Horatio Nelson, one page both sides, 7.25 x 9.5, [August 12, 1804]. Nelson's unsigned handwritten draft of a fascinating letter to First Secretary of the Admiralty William Marsden, defending himself against accusations that he 'ran away' from Vice Admiral Louis-Rene de Latouche-Tréville off Toulon in June 1804. In part: "Although I most…

Sold For: $5,625 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Significant LS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, Department of State letterhead, June 13, 1865. Important letter to Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, in full: "In compliance with the request contained in your letter of this date, I enclose herewith, a certified copy of the Oath of Office of President Johnson, and of the confirmation of William H. Seward, as Secretary of State. The Oaths of President Linc…

Sold For: $17,500 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

TLS as president signed “John Kennedy,” one page, 7 x 10.25, White House letterhead, June 3, 1963. Letter to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren, on the hope of passing his signature legislation: the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. In part: "I want to thank you for your letter of May 25, with its attached communication from a group of writers, artists and scientists which you properly…

Sold For: $15,000 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Incredible sperm whale tooth scrimshaw from the personal collection of President John F. Kennedy, which was presented to United States Army General Maxwell D. Taylor by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy following the death of her husband. The tooth, which stands 6.5? in height, is mounted within a silver base that measures 4.25? in diameter and is engraved on the front and back rim: “For Genera…

Sold For: $50,000 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

TLS as president signed “Gerald R. Ford,” three pages, 7 x 10.5, White House letterhead, October 31, 1975. Important letter to Senator Frank Church, outlining the reasons why his committee's Congressional report involving US political assassination activities should remain classified. In part: "I am writing to urge the Select Committee not to make public the report on the subject …

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ALS signed “John,” three pages, 6 x 9, July 6, 1978. Handwritten letter from 17-year-old JFK, Jr., to his former counselors and fellow campers at the West Thumb Youth Conservation Corps, a high school work camp in Yellowstone National Park that he had briefly attended before his mother, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, transferred him to Bar Cross Ranch in Cora, Wyoming, from whe…

Sold For: $7,500 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Important pairing of a TLS by Gandhi discussing the meaning of 'Satyagraha,' and a rare twice-signed candid portrait taken by his grandnephew: 1. Revelatory TLS signed "M. K. Gandhi," one page, 6.5 x 8.75, February 23, 1931. Letter to J. H. Holmes of the Community Church of New York, discussing the meaning of 'Satyagraha,' the guiding principle of his philosophy. In part: "As I a…

Sold For: $30,000 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Rare signed book: Helen Keller: Souvenir of the First Summer Meeting of the America Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf. Second edition. Washington, D.C.: Volta Bureau, 1892. Softcover, 10.75 x 13.75. Signed and inscribed by a 12-year-old Helen Keller on the first free end page in pencil to Frances Cleveland, the wife of former U.S.President Grover Cleveland, "To Mrs. Clevel…

Sold For: $11,250 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Exquisite oversized vintage matte-finish 10 x 13.5 mounted portrait of Albert Einstein in a dashing tuxedo, on its original Delar mount, inscribed on the mount in German in fountain pen to "Herrn und Frau Bluestone," and signed in full below, "Albert Einstein, 1936.” Beautifully double-matted and framed to an overall size of 17.5 x 21. In very good to fine condition, with some light spotty silveri…

Sold For: $31,250 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Significant archive of a five-page letter to Dr. Albert Einstein by Daniel Lipkin on the subject of space-time, copiously annotated in the margins by Einstein with autograph comments and a 9-line signed autograph statement at the end, signed "A. E."; and a TLS from Einstein to Lipkin, signed "A. Einstein," returning the letter with marginal notes on October 13, 1952. Einstein responds to a colle…

Sold For: $26,250 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Remarkable collection of nine of Albert Einstein's pipes, with a Jewish menorah-style wooden pipe stand for eight. Pipes measure from 4? to 12? in length, with most featuring briar wood bowls. While the majority are handsome but simple in form, two are quite decorative—one has a carved owl design (perhaps given to Einstein as a gift symbolizing his wisdom), and another white pipe features an intri…

Sold For: $125,000 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Interesting honorary diploma awarded to Albert Einstein by the O'Rourke Zoological Institute in San Diego, one page mounted on wooden scroll spindles, 18.25 x 24, December 31, 1930. The text of the diploma is in Latin, and it is signed at the conclusion by the organization's officers. The gold foil seal and ribbons affixed to the lower left remain intact. Rolled and in very good to fine c…

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Impressive hand-illuminated honorary diploma awarded to Albert Einstein during his 1925 visit to Argentina, one page, 15 x 19.5, April 19, 1925. Headed in Spanish (translated), "Homage of the Israelites of the Republic of Argentina to the wise Don Albert Einstein," the document features dozens of signatures. Rolled and in fine condition, with some toning to the margins. In 1922, the University o…

Sold For: $3,125 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Cardboard shipping tube, measuring 20″ long, addressed in an unknown hand in ink to "Aan Prof. Dr. A. Einstein, Haberlandstrasse 5, zu Berlin," and stamped "Bataafsch Genootschap [Batavian Society] / Rotterdam" as the sender, with a "349 / Rotterdam" label to the left side. In very good to fine condition. The Batavian Society for Experimental Philosophy, based in Rotterdam, is one of the o…

Sold For: $1,625 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Unusual vintage glossy 8 x 10 silver gelatin photograph of a piece of artwork depicting the iconic visage of Einstein—stark white hair combed back, pipe in mouth—amidst the cosmos, with an intergalactic landscape behind him. Captioned along the bottom: "Albert Einstein—immortal mathematician—who gave us a new conception of time and space." Annotated on the reverse in ink i…

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German mathematician and physical scientist (1777-1855) who contributed significantly to many fields, including geometry and astronomy; he is often referred to as the 'prince of mathematicians' or 'the greatest mathematician since antiquity.' Handwritten manuscript by Carl Friedrich Gauss as director of the astronomical observatory at Gottingen, one page, 4 x 6.5, July-August 1808.…

Sold For: $27,500 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

ALS, one page, both sides, 8.5 x 11, September 6, 1952. Handwritten letter to Miss Young, in full: "Thank you very much for sending the manuscript 'Experimental Production of a Divergent Chain Reaction.' I am returning to you the corrected manuscript with the following items. 1—Two copies of the abstract, 2—A list of captions for the figures, 3—An explanatory footnote on…

Sold For: $7,500 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

TLS signed “N. Tesla,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, March 6, 1900. Letter to Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of The Century Magazine. In part: "I learned with great regret just now, that you are not feeling well, and I shall cherish the two hopes, that you will soon get well and that it is not my article which made you sick. I was a little taken aback by the determined stand of Mr. Buell, bu…

Sold For: $22,500 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Austrian musician (1732-1809) who takes a place among the first rank of composers in the history of Western music. The sheer magnitude of his gift, along with his seemingly inexhaustible industry, resulted in one of the largest and most significant bodies of work by any single figure. His mastery of two forms, in particular—the string quartet and the symphony—practically defined the Cl…

Sold For: $8,125 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Rare pairing of handwritten letters from F. Scott Fitzgerald to the charming actress Ina Claire. Scholars have long known that Fitzgerald was fascinated with actress Ina Claire from the moment as a teenager he first saw her on the stage. It is less well known that Claire attended one of the Fitzgeralds' notorious parties at the Ellerslie estate in Delaware, where the Fitzgeralds resided from …

Sold For: $56,250 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details

Signed book: Edison: His Life and Inventions, Vol. I, by Frank Lewis Dyer. First edition. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1910. Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.5, 472 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen, "To Charles C. Moore, Thos. A. Edison." Autographic condition: fine, with two small ink spots to the top of the signed page. Book condition: VG/None, with light edgewear and Moo…

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Partial TLS signed for both by Orville, "Wilbur & Orville Wright, O. W.,” one page, 8.5 x 11, Wright Cycle Company letterhead, [November 4, 1905]. The concluding page of a two-page letter to renowned French aviation pioneer Captain Ferdinand Ferber, in full: "…independently. To be even one year behind other governments might result in losses compared with which the modest amount we shal…

Sold For: $16,250 (w/BP) Auction #617 - September 25, 2021 View Details