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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 …

Now At: $7,321 (5 bids)

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 …

Now At: $6,134 (12 bids)

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…

Now At: $2,040 (17 bids)

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…

Now At: $2,148 (11 bids)

Extremely rare and highly sought-after partly-printed vellum DS, signed "G. A. Custer," one page, 15.5 x 9.75, February 11, 1875. Custer, as Lieutenant Colonel of the Cavalry, appoints "Charles Smith…a Sergeant in Company E of the Seventh Regiment of Cavalry in the service of the United States." Robustly signed at the bottom by Custer and countersigned by commanding officer W. W. Cooke. In fine c…

Now At: $2,983 (7 bids)

ALS signed "Bat," written at the conclusion of a three-page typed biography of Masterson by Robert M. Wright, 8.5 x 11, no date but circa 1912. Wright intended to use the glowing bio—presenting incredible incidents from Masterson's career as a lawman, including the midnight rescue of an innocent man whisked away to 'Buffalo Bill' Cody's ranch, and the murder of Masterson'…

Now At: $2,500 (1 bid)

Excessively rare official Executive Mansion card, 4 x 2.75, neatly signed in ink as president, "James A. Garfield, March 12, 1881." Annotated below in a collector's hand, "President of the U.S.A., 1881." In very good to fine condition, with toning to the edges, and old mounting residue on the reverse. On March 12th, a Saturday afternoon eight days after Garfield's inauguration as preside…

Now At: $4,000 (16 bids)

Exceedingly rare official Hallmark card issued during the 1963 holiday season, featuring an image of a nativity scene on the front, measuring 9 x 6.5 open, signed inside in bold ink as president, "John Kennedy," and as first lady, "Jacqueline Kennedy." The image on the front is identified as "Creche in East Room, The White House," and a gilt-embossed presidential seal and engraved holiday greetin…

Now At: $3,808 (11 bids)

In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943 in Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri rammed and sank PT-109, a torpedo armed fast attack vessel used by the U.S. Navy in World War II commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy. Two sailors, Harold Marney and Andrew Kirksey, did not survive this attack. This extraordinary archive was kept by Harold Marney’s mother Jenn…

Now At: $10,000 (1 bid)

Towards the close of the war in 1945, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy arranged for his 28-year-old son, Jack, to work for Hearst newspapers. This allowed the young veteran to attend the opening session of the United Nations in San Francisco in May and then travel abroad to cover post-war Europe during the Summer of 1945.JFK followed Prime Minister Churchill throughout England during his reelection campa…

Now At: $32,211 (10 bids)

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…

Now At: $2,541 (18 bids)

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…

Now At: $18,522 (19 bids)

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 …

Now At: $888 (7 bids)

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…

Now At: $605 (3 bids)

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…

Now At: $6,202 (8 bids)

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…

Now At: $1,909 (11 bids)

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 …

Now At: $10,871 (17 bids)

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…

Now At: $4,875 (8 bids)

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…

Now At: $20,897 (17 bids)

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…

Now At: $433 (6 bids)

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…

Now At: $433 (10 bids)

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…

Now At: $242 (4 bids)

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…

Now At: $200 (1 bid)

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.…

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