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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania (1739-1813) who served as the first president of the Philadelphia Bank. ALS signed “Geo. Clymer,” one page, 8 x 9.75, November 4, 1803. Letter to banker and merchant Samuel Coates, in part: "I have waited a considerable time for the inclosed opinion of M. Thomas Gibson of the value of some lands which I would offer in security…

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Partial third-person ALS, with his surname written within the text, "Franklin," one page, 7.75 x 2, [January 1769]. The handwritten postscript of a letter from Ben Franklin to botanist John Bartram, in full: "P.S. Jan. 28. The Box is delivered according to Mr. Mich. Collinson's Directions, at Lord Bute's. Mr. Collinson takes it amiss that you did not write to him. I have sent over some Se…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts (1744-1814) who later served as vice president under James Madison. His name entered the language as a result of his support of politically advantageous redistricting, which became known as 'gerrymandering.' ALS as vice president, signed "E. Gerry," one page, 7.25 x 9.5, December 9, 1813. Letter to President Madison's brother…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts (1744-1814) who later served as vice president under James Madison. His name entered the language as a result of his support of politically advantageous redistricting, which became known as 'gerrymandering.' ALS as vie president, signed “E. Gerry,” one page, 6.5 x 9.75, November 9, 1813. Letter to Samuel Bradley, in p…

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Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1707-1785) who served as the colony's governor in the 1750s and 1760s. Manuscript DS, signed “Step. Hopkins, Gov'r,” one page, 5.75 x 6.5, April-June 1759. Pay order for postage at the Newport Post Office, accounting for letters sent on April 4th and June 22nd, in part: "Please to pay Thomas Vernon or his order the ab…

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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. Partly-printed DS, signed “Fra's Hopkinson, Clk. Dist. & Circt. Cts.,” one page, 7.75 x 3.25, April 17, 1834. Unusual financial document, in full: "I certify that there are no unsatisfied judgments remaining on record in my office against …

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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. Revolutionary War-dated partly-printed DS signed "Fr. Hopkinson," one page, 8.25 x 4, May 30, 1780. Bill of exchange. In full: "At Thirty Days Sight of this Fourth Bill, First, Second and Third not paid, pay to Mr. Thomas Mumford or Order, Thirty Dollars, in …

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Manuscript DS, signed “A. Burr” and "Lewis Morris," one page, 9 x 15, August 20, 1788. Rare legal document, in part: "Know all men by these presents that We Aaron Burr of the City of New York Esquire and Lewis Morris of Morrissania in the County of West Chester Esquire are held and firmly bound unto the people of the State of New York in the Sum of three thousand pounds Current Money……

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Autograph check, 8 x 3.5, written entirely in Burr's hand and signed in full, "Aaron Burr," payable to "Bearer James Dwight" for $75, August 4, 1784. Nicely matted and framed with a portrait to an overall size of 12.25 x 19.25. In fine condition, with the handwriting a few shades light but completely legible. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

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American statesman (1752-1816) and signer of the Constitution from Pennsylvania who authored several sections of that document, including the well-known preamble. ALS signed “Gouv. Morris,” one page, 7.5 x 9.5, January 30, 1811. Letter to Jonathan Barrall, the cashier of the Branch Bank, in full: "You have enclosed a Bill for $1200 which you will have the Goodness to cash and pass to m…

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Rare vintage matte-finish 8.5 x 6.5 photo of Keller and her assistant, Polly Thomson, seated in their home in Forest Hills, New York, with other guests, affixed to its original 12.5 x 14 mount, prominently signed on the mount in pencil, "Sincerely yours, Helen Keller," and in ink, "Anne Sullivan Macy" and "Polly Thomson." Also signed below the image by the photographer, "F. Garcia Monteiro." In v…

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TLS signed "Martin L. King, Jr.," one page, 8.25 x 8.5, Southern Christian Leadership Conference letterhead, November 19, 1962. Letter to Dr. Med O. Gotte in Germany, in full: "This is to acknowledge receipt of your very kind letter of recent date. Your encouraging words are of inestimable value for the continuance of our humble efforts. Our struggle is often difficult and the moments are often f…

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Uncommon glossy 8 x 10 close-up photo of the Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint, "Dear Chuck, With all affection, Ever, Bill 6/2/64." In very good to fine condition, with a bit of light creasing, some surface impressions above Wilson's right ear, and poor contrast to the inscription.

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Group of six items, including five ALSs by P. T. Barnum and one check signed by John Ringling, chronicling the business dealings of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’ Includes: ALS signed “P. T. Barnum,” one page, Waldemere letterhead, April 23, 1877. In part: “I hope you will see the monkey mother & her infant 5 weeks old in my menagerie 27th St. She is a pattern fo…

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American businessman (1855-1932) who invented a best-selling version of the safety razor and is widely credited with inventing the so-called razor and blades business model. Rare original vintage fountain pen sketch of the Gillette razor logo accomplished by company founder King Gillette on an off-white 4.75 x 2.25 slip, signed below, "King C. Gillette, Vienna, May 18th/27." In fine condition.

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ALS signed "Howard," three pages, lightly-lined, 8.5 x 13.25, date penned in another hand, "5/16-2:15 P.M." Letter to his assistant, confidant, and former FBI agent, Robert "Bob" Maheu, in full: "Please tell me the details of the closing of the purchase of the Stardust Drive-In theater and the so-called 'pie shaped piece of land.' The only reason I ask for this is because, in the maps tha…

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Surgeon (1869-1939) who pioneered many modern neurosurgical techniques and investigated the functions of the pituitary gland. TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Yale University School of Medicine letterhead, September 26, 1936. Letter to Professor John A. Timm of the Yale Chemistry department, in full: "I have just received one of those requests from the Nobel Committee for Chemistry asking for a nominatio…

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Signed book: A Million and One Nights: The History of the Motion Picture, Vol. I and II by Terry Ramsaye. First edition, limited issue, numbered 32/1926. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1926. Hardcovers, 7.75 x 10.75, totaling 868 pages. A prefatory blurb is signed in fountain pen by Edison, "Thos. A. Edison," in full: "This is, I believe, the first endeavor to set down the whole and true story of the …

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Vintage matte-finish 7.5 x 7.25 photo of Thomas and Mina Edison together in his study, matted to an overall size of 12 x 13.5, boldly signed and inscribed on the mat in fountain pen by Thomas Edison, "To our darling daughter Madeleine, Father and Mother.” Also lightly signed in pencil by the photographer, "George Higgins." The mat and photograph are detached from the backing due to dried ad…

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TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.5 x 11, blindstamped personal Princeton letterhead, August 14, 1950. Letter to Dr. F. G. Garcia in Puerto Rico, in full: "To the theory of relativity is due a formula informing us about the energy which can be freed by nuclear reactions. If you are interested in this matter you may read the popular book 'Explaining the Atom' by Selig Hecht…

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Exquisite vintage matte-finish 6.75 x 9 photo of Einstein by Lotte Jacobi, signed and inscribed in fountain pen "Fur [Sun] und [sun], Albert Einstein, 1932.” Reverse bears a Foto-Jacobi Berlin copyright stamp. In fine condition, with a hint of subtle silvering, and some slight fading to the signature. This portrait was captured by influential German-American photographer Lotte Jacobi quite …

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Vintage circa 1930 matte-finish 5.25 x 7 photo of Albert Einstein in middle age, his mustache still dark and his hair showing slight signs of gray, signed neatly in the lower border in fountain pen. Archivally suede-matted and framed to an overall size of 13 x 15. In very fine condition. A pristine uninscribed portrait of one of history's greatest minds.

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ALS, one page, 8.5 x 11, August 27, 1952. Handwritten letter to Miss Young, in full: "I have your letter of August 25 concerning the publication of the paper 'Experimental Production of a Divergent Chain Reaction.' I do not plan to be back to Chicago before the 20th of September. Therefore it might save time if you were to send to me here the revised manuscript. I want to thank you very much for y…

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Extremely rare original drawings of steam engine parts by Robert Fulton, accomplished in ink and graphite on both sides of two off-white sheets, 9.75 x 8 and 15.75 x 13, unsigned and undated. The larger sheet features a series of six graphite sketches to front side, with Fulton adding “Water Wheel” to right side, and the reverse featuring a pair of drawings with Fulton identifying &ld…

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