RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts

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Boasting almost 1,300 lots, RR Auction’s massive August Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction features highlighted World War II and Animation sections, in addition to a vast array of material spanning history, entertainment, and the arts. The historic World War II section features uniforms, autographs, and weapons from the conflict, including a surrendered Japanese sword. Animation includes original Disney production cels, beautiful hand-painted concept artwork, and autographs from the greatest names in the industry. Other top lots in the sale include an autograph letter from revered economist Adam Smith, an amazing original sketch by Paul Cezanne, an oversized portrait of Oscar Wilde, and multiple pieces signed by Marilyn Monroe. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in August 2018.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Robert Morris152 - Robert Morris
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Partly-printed DS, signed “Rob't Morris,” one page, 12.5 x 9.75, April 17, 1795. Document certifying that "James Bruce Nicholls of Alexandr...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Judah P. Benjamin153 - Judah P. Benjamin
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British-born American politician and lawyer (1811-1884) who, after serving in the US Senate and rejecting nomination to the Supreme Court, served vari
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Henry Clay154 - Henry Clay
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ALS signed “H. Clay,” one page, 8 x 9.75, February 7, 1836. Letter to Elijah Haywood in Zanesville, Ohio. In part: "I am obliged by your letter...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Colonial Massachusetts155 - Colonial Massachusetts
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Rare 1757 booklet of "Acts and Laws Passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts–Bay,&q...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Timothy Pickering156 - Timothy Pickering
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Postmaster general, secretary of war, and secretary of state under Washington (1745–1829). ALS signed “T. Pickering,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, March 5,
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Charles Sumner157 - Charles Sumner
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Collection of 17 items signed and/or written by Charles Sumner, including: an assemblage of 14 ALSs, amounting to 25 total pages, ranging in size from
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Whaling158 - Whaling
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ALS signed “Edward,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.5 x 9.75, November 9, 1858. Letter to "My dear Emily" from a young whaler name...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Susan B. Anthony159 - Susan B. Anthony
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ALS, one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, National American Woman Suffrage Association letterhead, April 11, 1900. Letter to a "dear young friend,&qu...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Frederick Douglass160 - Frederick Douglass
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ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, January 13, 1891. Letter to "Mr. Halford," written from Port-au-Prince, in full: "I ha...
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Mohandas Gandhi161 - Mohandas Gandhi
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Rare handwritten notes in English, unsigned, one page, 5.25 x 6.75. Gandhi's notes penned on the reverse of a letter sent to him by a Western fo...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Mohandas Gandhi162 - Mohandas Gandhi
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Sought-after ink signature, "M. K. Gandhi, 28–12–38, Segaon-Wardha,” on an off-white 3.25 x 2 card. Matted and framed with a large photo of the...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Otto Frank163 - Otto Frank
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Father (1889-1980) of Jewish World War II diarist Anne Frank, and the only member of his family to survive the concentration camps. Scarce TLS in Germ
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Helen Keller164 - Helen Keller
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Vintage matte-finish 9.25 x 7.25 full-length photo of Helen Keller sitting with her Great Dane and Anne Sullivan's Scottish Terrier, signed and ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Martin Luther King, Jr165 - Martin Luther King, Jr
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Signed book: Strength to Love. First edition. NY: Harper & Row, 1963. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.5, 146 pages. Signed and inscribed on...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Malcolm X166 - Malcolm X
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Visitor's hardcover guest book, 11.25 x 8.25, signed on the reverse of the first page in red ballpoint, "Malcolm X," listing his occup...
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Carrie A. Nation167 - Carrie A. Nation
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Temperance agitator (1846-1911) known for smashing saloons with a hatchet. ALS signed “C. N.,” one page on the reverse of a color 5.5 x 3.5 postcard o
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Florence Nightingale168 - Florence Nightingale
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Ink signature, "A verbal answer, please, by messenger, ever yours sincerely, F. Nightingale,” on an off-white 5 x 2 slip. Matted and framed wit...
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John Jay169 - John Jay
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Revolutionary War–dated handwritten draft of a letter by Jay, unsigned, five pages on three sheets, 5.75 x 8, September 8, 1781. A draft to William Bi
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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P. T. Barnum170 - P. T. Barnum
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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
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Henry Ford171 - Henry Ford
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Crisp ink signature, "Henry Ford,” on an off-white 3.75 x 2 slip. Handsomely cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of the automotive pioneer ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Joseph Pulitzer172 - Joseph Pulitzer
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Scarce DS, one page, 8.5 x 14, January 15, 1896. Pulitzer appoints a proxy for a stockholders meeting, in part: “I, Joseph Pulitzer…do hereby constitu
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Astronomers and Mathematicians173 - Astronomers and Mathematicians
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Group of nine autographs of astronomers and mathematicians, primarily comprised of letters, dated from 1787–1873, including: M. Chasles, J. B. J. Dela
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Alexander Graham Bell175 - Alexander Graham Bell
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, Beinn Bhreagh letterhead, August 4, 1920. Letter to Paul Brockett at the Smithsonian Library in Washington, D.C., in full: ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Robert Bunsen176 - Robert Bunsen
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German chemist (1811–1899) who discovered the elements cesium and rubidium, and who developed the laboratory burner that now bears his name. ALS in Ge
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Daniel Bernoulli177 - Daniel Bernoulli
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Swiss mathematician and physicist (1700–1782) known for his applications of mathematics to fluid mechanics. ALS in French, one page, 7.25 x 9.75, July
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Marie Curie178 - Marie Curie
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Polish-born French physicist (1867–1934), she and her husband Pierre discovered two new elements, polonium and radium, in 1898. In 1911 she won the No
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin179 - Charles Darwin
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Desirable ANS signed “C. Darwin,” one page on a 4.75 x 3 postcard, postmarked October 27, 1872. Written from his Down House in Beckenham, Kent, a brie
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin180 - Charles Darwin
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Extremely desirable ink signature, "Charles Darwin, from your well-wisher, April 15, 1882,” on an off-white 5 x 2.75 slip. In fine condition, w...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison181 - Thomas Edison
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TLS signed “Thos. A. Edison,” one page, 7.5 x 10.5, From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison letterhead, February 1, 1923. Letter to W. H. Vernon, disc
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison182 - Thomas Edison
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Letter to Thomas Edison from his son Charles, endorsed at the top by Thomas Edison in pencil, “OK if no fire risk to us, E,” two pages, 8.5 x 11, Sept
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein183 - Albert Einstein
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TLS in German, signed “A. Einstein,” two pages, 8.5 x 11, blindstamped Princeton letterhead, December 17, 1953. Remarkable letter to Max Fishler, in p
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Estimates : 30,000.00 - 40,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein184 - Albert Einstein
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Partly-printed DS, signed "Einstein" and "A. Einstein," one page, 11.5 x 8.75, May–August 1920. Official Berlin University trans...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein185 - Albert Einstein
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Remarkable ALS in German, signed “Albert,” one page on a 3.5 x 5.5 postcard, postmarked March 17, 1918. An untranslated letter to his first wife, phys
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Michael Faraday186 - Michael Faraday
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British physicist and chemist (1791–1867) best known for his development of the first dynamo and the discovery of electromagnetic induction. ALS signe
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Alexander von Humboldt187 - Alexander von Humboldt
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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 ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Alexander Fleming188 - Alexander Fleming
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Scottish bacteriologist (1881–1955) who shared the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his role in the discovery and isolation of penicillin. Autograph p
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Alexander Fleming189 - Alexander Fleming
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Scottish bacteriologist (1881–1955) who shared the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his role in the discovery and isolation of penicillin. ALS signed
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Medicine191 - Medicine
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Desirable grouping of 11 letters and signatures from ten medical pioneers, including: Frederick Banting (TLS, signed “F. G. Banting,” one page, Univ
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Robert Koch192 - Robert Koch
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ALS in German, signed "R. Koch," one page, 4.25 x 7, August 7, 1899. Letter to a young fellow, apparently Giovanni Galli, who regularly co...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Robert Oppenheimer193 - Robert Oppenheimer
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Handwritten responses by Oppenheimer to a series of four questions from "Whole World Inquiry," one page, 8.25 x 12.25, April 24, 1958. The...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Robert Oppenheimer194 - Robert Oppenheimer
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Brilliant American physicist (1904-1967) who directed the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and who spearheaded the Manhattan Project, leading
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur195 - Louis Pasteur
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ALS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, September 24, 1874. Letter to an unidentified dean and colleague, in full (translated): &...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Erwin Schrödinger196 - Erwin Schrödinger
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Nobel Prize-winning Austrian theoretical physicist (1887–1961) who achieved fame for his contributions to quantum mechanics, known especially for form
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Arnold Sommerfeld197 - Arnold Sommerfeld
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German theoretical physicist (1868–1951) who pioneered developments in atomic and quantum physics. ALS in German, signed "A. Sommerfeld," ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Hermann Weyl198 - Hermann Weyl
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German mathematician and theoretical physicist (1885–1955) and an associate of Einstein at Zurich and Princeton. Scarce ALS in German, signed “H. Weyl
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Roland Barthes199 - Roland Barthes
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Literary theorist and philosopher (1915–1980) whose ideas explored a diverse range of subjects, including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, and
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Jean le Rond d'Alembert200 - Jean le Rond d'Alembert
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French polymath (1717–1783) known for his contributions in the realms of mathematics, physics, philosophy, and music theory; he served as co-editor of
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Sigmund Freud201 - Sigmund Freud
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TLS in German, signed “Freud,” one page, 6 x 8.75, personal letterhead, September 10, 1924. Letter to a "Dear Colleague," in part (transla...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Hugo Grotius202 - Hugo Grotius
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Dutch jurist and philosopher (1583–1645) who laid the foundations for international law with his book De jure belli ac pacis, and played a key role in
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Karl Jaspers203 - Karl Jaspers
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German psychiatrist and philosopher (1883–1969) who attempted to develop an innovative philosophical system. Two ALSs, totaling three pages on two she
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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