RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Literature

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Boasting almost 1,000 lots, RR Auction's October Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale features a robust literature section that includes autographs from authors across the ages—from Goethe to Kafka to Hemingway, a wide assortment of great writers and literary movements are represented. Other highlights in the sale include an important letter by Stephen Hawking, an extremely rare Mao Zedong autograph, a fully signed Led Zeppelin album, a wise autograph quote by Albert Einstein, and a letter by Thomas Jefferson on a political economics textbook. 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 September 2019.
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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Woodrow Wilson101 - Woodrow Wilson
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Six pins and buttons from Woodrow Wilson's presidential campaigns, circa 1912–1916, measuring between 3/4? and 1 1/4?, including four portraits ...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Woodrow Wilson102 - Woodrow Wilson
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Superb 1 1/4? celluloid pinback button featuring a portrait of President Woodrow Wilson, with a flag ribbon below bearing a badge for "Flag Day...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Woodrow Wilson103 - Woodrow Wilson
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Five different pinback buttons from Woodrow Wilson's presidential campaigns, circa 1912–1916, measuring between 5/8? and 7/8?, with slogans incl...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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John Hancock104 - John Hancock
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Two separately bound, unsigned, printed portions of the Resolves of the General Court of Massachusetts, pages 3-35, 8 x 12.5, printed in Boston by Tho
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Levi Allen105 - Levi Allen
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ALS, one page both sides, 6.25 x 8, June 5, 1788. Letter to his wife, Nancy Allen, written from Colchester Bay, Vermont, on Lake Champlain, where he a
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton106 - Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
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ALS signed “Eliz'th Hamilton,” one page, 7.75 x 9.75, August 24, 1841. Letter of recommendation to Secretary of the Navy George Edmund Badger, i...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Bushrod Washington107 - Bushrod Washington
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Signed book: A Treatise of Equity, Volume II. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795. Hardcover, 5.25 x 8.25, 495 pages. Boldly signed on the ti
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Henry Wells and William Fargo108 - Henry Wells and William Fargo
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Partly-printed DS, signed "Henry Wells" and "Wm. G. Fargo," one page, 14.5 x 6.5, circa 1850s. Unissued certificate for shares o...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin109 - Charles Darwin
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ALS signed “Ch. R. Darwin, J. P.,” one page, 5 x 7.75, May 8, 1863. Letter to George Snow, in full: "After twenty years experience of your char...
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein110 - Albert Einstein
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DS, signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8 x 10.5, April 19, 1950. Official letter from Didier Publishers of New York, in full: "We are preparing fo...
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein111 - Albert Einstein
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Remarkable and outstanding AQS in German, signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 5 x 6.25, 1930. Einstein pens a four-line quote on the 'Art of Life,&#...
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 30,000.00
 
 
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Joseph Guillotin112 - Joseph Guillotin
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Manuscript DS in French, signed “Guillotin,” one page, 8 x 3.25, March 22, 1807. Brief untranslated document. In very good to fine condition, with soi
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Ivan Pavlov113 - Ivan Pavlov
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Rare ALS in German, signed “I. Pawlow,” one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, December 21, 1904. Letter to a colleague, written from St. Petersburg just days
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Alfred Nobel115 - Alfred Nobel
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ALS in Swedish, signed “A. Nobel,” one page, 5.25 x 8, February 25, 1896. Letter to Oscar Linngstrom about Carl Gustaf de Laval's patent. In ful...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Sigmund Freud116 - Sigmund Freud
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ALS in German, signed “Freud,” one page, 5.25 x 3.5, personal stationery card, September 24, 1928. Written from Berlin-Tegel, an untranslated letter t
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Sigmund Freud117 - Sigmund Freud
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ALS in German, signed “Freud,” one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.25, personal letterhead, May 26, 1921. Letter to a friend visiting Holland, asking that h
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Pope Pius X118 - Pope Pius X
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Attractive swatch of red fabric removed the vestment of Pope Pius X prior to his beatification at Saint Peter's Basilica on June 3, 1951. The re...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Pope Pius X119 - Pope Pius X
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Exquisite matte-finish 7 x 9.5 portrait of Pope Pius X, affixed to its original 8 x 11.75 mount, inscribed on the mount with a three-line apostolic be
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Fidel Castro120 - Fidel Castro
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DS, in Spanish, one page, 9 x 13, July 14, 1959. Untranslated document directed to Cuban President Manuel Urrutia Lleó, asserting "that th...
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Chiang Kai-shek121 - Chiang Kai-shek
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Matte-finish 3.75 x 5.75 head-and-shoulders photo of Chiang Kai-shek, signed in fountain pen in Chinese. Reverse bears a Hu Chung Hsien photography st
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill122 - Winston Churchill
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Complete book set: The Second World War, Volumes I–VI. First British editions. London: Cassell and Co. Ltd., 1948-1954. Hardcovers with dust jackets,
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill123 - Winston Churchill
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ALS signed “Winston S. Churchill,” one page both sides, 5 x 7.75, Ashby St. Ledgers letterhead, February 5, 1905. Churchill writes to "My dear ...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Winston Churchill124 - Winston Churchill
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Noteworthy ‘La Aroma de Cuba’ cigar personally gifted by Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Welsh Liberal Party politician Roderic Bowen during a lun
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Mao Zedong126 - Mao Zedong
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Vintage ballpoint signature of Mao Zedong on the reverse of a 6.75 x 4.5 Chinese dinner invitation for a Latin American delegation, to be hosted on Oc
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Estimates : 40,000.00 - 60,000.00
 
 
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Deng Yingchao127 - Deng Yingchao
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ALS in Chinese, six pages, 7.25 x 10.25, July 24, 1962. Letter to Comrade Xuefen. In part (translated): " the reply I received from Comrade…in t
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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William Pitt the Elder128 - William Pitt the Elder
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LS signed "W. Pitt," one page, 7.25 x 11.5, October 16, 1758. Letter to Captain John Moore, Commander in Chief of His Majesty's ships ...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Haile Selassie129 - Haile Selassie
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Vintage matte-finish 6.75 x 9 full-length photo of the Ethiopian leader in his royal regalia, signed in fountain pen and dated 1969. Beautifully displ
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Sun Yat-sen130 - Sun Yat-sen
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Ink signature in English and Chinese on a 5 x 1.75 slip affixed to a 7.5 x 6.25 album page, which also bears two additional affixed signatures. In fin
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Estimates : 12,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Catherine the Great131 - Catherine the Great
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ALS in French, signed “Caterine,” one page, 7.25 x 9, no date but annotated on the reverse as received on December 12, 1765. Letter to Count Ernst de
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Estimates : 6,000.00 - 8,000.00
 
 
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King Charles I132 - King Charles I
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Manuscript DS as king, signed “Charles R.,” one page, 7.25 x 8, December 27, 1627. Double-matted and framed with an engraving to an overall size of 18
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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King Charles I133 - King Charles I
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Scarce ALS in French, signed “Charles R,” one page, 5.75 x 7.75, no date. Neatly penned letter to an Italian monarch, in full (translated): "My...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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King James II135 - King James II
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Rare ink signature, "James R.,” on an off-white 2.75 x 1 slip affixed to a 4 x 6.25 sheet with attached engraving. In fine condition, with ligh...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Prince Charles136 - Prince Charles
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Uncommon collection of material related to the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, including: an ALS, signed “Yours most sincerely,
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Prince Charles137 - Prince Charles
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Uncommon color glossy 2.75 x 4 photo of Prince Charles in a handsome seated pose, signed on the mount in fountain pen, "Charles, 1987." Di...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles138 - Princess Diana and Prince Charles
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Impressively large collection of material related to the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, including: An official gilt-edged invitation
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles139 - Princess Diana and Prince Charles
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Royal Christmas card from circa 1981, measuring 10.5 x 7.25 open, featuring an affixed color photo of the newly wedded royal couple, signed and inscri
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Queen Victoria140 - Queen Victoria
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Third-person ALS, signed within the text, “The Queen,” one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, black-bordered Balmoral Castle letterhead, September 22, 1891. Le
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Geronimo142 - Geronimo
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Extremely rare and immensely desirable vintage glossy 3.75 x 5.25 full-length photo of the legendary Apache warrior in Western wear, affixed to its or
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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Sitting Bull143 - Sitting Bull
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Very rare and highly sought-after pencil signature, "Sitting Bull,” on an off-white 5.75 x 2.75 slip, with a contemporary collector's notat...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Heck Thomas144 - Heck Thomas
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Rare partly printed DS, one page, 8 x 3, June 4, 1895. Territory of Oklahoma prisoner subsistence form, in full: "I certify, that from May 30 t...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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John Dillinger145 - John Dillinger
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Incredible second generation 'death mask' plaster mold of the deceased John Dillinger's face as he lay in the Cook County Morgue on July...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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Mata Hari146 - Mata Hari
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ALS in French, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.75 x 7.5, Nieuwe Uitleg 16, La Haye letterhead, annotated in pencil, March 14, 1916. Mata Hari w
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Menachem Begin147 - Menachem Begin
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TLS in Hebrew, signed “M. Begin,” one page, 6.5 x 8.25, The Knesset letterhead, August 19, 1975. Letter to David Avni, in full (translated): "T...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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David Ben-Gurion148 - David Ben-Gurion
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Glossy 3.5 x 5.25 photo of the Israeli prime minister, signed in the lower border in fountain pen, "D. Ben-Gurion." In very good to fine c...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Abraham Ten Broeck149 - Abraham Ten Broeck
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Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, signed “Ab'm Ten Broack, President,” one page, 6.5 x 7.75, March 11, 1777. Pay order issued for John Slos...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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William Jennings Bryan150 - William Jennings Bryan
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Five pins and studs associated with William Jennings Bryan and his presidential campaigns, circa 1900–1908, measuring between 3/4? and 1 3/4?, includi
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Aaron Burr151 - Aaron Burr
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ALS signed “A. Burr,” one page both sides, 6 x 8.25, March 1791. Letter to New York Senator Samuel Jones, in part: "Several gentlemen have call...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Benjamin Cardozo152 - Benjamin Cardozo
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ALS signed “Benjamin N. Cardozo,” two pages, 5 x 6.5, personal monogrammed letterhead, September 8, 1937. Letter to Harold Shapiro, apparently in refe
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester153 - Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester
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ALS signed “Bar. Carleton,” one page, 7.5 x 11.5, December 25, 1803. Letter to Major General Browning, in full: "I had the honor to receive the...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Lord Carnarvon154 - Lord Carnarvon
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Bold ink signature, "I remain y'r ob't serv't, Carnarvon,” on an off-white 3.75 x 1.5 slip affixed to a slightly larger card. In fi...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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