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Our first auction of 2021 is led by leaders: icons of the Civil Rights movement, political powerhouses, and social activists that brought about positive change. Highlights include remarkable letters by Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X; multiple Abraham Lincoln documents; a significant signature from Barack Obama; and several Nelson Mandela autographs. Other top lots include an important F. Scott Fitzgerald letter about This Side of Paradise, a first edition of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, a rare Al Capone Document, a fully signed example of Nirvana's breakthrough 'Nevermind' album, and an exceedingly rare check signed twice by Nikola Tesla. 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 January 2021.
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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Ronald Reagan Signed Print114 - Ronald Reagan Signed Print
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Impressive oversized 13.75 x 18.25 print of Gary Giuffre's sketch of Reagan in a cowboy outfit, signed and inscribed across the bottom in black ...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Ronald Reagan Typed Letter Signed115 - Ronald Reagan Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Ron, one page, 8.5 x 11, State of California Governor's Office letterhead, May 20, 1969. Letter to celebrity psychic an
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Eleanor Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed116 - Eleanor Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 5.25 x 6.75, black-bordered mourning letterhead with embossed presidential seal, April 20, 1945. Letter on the death of FDR, written ju
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Eleanor Roosevelt (4) Signed Items117 - Eleanor Roosevelt (4) Signed Items
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Grouping of four items signed in ink or fountain pen by Eleanor Roosevelt, including: two commemorative mourning covers with cachets honoring her husb
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Eleanor Roosevelt (4) Typed Letters Signed118 - Eleanor Roosevelt (4) Typed Letters Signed
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Four TLSs from Eleanor Roosevelt, four total pages, ranging in size from 6 x 7 to 6 x 9.25, dated between 1934 and 1955. The first two letters, writte
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Eleanor Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed119 - Eleanor Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed
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TLS as first lady, one page, 6 x 9.25, White House letterhead, April 25, 1934. Letter to Millicent Hearst, the wife of media tycoon William Randolph H
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Signature and Handwritten Notes120 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Signature and Handwritten Notes
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Two items: a large fountain pen signature, "Franklin D. Roosevelt," on an off-white 5 x 2 slip, annotated on the reverse in pencil by note...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Death Notice to Harvard Class of 1904121 - Franklin D. Roosevelt Death Notice to Harvard Class of 1904
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Official circular distributed among the Harvard Class of 1904 regarding their plans to honor the life and family of late President Franklin D. Rooseve
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Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1952 White House Christmas Gift122 - Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1952 White House Christmas Gift
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High-quality black leather folder given by President Roosevelt as a Christmas gift in 1942, embossed in gold with a presentation inscription on the fr
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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William H. Taft Autograph Letter Signed123 - William H. Taft Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS as president signed Wm. H. Taft, two pages, 5.5 x 7, The President s Cottage letterhead, September 10, 1909. Letter t
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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William H. Taft: National American Indian Memorial Invitation124 - William H. Taft: National American Indian Memorial Invitation
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Scarce partly-printed invitation for the erection of the National American Indian Memorial at Fort Wadsworth in New York Harbor on February 22, 1913,
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed125 - William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed Bill, one page, 5.5 x 9, War Department letterhead, March 14, 1908. Letter to Howard C. Hollister, in full: "I have you
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William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed126 - William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed
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TLS signed "Wm. H. Taft," one page, 7.5 x 10, Supreme Court letterhead, May 2, 1928. Letter to Frank B. Steele, an official of the Nationa...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Military Service Archive127 - Harry S. Truman Military Service Archive
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Five pages of documents from Truman's time as a major in the Reserves, including: A two-page report entitled "The Trajectory," signed...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed128 - Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, United States Senate letterhead, July 29, 1937. Letter to John W. Snyder, manager of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation a
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Signed Photograph129 - Harry S. Truman Signed Photograph
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Color glossy 9.25 x 7.25 photo of Truman and staff during a 1949 retreat in Key West, affixed to its original 15.5 x 11.75 mount, signed on the mount
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Document Signed130 - Harry S. Truman Document Signed
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DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, no date but circa 1946. A citation to accompany the award of "The Air Medal to Captain Zack T. Mosley, 2 1
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed131 - Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, June 4, 1959. Letter to F. Ryan Duffy, who served as a Democratic senator from Wisconsin from 1933[x=
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed132 - Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed
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TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, November 21, 1950. Letter to Lionel Aucoin, in full: "I want to express my thanks...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Signature133 - Harry S. Truman Signature
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Ink signature, "Harry S. Truman, signed 6 19 63, penned at the bottom of a 6.25 x 9.25 letter from White House Secretary W
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Harry S. Truman Signed Stamps134 - Harry S. Truman Signed Stamps
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Three off-white 3.5 x 2.5 cards bearing affixed foreign postage stamps honoring President Truman, each signed across the center in fountain pen, &qu...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Signed First Day Cover135 - Harry S. Truman Signed First Day Cover
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Rare maximum FDC, 5.75 x 3.75, with a matte-finish image of the South Portico of the White House, postmarked June 12, 1950, signed in bold fountain pe
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Harry S. Truman Signed Postcard and Stamp Block136 - Harry S. Truman Signed Postcard and Stamp Block
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Two items: a color 5.5 x 3.5 postcard of the Grand Coulee Dam, signed on the front in fountain pen, "Harry S. Truman," and on the reverse,...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Signed First Day Cover137 - Harry S. Truman Signed First Day Cover
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FDC, 2.75 x 3.25, with a cachet honoring the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed in fountain pen by Harry S. Truman. Matted and framed wit
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Harry S. Truman Signed Script138 - Harry S. Truman Signed Script
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Staple-bound softcover script for "The Harry S. Truman Series: 'The Quick or the Dead,'" 8.5 x 11, 25 pages, signed and inscribed ...
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Harry S. Truman Secret Service Report140 - Harry S. Truman Secret Service Report
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Fascinating 25-page packet of Treasury Department material related to the protection of President Harry S. Truman prior to his attendance at the weddi
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Woodrow Wilson Typed Letter Signed141 - Woodrow Wilson Typed Letter Signed
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TLS as president, one page, 6.75 x 8.75, White House letterhead, November 2, 1920. Letter to Ralph H. Whitney in New York City, in full: "Your ...
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John Hancock Document Signed142 - John Hancock Document Signed
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Manuscript DS, one page, 12.5 x 7.75, November 1, 1791. As governor of Massachusetts, Hancock appoints Asa Clap as "Quarter Master of the fifth...
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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William Hooper Document Signed143 - William Hooper Document Signed
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ADS, one page, 7.25 x 12, September 5, 1770. Handwritten court document concerning the destruction of property of one John Osborn, including the death
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Francis Hopkinson Document Signed144 - Francis Hopkinson Document Signed
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Manuscript DS, signed Fra's Hopkinson, one page, 12 x 7.5, April 15, 1784. As judge of the Court of Admiralty, Francis Hopkinson o
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Thomas McKean Signed Circular Letter145 - Thomas McKean Signed Circular Letter
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Printed circular letter signed by Thomas McKean, John Barclay, James Hutchinson, Alexander J. Dallas, Hilary Baker, and Jared Ingersoll, one page, 8.2
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Benjamin Franklin Document Signed146 - Benjamin Franklin Document Signed
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Exceptional partly-printed DS, signed B. Franklin, Presid't, one page, 8 x 6.25, May 10, 1786. Pay order issued to Treasurer David
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Patrick Henry Document Signed147 - Patrick Henry Document Signed
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Partly-printed DS, signed "P. Henry," one page, 13.75 x 18, December 2, 1785. As governor of Virginia, Henry grants Alexander Skinner a &q...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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John Marshall Autograph Letter Signed148 - John Marshall Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed J. Marshall, one page both sides, 6.25 x 7.5, September 18, 1832. Letter to his son, James K. Marshall, concerning the
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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John Jacob Astor Autograph Document Signed149 - John Jacob Astor Autograph Document Signed
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ADS, one page, 7 x 3, January 16, 1800. Handwritten receipt, in full: "Rec'd of Mr. Raunk one pound 6/ in full, New York, 16 January 1800, ...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone Signed Photograph150 - Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone Signed Photograph
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Exceptional glossy 9.25 x 5.25 photo of 'The Four Vagabonds' Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone affixed
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Joseph Banks Document Signed151 - Joseph Banks Document Signed
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DS, signed Jos: Banks, one page, 7.25 x 8.75, November 21, 1804. Official announcement from the Royal Society, in full: "These are
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Samuel Bard: John Bard Autograph Letter Signed152 - Samuel Bard: John Bard Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS signed Jno. Bard, three pages, 7.25 x 9, May 27, 1765. Letter to "Mr. Samuel Bard, Student in Physick at the University of Edi
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Alexis Clairaut Autograph Document Signed153 - Alexis Clairaut Autograph Document Signed
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ADS in French, signed Clairaut, one page, 6.5 x 8, May 6, 1741. Document stating that he has examined, for the Academie, a "Memoir
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Pierre Curie Autograph Letter Signed154 - Pierre Curie Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed P. Curie, one page, 5 x 8, Faculte de Sciences de Paris letterhead, April 7, 1905. Letter to the secretary o
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison Autograph Document Signed155 - Thomas Edison Autograph Document Signed
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Historic ADS, signed "Thomas A. Edison," one page, 5 x 3.5, Boston, February 3, 1869. Document related to his first successful invention, ...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Thomas, Mina, and Charles Edison Signed Checks156 - Thomas, Mina, and Charles Edison Signed Checks
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Edison Botanic Research Corporation business check, 8.5 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Edison, "Thos. A. Edison," payable t...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Alexander von Humboldt Autograph Letter Signed157 - Alexander von Humboldt Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in German, signed A. Humboldt, one page both sides, 3.75 x 4.75, no date. A fascinating scientific letter to the geologist Bro
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Rene Laennec Autograph Letter Signed158 - Rene Laennec Autograph Letter Signed
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Rare ADS in French, signed Laennec, one page, 5 x 7.5, January 3, 1824. Medical prescription written by Laennec, in part (translat
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Autograph Document Signed159 - Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Autograph Document Signed
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ADS in French, signed "Lamarck," one page, 7.25 x 9.5, July 31, 1792. Lamarck writes, in full (translated): "I, the undersigned, ackn...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Antoine Lavoisier Autograph Letter Signed160 - Antoine Lavoisier Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed Lavoisier, one page, 6.5 x 8.25, March 23, 1791. Letter concerning the details of some payments. In fine con
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Guglielmo Marconi Signed Photograph161 - Guglielmo Marconi Signed Photograph
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Stunning vintage matte-finish 10.5 x 14.75 photo of Marconi in uniform by Harris & Ewing, boldly signed and inscribed in the wide lower border i...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Elie Metchnikoff Autograph Letter Signed162 - Elie Metchnikoff Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed Elie Metchnikoff, one page, 4.25 x 6.75, Institut Pasteur letterhead, May 16, 1906. Letter replying to an in
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Dmitri Mendeleev Autograph Letter Signed163 - Dmitri Mendeleev Autograph Letter Signed
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Extremely rare ALS in French, signed D. Mendeleev, Profes. a l'Universite St. Petersburg, one page, 8.5 x 11, November 25, 1888. S
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Nobel: Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget Stock Certificate164 - Nobel: Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget Stock Certificate
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Stock certificate for shares in the explosives manufacturing firm founded by Alfred Nobel, Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget, three pages on two adjoining sh
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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