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Hoover, Herbert C

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $800 - $1,000

Description: Hoover, Herbert C. Rare autograph letter signed ("H C Hoover"), 1 page, on stationery engraved, "H.C. Hoover / 604 Mills Building and No. 1 London Wall Buildings / London, E.C." 11 x 8 1/2 in., San Francisco, May 13, 1913. Written in pencil to Timothy Hopkins, President Trustees Stanford University, "Dear Mr. Hopkins: I attach hereto the correspondence [not present] with Dr. Jordan regarding the definition of his position together with the memorandum which we settled with him as it is probable that these documents should go into the Trustees files." In a postscript, he writes, "I am tonight telegraphing the resolutions to Branner." John Caspar Branner was president of Stanford from 1913 to 1915; he was also Stanford's first professor and chair of the Department of Geology and Mining, which was Hoover's field. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000

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[Prisons] Gedetineerden onder dak, Geschiedenis van het Gevangeniswezen in Nederland van 1795 af, be

by Zwiggelaar Auctions

June 10, 2015, 7:00 PM CET

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Estimated Price: €70 - €140

Description: [Prisons] Gedetineerden onder dak, Geschiedenis van het Gevangeniswezen in Nederland van 1795 af, bezien van zijn behuizing. Dissertation (...) by M.A. Petersen. Leiden, 1978, 1032 p., illustrations, original cloth, 4to. With: Strafbejegening. Een studie over de toepassing van de jeugdgevangenis (...). Voorwoord E.A.M. Lamers. Den Haag, Staatsdrukkerij, 1955, 121 p., original cloth, 4to (with tipped-in typoscript letters by Minister of Justice L.A. Donker and by the Director-General of Prisons E.A.M. Lamers, regarding the publication). And with 19 others, including 7 issues of the illustrated magazine Bajeskrant (1974-1975).

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PAUL CADMUS Apple Trees.

by Swann Auction Galleries

June 4, 2015, 1:30 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Description: PAUL CADMUS Apple Trees. Oil on canvas, circa 1923-25. 615x426 mm; 24 1/4x19 3/4 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. With a copy of a letter from Cadmus regarding the painting, which he made during an early fellowship at the Louis Comfort Tiffany estate in Laurelton, New York (near Oyster Bay), on Long Island. Exhibited "Paul Cadmus, Yesterday & Today," Miami Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio, September 12-October 25, 1981; and with a photocopy loan request letter from Midtown Galleries, New York. Camdus left public school in New York as a teen to attend the National Academy of Design for six years. During the 1920s, he worked as a commercial illustrator in New York and continued his studies at the Art Students League.

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[Aviation], First North African-European Merchandising Flight. Netherlands June 16-18, 1949. Illustr

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June 10, 2015, 7:00 PM CET

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Estimated Price: €150 - €300

Description: [Aviation], First North African-European Merchandising Flight. Netherlands June 16-18, 1949. Illustrated celebratory album for the flight referred to earlier by the Atlas Sky Merchant aeroplane (a Douglas C-54), with 16 leafs with one-sided 28 pasted original photos with inscriptions in pen, bound in gilt lettered cloth, oblong folio. In pen on free endpaper: Van Bruno op 9 December 1950 gekregen. Remarkable memorial book for a PR flight organised by The Atlas Supply Company, a Standard Oil subsidiary. After the Second World War, surplus military aircraft were converted for public use. The Atlas Supply Company transformed a Douglas C-54 into a flying showroom and meeting place for customers and dealers. The plane flew all over the world, piloted by Iwan Smyrnoff and flight coordinator. Naturally, the photos show the plane itself and its crew, but also celebratory gatherings in Amsterdam of people such as Mr. Bedford and Mr. Klaare, Dr. H.B. Baruch (American Ambassador), John Hall, pilot Iwan Smyrnoff, Mr. Spitzen (Minister of Traffic), Professor Brouwers (Secretary-General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs), Artist M. Hulsbergen with his painting of the plane and several city views of Amsterdam and the moments right before the departure from Schiphol.

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Ben Gurion, David

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 28, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $600 - $800

Description: Ben Gurion, David. Autograph letter signed ("D. Ben-Gurion"), 1 page, 7 1/2 x 4 inches, in Hebrew, on ruled, light tan paper with a printed "33" at the top, Tiberias, May 5, 1970. To P.Z. Hartal, veteran of the Six Day War, artist, poet, and author of "The Brush and the Compass" and "Toldot HaAdrichalut" (A History of Architecture). Accompanied by an English translation of Ben-Gurion's letter and a synopsis of Mr. Hartal's letter to him.Ben-Gurion writes: "Everything you have written about Russia is correct, and perhaps you did not exhaust all her deeds. But the role to inform is in the hands of the government and its employees, and I have no contact with the government. At present I am here--for reasons of health, and soon I will return to Sdeh Boker...."Mr. Hartal had written to Ben-Gurion about the necessity of improving and enhancing the public's awareness regarding the Soviet Union's aims in the Middle East, especially its expansionistic aims. Ben-Gurion replied from Tiberias, a winter heath resort famous since Roman times for its hot springs. Estimated Value $600 - 800 From the personal collection of P.Z. Hartal. Copies of the correspondence offered here between Ben-Gurion and Mr. Hartal are in the Ben-Gurion Archives in Israel.

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Cleveland, Grover

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $400 - $600

Description: Cleveland, Grover. Autograph letter signed ("Grover Cleveland") as President, on Executive Mansion stationery, Washington, July 15, 1894. To William L. Wilson (1843-1900) who was U.S. representative from West Virginia and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; in 1895, Cleveland would appoint him Postmaster General. Regarding a letter he is enclosing to Wilson (not present), Cleveland writes: "....I feel so deeply upon the subject of which it treats that I cannot longer delay explaining my position to you. No one can accuse me of heretofore attempting to impose upon those immediately charged with our tariff legislation, my opinions and preference at this stage I should be permitted to speak. I have marked the letter 'personal'. I am quite clear it is better not to have any publication of it immediately. I am willing it should be read to your House colleagues ...."The Wilson-Gorman Act had provided for a reduction in the McKinley Tariff but was opposed by Democratic forces in the Senate, who added duties on various goods. Cleveland denounced the package as "party perfidy and party dishonor" but allowed it to become law without his signature. The result was a reduction to 41% from the average 48% of the McKinley Tariff. Estimated Value $400 - 600

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[Source of Western Law] Justinian, 1754

by Bibliopathos

June 10, 2015, 5:00 PM CET

Milano, Italy

Estimated Price: €200 - €300

Description: AMUSING PORTABLE EDITION OF JUSTINIAN'S INSTITUTIONSONLY ONE COPY IN USA[Source of Western Law, Handbook] Justinianus. Imperatoris Justiniani institutionum libri quatuor. Adjecti sunt ex Digestis Tituli de verborum significatione, & de Regulis Juris [...] Patavii, Typis Seminarii, Apud Ioannem Manfrè, 1754.12mo (145x77 mm), red paperboard, sepia ink handwritten titles on red paper label, pp. 262 [missing last blank]. Xylographic head-letters and decorations at preliminary leaves. Uncommon edition of Justinian’s Institutiones in pocket size, to be used by professor, students and lawyers. In the same period in which it had started the Law reorganization in the Pandectae, Justinian asked the jurists Trebonianus, Theophilus e Dorotheus to create a manual that summarized the items of the Roman Law to be used by the students of the Empire. The Institutiones remained, along the centuries, a cornerstone of the matter because of the clarity and completeness, and for that reasons were utilized by the most important scholars as a skeleton to build their own commentary on it. The text is followed by two indexes, quoting the specific terms used and the paragraphs where to find the definitions of the basic rules or Roman law. References: IT\ICCU\TO0E\045911 (only four copies in Italian public libraries). OCLC 799215709 locates only 1 copie in USA (Yale).

Condition Report: Small repair at the inner margin that affects the text just slightly, but untrimmed, very good copy.

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Kennedy, John F

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000

Description: Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) 35th President of the United States (1961-1963). A spectacular typed letter signed, 2pp, 10 1/2 x 8 in., United States Senate, Washington, January 8, 1958. To Professor Oscar Handlin, Harvard. A fine letter relating to Catholicism and the Presidency: "The page galleys of your forthcoming book on Al Smith have finally caught up with me on my return to Washington....I am happy to send you a few comments on it. I think you have been remarkable successful in conveying to the reader not only an image of Al Smith as a personality but also fitting him into the broader sweep of events of which he was a part...Of all the major political figures of this century, Al Smith has perhaps been the least well served by biographers and historians. By stressing the flashpoints in his career, you have been able to assess his leadership more skillfully than would have probably been possible in a full dress biography....You ask me for a comment regarding Catholicism and the Presidency. I gather from your pages that your overview of the matter is inconclusive, but that on the balance, Smith's experience has seriously impaired the chances for later Catholic aspirants such as James Farley. On the other hand, from the evidence in your book, it would appear that during the 1920's there was a special set of factors, which are unlikely to be repeated in the same combination or intensity in our own day. For the revolt against Smith was a Fundamentalist rebellion which grew out of a Nativist consciousness which was more than anti-Catholicism, from a Fundamentalist bent in much of American Protestantism, and from the Prohibition movement. All of these factors were of course inter-related, but it was clear that Catholicism by itself was not the cause of Smith's defeat. From my own political experience, I feel certain that this factor has been considerably alleviated...". Estimated Value $5,000 - 7,000

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Book : Modern Etiquette in Public and Private published by Frederick Warne and Co. c.1887.

by Dickins Auctioneers

June 5, 2015, 2:00 PM GMT

Middle Claydon, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £20 - £30

Description: Book : Modern Etiquette in Public and Private published by Frederick Warne and Co. c.1887.

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Heisenberg, Werner. Typed letter signed.

by Profiles in History

June 11, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Calabasas, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $10,000 - $15,000

Description: 69. Heisenberg, Werner. Typed letter signed (“W. Heisenberg”), 3 pages (8.25 x 11.5 in.; 210 x 292 mm.), on separate leaves, in German, on “Max Planck Institute for Physics” letterhead, Göttingen, 3 October 1948, written to Professor Samuel A. Goudsmit, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Usual folds with staple holes at left corner.Werner Heisenberg defends his fellow German physicists in a letter written to Samuel Goudsmit, Dutch-American physicist and critic of the German scientists of World War II.“After the lecture General Fieldmarshal Milch asked me how large the bomb might be and whether it would be powerful enough to destroy a big city. I then answered that the bomb, that is its active part, would have the approximate size of a pineapple. Of course this statement attracted attention especially among the non-physicists, who remembered it well.”Heisenberg writes in full: Dear Goudsmit, Many thanks for your letter. Of course it is always easier to discuss facts than it is to talk about motives. Therefore, I was happy to hear that, after reading the secret reports, you have come to the conclusion that, indeed, we knew since 1940 that one can produce atomic explosives from a pile (Weizsäcker, Houtermans) and that we also knew since 1942 that the decisive ingredient was 94 (Pu). I am concerned with these facts mainly because they touch upon the crucial contentions in your book and with which, as far as I can see, you establish the comprehensive view of your book. As the text of your book shows (p. 138/139) in the following sentences: “It was not until a full day after the first announcement of Hiroshima that Heisenberg began to understand how he and his colleagues had completely missed the basic principle of the atom bomb. It was only then that he finally came to understand that we had used uranium pile merely to produce material – plutonium – and out of this new substance had made the bomb. The pile itself was never intended to be a bomb. Heisenberg called his colleagues together and explained to them what it was all about. They were amazed, and crestfallen. It was all so simple. How could they ever have missed it? And how could they ever survive such a blow to German scientific prestige? … Heisenberg spoke to an Associated Press reporter about “Germany’s uranium pile, which I was building up to create energy for machines and not for bombs … As the world knows, the explosive, plutonium, is produced in such a uranium pile. Heisenberg’s statement is a beautiful example of how to use half-truths. It is true that the German scientists were working on a uranium machine and not the bomb, but it is true only because they failed to understand the difference between the machine and the bomb. The bomb was what they were after. And what the whole world knows about plutonium the German scientists did not know – until they were told about it after Hiroshima.” The underlined sentences are also emphasized in print and will therefore be perceived by the readers of your book as the most important statements; they are also cited in the newspapers. As I have mentioned, it is important to me that you realize that those sentences are false. The correct formulation should have been something like this: “The German physicists knew the difference between an uranium machine and an atom bomb. They also knew since 1940 that it was possible to obtain atomic explosives from the uranium burner and, since 1942, they knew that the element 94 (Pu) was involved. In any case, they knew enough about the production and manufacture of atom bombs to realize, that such a production of bombs could not succeed in Germany during the war. For this reason they were spared the moral decision of whether they should begin making atom bombs, and so they worked only with uranium machines.” You admitted in your last letter that the formulation concerning the question of plutonium was correct. But regarding the fast neutrons and, therefore, the difference between uranium burner and bomb, you seem to have reservations. In order for you to realize that you were mistaken in your book, I would like to ask you to study a secret report by Houtermans (pertaining to the issue of triggering of nuclear chain reactions, parag. III: chain reactions through nuclear fission with fast neutrons, especially Fig. I) which you might have missed; in those days I discussed the original research about this quite regularly with Houtermans. I must also repeat my question, voiced in my last letter, namely, what in your opinion was meant by our remark concerning the use of protactinium as an explosive and by my diagrams in my Luftwaffe report, if it was not the fact that we certainly knew about chain reactions with fast neutrons. I have also asked some of the people who were present at the meeting with Speer on June 6, 1942 which details they could still remember being discussed regarding the atom bomb issue. It turned out that some of the participants of that meeting, especially Miss Bollmann, a secretary from the Max Planck association, and Dr. Telschow, recalled the following incident: After the lecture General Fieldmarshal Milch asked me how large the bomb might be and whether it would be powerful enough to destroy a big city. I then answered that the bomb, that is its active part, would have the approximate size of a pineapple. Of course this statement attracted attention especially among the non-physicists, who remembered it well. Since you probably have the list of participants of that meeting there in America, you could ask some of the gentlemen in question. Finally I would like to mention that, prior to the publication of my report in Science, I naturally showed it to the involved members of the “Uranium Club” and that only after all of those people at the “Uranium Club” agreed with its contents, was it published. Because there really can not remain any doubts about this entire matter, I would like to ask if you couldn’t publish a rectification of the statements made on pp. 138/139 of your book, perhaps in one of the “Atomic Bulletins”; just those assertions in your book have been repeatedly picked up and cited by the press and have led to a broad proliferation of wrong impressions about German atomic physicists, which can really be of no interest to anyone. For the time being I would like to refrain from dealing with some of the other statements in your letter, because I feel that many of the formulations are incorrect, but I want to avoid the deepening of our differences by continuing a critical discussion. I had hoped that, after agreeing about the facts, we could also come to terms with the motives, and I am loath to relinquish that hope. One last comment: according to the latest information, Thüring and Stuart do not hold a position at a university any longer. So far, I do not know anything about Schenk. None of us would insist that the de-nazification was accomplished correctly in every instance. Many people lost their positions unjustly, and many others kept their posts equally unjustly. This problem is so hopelessly complicated that I wouldn’t know how to solve it justly. I will be happy to discuss the uranium questions with Mr. White. For the rest I agree, of course, with you and with your book that a totalitarian regime of a country harms science tremendously. I have said and written before, that I share this opinion. But in your book this notion is substantiated with false arguments and I regret that very much. With best regards, yoursW. Heisenberg.On 4 June 1942, Heisenberg, then director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physics, met with Albert Speer, Reichminister for Armaments and Munitions, and his top civilian and military advisors. Discussion turned to nuclear research and the atomic bomb. Heisenberg acknowledged that it would be possible to build atomic reactors (“uranium machines”). Speer then asked how nuclear physics could be used to build an atomic bomb. Heisenberg replied that the theoretical knowledge was in place but that it would take at least two years, due to the great expense and lack of such crucial resources as a cyclotron. $10,000 - $15,000

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Reginald Marsh, (American, 1898-1954), Untitled (Couple Beside a Tree), ink and wash on paper, 11

by Treadway Toomey Auctions

June 6, 2015, 10:00 AM CST

Oak Park, IL, USA

Estimated Price: $800 - $1,200

Description: Reginald Marsh (American, 1898-1954) Untitled (Couple Beside a Tree) ink and wash on paper 11" x 8.5" Other Notes: Letter from Norman Sasowsky, Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware confirming the authenticity of this lot.

Condition Report: not examined out of the frame; appears to be in overall good condition.

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I. L. Peretz - Two Handwritten Postcards

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

June 3, 2015, 5:00 PM EET

Jerusalem, Israel

Description: Two letters by the author I. L. Peretz, handwritten on postcards. 1891-1907. Yiddish and Hebrew.1. Letter in Hebrew about literary matters, to A.H. Guttmann in Călăraşi, Bessarabia, 1891. Peretz refers to a story submitted to him for publication and asks for the author's permission to make some changes prior to publication. Stains. Minor tears. Ink stamp.2. Letter in Yiddish, to Dr. Theodor Zlocisti in Berlin, 1907.Peretz writes words of encouragement to Zlocisti. Good condition. Minor stains and creases. Ink stamp.

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Army of the Potomac - Collection of Letters Regarding Reunions, etc.

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $600

Description: Army of the Potomac - Collection of Letters Regarding Reunions, etc. Group of approximately 30 letters written to Horace C. King, who was Secretary of the Society of the Army of the Potomac, regarding their attendance at reunions and other business. Written between 1880 and 1909, the group contains autograph letters signed, typed letters signed, and one War Dept. card signed. Includes Cabinet Members (many on official letterhead), and other prominent men, including: William M. Evarts (3), Elihu Root (2), George B. Cortelyou (3), John D. Long (1), Russel A. Alger (16 - many of these regard other business), Henry L. Stimson (1), and H.W. Slocum (1). A few other personal letters are included and a photo of Horace King. Expected toning; very good to fine. Estimated Value $500 - 600

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2009 Buzz Aldrin signed

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 28, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $750

Description: 2009 Buzz Aldrin signed "Magnificient Desolation" lettered special edition. Printed by JB & Co, lettered Q, with bold signature of book's author, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, on author name page. Only 26 copies were printed, one for each letter. Printed primarily for family members. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a lettered edition with black and gold cover has been offered at public auuction. Excellent condition. Estimated Value $500 - 750 Ex Astronaut Buzz Aldrin collection.

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1848-78 HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW ALS & CUT SIGNATURE

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

June 3, 2015, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $700

Description: Two items from famed American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of 'Evangeline' and 'Song of Hiawatha.' First, an autographed letter signed from Cambridge while he was professor at Harvard, dated Oct 28, 1848: 'Inclosed you will find the autograph which you desire, and which I send with much pleasure. / Yours truly / Henry W. Longfellow.' Letter measures 4½"x6½ and is matted and housed in a ready-for-framing presentation, along with a portrait of Longfellow himself. Second item a 4½"x2" cut signature from Longfellow, this one dated 1878.

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[Civil Law, Public Loans] Messedaglia,1850

by Bibliopathos

June 10, 2015, 5:00 PM CET

Milano, Italy

Estimated Price: €50 - €70

Description: A TREATISE ON PUBLIC LOANS BY ANGELO MESSEDAGLIAMessedaglia, Angelo. Dei prestiti pubblici e del miglior sistema di consolidazione di Angelo Messedaglia. Milano: Francesco Vallardi, 1850.8vo (192x122; half chagreen binding, with marbled paper at boards, blue sprinkled edges; pp. XVI, 208.Angelo Messedaglia (1820-1901), graduated in law, was an Italian, social scientist and statistician. He was professor of commercial law, economics and statistics at the universities of Padua and Rome.Provenance: Private library of a Verona noble family, whose roots are in Mantua and in which there were distinguished lawyers and jurists. References: IT\ICCU\RAV\0315954. OCLC, 797146107 and 29636358 (3 copies in USA and 2 copies in UK).

Condition Report: Light sign of use to the binding; occasional foxing. Overall, a very good copy.

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Heisenberg, Werner. Typed letter signed.

by Profiles in History

June 11, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Calabasas, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Description: 67. Heisenberg, Werner. Typed letter signed (“W. Heisenberg”), 2 pages (8.25 x 11.5 in.; 210 x 292 mm.), on separate leaves, in German, on “Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute for Physics” letterhead, Göttingen, 23 September 1947, written to Professor Samuel A. Goudsmit, Northwestern University Department of Physics. Usual folds with some chipping on upper and lower borders; staple holes at left corner.Werner Heisenberg defends his fellow German physicists in a letter written to Samuel Goudsmit, Dutch-American physicist and critic of the German scientists of World War II.“There is especially one item in your statements which, no doubt, is due to a misunderstanding, namely the supposition that we in Germany looked upon the research of the problems with atoms as a sort of race with America, somewhat like the idea that, if we couldn’t win the war, at least we could win the peace.”Heisenberg writes in full: Dear Goudsmit, I am sending you with the same mail some special publications, among them also the one relating to our work with atoms during the war. In connection with this article I want to write a few words to you. In recent times I have read several of your articles in which you report about the uranium research performed in Germany during the war. From these articles I get the impression that perhaps you didn’t know enough about the details of our research and especially, that you were not aware of the psychological situation during the war for those of us who lived in Germany. Not long ago I discussed this matter at length with [Niels] Bohr and he suggested that I should personally write to you about it. As I told you that time in Heidelberg the mood among us was entirely different. From the very beginning we were convinced (as I vigorously emphasized during official meetings in Germany during the war) that America would be able to resolve the uranium problem much faster and better because of its incomparably superior equipment (for instance, 24 cyclotrons versus none in Germany) – as long as it was officially decided to do so. Therefore we never considered a serious competition. We just thought it possible that this problem might perhaps not be tackled at all in America because we imagined that it would be of little importance to the war effort. And so, when you told me in Heidelberg that the American physicists had worked mainly for the war effort and that they didn’t pursue the questions pertaining to atoms (naturally, you had to give me such an answer then) I felt that this was plausible, and to that extent we rejoiced that we apparently had done reasonably good work for peace. Your portrayal of a “race among scientists” therefore, does not correctly describe the atmosphere of our research, but I understand quite clearly that it has to be very difficult for you to imagine our psychological situation during the war. The problem was that, after all, we knew only too well what terrible consequences a victory of National Socialism in Europe would entail but that, on the other hand, we had no illusions about the results of a total German defeat because of the hate National Socialism had sown. Such a proposition leads naturally to a more passive and modest attitude, and one would be happy to be content with saving, wherever possible, that which can be salvaged in a small circle of influence, and to hope that later, perhaps some useful work can be done again. – Maybe there will be an opportunity, not too far in the future, when we can talk about these issues more thoroughly than was possible at that time in Heidelberg. Regarding the details of the uranium research in Germany, I think the article in Science contains the essentials, in some places even more precise than what you had learned in that by-gone time. If you have additional questions or doubts in connection with this, I would welcome it if you wrote to me about them. In August I visited Bohr for eight days in Tisvilde and I was very happy about the chance to be in touch with Bohr and the other physicists in Copenhagen and to learn more about the progress that had been made in physics, for instance in the area of cosmic radiation. With best regards, also from the other physicists of our group, yours W. HeisenbergBy the 1930s, Heisenberg was recognized as the leading spokesman for physics in Germany. Yet, like many, he found himself in an increasingly awkward position, as Nazi attacks on the academic professions forced the remaining Germans and German institutions into acquiescence with, if not overt support of, the dictatorship. Heisenberg’s response was perhaps typical of many educated Germans. There was little chance that he would emigrate voluntarily, despite numerous opportunities and invitations to do so…nation and politics were separable for Heisenberg and, like many, he believed the Nazis would not be in power for long. With the outbreak of war, Heisenberg was dispatched to the Army Weapons Bureau in Berlin to investigate the application of nuclear fission to large-scale energy production. In just two months, Heisenberg had completed an analysis of chain reactions and stated their possible use in the construction of an atomic bomb. The report propelled him to the forefront of specialists in nuclear energy in Germany. During his Berlin years, he directed fission research at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute for Physics and supervised reactor experiments in Leipzig. Earning the enmity of those colleagues and friends who were opposed to the Nazi regime, Heisenberg continued his efforts until captured by the secret allied ALSOS mission in late spring 1945.Among Heisenberg’s harshest critics was Goudsmit, whose parents had died in the holocaust, yet perhaps another factor was a degree of scientific rivalry dating to the 1920s, when Heisenberg managed to resolve a problem concerning helium which had stumped Goudsmit. “Heisenberg’s solution was way beyond me,” Goudsmit conceded, but at the same time he felt eclipsed. Heisenberg’s role in the German bomb program gave Goudsmit a license to attack – not the simple fact that Heisenberg had a role, but Goudsmit’s conviction that he was lying about it. In the summer of 1947, Heisenberg published two articles on the failure of the German bomb project in the journals Die Naturwissenschaften and Nature, and Goudsmit was outraged by Heisenberg’s thesis. According to Heisenberg, it was the lack of resources and technical support – not knowledge – which stymied the German effort. German physicists were investigating the peaceful uses of nuclear energy; they had no moral desire to construct a bomb and were even trying to stall its production. Goudsmit maintained that Heisenberg and his colleagues wanted to build a bomb, but simply did not know how. According to David Cassidy’s Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg, the bitter controversy “raged through the pages of The New York Times and in an exchange of long and fascinating letters. In 1948, the American occupation authorities requested that Heisenberg and his colleague Karl Wirtz publish an account of the German effort. The report enabled Heisenberg to reexamine available research reports, and at Heisenberg’s insistence, Goudsmit reexamined copies of captured reports in Washington. As a result of this exercise, Goudsmit corrected his most obvious errors (his book on ALSOS had appeared the previous year). Despite a partial reconciliation and Goudsmit’s apologies to Heisenberg at their final meeting in 1973, the quarrel was never satisfactorily resolved. $8,000 - $12,000

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Publications Regarding Early Palestine

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 28, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $300 - $400

Description: Publications Regarding Early Palestine. Collection of thirteen booklets, pamphlets and newspapers regarding early Palestine. Titles and publications include: Between The Hermon And Gilboa, Five Stories For Children, Palestine Pictorial, The Fight for Jewish Freedom and Honour, Jewish Progress in Palestin / Four Years' Work Of The Keren Hayesod, The Soil Of The Homeland. Published by various organizations and individuals. Soft covers. Varying in size from 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. to 13 x 10 1/4 in. Dated from 1923 to 1929. Overall in very good condition. Lot also includes sheet music for the Hebrew National Anthem "The Hatikvoh Improvised", by Jacob H. Bellin, arranged and played for Piano Roll, printed, 7 pages, 12 x 9 in.,1926.Tears and worn around the edges. A three inch vertical tear at center bottom of all pages. Estimated Value $300 - 400

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An 18thC / 19thC Country House letter box formed as a double Serpentine fronted knife box converted, labelled 'Letter box' with slot to lid. 14

by Dickins Auctioneers

June 6, 2015, 9:00 AM GMT

Middle Claydon, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £50 - £80

Description: An 18thC / 19thC Country House letter box formed as a double Serpentine fronted knife box converted, labelled 'Letter box' with slot to lid. 14" high

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Memorial book Professor Everardus Henricus van Leeuwen January 1887-June 1903, Memorial book present

by Zwiggelaar Auctions

June 9, 2015, 7:00 PM CET

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Estimated Price: €100 - €200

Description: Memorial book Professor Everardus Henricus van Leeuwen January 1887-June 1903, Memorial book presented by his students, with dedication calligraphed and gilded by A.H. Haupst, 10 pasted photos by W.G. Baer, 15 leafs with ca. 150 calligraphed names, bound in full dark morocco with silver clasp, corner caps and central plaque (white metal, maker's mark Begeer, date letter 1903), silk endpapers, large 4to (35 x 31 cm). Tanned along edges, the calligraphic page sl. damaged in lower margin. Inside hinges are vulnerable. For more on the theologian Everardus Henricus van Leeuwen (1833-1913), see the Biografisch lexicon voor de geschiedenis van het Nederlands protestantisme, vol. 6, p. 161f (also available online). The central silver plaque on the front cover is finished in lovely Jugenstil, with the monogram EHvL, the stone tablets with Hebrew epigraph and the monogram PX and dove.

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THOMAS HART BENTON Sailing Sketch.

by Swann Auction Galleries

June 4, 2015, 1:30 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: THOMAS HART BENTON Sailing Sketch. Pencil on cream wove paper, 1945. 103x125 mm; 4x4 7/8 inches. Signed in pencil, lower recto. The pencil inscription and sailboat under-drawing are from a letter the current owner, one of Benton's former neighbors on Martha's Vinyard, sent to his parents while he was at summer camp. He requested that Benton critique the sketch, to which the artist added the caricature of the sailor and his signature. Professor Henry Adams, Case Western Reserve University, has confirmed the authenticity of this drawing. According to Professor Adams, "The figure is surely a humorous self-portrait."

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Lot of Ronald Reagan Memorabilia Including Autographed Framed Photo and Inauguration Invitation and Ticket

by Ripley Auctions

May 30, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

Indianapolis, IN, USA

Estimated Price: $200 - $400

Description: Lot of Ronald Reagan Memorabilia Including Autographed Framed Photo and Inauguration Invitation and Ticket Lot also includes additonal photo, Committee of Champions Invitation and Official White House invitation and letter head. Also includes Original Reagan Memo Pads and Magazine publications

Condition Report: Professional shipping services are available. Our preferred shipper is Pakmail300: You may email us300 at pakmail dot org in advance for a shipping quote, if needed. Payment is accepted by Paypal, all major credit cards, cash, check, and bank wire. There is a buyer's premium in this sale. Unless otherwise noted, all items in this sale are guaranteed to be the property of heirs to the estate of Alex Henig. All items are warranted to have been collected by Alex Henig personally or in the course of his business. All signatures are believed to be authentic, but have not been professionally authenticated. All items have remained in the possession of the heirs to the estate since 1993. Returns and refunds will not be accepted. Your bid is a contract and signifies your acceptance of these terms. For more information regarding Alex Henig, see antiquehelper dot com. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to the client. We are offering our professional opinion. We attempt to submit condition reports in the description. However, the absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Antique Helper, Inc., et al shall have no responsibility for any error or omission regarding an item's condition. All sales are final.

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[Genealogy] Familieboek Servatius, Samengesteld door Mr. A.H. Servatius officier van Justitie te Zwo

by Zwiggelaar Auctions

June 10, 2015, 7:00 PM CET

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Estimated Price: €150 - €300

Description: [Genealogy] Familieboek Servatius, Samengesteld door Mr. A.H. Servatius officier van Justitie te Zwolle. Zwolle, N.V. Drukkerij v.h. La Rivière and Voorhoeve for the Servatius family, 1942, typography by Ger Soutendijk (leader LRV studio), printed on Banzay paper, -2, 397, (3) p., with folding family tree, pasted portraits and facsimiles of letters, original gilt cloth with (defect) dust jacket by Stokkink (Amsterdam), top edge gilt, 4to. Beautifully finished, extremely rare publications (no copies in Picarta), with several tipped-in proofs and errata leafs. Also tipped-in are three typed leafs: one shipping list books Servatius containing 12 names, a letter of thanks from W.G. Servatius to the LRV studio and a letter from the author to his family members. In this last letter he asks for financial support because the publication (slechts in een 25 ex, ) turns out much more expensive than thought.

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Heisenberg, Werner. Typed letter signed.

by Profiles in History

June 11, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Calabasas, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

Description: 68. Heisenberg, Werner. Extraordinary and historic typed letter signed (“Werner Heisenberg”) with hand drawings depicting chain reactions in uranium 235 and uranium in heavy water, 5 pages (8.25 x 11.5 in.; 210 x 292 mm.), on separate leaves, in German, on “Max Planck Institute for Physics” letterhead, Göttingen, 5 January 1948, written to Professor Samuel A. Goudsmit, Northwestern University Department of Physics. Usual folds with some chipping on upper and lower borders; staple holes at left corner.Werner Heisenberg defends his fellow German physicists in a letter written to Samuel Goudsmit, Dutch-American physicist and critic of the German scientists of World War II.“The most pressing difference of opinion between you and me seems to deal with the question whether the German physicists knew that an atom bomb functions because of the chain reaction with fast neutrons, and whether they knew that one can make atom bombs from 235U or 239Pu.” “I think that the great accomplishments by the American and English physicists resulted mainly from the enormous effects of technical performance, in the systematic use of vast resources, which could only be provided by the strong industrial potential of America.”Heisenberg writes in full: Dear Goudsmit, Many thanks for your letter and for your desire to clear up the differences of opinion which still remain between us. The most pressing difference of opinion between you and me seems to deal with the question whether the German physicists knew that an atom bomb functions because of the chain reaction with fast neutrons, and whether they knew that one can make atom bombs from 235U or 239Pu. Once more I would like to emphasize here that you obviously drew the wrong conclusions from the many data that were at your disposal, when you wrote your report about this issue and that, in any case, the true nuclear physicists in Germany (here I mean the more intimate circle of people whom you know, such as Both [sic], Weitzsäcker, Wirtz, Bopp, Harteck, Houtermans, Jensen, Flügge, and perhaps a few more) knew the data in their main characteristics, but that the detailed research needed to remain undone because of the reasons which I explained in my statement. The first instance (chain reaction with fast neutrons and 235U) seemed fundamentally self-evident to us since the well-known research of Bohr and Wheeler had been published, -- even though I fully realized that the factual construction of the atom bomb pre-supposed the solving of several difficult physical questions, which you did solve and which we did not touch upon because of the oft-mentioned reasons. The deliberation about the density number 239, as I wrote in my report, can be found in a secret report by Weizsäcker from the year 1940. At that time it was not clear whether the 23-min.-substance 239U, which Hahn has discovered, would result in only one or perhaps two Beta-disintegrations. Therefore, Weizsäcker did not know then whether the presumed explosive would carry the cargo 93 or 94. After the discovery of the 23-min.-substance it was also obvious that the 239U explosives, set off by sympathetic detonations, existed, and the stipulation that the substance would react like 235 at the moment of fission was evident from the Bohr-Wheeler research. As proof of this statement about the German physicists I would like to point out one item contained in one of the secret reports which we, by chance, still have in our possession (article by Bothe [sic] about fast neutrons), where it is conjectured that pure Pa in sufficient amounts would explode by way of the chain reaction of fast neutrons. Of Pa it was known that it did not split at all when combined with slow neutrons. How, in your estimation, could the sentence about protactinium be explained, if not with the certainty that we here knew about the possibility of chain reaction with fast neutrons? Furthermore, what in your opinion is mentioned in Weizsäcker’s secret report of 1940, whose existence you can verify by asking any of the members of the U-club, if not these things about which I wrote? Of course, there is the possibility that you did not see these reports and in that case I ask you to continue in the search for that material. In this connection I would like to allude to a report which was published together with other secret matters of the Luftwaffe, probably in the spring of 1943, which contains my lecture of February 26, 1942 and which was later repeated for a panel of Luftwaffe members. In this lecture I showed two slides which (adjusted to the niveau of a Reichminister of that time) compared the proliferation of neutrons in pure 235U with that in a pile made up of pure uranium and heavy water. I am enclosing a sketch of the two slides which I reconstructed from memory as well as was possible. I don’t have to explain to you what they demonstrate. Those two slides were kept up to the end of the war in my Berlin institute; they were probably confiscated by the Russians. As far as I know they were mentioned in that report I referred to and which you will probably find somewhere in America. I suppose, that just by chance, you have not found the reports which would give you a clear picture about the atom bomb question. Besides, I do not look upon these facts as so very important just because I think that the above-mentioned result of our work was of special scientific merit of which we should be proud; rather, on the contrary, I feel that this entire development was practically inevitable after Hahn’s discovery and after the research of Bohr and Wheeler. I think that the great accomplishments by the American and English physicists resulted mainly from the enormous effects of technical performance, in the systematic use of vast resources, which could only be provided by the strong industrial potential of America. Only after we have agreed on the facts should we begin to talk about the political motives. Perhaps it will be beneficial to postpone the discussion of those issues to a time when it can be done orally. I do not believe that anything can be gained by talking over any of these matters publicly. Possibly, I should address some of the points mentioned in your letter. First of all a few words about the four sentences in your letter dealing with the American opinion regarding German science under National Socialism: To 1) and 2): I have always felt that pure science suffered enormously under the National Socialist regime, first of all certainly because of the expulsion of so many able scientists from Germany; secondly, because of the inroads the absurd ideological theories made (for instance, cosmography, or “German” physics, etc.) Occasionally I expressed my views not only in the company of trusted colleagues, which would have been quite paltry, but I stressed them repeatedly also in a number of presentations to the appropriate German government institutions at a time when it was quite dangerous to do so. In this way I tried to bring about a change. To 3) I have already replied. To 4) It would never occur to me to believe that the German physicists were different from their colleagues of the Allied Forces. But I can’t imagine that you didn’t realize that the German physicists worked under other psychological conditions than their colleagues in England and America, and that the German physicists stood in opposition to the philosophy of life of their regime in contrast to the Allied physicists who worked for one goal together with their country’s people. Another thing you mention: the “complacency” of the German physicists. I believe that in every meeting with higher political officials, which took place in regard to uranium projects, I energetically pointed out that the American physics set-up was much better equipped with people as well as with laboratories than was the case in Germany and that, therefore, it could be expected that the American physicists would solve the problems of atomic energy much faster than the Germans would be able to, if the latter could tackle these issues at all during the war. Again it would seem paltry of me to repeat these facts pointedly, now that there is no longer any danger involved with making such statements. Besides, you will find in the depiction of the false conclusions written in pencil that I did not intend to write a “success story” but rather an objective account. Perhaps I should also say something about the political attitude here, which you chose to characterize as a compromise with Nazism. During that entire time, I was never in doubt about the fact that the German regime consisted in its most official positions of fools and scoundrels. However, I also knew that, if the German people failed to undermine and ultimately abolish that political system from within, a great catastrophe would befall the country which would take the lives of millions of innocent people in Germany and in other countries. You write: “Why didn’t you sense the hopelessness of ever being able to convince Himmler?” – I was not naïve enough to believe that we had any chance to succeed before the catastrophe broke over us. But even now I feel that I would have shirked my duty unpardonably if I hadn’t tried my utmost, at least in my small sphere of influence, to breach the delusions of the political overlords, hoping all the while that others in their positions would then act accordingly in the same manner. Himmler’s letter proves to me that such an attempt was not taken without danger (“We can’t afford to kill this man”) but also that it was not entirely hopeless. By the way, I had discussed my efforts beforehand with Bohr and he emphatically supported them, -- not because he had any illusions about the results, but because he correctly assumed that everything had to be tried. I have never been able to understand those people who withdrew from all responsibilities and who could assure others during some harmless dinner conversation: “You see, Germany and Europe will be annihilated, I have said so all along”. I think that, considering the affairs of the world as a whole, it would have been better if National Socialism could have been replaced by something saner from within instead of being abolished from the outside by force of arms. I also feel that it would have been desirable if the group of people who attempted real opposition to Hitler (about whom you can now read in several books) could have found understanding and support in foreign countries. – It is not easy to guide people toward beneficial objectives through force of arms and, right now, because of the indescribable misery, Germany is not a fertile ground for being influenced by beneficial ideas, which all seriously engaged people know to be necessary. What we need at this time in Germany is not hate-filled reckoning with the past but a quiet reconstruction and the slow beginning of humane living conditions. You know from our discussions in August 1939 that I have opted for this goal which I have attempted here to explain to you. In other respects, be assured that the German physicists too would like to participate in any effort being made to attain a “better understanding”. But unfortunately, even the ancient history of our discussions in Ann Arbor and Heidelberg proves how incredibly difficult it is to really understand another human being. Nevertheless, we must not despair and we must redouble our efforts toward a reconciliation. With many regards, yours Werner Heisenberg.By late 1941, the German government was considering building a nuclear reactor, the first step in assembling an atomic bomb. A conference for this project opened at the Reich Research Council’s House of German Research on 26 February 1942. Heisenberg was the third to speak, on The Theoretical Foundations for Energy Acquisition from Uranium Fission. His nine-page paper discussed such topics as the so-called “fast neutrons” resulting from nuclear fission that have lost little of their energy through collision; “heavy water” (deuterium oxide), used as a moderator in some nuclear reactors; and the unleashing of nuclear power through controlled chain reactions. The accompanying drawings illustrate Heisenberg’s theoretical knowledge at the time and appear to be the only remaining record of his above-mentioned slides. While no one on the Research Council’s influential guest list could have understood the practical relevance of Heisenberg’s remarks to atomic bombs, his talk nevertheless spurred the Research Council to assume control of nuclear research from the army. $20,000 - $30,000

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[Garfield, James A.] Letter on Garfield's Death, by Surgeon Joseph J. Woodward

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $6,500

Description: [Garfield, James A.] Letter on Garfield's Death, by Surgeon Joseph J. Woodward. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages, 8 x 5 in., War Department, Surgeon General's Office, Washington, D.C., September 26, 1881. To Dr. I. Minis Hays (1847-1925). An important letter from Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Janvier Woodward (1833-1884), who wrote reports on the autopsies of both Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, and was one of the physicians attending President James A. Garfield after he was shot. Woodward writes to the great Jewish pioneer opthamologist and curator of the Franklin Papers at The Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. Marked "Confidential": "My dear Doctor, After our last conversation I think I ought to send you the enclosed [not present] copy of the proceedings of a meeting of the late Presidents physicians held last night, which however you must regard as shown you in strict confidence. The proceedings have today been sent to Drs. Hamilton and Agnew for their views. A copy of my report of the post mortem examination was also sent to day to Drs. Hamilton, Agnew, and Smith, and this report will not be made public till their approval (which they are asked to telegraph if possible) is secured. So soon as this is done I am authorized to furnish copies to the New York Medical Record and to you. The reason for not giving it to either exclusively is because it is not yet determined which offer for the History of the Case will be accepted. As soon as any conclusion is arrived at I will let you know. Meanwhile you must judge for yourself whether you wish to wait for the October number for the post-mortem record, which will probably be ready in a day or two at farthest. Sincerely Your friend, J.J. Woodward".After being shot by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881, the President's wound was probed by numerous medical experts with unsterilized metal instruments or bare hands. The sterile technique taught by British surgeon Joseph Lister in the mid 1860s, and accepted in France, German, and other parts of Europe, was not widely recognized or used by American physicians. The massive infection which resulted from unsterile practices was a contributor to Garfield's death. Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,500

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Studies by Alois Musil - Three Volumes / Maps

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

June 3, 2015, 5:00 PM EET

Jerusalem, Israel

Description: Three volumes containing research by Alois Musil (1868-1944), Austro-Czech researcher, orientalist and theologist who mastered 35 dialects of Arabic. Musil started his studies in the Dominican Biblical School in Jerusalem when it opened in 1890, but left the institute after 14 months and started his journeys in the Middle East and the Arab world. In 1902 Musil was appointed Professor of Theology in the University of Olomouc (Czechoslovakia) and in 1909 Professor of Theology in the University of Vienna. He toured the Negev in 1901 and later published a detailed mapping of the area, as well as written reports and photographs that served for many years as references regarding the Negev. In 1920 was appointed professor by Karl University in Prague. In cooperation with the American industrialist Charles Richard Crane, Musil published his works in English in the 1920s. Presented here are three volumes from this edition, published by the American Geographical Society, Oriental Explorations and Studies:No. 2 - Arabia Deserta. New-York, 1927.No. 4 - Palmyrena. New-York, 1928.No. 5 - Northern Neğd. New-York, 1928. An original set of maps is included - "Musil: Map of Northern Arabia" - which consists of four maps. Good to very good condition, ink stamps and ownership inscription.

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27 Pc. Vintage Ammunitions & Bullets Ephemera

by J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC

June 4, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Estimated Price: $50 - $10,000

Description: Type of Item: Books, letters, Era or Year Produced: 20th century, Color: Various, Approximate Measurement: Largest item measures 10.125" x 7.75", Weight: 6 lbs total weight. Lot includes letters in regards to ammunition, "Ammunition Handbook", "from Trigger To Target", "Winchester Ammunition Handbook", 'western Ammunition Handbook", "Simplified Small Arms Ballistics", "The American Cartridge", "Smokeless Shotgun Powders".

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Nahum Sokolow - Handwritten Letter - London, 1930

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

June 3, 2015, 5:00 PM EET

Jerusalem, Israel

Description: Nahum Sokolow, handwritten letter on official stationery - "President of the Executive of the World Zionist Organization". Compayne Gardens, London 1930. English.A letter of recommendation, written by Sokolov for M. Luzki who worked for him for several years and was in charge of his library and publications. Attached is a postcard with Nahum Sokolow's portrait, published by "HaTechiya".Sokolow (1859-1936), fourth president of the World Zionist Organization; author, poet and a pioneer of Hebrew journalism. Leaf, 25 cm. Good condition. Minor creases, folding marks. Minor tears to folding mark.

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Einstein, Albert. Autograph letter signed.

by Profiles in History

June 11, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Calabasas, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

Description: 41. Einstein, Albert. Autograph letter signed (“Albert”), 1.5 pages (8.5 x 11 in.; 216 x 279 mm.), front and back, in German, no place, 28 January 1926, written to his ex-wife Mileva Maric. In the opening of the letter, Einstein bluntly pours out his frustration with his son Hans Albert’s prospective marriage to an older woman. He then expresses his views on the “thorny” state of theoretical physics, despite the success of his Relativity Theory. Usual folds. Fine.Einstein expresses his unhappiness with the “thorny” state of theoretical physics despite the success of his Relativity Theory.“The Relativity Theory has now been experimentally proven, but the issue of the connection of gravitation and electricity is shipwrecked, at least in my opinion. Theoretical physics is currently enormously thorny.” Einstein writes in part: …It’s OK if you borrow some extra money in Zurich. Regarding Albert: I’m very concerned…I believe that the girl has him under her thumb and that he is too naïve to really assess the situation. We have to do everything we can to avoid the worst. The young Haber is already married, but to an intelligent, fine girl from a healthy family. That’s what I would like too…I didn’t really like Dolly very much. I liked her mother more. She is pretty for her age but a superficial average person. You find plenty of them in the big city.Addressing his theory: The Relativity Theory has now been experimentally proven, but the issue of the connection of gravitation and electricity is shipwrecked, at least in my opinion. Theoretical physics is currently enormously thorny. I’m glad that the boys are interested in other things. I’m curious what Tetel’s going to choose. But we shouldn’t talk to him about it too much or it will be too much pressure and he won’t be able to handle it… I remember how heavy the thought of a future profession had weighed on me…It is not that difficult if you are not fishing for praise but are content with being useful…It’s really important that he gets away from home because it’s in his nature to not be very practical and to not be independent. He might not resemble me physically, but his character is very similar to mine…Best wishes, Albert.Hans Albert married in 1927 after, what his daughter recalled, “explosion after explosion” from Einstein and Mileva. The marriage lasted thirty-one years, until his wife’s death. He became a professor of hydraulic engineering at Berkeley. $20,000 - $30,000

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Biner,J.  Apparatus eruditionis ad jurisprudentiam, praesertim ecclesiasticam...Cum ex utroque j

by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

June 27, 2015, 11:00 AM CET

Pforzheim, Germany

Estimated Price: €0 - €100

Description: Biner,J. Apparatus eruditionis ad jurisprudentiam, praesertim ecclesiasticam...Cum ex utroque jure publice defenderet V.Granicher. 3 Tle. in 1 Bd. Innsbruck, Wagner (1747). 4°. 15 Bl., 734 S., 5 Bl. Pbd. d. Zt. mit Goldbrokatpapier. (Kap. mit Ausrissen, tls. gebleicht u. best.). De Backer I,1486,8. - Hauptwerk des Schweizer Theologen und Jesuiten Joseph Biner (1697-1766), das komplett in 13 Teilen zwischen 1754 bis 1765 publiziert wurde. - Biner lehrte seit 1734 an der Universität Ingolstadt Logik, ab 1737 in Luzern, dann in Dillingen, wurde Professor für Kirchenrecht in Innsbruck und war bis zu seinem Tod Rektor in Rottenburg. Das vorliegende Werk "ist eine Art Konzilien-, vielfach Kirchen - bzw. Weltgeschichte mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des kirchlichen Rechts und wurde als unentbehrliches Repertorium kirchenrechtlichen Wissens betrachtet" (NDB). - Tls. stockfl., Vors. gebräunt.

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Biner,J.  Apparatus eruditionis ad jurisprudentiam, praesertim ecclesiasticam...Cum ex utroque j

by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

June 27, 2015, 11:00 AM CET

Pforzheim, Germany

Estimated Price: €0 - €100

Description: Biner,J. Apparatus eruditionis ad jurisprudentiam, praesertim ecclesiasticam...Cum ex utroque jure publice defenderet V.Granicher. 3 Tle. in 1 Bd. Innsbruck, Wagner (1747). 4°. 15 Bl., 734 S., 5 Bl. Ldr. d. Zt. mit Rsch. u. -Blindpräg. (Tls. berieb. u. best.). De Backer I,1486,8. - Hauptwerk des Schweizer Theologen und Jesuiten Joseph Biner (1697-1766), das komplett in 13 Teilen zwischen 1754 bis 1765 publiziert wurde. - Biner lehrte seit 1734 an der Universität Ingolstadt Logik, ab 1737 in Luzern, dann in Dillingen, wurde Professor für Kirchenrecht in Innsbruck und war bis zu seinem Tod Rektor in Rottenburg. Das vorliegende Werk "ist eine Art Konzilien-, vielfach Kirchen - bzw. Weltgeschichte mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des kirchlichen Rechts und wurde als unentbehrliches Repertorium kirchenrechtlichen Wissens betrachtet" (NDB). - Tls. stockfl., Vors. gebräunt.

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by Zwiggelaar Auctions

June 10, 2015, 7:00 PM CET

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Estimated Price: €80 - €160

Description: Moderne Entwürfe für Bucheinbände, Paperboard folder containing a total of 30 modern book binding designs by Paul Kersten. Incomplete series Art Nouveau designs in individual brown covers with bookbinder's advertising. The paperboard cover (35 x 27 cm.) with ties, the designs (ca. 15 x 18 cm.) tipped-in on numbered pages (31 x 24 cm.) and finished in several colours. Paul Kersten (1865-1943) was a German art book binder, professor and author of numerous specialist publications. Part of his fame stems from his use of human skin for some of his book bindings (from 1911); he wrote extensively about these bindings in trade journals.

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[Belgium. Chimay] , reconnaissants 1849-1885 27 7bre 1885. Farewell book, presented to Adolphe Piret

by Zwiggelaar Auctions

June 9, 2015, 7:00 PM CET

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Estimated Price: €70 - €140

Description: [Belgium. Chimay] , reconnaissants 1849-1885 27 7bre 1885. Farewell book, presented to Adolphe Piret Directeur du Collège Communal et Préfet de l'Athenée Royal de Chimay on 27 September 1885, with dedication to Piret and handwritten list of those present at the party (professors, taskmasters and former pupils, total ca. 60 pages text) and a large number of empty pages, all pages with lithographed border, bound in rich gilt red morocco with gilt lettered title on front cover, gilt edges, folio 32.5 x 26.5 cm. (small defects). Finely decorated memorial book. The Chimay Athenée Royal still exists. Tipped-in are a printed in memoriam, a handwritten letter (1965) and a printed award (1884), related to persons mentioned in the memorial book.

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Letters from Dalia Ravikovitch, Amir Gilboa and David Avidan

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

June 3, 2015, 5:00 PM EET

Jerusalem, Israel

Description: 1-2. Two letters handwritten by the poet Dalia Ravikovitch, [1962], 1965. One is addressed to poet Israel Pinkas and the other (two leaves) to poet and author Dan Tsalka, regarding a booklet which he published, "Dalia Ravikovitch, selected poems and words about her creation". 28 cm, 20.5 cm.3. Letter from poet Amir Gilboa, to poet Israel Pinkas, 1980. Leaf, 17.5 cm.4. Letter from poet David Avidan, on stationery of "Dugit" publishing house, to Israel Pinkas. Typewritten and signed by David Avidan. Leaf, 27.5 cm. Tears at margins.

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[Russia] Gorky, Trotsky, Krapotkin, Prince Frederick, and Others

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,500

Description: [Russia] Gorky, Trotsky, Krapotkin, Prince Frederick, and Others. Leon Trotsky letter signed "Leo Sedoff (Trotsky)," 1 page, in French, 11 x 8 1/2 in., no place, March 21, 1935. While living in France after his return from exile in Prinkipo, Trotsky writes to his lawyer, Maitre Gerard Rosenthal, urging him to continue to oversee the publication of his works and to defend his interests generally, adding that he looks forward to a meeting when they can continue their discussions on these issues. Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) typed letter signed ("M. Gorky") 1 page, onion skin paper, 13 x 8 in., no place, Oct. 28, 1921 (28.X. 21 is written at lower left). To "Dear Sirs" saying "the most valuable treasure of humanity is its intellectual force, its scientific experiment...and the most precious men in the world are the men of science...." He calls attention to the desperate plight of Russian scientists who are literally dying of hunger because the Soviet Government has no money and cannot pay them for their work. He pleads for flour, grain, beans, fats and sugar and asks for help in printing the works of Russian scientists, since there is no paper or technical means in Russia. "America would bring a great gift to the cause of humanity....For you, citizen of the richest of countries who know how to execute immense industrial undertakings,--this task should be such an easy one...." Numerous penciled notes and several chips.Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) typed letter signed ("P. Kropotkin"), 1 page, 7 x 4 1/2 in., London, no date. To an unidentified recipient, giving an address to which a check should be forwarded, "I am now here for my 'Recent-Science' work, never to the British Museum...." Mounting remnants on verso.Two autograph letters signed by James Smirmov, chaplain to the Russian Embassy in London, dated 1821 and 1822, one to Thomas Dimsdale, returning a Russian silver piece (not present) with information. The second is to Joseph Dimsdale, son of physician Thomas Dimsdale (1712-1800), who had successfully innoculated Catherine the Great, her son Grand Duke Paul and over 140 members of her Court in 1768, asking for "a respectable connexion...with a view of being supplied in Russia with Druggs as necessary for carrying on their Professional objects" for some of his countrymen. Maria Tolstoy, daughter of Leo Tolstoy, an 1890 ALS, in Russian, 1 page, 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 in., to his French translator, Halperine-Kaminsky, regarding the composition of an article on her father's views, advising him to use certain works, and saying that The Fruits of Enlightenment will be published soon. (6 letters, total of 7 pages)Together with an ALS by Prince Frederick ("Frederick"), Duke of York and Albany, 1 1/2 pages, July 23, 1807, thanking his correspondent for interesting intelligence about Napoleon's proposal to the Emperor of Russia and saying he agrees with His Majesty (George III). The British bombarded Copenhagen (Aug. 16-Sept. 5, 1807) in order to seize the Dano-Norwegian fleet and make sure it didn't fall into French hands. The incident led to the outbreak of the Anglo-Russian War of 1807. Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,500

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AIVAZOVSKY, IVAN (1817-1900), Loading the Ship on a Calm Misty Morning

by MacDougall Arts Ltd

June 3, 2015, 10:30 AM BST

London, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £450,000 - £700,000

Description: AIVAZOVSKY, IVAN (1817-1900), Loading the Ship on a Calm Misty Morning, signed and dated 1870. Oil on canvas, 71.5 by 89 cm. Provenance: Private collection, UK. Authenticity of the work has been confirmed by the expert V. Petrov. Literature: G. Caffiero, I. Samarine, Light, Water and Sky. The Paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky, London, Alexandria Press, 2012, p. 158, pl. 82, illustrated; p. 294, No. CS-1870-008, illustrated and listed. Ivan Aivazovsky was a true virtuoso in the use of colour, a gift he displays to the full in his 1870 painting Loading the Ship on a Calm Misty Morning, offered here for auction. In this work, as in many of his earlier paintings, the artist strives to convey the complex interaction of light and air and to render the atmosphere of daybreak on a warm seashore in the most vivid way possible. The early morning haze, infused with light radiating from the rising sun and tinted with a myriad of rosy hues, heralds the heat of the day to come. The artist shows particularly fine mastery in his painting of the air, with its currents and mists like those of an ocean. The dazzling resonance of the painting’s colours, with the smooth tonal transitions from rose to a cooler light blue in the background and the rich tints of turquoise, white and brown in the foreground, which break up the surface of the picture, all create an extraordinary depth and a sensation of the limitlessness of the sea. In terms of the mood, this work is extremely close to another landscape by Aivazovsky, dated 1868 and entitled Off the Beach on a Calm Early Morning (Latvian National Museum of Art), where the horizon, obscured in a dense haze, broadens the effect of space in the composition, leaving the light-filled sky to merge into the tranquil surface of the sea. Similarly, in the composition of Loading the Ship on a Calm Misty Morning, the direction of the perspective follows the painstakingly calculated diagonal placement of the ox-drawn cart and the smooth gliding of the ship over the glossy sea, as if seemingly woven from the moist air. The combination of landscape with a genre scene imparts a special atmosphere and lyricism to the painting. Aivazovsky often used this device, so beloved by the public, to lend variety to his marine paintings. Nevertheless, the bustle of everyday life is subordinated to the overall rhythm of the composition. Thus, the gentle rocking of the ships reflects the measured movements of the lumpers and fishermen, each one absorbed in what he is doing. The manner in which elements of genre painting and landscape coexist so naturally, and the highly emotive handling of colour, based on noble dark blues and greys, express a romantic ideal of a natural way of life, which the artist strove to convey in all his canvasses. This is a work of Aivazovsky’s mature years, when he had already been awarded the title of Professor of the Imperial Academy of Arts and become a member of many European academies. It is a landscape painting, which may be regarded as one of the benchmarks of the artist’s oeuvre.

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Koch, Robert. Autograph letter signed.

by Profiles in History

June 11, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Calabasas, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,500

Description: 86. Koch, Robert. Autograph letter signed (“R. Koch”), 2 pages (4.5 x 7 in.; 114 x 178 mm.), in German, front and back, “Berlin C. Klosterstrasse 36”, 26 October 1888, written to “Dear Sir (City Planning Commissioner)” in Frankfurt, Germany. With original autograph transmittal envelope. Minor ink smudges; small separation on vertical fold of address overleaf.Nobel Prize-winning founder of modern bacteriology, Robert Koch, writes a city planning commissioner about his report on river pollution.Koch writes in full: Dear Sir (City Planning Commissioner), I presented H. E. Sydow, Director of the Scientific Deputation, with your request regarding my report on river pollution that I prepared for that deputation. H. E., however, denied your request, quoting that it was in conflict with the regulations of said Deputation, to let you have the report. In private, however, he lets you know herewith that if the minister will give his consent, the report as well as the decisions made on this subject by the meeting of the Scientific Deputation, will be published soon in the Quarterly Journal for Judicial Medicine and Public Healthcare (published by Enlenberg). R. KochRobert Koch was a celebrated German physician and pioneering microbiologist, known for his role in identifying the specific and causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera and anthrax and for giving experimental support for the concept of infectious disease. His research led to the creation of Koch’s postulates, a series of four generalized principles linking specific microorganisms to specific diseases that remain today the “gold standard” in medical microbiology. $2,500 - $3,500

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Two Union Generals Re Election of 1864

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,250

Description: Two Union Generals Re Election of 1864. Elias S. Dennis ALS, 2 pages, 9 x 7 in., Head Qr. 1st Div., 17 a c, Vicksburg, Miss., June 5, 1864. A campaign letter from Dennis, who had been a member of the Illinois House and Senate before serving in the war, where he reached the rank of brevet major general. He writes after learning that he has been nominated as a Congressional candidate for Carlyle, Illinois: "As old party issues are now dead would it not be well for candidates to answer a few questions...1 Are you in favour of the prosecution of the war for the restoration of the National Authority? 2 Will you if elected to Congress vote men and money to prosecute the war with vigor? 3d Will you...vote for an amendment to the Constitution to be submitted to the States for ratification prohibiting slavery throughout the Country? 4 Are you in favour of suppressing the rebellion at every cost and at all hazards? I will answer to all of the above....I will swear as did Old Hickory 'By the Eternal the Union must and shall be preserved'." John A. Dix ALS, 2 pages, 8 x 5 in., New York, Oct. 15, 1864, to Hon. John W. Edmonds, thanking him for his letter. "...I hope it will make people think, and by a careful review of the past, suggest remedies for existing evils. We must have a re-organization of the democracy. Its present leaders lack sagacity, disinterestedness and courage; and without these there can be no bold or manly action in regard to great public questions."How to end the war was the biggest issue of the election of 1864. Groups such as the "Copperheads" wanted peace, no matter the cost. On the issue of slavery, McClellan, who was the candidate of the Peace Democrats, and many Northern voters, thought Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was too radical. Heavy Union losses also generated discontent, but when Sherman seized Atlanta on September 6, 1864, everything changed. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,250

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Alaskan letter opener

by McGrath Auctions

June 2, 2015, 6:00 PM PST

Sebastopol, CA, USA

Description: Alaskan letter opener

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Book: '' The British Pharmaceutical Codex 1934 ''. The Pharmaceutical Press, London. Navy blue bound with gilt lettering and having original dust jacket.

by Dickins Auctioneers

June 5, 2015, 2:00 PM GMT

Middle Claydon, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £20 - £30

Description: Book: '' The British Pharmaceutical Codex 1934 ''. The Pharmaceutical Press, London. Navy blue bound with gilt lettering and having original dust jacket.

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A white metal letter rack / napkin holder with floral and C scroll decoration. 2 3/4

by Dickins Auctioneers

June 6, 2015, 9:00 AM GMT

Middle Claydon, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £60 - £80

Description: A white metal letter rack / napkin holder with floral and C scroll decoration. 2 3/4" high x 4" wide

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Bartók, Béla

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 27, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $600 - $800

Description: Bartok, Bela. Typed letter signed ("Bela Bartok"), in Hungarian, 1 page, folio (13 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.), Budapest, September 14, 1937. To the literature historian and general secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Geza Voinovich (1877-1952) about the publication of the Hungarian folk songs collected by Bartok and Kodaly: "Since September 1924 the work for printing [the collection] is on the way. During that time I have revised the transcript of all the phonograph cylinders - 1062 cylinders - at the same time Kodaly selected from the existing literature any related material....The material to be published comprises circa 12 thousand melodies, and the publication will consist of about 4000 pages 4to. In three years it will be possible to give the entire material to print...."In September 1937 the Hungarian Academy of Science planned to request financial support for the publication of the Bartok-Kodaly collection of folk songs from the Secretary of Cultural Affairs. For that purpose, Voinovich had asked Bartok for information, which this letter provides. The subsidies, however, were not granted and the "Corpus musicae popularis Hungaricae" wasn't published until the 1950s. Some underlining in pencil by the recipient. Some repairs to margins and middle fold. This letter is published and commented by Demeny, #272. Estimated Value $600 - 800 Sotheby's London, Dec. 8, 2000.

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Bohr, Niels. Typed letter signed, 23 June 1925

by Profiles in History

June 11, 2015, 11:00 AM PST

Calabasas, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $700

Description: 8. Bohr, Niels. Typed letter signed (“N. Bohr”), 1 page (8.5 x 11 in.; 216 x 279 mm.), on Danish University of Copenhagen Institute of Theoretical Physics letterhead, in English, Copenhagen, Denmark, 23 June 1925, written to “President Kunz” George Frederick Kunz, American mineralogist who assembled the Morgan-Tiffany collection of gems in the American Museum of Natural History. Some chipping along edges with .75 in. tear on right margin.Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr presents the American Museum of Natural History with a sample of the element Hafnium – discovered in his native Denmark.Bohr writes in full: Dear President Kunz, It is a great pleasure on behalf of the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen to present The American Museum of National [sic; Natural] History with a small sample of the element hafnium, which was discovered a few years ago by Professor Coster and Professor Hevesy working in this institute, and which has been obtained in pure state by Professor Hevesy. Very sincerely yours, N. BohrNiels Bohr made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr founded the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen, now known as the Niels Bohr Institute, which opened in 1920. Hafnium, the chemical element to which Bohr refers in this letter, is a chemical element with the symbol Hf and atomic number 72. It is named after Hafnia, the Latin name for Copenhagen, where it was discovered. Hafnium is used in filaments and electrodes; some semiconductor fabrication processes use its oxide for integrated circuits. $500 - $700

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Olivia De Havilland - Magnificent Oversized Inscribed and Signed Portrait And Signed Letter

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

June 28, 2015, 10:00 AM PST

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Estimated Price: $600 - $800

Description: Olivia De Havilland - Magnificent Oversized Inscribed and Signed Portrait And Signed Letter. Olivia De Havilland, one of the greatest actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood, is stunningly beautiful in this vintage original, 14" x 11" oversized portrait by acclaimed celebrity photographer, Scotty Welbourne (credit stamp on verso) beautifully inscribed and signed by De Havilland (JSA graded) to friend, Al Morley. Accompanying this photo is a signed letter to Al regarding this photo and the hopes to have lunch with him and Ann Rutherford while in Los Angeles for a Motion Picture Academy event. Estimated Value $600 - 800

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1894 CORNELIUS VANDERBILT AUTOGRAPHED HANDWRITTEN LETTER

by Regency-Superior Auctioneers

June 3, 2015, 11:00 AM CST

St. Louis, MO, USA

Estimated Price: $400 - $600

Description: American financier, philanthropist and grandson of the 'Commodore' hand-wrote two-page letter (4½"x7"), signed 'C. Vanderbilt.' Letter is dated Jan 1894 on embossed 'The Riding Club 7 Fifty-eighth Street, East, New York' stationery and regards future plans. Edge split at fold, mounting residue and remnants on blank back of second page (back side of signature), but does not affect it. CHOICE, affordably priced example of this scarce item. Vanderbilt lists in Sanders at $1,750 for ALS. Good.

Condition Report: A/L

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Georgie Gem Publications No 31 June 1951

by Moggies Auction Service

June 14, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Marlborough, NH, USA

Estimated Price: $20 - $30

Description: Georgie Gem Publications No 31 June 1951

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1930's Actor's Publicity Cards (18 Cards)

by Moggies Auction Service

June 14, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Marlborough, NH, USA

Estimated Price: $20 - $40

Description: 1930's Actor's Publicity Cards (18 Cards)

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COLLECTION OF AUTOGRAPHS FROM

by Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers

June 5, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

Delaware, OH, USA

Estimated Price: $250 - $400

Description: COLLECTION OF AUTOGRAPHS FROM "HARRY POTTER". England, 21st century. Collection includes Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), and two of the recorded book readers for audio books. Compiled within a three-ring binder. Autograph collection of the late Jim Weaver, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).

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by Minerva Auctions

June 4, 2015, 3:00 PM CET

Roma, Italy

Estimated Price: €150 - €200

Description: Memorie e Lettere Pisa, Pieraccini, 1841. In 8°. Legatura mezza pelle coeva, titoli e fregi in oro e a secco al dorso, ottimo esemplare, "dono dell'autore".

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THOMAS HART BENTON Fifth Avenue Bus.

by Swann Auction Galleries

June 4, 2015, 1:30 PM EST

New York, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,500

Description: THOMAS HART BENTON Fifth Avenue Bus. Pencil on paper, circa 1919. 265x203 mm; 10 3/8x8 inches. Professor Henry Adams, Case Western Reserve University, has confirmed the authenticity of this drawing. According to Adams, "The typed letter on the back relates to the Naval Reserves. This support could indicate the drawing dates from Thomas Hart Benton's period in the navy around 1918 but more likely is related to the fact that his sister Mary married Henry Mixer Briggs who was a naval officer." The mustached man seated on the upper deck is likely a self portrait. Double-decker buses of this style were a common sight along Fifth Avenue, New York, during the 1910s-1920s.

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