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Historical Autographs

Many of history's greatest moments have been commemorated with an autograph. From the earliest artist signatures of ancient Greece to the signors of the Declaration of the Independence, historical autographs add an air of authenticity to documents and create a tangible connection to our shared past.

Though the practice of making one's mark on official documents dates back generations, the collecting of signatures is a more recent phenomenon. Enthusiasm for autographs swelled over the course of the 19th century as collectors realized just how significant signatures can be.

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U.S. Historical Autograph Page

May 19, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$125 (starting bid)

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U.S.Historical Autograph Page-Cut

May 19, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
Lakeland, FL, USA

$100 (starting bid)

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Signed Copy of American Soldier by Tommy Franks

May 20, 2018, 6:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$1 (starting bid)

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signed and inscribed aviation photograph

May 21, 2018, 7:00 AM EST
Morrisville, PA, USA

$95 (starting bid)

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Charles Dickens Handwritten & Signed Letter

May 21, 2018, 12:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$1,200 (starting bid)

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Receipts and I.O.U's ca.1781-1797 for Clothing for the Army During the Revolution.

May 23, 2018, 10:30 AM EST
Fort Lee, NJ, USA

$25 (starting bid)

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Wells, Fargo & Co. 1861 Certificate for Passage from Galway, Ireland to New York.

May 23, 2018, 10:30 AM EST
Fort Lee, NJ, USA

$280 (starting bid)

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Charles Darwin Autograph Envelope to Charles Jecks, a Darwin Defender

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$300 (2 bids)

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Sir Humphry Davy's Historic Letter Announcing His Invention of the Coal Miner's Safety Lamp

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$7,000 (starting bid)

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Rare Signed Photograph of Amelia Earhart in Front of Her Lockheed Vega

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$2,000 (starting bid)

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F.H. Meserve Archive: Notable  Civil War and Lincoln Photography Scholar

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$400 (3 bids)

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French Novelist Andre Malraux to Art Critic John Russell

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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Col. Billy Mitchell,

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Telegraph Inventor Samuel F.B. Morse on Money and Marriages

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$1,000 (starting bid)

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Scarce Letter by Atomic Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to a Physicist

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$900 (6 bids)

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Historic Franklin Pierce ALS on Kansas and Slavery

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$3,000 (starting bid)

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Pope Pius X Grants a Dispensation to the Patriarch of Venice

May 23, 2018, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, USA

$150 (1 bid)

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THEATRE: Small selection of signed 8vo theatre programmes, and slightly larger (1), from the National Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre, by various actors and actresses, comprising Othello (2; each signed by Laurence Olivier, Billie Whitelaw, Maggie Smith and Frank Finlay), The Master Builder (signed by Laurence Oliver (2), Joan Plowright (2), Celia Johnson and Edward Hardwicke, with two loose leaves), a second copy of The Master Builder (signed by Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright), The Recruiting Officer (Signed by Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens etc.) and Ivanov (signed by John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Yvonne Mitchell, Helen Christie, Nora Nicholson and Richard Pasco). Together with a selection of unsigned theatre programmes and magazines etc., including the Old Vic Theatre Company, A Tour of Australia, 1948 (with an inscription to the inside cover, 'Laurence Olivier, with compliments of The British Council, Sydney 28th June 1948'), Royal Shakespeare Theatre Richard III, The Old Vic Company 1914-1963, Plays and Players, October 1955, The National Theatre Uncle Vanya, Theatre World, The Birmingham Post Shakespeare Quatercentenary Supplement etc. Also including an unsigned typed 8vo memo, n.p., n.d. (1965), to Laurence Olivier, stating in part, 'Mr. Grafton Greene, Executive Producer of Rank Documentaries rang. They are going to make a 2-reel film of Sir Winston's funeral and Lying in State and all the ceremonies, which will be the only one of its kind, and they are coming to you first to ask if you would like to do the narration.' Further including an unsigned typed 4to, fifteen-page Studio Shooting Schedule for Big Ben Films Ltd adaptation of Richard III, dated 14th October 1954. G to VG, 25
THEATRE: Small selection of signed 8vo theatre programmes, and slightly larger (1), from the National Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre, by various actors and actresses, comprising Othello (2; each signed by Laurence Olivier, Billie Whitelaw, Maggie Smith and Frank Finlay), The Master Builder (signed by Laurence Oliver (2), Joan Plowright (2), Celia Johnson and Edward Hardwicke, with two loose leaves), a second copy of The Master Builder (signed by Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright), The Recruiting Officer (Signed by Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens etc.) and Ivanov (signed by John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Yvonne Mitchell, Helen Christie, Nora Nicholson and Richard Pasco). Together with a selection of unsigned theatre programmes and magazines etc., including the Old Vic Theatre Company, A Tour of Australia, 1948 (with an inscription to the inside cover, 'Laurence Olivier, with compliments of The British Council, Sydney 28th June 1948'), Royal Shakespeare Theatre Richard III, The Old Vic Company 1914-1963, Plays and Players, October 1955, The National Theatre Uncle Vanya, Theatre World, The Birmingham Post Shakespeare Quatercentenary Supplement etc. Also including an unsigned typed 8vo memo, n.p., n.d. (1965), to Laurence Olivier, stating in part, 'Mr. Grafton Greene, Executive Producer of Rank Documentaries rang. They are going to make a 2-reel film of Sir Winston's funeral and Lying in State and all the ceremonies, which will be the only one of its kind, and they are coming to you first to ask if you would like to do the narration.' Further including an unsigned typed 4to, fifteen-page Studio Shooting Schedule for Big Ben Films Ltd adaptation of Richard III, dated 14th October 1954. G to VG, 25

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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HOWE RICHARD: (1726-1799) 1st Earl Howe. British Admiral of the Fleet, noted for his service during the American War of Independence and French Revolutionary Wars. A.L.S., Robert Howe, three pages, 4to, St. Helens (Isle of Wight) 30th May 1758, to a gentleman. Howes informs his correspondent, in part 'Being appointed to the command of a squadron of His Majesty ships destined to co-operate with a detachment of troops in a purposed descent on the neighbouring coast of France; and as the success of this expedition will very much depend upon the choice of such guides acquainted with the face of the country at and near the town of St. Maloes, and such able soldiers can be procured from your island; I am satisfied I need not say more in support of my request for your assistance… I am to desire in the same manner your concurrence with the Lieut. Governor on such means as you shall judge proper for preventing any discovery that might be made of the destination… till after the passing by of the fleet to the French coast; which I judge will be in a very few hours after the arrival of Captain Lendrick, the weather permitting.' With a quarter page neatly removed from the last page, not affecting the text or signature and some taped repairs to splits in the folds. FR The present correspondence refers to the raid on St Malo, which took place in early June 1758 when an amphibious British naval expedition landed close to the French port of St Malo in Brittany. While the town itself was not attacked, as had been initially planned, the British destroyed large amounts of shipping before re-embarking a week later. The naval forces were under the command of Richard Howe while the army was led by the Duke of Marlborough and Lord Sackville.
HOWE RICHARD: (1726-1799) 1st Earl Howe. British Admiral of the Fleet, noted for his service during the American War of Independence and French Revolutionary Wars. A.L.S., Robert Howe, three pages, 4to, St. Helens (Isle of Wight) 30th May 1758, to a gentleman. Howes informs his correspondent, in part 'Being appointed to the command of a squadron of His Majesty ships destined to co-operate with a detachment of troops in a purposed descent on the neighbouring coast of France; and as the success of this expedition will very much depend upon the choice of such guides acquainted with the face of the country at and near the town of St. Maloes, and such able soldiers can be procured from your island; I am satisfied I need not say more in support of my request for your assistance… I am to desire in the same manner your concurrence with the Lieut. Governor on such means as you shall judge proper for preventing any discovery that might be made of the destination… till after the passing by of the fleet to the French coast; which I judge will be in a very few hours after the arrival of Captain Lendrick, the weather permitting.' With a quarter page neatly removed from the last page, not affecting the text or signature and some taped repairs to splits in the folds. FR The present correspondence refers to the raid on St Malo, which took place in early June 1758 when an amphibious British naval expedition landed close to the French port of St Malo in Brittany. While the town itself was not attacked, as had been initially planned, the British destroyed large amounts of shipping before re-embarking a week later. The naval forces were under the command of Richard Howe while the army was led by the Duke of Marlborough and Lord Sackville.

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

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NELSON HORATIO: (1758-1805) British Admiral during the Napoleonic Wars, the victor of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. A.L.S., Nelson & Bronte, one page, 4to, n.p., 20th May 1803, to Lord Gardner. Nelson informs his correspondent, in full, 'However I felt on reading the order you shewed me this morning yet I am not of a disposition to complain for if I get safe to the Mediterranean my mind was made up to dismantle some Ship of War, for I believe The Honor of the Country ought not to be risked by having the Victory half manned, but the more I felt, the more truly and sensible of your Lordships goodness, and thanking you sincerely, wishing you my Dear Lord Health & Happiness. Believe me your much obliged & obedient servant.' A neat repair to the horizontal fold to the verso and age toning, otherwise G  Alan Gardner (1742-1809) British Royal Navy Officer. In a letter, written by Nelson, dated 19th May 1803 (the day before the present letter) to Lady Hamilton, Gardner is referred to as a drinker, Nelson stating '... I shall get from him as soon as I can for they say there is much drinking…' The present correspondence was written just four days after Nelson received his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet, and two days after war with France had been declared. Nelson was to sail the next day and would only return to Britain once more, for a brief period of shore leave shortly before the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson's concern at the state of the Victory was well-founded: her inexperienced crew was barely able to control the ship and so, transferring his flag to the Amphion, made the onward journey to Malta, meeting with Rear Admiral Bickerton and taking control of the Mediterranean fleet.
NELSON HORATIO: (1758-1805) British Admiral during the Napoleonic Wars, the victor of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. A.L.S., Nelson & Bronte, one page, 4to, n.p., 20th May 1803, to Lord Gardner. Nelson informs his correspondent, in full, 'However I felt on reading the order you shewed me this morning yet I am not of a disposition to complain for if I get safe to the Mediterranean my mind was made up to dismantle some Ship of War, for I believe The Honor of the Country ought not to be risked by having the Victory half manned, but the more I felt, the more truly and sensible of your Lordships goodness, and thanking you sincerely, wishing you my Dear Lord Health & Happiness. Believe me your much obliged & obedient servant.' A neat repair to the horizontal fold to the verso and age toning, otherwise G Alan Gardner (1742-1809) British Royal Navy Officer. In a letter, written by Nelson, dated 19th May 1803 (the day before the present letter) to Lady Hamilton, Gardner is referred to as a drinker, Nelson stating '... I shall get from him as soon as I can for they say there is much drinking…' The present correspondence was written just four days after Nelson received his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean fleet, and two days after war with France had been declared. Nelson was to sail the next day and would only return to Britain once more, for a brief period of shore leave shortly before the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson's concern at the state of the Victory was well-founded: her inexperienced crew was barely able to control the ship and so, transferring his flag to the Amphion, made the onward journey to Malta, meeting with Rear Admiral Bickerton and taking control of the Mediterranean fleet.

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

£2,500 (starting bid)

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[NELSON HORATIO]: (1758-1805) British Admiral during the Napoleonic Wars, the victor of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. An unsigned two-page, 8vo, manuscript inventory for HMS San Josef, n.p., n.d. (circa February 1797), detailing the dimensions of the ship, it's tonnage, stowage in the hold, ballast, guns and masts, neatly entered in rows and columns with brown ink. With a neat tear to the left edge, evidently being taken from a larger document. Together with an unsigned printed 8vo catalogue for 'An Exhibition of Autograph Letters, Books and Relics of Horatio, Lord Nelson. From the Collection of Morris Wolf, Esq. The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1934'. The catalogue detailing the contents of six display cases used in the exhibition. G to VG, 2 The San José was among the Spanish fleet during the battle of Cape St. Vincent, during which HMS Captain, under the command of Captain Horatio Nelson came out of the line to attack the San Nicolás. After exchanging fire, Nelson led his forces aboard the San Nicolás. While the English were fighting their way aboard the San José continued to fire upon the Captain and the San Nicolás. The San José then fell upon the San Nicolás and their rigging became tangled. Nelson then took his men from the decks of the San Nicolás aboard the San José, forcing the Spanish to surrender. After their capture they were renamed HMS San Josef and HMS San Nicolas respectively. The feat of using one enemy vessel as a 'stepping stone' to capture another was afterwards known in the Royal Navy as 'Nelson's patent bridge for boarding first rates'.
[NELSON HORATIO]: (1758-1805) British Admiral during the Napoleonic Wars, the victor of the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. An unsigned two-page, 8vo, manuscript inventory for HMS San Josef, n.p., n.d. (circa February 1797), detailing the dimensions of the ship, it's tonnage, stowage in the hold, ballast, guns and masts, neatly entered in rows and columns with brown ink. With a neat tear to the left edge, evidently being taken from a larger document. Together with an unsigned printed 8vo catalogue for 'An Exhibition of Autograph Letters, Books and Relics of Horatio, Lord Nelson. From the Collection of Morris Wolf, Esq. The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1934'. The catalogue detailing the contents of six display cases used in the exhibition. G to VG, 2 The San José was among the Spanish fleet during the battle of Cape St. Vincent, during which HMS Captain, under the command of Captain Horatio Nelson came out of the line to attack the San Nicolás. After exchanging fire, Nelson led his forces aboard the San Nicolás. While the English were fighting their way aboard the San José continued to fire upon the Captain and the San Nicolás. The San José then fell upon the San Nicolás and their rigging became tangled. Nelson then took his men from the decks of the San Nicolás aboard the San José, forcing the Spanish to surrender. After their capture they were renamed HMS San Josef and HMS San Nicolas respectively. The feat of using one enemy vessel as a 'stepping stone' to capture another was afterwards known in the Royal Navy as 'Nelson's patent bridge for boarding first rates'.

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

£100 (starting bid)

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NAPOLEON I: (1769-1821) Emperor of France 1804-14, 1815. An extremely rare L.S., Napoleon, one page, folio, Tuileries Palace, 19th January 1805, to the Archbishop of Autun [François de Fontanges], in French. Napoleon informs his correspondent, in full, 'My Lord the Archbishop of Autun, I send you the episcopal ring (no longer present) that I want you to wear. See in this letter a testimony of my satisfaction for the peace and union restored in your diocese.' With signs of former mounting to the recto. Some age toning and minor age wear. Accompanied by a vintage printed catalogue entry, in French, describing the present letter, above a brief annotation stating, 'Superb letter in which he congratulates the Archbishop on the reestablishment of peace in his dioceses. Documents signed ''Napoleon'' are much more valuable and scarcer than those signed ''Bonaparte''', in the hand of a collector. Neatly trimmed and laid down. G  Following the French Revolution the diocese of Autun was without a bishop. When Napoleon came to power he decided that, for the sake of French unity and his own plans, peace had to be arranged with the Papacy. In 1801, under the new Concordat, Pius VII reorganised the episcopal structure of France with Bishop Gabriel-François Moreau subsequently being appointed Bishop of Autun on 20th July 1802, thereafter to be succeeded by Francois de Fontanges, the correspondent in the present letter.

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

£800 (starting bid)

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VISITORS BOOK: A 4to hardbound Visitors Book from the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) MUF Range opened by Lieutenant General Sir Michael Wilkins (1933-1994, Commander of 3 Commando Brigade and Chief of Staff of the Royal Marines during the Falklands War) on 10th January 1975, containing over 350 signatures by various members of the British Royal family, many British military officers, politicians and foreign dignitaries etc., 1975-91, including Prince Andrew (30th July 1976), Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (25th July 1977), Prince Philip (7th March 1978), Prince Charles (27th June 1979), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (13th February 1980), Princess Anne (28th November 1988), Vajiralongkorn (King Rama X of Thailand, signed whilst Crown Prince, 26th October 1981), Elliot Richardson (United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom and a prominent figure in the Watergate Scandal), General Sir David Mostyn, General Sir Frank Hassett, General Sir Jack Harman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Le Cheminant,  General Sir Michael Gow, Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs, General Sir Hugh Beach, Lieutenant General Sir Robin Carnegie, General Sir William Scotter, Major General Robert Houghton, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach, Field Marshal Edwin Bramall, General Robert Kingston, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Andrew Humphrey, Air Vice Marshal Philip Hedgeland, Major General Roger Ephraums, Chuck Horner, General Sir Thomas Morony, General Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson, Major General Sir John Swinton, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Neil Cameron, Lieutenant General Sir Peter Hudson, Major General Sir Jeremy Moore, Major General Tony Jeapes, Major General Sir Philip Ward, Brigadier Sir Gregor MacGregor, General Sir George Cooper, General Sir Richard Worsley, Major General Sir Desmond Langley, Air Vice Marshal Henry Reed Purvis, General Sir Charles Huxtable, Lieutenant General Sir Robert Richardson, General Edward C. Meyer, Vice Admiral Sir David Brown, Field Marshal Sir John Stanier, General Sir David Fraser, Robert 'Sam' Wetzel, General Sir Edward Burgess, Admiral Sir William Pillar, Lieutenant General Sir Alexander Boswell, Admiral Sir Peter Herbert, Hector Monro, Tom King, Ian Stewart, Patrick Mayhew, John W. Foss, General Sir Garry Johnson, Major John Edwardes (Royal Marine, SAS and Metropolitan police officer, awarded the George Medal) and many others who actively served in various conflicts including World War II, Korea, the Falklands and the Gulf etc., and also including officers from the armed forces of various countries including America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Zimbabwe, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Kuwait, as well as various British politicians including members of the House of Lords Defence study group (1982) etc. Most of the pages are multiple signed and all have ink annotations identifying the signatories, their rank etc., and dates of their visits. Some light overall age wear, about VG
VISITORS BOOK: A 4to hardbound Visitors Book from the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) MUF Range opened by Lieutenant General Sir Michael Wilkins (1933-1994, Commander of 3 Commando Brigade and Chief of Staff of the Royal Marines during the Falklands War) on 10th January 1975, containing over 350 signatures by various members of the British Royal family, many British military officers, politicians and foreign dignitaries etc., 1975-91, including Prince Andrew (30th July 1976), Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (25th July 1977), Prince Philip (7th March 1978), Prince Charles (27th June 1979), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (13th February 1980), Princess Anne (28th November 1988), Vajiralongkorn (King Rama X of Thailand, signed whilst Crown Prince, 26th October 1981), Elliot Richardson (United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom and a prominent figure in the Watergate Scandal), General Sir David Mostyn, General Sir Frank Hassett, General Sir Jack Harman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Le Cheminant, General Sir Michael Gow, Field Marshal Sir Roland Gibbs, General Sir Hugh Beach, Lieutenant General Sir Robin Carnegie, General Sir William Scotter, Major General Robert Houghton, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach, Field Marshal Edwin Bramall, General Robert Kingston, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Andrew Humphrey, Air Vice Marshal Philip Hedgeland, Major General Roger Ephraums, Chuck Horner, General Sir Thomas Morony, General Sir Patrick Howard-Dobson, Major General Sir John Swinton, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Neil Cameron, Lieutenant General Sir Peter Hudson, Major General Sir Jeremy Moore, Major General Tony Jeapes, Major General Sir Philip Ward, Brigadier Sir Gregor MacGregor, General Sir George Cooper, General Sir Richard Worsley, Major General Sir Desmond Langley, Air Vice Marshal Henry Reed Purvis, General Sir Charles Huxtable, Lieutenant General Sir Robert Richardson, General Edward C. Meyer, Vice Admiral Sir David Brown, Field Marshal Sir John Stanier, General Sir David Fraser, Robert 'Sam' Wetzel, General Sir Edward Burgess, Admiral Sir William Pillar, Lieutenant General Sir Alexander Boswell, Admiral Sir Peter Herbert, Hector Monro, Tom King, Ian Stewart, Patrick Mayhew, John W. Foss, General Sir Garry Johnson, Major John Edwardes (Royal Marine, SAS and Metropolitan police officer, awarded the George Medal) and many others who actively served in various conflicts including World War II, Korea, the Falklands and the Gulf etc., and also including officers from the armed forces of various countries including America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Zimbabwe, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Kuwait, as well as various British politicians including members of the House of Lords Defence study group (1982) etc. Most of the pages are multiple signed and all have ink annotations identifying the signatories, their rank etc., and dates of their visits. Some light overall age wear, about VG

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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617 SQUADRON: An extremely rare, complete set of vintage signed cards by the seven Commanding Officers of No. 617 Squadron RAF during World War II comprising -   Guy Gibson (1918-1944) British Wing Commander, the first Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 21st March - 3rd August 1943. Victoria Cross winner for his actions during Operation Chastise (The Dambusters Raid) on the Mohne and Eder Dams in Germany, 16th May 1943. Rare, bold pencil signature ('Guy P Gibson W/C') on an oblong 12mo card.   George Holden (1913-1943) British Squadron Leader, the second Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 3rd August - 16th September 1943. Extremely rare, dark fountain pen ink signature ('G. W. Holden S/Ldr') on an oblong 12mo card.   Harold Martin (1918-1988) Australian Air Marshal, the third (Temporary) Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron,  16th September - 10th November 1943. Pilot of Lancaster ED909/G AJ-P of 617 Squadron on the Dambusters Raid, 16th May 1943. Martin was a crew member of the third aircraft to attack the Mohne Dam. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('Mick Martin') on an oblong 12mo card.   Leonard Cheshire (1917-1992) British Group Captain, the fourth Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 10th November 1943 - 12th July 1944. Victoria Cross winner for his flying operations during World War II. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('G L Cheshire') on a 12mo card.   James Tait (1916-2007) British Group Captain, the fifth Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 12th July - 29th December 1944. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('J. B. Tait') on a 12mo card.   John Fauquier (1909-1981) Canadian Air Commodore, the sixth Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 29th December 1944 - 28th March 1945. An amusing fountain pen ink signature ('J. E. Fauquier, Bomber Command') on an oblong 12mo card, with the additional words 'vs. P. McLaughlin, Coastal Command' beneath his signature, alongside a small original pen and ink colour cartoon sketch by Fauquier showing him standing in a full length pose, in uniform, heavily hitting McLaughlin, also in uniform, over the head with a baseball bat.    John Grindon (1917-2002) British Wing Commander, the seventh Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 28th April - 8th August 1945. Blue ink signature ('John Grindon, C.O. 630') on a small, slightly irregularly clipped piece, neatly laid down to an oblong 12mo card.  Each of the signatures are professionally and attractively matted together in blue, each above individual commemorative covers issued for the Commanding Officers of 617 Squadron and featuring their colour oval portraits. Also included within the frame is a colour reproduction of 617 Squadron's badge, depicting the bursting of a dam, in honour of Operation Chastise, and the amusing double entendre French motto Apres moi le Deluge ('After me, the flood'). Framed and glazed in a wooden frame to an overall size of 34 x 28. VG to EX  The present unique set of signatures represent the only time a complete set of autographs of the Wartime Commanding Officers of 617 Squadron have ever appeared at auction.
617 SQUADRON: An extremely rare, complete set of vintage signed cards by the seven Commanding Officers of No. 617 Squadron RAF during World War II comprising - Guy Gibson (1918-1944) British Wing Commander, the first Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 21st March - 3rd August 1943. Victoria Cross winner for his actions during Operation Chastise (The Dambusters Raid) on the Mohne and Eder Dams in Germany, 16th May 1943. Rare, bold pencil signature ('Guy P Gibson W/C') on an oblong 12mo card. George Holden (1913-1943) British Squadron Leader, the second Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 3rd August - 16th September 1943. Extremely rare, dark fountain pen ink signature ('G. W. Holden S/Ldr') on an oblong 12mo card. Harold Martin (1918-1988) Australian Air Marshal, the third (Temporary) Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 16th September - 10th November 1943. Pilot of Lancaster ED909/G AJ-P of 617 Squadron on the Dambusters Raid, 16th May 1943. Martin was a crew member of the third aircraft to attack the Mohne Dam. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('Mick Martin') on an oblong 12mo card. Leonard Cheshire (1917-1992) British Group Captain, the fourth Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 10th November 1943 - 12th July 1944. Victoria Cross winner for his flying operations during World War II. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('G L Cheshire') on a 12mo card. James Tait (1916-2007) British Group Captain, the fifth Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 12th July - 29th December 1944. Dark fountain pen ink signature ('J. B. Tait') on a 12mo card. John Fauquier (1909-1981) Canadian Air Commodore, the sixth Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 29th December 1944 - 28th March 1945. An amusing fountain pen ink signature ('J. E. Fauquier, Bomber Command') on an oblong 12mo card, with the additional words 'vs. P. McLaughlin, Coastal Command' beneath his signature, alongside a small original pen and ink colour cartoon sketch by Fauquier showing him standing in a full length pose, in uniform, heavily hitting McLaughlin, also in uniform, over the head with a baseball bat. John Grindon (1917-2002) British Wing Commander, the seventh Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, 28th April - 8th August 1945. Blue ink signature ('John Grindon, C.O. 630') on a small, slightly irregularly clipped piece, neatly laid down to an oblong 12mo card. Each of the signatures are professionally and attractively matted together in blue, each above individual commemorative covers issued for the Commanding Officers of 617 Squadron and featuring their colour oval portraits. Also included within the frame is a colour reproduction of 617 Squadron's badge, depicting the bursting of a dam, in honour of Operation Chastise, and the amusing double entendre French motto Apres moi le Deluge ('After me, the flood'). Framed and glazed in a wooden frame to an overall size of 34 x 28. VG to EX The present unique set of signatures represent the only time a complete set of autographs of the Wartime Commanding Officers of 617 Squadron have ever appeared at auction.

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

£6,000 (starting bid)

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[ARNHEM BATTLE OF]: Roy Urquhart (1901-1988) British Major-General of World War II, General Officer Commanding the 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, September 1944. A.L.S., R. E. Urquhart, one page, oblong 8vo, Port of Mentieth, Stirling, 13th November 1983, to Mr. Fulluck. Urquhart thanks his correspondent for their letter although regrets that he is unable to comply with his request but has signed three envelopes. Together with Graeme Warrack (1913-1985) British Colonel of World War II, Assistant Director Medical Services (ADMS) to the 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem. An interesting A.L.S., Graeme Warrack, two pages, 8vo, Humbie, East Lothian, 13th May 1978, to Mr. Fulluck. Warrack thanks his correspondent for their letter and continues 'You ask about my involvement in the Arnhem operation - may I commend my book ''Travel by Dark''. It is available in paperback…..Simon King is the chap to write to if you can't get a copy at your bookseller! BBC2 did a film of it called ''Arnhem - The Story of an Escape'' in Nov. 76 and 77 - you may have seen it?'. Warrack further writes 'Being a Scot and a very ordinary one at that - the adventures I experienced at this time were of such an exciting and bizarre nature that I was determined that the years should not allow them to be exaggerated or distorted. So the first part was culled from the diary I wrote when I was in one prison hospital and the latter part during the two years 45 & 46. I was lucky to have this published in 1963 and luckier still to have the BBC take an interest!' VG to EX, 2
[ARNHEM BATTLE OF]: Roy Urquhart (1901-1988) British Major-General of World War II, General Officer Commanding the 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, September 1944. A.L.S., R. E. Urquhart, one page, oblong 8vo, Port of Mentieth, Stirling, 13th November 1983, to Mr. Fulluck. Urquhart thanks his correspondent for their letter although regrets that he is unable to comply with his request but has signed three envelopes. Together with Graeme Warrack (1913-1985) British Colonel of World War II, Assistant Director Medical Services (ADMS) to the 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem. An interesting A.L.S., Graeme Warrack, two pages, 8vo, Humbie, East Lothian, 13th May 1978, to Mr. Fulluck. Warrack thanks his correspondent for their letter and continues 'You ask about my involvement in the Arnhem operation - may I commend my book ''Travel by Dark''. It is available in paperback…..Simon King is the chap to write to if you can't get a copy at your bookseller! BBC2 did a film of it called ''Arnhem - The Story of an Escape'' in Nov. 76 and 77 - you may have seen it?'. Warrack further writes 'Being a Scot and a very ordinary one at that - the adventures I experienced at this time were of such an exciting and bizarre nature that I was determined that the years should not allow them to be exaggerated or distorted. So the first part was culled from the diary I wrote when I was in one prison hospital and the latter part during the two years 45 & 46. I was lucky to have this published in 1963 and luckier still to have the BBC take an interest!' VG to EX, 2

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WILBERFORCE WILLIAM: (1759-1833) British Philanthropist and Politician, a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A.L.S., W Wilberforce, three pages, 8vo, London, 21st March 1812, to C[harles?] Horsfall. Wilberforce states that he was 'disappointed as well as surprizd' by his correspondent's last letter and continues 'So also I am sure Mr. Perceval must have been or will be, for on my naming the matter to him some little time ago, he replied that all was settled agreeably to yr. wishes'. Wilberforce further comments 'It may not be proper to talk of this too publickly, but it certainly suggests the propriety of renewing the applications to him & of making the case really as good as possible' and adds 'For Mr. P. is a man of a very friendly nature as well as of just principles & he will feel for persons likely to be aggrieved in the way you speak of'. He concludes 'I will undeceive him when I next have a convenient opportunity, but you must by no means place the main reliance on me'. Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed and dated by Wilberforce and signed ('W free Wilberforce', indicating that the signature was for the privilege of free postage as a Member of Parliament) to the lower left corner. With a red wax seal to the verso. VG  It is not immediately clear which member of the Horsfall family Wilberforce's letter was addressed to, although it may have been Charles Horsfall (1776-1846) English Bailiff and later Mayor of Liverpool 1832-33, father of Thomas Berry Horsfall (1805-1878) British Politician, Member of Parliament for Derby 1852 and for Liverpool 1853-65. Lord Mayor of Liverpool 1847-48.   Charles Horsfall had also been a merchant dealing in palm oil from West Africa in the 'legitimate trade', although was previously a merchant and slave owner in Jamaica.   Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) British Prime Minister 1809-12. Perceval would be assassinated less than two months after Wilberforce wrote the present letter.   In 1802 John Bellingham, Perceval's assassin, worked as a merchant broker in Liverpool, the city where Horsfall lived. Bellingham travelled to Russia the following year where he met with a series of problems resulting in several periods of imprisonment before finally being allowed to travel back to England in 1809. Once back in England Bellingham began petitioning the United Kingdom's government, led by Perceval, for compensation over his imprisonment. This was refused at the time; however, Bellingham renewed his requests in early 1812, at around the same time Wilberforce wrote the present letter.  One cannot help but wonder if Horsfall and Bellingham had met each other in Liverpool through their interests in the merchant trade and whether it could just be possible that the individual Horsfall had written to Wilberforce about, regarding the renewal of applications, was in fact Bellingham.
WILBERFORCE WILLIAM: (1759-1833) British Philanthropist and Politician, a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A.L.S., W Wilberforce, three pages, 8vo, London, 21st March 1812, to C[harles?] Horsfall. Wilberforce states that he was 'disappointed as well as surprizd' by his correspondent's last letter and continues 'So also I am sure Mr. Perceval must have been or will be, for on my naming the matter to him some little time ago, he replied that all was settled agreeably to yr. wishes'. Wilberforce further comments 'It may not be proper to talk of this too publickly, but it certainly suggests the propriety of renewing the applications to him & of making the case really as good as possible' and adds 'For Mr. P. is a man of a very friendly nature as well as of just principles & he will feel for persons likely to be aggrieved in the way you speak of'. He concludes 'I will undeceive him when I next have a convenient opportunity, but you must by no means place the main reliance on me'. Accompanied by the original envelope hand addressed and dated by Wilberforce and signed ('W free Wilberforce', indicating that the signature was for the privilege of free postage as a Member of Parliament) to the lower left corner. With a red wax seal to the verso. VG It is not immediately clear which member of the Horsfall family Wilberforce's letter was addressed to, although it may have been Charles Horsfall (1776-1846) English Bailiff and later Mayor of Liverpool 1832-33, father of Thomas Berry Horsfall (1805-1878) British Politician, Member of Parliament for Derby 1852 and for Liverpool 1853-65. Lord Mayor of Liverpool 1847-48. Charles Horsfall had also been a merchant dealing in palm oil from West Africa in the 'legitimate trade', although was previously a merchant and slave owner in Jamaica. Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) British Prime Minister 1809-12. Perceval would be assassinated less than two months after Wilberforce wrote the present letter. In 1802 John Bellingham, Perceval's assassin, worked as a merchant broker in Liverpool, the city where Horsfall lived. Bellingham travelled to Russia the following year where he met with a series of problems resulting in several periods of imprisonment before finally being allowed to travel back to England in 1809. Once back in England Bellingham began petitioning the United Kingdom's government, led by Perceval, for compensation over his imprisonment. This was refused at the time; however, Bellingham renewed his requests in early 1812, at around the same time Wilberforce wrote the present letter. One cannot help but wonder if Horsfall and Bellingham had met each other in Liverpool through their interests in the merchant trade and whether it could just be possible that the individual Horsfall had written to Wilberforce about, regarding the renewal of applications, was in fact Bellingham.

May 24, 2018, 1:00 PM BST
Nottingham, United Kingdom

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Richard Chenevix Trench (1807 _1886)  Anglican archbishop and poet

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Wells, ME, USA

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[CIVIL RIGHTS] Rabbi Martin Freedman

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Wells, ME, USA

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Thomas Macdonough, Jr. (1783-1825)

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Wells, ME, USA

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SIGNATURE On 2 high X 3 1/2 inch wide Card Of Noted American Actor Charlotte Cushman

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Edgewater, FL, USA

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