Fine group of 7 autograph letters, signed, and two signed photographs, 1585 - 1956, see below:
Philip II, King of Spain. Letter, signed “Yo El Rey” with 2-line autograph postscript. To Dorothea de Lorrena (1563-1587), Duchess of Brunswick, daughter of Augustus, Elector of Saxony, wife of Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneberg. Monçon: 31 July 1585. 4to, 1 page, plus integral address leaf, double-side frame with engraved portrait. Assuring her of his personal favor which is also extended to her husband.
Richelieu, Armand Jean du Plessis de, Cardinal. Letter signed “Cardinal de Richelieu.” To an unnamed addressee. Turin, 20 November 1640. Large 8vo, 1 page, framed with mezzotint portrait. “Having learned via good Father Pigeolet the bad news making the rounds to your prejudice, I take up my pen expressly to tell you that the King will stand fast towards all and against all, and you should also rest assured in your government, whatever may be in France.” He has heard most of what happened at Metz and the part his correspondent [possibly Henri de Lorraine, Comte de Harcourt, or Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne] has played.
Danton, Georges Jacques. Document, signed “Danton,” consisting of a “Décret de l’Assemblée Nationale du onze Aoust 1792”. Paris: 16 August 1792. Folio, 2 pages, stamped royal seal with legend “Louis XVI p[er] l[a] g[race] d[e] Dieu et p[er] l[e] loy constitutionelle roy d[e] françois,” double-sided frame with engraved portrait. The National Assembly, recognizing the inadequacy of gunpowder supply, decrees that a new factory should be constructed.
Poniatowski, Joseph Antony. Letter, signed “Joseph Prince Poniatowski,” in French. To Marshall Davout. Warsaw: 6 April 1809. Small folio, 2 ½ pages, double-sided frame with engraved portrait. Written two weeks before the first Battle of Raszyn (19 April 1809) when the armies of the Austrian Empire and the Duchy of Warsaw, under the command of Poniatowski, met as a part of the War of the Fifth Coalition in the Napoleonic Wars. The Austrian army was defeated. In the letter Poniatowski is puzzled by the inconsistent information given by two spies in Lithuania. He also reports on the gathering of provisions in Prussia, the seizing of silverplate as a cause of discontent, and troop movements in the suburbs of Warsaw. A complete English translation is included.
Cavour, Camillo Benso, Count of. Autograph letter, signed “C. Cavour,” in French. To an unnamed “Governor.” Cagliari, Sardinia: 10 May 1860. 8vo, 1 page, double-sided frame with portrait and typescript on verso. The Prime Minister asks that his correspondent pass an order to Captain Albini to survey the coast from Santo Stefano in Tuscany as far as Livorno to prevent any landings.
Metternich, Clement Wenceslaus Fürst von. Autograph letter, signed “Metternich,” in French. To Jean-Baptiste Isabey. Vienna, 28 July 1816. 4to, 2 pages, double-sided frame with engraved portrait. The Congress of Vienna, during which the map of Europe was transformed after the defeat of Napoleon, was completed 9 June 1815. Metternich had an active role in the negotiations as the foreign minister for Austria. Isabey is famous for his ceremonial and fanciful depiction of the congress. In the letter, Metternich thanks the Isabey “for the manner in which you performed my commission. The engraving is charming and much superior to the original. Mr. de Brüder will send you the 800 francs which covers hiring the engraver. How goes the Congress [you ask]? I’ll try to have you do it soon. Thank heaven I don’t have to see it anymore except in an engraving, and especially one of your design.” He goes on to discuss other planned artworks and his rheumatism.
Bismarck, Otto von. Decree, signed “v[on] Bismarck,” in German. Berlin: 31 March 1873. 4to, 1 page, framed with portrait. The chancellor announces that proceedings have been initiated against persons responsible for slandering him in an article in the periodical Germania. English translation is included.
Richthofen, Manfred, Freiherr von. Cabinet photograph, signed “A.v. Richthofen.” Berlin: W. Sanke, no date. Framed. The “Red Baron,” flying ace of WWI.
Peron, Juan & Eva. Two Photographs, signed “Juan Peron” in each photo, one inscribed “a la senora ...[unidentified] con gran afecto, Colon [Panama], 6 Julio 1956.” Each photo 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ in.; 172 x 120 mm., framed. Written in the year the two of them met; he in exile in Panama, she on tour with a dance troupe through Latin America.
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