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Louis Pasteur ALS in French Signed

ALS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page, 5.25 x 8, December 22, 1885. Letter to a gentleman. In full (translated): “I received from Mrs. Billings (the wife of the doctor accompanying the young Americans who were bitten) a letter in which she asks me to have the boat met by someone who speaks French and English. I will reply that you will be there, since I believe that your plan to be there has not changed.” In fine condition, with light scattered creases and toning, and a trivial tear to left edge.

After five years of extensive study of the rabies virus and the successful treatment of several infected dogs, Louis Pasteur faced his first human patient in July of 1885. Certain that the severely bitten nine-year-old Joseph Meister would not survive without treatment, he began the course of the 13 injections; after administering all 13, one each day, in progressively stronger doses, Meister regained strength and never developed rabies. After a second successful treatment on a bitten shepherd four months later, word spread and people began to seek him out for the vaccinations. When four boys in New Jersey were bit by a rabid dog (the Americans referred to in this letter), a fundraising effort arose to help send them to France, accompanied by American surgeon Dr. John Shaw Billings, via ocean liner for Pasteur’s treatment; despite the long travel, the boys all returned home in January of 1886 in excellent health. Three months later, Pasteur would officially present his results, announcing only one fatality out of 350 patients who received the vaccine. An excellent letter from the crucial stage of the vaccine’s history, regarding four of his earliest rabies patients. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Louis Pasteur

 

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Hirohito Rare Signed Document & Award

Incredibly rare manuscript DS in Japanese, one page, 23.5 x 18, April 18, 1940. Document in which the Emperor of Japan confers the Imperial Order of Meiji upon Eiichi Yamamoto. In full (translated): “By the grace of Heaven, Emperor of Japan, seated on the throne with unbroken imperial line, hereby confers the Second Class of the Imperial Order of Meiji upon Eiichi Yamamoto who is currently decorated with Senior Fifth Rank and the Third Order of Merit, and invests him with the insignia of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, granting him with the benefits and privileges associated with this rank and honor. I have set my hand and caused the seal of the Empire of Japan to be affixed at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, this 18th day of April, 1940.” Boldly signed by Hirohito and countersigned by Yasumaro Shimojo, Junior Third Rank, the First Order of Merit, Director of the Decoration Bureau and by Kohei Utsunomiya, Senior Fifth Rank, the Fourth Order of Merit, Clerk of the Decoration Bureau. In fine condition, with folds around the perimeter of the document and some scattered light creases.

Included is the Star of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 2.75” diameter, presented to Eiichi Yamamoto. “Kunko Seisho” is engraved on the reverse of the badge, which identifies it as praising achievement. Award is housed in its original 4 x 4 leather and felt case, gilt-imprinted on the cover that it is the Order of the Sacred Treasure, with the case showing expected minor wear. The insignia of the order incorporates symbols for the three imperial treasures: the Yata Mirror, so sacred that not even the Emperor is allowed to look at it; the Yasakani Jewel, made of the finest jade; and the Emperor’s personal Sword. White enameled rays represent the sword (slight chip on one of the 40 rays). The central disc bearing an eight-pointed silver star represents the mirror, surrounded by a wreath with red-enameled dots (one with slight chip) representing the jewel.

Established as the Order of the Meiji in 1888 by Hirohito’s grandfather, the Order of the Sacred Treasure is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in a wide variety of civil or military services, ranging from research fields, to social work, to state and local government. These documents, by which the Emperor himself honors a citizen, become a part of the recipient’s family legacy and rarely leave Japan. To our knowledge, this is the only non-diplomatic Hirohito document to ever appear at auction—made exponentially more remarkable by the inclusion of the badge with which it was issued. A vibrant and highly sought-after piece, signed by the Emperor just five months before Japan would sign the Axis Pact with Germany and Italy. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Hirohito

 

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John F. Kennedy Air Force One in-flight booklet Cover Signed By JFK and Mercury Astronauts

Air Force One in-flight booklet cover, 5 x 8, undated [but February 26, 1962] with an image of the aircraft and the presidential seal, with “Aboard the Presidential Aircraft,” printed along the bottom, signed near the bottom in black ink, “John F. Kennedy,” and signed near the top, “Best regards—J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” “Virgil I. Grissom,” and “Alan B. Shepard, Jr.” Grissom’s signature has been carefully traced over, probably by Grissom himself as it is in the same ink as the other signatures. In fine condition, with a uniform shade of mild toning from previous display, and some light mounting remnants to reverse. Accompanied by an unsigned vintage glossy 10 x 8 photo of Kennedy and all of the Mercury astronauts at the White House on October 10, 1963, where they were to receive the 1963 Collier Trophy.

Three days after John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, President Kennedy—famously passionate about advancing the space program—flew to Cape Canaveral to honor the astronaut, view his spacecraft, and tour the space launch center, which he had never seen. On February 26, 1962, the two stepped aboard Air Force One, joined by Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom—who had made the first two suborbital flights in 1961—to attend further celebrations in Washington, DC. The group spent the flight discussing further promotional events for the space program, both domestically an abroad, though Kennedy was clearly inclined to end the publicity and return the astronauts to work on their next missions. Signed during this historic flight aboard the presidential jet, this is an excellent piece, holding four highly sought-after autographs on one rare format. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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The Who Vintage circa mid-1960s ballpoint signatures

Vintage circa mid-1960s ballpoint signatures, “Keith Moon” and “John Entwistle,” on an off-white 4.75 x 4 card; and felt tip signatures, “Pete Townshend” and “Roger Daltrey,” on a blue 4.75 x 4 card. A few blocks of toning (most noticeably on the Townshend and Daltrey card) and a slight crease through the Entwistle signature, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. A very desirable group of signatures. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in The Who

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr Credit card receipt American Express

Credit card receipt for King’s American Express, 4.75 x 3, dated October 12, 1963, for a charge of $87.38 at the Hyatt House Hotel in Los Angeles, California, signed at the bottom in blue ballpoint, “Martin L. King, Jr.” In fine condition, with a couple cancellation holes to signature, diagonal crease to lower right, expected carbon marks, and an authentication label affixed to right side. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

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Posted by on December 26, 2013 in Martin L. King Jr

 

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Luchino Visconti Signed Photo

Acclaimed director of Ossessione, Death in Venice, and The Damned (1906–1976). Scarce matte-finish 5.25 x 3.25 photo of Visconti seated at his desk, signed in green felt tip, “Luchino Visconti, Wien 1969.” In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Luchino Visconti

 

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Rolling Stones 1963 fully-signed fan club card

Scarce early Rolling Stones fan club card, 5.25 x 4.75, signed in the lower border in blue ballpoint by Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman. Slight brushing to the Jones signature and creases to right corner tips, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Originally obtained in Derby on October 11, 1963, when the Stones were playing a concert at the Gaumont Theatre. A great example signed by the classic lineup. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Rolling Stones

 

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