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Winston Churchill Signed book Lord Randolph Churchill Volumes I and II

Signed book: Lord Randolph Churchill, Volumes I and II. First edition. London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1906. Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.75, 564 and 531 pages. Signed and inscribed on the third free end page of Volume I, “To Lord Welby from Winston S. Churchill, 1 Jan 1906.” Autographic condition: fine, with some mild edge toning to signed page. Book condition: VG-/None. Reginald Earle Welby (1832-1915) served as permanent secretary to the treasury from 1885–1894. Following his retirement he was raised to the peerage as Baron Welby of Allington in the County of Lincoln. In Volume II of this biography, Churchill quotes at length of Welby’s impression of his father when he became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1886.

 

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Cole Porter Handwritten working lyrics At Long Last Love

Handwritten working lyrics, in pencil, to ‘At Long Last Love,’ for the 1938 musical You Never Know, written on the reverse of an 8.25 x 10.25 off-white sheet of S. S. Normandie stationery. Porter writes the song title at the top, along with “3rd refrain,” and “Save.” The nine lines of lyrics read, in part: “Is it a break down or is it a break? / Is it a Raphael or only a fake? / What can account for these strange pittapats / Could this be the dream, the cream, the cat’s?” In fine condition. ‘At Long Last Love’ first appeared in the musical You Never Know, and went on to be performed by many different entertainers, including Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra. This is the first time we have ever offered handwritten lyrics by Porter. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Cole Porter

 

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Erwin Rommel dozens of Rommel’s letters home during WWII

Large and historically important archive of World War II–dated correspondence between Erwin Rommel and his family, including 44 ALSs by the field marshal, most signed “Erwin,” and more than 50 letters sent to Rommel, the vast majority by his wife Lucie and a few from his son Manfred. Nearly all of Erwin Rommel’s letters are dated 1939–1940, with a handful coming between 1941–1944, while the correspondence from Lucie begins in 1942 and continues through 1944. Rommel’s letters are absolutely remarkable, and present unique and intimate insight into the man known as the ‘Desert Fox’—these are rife with fantastic content, with Rommel discussing everything from military life to Manfred’s math homework. In his earlier letters, Rommel frequently describes his hunting trips, looks forward to his upcoming promotion to commander of the 7th Panzer Division, and expresses fatherly concern about his son’s difficulties in algebra. As time goes on, he complains of snowy weather and a bad back, inquires about Manfred’s involvement with the Hitler Youth, and references meetings with some of his most notable countrymen, including Hermann Goering and the “Fuhrer.” He mentions various troop movements and alludes to a few different invasions, but rarely discusses any sort of military tactics or strategy, beyond expressing optimism for German success. Most of the letters are written on both sides of a single sheet, a few are multi-page letters, and five are one-page ‘feldpostbriefe’ letters, which are particularly interesting in that they are also signed “Erwin,” but also addressed in his hand on the reverse, with “Rommel” appearing in both the recipient and return address areas. A selection of Field Marshal Rommel’s letters, all written in German, follows (translated):

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Erwin Rommel

 

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Babe Ruth Fountain pen signature

Fountain pen signature, “Sincerely, Babe Ruth,” on an off-white 3.5 x 1.5 card. Also signed later by the young lady crowned Miss America in 1951, “Best wishes, Yolande Betbeze, ‘Miss America.’” Attractively matted and framed with an image of Ruth to an overall size of 10.5 x 12.5. In very good condition, with moderate overall creases and light soiling. Betbeze was rumored to have dated Joe DiMaggio, though it is also claimed that they were just friends—in later interviews, Betbeze revealed rather intimate details regarding Joltin’ Joe’s anatomy, offering further evidence of the former. The original collector was almost certainly well-connected to the New York Yankees organization or the city’s elite social scene, given that Ruth passed away at least three years prior to Betbeze’s signing the same card. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Babe Ruth

 

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Thomas Jefferson Scarce full free frank

Scarce full free frank as president, measuring 9.75 x 7.25 unfolded, with center panel measuring 5 x 3, addressed by Jefferson to “Mr. James Oldham, House-joiner, Richmond,” and crisply franked in the upper left, “free, Th: Jefferson Pr. US.” Originally sent on August 30, 1807, this contained a letter to Oldham regarding payment for his work; calculations to the blank panels were most likely made by Oldham to figure out the bill. Scattered creases, a few small stains and stray ink blots to blank panels, and an expected area of paper loss from the seal to the upper blank panel, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a color photocopy of the letter sent to Oldham. James Oldham was a joiner at Monticello from 1801 to 1804, where he crafted exterior woodwork for Jefferson’s expanded Monticello II; after moving to Richmond in 1805, he supplied Jefferson with materials for the main house, such as venetian blinds for the greenhouse, sashes for the Southeast Portico, paneled doors, mortise locks, glass, and mahogany planks. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Five volumes from George Washington’s personal library

Magnificent five-volume set from the library of George Washington entitled “Family Secrets: By Mr. Pratt. In Five Volumes. Carefully Revised,” London, Paternoster Row, 1798, with each hardcover volume measuring 4 x 6.75. Each volume has clipped words in Washington’s hand affixed to an opening page or front pastedown. Words are: Volume I, “[de]grees east eight”; Volume II, “hundred poles”; Volume III, “with the said”; Volume IV, “ridge to a”; and Volume V, “sugar tree.” Ornately bordered personal bookplates of Benjamin Lincoln Lear are affixed to the front pastedowns of the first four volumes. Books are in overall good condition, bound in full calf. Exteriors significantly worn, with small bumps, chips, and tears along edges, several tears in leather over spines, and expected soiling. Interiors exhibit minor discoloration and scattered foxing but are overall clean. Rear board of Volume I is missing, front board is attached by a few threads, and there is a small pencil notation to the front free endpaper. Volume IV is missing both boards, and Volume V’s boards are both hanging on by a few threads. Set is housed in a stunning custom-made clamshell box with two red spine labels gilt lettered, “Pratt’s Family Secrets / 1798” and “From the library of George Washington.” These books were originally part of an auction that included items from the Tobias Lear family. Lear was Washington’s closest confidant and personal secretary, serving Washington from 1784–1799. Accompanied by color photocopies of the first page of a list titled “Catalogue of Books received from Washington,” with a second page starting with “Pratt Family Secrets.” An extraordinary collection boasting five examples in Washington’s hand. RR Auction COA.

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Signed Beatles Ultra-rare UK Mono Edition Help Album

Ultra-rare UK mono edition of the Beatles Help! album, signed and inscribed on the front cover in blue ballpoint, “To Chris, George Harrison,” “To Chris, thanks from John Lennon,” “To Chris, Thanks for your time!!! Paul McCartney, I had a ball!,” and “To Chris, Ringo Starr.” Album was signed in 1967, and is accompanied by a letter from the daughter of the original recipient, which reads, in part: “In 1967 Dad had the Beatles sign this mono Help album…Dad helped out with the Peggy Spencer dancing school on making a pop video with the Beatles. It was for a dance sequence for the song Your Mother Should Know. On completion of the video the Beatles autographed the album for my dad.” In very good condition, with some expected light skipping to signatures, scattered creases, and some toning and soiling. Choreographed by Peggy Spencer as a grand production number for Magical Mystery Tour, the routine for ‘Your Mother Should Know’ was reminiscent of an old-time dance number, with the band, clad in white tuxedos, dancing down a large staircase. By this time, the Beatles had largely withdrawn from public life and were virtually inaccessible to the public, making this album one of only several complete band-signed Help! albums known to exist. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Beatles

 

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Apollo 10 Signed Flown Star Chart

Flown star chart carried into lunar orbit on board Apollo 10. Chart measures 10.75 x 7.5, with “May 18th Launch LM,” printed in the lower border and shows the Sun, Earth, and the planets aligned on the ellipse. Specific stars and constellations are identified by name and assigned a two-digit number code. Signed along the bottom in black felt tip, “Flown on Apollo X, Gene Cernan,” and “Tom Stafford, Apollo X, cdr.” Chart has several pencil notations along the top edge, as well as several lines and circles in the chart, presumably done by Cernan. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light soiling. Accompanied by a 2005 letter of authenticity from Gene Cernan, which reads, in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 10 Star Chart was flown into lunar orbit in May, 1969 aboard our spacecraft…This Star Chart has remained a treasured part of my personal collection for more than thirty-five years, ever since NASA presented it to me back in 1969.” Also included is a photo of Cernan with the chart and letter. Necessary to plot locations and coordinates, this chart was used to update both ‘Charlie Brown’s’ and ‘Snoopy’s’ positions during the critical and final tests before the first manned lunar mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Apollo 10

 

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Apollo 16 Flown St. Christopher statue and Jerusalem Tile

Flown St. Christopher statue carried to the lunar surface by Duke on board the Apollo 16 Lunar Module Orion. Statue measures approximately one-inch high and was stored in Duke’s PPK kit inside the lunar module. Statue is accompanied by an eye-catching 10 x 14 hand-calligraphed and -illuminated prayer for the Apollo 16 astronauts, said by the children of The Holy Spirit School and Father Paddy Roche, and illuminated by the Carmelite Nuns of Up Holland, England. Reverse of the prayer is signed, “This prayer was hand painted by the students and staff of Holy Spirit school and personally given to Charlie Duke by Father Paddy Roche. Charlie Duke.” 

Also included is a lovely 1″ x 1″ hand-painted Jerusalem tile, which Duke carried into lunar orbit on board Apollo 16’s Command Module Casper. 

Accompanied by a 2001 letter of authenticity from Duke, which reads, in part: “This is to certify that this one (1) inch tall St. Christopher statue accompanied me aboard our Lunar Module Orion to the Descartes Highlands…This statue then spent the next three days on the surface of the Moon housed in my Personal Preference Kit (PPK) in the Orion. This St. Christopher statue was presented to me by my sister, Betsy, before our liftoff…These items, though personal, were a part of the official stowage list for the Apollo 16 mission. This statue is, to the best of my knowledge, a one of a kind treasure here on Earth of the religious artifacts carried to the surface of the Moon.” Also accompanied by a letter from Duke certifying the Jerusalem tile. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Apollo 16

 

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Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Operations Plan

Scarce official NASA printed Apollo 11 Lunar Operations Plan, dated June 27, 1969, 8 x 10.5, staple-bound, signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The plan provides a minute-by-minute plan for the time astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were to spend on the lunar surface. Currently housed in a custom-designed museum-quality OP-3 UV-filtering Acrylite acrylic display. In fine condition, with a few creases and blacked out address stamp on the front cover. As even unsigned Lunar Operations manuals are highly sought after, with one selling for over $6000, this signed example is a magnificent piece of Apollo 11 history—one page provides instructions for Armstrong to set foot on the moon, “Descend to footpad…Step to Surface.” Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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