Confederate general (1831–1879) known for his recklessness who commanded forces at important battles including Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg. Very rare war-dated handwritten telegram, signed “J. B. Hood, Genl.,” one page, 7.5 x 4, near Nashville, December 19, 1864. Telegram to General P. G. T. Beauregard. In full: “Can Bakers brigad[e] of this army now at Mobile be ret[urned] all the troops we can get are needed here. I would be glad to know the news from the Sherman C…hear nothing here.” In very good condition, with paper loss to right edge affecting several words of text, uniform fragile toning, three vertical folds, and scattered creases. Hood had just suffered a decisive defeat in the Battle of Nashville at the hand of his former West Point instructor, Union General George H. Thomas, on December 15 and 16. It was one of the greatest Union victories of the war, devastating Hood’s army and effectively ending his career. Although Hood blamed the debacle on his subordinates, he resigned a few weeks later and never reassigned to a field command. Hood is scarce in general, as are rebel telegrams—particularly those of such great historical significance. A truly outstanding piece of correspondence between important Confederate officers. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Monthly Archives: December 2014
King of Castile and Leon (1379–1406) sometimes called ‘Henry the Sufferer’ or ‘Henry the Sick,’ who reigned from 1390 until his death at age 27. Due to his poor health, he delegated part of his power to his brother Ferdinand I of Aragon in the later part of his rule. Manuscript DS in Spanish, signed “Yo el Rey,” one page, 9.25 x 5, September 19, 1392. Untranslated document in which Henry confirms the right of Ruy Lopez de Mendoza to wear a sash in acknowledgment of his services rendered to Kings John I and Henry II. Loosely sewn along the edges to a later handwritten transcript of the text. In very good condition, with partial separations to vertical folds repaired with tape to reverse, scattered staining, and paper loss and chipping to edges. Kings Henry II and John I were respectively Henry III’s grandfather and father, and had succeeded him on the Castilian throne. At over six hundred years old, this is an exceptionally rare document from an important historical period. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Beautiful glossy 8 x 10 photo of Hepburn in her famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress, signed in blue felt tip. In fine condition. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
Supremely desirable flown flown American flag, 11.5 x 7.75, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint by Commander David Scott, “This flag was flown in lunar orbit for 6 days aboard the Apollo 15 Endeavor spaceship, July 26–August 7, 1971. Dave Scott, CDR.” In fine condition, with vertical folds through the center and near the right edge, and some light wrinkling near the edges. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the large United States flag included with this letter…is from my personal collection and flown in lunar orbit for six days aboard the CSM Endeavour during Apollo 15, July 26–August 7, 1971…After orbiting the Moon for a day in preparation for the landing, Jim Irwin and I landed the lunar module ‘Falcon’ on the Moon between Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains…During the three days we were on the Moon, Al Worden flew the ‘Endeavor’ solo in lunar orbit…The ‘Falcon’ remained on the lunar surface for 66 hours and 54 minutes, after which we launched and completed a direct rendezvous…and docking with the…‘Endeavor’ in lunar orbit, after which we spent two more days in lunar orbit conducting scientific experiments and photography…This large Apollo 15 US Flag has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” Flown flags are usually considerably smaller than this example, and as a flag of the United States—the first and only nation to put man on the moon—it is one of the most sought-after formats in the hobby. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Remarkable typed manuscript draft for a campaign speech given in Dallas, Texas, on September 13, 1960, 11 pages, 8.5 x 11, with several notes penned on the reverse of the last page in Kennedy’s hand. In the speech, JFK offers thoughtful remarks on the Cold War and the implications of the coming election on relations between the United States and USSR. In part: “In a few days, our shores will be visited by the head of the Soviet Union. His voice will be heard in the United Nations—but his eyes will be fixed on the United States.
Rare 4.25 x 6.25 cabinet photo showing Johnson in a three-quarter-length seated pose, boldly signed in the lower border in black ink. Trimmed edges with the back layer of the cabinet card removed and a tiny nick to the image, otherwise fine condition. Johnson is extremely scarce in any photographic format, and especially so in images of this size and quality. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Fantastic matte-finish 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo of the pioneer of flight, signed in the lower border in extremely bold black ink, “Yours truly, Wilbur Wright.” The reverse bears text printed in French, including: “Comptoir Photographique de l’Ouest Le Mans.” In fine condition, with silvering to dark areas of the image. Le Mans was a central location in the Wrights’ experience in France in 1908. It was where Wilbur went to perform a series of flights that would prove his plane’s capabilities, and during these tests he repeatedly broke his own speed and endurance records. Signed photos of the elder Wright are extremely scarce, given his early death from typhoid fever in 1912. Examples as fine as this, with a crystal-clear image and impeccable signature, are highly sought-after and very rarely seen. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Esteemed Czech composer (1841–1904) of orchestral and chamber music, best known for his Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World.’ Bold AMQS on an off-white 6 x 4.25 sheet. Dvorak pens eight intricate bars from his opera ‘Vanda,’ signing underneath, “Antonin Dvorak, 20/1 1904.” Matted with a portrait of Dvorak to an overall size of 7.75 x 11.5. In fine condition. A supremely desirable musical quotation by the preeminent modern composer. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
Handwritten manuscript fragment in French, unsigned, one page, 7.75 x 2, no date but circa 1818. A five-line excerpt from a draft of Napoleon’s memoirs, concerning a military campaign by two of his greatest marshals, Messena and Augereau. In full (translated): “From the same night of the 8th to the 9th the commander in chief moved with the Messena and Augereau divisions by Cadibone sur Montinotte and at break of day Argenteau, surrounded on every side was attacked in front.” Napoleon’s writing is confined to the left half of the page, with his secretary Louis Marchand writing in the other column. The reverse bears a transcription of Napoleon’s notes penned by Emmanuel de Las Cases. Inlaid into a larger sheet. A few vertical folds, scattered creases, and light show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition.
Sought-after ballpoint signature, “With Best Wishes, Martin Luther King,” on an off-white 3 x 1.25 slip. Expertly double-matted and framed with a portrait of the civil rights leader to an overall size of 10.5 x 14.25. In fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.