VERDI QUESTIONS THE INEXPLICABLE ARRIVAL OF “55 BOTTLES OF ROMINO!” AT THE OUTRAGEOUS PRICE OF 1.85 LIRA!
VERDI, GIUSEPPE. (1813-1901). Italian composer; his masterworks include: Rigoletto (1851), Il Trovatore (1853), La Traviata (1853), Don Carlos (1867), and Aïda (1871). Attractive Autograph Letter Signed “G. Verdi”. One page, octavo. [Bugereto?], Italy June 13, 1894. Very fine condition.
LAFAYETTE WRITES TO “MR. HAMILTON”
LAFAYETTE, GILBERT DU MOTIER [MARQUIS DE]. (1757-1834). French military leader and statesman, who fought on the side of the colonists during the American Revolution and later took a prominent part in the French Revolution. Attractive Autograph Letter Signed, “Lafayette,” in French. One page, octavo. Paris.’ Tuesday in the morning, November 27’, no year.
“I WENT TO JEFFERSON DAVIS, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMM[ISSION] AND ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD DO ME THE PERSONAL FAVOR TO REPORT THE BILL. HE DID SO ON THE 23RD OF FEB. ON THE 26TH AT MY REQUEST HE MARRIED IT AS AN AMENDMENT UPON THE ARMY APPROPRIATION BILL…”
WILSON, HENRY. (1812-1875). 18th Vice President of the United States. Good Autograph Letter Signed, “Henry Wilson”, as Senator from Massachusetts. Four full pages, quarto. Natick [Massachusetts]. June 3, 1869.
CHARMING LETTER OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW OFFERING TO INSCRIBE A SECOND COPY OF HIS BOOK, BECAUSE OF A MISTAKE IN THE PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST, AND SAYING: ‘’YOU CAN THEN PASS THE SYBIL ONE TO YOUR MOTHER, WHO NEED NEVER KNOW THAT IT WAS NOT MEANT FOR HER’’!
SHAW, GEORGE BERNARD. (1856-1950). Irish-born writer. Good Autograph Note Signed twice, “G. Bernard Shaw” and “Bernard Shaw”, on a “Republique Francaise Carte Postale” post card. Cape Antibes, July [?] 1928. Fine condition.
“THE ELECTIONS IN THE STATES HAVE GONE AS WAS FEARED,…I AM UNABLE TO SEE THE GOOD WHICH WE USUALLY STRIVE TO FIND IN WHATEVER IS IRREVOCABLE” — “IT IS OFTEN EASIER TO PRONOUNCE A THING WRONG IN THE BEGINNING THAN TO SHOW THAT ITS REMOVAL WOULD BE FOR THE PERMANENT GOOD.”
DAVIS, JEFFERSON. (1808-89). First and only president of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865). Revealing Partial Autograph Letter Signed, “J.D.” One full page, octavo. No place, no date. Fine condition.
AMERICAN EXPLORER ~~ ZEBULON PIKE, ORDERS PAYMENT FOR A COURIER JUST TWO MONTHS BEFORE HIS HEROIC AND UNTIMELY DEATH
PIKE, ZEBULON M. (1779-1813). American explorer and soldier. Rare Autograph Endorsement Signed, “Z[ebulon] Pike C[ommanding] O[fficer]”, on verso of a manuscript pay order. One page, oblong octavo. February 18, 1813.
LIEUTENANT ZACHARY TAYLOR — IN HIS HOME STATE OF KENTUCKY – 1824
TAYLOR, ZACHARY. (1784-1850). Twelfth President of the United States (1849-1850). Early Autograph Letter Signed, “Z. Taylor, Lt. Col. 1st Regiment U.S. Infantry S.R. Service”. Two full pages, quarto. Louisville, Kentucky, December 15, 1824.