AS LORD NELSON AND LADY HAMLTON BEGIN THEIR LOVE AFFAIR
NELSON WRITES TO THE HUSBAND OF HIS MISTRESS, SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON A FULL RECOUNTING OF THE BRITISH FLEET’S ACTIVITIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AGAINST THE FRENCH FLEET. HIS PHYSICAL EXHAUSTION IS EVIDENT, STATING: “I AM SERIOUSLY UNWELL…I KNOW NOT WHAT SLEEP IS SINCE I LEFT PALERMO”
NELSON, HORATIO. (1758-1805). Legendary British Naval officer; Admiral. Intriguing and Important Autograph Letter Signed “Nelson”, with a lengthy Autograph Postscript also Signed “Nelson”. To Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803). Written aboard his ship, The Vanguard, “off Trapani, 27 May ”. Three very full pages, quarto.
RARE LETTER OF ZIONIST FOUNDER ~~ THEODORE HERZL
HERZL, THEODORE. (1860-1904). Founder of the Zionist movement, whose advocacy of a Jewish state in Palestine led to the creation of Israel. Rare Autograph Letter Signed, “Herzl”, in German, on Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten lined paper. Two full pages, octavo. Berlin, October 21, 1890.
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.
SAMUEL CLEMENS WRITES A CHECK FOR $750 TO HELP BUY A PIPE ORGAN FOR THE PARK CHURCH IN ELMIRA, N.Y. — A PLACE THAT WAS TO BE CENTRAL TO HIS SPIRITUAL LIFE
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. [MARK TWAIN]. (1835-1910.) American humorist, lecturer and writer. Partly-Printed Check Signed, “S.L. Clemens”. One page, oblong octavo. New York, January 31, 1907. Fine condition. Drawn on Knickerbocker Trust Company and made out to ‘The Hope-Jones Organ Co.’ in the amount of “seven hundred fifty” dollars.
SILK BADGE FROM GENERAL LAFAYETTE’S TRIUMPHANT VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1824
LAFAYETTE, MARIE DU MOTIER [MARQUIS] (1757-1834) French military leader and statesman who fought for the colonists during the American Revolution. Commemorative cream colored silk badge bearing a black image of Lafayette, mounted to a piece of hard board. 1824.
ERTÉ CONSIDERS THE POSSIBILITY OF AN EXPOSITION OF HIS WORK
ERTÉ. (1892-1991) Adopted name of Romain de Tirtoff, a Russian designer and illustrator. Scarce Typed Letter Signed, “Erté.” In French, on his name-imprinted stationery. One page, quarto. “21, rue Gutenberg, Boulogne-sur-Seine.” August 27, 1966.
“WOMAN WANTS BREAD; NOT THE BALLOT” ~~~ SUSAN B. ANTHONY OFFERS TO GIVE A LECTURE AND PROPOSES A SPLIT FOR THE GATE RECEIPTS
ANTHONY, SUSAN B. (1820-1906). American woman-suffrage advocate. Good Autograph Letter Signed, “Susan B. Anthony”, on National-American Woman Suffrage Association stationery, with the names of the various Suffrage leaders imprinted on it, along with their titles/positions. 2 1/2 full pages, large octavo. Chicago, Illinois, March 25th, 1876.