EXTREMELY-RARE SIGNED DARWIN PHOTOGRAPH — ALSO SIGNED ON THE VERSO BY CONTROVERSIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OSCAR REJLANDER, WHO TOOK THIS CDV IMAGE AND WHOSE PHOTOGRAPHS ILLUSTRATED DARWIN’S THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS IN MAN AND ANIMALS
DARWIN, CHARLES. (1809-82). British scientist and founder of evolutionary theory. Superb and Exceedingly-rare Signed Carte-de-Visite Photograph. Darwin is depicted [in a clear 1st generation print], showing him seated in 1/2 length pose, facing right, with his hands clasped in front of him. Boldly signed on the lower margin, “Charles Darwin.” No place, [London]. No date [circa 1871]. Also signed on the verso by OSCAR GUSTAVE REJLANDER (1813- 1875), the Victorian art photographer, who took this photograph: “O.G. Rejlander / 1 Albert Mansions, / Victoria Street S.W.”
ALLESANDRO VOLTA ~~ THE INVENTOR OF THE BATTERY
SENDING METAL “PLATES” OR COMPONENTS OF HIS ‘VOLTAIC PILE’ TO A SCIENTIFIC COLLEAGUE!
VOLTA, ALLESANDRO (1745-1827) Italian physicist, chemist and pioneer of electricity research; best known for the development of the first electric cell [battery] in 1800. Exceptional Autograph Letter Signed, “A. Volta”, in Italian. One full page, quarto. Milano, April 14, 1813.
RARE SIGNATURE OF THE NOTED ENGLISH JURIST SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE
BLACKSTONE, SIR WILLIAM. (1723-1780) English jurist, judge, and professor; Blackstone produced Commentaries on the Laws of England, a highly successful treatise on common law that remains an important source on classical views of the common law. His rare Signature, and sentiment: “Your most obedt. Servt. W. Blackstone,” as cut from a larger letter / document. Approximately 2 ¼ x 1 inch.
MARK TWAIN AND HIS FELLOW HARTFORD, CONNETICUT CITIZENS SEEK TO ARRANGE A LECTURE ON MADAGASCAR!
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. [MARK TWAIN]. (1835-1910.) American humorist, lecturer and writer. Manuscript Letter Signed, “Mark Twain”, in committee and by other prominent Connecticut residents. Two pages, quarto. Hartford, October 9, 1884.
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE’S BOOK: NOTES ON NURSING, WHAT IT IS, AND WHAT IT IS NOT — WITH TIPPED IN PRESENTATION FROM HER, ON THE TITLE PAGE!
NIGHTINGALE, FLORENCE. (1820-1910). British nurse, hospital reformer and humanitarian. Her book: Notes on Nursing, what it is and what it is not. Harrison, London, . First edition, very early, true first state, with the notice: “[The right of translation is reserved]” at the base of the title page and with illustrated, light-yellow end-papers bearing advertisements for Burkes’ Peerage, The Foreign Office List for 1860 [with the 8 in 1860 in slightly larger type] and Anthems for Parish Choirs listed. Original dark brown/black pebbled cloth, with front cover lettered in gilt, blind-stamped ruling to covers, and spine.
‘MONTY’ ACKNOWLEDGES THE CAPTURE OF ALL THE V1 AND V2 ROCKET LAUNCH SITES
MONTGOMERY, BERNARD LAW, FIRST VISCOUNT OF ALAMEIN. (1887-1976). British soldier. Remarkable War-date, Typed Letter Signed, “Yrs. ever, B.L. Montgomery”, on his crested and imprinted Headquarters: 21 Army Group stationery. One page, large octavo. TAC Headquarters, September 14, 1944
EXCEEDINGLY-RARE WORLD WAR II DATED PRESENTATION COPY OF MONTY’S: “TEN CHAPTERS 1942 TO 1945” CONTAINING THE WAR TIME REMEMBRANCES OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL’S VISITS WITH HIM
MONTGOMERY, BERNARD LAW, FIRST VISCOUNT OF ALAMEIN. (1887-1976). British Soldier. Presentation copy of his “Ten Chapters 1942 to 1945”. First Edition. Thirty-two pages, oblong 12mo. Dark navy leatherette and gilt embossed cover. Boldly inscribed on front free endpaper.