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(1886 - 1973) Israeli politician, proclaimed the independence of Israel in 1948, headed the provisional government, and was later Prime Minister. Fine T.Ms. unsigned, 1p. legal folio, [n.p., n.d], in Hebrew, being a page of a biographical work on the statesman , with emendations in Ben-Gurion's hand. He comments at right margin about a dispute about whether Yiddish or Hebrew was spoken during the "early" periods, the continues: "...
I have confused the two commission. The one that decided on The Beginning was in 1907. In summer I worked in Rishonle-Zion and Petah Tikva. From Suchron Yakov a decision was made on Unity...and the past...
". Most definitely concerning the Unification of the World Zionist movement! Fine. EBAY 225
Fine content A.L.S., 2pp., 4to, Piedras Negras, January 11, 1860, in Spanish, a letter from
FELIPE DE LA GARZA
to his father, Jesus de la Garza, concerning news of the McLane-Ocampo Treaty of December 14, 1859. In part: "
... news came from [New] Orleans on the treaty that President Juarez made with the U.S. The American Union gave President Juarez 2 million in cash, and 2 million retained to pay debts recognized as caused by Mexico to American citizens. For this sum, the Union will build three roads into Mexico, taking for themselves the borderlands, and all merchandise will be free of duty...
". The agreement, officially the Treaty of Transit and Commerce, was brought about mainly by the efforts of Ambassador to Mexico Robert Milligan McLane and Mexican Liberal Party politician Melchor Ocampo, but failed to win ratification by the U.S. Senate. The deal would have vastly improved American-Mexican commerce while giving Benito Juarez the funds he needed to resist internal enemies. Moderate stains and wear along folds, else very good.
An illustrated, serialized edition of Hitler's
, published in 18 installments by Hutchinson & Co., Ltd.,1939, complete with index and hardcover wraparound binding. Published immediately prior to and during the early phases of the war, this edition claims to be the first full English edition of Hitler's blueprint for aggression, though this cannot be substantiated by us. Enclosed in an attractive hard slipcover, overall very good.
(1804 - 1881) English Prime Minister who established a strong foreign policy, consolidated the Empire, and instituted many social reforms.A superb display piece, a 10" x 12" original photograph of Disraeli showing him seated with arms folded, which was expertly painted at the time so that it now resembles an original oil painting. This is a beautiful image marred only by some "crazing" of the paint, largely in the black areas of the image, else a great item for presentation. In the original gilt-plaster wood-backed frame.
(1918 - 1989) First President of the Socialist Republic of Rumania who split with Moscow. His brutal career ended in his assassination during Rumania's liberalization movement.S.P. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" b/w, an early cheat, up portrait boldly signed in black ink at bottom. Very good to fine.
(1851 - 1895) Russian and revolutionary who took part in the assassination of the Chief of the political police, General Mezentov, in 1878. He left Russia in 1882 and settled in England, where he wrote "The Career of a Nihilist."Fine collection of thirteen A.L.S.'s in English from Nov. 18, 1885 to May, 1890 largely to his publisher, Swan Sonnenschein, regarding the completion of Stepniaks' monumental work, The Russian Peasantry, Their Agrarian Condition, Social Life and Religion (London, Sonnenschein, 1888). In very small part: "...In respect of my new work on Russian --the R. Peasantry -- I am quite prepared to make an arrangement at once...The copy I have makes about 60,000 words. I can deliver ready for print in two weeks notice. The remainder can be completed in one month...You will have a fresh book...Would you mind sending me the agreement to sign?...". Overall in very good condition, and deserving of further research.
A document from his reign in Latin (not signed), 1p., oblong folio, [London?], 1612, the finis or Finalis Concordia section of a legal document, decreeing an end to the legal action addressed in the text. Slight foxing and age toning, else very good. Top edge is intentionally serrated to allow comparison with copies and prevent forgeries.
(b. 1927) Cuban revolutionary who led the guerilla campaign against Batista, overthrowing the dictator and replacing him with the first communist government in the Western Hemisphere.Bold black ink vintage signature "
" on a small piece of heavy stock, closely-cut. Fine.
SANTA ANNA ORDERS SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
Rare imprint, a yellow bound booklet, 5 1/2" x 8", 12 pp. 8vo., titled, "
Decreto Sobre Establecimiento de dos Escuelas, Una de Agricultura y Otra de Artes
", 1843, a decree calling for the establishment of schools of agriculture and other arts. When Santa Anna served as acting governor of Veracruz in the late 1820s, he showed a fierce commitment to promoting education throughout the country; he continued to stress improving primary and secondary education as one of his government's priorities throughout his political career. In response to Santa Anna's desire to establish colleges of agriculture and the arts, this brief pamphlet was created and published by Minister of Justice and Education, Manuel Baranda, outlining basic courses of study for each, and related costs. Minor stain, else very good.
(1882 - 1949) Bulgarian Communist leader arrested in Berlin for alleged complicity in setting the Reichstag on fire. Dimitrov's cool conduct of his defense and the accusations he directed at his prosecutors won him world renown. He was acquitted and went to the USSR. Served as Secretary General of the Cominterm and Premier of Bulgaria. Typed D.S. 1p. oblong 8vo., June 12, 1945, in which Dimitrov orders customs to allow free passage at the border of a cargo of 1,200 kilos that were shipped to Sofia, Bulgaria. Torn file holes at left margin, otherwise very good.
(1922 - 1995) Israeli Prime Minister, assassinated by a radical conservative opposed to his peace plan. S.P. 7" x 4 1/2" color showing Rabin seated beside Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, boldly signed at top in blue marker. Fine.
(1786-1836) British naval surgeon who attended Napoleon at St. Helena and supervised the exiled dictator's autopsy; wrote the controversial volume
Napoleon in Exile
. Very rare A.L.S. 3pp. 8vo., [n.p. but almost certainly St. Helena, n.d. but ca. 1820], possibly written from St. Helena the year before Napoleon's death to an unnamed lady. In part: "...
I have just heard...an account of the intentions of Ministers toward her Majesty which, if true, exceeds in audacity and atrocity anything that they have yet effected. My friend says that he has heard this morning from authority such as he has no doubt of, that the Ministers will not suffer a tithe of the evidence produced for or against Her Majesty to be published and that in case of the Bills being passed in the House of Lords they intend to have Her Majesty seized, put on board ship and hurried out of the country to the continent as an alien before the nation knows anything about it. That they intend to effect this without waiting for the decision of the House of Commons!! Though I am decidedly of opinion that there are capable of anything unless restrained by fear of their lives...I must confess that I conceive the attempt to be of a nature too audacious for them. I have however thought it my duty to communicate what I have heard to your Ladyship. The Marchioness Solaris papers were taken to Carlton Palace by the Chevalier Ruspini where they have since remained. It does not appear however that they are of any great consequence...The Italian witnesses arrived this morning at 2 o'clock in a gunboat and have been lodged in Sir T. Tyrwhitts house...I enclose to your Ladyship a copy of Lord Erskine's Speech
on the subject of the witnesses, corrected by himself...
". O'Meara had a reputation of being a bit of an intriguer and this sentiment grew stronger upon the publication of his revealing work
Napoleon in Exile
, which harshly criticized the treatment of the prisoner by the British. It is possible that O'Meara, now ignominiously dismissed from St. Helena by fellow Brit Hudson Lowe and finding himself in want of salary and occupation as a result, devoted time to stirring up trouble for the country of England. Interestingly, this letter also corresponds with the infamous Queen Caroline affair of 1820. By 1820 Caroline and George III were virtually estranged with Caroline residing in Italy, and George had long considered divorce proceedings against her for her indiscretions. George became permanently deranged, and on June 27, 1820, Parliament enacted a Bill that stripped Caroline of the title of Queen Consort. The sensational proceedings were effectively a public trial for the Queen, who still retained her high popularity. Nonetheless, she capitulated and accepted a stipend to return to Italy. She died one year later. O'Meara mentions several interesting persons within this detailed letter, including the Venetian Marchioness Broglio Solari, a devoted servant of Queen Caroline whose husband's investments had been seized by Napoleon in 1796, and British surgeon Bartholomew Ruspini. O'Meara's signature has been mysteriously inked out but the letters remain vaguely legible. Else very good and worthy of further research. Ex: Walter Benjamin, with a copy of 1973 receipt.
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