Historic vintage matte-finish 7 x 5 photo of Nimitz signing the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri, signed and inscribed in the lower border in black ink “To J. R. Franks—Best wishes—C. W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, USN.” Scattered creases, some irregular ink adhesion to inscription, a few light brushes to signature, some scattered mild silvering, and a tack hole to top border, otherwise very good condition. RRAuction COA.
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French master of the Neoclassical style (1748–1825). Rare ALS in French, signed “David,” one page, 7.25 x 9, August 9, 1790. Written to the Count d’Anguilliers, keeper of the King’s buildings, who had purchased David’s famous early panting ‘Belisaire demandant l’aumône,’ executed in 1780. A response from the recipient is written in the upper right corner, which reads: “Sir My pupil, Mr. Condé, has asked you through Mr. Poncet the permission to engrave my painting of Belisaire. You were considerate enough, Sir, to only grant it if I also gave my formal agreement. I am touched by your kind attention, and I haste to join these gentlemen in asking you to use at their fullest your proprietary rights. It is now left to me to thank them for the opportunity they same to confirm the respect I owe to you.” In fine condition, with central horizontal and vertical fold, and uniform mild toning. This letter was written one year after the storming of the Bastille, at an early stage of the French Revolution of which the painter was an early enthusiast. David had used intermediaries to obtain the Count’s permission to execute an engraving after his painting by his pupil, the etcher Jean Condé (who would die four years later). An interesting letter from a momentous period, referring to an important early work by a great master. RRAuction COA.
Photographer (1868–1952) known for his photos of the American West and stylized portraits of Native Americans. Vintage matte-finish 3.5 x 5.75 photo of two women holding flowers affixed to a 7 x 11 Curtis Studio Seattle mount, signed on the mount in black ink, “Curtis.” The mount remains affixed within its original presentation folder. In fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Polish-born author of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness. Bold ink signature, “With pleasure, Joseph Conrad, 5. May ‘23,” on an off-white card. Double matted with a seated portrait of Conrad to an overall size of 12 x 18. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light soiling. RRAuction COA.
Back in Black album signed on the front cover in-person in purple ink by Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, with all adding “AC/DC” after their signatures. In fine condition, with a few light creases to the left side and trivial ‘ring of wear.’ The record is included. Original collector obtained the signatures in Detroit during the Ballbreaker Tour. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Civil War general and Indian fighter (1839–1876) who distinguished himself as a cavalry commander, earning the rank of brigadier general of volunteers at age 23. Following the Civil War he became field commander of the 7th Cavalry and led troops in a number of engagements during the Indian Wars. Custer, together with all of the men under his immediate command, was killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876. Partly-printed DS, signed “G. A. Custer,” one page, 15.5 x 9.75, April 7, 1875. Custer, as Lieutenant Colonel of the Cavalry appoints “Joseph A. McClure…Corporal in Company E of the Seventh Regiment of Cavalry in the service of the United States.” Robustly signed at the bottom by Custer, “G. A. Custer,” and countersigned by commanding officer W. W. Cook. Cloth matted and framed with an image of Custer and a biographical plaque, to an overall size of 32 x 23.25. Intersecting folds, scattered light toning and foxing, and show-through from docketing on reverse, otherwise fine condition.
This stunning commission, ornately imprinted with the American eagle bearing a shield and clutching arrows and an olive branch beneath the heading, “The Commanding Officer of the Seventh Regiment of Cavalry,” holds one of the finest Custer autographs we have ever seen. The counter-signature by William Winer Cooke, 1st Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry and Adjutant of the Regiment, adds greatly to this document’s desirability: Cooke, a member of the so-called “Custer Gang,” was one of the commander’s most loyal men and remained so until the end. He was found by Custer’s side on the fields at Little Bighorn in 1876. Rarely seen and never before offered through RR Auction, this 7th Cavalry appointment is a truly remarkable piece. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.