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POLITICS (WORLD & COLONIAL) AUTOGRAPHS

World political autographs of the 19th and 20th centuries cover a wide spectrum. In addition to the political institutions and heads of state of major European and World powers, there were myriad small states and colonial areas that, at various times, played a key role in shaping the political and military history of the time. In this category you will find everything from American Presidents to African tribal leaders. Here, too, are BRITISH political figures who are better known for their role outside the UK, such as Viceroys of India and African colonial administrators. Some politicians who enjoyed success in foreign as well as domestic politics might be found in more than one category. The rapid rise and fall of some 19th century political figures, particularly those who played a part in shaping far-flung corners of Empire, can often make their autographs of considerable rarity and very difficult to find.

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THOMAS BARING (1826-1904) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS BARING (1826-1904) Autograph Letter Signed

THOMAS BARING autograph letter Signed. Thomas George Baring, known as Baron Northbrook from 1866 and 1st Earl of Northbrook from 1876. British (English) politician, statesman and colonial administrator. Viceroy of India (1872-1876).   ALS.  1p. India Board. August 19th 1853. To T[homas] C[urson] Hansard (the younger).   "I enclose you the papers containing the corrected reports of Sir Charles Woods' speeches during the session."   8vo. Approx 7.25 x 4.5 inches. The integral blank leaf is backed onto paper with mounting traces to the blank verso. Slight crease to text leaf else near fine.   Thomas Baring (of the Baring family of Bankers) served.....

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GBP85.00
OTTO VON BISMARCK (1815-1898) Autograph Signature
OTTO VON BISMARCK (1815-1898) Autograph Signature

OTTO von BISMARCK Autograph Signature. Prussian statesman who unified the German states and became the first chancellor of a United Germany.   Two words in his hand and signature taken from the foot of a document.  Dated in a clerical hand Berlin, 22nd January 1867.   Paper piece backed onto part of an old album leaf. Measures approx. 4 x 9 inches (excluding album page mount).  In good condition.   Provenance: From a 19th century album compiled by the Blyth family. The family appear to have been connected with the engineer, Benjamin Blyth and the thrice premier of Australia, Arthur Blyth......

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GBP350.00
FREDERICK HAMILTON-TEMPLE-BLACKWOOD, MARQUESS OF DUFFERIN AND AVA (1826-1902) Autograph Letter Signed
FREDERICK HAMILTON-TEMPLE-BLACKWOOD, MARQUESS OF DUFFERIN AND AVA (1826-1902) Autograph Letter Signed

FREDERICK HAMILTON-TEMPLE-BLACKWOOD, 1ST MARQUESS OF DUFFERIN AND AVA autograph letter Signed. British (Anglo-Irish) diplomat, traveller and colonial administrator. Viceroy of India (1884-1888) and Governor General of Canada (1872-1878).   ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf.  No place. 11th August 1862. To Sir Bernard [Burke].   "I have found an old print of Adam Blackwood - a much respected old gentleman in a ruff. In your arms if yr picture [?] are his arms as below.  I start for Clandeboye tomorrow, when I hope to be at yr [?] and when I must try and persuade you to pay me a.....

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GBP65.00
SIR JOHN BOWRING (1792-1872) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR JOHN BOWRING (1792-1872) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR JOHN BOWRING autograph letter Signed with MS article. British (English) political economist, polyglot, writer and colonial administrator. 4th Governor of Hong Kong.   ALS. 2pp. 7 North Place, Gray's Inn Lane, 2nd December 1828. To Henry Thwaites.   "Freshfield tells me you kindly offered to insert a paragraph for the Refugees. Here is one if it will do - P.T.O. I also send a [. . .?] of [poetry?] of another sort - if you like it." On the verso is a long MS in the hand of Sir John Bowring: "We rejoice to see the spirit - the.....

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GBP185.00
JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868) Autograph Signature
JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868) Autograph Signature

JAMES BUCHANAN Autograph Signature. American politician. The 15th President of the United States.   Full autograph signature clipped from foot of a letter. Laid down on part of an album leaf.   The paper piece measures approx. 4.5 x 0.5 inches (excluding mounting) and 9 x 2 inches (including mounting). It is in fine condition.   Provenance: from a 19th century album compiled by a daughter of Dr Thomas Shapter, the Exeter surgeon and epidemiologist. James Buchanan had been appointed Minister to Great Britain in 1853 and, during his stay, he and his companion, Miss Lane, had become friendly with.....

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GBP125.00
LORD DALHOUSIE (1812-1860) Autograph Letter Signed
LORD DALHOUSIE (1812-1860) Autograph Letter Signed

JAMES BROUN-RAMSAY, 1ST MARQUESS DALHOUSIE autograph Letter Signed. British (Scottish) colonial administrator. Governor-General of India (1848-1856).   ALS. (signed with initials). 1p. [no place] Nov 25th [no year]. To [Sir Stafford] Northcote.   "They have been handling me roughly and I find myself not fit for parade. Will you write a letter to Addington and say that I am confined to the house, but will see him on Copyright as soon as I get out." With the post-script "I miss a private note to Sir J. Hope, which I wrote the other day and which I believe I did not send......

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GBP125.00
GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (1807-1882) Autograph Letter Signed
GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (1807-1882) Autograph Letter Signed

GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI Autograph Letter Signed. Italian patriot, soldier and politician.   ALS. 1p. Caprera. 10th February 1861. To William Woodall.  Together with a 19th century albumen photograph of Garibaldi and his men and three carte de visite portraits.   The letter is in Italian and is untranslated but is a letter to William Woodall thanking him for a donation from the people of Burslem of £50 to the Garibaldi Fund. Mentioning London and other matters.   8vo. Approx 8.5 x 6.25 inches. The letter is on thin blue paper and has mounting residue to verso where formerly laid down in.....

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GBP395.00
ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945) Autograph Signature on Godfather Certificate
ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945) Autograph Signature on Godfather Certificate

ADOLF HITLER autograph Signature on Godfather Certificate. German dictator. Leader of the Nazi Party.   Autograph signature boldly inscribed in black ink at the foot of a certificate awarded to Gernot Adolf Klein, the son of Friedrich Klein and his wife, Margarette.  With the Nazi party eagle device blocked in gold at head and bearing the embossed seal of Hitler's Reich Chancellery at lower left. Berlin. Dated 4th December 1944. TOGETHER WITH an associated certificate and documentation.   Approx 11.75 x 8.25 inches. Slight nick at top edge and one or two slight marks, else very good or near fine......

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PAUL KRUGER (1825-1904) Autograph Signature and Photograph
PAUL KRUGER (1825-1904) Autograph Signature and Photograph

PAUL KRUGER Autograph Signature and Photograph. Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger, known as Paul Kruger. South African politician and military leader. President of the South African Republic (or Transvaal) 1893-1900. Autograph signature (as President) on paper piece mounted on old pasteboard below a contemporary albumen photograph circa 1895.  18 x 10.5 cms (7 x 4.25 inches).    Some browning and offsetting and with mounting traces to verso.    Provenance:  From an album compiled by Florence Pearl Faithfull (known as "Pearl"), later Lady Dilke.  Pearl Faithfull was the daughter of H.M Faithfull, solicitor of Sydney, New South Wales and the grand-daughter of the.....

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GBP145.00
GIUSEPPE MAZZINI / LOUIS KOSSUTH / LEDRU-ROLLIN / REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE OF EUROPE Autograph Letter Signed
GIUSEPPE MAZZINI / LOUIS KOSSUTH / LEDRU-ROLLIN / REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE OF EUROPE Autograph Letter Signed

GIUSEPPE MAZZINI, LOUIS KOSSUTH and ALEXANDRE LEDRU-ROLLIN Autograph Letter Signed by all three. Giuseppe (Joseph) Mazzini (1805-1872) Italian patriot who, with Garibaldi and Cavour led the movement for the unification of Italy; Louis (Lajos) Kossuth (1802-1894) Hungarian revolutionary and first president of independent Hungary; Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin (1807-1874) French revolutionary politician. The triumvirate who styled themselves the Revolutionary Council of Europe whilst in exile in London.   ALS. 1p. No place. December 26th 1855.   The text of the letter is in the hand of Mazzini and is signed by all three. "Dear Sir, Will you be so good as.....

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GBP450.00
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