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EUROPEAN AUTOGRAPHS A lot of three items by European personalities, in various formats. The highlight is an A.L. [not signed] as Minister of State, from Count REGNAUD de SAINT-JEAN d'ANGELY (1761-1819), 1p., 12mo., Paris, 1810, in French on official Conseil d'Etat letterhead, detailing his minor frustrations with the government's civil spoils system. The Count came from an aristocratic background and was named a member of the French Academy in 1803, but weathered the social and political upheavals in revolutionary France to eventually befriend Napoleon Bonaparte and support his reign. Light smudging on top corner, else very fine. Also included is an A.L.[unsigned], 1p., oblong 12mo., Middlesex, January, 26, 1816, in French, an invitation for the Marquis d'Osmond from General Dumouriez. Rene Eustache, 4th Marquis of Osmond and a Court favorite, served as Louis XVIII's ambassador to England in 1815, while General Charles Francois Dumouriez fled to London during the Napoleonic Era to avoid the Jacobins hungry for his head. The two undoubtedly met while they both resided in England. Age toned, else very good. With an A.L.S., 2pp., 8vo., Westerhof, June 27, 1930, from KONSTANTIN DUMBA, the last Austro-Hungarian ambassador to the United States, banned from the country by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915 for ties to espionage activities. Moderate folds, else very good. Finally, HEWLETT JOHNSON, an A.L.S. as Dean of Canterbury, 1p., 8vo., Canterbury, April 24, 1941, thanking the Socialist cartoonist Art Young for his letter. Both Hewlett and Young shared a deep affinity and conviction for the merits of the Soviet system even before Hitler invaded the USSR in June of 1941. Hewlett earlier in 1941 had published a book, Soviet Power, to which Young's note may have referred. Boldly signed "Hewlett Johnson" in pencil. Moderate folds, age toned, else very good. Four pieces.
Estimate $ 200-300

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