[Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary leader whose ideas inspired the 'risorgimento'.] Autograph signature ('Joseph Mazzini') with London address.

Giuseppe Mazzini ['Joseph Mazzini'] (1805-1872), Italian revolutionary leader, proponent of the unification of Italy, whose ideas inspired the 'risorgimento'
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Undated, but between 1851 and c.1853. 15 Radnor Street, King's Road, Chelsea.

In 1837 Mazzini moved to London, where he would spend most of his adult life, numbering among his acquaintances Dickens, George Meredith, Swinburne, John Stuart Mill, and the Carlyles. Mazzini moved to the address given on this item (a four-room flat over a post-office found for him by Jane Carlyle) in February 1851, following his return to London after time in the Roman Republic, and then nearly a year spent in hiding in Switzerland and Paris. He remained at the address for around two years.

[A White Russian émigré in South America.] Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Friederici: six long letters home from Bolivia and Columbia, to his mother Grand Duchess Elisabetta, wife of Prince Andrei Alexandrovitch, and sister 'Betty'.

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Friederici (1908-1992), son of Elsa Ruffo-Sasso, Grand Duchess of Russia and her first husband Major General Alexander Alexandrovitch Friederici [Colombia, South America]
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Autograph Letter Signed to his mother: 11 January 1934; La Paz, Bolivia. Five Typed Letters Signed to his sister: between 30 December 1957 and 22 December 1963. All from La Salada [Colombia].

The six letters in good condition, lightly aged. The author of these letters, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Friederici (1908-1992), was the son of Elsa Ruffo-Sasso [Elisabetta Fabrizievna Ruffo (1886-1940), Grand Duchess of Russia, and her first husband Major General Alexander Alexandrovitch Friederici. The Grand Duchess's second husband, Friederici's step-father Prince Andrei Alexandrovich (1897-1981), was the eldest nephew of the last Czar Nicholas II, and Friederici's half-brother Prince Andrew Andreevich (b. 1923) is the current head of the Romanov family.

[ Edward Raczynski, President of the Polish Republic in Exile. ] Autograph Signature, as Polish Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Second World War.

Edward Raczynski [ Count Edward Bernard Raczynski ] (1891-1993), Polish diplomat, writer, politician and President of Poland in exile, 1979-1986
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From the Polish Embassy, 47 Portland Place, London W1. 8 April 1940.

On two slips of paper cut from letter and glued together to make a 4.5 x 17 cm strip. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. The letterhead and date have been cut from the top of the letter, and Raczynski's valedictory signature has been cut from the bottom (above typed text ('/Edward Raczynski/ | Polish Ambassador.'), with the two strips glued together.

[ The Siberian 'Katorga' in Imperial Russia. ] English translation (by Peter Kropotkin?) from the French, of Émile Andreoli's account of his captivity following the January Uprising, titled ''Siberian Convicts' Life'. Containing unpublished material.

Émile Andreoli (1835-1900), Franco-Italian writer and inventor, sent to Siberia following his participant in the Polish 'January Uprising', 1863-1864 [ Peter Kropotkin, Russia; Russian Katorga ]
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Without details or date. [London, 1880s? Certainly after 1869.]

99pp., 8vo. Each page typed on a separate piece of paper ruled with red marginal borders. The manuscript housed in a contemporary thumb-indexed ledger, with each leaf tipped-in onto the recto of a leaf of the ledger. The manuscript in good condition, lightly-aged and worn; the ledger heavily worn and shaken, and lacking covers. Andreoli's name is not given anwhere in this item. Title-page with typed title 'Siberian Convicts' Life'. Above the title, in manuscript is '? Convict-Life', and typed beneath the title is a six-line epigram from Goethe.

[Dr James Roche Verling, Napoleon's personal physician on St Helena.] Typescript: 'The St. Helena Journal of Dr. James Verling. A typewritten copy of the original manuscript presented to Napoleon III and now in Les Archives Nationales at Paris.'

James Roche Verling (1787-1858), Irish physician in the British Army, personal surgeon to Napoleon Bonaparte on St Helena, 1818-1820 [Norman F. Edwards]
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Note: 'This copy, one of six, belongs to - | Norman F. Edwards. | March, 1934.'

[4] + 172pp., 8vo. Attractively typed up with the greatest skill and care in black, with underlining in red, on 176 leaves, interleaved and bound in an attractive red morocco leather half-binding, with cloth boards and marbled endpapers, spine in six compartments tooled in gilt with title 'THE VERLING JOURNAL', and red ribbon bookmark. In very good condition, lightly-aged in binding with the slightest wear and fading to the cloth. The text is preceded by a typed title page, a one-page 'Note' and a two-page introduction by 'Mr.

Autograph Letter Signed ('L P D'Orléans') from Prince Philippe d'Orléans, Count of Paris, arranging a meeting with 'Mr. Benzon' (the merchant banker Robert Benson).

Prince Philippe d'Orléans (1838-1894), Comte de Paris [Louis Philippe d'Orléans], grandson of the French King Louis Philippe I and Union Army officer in the American Civil War
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On letterhead of York House, Twickenham, Middlesex [England]. 'Friday' [no date].

3pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. The lower part of the second leaf has been cut away, not affecting the text. He begins by stating that he has received the recipient's 'last telegram announcing that you had postponed till to morrow your visit to London'. He has in turn telegraphed 'Mr. Benzon to propose to him to come to the Charing Cross Hotel at 11 or 12. In that case I would offer to yourself & Mr. Benson [sic] a breakfast at the Hotel'.

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