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- Quarto, 11-7/8 inch high by 9-1/8 inch wide. Cream boards decorated with a maroon heraldry pattern with "fleur de lys" decorations alternating with those of a "lion rampant". There is minor staining to the rear cover and a check mark in green on the front cover. These 26 original letters, notes and telegrams were sent by invited guests who were apparently unable to attend the wedding but wished to express their congratulations or regrets. Each of varying size, they are pasted from the left onto the mounting tabs bound in the album. Very good. The marriage was that of Baroness Alexandra von Nagel zu Aichberg to Count Hubert Deym von Stritez, Knight of the Order of Malta. The wedding, which took place at the Jesuit St. Michael's Church in Munich on February 6, 1937, was officiated by the controversial anti-democratic Cardinal von Faulhaber. The bride was the daughter of Baron Karl con Nagel zu Aichberg who was a hostage executed in the Communist revolution of 1919. Her mother was the former Miss Mabel Nesmith of New York, who attended the ceremony. The letters, notes and telegraphs consist of: A 2-1/2 page Autograph Letter Signed by the Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal Luigi Maglione (1877-1944). Dated January 31, 1937, the letter is penned in Italian on letterhead decorated with an embossed red coat of arms. Maglione was created Cardinal-Priest by Pope Pius XI on December 16, 1935. Pope Pius XII selected him to succeed him as Vatican Secretary of State on March 10, 1939. Signed "Luigi Cardinal Maglione". A 2-1/4 page Autograph Letter Signed By Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria (1869-1955). Penned in German, the letter from Munich is dated January 25, 1937. During WWI, Rupprecht commanded the German Sixth Army in Lorraine and later the 6th Army in Northern France. He rose to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall and in August 1916 took command of the Army Group Rupprecht, the 1st, 6th & 7th armies. After the war, Rupprecht opposed the Nazis and hoped to restore the monarchy in Bavaria. A Typed Letter Signed in German [we have been unable to identify the author] is dated January 25, 1937 from "Torino, Palazzo Chiablese". A Typed Unsigned Card consisting of 4 lines in French, dated February 1, 1937, from Vienna conveys Ernst Rudiger, Prince Starhemberg's (1899-1956) regrets. Rudiger was the leader of the Fascist Austrian Heimwehr and was appointed Vice Chancellor in 1934. A telegram in German from Rudolf Hohenlohe states in 5 words that he cannot come. A Typed Card in German Signed by Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick (1887-1953). Dated January 28, 1937 from Blankenburg, the card is decorated with an embossed coat of Arms. In 1913, Ernest Augustus married Princess Victoria Louise, ending a rift between the Houses of Hohenzollern and Hanover. He then swore allegiance to the German Empire. He was a colonel in the Prussian Zieten Hussars and rose to the rank of major-general during WWI. After the war he was forced to abdicate his throne due to his service in the German army. Although not a member of the Nazi Party, he was close to several of its leaders and contributed funds to it. A Typed Card Signed in German [we have been unable to identify the author] was written from Rome and dated January 21, 1937. A 2-page Autograph Letter Signed is penned in German. [We have been unable to identify the author.] A 2-page Autograph Letter Signed by the Infanta Maria de la Paz of Spain (1862-1946) is penned in German on both sides of a card. Dated January 22, 1937 from Munich, the card is signed "Paz". The Infanta Maria de la Paz of Spain was the wife of Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria. A Telegram, in German, from Wladimir [?]. A Typed Letter, Unsigned, from the office of the Consul General of Czechoslovakia. The letter, in French, states that he had intended to attend the wedding but that current events prevent it. A 2-page Autograph Note Signed by Princess Urraca of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1913-1999) is penned in German of both sides of a card. Signed "Urraca v. Bourb[on]". Due to the tape used in inserting the card in the album, there is loss to a very few letters in the note, including the final "on" of "Bourbon". A full-page Autograph Letter Signed in German [we have been unable to identify the author] is addressed to "Liebe Mabel!" Dated January 22, 1937 on "Bestwina Czechowice" letterhead. A 2-1/4 page Typed Letter Signed by Fanny von Starhemberg (1873-1943) in German is dated January 21, 1937 from Vienna. Active in the Austrian Red Cross she also became active in the Christian Social Party. Her son was the Austrian Vice-Chancellor Ernst Rudiger Starhemberg. With the rise of Fascism in Austria, she became alienated from both her son and the Party. Signed "Fanny Starhemberg". A 2-1/2 page Autograph Letter signed in German on 2 cards dated January 23, 1937. [We have been unable to identify the author.] A 2-page Autograph Letter Signed in German on both sides of a card [we have been unable to identify the author]. Dated January 22, 1937, there is loss to a few letters due to the tape inserting the card into the album. A 2-page Autograph Letter Signed "Isabella Esterhazy". Penned in German, the letter is dated January 21, 1937 from Eckersdorf. A 4-page Autograph Letter Signed by Karl Georg Reichsgraf von Huyn (1857-1938). Penned in German from Bolzano, Italy, the letter is dated January 23, 1937. In 1893, Karl Graf Huyn was appointed chief of general staff of the cavalry division at Krakow. He held positions of command in the cavalry for many of the following years. In 1917 he was appointed Governor in the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria with the Grand Duchy of Krakow. This was a difficult assignment for him due to the contentious relationship between the Poles and the Ukrainians. In 1918 Graf Huyn made a fatal decision in handing over Eastern Galicia to the Ukrainians, resulting in numerous bloody conflicts between the ethnic groups for several years to come. He retired to private life on December 1, 1918. A 1-page Autograph Note Signed within the text of the note by Konrad von Nagel zu Aichberg (1912-1944). Penned in German, the note is dated January 29, 1937. Von Nagel was a German officer and senior lieutenant in the Wehrmacht reserve. He was awarded the German Cross in Gold. A 3-page Autograph Letter Signed in German [we have been unable to identify the author] dated January 25, 1937 from Ober Langendorf with a red royal crown embossed at the top of the first page. The letter is signed "[? / Biron von Curland]. It appears to us to possibly be the autograph of "Friedrich-Franz" (1910-1997). A 1-page Autograph Letter Signed, penned in German, has some very slight loss along the left edge from the insertion. [We have been unable to identify the author.] A 3-page Autograph Letter penned in German on January 24, 1937, is signed "Tante Isabelle". A 1-page Autograph Letter Signed within the text by Dr. Vojtech Mastny (1874-1954). Penned in French from Berlin the letter, on "Le Ministre de Tchecoslovaquie" stationery, is dated January 25, 1937. Signed within the text of the letter as "Monsieur et Madame Mastny" in Dr. Mastny's hand. Mastny was a Czech diplomat. As minister to Berlin in 1938, he and Hubert Masarik were the Czech representatives to the Munich Conference. They were detained in a hotel room by the Gestapo while Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier and Hitler arranged the surrender of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany. An Autograph Letter Signed in German [we have been unable to identify the author], dated February 2, 1937 is penned on embossed "Schloss Niederarnbach OBB" letterhead with an embossed silver coat of arms. A 2-page Typed Letter Signed by Alfons Freiherr von Redwitz is dated January 22, 1937 from Wertheim. The letter is typed in German on his personal letterhead. Alfons Freiherr von Redwitz was the brother of the monarchist Franz von Redwitz, Chief of Staff of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria. Franz was an opponent of Hitler. His brother Alfons was mistaken for him and arrested by the Gestapo. He was incarcerated in Dachau. A 1-page Autograph Note Signed is dated January 21, 1937. [We have been unable to identify the author.] A fascinating album which, through the varied personalities represented, presages the coming turmoil which led to the War.
Title: AN ALBUM of 26 LETTERS, NOTES & TELEGRAMS from invited guests to the WEDDING of the BARONESS ALEXANDRA VON NAGEL ZU AICHBERG to COUNT HUBERT DEYM VON STRITEZ, KNIGHT OF THE ORDER OF MALTA. Including historical figures who opposed and supported the rise of Fascism.
Publisher: Munich, Germany, St. Michael's Church, February 6, 1937.: 1937.
Book Condition: Very good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 96425
Keywords: HISTORY; AUTOGRAPH ALBUM; AN ALBUM of 26 LETTERS, NOTES & TELEGRAMS FROM INVITED GUESTS TO THE WEDDING OF THE WEDDING OF THE BARONESS ALEXANDRA VON NAGEL ZU AICHBERT TO COUNT HUBERT DEYM VON STRITEZ, KNIGHT OF THE ORDER OF MALTA; JESUIT; ST. MICHAEL