Lot 465: German engineer (1838–1917) who designed the famous rigid airship that bears his name. Humble ALS in German, signed "Graf von Zeppelin," one page both sides, 4.5 x 7, Girsberg bei Emmishofen letterhead, September 1893. Zeppelin writes Dr. Gottfried Deckler. In part (translated): "To my regret, I cannot…provide you with a page for your album because my simple execution of the mission confided to me at the beginning of the war in 1870 doesn't give me the right to occupy a position alongside those men who performed really great deeds." In fine condition with Deckler's collector's stamp on the reverse of an adjacent page. Accompanied by an 11.25 x 8.25 polychrome postcard showing an airship flying over a picturesque town and an enthusiastic crowd. Zeppelin studied French balloons during the Franco-Prussian War.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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