Price: $12,500 Apollo XI. Signed Photograph of the Apollo XI lunar astronauts crew posing in their space suits against a lunar background, Inscribed by Armstrong and Signed on the mount below, “Best Wishes To James E. Rogan / Neil Armstrong “. Also Signed by M. Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The color photograph measures 14 inches … [ Read More ]
Collectible Autographs from Famous Explorers
Explorer autographs, signatures, signed documents, and signed letters of the early explorers virtually do not exist before Daniel Boone. Documents signed by him, always land transaction document are extremely rare. He was virtually illiterate except for signing his name, and in retirement began to sell land that he had obtained in his early settling of Kentucky. Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition is extremely rare in signed documents because of his short life span. However, his partner in the expedition, William Clark, lived a long life and, because of his military positions, signed many documents and is relatively available for today's collectors. Also because of their military careers, Zebulon M. Pike and John C. Frémont, other American Western explorers, signed many documents and are fairly easy to collect.
The pioneer African explorer, David Livingstone, was very well-known during his lifetime, and his autograph signatures and signed letters, very clearly written, have often been saved by past generations, though they are now relatively difficult to find. The man sent to find Livingstone, Henry M. Stanley, had a long career as a journalist, signed many letters, and can generally be found in autograph signatures and signed letters.
The Arctic and Antarctic explorers were the major figures of their day – household names – and their autograph signatures and signed letters were sought after and treasured. Robert E. Peary, the first to reach the North Pole, can be found in autograph material, though he is not common and the demand not great. The British Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who died after reaching the South Pole, freely gave his autograph signature to admirers and wrote many signed letters seeking support for his expeditions. As a national hero, after dying on his return from the Pole, his letters were saved and treasured, but can be found, though with some difficulty. Ernest H. Shackleton who, unlike Robert F. Scott, knew when to stop, is in the greatest demand among collectors. Recent books and films about Shackleton's extraordinary adventures after his ship was wrecked in the Antarctic have made him the symbol of an explorer who knew how to survive. Shackleton was very cooperative in giving his autograph signature to admirers, who could easily meet him at his numerous lectures given to raise money for his expeditions. He also wrote letters seeking support for his expeditions, though these signed letters have now become quite scarce on the market. Admiral Richard E. Byrd, the American polar explorer who was the first to fly over both the South and North Poles, and who extensively explored Antarctica, also gave many autograph signatures to admirers and also wrote many letters for fund-raising purposes.
Please browse our selection of explorer autographs, signatures, signed documents and memorabilia or you may search our entire inventory alphabetically, by name or by category.
Price: $375 American polar explorer. Check signed, R E Byrd, February 4, 1933 drawn on his account at the Farmers & Merchants Bank, payable to Dexter School in the amount of $230.00.
Price: $12,500 American explorer. Letter Signed, William Clark, two pages, quarto, Superintendency of Indian Affairs, St. Louis, September 27, 1832. To Col. Ira Cottle, regarding Cotle’s claim against the Fox Tribe for 30 cattle stolen in 1816. While the War Department had rejected Cottle’s claim, Clark writes: “Believing your claim to be strictly just, I … [ Read More ]
Price: $5,750 American arctic explorer; he claimed to have reached the North Pole April 21, 1908 ahead of Peary; denounced by Peary and his claim rejected as fraudulent, on grounds of insufficient evidence, by scientists as Copenhagen. Partly printed Typewritten Document Signed, seven pages, legal folio, Leavenworth, Kansas, July 16, 1926. An Application for Executive … [ Read More ]
Price: $7,500 Canadian-born pioneer in Iowa; negotiated agreement with Fox Indians for right to work lead mines in Iowa area; first white settler near what is now Dubuque, Iowa. Autograph Document Signed, one page, 3 1/2 by 8 1/4 inches, May 18, 1798. In French. Dubuque signs a three-line promissory note “good for 100 livres…which … [ Read More ]
Price: $4,750 English arctic explorer; explored the present-day Northwest Territories of Canada, the Yukon and Alaska; discovered the Northwest Passage; lost in the Arctic in 1847. Autographed Sir John Franklin, Letter, incomplete, four very full pages, quarto, HMS Rainbow, Corfu, September 12, 1830. To My dear Children. A very fine and lengthy letter about the character, … [ Read More ]
Price: $27,500 American explorers who led the Expedition (“Voyage of Discovery”) of 1804. A portion of an Autograph Letter written by Meriwether Lewis, Signed in the text , Capt Lewis, circa 1801, and an Autograph Document Signed by William Clark, 1815, framed together as an ensemble. During the late 1790’s Meriwether Lewis was in the … [ Read More ]
Price: $8,750 Scottish explorer in Africa. Autograph Document Signed, one page, quarto, Mosambique, March 7, 1864. I hereby certify that Thomas Ward steward served in the Pioneer from the departure from England in 1860 to 15th February 1864 and during that time his conduct has been very good. Somewhat worn appearance. Signed by David Livingstone … [ Read More ]
Price: $5,000 Co-leader of the ill-fated Donner Expedition to California in 1846. Autograph Document Signed, one page, oblong octavo, October 6, 1851. As Administrator, Reed writes, “The within claim allowed this Oct. 6th, 1851.” The same phrase is repeated below his signature, without the day of the month filled in. Large ink stain to the … [ Read More ]
Price: $22,500 English Antarctic explorer. Autograph Letter Signed, Robt. Scott, two pages, small octavo, Chelsea, February 9, 1905. To Jean McDonal Gallup in Hampstead. With the original envelope. “My cousin tells me that you would like me to write a letter for your book-I havent much to say because I find England is so dull … [ Read More ]
Price: $10,000 British explorer of the Antarctic. Typewritten Manuscript Signed at the conclusion, five pages, quarto, undated . Ernest Shackleton, a fervent admirer of Fridtjof Nansen and his work, writes a glowing review of the English translation of In Northern Mists by the Norwegian arctic explorer. Nansen had achieved by this time the status of … [ Read More ]
Price: $6,750 English Antarctic explorer. Autograph Letter Signed, E.H. Shackleton, two pages, small octavo, on an imprinted correspondence card, Royal Societies Club, St. James Street, September 29, 1903. To “Dear Sir.” “I am afraid that until I have seen the President I cannot settle anything about a lecture. I will let you know when he … [ Read More ]
Price: $2,750 A Partly Printed Contract in which Louis Rocquebrune is engaged by the firm McTavish, McGillivray & Co. and their associates, John Ogilvy and Thomas Thain, “to make the journey both to and from Fort William on the River Kaministiguia; pass through Michilimakinac and go to the Rain Lake, if he is so required … [ Read More ]