League of Nations
Signed menu card, 4 x 6,25 inch, Geneva, 20.09.1935, in French, menu card for a dinner held at the Hotel Beau-Rivage`, signed in pencil to both sides by over 30 individuals, mainly politicians and diplomats etc., most associated with the League of Nations - including Aga Khan III (1877-1957, Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims 1885-1957. The Aga Khan was one of the founders and first President of the All-India Muslim League, served as President of the League of Nations from 1937-38 and was also instrumental in the creation of Pakistan) and his third wife Andree Josephine Carron, Anthony Eden (1897-1977, British Prime Minister 1955-57, Minister without Portfolio for League of Nations Affairs 1935), Stanley Bruce (1883-1967, Prime Minister of Australia 1923-29, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1933 and an influential figure within the League of Nations during the 1930s), Eamon de Valera (1882-1975, Taoiseach of Ireland 1932-37 (as President of the Executive Council), 1937-48, 1951-54 & 1957-59. President of Ireland 1959-73), Yan Huiqing (1877-1950, W. W. Yen, Premier of the Republic of China 1921, 1922, 1924 & 1926, and Acting President of the Republic of China, 1926), Hilda Yen (1906-1970, Chinese Diplomat & Aviator), Henry Berenger (1867-1952, French Writer & Politician), William Strang (1893-1978, British Diplomat, a leading adviser to the British Government from the 1930s-50s), Florence Horsbrugh (1889-1969, Scottish Politician), Herbrand Sackville (1900-1976, 9th Earl De La Warr, British Politician), Leslie Burgin (1887-1945, British Politician) etc., with scattered mild signs of wear - in fine to very fine condition. The present menu was signed at the height of the Abyssinia Crisis, a culmination of the ongoing conflict between the Kingdom of Italy and the Empire of Ethiopia. The League of Nations ruled against Italy and voted for economic sanctions, although these were never fully applied and ignored by Italy, who quit the League. Italy proceeded to make special deals with Great Britain and France and ultimately established control of Abyssinia. The crisis discredited the League of Nations and moved Fascist Italy closer to an alliance with Nazi Germany.
|Profession||The first worldwide intergovernmental organisation whose principal mission was to maintain world peace|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||4 x 6,25|
|Condition||fine to very fine|
|Type of Autograph||cards / album pages|