Inscribed & Signed Photograph of Guglielmo Ferrero (18711942), New York, May 2, 1931. The 5¾" x 9½" photo is inscribed to former New York congressman Seymour Halpern, a lifelong autograph collector. Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed from Ferrero to Halpern. Ferrero, an Italian man of letters and famous historian. With his father-in-law, the criminologist Cesare Lombroso, he collaborated in the writing of La donna delinquente (1893, tr. The Female Offender, 1895). His interest in psychology and sociology permeates his writings. An outspoken critic of Fascism, Ferrero was exiled by Benito Mussolini and became (1930) Professor of History at the Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland, where he died. Among his numerous works the best-known deal with Roman history, notably The Greatness and Decline of Rome (5 vol., 19027, tr. 19079). His Geneva lectures, held on Thursday afternoons every week from 1931 to 1942, filled the biggest hall at the university with listeners who well knew that they were hearing not only the research of a master historian but the diagnosis of Europe's heightening political fever of militarism and tyranny.