“To President Kennedy per your request – here are our hands, our hearts, our votes": Inscribed by Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Harry S. Truman to President John F. Kennedy
Photograph of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson in a three-way handshake, taken on January 20, 1962 at the Grand Staircase, Entrance Hall at the White House. Inscribed by both Johnson and Truman to Kennedy, “To President Kennedy per your request – here are our hands, our hearts, our votes – Lyndon B. Johnson.” Inscribed by Truman “From Harry Truman to a great president, John F. Kennedy, February 19, 1962.” A rare photograph capturing three significant figureheads of the Democratic Party. In fine condition. Photograph by Robert L. Knudsen. From the collection of President Kennedy, later owned by his friend and special assistant, David Powers. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 24 inches. An exceptional piece of history, inscribed by two Presidents to another President.
Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein, taken from Martin Vos’ famous image captured during Rabinadrath Tagore’s 1930 visit to Berlin. Boldly signed by Albert Einstein. Gelatin silver print, a portrait detail from the famed 1930 Martin Vos photograph, taken when Tagore visited Einstein at his home in Berlin on July 14th, 1930. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures An iconic photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: THE WORLD CRISIS, FULL FIRST EDITION SET IN ORIGINAL CLOTH, INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL IN VOLUME V TO THE Ist VISCOUNT BRENTFORD, William Joynson-Hicks
The World Crisis 1911-1914; The World Crisis 1915; The World Crisis 1916-1918 Part One and Part Two; The World Crisis. The Aftermath; The World Crisis. The Eastern Front.
London: Thornton Butterfield, 1923-31.
First British editions of Churchill’s important history of World War I. Octavo, six volumes, original blue cloth. Illustrated throughout with maps and charts. Volume V is inscribed by Churchill to William Joynson Hicks (known to his friends as “Jix”): “Jix from Winston, 1 Mar 1929.” Some bumping to spine ends and a little sporadic foxing here and there. A strong handsome association copy of an important work in Churchill’s extensive catalogue, scarce signed. Errata slips to volumes I and IV present. This comprehensive account of the War is both analytical and on occasions a justification from the author for his part in the proceedings. It is claimed that Churchill suggested this work was “not history, but a contribution to history.” Since its publication both biographers and historians have considered it Churchill’s masterpiece, eclipsing his better-known account ‘The Second World War’; T. E. Lawrence regarded the second volume, 1915, as “far and away the best war-book I’ve yet read.”
“I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE": FIRST EDITION OF AYN RAND'S ATLAS SHRUGGED; INSCRIBED BY HER
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Large octavo, original green cloth, frontispiece stamped in gilt, spine stamped in black and gilt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Daniel Verigen with my sincere appreciation Ayn Rand 1/6/65.” Fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with touch of wear. Dust jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
New York: Random House, 1943.
First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Tim xxx from Roald Dahl 19/6/43 There should be a bowler hat and a tail.” Dahl has added a drawing of a hat and a tail on the gremlin. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed in the year of publication.
"God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race": Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
First edition, early printing of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Martin Luther King Jr. on the front free endpaper. Some rubbing to the cloth, very good in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears.
“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it”: Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
Early printing of Martin Luther King Jr.’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Fujie With Best Wishes and Warm Regards Martin Luther King Jr.” Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
Color photograph of Big Ben Tower, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major and Tony Blair. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.25 inches by 16.25 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
"Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between": First Editions of Each Book In Maya Angelous Autobiography; Each Signed By Her
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Gather Together In My Name, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, The Heart of a Woman, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, A Song Flung Up To Heaven.
New York: Random House, 1969-2002.
First editions, first issues of each volume in Angelou’s acclaimed autobiography series. Octavo, 6 volumes. Each are either signed or inscribed by Maya Angelou. Fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. An exceptional set, uncommon in this condition and signed.