• Rare Original Ship's Passport; Boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as Secretary of State

    Jefferson, Thomas and James Madison.

    Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Signed Ship’s Passport.


    Original Presidential ship passport signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as Secretary of State. One page partially printed on vellum with beautifully engraved headpiece of a ship and harbor by E. Savage and original wafer Presidential seal, the passport is dated February 1st 1806 and reads in part, “By the President of the United States of America Suffer the Brig Harlequin of New York John S. Doane master or commander of the burden of One Hundred Twenty Seven 13/95. tons or thereabouts, mounted with no guns, navigated with nine men to pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods, and Merchandise without any hindrance, seizure or molestation: the said Brig appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States and to him or them only.” Boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson at the conclusion, “TH. Jefferson” and countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 19.5 inches. An exceptional example.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • Rare Original Photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant; Boldly Signed By Him As President

    Grant, Ulysses S. (Matthew Brady).

    Mathew Brady Ulysses S. Grant Photograph Signed.

    Rare original Mathew Brady photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed by Grant as the 18th President of the United States, “U.S. Grant March 18th 1875.” One of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew B. Brady brought home the reality of the Civil War to the American public with his innovative use of a mobile studio and darkroom to capture thousands of war scenes throughout the Civil War. Brady was also recognized as one of the premier photographic portraitists of the 19th century, taking photographs of numerous celebrities including Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee among others. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 16.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a strong signature signed by Grant during his presidency.

    Price: $18,500.00

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  • First Edition of John F. Kennedy's Profiles In Courage; Inscribed by Him

    Kennedy, John F.

    Profiles In Courage.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.

    First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Butler with my best regards, John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. With a portrait of the recipient laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $12,500.00

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  • “Any man's life, told truly, is a novel": First Edition of Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon; Wallace Stegner's copy with his ownership signature

    Hemingway, Ernest.

    Death in the Afternoon.

    Charles Scribner's Sons: New York, 1932.

    First edition of Hemingway’s early work on bullfighting. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece by Juan Gris. Wallace Stegner’s copy, with his signature to the front free endpaper. Often referred to as “The Dean of Western Writers”, Wallace Stegner taught at both Harvard and Stanford University where he founded the creative writing program; his students included Sandra Day O’Connor, Robert Stone, Ken Kesey, and Larry McMurtry. Stegner’s novel Angle of Repose won him the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and established him as major literary figure. The story of a wheelchair-using historian, Angle of Repose relays the saga of the protagonist’s frontier-era ancestors. Hemingway, too, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1940 triumph For Whom the Bell Tolls, also a historical drama; retelling the story of a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. From the library of Wallace Stegner. An excellent association linking these two great American novelists and Pulitzer Prize-winning writers.

    Price: $4,500.00

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