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  • First Edition of Jonathan Edwards' A Dissertation Concerning Liberty And Necessity

    Edwards, Jonathan.

    A Dissertation Concerning Liberty And Necessity; Containing Remarks On The Essays Of Dr. Samuel West.

    Worcester: Leonard Worcester, 1797.

    First edition. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf. In very good condition with two pieces of leather attached to the spine.

    Price: $200.00

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  • First Editions of Frederick Law Olmsted's A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country

    Olmsted, Frederick Law.

    A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country.

    New York: Dixon & Edwards, 1856-1860, 1860.

    First edition, Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. A Journey In The Seaboard Slave states is inscribed by the author to his cousin Charles Olmsted. The cloth has been sympathetically rebacked. The remaining two volumes are in very good condition. Books inscribed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American Landscape Architecture, are rare.

    Price: $2,750.00

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  • "The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender": Proclamation of Nazi Germany’s Surrender; Signed by Harry Truman

    Truman, Harry S.

    A Proclamation.

    Washington, D.C: May 8, 1945.

    Large three-colored broadside of Harry Truman’s Proclamation declaring the surrender of Germany. Signed in ink by Harry Truman. Also included at the lower left is the original 1945 Christmas card from the President and Mrs. Truman and at lower right, the original red, white and blue ribbon. These were presented by the President as gifts for friends. Uncommon, especially with the original Christmas card and ribbon. Matted and framed, which measures 21 inches by 28 inches.

    Price: $15,000.00

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  • First Edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; With an E.W. Kemble Illustration laid in

    Mark Twain) Clemens, Samuel L.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.

    First edition. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth gilt to the spine and front panel. A near fine example with just a touch of rubbing. Laid in is an original pen and ink drawing by E.W. Kemble laid in, titled in pencil in another hand, “The Pirate Chief carries off Sweet Marie,” pin-holes, light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. With “88” on p 13 and “with the was” on p 57. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155, present here), Kevin MacDonnell concludes, “they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process” (“Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers,” Firsts, Vol 8, No 9, Sept 1998, pp 28-35). A very sharp example of this literary highspot.

    Price: $8,200.00

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  • "I have opinions of my own - strong opinions - but I don't always agree with them": First Edition of All the Best; Signed by George Bush

    Bush, George H.W.

    All the Best: My Life in Letters and Other Writings.

    New York: Scribners, 1999.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by President Bush on the title page. Uncommon signed in the book itself, as the former President did not engage in a promotional book tour for this work.

    Price: $475.00

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  • First Edition of Noah Webster's Dictionary

    Webster, Noah.

    American Dictionary of the English Language.

    New York: Published by S. Converse. Printed by Hezekiah Howe, 1828.

    First edition of this landmark work. Quarto, two volumes, bound in full period-style calf, morocco spine label, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panel. In near fine condition, light toning to the text. A very nice example.

    Price: $19,500.00

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  • "SURGICAL ANATOMY IS, TO THE STUDENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, THE MOST ESSENTIAL BRANCH OF ANATOMICAL SCIENCE": Rare First Edition of Gray's Anatomy

    Gray, Henry.

    Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (Gray’s Anatomy).

    Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea, 1859.

    First edition. Quarto, original calf, rebacked. Notations on the front free endpaper by Dr. Winslow Brown, who notes his use of this book during the Civil War at Camp Dennison Hospital, which at one point was administering to 2,300 sick or injured soldiers. His penciled notes on brain size in relation to intelligence on rear blank. A rare first edition of this immensely influential work, with an interesting Civil War-related provenance.

    Price: $4,600.00

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  • "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America": Inscribed By President Clinton To U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles

    Clinton, Bill [William Jefferson].

    Between Hope and History.

    New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1996.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by former President Clinton to Lawton Chiles, the former U.S. Senator and Governor of Florida. The inscription reads, “To Lawton Chiles/ With thanks for/ being a great public/ servant and my friend- Bill Clinton/ 9-5-96.” Clinton association copies of this caliber seldom enter the market.

    Price: $2,250.00

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  • "Guide this nation through eternity...guide this nation through dark + stormy times": Original Campaign Speech from John F. Kennedy’s Campaign With His Notes and Corrections

    Kennedy, John F.

    Campaign Speech.

    St. Louis: 1960.

    Original John F. Kennedy campaign speech with extensive annotations in his hand. This is a reading copy of the speech Kennedy delivered in St. Louis on October 2, 1960. In all, 14 double-spaced pages, with notes in the Presidential candidate’s hand throughout. The speech begins, “Massachusetts and Missouri are closely linked in the history of this republic. Both have been cradles of American freedom.” Quarter, bound in a loose leaf folder, gilt-lettered cover.

    Price: $12,000.00

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  • My dear Husband is better, after several spells of illness during the Winter and Spring. He is not yet well enough to ride out, but my hopes of his recovery revive; autographed letter signed by dolley madison and additionally signed by james madison

    Madison, Dolley & James.

    Dolley Madison Signed Letter.

    1835.

    One page signed letter from Dolley Madison dated May 1, 1835, concerning her husband James Madison’s illness. Also appears to be signed by James Madison on the top right address label. The letter reads, “Long After its date, dear Mrs. Thomas, I had the pleasure to receive your charming note, containing an emblem of constancy which I have carefully put away with other valuables. I must tell you, however, that this magic flower was not necessary to remind us of one, whom we so truly admired, and whose visit with her son, to Montpelier, is a bright gleam in our retrospections. I regret that Mrs. Grymes did not send it before she left our neighborhood, or inform me she had met you in Baltimore., in order that I might have made inquiries after you, your estimable Mother and your Sister, and have learnt from her whether you had left that place or where I should address you, being now at a loses, I shall commit this to our friend, Doctor Dunglison. My dear Husband is better, after several spells of illness during the Winter and Spring. He is not yet well enough to ride out, but my hopes of his recovery revive, even with this small amendment in the state of his health. Will you accept from him and from me, our inited and affectionate salutations? D.P. Madison May 1, 1835.” “Orange C.H. June 5 VA. To the care of Mr. Skinner, P.M. Mrs. Thomas, Baltimore.”

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • “The constitution of our English government is no Arbitrary tyranny”: Rare First Edition of Henry Care's English Liberties: Or, The Free-Born Subject's Inheritance

    Care, Henry.

    English Liberties: Or, The Free-Born Subject’s Inheritance.

    London: Printed by G. Larkin, for Benjamin Harris at the Stationers Arms and Anchoy in the Piazza under the Royal Exchange, 1680.

    First edition. Small octavo, contemporary calf. In excellent condition, with light wear to the crown of the spine. Auction records show that there has not been a first edition offered in the twentieth century. A rare landmark work which significantly influenced the American colonies.

    Price: $17,500.00

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  • APPOINTING FERDINAND PECORA TO THE NEWLY-FORMED SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

    Roosevelt, Franklin & Pecora, Ferdinand.

    Ferdinand Pecora Appointment To The Securities and Exchange Commission by Franklin Roosevelt.

    1934.

    Document signed by Franklin Roosevelt as President, appointing Ferdinand Pecora a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Also signed by Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Matted and framed. A unique piece of political and economic history.

    Price: $8,200.00

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  • Autograph Document Signed By Supreme Court Justice John Marshall

    Marshall, John .

    John Marshall Autograph Document Signed.

    1829.

    Autograph Document Signed by John Marshall as Supreme Court Justice. The document is regarding a real estate transaction and is written in its entirety in Marshall’s hand. It reads, “I have agreed with Mr. George Johnson to cancel the contract I have made with him for the sale and purchase of the tract of land in the manor of lands which I sold to him. The money I have received to be given up by him and all claim to back rents given up by me. I will give him a lease for the land for his life, with the same covenants as in the old lease (as mentioned below). Paying one hundred dollars per annum on the first day of January in each year to commence or the first day of January 1829 and to pay the taxes on the said land. J. Marshall Aug. 22, 1829. If the old lease should not contain a covenant for the preservation of timber and against the sale of it I shall insist on such a covenant I shall stipulate against.” In very good condition with scattered toning. A well presented piece with a photograph of John Marshall and particularly interesting, as many of Marshall’s most unmistakable cases as both attorney and Justice concerned land and land debate. Matted and framed.

    Price: $6,200.00

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  • "Wild Bill was anything but a quarrelsome man yet I have personal knowledge of at least half a dozen men whom he had at various times killed": FIRST EDITION OF LAST OF THE GREAT SCOTTS; Inscribed BY W. F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody

    Wetmore, Helen Cody (William F. Cody).

    Last of the Great Scouts: Life Story of Col. W.F. Cody (Buffalo Bill).

    Chicago: Duluth Press Publishing Company, 1899.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody  on the front free endpaper, “With the compliments of the subject, W.F. Cody “Buffalo Bill” Billings, Mont. Feb. 18th 1900. To Geo. D. Hendrick.” In very good condition with light toning to the spine. Rare signed and inscribed.

    Price: $3,500.00

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  • "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSON’S WRITINGS

    Jefferson, Thomas.

    Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.

    Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co, 1829.

    First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards. With four-page folding facsimile of Jefferson’s manuscript of the Declaration of Independence, and engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I & 4. In near fine condition.

    Price: $4,500.00

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  • Autograph Signed Letter From Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Holmes, Oliver Wendell.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes Autograph Letter Signed.

    1905.

    Autograph letter signed from Oliver Wendell Holmes on Supreme Court letterhead. The letter is to artist Arthur Conrad LeDuc, who sent Holmes a Christmas gift. The letter measures  5 inches by 8 inches. Matted in framed, which measures 19 inches by 20 inches.

    Price: $1,800.00

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  • Finely Framed Signature of Orville Wright

    Wright, Orville.

    Orville Wright Framed Signature.

    Handsome fountain pen signature, ”Orville Wright,” on an off-white card. Double-matted and framed with a photograph of the Wright Brothers’ historic first flight. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 17.5 inches.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.

    Signed Limited edition. One of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 56. Printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press. Photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.

    Price: $7,200.00

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  • Photograph of President Lincoln at the White House Taken March 6, 1865

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Photograph of Abraham Lincoln.

    Washington, D.C.: 1865.

    Albumen photograph. The last known photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken on March 6, 1865, taken on the balcony at the White House. Measures 11 inches by 14 inches mounted on the original frame.

    Price: $4,200.00

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  • INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY TO NATO SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER EUROPE GENERAL LAURIS NORSTAD

    Kennedy, John F.

    Photographs Inscribed by John F. Kennedy.

    Inscribed by John F. Kennedy as President, “For General Norstad With high esteem – appreciation, and very best wishes – January 1963.” A group of 7 gelatin silver prints of President Kennedy awarding the Distinguished Service Medal to General Lauris Norstad. The recipient was NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Matted and framed.

    Price: $9,800.00

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