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  • First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy

    Bishop, Jim (Jacqueline Kennedy).

    A Day in the Life of President Kennedy.

    New York: Random House, 1964.

    First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • Rare Ten Volume Set of Wilson's The History of the American People; Signed by Him

    Wilson, Woodrow.

    A History of the American People: Documentary Edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1918.

    First edition. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in the publisher’s three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, contains numerous plates and illustrations. One of 400 copies, signed by President Wilson on the limitation page.  An excellent set of this scarce edition of Wilson‘s history of the American people, first published in 1902, this expanded edition was published at the start of his second term as President of the United States. Rare.

    Price: $6,500.00

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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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  • Manuscript Note Signed by President abraham lincoln during the civil war

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Abraham Lincoln Autograph Letter Signed.

    1862.

    Manuscript note on an envelope, which reads, “Submitted to Gen. Halleck A. Lincoln Dec. 13, 1862.” The slip measures 2.5 inches by 3.75 inches, the entirety of the slip 2.5 inches by 8.5. inches. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Lincoln. This note was penned by Lincoln on the day of the most intense fighting at the Battle of Fredericksburg. The entire piece measures 12.75 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $9,200.00

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  • "The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press": Inscribed by President Taft to Economist Laurence Laughlin

    Taft, William Howard.

    Address of President Taft At the Banquet of the Lotos Club, New York City, November 16, 1912.

    Washington, D.C: U.S. Govenment Printing Office, 1912.

    First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. Inscribed by the author on the front panel, “For Professor Laurence Laughlin with my compliments William H. Taft January 9, 1913.” The recipient Laurence Laughlin was an was one of the leading economists in America in the early twentieth century and helped to found the Federal Reserve System. Laughlin taught at Harvard University for five years, at Cornell University for two years, and then became the department-head of the new economics department at the University of Chicago from 1892 to 1916. Notably, he appointed many economists with whom he avidly disagreed, such as Thorstein Veblen, to high positions at the university. He was a member of the Indianapolis Monetary Commission, organized in 1897, and prepared its report, one of the important documents in the history of American banking and monetary reform. In fine condition. A nice association.

    Price: $2,500.00

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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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  • Autographed Check From Amelia Earhart to Her Husband

    Earhart, Amelia.

    Amelia Earhart Signed Check.

    Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.

    Price: $2,200.00

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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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  • Signed Photograph of President Calvin Coolidge

    Coolidge, Calvin.

    Calvin Coolidge Signed Photograph.

    Photograph of Calvin Coolidge by Harris & Ewing. Inscribed in the lower border, “To Frederick I. Cox, With regards, Calvin Coolidge.” Blindstamped in the lower left by Harris & Ewing. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 20.25 inches.

    Price: $850.00

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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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  • First Edition of Woodrow Wilson's Congressional Government: A Study in American Poliitics; Signed by Him

    Wilson, Woodrow.

    Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1888.

    First edition of Woodrow Wilson’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Woodrow Wilson Princeton 12 February ’09.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Wilson.

    Price: $3,500.00

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  • Rare Centennial Broadside of the Declaration of Independence

    United States Congress.

    Declaration of Independence Centennial Memorial Broadside.

    New York: James D. McBride, Printed by the Colombian Publishing Company, 1876.

    Rare Centennial Memorial facsimile broadside of the Declaration of Independence. In near fine condition. The document measures 14 inches by 17 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 23 inches. An excellent example.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • Rare Centennial Broadside of the Declaration of Independence

    United States Congress.

    Declaration of Independence Centennial Memorial Broadside.

    New York: James D. McBride, Printed by the Colombian Publishing Company, 1876.

    Rare Centennial Memorial facsimile broadside of the Declaration of Independence. In near fine condition. The document measures 14 inches by 17 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 23 inches. An excellent example.

    Price: $1,500.00

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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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  • Matted and framed Photogrpah of Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Eisenhower, Dwight D.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Signature.

    Photograph portrait of a seated Dwight D. Eisenhower. Signature of President Eisenhower below. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 20 inches. A very nice presentation.

    Price: $975.00

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  • Signed Portrait of General Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Eisenhower, Dwight D.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Photograph.

    Photograph portrait of General Dwight D. Eisenhower inscribed, “For Henry Sage Dunning, A veteran of World World I and a distinguished member of Columbia’s family, with admiration and affectionate regard, Dwight D. Eisenhower.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 19 inches.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • Republican National Convention Program; Signed by President Eisenhower and Numerous other Attendees

    Eisenhower, Dwight D.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Republican National Convention.

    1956.

    Program for the 1956 Republican National Convention in San Francisco, August 20, 1956, signed on the front and back by numerous attendees, including a signature of President Eisenhower. Other signers include: Iowa Governor Leo Hoegh; Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr.; South Dakota Governor Joe Foss; California Senator Thomas Kuchel; New Jersey Senator Howard Alexander Smith; Delaware Senator John J. Williams; Ohio Senator George H. Bender; New Jersey Senator Clifford P. Case; and numerous others. In very good with light toning. A unique piece signed by President Eisenhower and many of those responsible for helping his reelection campaign. Double matted and framed with a photograph of the 1956 Republican Convention. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 25.5 inches. A unique piece.

    Price: $2,000.00

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