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William Rehnquist Supreme Court oversized photograph signed by all nine justices. Group portrait taken on the occasion of the investiture of William Rehnquist being elevated to Chief Justice, and Antonin Scalia's investiture. Signed by John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, William H. Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and Harry A. Blackmun. The photograph, 13 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed to an overall size of 21 inches by 23 inches.
Price: $5,200.00 Item Number: 48050
Patinated bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln by George Bissell, one of only three commissioned by Ralph Newman for THE USS AL. Boldly signed by the artist in the back Geo. E. Bissell Sc. George Bissell was an important American sculptor working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He produced two full length statues of Lincoln: one in Edinburgh and one in Clermont, Iowa. According to the letter from Lincoln College Curator Paul Beaver, the present item is one of three copies made from the school's original Bissell bronze bust of Lincoln by the Van Dyke Galleries of Chicago…
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 131044
Rare 1976 Series Two Dollar Bill; signed by American Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence
Washington, D.C: United States Treasury, 1976.
Rare two dollar bill signed by American astronaut and the second man to land on the moon, Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 10.5 inches by 5.75 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117394
Wapakoneta, Ohio: Blume High School Class of 1947, 1947.
Rare Blume High School Class of 1947 yearbook, signed by Neil Armstrong as a graduating senior. Quarto, original leatherette. Signed by Neil Armstrong beneath his senior portrait on page 12 of the yearbook. Armstrong is also featured in a number of additional photographs throughout the book: on page 44 as a Band Officer, page 52 as a member of the Senior Hi-Y group, and on page 57 as a member of the School Council. In near fine condition. A rare piece offering a unique first-hand glimpse into the early scholastic achievements of the first man to set foot on the…
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 122684
Fine collection of autograph letters and cards signed by a number of prominent 19th and 20th century American clergymen including Henry Ward Beecher, Henry van Dyke, Charles Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody
Extensive collection of over forty cards and letters signed by a number of prominent 19th and 20th century American Clergymen including Henry Ward Beecher, Henry van Dyke, Charles Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody. The collection includes: an autograph letter dated January 25 1866 signed by Henry War Beecher; four typed letters and on autograph letter signed by Henry van Dyke between October and November 1912; a card signed by Dwight L. Moody; a card dated November 14 1887 signed by William Taylor; a card dated March 6 1874 signed by Charles H. Parkhurst; a card signed by Russell Conwell dated…
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 126098
"To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone": Scarce Amicus Brief issued for the historic 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education
In the Supreme Court of the United States October Term, 1952. Oliver Brown, Mrs. Richard Lawton, Mrs. Sadie Emmanuel v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.
New York: Bar Press Inc., 1952.
Scarce Amicus brief issued for the historic 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled racial segregation in American schools to be unconstitutional. Octavo, original wrappers, rebacked with a tape repair. Invery good condition. Scarce, OCLC locates only a single copy held by the Kansas State Historical Society.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 135377
Rare thirty-eight star American flag from the collection of Civil War Union Army General Joshua Chamberlain Union General Joshua Chamberlain
Rare thirty-eight star American flag from the collection of Civil War Union Army General Joshua Chamberlain. The thirty-eight star flag was in use between July 4, 1877 when the state of Colorado was admitted into the Union as the 38th state and July 4, 1890 when North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Idaho were admitted as the 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, and 43rd states. Printed on cloth, the flag is stamped, "Mountfort Post Maine Dept." Union General Joshua Chamberlain served in the 20th Regiment of the Maine Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and belonged to to Grand Army of the…
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 137247
Rare electoral ticket from the 1861 Confederate States presidential election. 16mo, one page, printed. The sample ballot heralds Jefferson Davis for President, Alexander Stephens for Vice President, a representative for the state at large and some local districts. In near fine condition. Ownership inscription to the verso.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 132575
Fine collection of pieces related to the capture of Jefferson Davis near Irwinville, Georgia on May 10, 1865. The collection includes an original carte-de-visite of Davis's captor, Colonel B.J. Pritchard; a calling card signed by Pritchard; a cabinet card of "The Only Photo in the Word of the Exact Spot where Hon. Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy, was captured May 10th, 1865, by Fourth Michigan Cavalry, near Irwinville, Irwin county, Ga. Taken and copyrighted December 31st 1894, by J.H. Harris, Tifton, Berrien county, Ga."; a first edition of Edwin M. Stanton's Letter of the Secretary of War, Communicating, In compliance…
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 132583
The Civil War pocket diary of Assistant Surgeon Robert P. Davis, 84th Indiana Regiment. 16mo, original wrappers, the diary is printed with blank three days per page, entries have been recorded intermittently beginning on January 1, 1863 and include brief accounts of skirmishes at Resaca, Hooker's rescue of the Indiana Regiment and reports of duties and the diarist's own illness: May 27: “I am on duty at the Hospital handing instruments for amputation.” The next day: “At same duty as yesterday.” June 1: the sick and wounded are moved to a more permanent hospital and their field tents are moved…
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 132395
Rare Scientific Pamphlet Collection compiled during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1938 Smithsonian-sponsored scientific expedition to the Galapagos islands; six signed and inscribed by him
City of Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1939-1942.
First editions of ten botanical and zoological pamphlets published as a result of collections and investigations made during Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Cruise of 1938 to the Galapo, six being presentation copies inscribed and signed "FDR" on the front wrapper. Octavo, ten pamphlets, original brown printed paper wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copies, 6 pamphlets are signed and inscribed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 5 to his friend and long-time colleague in combating polio, Basil "Doc" O'Connor. The pamphlets include: Flowering Plants Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Ellsworth P. Killip, May 27, 1939), inscribed. "R.T. McI From F.D.R."; Two New Gobioid…
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 123500
Philadelphia: Published by F. W. Thomas, 1852.
Rare first edition of Goepp's criticism of Kossuth. Octavo, bound in full cloth. Deaccessioned from the Library of Congress with the library's bookplate and stamp to the pastedown. In good condition. Rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 131558
Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1787.
First Worcester edition of the famed fable. 16mo, original wrappers, illustrated with 8 engraved plates, terminal advertisements. In very good condition. From the library of noted collector and philanthropist Estelle Doheny with her bookplate to the folding chemise case. Housed in a custom full morocco and folding chemise case.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 133024
Rare frosted glass bust of the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison. Mounted on a hollow glass pedestal. In near fine condition. The bust measures 5.5 inches in height. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches in height.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 135664
Fine porcelain bust of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. Parian porcelain mounted on a marble base. In fine condition. The bust measures 28.25 inches in height. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 123933
Scarce 1792 printing of An Act to extend the Time limited for settling the Accounts of the United States with the Individual States; signed by Thomas Jefferson
Second Congress of the United States: At the First Session, begun and held at the City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on Monday the twenty-fourth of October one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one. An Act to extend the Time limited for settling the Accounts of the United States with the Individual States.
Philadelphia: Childs & Swaine, 1792.
Scarce printing of an early United States law providing for the funding of the national debt, signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Folio, one page. The document, which also carries the printed signatures of President George Washington, Vice President John Adams, and House Speaker Jonathan Trumbull, was approved January 23, 1792. Individual acts and bills of the first Congresses were routinely printed for public consumption. A provision was made, however, to print a few copies of each act for dissemination to the states, and to have each copy signed by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. One of the…
Price: $82,000.00 Item Number: 125388
Rare mid-19th century engraved copper plaque replicating John Trumbull's celebrated oil painting, Declaration of Independence. Engraved "The Declaration of Independence. Congress 4th July 1776 Philadelphia." Housed in the original elaborately carved frame with the original paper label listing the sitters' names. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 126940
"One of the best-written and convincing pieces in the Anti-Federalist canon": Rare First Edition of Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government from the Federal Farmer to the Republican
Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government, Proposed by the Late Convention; and to Several Essential and Necessary Alterations in it. In a Number of Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican.
New York: 1787.
Rare first edition of the definitive and most important work in the Anti-Federalist canon; the antithesis of the The Federalist Papers. Octavo, bound in the original calf over original boards with six raised bands, edges speckled red. In very good condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $72,000.00 Item Number: 106800
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1866.
First edition of Frederic Cushman Newhall's Civil War memoir. Octavo, original cloth, tissue-guarded frontispiece, folding map. In good condition. Ownership name. Rare.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 132434
The American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol during the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama
The American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol during the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. Flag, housed in the original box. Accompanied by a presentation certificate from Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers. In near fine condition.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 132991
Rare scrapbook from the collection of Marie Prince, documenting her tenure at The Westover preparatory school for girls in the early 1940s. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco, the scrapbook contains several letters, notes, and large format photographs. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 116294
"It is time to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict": Rare Original Program from the Ceremony for the Signing of the Israel-Palestinian Agreement; signed by Yitzhak Rabin, Abba Eban, Shimon Peres, Maya Angelou and many others
[RABIN, Yitzhak; Shimon Peres; Gad Yaacobi; Samuel R. Berger; Aharan Barak; Elie Wiesel; Abba Eban; Maya Angelou; et al.
Original program from the ceremony for the signing of the 1993 Israel-Palestinian Agreement, signed by Yitzhak Rabin and a number of other world leaders and cultural figures present at the historic event. Octavo, original stiff wrappers with gilt Great Seal of the United States to the front panel. Signed on the front panel by Yitzhak Rabin (Prime Minister of Israel) and Gad Yaacobi (Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations); signed on the title page by Samuel R. (Sandy) Berger (National Security Advisor to President Clinton); Aharan Barak (President of the Supreme Court of Israel) and Elie Wiesel (writer, activist, Nobel…
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 126308
"As you may have seen by the newspapers, I am about to raise a Coloured Regiment in Massachusetts. This I cannot but regard as perhaps the most important corps to be organized during the whole war": First edition of Robert Gould Shaw's Memorial
Cambridge: University Press, 1864.
First edition of this scarce volume dedicated to the commander of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Robert Gould Shaw, with contributions by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Lloyd Garrison, Edwin M. Stanton, and James Russell Lowell and with extracts from Colonel Shaw's letters. Octavo, original publisher's half leather over red boards with gilt titles to the spine, tipped in tissue-guarded oval carte-de-visite frontispiece of Shaw. In very good condition. Scarce, with only a handful of copies having appeared at auction in the last century.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 126433
First edition of the Report of General George B. McClellan on the Organization of the Army of the Potomac
Letter of The Secretary of War, Transmitting Report on the Organization of the Army of the Potomac, and of Its Campaigns in Virginia and Maryland, Under the Command of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, From July 26, 1861, to November 7, 1862.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1864.
First edition of Stanton's official report on the organization and campaigns of the Army of the Potomac. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 132804
John Van Buren's first edition copy of The Constitutions of the United States and State of New-York and Articles of Confederation; with his ownership signature
The Constitutions of the United States and State of New-York and Articles of Confederation; Together with the Rules and Orders, Standing Committees, List of Members of the Senate and Assembly for 1831, List of Counties, &c. &c. &c.
Albany: Printed by Croswell and Can Benthuysen, 1831.
John van Buren's first edition copy of this early American government handbook. 16 mo, bound in full morocco for Van Buren with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, illustrated with 3 folding plates and 3 folding maps including: a folding map of the City of Troy (with manuscript notes locating landmarks), folding floor plan of the assembly; small hand-colored folding map of the city of Albany, folding floor plan of the assembly , small folding floor plan of the Senate chamber , large hand-colored folding "Map of the State of New York and the Surrounding Country," by David H. Burr, dated 1829. With John van Buren's ownership signature to the pastedown, "John van Buren's book." In…
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 134298
"linking America's two most renowned Founding Fathers": George Washington's Gold Frame Spectacles; given by him to Alexander Hamilton; with a letter of provenance signed by and entirely in the hand of Edward Stevens and a note of provenance signed by Hamilton's Granddaughter-in-law
President George Washington's 18th century gold frame spectacles; gifted by him to his protégé Alexander Hamilton. The spectacles are housed in a custom period iron case. Accompanied by an autograph letter of provenance signed and entirely in the hand of one of Hamilton's closest friends since childhood, American physician and diplomat Edward Stevens, which reads in full, "The Subscriber hereby certifies, that he recollects the circumstances of General Hamilton's having made a present to General Walterstorff during his Residence in Philadelphia of a Pair of Glasses, or Spectacles, which had been the Property of General Washington the President of the…
Price: $95,000.00 Item Number: 134081
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the…
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684
"First in War, first in Peace, and first in the Hearts of His Countrymen": Exceedingly Rare First Appearance in Print of Washington's Funeral Oration
A Funeral Oration in Honor of the Memory of George Washington. Late General of the Armies of the United States.
Philadelphia: Hall & Sellers, January 15, 1800.
Exceedingly rare first appearance in print of Washington's Funeral Oration, featured on the front page of the Wednesday, January 15 1800 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette. Folio, four pages, the headline reads, "A Funeral Oration in Honor of the Memory of George Washington. Late General of the Armies of the United States. Prepared and Delivered at the Request of Congress, at the German Lutheran Church, on Thursday, the 26th of December, By Major-General Henry Lee, One of the Representatives from the State of Virginia." Washington's eulogy was delivered by Major-General Henry Lee to both Houses of Congress and a crowd…
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 126803
Original swatch from Martha Washington's white silk wedding dress, given by her as a gift to Mrs. Alexander Hamilton and handed down through generations of the Hamilton family
Original swatch from Martha Washington's white silk wedding dress, given by her as a gift to Mrs. Alexander Hamilton, Elizabeth, and handed down through generations of the Hamilton family. The silk swatch measures roughly 2.75 inches by 2 inches, mounted on a stiff paper card inscribed in pencil on the verso, "A bit of Martha Washington's wedding dress Wh. was Mrs. Alex Hamilton's" in the hand of Hamilton's granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Allan McLane Hamilton, and from her collection. Hamilton’s grandson, Allan McLane Hamilton was a prominent psychiatrist and founded the New York Psychiatric Society. In 1910, he published The Intimate Life…
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 134228
Cambridge: John Bartlett, 1852.
First edition of Pringle's pro-slavery tract. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front panel, "Mr. Norton With respects of the Author." In near fine condition. Scarce signed.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 109012
Complete first edition set of John Abbott's The History of the Civil War in America; from the library of Wisconsin politician John Fox Potter
The History of the Civil War in America; Comprising a Full and Impartial Account of the Origin and Progress of the Rebellion. of the Various Naval and Military Engagements, of the Heroic Deeds Performed by Armies and Individuals. And of the Touching Scenes in the Field, the Camp, the Hospital, and the Cabin.
Springfield, Mass.: Published by Gurdon Bill, 1863-1866.
First editions of both volumes in Abbott's history of the American Civil War. Octavo, two volumes, original publisher's deluxe full morocco with gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, illustrated with maps, diagrams, and numerous steel engravings of battle scenes from original designs by Darley, and other eminent artists, and portraits of distinguished men including tissue-guarded frontispieces of Lincoln and Grant. From the library of Wisconsin Congressman John F. Potter with his gift inscription to vol. I and ownership name to vol. II. Nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge John Fox Potter was elected to the United States…
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 133065
Washington, D.C.: Privately Printed at the Press of J. H. Furst Co. Baltimore, 1910.
First edition of Adams' classic treatise on education. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Henry Adams at the conclusion of the introduction. From the library of Charles H. Rammelkamp, Jr. with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Charles H. Rammelkamp, Jr. was an American scientist and physician. He discovered that streptococcus can cause rheumatic fever and nephritic syndrome, for which, he received the Lasker Award. He was a longtime professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In near fine condition. Bookplate. A nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 131944
"The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable": Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty
Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty and its precedence over international alliances. Sixteen pages, entirely in the hand of John Adams and written on both the recto and verso of each page, the letter is dated January 9, 1809 and addressed to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Joseph Bradley Varnum. Although France and America shared a strong alliance which proved crucial to winning the Revolutionary War, at the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, Washington's fear that American involvement would…
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 121560
The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse Delivered at the Request of the New York Historical Society, in the City of New York, on Tuesday, the 30th of April, 1789.
New York: Published by Samuel Colman, 1839.
First edition of John Quincy Adams' powerful speech—“one of Adams' best”—delivered at the request of the New York Historical Society on the 50th Anniversary of Washington’s Inauguration. Octavo, original wrappers, frontispiece and half-title. In very good condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 126793
Chicago: Hull House, 1929.
Rare original letter signed and entirely in the hand of Jane Addams, presented with an original photograph also signed by her. On Hull House letterhead, the letter reads, "My dear Mr. Miller, I am very glad to send you one of my books... Faithfully yours Jane Addams May 2d 1929." In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 110808
First edition of Ronnie and Nancy: A Very Special Love Story; signed by both Ronald and Nancy Reagan
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1985.
First edition of Adler's account of one of America's great romances, inscribed by Ronald Reagan as President and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Octavo, original half-cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ronald and signed by Nancy Reagan on the half-title page, "To Preston Long - with our appreciation and warmest friendship. Nancy & Ronald Reagan Jan. 27 1986." The recipient, Preston H. Long, was a supporter of Reagan and was appointed by Reagan as a Member of the American Battle Monuments Commission in July of the year the present volume was inscribed. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design…
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 114871
“The Body of Benjamin FRANKLIN Printer, Like the Covering of an Old Book Its contents torn out and stript of its Lettering and Gilding, Lies Here, Food for Worms": Scarce first edition of Nathaniel Ames' 1771 Almanack, containing the first known printing of Benjamin Franklin's famous epitaph
Boston: Printed and Sold by the Printers and Booksellers, .
First edition of Nathaniel Ames' 1771 Almanack, containing the first known printing of "the most famous of American epitaphs" (Mark Van Doren). 12mo, original wrappers stitched as issued. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and half morocco slipcase. An exceptional example of this scarce early almanac.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 125283
Life-size sculpture of the head of George Washington, after the famed Houdon bust of George Washington of 1785. Plaster, the piece measures 11.5 inches by 9 inches and is attributed to American portraitist Ronald Lee Anderson who likely sculpted the work as an exercise as a college student. French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon was revered for his life-like portrayals of numerous notable eighteenth-century philosophers, inventors, and political figures including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Napoléon Bonaparte, and George Washington. In 1784, the Virginia General Assembly commissioned a statue of George Washington "to be of the finest marble and the…
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 121908
The Works of Aristotle, The Famous Philosopher In Four Parts Containing His Complete Masterpiece: Displaying the Secrets of Nature in the Generation of Man.
New England: Printed for the Proprietor, 1813.
New edition of this early New England printing of the works of Aristotle. Octavo, bound in full period calf, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, illustrated with four woodcut engravings. In very good condition.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 133429
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline "Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous", a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong's famous quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Articles featured on the front page include, "Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon", "Kennedy Charged in Crash", and "Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM." In very good condition. Double matted and framed.…
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117764
Original NASA photograph of the Apollo 14 Mission launch; signed by viewers Spiro Agnew and Neil Armstrong
Official NASA photograph of the VIP grandstand at the Apollo 14 viewing site at Launch Complex 39 on January 31st 1971. Signed by both legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong and the 39th Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew. Both are shown seated in the grandstand with Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia of Spain beneath the American and Spanish flags. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 15 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100438
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902.
First edition of the first novel in the author's California series. Octavo, original cloth elaborated stamped in gilt, illustrated by Harrison Fisher. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 116833
The Great Treason Plot in the North During the War. Most Dangerous, Perfidious, Extensive and Startling Plot Ever Devised! Imminent Hidden Perils of the Republic. Astounding Developments Never Before Published.
Chicago: U.S. Publishing Co, n.d..
Early printing of Ayer's Civil War account. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. In good condition.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 132537
Rare first edition of the first volume in Adam Badeau's important Military History of Ulysses S. Grant, From April, 1861, to April, 1865
New York: Appleton and Company, 1868.
First edition of the first volume in Badeau's important “eyewitness estimation of Grant’s performance during the war", the second and third volumes of which were published several years later. Octavo, original cloth, tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Grant, illustrated with 17 maps, one folding. In very good condition. Period ownership inscriptions. Rare.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 135243
First edition of Badeau's important military history of Ulysses S. Grant; with three autograph letters signed by Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan verifying the merit of its content bound in
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881.
First edition of Badeau's important “eyewitness estimation of Grant’s performance during the war,” with three autograph letters signed by the three most prominent Union Army Generals of the Civil War (Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan) verifying the merit of its content bound in. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco with gilt titles to the spine, marbled endpapers, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Grant from a photograph by Gurney & Son. From the library of John C. Work with a gift inscription to him from his son to the front free endpaper. In his later work…
Price: $55,000.00 Item Number: 126037
First edition of Clara Barton's The Story of My Childhood; inscribed by her to her lifelong companion, assistant and the first American Red Cross Field Agent, Julian Hubbell's niece Lena Hubbell Chamberlain
New York: The Baker & Taylor Co., 1907.
First edition of the founder of the American Red Cross, American Civil War nurse Clara Barton's childhood memoirs. 12mo, original publisher's full red sheep with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, frontispiece portrait of Barton. Presentation copy, inscribed by Barton on the half-title page, "To Lena Hubbell Chamberlin [sic], in the truth that maketh free. A simple story simply told, but such as it is will one dear Lena accept it with the heart hove of Clara Barton Glen Echo February 8th 1910." The recipient, Lena Hubbell Chamberlain, was the niece of Dr. Julian Hubbell, Barton's long time…
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 122994
Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1911.
First edition of Captain Robert Beecham's Civil War memoir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, folding map. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 132149
Rare archive of autograph letters, photographs, and commemorative stamp folios from the collection of former United States Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Millard Bentsen. The archive includes a photograph of Bentsen with Jimmy Carter, inscribed by Carter to him, "Thanks & best wishes to my good friend Lloyd Bentsen - Jimmy Carter 2-21-80", two autograph letters and one typed letter signed by Lady Bird Johnson to Bentsen and his wife Beryl Ann thanking them for recent visits to the LBJ ranch, an autograph note signed by Kitty Dukakis regarding Lloyd Sr.'s passing, two commemorative stamp folios with autograph notes laid…
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 119532
Deeds of Valor: How America’s Heroes Won the Medal of Honor. A History of Our Country’s Recent Wars In Personal Reminiscences and Records of Officers and Enlisted Men Who Were Rewarded by Congress for Most Conspicuous Acts of Bravery on the Battle-Field, on the High Seas and in Arctic Explorations.
Detroit: The Perrien-Keydel Company, 1903.
First edition of Duffield's richly illustrated compilation of biographies and stories related to recipients of the Medal of Honor. Quarto, 2 volumes, original cloth, patterned endpapers, profusely illustrated with chromolithographic frontispieces and plates. In very good condition. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 132381
Rosecrans’ Campaign with the Fourteenth Army Corps, of the Army of the Cumberland: A Narrative of Personal Observations, with a Appendix, Consisting of Official Reports of the Battle of Stone River.
Cincinnati: Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co, Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co..
First edition of William Dennison Bickham's Civil War memoir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. In good condition. Ex-library.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 132443
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin's Country Builder's Assistant' published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
Boston: George M. Smith & Co, 1887.
First edition of Billings' classic Civil War memoir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with six color plates and over two hundred sketches by Charles W. Reed. In very good condition. First editions are rare.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 132819
First edition of Randolph Caldecott: A Personal Memoir of His Early Art Career; from the library of Woodrow Wilson with his ownership signature
New York: George Routledge & Sons, 1886.
First American edition of Blackburn's biography of famed British illustrator Randolph Caldecott; from the library of Woodrow Wilson with his ownership signature. Octavo, original publisher's cloth decorated in gilt, with one hundred and seventy two illustrations, frontispiece portrait of Caldecott. Signed by Woodrow Wilson on the title page. One of the most influential children's book illustrators of nineteenth century, British artist Randolph Caldecott published 16 picture books throughout his career, including The House that Jack Built (1878), John Gilpin (1878), The Three Jovial Huntsman (1880), and The Great Panjandrum Himself (1885). The Caldecott Medal, first proposed by Frederic G. Melcher…
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 125249
Collection of Four Supreme Court Ruling Pamphlets; signed by justices Harry A. Blackmun, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and David Souter
Washington, D.C.: 1991-2015.
Rare collection of four typescript Supreme Court ruling pamphlets signed by Harry A. Blackmun (Diane Griffin v. United States: December 3, 1991), David Souter (William "Sky King v. St. Vincent's Hospital: December 16, 1991), Stephen Breyer (Kingsley v. Hendrickson et al: June 22, 2015), and Elena Kagan (Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment: June 22, 2015). In fine condition. A fine collection of signatures offering first-hand insight into each justice's manner of reasoning.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 122987
Pictorial National Records: Embracing Descriptions of European and Asiatic Nations: A Statistical View of the United States of America; and a History of the Great Rebellion.
Columbus, Ohio: Gilmore and Brush, 1863-1866.
Complete first edition set of Blake's scarce history of the American Civil War. Quarto, two volumes, original publisher's gull morocco, elaborately decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, illustrated. In good condition. A rare complete set of this scarce work, far more rare than Blake's better-known History of Slavery and the Slave Trade.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 133068
Cambridge: Welch, Bigelow, and Company, 1987.
First edition of the Constitution published for the bicentennial of its adoption in 1787. Octavo, original wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by Daniel Boorstin on the title page, "For Bill and Helene with love from Dan Sept 7, 1987." The recipient, William Safire was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter and a close friend of the then Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin. Safire joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew. He authored several political columns in addition to his…
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 127627