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Rare 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team Signed Baseball; signed by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and many other members of the legendary team
Rare OAL Reach baseball signed by 21 members of the 1951 New York Yankees World Series Championship Team including four Hall of Famers. Signed by Joe DiMaggio on the sweetspot; Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Bobby Brown, Charlie Silvera, Joe Ostrowski, Hank Bauer, and Allie Reynolds on the east panel; Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Sain, and Jim Turner on the west panel; Johnny Mize, Stubby Overmire, Gene Woodling, and Casey Stegnel on the north panel; and Jerry Coleman, Spec Shea, Gil McDougald, Tom Morgan, Joe Collins, Frankie Crosetti, and Tommy Henrich on the south panel. In near fine condition, an exceptional example featuring an impressive array of signatures from one of the Yankees’ most legendary teams, with the Joe DiMaggio signature particularly strong.
Autograph quote signed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. The quote reads, “Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. I could not but feel with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around me, not only that of men but that of the whole creation. From this community of suffering I have never tried to withdraw myself. It seemed to me a matter of course that we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world.” Signed by Schweitzer beneath the quote. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Schweitzer. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17.5 inches. A unique example, rare and desirable signed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Photograph of Albert Schweitzer, signed “Albert Schweitzer 1949. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 9.5 inches.
Rare Original Alex Haley Roots Manuscript; Lengthily Annotated by Haley and Accompanied by Photographs from the Haley Estate
Rare original typescript manuscript leaf from an early draft of Alex Haley’s Roots, “the most highly acclaimed book of our time” (Washington Post). Double matted with a large full-color photograph from Haley’s estate taken in the tiny village of Juffure in northern Gambia where Haley first met his African relatives of the Kinte clan in 1967 including the griot whose stories were one of the inspirations for the Roots. The photograph shows The GriotKebba Banga Fofana speaking about the Kinte clan’s ancestral oral history. The manuscript reads in part, “Within the next ten minutes there, the news had every adult congratulating “Chicken George” for hacing maneuvered such an opportunity for his talented twelve year old Tom.” Haley has made numerous corrections to this portion of the text and added several paragraphs in his hand. In near fine condition.
Rare Original Alex Haley Roots Manuscript; Lengthily Annotated by Haley and Accompanied by Photographs from the Haley Estate
Rare original typescript manuscript leaf from an early draft of Alex Haley’s Roots, “the most highly acclaimed book of our time” (Washington Post). Double matted with two large full-color photographs from Haley’s estate taken in the tiny village of Juffure in northern Gambia where Haley first met his African relatives of the Kinte clan including the griot whose stories were one of the inspirations for the Roots. The manuscript reads in part, “He don’t travel nowhere in dat coach of his’n dats pulled by matching chestnut colored hosses, Lawd. An dat coach don’t roll widout his liquor chest dat look jes’ like any other suitcase.” Haley has made numerous corrections to this portion of the text and added several paragraphs in his hand. In near fine condition.
Autograph letter signed, “Alexandre Dumas,” to Martin d’Oisy, in French, requesting a copy of the letter from Louis Philippe to King Charles X, including any deletions One page with integral address leaf. Matted and framed with an original carte-de-visite of Dumas. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 18 inches.
Original carte-de-visite of famed author Alexandre Dumas. In near fine condition. The carte-de-visite measures 2.5 by 4 inches.
New York: 1795.
Rare autographed letter signed by Alexander Hamilton regarding books missing from his law library. One page, the letter is addressed on the verso to Hamilton’s personal friend and fellow lawyer Richard Varick. The letter reads, “New York June 16 1795 I beg the favour of you to cause a search to be made in your office for books belonging to me, and if any are found to send them to me. Inclosed [sic] is a list of books which I miss – There may be others of which I have neither minute or recollection – but believe my name will be written in any that belong to me. I am sir your very obedt. servt A Hamilton.” Accompanied is a list of Hamilton’s missing books titled “Deficient books of Mr. Hamilton’s Law Library” which includes volumes by Strange, Burrows, Wilson, and Buller. The recipient, Richard Varick served as the second Attorney General of New York from 1784 to 1789 and the 45th Mayor of New York City from 1789 to 1801. As Mayor, Varick focused on the yellow fever epidemics which struck repeatedly and revised the statutes of New York with fellow lawyer Samuel Jones. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Hamilton. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 13 inches.
Five page autographed letter signed by Allen Ginsberg. (“Ginsberg” with a long-stemmed daisy drawings), February 10, 1971, 12pm, Cherry Valley, New York. To the Symphony School, Mr. Loratz (Special Events Secretary), and Students. The American poet lists his “favorite musical compositions accumulated in ear/mind” – including specific works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, “Prajnaparamita Sutra … which will turn everyone on … Hare Krishna Mantra … Fugs record on which I sang, or George Harrison’s recent ‘My Sweet Lord’ … Scott Joplin – Maple Leaf Rag … Bessie Smith … Ray Charles … Opera. Bertol Bracht / Kurt Weil Magahony … Some Versions of Rolling Stones’ Lets Spend the Night Together,” four Beatles hits, “J. Lennon – Give Peace a Chance … Bob Dylan …,” and others. Together with the original email addressed by Ginsberg to the teacher and school named above in La Crosse, Wisconsin, printed perpendicularly at the left edge “CIA Conspiracy / Trial Office!,” and “Free John, Pun & Jack!” along the bottom. A month prior to this letter, Ginsberg testified in pretrial hearings in Detroit for three members of the White Panther Party charged in the September 29, 1968, bombing of a CIA office in Ann Arbor: John Sinclair, John W. Forrest and Lawrence “Pun” Plamodon. The envelope used by Ginsberg to send the present letter was printed by the defense. In near fine condition.
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: First American Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population; with a clipping from an original manuscript signed by him laid in
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occasions.
Washington: Printed and Published by Roger Chew Weightman, 1809.
First American edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, red and black morocco spine labels, gilt titles. Previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper, “An application was made to Bishop Watson to answer this book on the grounds that it discouraged benevolence. He declined, excusing himself, however unfavorably saying that he saw its object was to prove that population could not increase beyond the level of rules of self-evident truth. A much better employment would have been to discover means of resistance that might supply the increasing wants of the population.” Bishop Richard Watson served as the Bishop of Llandaff from 1782 to 1816 and published a number of political pamphlets contributing to the Revolution Controversy regarding the fundamental politics of the French Revolution. Watson corresponded with and published several counterarguments to the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Robert Malthus among others. In very good condition with some browning to the text as usual, sporadic foxing. Laid in is a clipping from an original manuscript signed by Malthus and entirely in his hand which reads in part, “If at one time such a given product would make an effectual demand for certain commodities the conditions of the supply of which are supposed to remain the same, it would immediately cease to make such effectual.” Signed by Malthus in the lower right corner. The verso features two further partial lines of text relating to supply and demand. The clipping is in near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Original patent executed and signed by Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. Two folio vellum leaves. Engraved vignette header, embossed paper seal with ribbons, ribbon bound. Signed by President Andrew Jackson on April 3rd 1835. Countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsythe and Attorney General Benjamin F. Butler. The patent is issued to “Elisha Holton, a citizen of the United States, who hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the construction of a grist mill.” The second page contains a lengthy hand-written description of the construction and design of the grist mill signed by Holton on the verso. Also bound in is an original hand-colored technical drawing of the grist mill. In fine condition. The entire document measures 15 inches by 11.5 inches. Uncommon. Rare and desirable in this condition and format.
First edition of John Russel Young's Around the World with General Grant; with a Rare Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Document Signed
New York City: The American News Company, 1879.
First edition of Young’s illustrated narrative of Grant’s international travel, with an original document signed by Ulysses S. Grant as President. Quartos, two volumes bound in three quarters morocco over pebbled leatherette boards, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of grant, illustrated with engravings both full page and within the text. In near fine condition. One page, partially printed, the document reads, “I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of Harris Fisher and Henry Goldstein, dated this day and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant. “U.S. Grant” Washington 23 Nov. 1874.” In fine condition. The document measures 10 inches by 7.75 inches.
Exceptionally rare autograph album signed by President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet including Salmon P. Chase and William H. Seward
Exceptionally rare finely bound autograph album signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln as well as his cabinet and 225 senators, representatives, and delegates of the 37th Congress, 1861-1863. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with the name “Lizzie F. Harlow” gilt on the front panel. Singed by Abraham Lincoln on the first page of the album, “Yours truly, Abraham Lincoln.” Additionally signed by William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, M. Blair, Edward Bates, J. P. Usher and S. P. Chase. Collected between the years of 1862 and 1863 by James McCain, a young patent officer at the United States Patent Office. McCain presented the custom-bound album to his sweetheart, Lizzie F. Harlow, who, despite not marrying the young clerk, passed it down to her heirs. In near fine condition. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.
Rare Autograph Letter Signed by the captors of President John F. Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Apprehension of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Rare autograph letter signed by the four captors of President John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Two pages, dated November 22nd 1963 and addressed to Chief of Police Mr. J.E. Curry, the letter reads in part, “Subject: Apprehension of suspect in the Death of the President of the United States and Officer J. D. Tippit Sir: At 1:18 P.M. on Friday, November 22, 1963, Sergeant C.B. Owens and Seargant G.L. Hill were at Elm and Houston Streets, investigating the shooting of the President…We contacted several witnesses after obtaining a description of the suspect as a white male, 25-30, 165 pounds, bushy hair, 5’6”, wearing a white jacket, white shirt, and dark trousers, a search area was started…Minutes later, we received additional information that the suspect was in the Texas Theater. Several officers answered the call, and in the process of checking the occupants of the theater, Officer MacDonald approached the center-section of the third row from the back. As he started to search another suspect, he observed the arrested party sitting in the third seat. As he approached this suspect, the suspect said, “This is it”, and sprang from his seat. Officer MacDonald began to grapple with the suspect and the suspect got his hand on the gun that was stuck inside his shirt…the suspect pulled the trigger once and the gun snapped, but did not fire. Officers Caroll, Hutson, Walker, Hawkins, Hill, Sgt. H.H. Stringer, Captain W.R. Westbrook, and F.B.I Agent Bob Barrett, Paul Bentley and others aided in the arrest; and after a struggle in which the suspect resisted violently he was disarmed and handcuffed.” Signed at the conclusion by Sergeant of Police Gerald L. Hill, Investigator Ray Hawkins, Detective Paul Bentley and Patrolman M.N. MacDonald. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 17.5 inches. A fascinating piece, offering unprecedented insight into the tragic historic event.
Two page autographed letter signed by golfing legend Bobby Jones regarding Clifford Roberts. A significant letter in which Jones writes to Richard Gordin at the Ohio Wesleyan University regarding his dissertation on the influence of the design of the Augusta National golf course and on the genius of Clifford Roberts in organizing the Masters Tournament. Matted and framed with a photograph of Jones and Roberts. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 31 inches. An exceptional piece of golf history.
Typed signed letter from Carl Haverlin to Igor Stravinsky, with Stravinsky's holograph notes and signature
Single page typed signed letter with notes in Stravinsky’s hand. Typed signed letter from 1962 to Igor Styravinsky from Carl Haverlin, pioneer in radio broadcasting, and longtime president of Broadcast Music Inc. The letter is on Broadcast Music Inc. stationary, and Haverlin writes to inquire about some illustrations which Dulac had made for Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet. He writes: “I…take the liberty of asking you if your memory will bring forth any background on the sketches.” In the margin adjacent to this sentence, Stravinsky writes “Not at all!” in red pen. Haverlin closes the letter with: “Photostats of the sketchbook pages are enclosed.” Beneath this Stravinsky writes, along with his signature, “I find it unfortunately very bad.” Matted and framed opposite a photograph of Stravinsky. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19.25 inches.
Rare Rawlings Baseball Signed by 18 Legendary Baseball Hall of Famers including Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Johnny Mize
Rare Official Rawlings American League baseball signed by eighteen Baseball Hall of Famers. Signed by Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford on the sweetspot as well as Warren Spahn, Johnny Mize, Buck Leonard, Hoyt Wilhelm, Lefty Gomez, Robin Roberts, Monte Irvin, Early Wynn, Joe Sewell, Jocko Conlan, Billy Herman, Rick Ferrell, Eddie Mathews, Luke Appling, Duke Snider, Bobby Doerr. In very good condition with
Autograph note signed by American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “I your most obedient & most humble servant B Franklin.” Affixed to a large original engraved portrait of Frankiln, printed in Paris, 1778. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 15.25 inches. Rare and desirable.