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November 29, 1870.
Rare original document signed by Queen Victoria granting John R. Davidson a license to plead in Manchester at a trial for conspiracy. One page folded with the white paper Royal Seal to the front page. Signed by Queen Victoria at the top of the document, “Victoria R.” In fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 100162
Washington, D.C.: June 11, 1986.
Rare typescript Supreme Court ruling document signed by the 15th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Warren E. Burger. Two pages, typescript, signed by Burger on the first page. Decided on July 11, 1986, the document offers Burger’s opinion in the Richard Thornburgh, et al., Appellants v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists et al. regarding the legality of a minor seeking an abortion without parental consent. In fine condition. A unique example.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 122766
Eton Square: January 9, 1859.
Rare original document signed by Queen Victoria appointing George Markham Giffard, Hunton Rodwell and Henry Hawkins to her Counsel Learned in the Law. One page, approved and signed by Queen Victoria at the head of the page, “App. Victoria R.” In near fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 100154
New York: The Brown-Green Co., March 14, 1923.
Rare stock certificate signed by the world’s greatest escape artist, master illusionist Harry Houdini. One page, partially printed in brown and black ink with an embossed seal, the document is dated March 14, 1923 and certifies that William M. McCormick hereby owns five shares of the Capital Stock of Houdini Picture Corporation. Signed by Harry Houdini as President of the Corporation and countersigned by J.L. Dienstag as Secretary and Harry H. Poppe as Assistant Treasurer. In near fine condition. With a duplicate bill of sale for fifteen shares to E.S. Bosworth of Millburn, New Jersey dated March 1, 1929.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 127391
1964: William Morrow & Company, New York.
First edition of Huxley’s authoritative report on the rapidly changing political climate of post-colonial East Africa. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with maps and drawings by Jonathan Kingdon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Joe Ferrier with my best wished Elspeth Huxley.” Laid in is the original typed transmittal letter, an autograph card and photograph of Huxley; all three signed by her to Ferrier. The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a lifelong fan and pen pal of Huxley’s. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Harsh-Finegold.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 96083
"Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much": Rare Typed Letter Signed by Harry S. Truman as President to Lewis Strauss
February 2, 1951.
Rare typed letter signed by Harry S. Truman as President. One page on White House stationary, the letter is dated February 2, 1951 and addressed to the Honorable Lewis Strauss, 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York. The letter reads: “Dear Admiral: I can’t tell you how very much I appreciated your letter of January twenty-ninth about Margaret’s acting at the performance for the Cancer Research Fund. Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much. Sincerely Yours, Harry Truman.” The recipient, Lewis Strauss, was a Jewish-American businessman, philanthropist, public office holder, and naval officer. He was a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States. After the deaths of both of his parents from cancer, Strauss established a fund for physics research to develop better radiation treatment for cancer patients. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 101612
Rare Houdini Picture Corporation Stock Certificate; signed by master illusionist Harry Houdini; with a rare Famous-Players-Lasky Promotional brochure for his greatest film, The Grim Game
New York: The Brown-Green Co., July 18, 1921.
Rare stock certificate signed by the world’s greatest escape artist, master illusionist Harry Houdini. One page, partially printed in brown and black ink with an embossed seal, the document is dated July 18, 1921 and certifies that George Popp hereby owns fifteen shares of the Capital Stock of Houdini Picture Corporation. Signed by Harry Houdini as President of the Corporation and countersigned by R.G. Risley as Treasurer. In near fine condition. With a rare Famous-Players-Lasky Promotional brochure for The Grim Game, Houdini’s first full-length movie which is widely regarded as his best.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 128055
Rare Original Photograph of Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor administering the vice presidential oath of office to Dan Quayle; Signed by both O'Connor and Quayle
January 20, 1989.
Rare original photograph of Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor administering the vice presidential oath of office to Dan Quayle. Signed by Sandra Day O’Connor and inscribed by Dan Quayle, “Rami Lasman With Best Wishes – Dan Quayle.” In fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 101584
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson, whose biographers have argued to be the true first President of the United States. The archive is composed primarily of letters, historical records and biographical documents prepared by Hanson’s ancestors, most notably several biographical volumes composed by his descendant Douglas H. Thomas who, in his numerous biographical papers, promoted Hanson as the the true first President of the United States. Contents also include biographical accounts of Hanson’s father Philip Thomas, and his descendant John Hanson Thomas who served in the American Civil War. In near fine condition. A fascinating archive of first-hand accounts documenting the life, career, and heritage of one of America’s least recognized Founding Fathers.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 116321
Madrid: May 28, 1699.
Rare elaborately illuminated nobility diploma signed by King Charles II of Spain, appointing Don Martin Damian Mendizabal the title of Marquis of Torre Gines. Quarto, bound in full red contemporary velvet covered boards with two metal clasps, containing five illuminated leaves, two fully illuminated in color with the Royal coat of arms and portrait of King Charles II, text in Spanish. Signed by King Charles II, “Yo el Rey” and additionally signed by several Royal secretaries. Bound with a printed manuscript of the Oath of Fidelity to the King of Spain with Royal stamps dated 1701 and with two autograph letters laid in, the first dated September 17, 1701 and signed by Philip V, and the second addressed to the Marquis. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 107920
June 14, 1878: June 14, 1878.
Autograph letter signed by American evangelist and publisher Dwight L. Moody. One page, the letter reads, “East Northfield, Mass June 14th 1878 Augusta, Maine Dear Sir: I am enclosing herewith an item of news with reference to the work of the Army Christian Commission. If you consider it of sufficient interest to your readers to give it a place in your paper I shall be glad. If you use it will you please send me a marked copy of the paper? Yours very truly D. L. Moody.” In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 126311
Royal Christmas card bearing two gilt royal seals to the front panel and an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Diana, “To Jon Ali, love from us both, Diana.” In fine condition. The card measures 16 inches by 6 inches.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 101532
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD INSCRIBED BY PRINCESS DIANA; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE TWO YOUNG PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY
Royal 1992 Christmas card bearing two gilt royal seals to the front panel and an original black and white photograph of the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Diana, “To Jon Ali, love from the four of us, Diana.” In fine condition. The card measures 12 inches by 8 inches.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 103875
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives": Rare Black and White Photograph of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson; signed by him
Rare black and white photograph signed by the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era, Jackie Robinson. Inscribed by the baseball legend in the bottom left corner of the photograph, “To John, best wishes, Jackie Robinson.” In near fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 8.25 inches. Double matted and framed. Photographs signed by Robinson are scarce.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 107856
"I was very happy to hear that you are going to be a mother, be allah willing": Rare typed letter signed by civil rights leader Malcolm X to his wife
April 4, 1958.
Rare typed letter signed by celebrated civil rights leader Malcolm X. One page, typescript. The letter reads in full, “1431 W. Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles, California April 4, 1958 As-Salaam-Alaikum In the Holy Name of ALLAH, the One True God, to whom all praise is due; and in the Holy Name of His Divine Messenger, the Honorable ELIJAH MUHAMMAD. My Dear Wife: It was a pleasure to find your letter awaiting me here at the office this morning. ALLAH blessed us to come safely through three TORNADOES, one HAILSTORM, two THUNDERSTORMS, and a SNOWSTORM. We averaged a “good pace” all the way, and arrived safely in record time. Please take the liberty of giving all the Muslims the Greeting for me at the Temple Sunday, and tell them that they key to success at #7 is to stay ing[sic] unity, and follow the instructions that come from the officials there. The officials at number Seven, under Secretary John, and Captians Yusaf and Francis are doing a wonderful job, and I pray ALLAH will bless them with the reward of peace, prosperity and happiness. I was very happy to hear that you are going to be a Mother, be ALLAH willing. I was not surprised. My reaction was “as it was” only because I didn’t appreciate the timing you took to announce it to me. May ALLAH bless you with understanding so you will have peace of mind. Let me know when you need some more money, but spend AS LITTLE as possible, for it is costing me tremendously here to get things as the should be. The Messenger would consent to you visiting me, and would even provide the plane fare himself, but I am against it at this time. This does not mean that I do not love you, it rather means that I have a job to do, know the circumstances and conditions under which I best work, and try to create such. As for your becoming a Mother, you couldn’t give me better news. Concerning the project that the committee wanted: if they can get Bros John and Joseph to accept it, it will be alright with me. But have someone explain it to them other than yourself. That is a wonderful Committee, and had done great work. Be a FRIEND to everyone in the temple, and everyone in the temple will be a friend to you. May ALLAH bless you with Peace and Happiness. As-Salaam-Alaikum: your husband Malcolm X Tell Gloria 2X that she should really be proud of her husband, and that I am proud of HER, for making such grand sacrifice. ALLAH will really bless her. Signed by Malcolm X and with a post script in his hand, “PS: In your letter you sounded like an understanding wife.” In very good condition. An exceptional association. Letters signed by Malcolm X are scarce.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 122553
Exceptionally rare autograph letter signed by George Washington to revolutionary war ally Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau
April 10, 1781.
Exceptionally rare autograph letter signed by George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army to French ally Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, whose military assistance in the Siege of Yorktown essentially ended the Revolutionary War. The body of the letter is entirely in the hand of Alexander Hamilton and dated 10 April 1781. In the spring of 1781, officials from Massachusetts approached Rochambeau with a proposal to attack the British post at the mouth of the Penobscot river which had been established in June 1779 to secure timber for shipyards in Halifax and to protect Nova Scotia from any American advance. On April 6, Rochambeau informed Washington that he was willing to send a detachment of troops and that Admiral Destouches would offer naval assistance, but observing that he was under Washington’s command, he would await his approval before approving the action (Rochambeau to Washington, 6 April 1781, Papers of George Washington, Library of Congress). Washington here responds offering his gratitude that Destouches, who had only recently lost a naval engagement with the British in an unsuccessful attempt to relieve Lafayette in Virginia, would be willing “to undertake the expedition to Penobscot and to you for your readiness to furnish a detachment of troops for the same purpose. The object is certainly worth attention and if it can be effected will be very agreeable to the States, particularly to those of the East.” He trusts that Destouches “can best judge from the situation of the enemy’s fleet how far it may be attempted with prudence, and Your Excellency from the information you have recently received what number of troops will be sufficient for the enterprise—I am persuaded it will be calculated how far it is probable the enemy may follow with a part of their fleet—whether the post can be carried by a coup de main, or may require so much time as to make it likely the operation will be interrupted before its conclusion—in case of a superior squadron being sent by the enemy what possibility there is of protection or a safe retreat for the ships and even for the land force (through an unsettled country in which numbers perished for want of provision in a former attempt)—All these are points too important not to have been well weighed, and your conversations with the Massachusetts deputies will have been able to enlighten you upon them.” Here, he is referencing the unsuccessful attempt by Massachusetts in 1779 to destroy the post, abandoned when British ships with reinforcements forced an arduous overland retreat by the Americans. Despite his assurances that Rochambeau and Destouches had matters well in hand, Washington took the “liberty to remark [on] two things—one that it appears to me frigates without any ships of the line will answer the purpose as well as with them and less will be risked than by dividing the body of the fleet. Frigates (especially the forty fours) will afford a safe escort to the troops against any thing now in those Seas, and with respect to a detachment from the enemy’s fleet, it would be always proportioned to the force we should send and if we have two sixty fours, they would even be an object for their whole fleet. The other observation I would make is, that dispatch being essential to success, it will in my opinion be adviseable not to depend on any cooperation of the Militia, but to send at once such a force from your army as you deem completely adequate to a speedy reduction of the post. The country in the neighbourhood of Penobscot is too thinly inhabited to afford any resource of Militia there, and to assemble and convey them from remote places would announce your design—retard your operations, and give leisure to the enemy to counteract you. Indeed I would recommend for the sake of secrecy to conceal your determination from the State itself.” On 15 April Rochambeau replied to Washington observing that while he had sufficient troops to spare, “your Excellency’s observations upon the Separation of our fleet, and upon the danger to be interrupted by superior forces, during the course of the Expedition, which Mr Destouches does not Look on as possible to be undertaken with his frigates only, are the motives which cause this project to be Laid aside for the present moment.” (Rochambeau to Washington, 15 April 1781, Papers of George Washington, Library of Congress). Soon Washington and Rochambeau‘s attention returned again to Virginia, and within months their combined forces would be closing in on Yorktown. In near fine condition. Exceptionally rare and desirable, being the only communication between the storied commanders of the Yorktown campaign to appear at auction in more than a century.
Price: $175,000.00 Item Number: 125872
New York: 2 April 1799.
Rare autograph letter signed by Alexander Hamilton to the trustees of Isaac Riley, notifying them of the manner in which he will submit a mortgage payment despite Riley’s imprisonment. One page, folio, dated 2 April 1799, the letter reads, “I am informed that You are Assignees of Isaac Riley under the Insolvent Act. Some time since I purchased of Isaac Riley Eight lots in the Outward upon which as he then informed me there was a mortgage to Ebenezer Young for Two hundred & forty pounds which was deducted out of the purchase money & left to be paid by me pursuant to the Tenor of that mortgage. It appears that this mortgage was not recorded till within a fortnight past. In my opinion This will not defeat the right of Mr. Young’s Representations to receive payment from me in preference to the Trustees. But I have thought it right nevertheless to mention the affair to you. If I do not within four days from the date of this letter, being the second of April, receive notice of a claim from the Trustees with the assurance of an Indemnification… I shall act as if no such claim was intended to be made.” The Insolvent Act Hamilton here refers to was passed into law one day prior to this letter in New York State as “An Act to amend the Act entitled an Act for the relief of Debtors with respect to the Imprisonment of their Persons” and allowed a debtor lawfully imprisoned by his creditors to be liberated. In near fine condition. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 120624
Rare autograph letter signed by King George III in 1772. One page, written in German, the letter is addressed to Frederic III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, conveying warm regards and words of friendship. Affixed to the original transmittal envelope with the royal seal stamped in red wax. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 100156
Elaborately bound collection of Presidential autographs; containing the autograph of each of the first 34 Presidents of the United States from George Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower
WASHINGTON, George; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson; James Madison; James Monroe; John Quincy Adams; Andrew Jackson; Martin Van Buren; William Henry Harrison; John Tyler; James Polk; Zachary Taylor; Millard Fillmore; Franklin Pierce; James Buchanan; Abraham Lincoln; Andrew Johnson; Ulysses S. Grant; Rutherford B. Hayes; James Garfield; Chester A. Arthur; Grover Cleveland; William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt; William H. Taft; Woodrow Wilson; Warren G. Harding; Calvin Coolidge; Herbert Hoover; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Harry Truman; Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Elaborately bound collection of Presidential autographs, containing the autograph of each of the first 34 Presidents of the United States from George Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Quarto, bound in full red morocco by Riviere & Son with gilt titles and ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt presidential seal to the front panel with white and blue morocco onlays, gilt arms and motto of George Washington to the rear panel with white and blue morocco onlays and his gilt signature in facsimile, centerpieces within quintuple gilt ruling with star emblems at each corner, blue morocco doublures with multiple gilt presidential signatures, blue silk endpapers. This complete series of autographs of the first 34 Presidents of the United States contains the signature of each mounted on an album leaf opposite a loosely tissue-guarded engraved portrait of each. The collection includes: the signature of George Washington on an envelope addressed to Major General Knox as Secretary of the Society of the Cincinnati, November 3, 1783; a clipped signature of John Adams; clipped signature of Thomas Jefferson; the signature of James Madison on an envelope addressed to Reverend Frederick Freeman of Manayunk, Pennsylvania; and inscription signed by James Monroe; the signature of John Quincy Adams on an envelope addressed to William Plumer jun. Esq. in Epping, New Hampshire; a partially printed land grant signed by Andrew Jackson dated 1831 registering the purchase of 20 acres in Detroit by Peter Aldrich; clipped signature of Martin Van Buren; clipped signature of William Henry Harrison; signed inscription from John Tyler; signed inscription from James Polk; clipped signature of Zachary Taylor dated Baton Rouge, March 5, 1841; clipped signature of Millard Fillmore; clipped signature of Franklin Pierce; clipped signature of James Buchanan on a document dated July 18, 1858; clipped signature of Abraham Lincoln; endorsement signed by Andrew Johnson as President; clipped signature of Ulysses S. Grant; card signed by Rutherford B. Hayes; inscription signed by James Garfield; large card signed by Chester A. Arthur and dated May 22, 1884; autograph noted signed by Grover Cleveland declining an invitation, dated November 16, 1890; an Executive Mansion card signed by William McKinely; clipped signature of Theodore Roosevelt; clipped signature of William Howard Taft; clipped signature of Woodrow Wilson; typed letter signed by Warren G. Harding as President, dated June 4, 1923 on White House letterhead; card signed by Calvin Coolidge; White House card signed by Herbert Hoover; typed letter signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, February 15, 1917. Laid in is a typed letter signed by Harry S. Truman as President, June 30, 1950, on White House stationery and a typed letter signed by Dwight Eisenhower. TLS as President, November 13, 1956, on White House stationery. In fine condition. Housed in a custom folding chemise and half morocco slipcase. An exceptional collection and presentation.
Price: $80,000.00 Item Number: 125384
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 main priorities of the federal government in the early national period was to pay down the debt of the United States. The national debt was incurred during the Revolution and augmented in 1790 when the Congress passed the Assumption Act, in accordance with a plan devised by Alexander Hamilton. Because contacting the numerous and geographically dispersed holders of the debt proved more difficult than expected, it became necessary to extend the time allowed by law for making the relevant financial arrangements. The present act accomplished this, and made a special extension of five months for Vermont, which gave the new state time to calculate the amount of debt. Despite Jefferson’s vehement opposition to Hamilton’s plan when it was formulated, his position as Secretary of State necessitated his signature on the presentation copies of the acts that effected it. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco folding case. Scarce, with only one other example signed by Jefferson located.
Price: $82,000.00 Item Number: 125388
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons. One page, folded, the letter reads in full, “Albany, 1 July 1800 Sir, On my return from New York on Friday last, your obliging letter of the 5th of May, which arrived during my absence was delivered to me. I am much gratified by the Information it contains & thank you for it as serious apprehensions were entertained that anti-federalism had gained considerable ground in Massachusetts; but I am happy to find… that appearances do not warrant the conclusions which have been drawn from them. The present aspect of our affairs is far from being agreeable – altho’.. having abundant Reason for Content & Gratitude, our nation is permitting their happiness to be part in Jeopardy by their worst passions inflamed and directed by the most reprehensible means. Whether the good Sense of the People will avert the Dangers which threaten them, is not to be seen… but unfortunately their is too little unanimity on many points and the want of it exposes is to the Hazard of many Evils – It really appears to me that the… of our Envoys to France has been treated with too much asperity. The President declared to the congress that he would never send another Legation to Paris… as that declaration seems to imply that when he should receive such appearances, he would again send Envoys. It was not unnatural that he should conceive himself bound in Honor to do so. Whether that Declaration was advisable and whether the nomination of the Envoys was made exactly in Reason are questions which , like other of the same kind, may receive different answers from different men. But having nominated the Envoys and received the requisite appearances, I for my part consider the sending them as a Matter of Course; and do not concern in opinion with those Gentlemen who think they should nevertheless have been detained. I regret that my absence deprived me of the pleasure of seeing the Rev. Mr. Andrews, all the more so, as he would have answered my inquiries respecting many of my friends at Boston, and informed me of you Health – With the best wishes that you may now and ever enjoy that valuable Blessing. I am Sir your most obt. sevt. John Jay. Theop Parsons Esq.” The recipient, Theophilus Parsons, was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1779-1780 and one of the committee of twenty-six who drafted the constitution. He was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. His Commentaries on the Laws of the United States (1836) contains some of his more important legal opinions. In the present letter, Jay refers to President John Adams’ failed mission in 1797 to make negotiations with France following the French Revolution which the Federalists viewed as the cause of the undeclared naval war fought from 1798 to 1800 between the United States and France. Anti-federalists and many contemporary historians, however, view the 1794 Jay Treaty as the initial cause of hostilities between France and America. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117791
“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
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. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 101490
"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 weaken the new nation before it had firmly established itself created tensions and a new war between England and France broke out in 1793. The British Navy soon began targeting French vessels and trading interests across the Atlantic, and although many Federalists thought that America should aid its ally, Washington proclaimed that the United States would be “friendly and impartial toward the belligerent parties.” The Neutrality Proclamation was ignored by Britain and angered France, which then allowed its navy and privateers to prey on American trade. To protect American sailors and merchants without provoking Britain, in March 1794, Congress passed a 30-day embargo, which it then extended. Britain, the strongest sea power, began to seize American ships suspected of trading with France, and stepped up its practice of impressment. From 1806-1807, the British navy, in desperate need of men to oppose Napoleon, forced roughly 5,000 American sailors into service on the pretense that they were deserters. In 1807, King George III proclaimed his right to call any British subjects into war service and claimed that Britain had full discretion to determine who was a British citizen. The crisis reached one peak for America in June of 1807 when the HMS Leopard attacked the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia. Three American sailors were killed, eighteen were wounded, and the Chesapeake surrendered after firing only one shot. The Leopard seized four American seaman, claimed as deserters from the British navy, and hanged one of them. Jefferson and Madison, his Secretary of State, responded with the Embargo of 1807, a ban on all American vessels sailing for foreign ports. Meanwhile, Russia allied with Napoleon and pressed Denmark to turn over her fleet. In September 1807, Britain preemptively bombarded Copenhagen and seized the Danish-Norwegian fleet. While Jefferson’s Republicans still generally favored France, a schism grew in the Federalist party. Men like Timothy Pickering downplayed impressments while focusing on trade and access to British manufacturing. On October 16, 1807, King George III aggravated already high tensions with American following the British attack of the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia by issuing a Royal Proclamation expanding the British right to impressment (the King’s right to call any British subjects into war service and determine their citizenship). News of the King’s Proclamation arrived in the United States in December 1807 and, lacking military options, President Jefferson proposed an embargo to ban all U.S. exports on American vessels in order to protect American sailors’ lives and liberties, despite its potential to cripple American trade. The Embargo Act was signed on December 22, 1807, causing immediate economic devastation. In protesting the Embargo, rather than wrestling with the difficulty of defending American sovereignty, some opponents chose to declare the legality of impressments as defined by King George’s Royal Proclamation. John Adams’ former Secretary of State, Timothy Pickering, took a leading role in fighting the embargo, arguing that Jefferson was using it to draw America closer to Napoleon’s France. Given the devastating economic effects of the embargo, Pickering’s message found a wide audience. Adams, on the other hand, recognized the dire threat the King’s Proclamation posed in denying America the right to determine its own rules for citizenship and in December, took his arguments to Speaker of the House Joseph Varnum. As he stated in the present letter, “He [Pickering] thinks that as every Nation has a Right to the Service of its Subjects, in time of War, the Proclamation of the King of Great Britain, commanding his Naval Officers to practice Such Impressments, on board, not the Vessells of his own Subjects, but of the United States, a foreign Nation could not furnish the Slightest ground for an Embargo! … But I Say with Confidence that it furnished a Sufficient ground for a Declaration of War. Not the Murder of Pierce nor all the Murders on board the Chesapeake, nor all the other Injuries and Insults We have received from foreign Nations, atrocious as they have been, can be of such dangerous, lasting, and pernicious Consequence to this Country, as this Proclamation, if We have Servility enough to Submit to it.” Adams suggested repealing and replacing the Embargo Act with one that allowed international trade with all but the belligerents, while building up the navy. Varnum asked to publish it. Before assenting, Adams completely reworked his argument, mustering all the reason and rhetoric at his disposal into a stirring defense of sovereignty and citizenship, resulting in the present letter. On March 1, 1809, Congress repealed the Embargo Act, following Adams’ suggestion to replace it with the Non-Intercourse Act which allowed trade with all nations except Britain and France. In fine condition. A remarkable piece of early American history illustrating the second President of the United States’ impassioned devotion to the pursuit of American liberty. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 121560
"Victory belongs to the most persevering": Rare Napoleon Bonaparte Autograph Military Commission and Document Collection
Rare military commission boldly signed by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. One page, dated April 19, 1812, the document contains a request for 17,861 francs to replace uniforms and shoes that were destroyed in a fire in the city of Aurich on July 18, 1811. Additionally signed by Napoleon’s Minister of War, “Duc de Feltre.” Accompanied by several additional military documents in French and German including an autograph letter signed by Michel Ney four days prior to the battle of Guttstadt-Deppen, two reports of the inspector of engineering pertaining to fortifications, and many others. With a first edition auction catalog from Sotheby’s Napoleon & Berthier Auction on Tuesday, March 1, 1938. In near fine to fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 115652
Rare original manuscript letter in French signed by brothers and co-monarchs Napoleon Bonaparte and Joseph Bonaparte. Napoleon, in his role as French Emperor, has signed as “Np” near the center of the letter, while Joseph, in his role as King of Spain and the Indies, has signed as “Joseph” at lower left. Napoleon’s original command was directed from Paris on January 24, 1814, while the docket indicates that Joseph received the sum in question the same day. Ex-Good Speeds, per pencil notation from October 14, 1964 at top verso. Napoleon instructed François Roullet, Baron de la Bouillerie (1764-1833), to give 500,000 francs to his older brother Joseph. De la Bouillerie had served in various financial capacities dating from Napoleon’s earliest days as First Consul, including General Treasurer of the French crown after 1811. Translated in full, with unchanged spelling and punctuation: “Monsieur Baron Labouillerie, you will give to King Joseph five hundred thousand francs. You will attribute this payment to his appanage, as well as the one of 300,000 francs that was made to him previously. On this, I pray God keeps you in his holy care. Paris the 24 January 1814. In very good condition. The piece measures 7.25 inches by 7.875 inches.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 119537
"The highest distinction of Venezuela": RARE Order of the Liberators Appointment signed by ‘El Libertador’ Simón Bolívar as President of Venezuela
Rare autograph letter signed by ‘El Libertador’, Simón Bolívar as President of Venezuela. One page, partially printed on Bolívar’s presidential letterhead bearing his title, ‘Supreme Head of the Republic, Captain-General of the Army of Venezuela and New Granada’, the letter is dated January 18 1819 and appoints Lt. Col. Laurencio Silva to the Order of the Liberators, the highest distinction of Venezuela, created by Bolívar in 1813 and awarded for outstanding merit and benefits made to the community under his exclusive authority. Signed by Bolívar in the lower right portion of the appointment. The recipient of the appointment, Jose Laurencio Silva was a Venezuelan soldier and politician who served as commander in chief of the Venezuelan army in the War of Independence. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel after the battle of Calabozo in February 1818 and acted in the Apure Campaign in 1819 where he stayed with Páez while Bolívar developed his offensive on New Granada. In 1821 he received the office of colonel and, after spending a year in Guayaquil and Quito, marched with Bolívar to Peru to take an active part in the liberation campaign. In very good condition. Matted and framed with a portrait of Bolívar. The entire piece measures 20.75 inches by 17.25 inches.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 127430
"If you will see one justice done in this particular I shall feel forever obliged to you": Rare Autograph Letter Signed by President James Buchanan to Philadelphia Publisher Mathew Carey
Autograph letter signed entirely in the hand of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan to Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey. Addressed to Mathew Carey, the letter reads, “Lancaster 24 October 1825. Dear Sir, I have a favor to ask you which I feel assured you will grant. Your maxim, I know, both in public and private life is to render justice to all men. I have heard with surprise from several respectable sources that I have been denounced in Philadelphia by many as an enemy to internal imprisonment. This has arisen from what is alleged in your city to have been my course in the canal convention. Upon this subject I think I have been hardly treated. Some of your editors published my resolutions and the speeches of others in support of them; but not one of them has ever published my observations. As I feel a high respect for the opinion of many of the citizens of Philadelphia I should be sorry they would labor under a false impression respecting me. I therefore take the liberty of requesting you to have my resolution and the few remarks I made or such parts of them that you may deem proper republished by some one of your editors. If you will see one justice done in this particular I shall feel forever obliged to you. Your opinion in this particular I shall feel forever obliged to you. Your opinion would at once correct every erroneous impression, I used every effort in my power for the Delaware and Chesapeake canal. With sentiments of the highest respect both for your intellectual and moral character. I remain your sincere friend, James Buchanan N.B. I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in 2 or 3 weeks.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed to Carey in Buchanan’s hand. Irish-born American publisher Mathew Carey established himself as a publisher in Philadelphia by founding the Pennsylvania Herald in 1785 and Columbian Magazine in 1786. He published the first Roman Catholic version of the Bible printed in the United States, America’s first atlases, and frequently wrote on various social topics including debates in the state legislature. In very good condition with some browning to the page edges.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 95838
"But what does it matter what I suffer for you to enjoy? That I perish for a people to live" Rare autograph letter signed by 'El Libertador', Simón Bolívar to Ecuadorian independentista Manuela Garaycoa
Rare autograph letter signed by ‘El Libertador’, Simón Bolívar as President of Gran Colombia. One page, script in Spanish. Sent from Bogota, the letter is dated December 6, 1827 and reads in full, “A la Senora Manuela Garaycoa. Umd. siempre se eccele a si misma on bondades para conmigo y me prodiga elofios ques ellos solo, bastarian para saviar la codica del mas ambivioiso de gloria. Y que otra cora podria yo esperar de las Garaycoas de esas amigas fieles de esas Colombians constantes de esa Gloriosa sin rival? Yo les doy las gracias a todas y seame tambien permitido congratulamme a mi mismo, ya que e algun modo be podidos sustitur la paz y la tranquilidad al corazon de los Guayaquilenos un sacrificio me ha cortado – el de mi reposo, pero que importa que paderca yo para que umds. gozen? Que yo peresac para que viva un Puebla? Tenga v, Senora, la bondad de coreesponder a las espreciones de toda su buena y amable familia. Digale mil cosas a Pepe, ese pepe tan bueno, tan patrista, y de quien esperaba yo nada menof de lo que ha hecho por su pais, y creame como he sido diempre. Su mas afectisimo amigo de corazon. Simón Bolívar” which translates into English as, “To Senora Manuela Garaycoa. My friend, who always shows kindness to me and lavishes praise on me that they alone would suffice to savor the greed of the most ambivalent of glory. And what other heart could I expect from the Garaycoas of those? Faithful friends of those constant unrivaled Glorious Colombians? I thank you all and let me also congratulate myself, since in some way I have been able to substitute the peace and the tranquility to the heart of the Guayaquilenos, a sacrifice has made me cut off – that of my rest, but what does it matter what I suffer for you to enjoy? That I perish for a people to live? Have you, Senora, the kindness to respond to the expectations of all your good and kind family, tell a million things to Pepe, so good… and from whom I expected nothing less than what he has done for his country, and believe me as I have always been. His most affectionate friend at heart. Simón Bolívar. ” The recipient, Manuela Garaycoa was an Ecuadorian independentista. She participated in the anti-colonial struggle in the second war of independence and, despite the death of her son Abdón Calderón at a young age in battle, maintained a strong bond with the independence struggle and frequently corresponded with Antonio José de Sucre and Simón Bolívar. In near fine condition. With a portrait of Bolivar.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 126188
Rare military appointment signed by ‘El Libertador’, Simón Bolívar as President of Gran Colombia. One page, partially printed on Bolivar’s presidential letterhead, the document is dated September 16 1829 and appoints 2nd Lieutenant Vicente Tavares of the Carabobo Battalion provisional Captain in the Infantry. Signed by Bolívar in Guayaquil and countersigned by General Secretary José Domingo Espinar. The final battle in the war of independence, Bolívar’s decisive victory at Carabobo on June 24, 1821 finally secured Venezuela’s national independence after years of war against Spain and established the Republic of Gran Colombia. In very good condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Bolivar. The entire piece measures 21.25 by 18.75 inches.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 127168
Rare autograph letter signed by ‘El Libertador’, Simón Bolívar as President of Gran Colombia. One page, script in Spanish on both recto and verso. The letter is dated May 13, 1828, and offers the recipient, Colonel José Félix Blanco, Bolívar’s support in his struggle to maintain the security of Barinas (of which was made Governor in 1827) in the midst of heavy criticism from several officers including General José Antonio Páez. Bolívar notes that the offending officers have been dismissed in order to prevent the possibility of partial influence on the resulting hearings and regrets that he will be unable to the proceedings in Orinoco but expects Blanco’s reputation to be restored in four to six months. Signed by Bolívar at the conclusion of the letter. The recipient, Colonel José Félix Blanco, joined the war of independence in 1810, serving as chaplain, and was appointed intendant Governor of Barinas in 1827. He was among the defenders of Valencia in the first siege of the city and participated in the first battle of Carabobo. Active in a variety of military, government, and religious capacities over the course of several decades, he was later appointed commander of arms of the province of Maracaibo, Secretary of War and Navy in 1837, and Secretary of the Treasury and Foreign Relations in 1847 after an unsuccessful run for the vice-presidency of the Republic in 1844 and for the presidency in 1846. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Bolívar with a glass pane on the verso of the frame, displaying the letter in full. A unique association.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 126183
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.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 89149
Rare autograph letter signed by one of the most prominent American lawyers of the 19th century, Daniel Webster written in anticipation of the opening of the American west. One page, folded, text in the hand of an amanuensis, the letter stipulates which types of land Webster and Perkins wish the recipient, Joseph R. Williams of Toledo, Ohio, to invest in with their $5,000 speculative fund. The reads in part, “Washington, 16 May 1836 Dear Sir, Mr. H. Perkins, Esq. of Boston, who is doubtless well known to you, at least by character and reputation, is now here. He and myself have argued to join in some investments in lands in your part of the country, and we propose to place a sum in your hands for that purpose, to be invested on the same terms and conditions as you invest other funds for me, and for Mr. Davis. The sum which we propose to place at your disposal for this purpose is five thousand dollars; of which three fourths are to be invested for account of Col. Perkins, and one fourth on my account. Of course, we leave the choice of places to your discretion, looking to safety, and to the hopes of profit. We would not devise you to be too adventurous, in regard to town lots; but if you should see a good prospect of a handsome advance, in property of that kind, you will embrace the opportunity so to dispose of part of lands for agricultural purposes, in townships already settles and settling, near to great lines of communication, and taken up at Government prices, cannot well fail to produce handsome returns on the capital. Still we should be very glad if you could make a lucky hit, at some point where the land should soon be wanted for town purposes, or where it would be met by some canal, or other improvement, which should enhance its value… As to the mode of remittance, we have thought of no better way than for you to draw on me. I shall be in this city until the early part of Jun, perhaps later, and then in Boston… As commercial transactions in your quarter may enter in New York and Philadelphia, your Bills on me may be made payable either at Boston, or at the Merchants Bank in the city of New York, or the Bank of the United States at Philadelphia… You will of course write me, on the receipt of this. You will see what day shall be fixed on for the adjustment of Congress and may take it for granted that I shall be here till about that time….” Signed at the conclusion by Webster, “with regards, Yr obedient Serv, Daniel Webster’. Additionally signed “Joseph R. Williams Esq Toledo” and “approved & agreed to by me Th. Perkins”. The spring and summer of 1936 saw the admission to the Union of Arkansas and Michigan as the 25th and 26th states, respectively, and the organization of the Wisconsin Territory, essentially opening the American West as the next urban frontier. In near fine condition. Accompanied by an etched portrait of Webster.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 124353
Rare Royal Military Appointment signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. One vellum leaf, partially printed. The document is dated 14th November 1842 and appoints John Aeneas Duncan to the position of Lieutenant in the 29th Regiment on foot. Signed by Queen Victoria in the upper right corner, “Victoria R.” Retaining the white Royal paper seal. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The document measures 13 inches by 9 inches. The entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 26 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 124061
Rare signed signed by Queen Victoria on vellum, signed “Victoria R,” one page, 13 x 9, November 1, 1842. Queen Victoria appoints Archibald Richard Harene “to be Ensign in Our Ninety Seventh Regiment of Foot.” Signed at the head by Queen Victoria. The affixed paper seal and blue ribbon are present. In very good condition. Double matted and framed, the document measures 13 inches by 9 inches. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 16 inches.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119348
Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Ulysses S. Grant as First Lieutenant and Company Commander of the Madison Barracks in Sackets Harbor, New York
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant as First Lieutenant and Company Commander of the Madison Barracks in Sackets Harbor, New York. One page, dated April 2nd 1849, the letter is addressed by Grant to Gen. Brigadier Talcott, Chief of Ordnance and reads in full, “Gen. I have the honor herewith to forward my return of Ordnance and Ordnance stores pertaining to (I) Co. 4th Reg’t of Inf’y for the quarter ending the 31st of March 1849. I am Gen. Very Respectfully your Obt. Svt. U.S. Grant 1st Lt. 4th Inf.” After entering the army as a Third Lieutenant of Infantry in 1813, George Talcott was transferred to Ordnance duty and promoted on March 3, 1849 to Brevet Brigadier General, only weeks before the present letter was sent to him by Grant. In near fine condition with creasing and two small closed tears. Autograph letters from this period in Grant’s military career are scarce.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 112943
Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 73081
Rare Royal Military Appointment signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. One vellum leaf, partially printed. The document is dated 13th June 1854 and appoints Francis Eastwood Newport Tuiley to the position of Captain of a Company in the 21st Regiment on foot. Signed by Queen Victoria in the upper left corner, “Victoria R.” Retaining the white Royal paper seal. Countersigned by Palmerston. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The document measures 15.5 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 30 inches by 26.5 inches.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 125238
"Your affectionate husband and father, John Brown": Rare autograph letter signed by John Brown to his wife and children
Kingsport, Ohio: 1859.
Rare autograph letter signed by and completely in the hand of Abolitionist John Brown to his wife and children regarding his return home. One page, entirely in the hand of John Brown, the letter is dated 7th April, 1859, and reads in part: “Kingsport, Ohio Dear Wife and children All, I write you March 25th enclosing Draft for $150, saying write me Care of American House… to say what articles you need of provisions, clothing, shoes +c. Have you written? I still wish you to retain what money you can for a few days, as I hope to be at home to advise with you about laying it out. I have been entirely laid up for more than a week… All well in Hudson, Akron and West Andover lately. May write again before getting home. My best wish for you all is that you may truly love God and his Commandments. Your affectionate husband and father, John Brown.” In December of 1858, Brown led a successful raid in Missouri, freeing 11 slaves, and leading them to Canada in January, 1859. He then met with Frederick Douglass in Detroit where he made a final plea to convince Douglass of the necessity of violence in ending American slavery. Brown had conceived of the Harper’s Ferry raid in early 1859, and would return home to North Elba one last time in June, before going to Harper’s Ferry in July, ending with his raid on the Federal Armory there on October 16th. His wife would not see him again until she was allowed to visit him in the Jefferson County Jail on the eve of his execution. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The letter measures 6.5 by 4 inches. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 16.5 inches.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 124158
Autographed letter signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The letter reads, “Concord 8 Feb. 1864 Dear Mrs. Botter, In obedience to your request send to me through my daughter, I enclose this paper. yours faithfully, R.W. Emerson.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17.5 inches. A very attractive piece.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 64045
Rare Civil War era military endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President. Two pages, the appointment is dated July 26th 1864, addressed to Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton and contains a request from J.M. Francis of Hudson County, New Jersey that Edward Z. Laurence be appointed Secretary of Subsistence in the Volunteer Army of the United States. The request is approved and endorsed at the conclusion by Lincoln, “Let the appointment be made, if his service can be made useful A. Lincoln Aug. 17 1864.” Framed. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 9.5 inches. In very good condition with a bold inscription from Lincoln.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114205
Rare Photographic Portrait of Robert E. Lee and his staff; Inscribed by Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady
Photographic portrait of General Robert E. Lee flanked by his son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on his right and Colonel Walter Taylor on his left. Inscribed by one of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew Brady, on a mount, “To Col. Robert Alexander Compliments of his friend, M.B. Brady.” The photograph was taken at Lee’s estate in Richmond, Virginia in April of 1865, only days after his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. This is one in a series taken by Brady in the basement below the back porch of the estate and from the original wet plates in the Brady-Handy collection. “This photograph is one of the most celebrated images produced by Brady, who established his reputation in the 1850s as the preeminent portraitist in New York and Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Brady sought out General Robert E. Lee, who had returned to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, after his surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. At the photographer’s request General Lee reluctantly put on his uniform and posed at the back of his residence with his son, General George Washington Custis Lee (left), and his chief of staff, Colonel Walter H. Taylor (right). The image conveys the pathos of defeat for the Confederacy and for Lee personally. For Brady, who had been present at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, this portrait completed his photographic coverage of the conflict” (WAM). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. An exceptional piece of Americana.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 89011
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Portrait engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed U.S. Grant. The engraving measures 5.5 inches by 4 inches. This portrait engraving produced by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In near fine condition, affixed to an 8 inch by 10 inch sheet bearing a small note. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches 18 inches.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 44047
Document signed Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States of America, one page, January 29, 1876. President Grant authorizes and directs “the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the conditional pardon of H.H. Mareau.” Signed boldly at the conclusion by Grant. Accompanied by a small folder of papers generated from the National Archives which provide information on the pardon of H.H. Mareau whose offense was “issuing business cards in likeness of Treasury notes.” Matted and framed.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 99122
First edition of Walt Whitman's Two Rivulets: Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India; one of only 100 copies signed and dated by Walt Whitman and with an autograph note signed by him tipped in
Camden, New Jersey: Author's Edition, 1876.
Scarce first edition, first issue with the blank leaf between ‘As a Strong Bird’ and ‘Memoranda’ and single leaf of advertisements for Whitman’s books inserted between the back flyleaves. One of only 100 copies. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentetlles, gilt top stain, marbled endpapers. With the frontispiece sepia photograph of Whitman signed and dated by him, “Walt Whitman 1881.” From the library of Richard Hoe Lawrence with an autograph note by Whitman tipped in. Addressed to Lawrence and dated March 11, 1881, the note reads, “Dear Sir yours of 10th enclosing #10 received – Walt Whitman.” Richard Hoe Lawrence served as president of the Grolier Club from 1906-1908. He was the great-nephew of Grolier Club co-founder and renowned bibliophile Robert Hoe III. With Lawrence’s bookplates to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114654
Rare First edition of Around the World with General Grant; with an Autograph Document Signed by Ulysses S. Grant
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.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100138
Exceedingly rare new and revised edition of M. de Bourrienne's Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, and royal associates
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1885.
Exceedingly rare edition of M. de Bourrienne’s Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, associates, and the author bound in. Octavo, bound in three quarters scarlet morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt with others uncut, tissue-guarded frontispiece and full color portrait to each volume, illustrated with engravings issued in the initial publication and over 100 extra portraits and views bound in. With over 50 autograph letters signed bound in including 3 autograph letters signed by Napoleon I (bound into Vol. I page 201, Vol. I page 369, and Vol. III page 530), and autograph letters signed by Charles J. Bernadotte, King of Spain; Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain; Fauvelet de Bourrienne; A.A.L. Caulincort, Duc de Vicenza; Marquis Emmanuel Grouchy; Napoleon’s second wife Marie Louise. Duchess of Parma; Joachim Murat, King of Naples; Comte Horace Sebastiani, and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington among others. With the original compiler’s printed catalog of extra material detailing the location (volume and page number) of each added engraving and autograph letter signed. In near fine condition. Accompanied by an additional military endorsement signed by Napoleon during the Peninsular War, “Approuvé Np.” An exceptional collection of significant Napoleonic era signatures.
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 117078
"My Dear Stoker.....I don't know how to thank you enough. Sincerely Yours S.L. Clemens": Mark Twain Autographed Letter Signed To Bram Stoker
Autograph letter signed from Mark Twain to Bram Stoker, who he thanks for a photograph of Henry Irving, “My Dear Stoker: It is a wonderful picture. I have never seen one of Irving before that could at all compare with it. I don’t know how to thank you enough. Sincerely Yours S.L. Clemens December 27, 93.” With the transmittal envelope in Twain’s, signed “From S.L. Clemens To Bram Stoker, Abby’s Theatre.” The famous British actor Henry Irving was one of the inspirations for Count Dracula, the title character of the 1897 novel Dracula. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 18 inches. A nice association linking these two great writers.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 31008
"very sincerely yours, rudyard kipling": Rudyard Kipling Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Morgan Crofton
Single page, folded into quarters on custom writing paper from The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa with “The Vineyard, Newlands, ____ 189_” printed at the header. “Ap. 12, 1898. Dear Morgan Crofton: We are in the last agonies of packing today but I hope to have the honour of calling on the general before 12: so Tomorrow. I am most sorry to have missed him this visit. Very sincerely yours, Rudyard Kipling.” Written to British Army officer Sir Morgan George Crofton during Kipling’s first winter holiday in South Africa during which he was welcomed by a number of Cape Colony’s leading politicians, including the letter’s recipient.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 35017
Rare large format Royal Military Appointment signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. One vellum leaf, partially printed. The document is dated 9th April 1898 and appoints Francis Duncombe Astley-Russell to the position of Quarter Master in Her Majesty’s Land Forces. Boldly signed by Queen Victoria in the upper right corner, “Victoria R.” Retaining the blue Royal paper seal. Countersigned by Landsdowne. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original transmittal envelope. The document measures 15.25 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 32.25 inches by 28 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 124088
"One of the most fascinating regiments in American military history": Rough Rider Sergeant Craig W. Wadsworth's personal collection of of Rough Riders books, letters and photographs; with a first edition of The Rough Riders and typed letter signed by President Theodore Roosevelt
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899.
Craig Wharton Wadsworth’s personal collection of books, letters and photographs from his time as a Sergeant in Roosevelt’s Rough Riders cavalry. The collection includes a first edition of Roosevelt’s best-selling work, The Rough Riders (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1899) signed by Roosevelt, “Theodore Roosevelt” and Wadsworth, “Craig W. Wadsworth Sergeant-Troop K”; Wadsworth’s 14-leaf photograph album bound in full pebbled leather with gilt titles to the front panel which read: “First United States Volunteer Cavalry (Roosevelt Rough Riders) 1898” containing 24 original photographs of the cavalrymen on their expedition to Daiquiri with annotations in Wadsworth’s hand and a lengthy introduction on the final leaf which reads, “The Rough Riders or the 1st Regiment U. S. Volunteer Cavalry was organized at San Antonio, Texas, between May 9 + 19, 1898. Comprised of men most from Arizona – troops A. B. C. from Oklahoma territory D, from New Mexico E, F, G, H, + I; New York + Eastern States K; from Indian territory L + M. May 29. the Regiment proceeded by rail to Tampa. June 8. troops A, B, C, D, E, F, G, K, L boarded the troopship Yucatan in Port Tampa Bay, forming the first military expedition to Cuba. June 22. arrived at Daiquiri June 23. marched to Sibony. June 24 marched to Las Guasimas + defeated the Spanish, losing 40 men in killed + wounded. June 30. marched to El Posa. July 1, participated in the San Juan engagement + faced the Spanish to Santiago, losing 89 men in killed + wounded. July 2-17. Duty in trenches — Santiago until surrender. July 18. marched to regular Camp at El Caney. Aug. 7. marched to Santiago, boarded troopship Miami and returned to the United States. August 15. landed at Montauk Point, L. 9.2.4., and went into — camp. August 19. marched to regular camp, rejoined troops C, H, I, + M, which remained at Tampa until Aug. 7, and performed regular duties until Sept. 15, 1898, when the regiment was mustered out of service.” The photographs are captioned as follows: 1 recto. “Rough Rider” Encampment, San Antonio 1898; 1 verso. [photo of a ship, text removed]; 2r. Getting ready, June 8., 2v. Cooke, Wadsworth, Tiffany, H. Bull, Carroll. June 8; 3r. Going aboard the “—” Henry Cooke, Willie Tiffany, Henry Bull, Craig Wadsworth June 8; 3v. “the Yucatan” leaving Tampa with the Rough Riders. troops A, B, D, E, F, G, K, and half of 2nd Infantry June 8; 4r. June 13. nearer [photo of a ship]; 4v. June 13. And nearer. [photo of a ship]; 5r. June 13. And nearer the Yucatan just misses big —. [photo of a ship]; 5v. The Miami [photo of a ship]; 6r. Bombardment of Daiquiri by U. S. Navy. June 22; 6v. landing at Daiquiri. June 22; 7r. The Rough Riders’ Camp at Daiquiri, June 23; 7v. The Rough Riders’ Camp at Daiquiri, June 23; 8r. —, Marshall, Harrison, Benlough, Green, Eatton; 8v. Resting after Las Guasimas engagement. June 24. under the blankets are left the dead body of Hamilton Fish; 9r. Dick Davis, Gen. Lawton, Col. Wood, Caspar Whitney, Gen Lawton; 9v. Fighting Ground of the 1st + 10th U. S. Cavalry; 10r. the “Bloody —” [Ford?] after the San Juan engagement. July 1st; 10v. Grave of Capt. Capron of troop L, the “Rough Rider” killed during the engagement at Las Guasimas. June 22; 11r. Stream where Gen. Shafter left. June 30th; 11v. El Paso after the bursting of the first shell. July 1st; 12r. On the roads to El Caney July 18th; 12v. — Warden, Joe Stevens Jack Carroll, Beu. Ha.; Wadsworth’s first edition copy of Inaugural Souvenir 1901 (Washington DC: Press of W. F. Roberts, 1901) in the original publisher’s boards, illustrated with engraved portraits of each American president from Washington to McKinley including frontispiece of McKinley and Roosevelt. With Warden’s ownership inscription, “Craig W. Wadsworth. Washington D. C. Sunday March 3 1901”; and a two-page typed letter signed by Roosevelt dated May 15, 1902 on White House letterhead addressed to Wadsworth at the Kinckerbocker Club in New York which reads: My dear Craig, You have now been made Secretary of the Legation at London. I am sure I need not tell you that because my representative, and I shall have a peculiar responsibility for you in England. You showed yourself in war worthy of your grandfather, a man who left his name as a heritage because of what he did in the Civil War. Now you must show yourself just as good an American in peace. You will be in a set of our countrymen over in London of whom there is not always cause to feel proud, and you must always keep before your mind that you are the representative of this country “as a whole” [Roosevelt has added this in his hand]; that every decent and self-respecting American, without the least reference to his social position, who comes from this side has a claim upon your courtesy and interest; and above all that no man of any other country will ever respect one of our men who is not himself genuinely and at heart a thorough-going American. I wish I could see you for a moment before you go abroad. Faithfully yours, “Theodore Roosevelt”. A prominent member of New York Society, Craig Wharton Wadsworth served in Troop K of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in 1898. After the war, he served on Governor Theodore Roosevelt’s military staff as a major in Albany, New York. In 1902, he joined the U.S. Diplomatic Service as third secretary to the American Embassy in London. In very good to near fine condition. Original photographs and documents from the Rough Rider era are rare, those signed by Roosevelt and from the personal collection of a Rough Rider exceptionally so.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 123510
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.
Rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of American Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. One page folded on Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts letterhead, the letter is dated March 20, 1900 and reads, “Dear Mr. Ernst, I have meditated prayerfully on your kind suggestion that I should deliver the next 4th of July Oration and I think I ought not to attempt it. I shrink from assuming extra burdens at present and I have not so definite a sense of having something particular to say as to overcome the fear of avoidable fatigue. I write to you and not to his Honor the Mayor because you spoke to me. May I beg you to convince him that I am very humbled by the honor of the very suggestion. Sincerely your O.W. Holmes.”
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 112740
Rare postcard signed by famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. One page with the Hotel Cecil, London coat of arms, the post card is addressed to Miss Nelly Bachman in Caruso’s hand and signed by him on the verso, “Enrico Caruso London 1906.” Caruso has added a self-caricature beneath his inscription. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 117755
Rare Original Riggs National Bank Check; Signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President on Novembery 25th 1907
Rare original Theodore Roosevelt Riggs National Bank Check, signed by Roosevelt as President. Paid to the order of Schwab and Gassenheimer on November 25th, 1907 for the amount of ten dollars. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Roosevelt. The check measures 8 inches by 3 inches. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Roosevelt as president.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 94710
Rare visitor's log from the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 signed by Winston S. and Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, Raymond and Violet Asquith among others
Rare visitor’s log from the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 signed by Winston S. and Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, Raymond and Violet Asquith among others. Oblong quarto, bound in full leather with gilt inner dentelles. Signed and dated on the first several pages of the logbook by David Lloyd George, Louis Brennan (the inventor of the gyro monorail which won the exhibition’s Grand Prize), Raymond Asquith, Clementine S. Churchill, Violet Asquith, Winston S. Churchill, Brazilian President Hermes de Fonseca, and several others dated May 16, 1910 to February 18, 1911. Accompanied by a collection of original photographs from the exhibition and a Farewell Dinner Program. The Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 was a celebration of Japanese culture and manufacturing designed to cement the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. The exhibition was held in White City and attended by more than 8 million guests including Churchill, then Home Secretary, who invited Asquith and other members of the Cabinet. In very good condition. A fine collection of signatures.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119055
Typed letter signed by the author of The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot. One page, on Eliot’s Criterion Review letterhead, the letter is dated June 9th 1925 and reads: I have not the pleasure of knowing Mr. H.F. Collins personally, but have had frequent correspondence with him since first seeing the manuscript of the essay which was published in a recent “Criterion”. I was very much impressed by this essay, as were several of my colleagues in “The Criterion”. Mr. Collins is a critic of remarkable maturity of thought and expression, obviously of wide reading which he employs very much to the point, and what is especially uncommon, he brings to bear upon the criticism a philosophic mind. I expect great things of him as a critic. It follows that I consider him eminently suitable as a reader for any publisher who is interested in the production of literature. “T.S. Eliot.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Eliot. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 14 inches.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119308
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Dated November 18, 1917, the letter is on Holmes’ Supreme Court of the United States letterhead and addressed to Howard Jacobs. The letter reads, “Dear Sir, A visit to Harris & Ewing and inspection of their proofs left me unable to believe that any of those shown me correspond to the one I sighted this morning. Therefore if you are willing to adhere to your kind offer, I should be greatly obliged if you would get them to send me a proof of the one you identify. I want half a dozen, but I want to be sure I get the same. O.W. Holmes.” In very good condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 115358
Early 20th century United States Army Citation signed by General John J. Pershing. One page, partially printed, the citation awards Lieut. Colonel Arthur A. Tasker for “exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as Colonel Officer of the Base Hospital A09 France”. Dated April 19, 1919 and signed by General John J. Pershing.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120411
"I am enormously pressed for time this vacation, and I am ever afraid no such thing will have been done by me in time to be of use to you": Rare autograph letter signed by J.R.R. Tolkien with his list of Old English Literature Questions with annotations and corrections in his hand
Rare autograph letter signed by the author of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien regarding a list of 50 questions he has composed examining Old English Literature. One page, entirely in Tolkien’s hand, the letter reads in full, “1 Alfred Street St. Giles Oxford Mar: 17th 1920. Dear Miss Duncan, I enclose a ‘mixed bag’ of 50 questions on the OE period – some of them on ‘Beowulf’ (exclusive of special points of commentary), some more general. A few may be of use to you (many are culled from past papers etc.: those of last year are marked). They are not intended to by models of clear questioning , but to suggest enquiries. The easily available critical writings that might help are all 150 few. I hoped some time to make out something like a select bibliography but I am enormously pressed for time this vacation, and I am ever afraid no such thing will have been done by me in time to be of use to you. I am yours sincerely JRR Tolkien.” Three pages, typewritten and composed of 50 questions, the questionnaire is titled “Old English Literature Questions” with several annotations and corrections in Tolkien’s hand, including to question 1. “A gluttonous race of Jutes and Angles, capable of no grand combinations: [Tolkien has added “lumbering about in potbellied equanimity] not dreaming of heroic toll, and silence, and endurance, such as lead to the high places of this universe, and the golden mountain tone where dwell the spirits of the dawn’ (Carlyle). How far would your reading of Old English poetry land you to modify this estimate?” to question 10. “What may we imagine the effect of the introduction of Christianity (and the [Tolkien has added “subseq.”] attitude of the Church) to have been upon the preservation of the legends (and ideals) of Germanic past?” and to question 28. “Do you agree that compared with ‘The Battle of Maldon’ (which celebrated complete defeat) ‘Brunanburh’ [Tolkien has added “which celebrated a great victory”] is merely competent laureate work that any well educated gentleman of the time could have turned out on conventional models? Can you account for it?” Tolkien has also added a 51st question in his hand at the conclusion of the questionnaire, “Give an account of one important ins. of English poetry. Indicate its value for our knowledge of the subject as a whole.” In fine condition. An extraordinary pairing, offering a unique glimpse into Tolkien’s broad literary knowledge and influences.
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 121974