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  • "To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939" First Edition of Winston S. Churchill's Step By Step 1936-1939; Inscribed by Him to King Edward VIII in the month of publication

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Step By Step 1936-1939.

    London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd, 1939.

    First edition of this Churchill title, the last book he published before the outbreak of the Second World War. Octavo, specially bound for the Duke of Windsor by Lucie Weill in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles, crowned cipher of the Duke of Windsor on the lower label, with two maps. Association copy, inscribed by Winston S. Churchill to King Edward the VIII, on the page preceding the half-title page in the month of publication, “To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939.”

    When Edward’s father ascended the throne as George V after the death of Edward VII, Edward the VIII automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay. He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester a month later on 23 June 1910, his 16th birthday. The lives of Edward and Churchill, first intersected at this time, when as Home Secretary, it fell to Churchill to read out the Letters Patent that invested the Prince with his new title during the ceremony at Caernarvon Castle. Predictably, Churchill found this a moving occasion, and thought “the little Prince looked & spoke as well as it was possible for anyone to do,” noting in a letter to Clementine that “he was a very nice boy—quite simply & terribly kept in order.” When Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty shortly after the investiture, he became a hero to the newly-installed Prince of Wales, who had been a naval cadet. Churchill’s vigorous emphasis on sea power appealed to the Prince, who wrote of Churchill: “He is a wonderful man and has a great power of work.” Writing to Clementine, Churchill indicated that he and the Prince “have made rather friends.”

    Unfortunately, as he got older Edward’s womanizing and reckless behavior and attitudes put a strain on the relations between Churchill and himself for a time. When Edward’s father, George V died in early 1936 and Edward became king, his relationship with a married woman, Wallis Simpson, was known to those in power. When King Edward VIII chose to marry Simpson, Churchill, although he initially opposed any marriage between the King and Mrs. Simpson, felt a natural sympathy for the King, and believed that the solution was a morganatic marriage. Under this plan, Mrs. Simpson would become the Duchess of Cornwall but not Queen. The Cabinet, however, did not approve; neither did the Dominions. Churchill’s only hope then became that the King would see reason, accept his duty as Sovereign, and give up Mrs. Simpson, which Edward would not agree to. Churchill finally helped the King in writing his abdication speech. This book was given to Edward, now titled the Duke of Windsor while they were living abroad in France shortly before the beginning of World War 2. A wonderful association copy between the former Prime Minister and the former King of Great Britain. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box with the crowned cipher to the front panel.

    Price: $125,000.00     Item Number: 119578

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  • 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

    DE BOURRIENNE, Fauvelet. [Napoleon].

    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    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

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  • The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla; inscribed by Nikola Tesla to Civil War Major and Assistant U.S. Treasurer General Daniel Butterfield

    MARTIN, Thomas Commerford. [Nikola Tesla].

    The Inventions Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla. With Special Reference to His Work in Polyphase Currents and High Potential Lighting.

    New York: The Electrical Engineer, 1894.

    Scarce edition of Thomas Commerford Martin’s landmark work in the field of electrical engineering, detailing the research and inventions of brilliant inventor, Nikola Tesla. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Tesla, illustrated with numerous diagrams throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nikola Tesla in Serbian Cyrillic on the second free endpaper, “Prijatelju D. Butterfield, Nikola Tesla” which translates as “My friend D. Butterfield, Nikola Tesla.” The recipient, Daniel Butterfield, was a Civil War Major General and was the head of one of Cold Spring, New York’s first families. Injured on the third day of Gettysburg, he received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gaines Mill, Virginia, and is credited with adapting the current bugle call into Taps, the most famous bugle call in history. He later became Assistant U.S. Treasurer during the Grant administration and played a major role in the scheme (in which Grant himself participated) that caused the major collapse in the price of gold, on September 24, 1869, known as Black Friday. First published in 1894, Commerford’s landmark text was reprinted twice that year (this being the third printing which is identical to the previous printings and equally as scarce). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. From the library of August John Pacini, the head of the Department of Biophysical Research at the Victor X-Ray Corporation, Chicago, with a small presentation slip from his wife laid in. Exceptionally rare, not only does the present title scarcely come to market, but no other copy inscribed by Tesla has ever appeared in auction records.

    Price: $42,500.00     Item Number: 119204

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  • "I have numerous readers among farmers and workers. They make India. Their poverty is India's curse and crime. Their prosperity alone can make India a country fit to live in:" Second Series of Mohandas K. Gandhi's Young India; signed and dated by him

    GANDHI, Mohandas K. [Mahatma].

    Young India Second Series 1924-1926.

    New York: The Viking Press, 1927.

    First edition of the second series of the writings of Gandhi. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by Gandhi on the front free endpaper, “MK Gandhi 3:4:29.” Gandhi founded and published the weekly periodical in English, Young India, from 1919 to 1931 to spread the philosophy and principles of the Satyagraha Movement and urge readers to participate in it. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and in this condition.

    Price: $40,000.00     Item Number: 95311

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  • "High School introduced at young age (15 & 16) to Emily Dickinson, who is probably greatest American poet I realize now": Rare Graduate Student Questionnaire Completed and Signed by Jack Kerouac with a lengthy inscription

    KEROUAC, Jack.

    Jack Kerouac Autograph Questionnaire Signed.

    1960.

    Rare mimeographed questionnaire sent by a graduate student of City College of New York to Jack Kerouac; completed and signed twice by him with a lengthy inscription in conclusion. Two pages, partially printed the questionnaire begins with a typed letter signed by James A. Sherlock politely requesting Kerouac’s response which reads in part: “Dear Mr. Kerouac, I am a graduate student of City College of New York, working upon an original research project aimed at uncovering certain educational factors in the lives of successful writers. As you undoubtedly know, there always has been considerable interest in analyzing the psychological make-up of the writer, but seldom has the more prosaic factor of the writer’s education been taken into consideration. Through this questionnaire, I would like to find out if the average successful writer considers his high school education in English a help or a hindrance in preparing him for his profession. Did frequent composition assignments aid the writer in improving his skill? Did reading – either outside reading or reading assigned in the classroom – play a small or large part in preparing the writer for his work?” Completed by Kerouac, in his hand, the questionnaire reads: Reading During High School: 1. In your high school days, did you prefer to read fiction or non-fiction? “Both” 2. If you preferred fiction, what type did you prefer? (Novels, short stories, plays, poetry, etc.) “Novels (from Bronte to ‘pulp’ novels)” 3. If you preferred non-fiction, what subjects did you prefer to read about? “Encyclopaedias [sic], Atlases, Harvard Classics (of Elliot)” 4. Was most of your reading matter of your own choosing or reading material assigned in the classroom? “My Own Choosing mostly (cut classes to spend schooldays in Library)” 5. Did you favor one or two authors at this time in particular in your high school reading? If so, whom? “Just general” 6. As nearly as you can remember, approximately how many books did you read each month during your high school days? “Depended on activities (of course)” High School Instruction: 7. As nearly as you can remember, how often were written compositions assigned in your high school English classes? “Can’t remember” 8. In your opinion, what facet of English instruction did most to develop your skill as a writer? (Literature, composition, spelling, grammar, vocabulary study, others) “Literature” The least? “Composition” 9. As you recall, were your grades in English composition on the whole very good, good, average, fair, or poor? (Kerouac has checked good) 10. Do you recall ever having received special encouragement in your writing from a high school English teacher? “Yes, Joseph Pyne of Lowell High School (Mass.)” Early Writing: 11. At approximately what age did you first seriously consider becoming a writer? “17 (That is, a ‘serious’ writer) (wrote since 11)” 12. Did you engage in outside writing – above the usual writing required in every day life – to any degree at this time? “Yes – from 11 yrs. old on.” 13. Did you at this time consciously imitate the style of any particular author or authors in your writing? “Yes” If so, who? “Saroyan & Hemingway (at 17)” 14. In your opinion, how much did your high school English courses contribute to your success as a writer? (Kerouac has checked all four options: Very much, Some, Little, and Very Little) 15. What factor or factors, if any, would you say contributed more that your schooling to your success as a writer? “SELF IMPOSED READING SCHEDULES OUTSIDE CLASSROOM” Note: If you have additional ideas on the value or inadequacies of your high school English instruction, please feel free to state them on the back of this questionnaire. Name: “Jack Kerouac”. In response to the final question, Kerouac has added a full page signed inscription to the verso of the third page of the questionnaire, “English & American Lit course in High School introduced at young age (15 & 16) to Emily Dickinson, who is probably greatest American poet I realize now (at least equal to Melville & Whitman for sheer mental beauty & brilliance of emotion – description) – High School crucial time to teach Jack K. But writers are born, not made (ask Balzac).” In near fine condition. An exceptional example offering a rare and intimate glimpse into the education and influences of one of the formative writers of the 20th century.

    Price: $38,000.00     Item Number: 117950

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  • “It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading": First Edition of Anton Reiser's Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem

    REISER, Anton. [Albert Einstein].

    Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait.

    New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.

    First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original poem on the front free endpaper in German, which translates as, “It is a curious fate to be objectified alive. Think with humor while reading. A. Einstein.” From the library of Alexandre and Catherine Barjansky with her ownership signature to the verso of the front panel and notation below Einstein’s inscription, “S.S. ‘Belgenland,’ New-York, 14/XII/30.” Russian sculptress Catherine Barjansky, her celebrated cellist husband, and Einstein were all close friends of King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Barjansky described her experiences creating the now famed and very intimate sculptural portraits of Elizabeth and Albert in her 1947 joint memoir with her husband Portraits with Backgrounds. Catherine had an international career, living at times in Rome, Berlin, New York, Vienna, Paris, and Brussels. Einstein was in New York at the time he inscribed the present volume, having arrived aboard the Belgenland three days earlier. Einstein travelled aboard the Belgenland several times. He was on the ship in March 1933, intending to return home to Germany, when he learned the alarming news that the Nazis had ransacked his summer cottage in Caputh. He soon decided it was too dangerous to return to Germany and when the ship docked in Antwerp, Belgium, he immediately reported to the German consulate in Brussels, where he turned in his German passport and renounced his citizenship. Einstein returned to America in October, beginning a new life aa member of the faculty of Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study. In near fine condition. A complex and desirable association.

    Price: $17,500.00     Item Number: 90431

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  • “I HOPE I WILL BE ABLE TO CONFIDE EVERYTHING TO YOU, AS I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CONFIDE IN ANYONE”: FIRST EDITION OF ANNE FRANK’S DIARY, HET ACHTERHUIS; In the exceptionally rare dust jacket

    FRANK, Anne .

    Het Achterhuis: Dagboakbrieven van 12 Jun 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944. Met een woord vooraf door Annie Romein-Verschoor. (The Diary of Anne Frank).

    Amsterdam: Contact, 1947.

    First edition of the diary of Anne Frank in the original Dutch. Small octavo, original publisher’s white and red paper-covered boards, illustrated with 2 photographic reproductions of the interior of the house, 1 floor plan, and 2 facsimiles from the diary. Introduction by Annie Romein-Verschoor. Very good in the dust jacket which is in very good condition with some professional restoration and tape repairs to the verso. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceedingly rare and desirable, especially in the original dust jacket.

    Price: $17,500.00     Item Number: 96773

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  • First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him

    KING JR., Martin Luther.

    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

    New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.

    First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. H.O. Wilson In appreciation for your great support Martin Luther King Jr.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $17,500.00     Item Number: 120468

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  • "the most celebrated biography in the English language": Rare First Edition of Boswell's The Life of Johnson

    BOSWELL, James.

    The Life of Johnson.

    London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, in The Poultry, 1791.

    First edition, first issue of both volumes of the most celebrated biography in the English language, which was published on May 16, 1791 in a print run of only 1,750 copies. Quarto, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Frontispiece portrait of Samuel Johnson, engraved by J. Heath after the Sir Joshua Reynolds (1756) painting. Volume one is the first state with the word “give” reading on page 135, line 10. First state of volume two, with two engraved illustrations, “The Round Robin” at p. 92, and the “facsimiles” of Dr. Johnson’s handwriting on p. 588. In near fine condition with light toning, an excellent example of this landmark work.

    Price: $17,500.00     Item Number: 80005

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  • "the most celebrated biography in the English language": Rare First Edition, First Issue of Boswell's The Life of Johnson

    BOSWELL, James.

    The Life of Johnson.

    London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, in The Poultry, 1791.

    First edition, first issue of both volumes of the most celebrated biography in the English language, which was published on May 16, 1791 in a print run of only 1,750 copies. Quarto, bound in full morocco by Birdsall, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. Frontispiece portrait of Samuel Johnson, engraved by J. Heath after the Sir Joshua Reynolds (1756) painting. Housed in a custom clamshell box. In fine condition. An excellent example of this landmark work.

    Price: $16,500.00     Item Number: 120374

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  • “INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE": First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him

    KING JR., Martin Luther.

    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

    New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.

    First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Wilfred Cohen, In appreciation for your great support. Martin Luther King Jr.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $16,000.00     Item Number: 109435

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  • "Nonviolence is directed against forces of evil rather than against persons who happen to be doing the evil. It is evil that the nonviolent resister seeks to defeat, not the persons victimized by evil": First Edition of Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.

    KING JR., Martin Luther.

    Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.

    First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the front free endpaper. Review copy, with the slip laid in, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some fading to the spine and light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings are uncommon signed.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 30031

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  • The Golden Book of Tagore: A Homage to Rabindranath Tagore from India and the World in Celebration of His Seventieth Birthday; signed and dated by Tagore

    TAGORE, Rabindranath. Edited by Ramananda Chatterjee.

    The Golden Book of Tagore: A Homage to Rabindranath Tagore from India and the World in Celebration of His Seventieth Birthday.

    Calcutta: The Golden Book Committee, 1931.

    First subscribers’ edition of The Golden Book of Tagore, the elaborate privately produced tribute to the famed poet; signed by Tagore and from the library of Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur. Quarto, original cloth, lettered tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Tagore by Martin Vos signed and dated by Tagore beneath his image, “Rabindranath Tagore Dec. 19, 1933,” 29 additional engravings including 11 tipped-in in full color with lettered tissue guards. From the famed library of Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur with his ownership initials “S.R.A.S” and library notes to the pastedown noting that the book was “Received from the Golden Book of Tagore Committee 120/2, Upper Circular Road Calcutta on 1-3-1932. Pre-Publication Subscription sent by money order on 8-8-1931. Received the book by V.P.P.” Indian nobleman Raja Shamraj Rajwant Bahadur assembled India’s greatest library, famed for its diverse collection of rare antiquarian manuscripts and important books. Tipped in is an autograph letter signed by Tagore in facsimile to Bhagwan Singh Gyanee and dated December 27, 1931 which reads in part, “It is hard for me to say in a few faltering words how I feel when voices greet me from my own country and from across the seas carrying to me the assurance that I have pleased many and have helped some and thus offering me the best reward of my life. Rabindranath Tagore.” Additionally tipped in is a typed letter signed by Tagore on Visva-Bharati letterhead dated December 26, 1933 and addressed to the Raja which reads in part, ‘Dear Raja Bahadur, On the eve of my departure from Hyderabad, allow me to offer you and Ranee Shaheba my sincere thanks for your generous contribution to the funds of Visva-Bharati. I am glad to know you realise that Visva-Bharati belongs to you all and have promised to stand by it…With best wishes, yours sincerely, “Rabindranath Tagore.”‘ The Raja has added a note, “The Poet had paid a visit to my house on 19-12-1933. Particular in my personal album.” Laid in at rear is the original transmittal envelope. In very good condition. An exceptional association.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 106982

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  • “INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE": First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him

    KING JR., Martin Luther.

    Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

    New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.

    First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Otto E. Geppert Martin Luther King Jr.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, small date to the endpaper. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 112455

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  • “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die": First Edition of The Babe Ruth Story; Warmly Inscribed by Him to His Doctor

    RUTH, Babe.

    The Babe Ruth Story.

    New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, 1948.

    First edition of Babe Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To my good friend and Pal Dr. Richard Lewisohn From Babe Ruth 1948.” Dr. Lewisohn was a surgeon who experimented with an anti-cancer drug, teropterin (pteroltriglutamic acid). In 1947, Dr. Lewisohn offered Ruth, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 1946, to receive this experimental therapy. Dr. Lewisohn was very honest with Ruth about his small chances for a recovery although no formal informed consent was signed. Ruth responded bravely that he would still like to go through with the experimental treatment in order to provide the medical community with information that might help individuals in the future with the same ailment. Thus, Ruth became a subject in one of the first clinical trials of an anti-cancer drug. Dr. Lewison’s experimental course of teropterin injections led to a dramatic, albeit short-lived, improvement in Ruth. The improvement in Ruth’s condition was featured in the lead story of September 11, 1947 in the Wall Street Journal which reported on Dr. Lewisohn’s report of the case at a medical conference. The Wall Street Journal stated that researchers might be on the verge of a cure for cancer. As a direct result of Dr. Lewisohn’s treatment, Ruth was able to say farewell to his fans at Yankee Stadium and attend other public functions, as well do the interviews for and see the publication of this book in May of 1948. He was also attend the premiere of the film based on upon this book. Ruth passed away just a short time later on August 16, 1948, before the film’s public release. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with some professional restoration. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are scarce, given the short time between the release of the book and Ruth’s passing. Association copies such as this one are highly prized.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 106746

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  • "God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race": First Edition of Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.

    KING JR., Martin Luther.

    Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.

    First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the title page, “Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $14,800.00     Item Number: 99642

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  • SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEIN’S "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM; IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CARDBOARD

    EINSTEIN, Albert.

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist.

    Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.

    Signed limited first edition, one of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49”, this is number 499. Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt, original slipcase. The book is in fine condition, the slipcase is in fine condition. Housed in the original publisher’s cardboard. An absolute pristine example, which has been stored in the original cardboard box since publication. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.

    Price: $14,500.00     Item Number: 35020

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  • First edition of Sol Plaatje's Native Life In South Africa, Before and Since the European War and The Boer Rebellion; inscribed by him to his first biographer Modiri S. Molema

    PLAATJE, Solomon Tshekisho [Sol].

    Native Life In South Africa, Before and Since the European War and The Boer Rebellion.

    London: P. S. King & Son, Ltd, 1916.

    First edition of “one of the most remarkable books on Africa by one of the continent’s most remarkable writers” (Neil Parsons). Octavo, original cloth, double frontispiece of the author and Mrs. S. T. Plaatje. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Mr. Modiri S. Molema, With the author’s compliments & pleasant recollections of happy days in the Siege of Mafeking Easter 1916.” The recipient, Modiri S. Molema, was the son of Chief Silas Molema, a personal friend of Plaatje’s who financed The Bechuana Gazette which Plaatje edited between 1902 and 1905. Both Silas and Plaatje were on the side of the British during the Siege of Mafeking, where Plaatje acted as both court interpreter and clerk to the Mafeking administrator of Native affairs. The Molema Family played an important role in South African history. Molema Tawana (c. 1822 – January 1882) was the Barolong Chief and founded the town of Mafeking, which was originally called Molema’s Town. His heir and oldest son, Silas Thelesho Molema was the next chief of the Barolong and friend and benefactor of Sol. Plaatje. It was to Silas’s son, Seetsele Modiri Molema (1891 – 1965), also known as Silas Modiri Molema after his father, that Plaatje gave and inscribed this book, sharing as he says “happy days in the Siege of Mafeking”. Modiri would only have been a boy of about 8 at the time of the Siege, and later went on to study medicine and the University of Glasgow. Before returning to South Africa, Molema wrote an acclaimed history book entitled The Bantu, Past and Present; an Ethnographical & Historical Study of the Native Races of South Africa. Though the book was about Black South Africans in general, the primary focus was the history of the Batswana. On his return to South Africa, he commenced his practice in Mafikeng where he distinguished himself as a medical practitioner of exceptional ability with a large practice serving both White and Black South Africans at Mafikeng and distant towns like Johannesburg. He published several pamphlets and books including the first biography of Sol Plaatje: Lover of His People: Sol Plaatje, originally written in his mother-tongue, Setswana, and the only book-length biography written by someone who actually knew him. The manuscript had long been housed in the Wits Historical Papers and was accessible only to scholars. In the biography, Molema references the present volume and quotes the inscription within it. In the 1940s, Dr. Molema was involved in the African National Congress (ANC) and he became its National Secretary in December 1949. He also served on the African Advisory Council, Joint Advisory Council, and the Constitutional Committee that set the Bechuanaland Protectorate on its road to independence as a Republic of Botswana. In very good condition. The most significant association copy extant.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 118168

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  • “There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed”: First Edition, First Issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin with a signed note from her

    STOWE, Harriet Beecher.

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly.

    Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.

    First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work, with a loose plate signed by the author as follows, “Trust in the Lord and do good – Harriet Beecher Stowe, July 22, 1892.” Octavo, original cloth, volume with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. In near fine condition with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 105632

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  • First Edition of Anton Reiser's Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Signed and dated by Albert Einstein

    REISER, Anton. [Albert Einstein].

    Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait.

    New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.

    First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed and dated by Einstein on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Albert Einstein New York 1930.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 110352

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  • First Edition, First Issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin with a first edition of A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin; With a signed Card and Cart-de-visite

    STOWE, Harriet Beecher.

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly and A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

    Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.

    First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, volume with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. In very good condition. With a rare carte-de-visite and note card signed “truly yours HB Stowe.” Comes with a first edition of Stowe’s A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1853. Housed in a custom case.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 112652

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  • "They call me 'Lucky', but luck isn't enough": Rare First Edition of Charles Lindbergh's We; inscribed by him to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford

    LINDBERGH, Charles A. [Henry Ford].

    We.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.

    Rare first edition association copy of Lindbergh’s definitive autobiography. Octavo, original pictorial cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author to close personal friend Henry Ford and his wife Clara, “To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford Sincerely Charles A. Lindbergh.” Lindbergh developed a long-term friendship with Ford who was well known for his newspaper The Dearborn Independent, also known as The Ford International Weekly. The paper reached a circulation of 900,000 by 1925, second only to the New York Daily News, largely due to a quota system for promotion imposed on Ford dealers. Lawsuits regarding anti-Semitic material published in the paper caused Ford to close it, and the last issue was published in December 1927.Lindbergh, too, gained a reputation as an anti-Semite with the publication of a controversial Reader’s Digest article in November 1939 and a series of nationwide radio addresses criticizing the Roosevelt administration for attacking Germany. In late 1940 Lindbergh became spokesman of the non-interventionist America First Committee, soon speaking to overflow crowds at Madison Square Garden and Chicago’s Soldier Field, with millions listening by radio. President Franklin Roosevelt publicly decried Lindbergh’s views as those of a “defeatist and appeaser”, comparing him to U.S. Rep. Clement L. Vallandigham, who had led the “Copperhead” movement that had opposed the American Civil War. Lindbergh promptly resigned his commission as a colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps, writing that he saw “no honorable alternative” given that Roosevelt had publicly questioned his loyalty. In 1927, the year of the present volume’s publication, Charles Lindbergh flew his Spirit of St. Louis to Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. Upon arrival, Henry Ford accepted Lindbergh’s invitation for a ride. Though Ford had been invested in aviation since 1909, this was his first trip in an airplane. Laid in is a Western Union telegram dated August 15, 1947 from Clara Ford to Irving Imoberstag, the husband of Clara Ford’s niece Frances Imoberstag née Bryant. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition. A remarkable association copy.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 109846

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  • "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run": First Edition of The Babe Ruth Story; Warmly Inscribed by Him

    RUTH, Babe.

    The Babe Ruth Story.

    New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc, 1948.

    First edition of Ruth’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To my good friend Ed Tillman From Babe Ruth.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. As told to Bob Considine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Uncommon signed and inscribed as Ruth passed away in the year of publication.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 95879

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  • SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ALBERT EINSTEIN’S "ONE AND ONLY INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY": SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM in the rare original dust jacket

    EINSTEIN, Albert.

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist.

    Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949.

    Signed limited first edition, number 711 of 760 copies signed and dated “Albert Einstein ‘49.” Octavo, original brown cloth, top edge gilt. The book is in fine condition in the rare original dust jacket, which is in very good condition. Edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. Frontispiece portrait of Einstein by Yousef Karsh. Rare and desirable in this condition.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 110472

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  • "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.": First Edition of Down the Fairway; Signed by Bobby Jones

    JONES, Robert T..

    Down the Fairway: The Golf Life and Play of Robert T. Jones, Jr.

    Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.

    First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Jones on the front free endpaper, “with best wishes, Robert T. Jones, Jr.” Foreword by Grantland Rice. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original dust jacket and signed.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 117324

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  • “There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed”: First Edition, First Issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

    STOWE, Harriet Beecher.

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly.

    Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.

    First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, volume with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. First issue, with “spilt” (rather than “spiled”) in Volume I, 42, line 1; “cathecism” (rather than “catechism”) in Volume II, 74, line 5; and all other first issue points. In near fine condition, early 20th century ink ownership signatures at head of title-pages and front free endpapers. Housed in a full custom morocco clamshell and chemise. A superior example.

    Price: $10,000.00     Item Number: 37047

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 62035

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  • “We write our own destiny; we become what we do”: First Edition of General Chiang Kai Shek; Signed by both General and Madame Chiang kai-shek

    KAI-SHEK, Chiang and Madame.

    General Chiang Kai shek: An Account Of The Fortnight In Sian.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1937.

    First edition of this autobiography of Chiang Kai-shek. Octavo, original cloth. Signed on the half-title page in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek and in English by Mei-ling Soong Chiang, former First Lady of the Republic of China, 1948-1975. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Exceptionally rare signed by both Chiang and Madame Kai-shek.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 48012

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  • First Edition of Harry Vardon's My Golfing Life; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket and from the library of Albert W. Tillinghast with a letter to him signed by Vardon laid in

    VARDON, Harry.

    My Golfing Life.

    London: Hutchinson & Co, 1933.

    First edition of Vardon’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. From the library of golf architect A.W. Tillinghast with his handwritten library index card laid in. A.W. Tillinghast was one of the most prolific architects in the history of golf; he worked on more than 265 different courses and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. Affixed to the front free endpaper is a three-page autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Vardon to Tillinghast on Vardon’s letterhead dated February 19th 1914 which reads in part, “Dear Mr. Tillinghast, I thank you very much for clipping & also letter. I fail to understand American people. They ask for my candid opinion of things…then they slate you for doing so…” During his career, Vardon made three visits to North America, 1900, 1913 and 1920. During all three trips he competed in the U.S. Open finishing 1st, 2nd and tie 2nd, becoming golf’s first international celebrity in 1900 when he toured the United States and Canada. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 96787

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  • "Even in this place one can survive, and therefore one must want to survive, to tell the story, to bear witness; and that to survive we must force ourselves to save at least the skeleton, the scaffolding, the form of civilization": First Edition of Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man; Signed by Him

    LEVI, Primo.

    If This Is A Man.

    New York: The Orion Press, 1959.

    First edition of Levi’s masterpiece, which was later published as Survival In Auschwitz. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Primo Levi on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a small chip to the rear panel. Jacket design by Wladislaw Finne. Translated by Stuart Woolf. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Extremely rare signed.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 4541

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  • “Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet": First American Edition of Seven Years in Tibet; Lengthily Inscribed by Heinrich Harrer and By His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    HARRER, Heinrich [His Holiness The Dalai Lama].

    Seven Years in Tibet.

    New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1954.

    First American edition of Harrer’s classic account, signed by Harrer and The Dalai Lama. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with over 40 photographs. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Heinrich Harrer in both English and Tibetan on the half-title page, “To Mrs. Rosser with best wishes in remembrance of my lecture in Philadelphia from H. Harrer Jan. 1955.” Additionally signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who was tutored by Harrer while he living in Tibet. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Richard Graves. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by both Harrer and The Dalai Lama.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 112165

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  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge": First edition of Out of My Later Years; Signed and Dated by Albert Einstein

    EINSTEIN, Albert.

    Out of My Later Years.

    New York: Philosophical Library, 1950.

    First edition of Einstein’s collection of social science-related articles, addresses and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. Einstein 52.” With the ownership signature of Dr. Milnor Alexander, Los Angeles, California, 1952 on front pastedown. Alexander taught political science at Penn State University and was active in the women’s movement and supporter of many societies promoting social welfare, the environment and the Labor movement. She has also inscribed below, “Autographed by Einstein for our fund-raiser for the Federation for Repeal of the Levering Act.” The inscription on the pastedown is significant. Einstein is known to have endorsed the [successful] fight against having every California citizen/employee of the government pledge complete loyalty to the government no matter one’s political affiliations. This was called the Levering Act. These strictures to be imposed on California government employees took place during the McCarthy era of seeking out Communist sympathizers, including the banning of alleged Communist-leaning Hollywood actors and directors. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 55054

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  • “ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL BIOGRAPHIES IN ENGLISH:” LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL; EACH VOLUME INSCRIBED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL

    CHURCHILL, Winston.

    Lord Randolph Churchill.

    London: Macmillan & Co. Limited, 1906.

    First edition of Winston S. Churchill’s biography of his father. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, with two photographic frontispiece portraits of Lord Randolph. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in both volumes, “Inscribed for G.S. Harvie-Watt by Winston Churchill 1943.” The recipient, Harvie-Pratt was a conservative politician who served as parliamentary private secretary to Winston Churchill from 1941-1945. At the end of World War II, he became a Queen’s Counsel and was created a baronet. In 1948 he became an aide-de-camp to George VI; on the king’s death, he filled the same position for Elizabeth II, also acting as a member of the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland. In very good condition with rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Remarkable association copies.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 30055

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  • "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.": First Edition of Down the Fairway; Signed by Jones and Keeler

    JONES, Robert T..

    Down the Fairway: The Golf Life and Play of Robert T. Jones, Jr.

    Minton, Balch & Company: New York, 1927.

    First trade edition of what many consider the greatest golf book of the twentieth century, signed by both Jones and Keeler. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, “For Theodore P. Le Vino with best wishes, Robert T. Jones, Jr. and signed “Best of luck, always! O.B. Keeler 1941.” The original wrapping for the shipping from Jones to the recipient with labels and stamps is laid in. Foreword by Grantland Rice. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, rare and desirable signed by both Jones and Keeler and with noted provenance.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 95650

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  • “Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life”: John Lennon's In His Own Write; Signed by Him

    LENNON, John.

    In His Own Write.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1964.

    First edition, second printing of Lennon’s first book. Octavo, original laminated pictorial boards. Introduction by Paul McCartney. Presentation copy, signed by John Lennon on the front free endpaper, “For Judy love, John Lennon xx.” In near fine condition with light rubbing, with the recipient’s name above the inscription. Designed by Robert Freeman. Rare and desirable signed by Lennon.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 96139

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  • First Edition of The Wright Brothers; Inscribed by Orville Wright to His Friend and Neighbor

    KELLY, Fred C.; Introduction by Orville Wright.

    The Wright Brothers.

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.

    First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright on the half-title page to neighbor and historian Charlotte Seitner, “To Charlotte Seitner With Best Wishes Orville Wright Feb. 10, 1944.” The recipient Charlotte Seitner was a historian and neighbor of Orville Wright. She was a life-long collector of Wright Brothers ephemera, donating most of her collection to the local historical society with the exception of the included materials which were inherited by her niece and nephew. Materials include newspaper clippings on the Wrights, a group of First-Day covers of Wright Brother Stamps, a personal letter from Seitner offering condolences on Orville Wright’s passing, and an undated print of the First Flight photograph. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown and foot of the spine. Introduction by Orville Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $9,200.00     Item Number: 81031

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  • Uncorrected Proof of Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl

    FRANK, Anne; Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.

    Uncorrected proof of the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original wrappers. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. This is the first example we have seen, as only a few examples would have been produced for limited in-house production. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $9,200.00     Item Number: 111575

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  • “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for”: The complete writings of George Washington; Bound in Full Contemporary Calf

    WASHINGTON, George; Jared Sparks.

    The Writings of George Washington Being His Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private.

    Boston: American Stationers Company. John B. Russell, 1836-1837.

    The complete writings of George Washington. Large octavo, 12 volumes, uniformly bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Frontispiece of Washington to volumes 1-3; engraved by J.W. Paradise from a painting by J.G. Chapman after a painting by C.W. Peale; frontispiece in volumes 2 and three engraved by A.B. Durand, the first from a painting by Gilbert Stuart; frontispiece in volume 12 of Martha Washington engraved by J. Cheney. Editor Jared Sparks was a noted early American historian and President of Harvard College. Sparks worked as editor of the North American Review and a Unitarian pastor in Baltimore. His most notable work was his Writings of George Washington. An attractive set.

    Price: $9,200.00     Item Number: 63030

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  • “ALL THAT HITCHHIKIN. ALL THAT RAILROADIN. ALL THAT COMIN BACK TO AMERICA”: FIRST EDITION OF JACK KEROUAC’S LONESOME TRAVELER; WITH A RARE AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY JACK KEROUAC LAID IN

    KEROUAC, Jack.

    Lonesome Traveler.

    New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1960.

    First edition of Kerouac’s deeply personal collection of autobiographical vignettes. Octavo, original half-cloth, illustrated with drawings by Larry Rivers. Laid in is an autograph letter signed by Kerouac which reads, “Dec. 3 1962 Dear Louis, Voila, contracts signed – Glad to hear too of Deutsch London reprint contract which means I can pay for my Sins – Jack Kerouac Tell Sterling I see him Dec. 29 or 28 & You too J.” Here, Kerouac refers to his novel Big Sur, first published in September of 1962 by Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, and subsequently by Deutsch in London. He also refers to Kerouac’s literary agent, Sterling Lord, who was responsible for the publication of Kerouac’s masterpiece On the Road (which took him four years to sell) and represented several other major names in American writing including Ken Kesey, Howard Fast, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Larry Rivers. The letter is in fine condition and measures 8 inches by 5 inches. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 117094

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  • First Edition of Golfing Legend J.H. Taylor's Golf: My Life's Work; With a Full Page Inscription by Him

    TAYLOR, J.H. (John Henry); Introduction by Bernard Darwin.

    Golf: My Life’s Work.

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1943.

    First edition of Taylor’s autobiography, who is considered to be one of the best golfers of all time and a pioneer of modern golf. Octavo, original cloth. Frontispiece, illustrated. Introduction by Bernard Darwin. Inscribed by the author, “The pleasures of golf are note measured by successes but by the love the player for the game. Very Sincerely Yours, J.H. Taylor. Open Champion Golfer 1894-1895-1900-1909-1913. French Champion 1908-1909. German Champion 1912.”  Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 23064

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  • "Thine is the victory without the battle- the crown without the conflict": Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin Uncle Tom's Cabin; Lengthily signed by her

    STOWE, Harriet Beecher.

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly and A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

    Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1892.

    Finely bound example of the author’s classic work. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, volume with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. Lengthily signed by the author as follows, “There is no death to such as thou dear Eva, neither darkness nor shadow of death. Thine is the victory without the battle- the crown without the conflict Uncle Tom’s Cabin Chap 24 Harriet Beecher Stowe April 17 1893.” In near fine condition. A unique example.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 117857

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  • "Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles": First Edition of Toward Freedom: The Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Him

    NEHRU, Jawaharlal .

    Toward Freedom: The Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru.

    New York: The John Day Company, 1941.

    First edition of Nehru’s classic autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Jawaharlal Nehru on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. First editions are uncommon, especially signed.

    Price: $8,800.00     Item Number: 114944

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  • "Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity": First Edition of The Author’s Landmark Work The Seven Storey Mountain; signed by Thomas Merton

    MERTON, Thomas.

    The Seven Storey Mountain.

    New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1948.

    First edition, first-issue binding in white cloth and in the first-issue dust jacket with the photo on rear panel captioned: “Author is second from the left.” Signed by Thomas Merton on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are rare.

    Price: $8,500.00     Item Number: 81934

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  • "Poet, Singer, Great heart, may our god bless your name, and the womb that held you, and the breasts that gave you milk. and may god forgive us all"; First Edition of Kahlil Gibran's Jesus The Son of Man; Warmly Inscribed by him

    GIBRAN, Kahlil.

    Jesus: The Son of Man.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928.

    First edition of Kahlil Gibran’s masterful retelling of the story Jesus of Nazareth. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations by the author. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Roy and D. from Howard and Bill With the blessing upon you four, and with the gratitude of Kahlil Gibran 1928.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable inscribed and in the original dust jacket.

    Price: $8,500.00     Item Number: 89433

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  • “Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician”: First Edition of The Wright Brothers; Inscribed by Orville Wright

    KELLY, Fred C.; Introduction by Orville Wright.

    The Wright Brothers.

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.

    First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright on the half-title page, “To Miss Margaret Hollowell with sincere good wishes. Orville Wright Feb. 21, 1947.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Orville Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $8,500.00     Item Number: 100750

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  • "This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt

    FRANK, Anne; Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.

    First edition, early printing with the same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 24002

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  • Rare Complete Set of Theodore Martin's The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort; each volume inscribed by Queen Victoria to Sir Francis Seymour

    MARTIN, Theodore. [Queen Victoria].

    The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort. With Portraits and Views.

    London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1875-1880.

    Complete set of Martin’s extensive biography of Prince Albert, contracted and edited by Queen Victoria, each volume inscribed by her. Octavo, five volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, stamped ruling to the panels, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece to each volume, illustrated with 8 additional tissue-guarded plates of portraits and views; one a folding facsimile of a draft memorandum by Prince Albert to Lord Lyons in 1861. Association copies, each volume is inscribed by Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper to Sir Francis Seymour. Volume I is inscribed, “To Sir Francis Seymour Bart. In recollection of his dear Mother from Victoria Windsor Castle Dec. 14, 1874.” Volume II is inscribed, “To Lieutenant General Sir Francis Seymour Bart. from Victoria Nov. 22, 1876.” Volume III is inscribed, “To General Sir Francis Seymour Bart. from Victoria R December 1877.” Volumes IV and V are similarly inscribed. The recipient, Sir Francis Seymour, 1st Baronet, was a British Army officer and courtier. His son, Albert Victor Francis Seymour, who was born when Seymour was 74 years old served as a Page of Honour to Queen Victoria. In very good condition. Mixed editions as often: vols. I, IV, and V are first editions, vol. II is a second edition, and vol. III is a fifth edition. Rare and desirable with all five volumes inscribed.

    Price: $8,200.00     Item Number: 117508

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  • “THE SOCIAL IMPACT ON THE UNITED STATES WAS GREATER THAN THAT OF ANY BOOK BEFORE OR SINCE”: FIRST ISSUE OF UNCLE TOM’S CABIN

    STOWE, Harriet Beecher.

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly.

    Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett & Company, 1852.

    First edition, first issue, with “spilt” (rather than “spiled”) in Volume I, 42, line 1; “cathecism” (rather than “catechism”) in volume II, 74, line 5; and all other first issue points of the author’s classic work. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters leather over cloth, gilt titles to the spine, volume with title vignettes and six wood-engravings. In very good condition with light wear and toning. A nice example, scarce and desirable in contemporary binding.

    Price: $8,000.00     Item Number: 104745

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  • “Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev

    REAGAN, Ronald [Mikhail Gorbachev].

    An American Life.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

    First edition of the 40th President of the United States’ memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jim and Shirley Earp- With Best Wishes Ronald Reagan June 7- ’91” and additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian counterpart to Reagan. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he hand wrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened. It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc. Rare and desirable signed by Reagan and Gorbachev.

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  • First Edition of Edward Whymper's Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69; Inscribed by Him to Fellow Alpinist Thomas Bonney

    WHYMPER, Edward.

    Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69.

    London: John Murray, 1871.

    First edition of the author’s classic work on mountaineering, the first to help promote the very notion that peaks are meant to be climbed. Octavo, original cloth, 23 plates and numerous illustrations after drawings by Whymper; 5 folding maps. Inscribed by the author to the geologist and Alpinist Thomas Bonney , “from his obedient servant–the Author.” Also tipped in is a cordial 2 1/2-page letter signed from Whymper dated London, 15 June 1871, presenting this copy to Bonney, with additional comments on geological topics and book reviewing (“If I am asked to suggest reviewers, could you spare time to cut up ‘Scrambles’?”).

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 25092

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  • “There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed”: First Edition, First Issue of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

    STOWE, Harriet Beecher.

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly.

    Boston and Cleveland: John P. Jewett and Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.

    First edition, first issue of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt vignettes to the front panels of each volume, title vignettes and six wood-engravings. First issue, with “spilt” (rather than “spiled”) in Volume I, 42, line 1; “cathecism” (rather than “catechism”) in Volume II, 74, line 5; and all other first issue points. In very good condition, recased. Housed in a custom slipcase. An excellent example.

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 96214

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  • Antoine Saint-Exupery's Night Flight; Lengthily Inscribed by Him To Close Friend Bill Donovan

    SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine.

    Night Flight.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1937.

    Early printing of the author’s second novel, which went on to become an international bestseller and a film based on it appeared in 1933. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed on the half-title page (translated from the French), “For Colonel Donovan, In thanks for his warm home, his fireplace, and the peacefulness of his river house. With all my friendship, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” The recipient William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan was an American soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat.  He is best remembered as the wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II. He is also known as the “Father of American Intelligence” and the “Father of Central Intelligence.” The CIA regards Donovan as its founding father, according to journalist Evan Thomas in a 2011 Vanity Fair profile. In the article Thomas observed that Donovan’s “exploits are utterly improbable but by now well documented in declassified wartime records that portray a brave, noble, headlong, gleeful, sometimes outrageous pursuit of action and skulduggery.” A statue of him stands in the lobby of the CIA headquarters building in Langley, Virginia. A veteran of World War I, Donovan is the only person to have received all four of the United States’ highest awards: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal.  He was also a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, as well as decorations from a number of other nations for his service during both World Wars. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 92462

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  • “A MAN DOES WHAT HE MUST — IN SPITE OF PERSONAL CONSEQUENCES”: PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY

    KENNEDY, John F.

    Profiles In Courage.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.

    First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Philip Sang with best wishes John Kennedy Dec. 3, 1957.” Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 75080

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  • Rare first edition of S. Putnam Waldo's Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution

    WALDO, S. Putnam. [James Monroe; John Adams; Thomas Jefferson].

    Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution, Between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain; Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to other Distinguished Characters.

    Hartford: Published by Silas Andrus, 1823.

    First edition of Putnam’s work dedicated to American naval heroes of the Revolutionary War including James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown. Rare.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 120635

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  • First Editions of the Life of Susan B. Anthony; Lengthily Inscribed by Her

    HARPER, Ida Husted [Susan B. Anthony].

    Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony.

    Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1898-99.

    First editions of Anthony’s classic biography. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt medallion to the front panels of both volumes. Volume one is lengthily inscribed by Susan B. Anthony on the front free endpaper as follows, “To Mrs. Grace Bartholomew, Pioneer, Michigan, I present these volumes because of dear Mr. D.A. Blodgett’s purchasing so many Histories of Woman Suffrage to give to his friends. Therefore please accept these for his sake, & oblige. Yours very sincerely, Susan B. Anthony, Rochester N.Y., Nov. 5, 1904.” Delos Abiel Blodgett of Grand Rapids, MI founded an orphanage which remains active today. Grace Richmond Bartholomew (1848-1920) was a farmer of Pioneer, Michigan.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 65050

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  • Long Walk to Freedom; Signed by Three Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. De Klerk

    MANDELA, Nelson [Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk.

    Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

    South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.

    First South African edition, early printing of this classic autobiography, which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page (translated from Afrikaans to English), “To Lieutenant Colonel Jan de Wet, Compliments and Best Wishes to a competent and experienced pilot NMandela 10.5.95.” This was signed on the first anniversary of Mandela’s inauguration as President. Additionally signed by fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 112377

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  • First Edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft's biography; signed by both her and William Howard Taft

    TAFT, Helen Herron (William Howard Taft).

    Recollections of Full Years.

    New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1914.

    First edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft’s autobiography, the first autobiography published by a First Lady of the United States. Octavo, original cloth gilt, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Taft, with numerous illustrations. Signed by both William Howard Taft and First Lady Helen Herron Taft on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare, not only signed by the First lady of the United States to publish an autobiography, but by both Mrs. and President Taft.

    Price: $6,800.00     Item Number: 95234

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  • The Dalai Lama: a Biography of the exiled leader of Tibet; Signed by His Holiness and Lowell Thomas

    THOMAS, Jr..

    The Dalai Lama: A Biography of the Exiled Leader of Tibet.

    New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1962.

    First edition of this early biography of The Dalai Lama. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Signed and dated in the year of publication by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on the front free endpaper. Laid in is a note to the recipient on official Tibetan letterhead from the private secretary to the Dalai Lama stating that The Dalai Lama has signed this copy. Also inscribed on the half-title page by the author, “With warmes regards and best wishes to Kenneth Crouch- and with a special salute from- Lowell Thomas Jr. Dec. 14, 62.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some tape to the exterior. Jacket design by Gary Gore. Contemporary signatures of His Holiness are scarce. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $6,800.00     Item Number: 83782

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  • First Edition of W.D. Ganns The Tunnel Thru the Air; Inscribed by Him

    GANN, William D. (W.D.).

    The Tunnel Thru The Air or Looking Back from 1940.

    New York: Financial Guardian Publishing Company, 1927.

    First edition of this work by the legendary investor. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Robert Rend With all good wishes for the success of his new book sincerely W.D. Gann May 12, 1942.” Some light rubbing, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the foot of the spine. Books signed and inscribed by W.D. Gann are rare.

    Price: $6,500.00     Item Number: 7387

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  • "With all my esteem and all my friendship": Inscribed by Saint-Exupery to Close Friend and the Father of American Intelligence Bill Donovan

    SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de.

    Flight To Arras.

    New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1942.

    Signed limited edition one of 500 copies, additionally inscribed by Saint-Exupery. Octavo, original half leather, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt. Additionally inscribed on the half-title page (translated from the French), “For Colonel Donovan, With all my esteem and all my friendship. Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” The recipient William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan was an American soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat.  He is best remembered as the wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II.  He is also known as the “Father of American Intelligence” and the “Father of Central Intelligence.” The CIA regards Donovan as its founding father, according to journalist Evan Thomas in a 2011 Vanity Fair profile. In the article Thomas observed that Donovan’s “exploits are utterly improbable but by now well documented in declassified wartime records that portray a brave, noble, headlong, gleeful, sometimes outrageous pursuit of action and skulduggery.” A statue of him stands in the lobby of the CIA headquarters building in Langley, Virginia. A veteran of World War I, Donovan is the only person to have received all four of the United States’ highest awards: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal.  He was also a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, as well as decorations from a number of other nations for his service during both World Wars. Translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere. Illustrations by Bernard Lamotte. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $6,500.00     Item Number: 89335

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