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"Here Nature has contrived to unite conditions of soil and climate in a manner most delightful": Rare first edition pamphlet of Fort Lauderdale, Florida: "Gateway to the Everglades"
Fort Lauderdale: Snyder & Hortt, Real Estate and Investments, c. 1915.
Rare first edition promotional brochure for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Octavo, profusely illustrated with photographs taken c. 1914-1915 of the business district, boulevards, markets, railways, farms, orange groves, beaches, marinas, streams, and homes of Fort Lauderale. Map of Florida on the final page. In near fine condition. Scarce, OCLC/WorldCat locates only one other example housed in the Alachua County Library which lists the publication date as 1915, the year Fort Lauderdale was designated the county seat of the newly formed Broward County.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 103801
Delhi: Manager of Publications, 1934.
First edition of this extensive history of Indian statehood including the history of each state, how it is ruled and by whom and data on the economics and conditions of each state. Octavo, original boards, illustrated with charts and graphs. In near fine condition. Rare.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119344
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1989.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Robert Solow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 46017
Letter signed by Marie ‘de Medici. Signed “Marie,” dated September 12, 1613. Letter to M. de Bouthwoud, the president of the Parliament at Rouen, ordering him in the name of her son to convene and supervise the convocation of the Parliament. At this time Marie de Medici was regent for her son, Louis XIII, who was nine years old. A rare and desirable piece from the influential Medici, featuring a large, prominent signature. In excellent condition with only light toning and wear. The document measures 8.25 inches by 12.5 inches. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph, the entire piece measures 20 inches by 18.75 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 44039
FIRST EDITION OF CAESAR’S COMMENTARIES, “BEAUTIFULLY PRINTED AND RICHLY ADORNED,” WITH FAMOUS BULL PLATE, IN CONTEMPORARY CALF-GILT
The Commentaries of Caesar, Translated into English. To Which is Prefixed a Discourse Concerning The Roman Art of War.
London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson, et al, 1753.
First edition of Duncan’s famous translation of Caesar’s Commentaries, sumptuously illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Caesar, six double-page maps, and 78 splendid plans and plates (most double-page). This copy with the famed double-page bull plate, often not present. Thick folio, contemporary full brown calf rebacked with elaborately gilt-decorated calf spine, raised bands. In very good condition. Period bookplate to the front pastedown and front free endpaper.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 99425
Rare 1976 Series Two Dollar Bill; signed by American Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence
Washington, D.C: United States Treasury, 1976.
Rare two dollar bill signed by American astronaut and the second man to land on the moon, Buzz Aldrin on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 10.5 inches by 5.75 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117394
"He expressed the unconquerable spirit of the nation": rare limited edition Spode bone china Winston Churchill plate
Stoke-on-Trent, England: Spode, .
Rare limited edition Churchill Spode bone china plate. One of a limited edition of five thousand numbered plates commissioned by Thomas Goode and Co. Ltd. of London, this is number 860. The plate features a portrait of Churchill flanked by rampant lions and surrounded by a botanical gilt border. Founded by Josiah Spode in 1770, Spode pottery is renowned for perfecting the technique for transfer printing in underglaze blue on fine earthenware and credited with developing, around 1790, the formula for fine bone china that was generally adopted by the industry. In fine condition. The plate measures 10.5 inches in diameter.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117035
New York: Alchemical Music Co, 1971.
First edition of the sheet music accompaniment to the Doors’ seventh studio album; the first album released by the band following Jim Morrison’s death. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by drummer John Densmore on the front panel. In good condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 117962
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1941.
First edition of this storybook version of Disney’s classic. Slim folio, original pictorial paper boards, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. An exceptional example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 118129
"I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war": The Book of Common Prayer; Uniquely signed by President Gerald Ford
New York: The Seabury Press, 1953.
The Book of Common Prayer, boldly signed by President Gerald Ford as follows, “I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war. Gerald R. Ford.” Octavo, bound in full leather, all edges gilt. In fine condition. The famous phrase “I would rather walk a thousand miles for peace than to have to take a single step for war” was first spoken by President Gerald Ford at an Air Force commissioning ceremony in Arizona on November 14, 1974. It was subsequently used the following week as Ford departed for Japan, becoming the first president to make an official trip to the island nation and marking Ford’s first trip as president. During the trip, President Ford met with Emperor Hirohito and worked to improve trade relations. The now-famous phrase was used during the trip, upon departure from the South Lawn of the White House and at the Japan Press Club. A unique piece.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 122598
Rare Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court Ruling Document Page; signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens
Washington, D.C: Supreme Court of the United States, December 12, 2000.
Rare first page from the Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court ruling signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens. One page, printed. Double matted. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12.5 inches. Desirable signed by cultural and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 118035
"A neat Texas souvenir for a real Texas girl graduate": First Edition of Proceedings in the House of Representatives on the Occasion of the Reception and Acceptance From the State of Texas of the Statues of Sam Houston and Stephen D. Austin; inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson
Proceedings in the House of Representatives on the Occasion of the Reception and Acceptance From the State of Texas of the Statues of Sam Houston and Stephen D. Austin.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1905.
First edition of this collection of addresses delivered on the occasion of the placing of the statues of Texas statesmen Sam Houston and Stephen D. Austin in the the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol Building. Presentation copy, inscribed by the 36th President of the United States and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson on the pastedown. “For Miss Dorothy Nell Heffington, A neat Texas souvenir for a real Texas girl graduate – From her Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson.” In very good condition. A unique example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 110670
Rare First edition of the The Salvation Army British Exhibition Handbook; containing the first appearance of Rudyard Kipling's "Empire Building"
New York: Harper & Brothers, .
First edition of The Salvation Army British Empire Exhibition Handbook compiled for the information of visitors at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1924; containing the first appearance of Rudyard Kipling’s “Empire Building”. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom chemise case. Rare.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 121047
First edition of The Guiding Book; containing short stories by Rudyard Kipling, Katharine Tyman, Bella Sindey Woolf and many others; with illustrations by Edmund Dulac and W. Heath Robinson
The Guiding Book: Dedicated to the Girlhood of Many Countries and to All Those with a Heart Still Young.
London: Hodder and Stoughton, nd.
First edition of this book for Girl Guides containing stories by Rudyard Kipling, Katharine Tyman, Bella Sindey Woolf and many others. Quarto, original publishers cloth with colored pictorial onlay to the front panel. With seven illustrations in color by Edmund Dulac, Margaret Tarrant, Lawson Wood, Heath Robinson and others on mounted plates. In very good condition.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 120349
Rare scrapbook from the collection of Marie Prince, documenting her tenure at The Westover preparatory school for girls in the early 1940s. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco, the scrapbook contains several letters, notes, and large format photographs. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 116294
First edition of Letters of Feodora Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg From 1828 to 1872; inscribed by Queen Victoria
London: Spottiswoode & Co, 1874.
Rare first edition of the collected letters of Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Queen Victoria’s half-sister. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Queen Victoria on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Arthur Phelps from Victoria Reg Sept. 5 1874.” Princess Feodora was Queen Victoria’s maternal half-sister, and lived with the young Victoria at Kensington palace. Twelve years younger than Feodora, Victoria was devoted to her elder sister, and they continued to correspond throughout their lives. In near fine condition with rubbing to the extremities. Rare.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 117104
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
"For Stephen Hawking with best regards of all the Editors": Inscribed to Stephen Hawking; From his Personal library
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.
First edition of this work on cosmology. Octavo, original wrappers in near fine condition. Presentation inscription on loosely inserted sheet of paper, “For Stephen Hawking with best regards of all the Editors.” Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. A nice association linking these giants in the study of physics and space.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 119362
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. In fine condition. A unique piece of Americana and with noted provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684