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“I’ve just had the happiest day of my life”: The Companion of Honour Medal: Awarded to Friedrich von Hayek by Queen Elizabeth II; with the royal appointment signed by Queen Elizabeth II
Exquisite Companion of Honour Medal, awarded by Queen Elizabeth II to Friedrich von Hayek on June 16th 1984 at Buckingham Palace. Measuring 2.5 inches by 1.75 inches, the medallion is surmounted by the royal crown decorated in red and green enamel and features a mounted knight and oak tree with the shield of the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom within a blue oval frame bearing the gilt motto, "In Action Faithful and In Honor Clear." On the verso is Queen Elizabeth's royal insignia. Presented on a red ribbon with gold thread borders and housed in a custom velvet blue…
Price: $150,000.00 Item Number: 117452
Leonard Bernstein's assistant and editor Jack Gottlieb's personal copy of the December 1997 Sotheby's auction catalog of the estate of Leonard Bernstein
New York: Sotheby's, Inc, 1997.
Leonard Bernstein's assistant and editor Jack Gottlieb's personal copy of the December 1997 Sotheby's auction catalog of the estate of Leonard Bernstein. Quarto, original pictorial wrappers. With Gottlieb's notes throughout including the hammer price for each lot that sold in the auction. He has also marked the page that has a lengthy quote from him describing a French provincial walnut style folding table in the catalog, "In the inner sanctum - the staging area for super-human accomplishment - stood that table, where the Maestro marked up his performing scores in crystal-clear intricate detail, like a a fine jeweler polishing precious…
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 135684
Rare American Embassy in London Guestbook signed by Winston S. Churchill, Elizabeth Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Dwight D. Eisenhower among many others
[CHURCHILL, Winston S.; Princess Margaret; Clementine Churchill; Anthony Eden; Dwight D. Eisenhower; et al].
American Embassy in London Winston S. Churchill, Clementine Churchill, Elizabeth Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Guestbook.
Rare 1951-1952 guestbook from the American Embassy in London signed by an impressive array of world leaders and diplomats including Winston S. Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Oblong octavo, bound in full leather with gilt stitching to the panels, watered silk endleaves. Signed by Elizabeth, Queen Mother ("Elizabeth R"), Princess Margaret ("Margaret"), Winston S. Churchill, Clementine Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Anthony Eden, Arthur Wellesley ("Wellington"), Margaret Truman, John Foster Dulles, Whitney Straight, Karl Taylor Compton, Gavin Simonds ("Simonds"), Harold Alexander ("Alexander"), William Ormsby-Gore ("Harlech"), Alan Lascelles, Hastings Ismay ("Ismay"), Lord Mayor of London Denys Lowson, John "Johnnie"…
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 126088
First editions of the first and second series of George Cruikshank's The Comic Almanack; finely bound by Root & Son
The Comic Almanack: An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest, Containing Merry Tales, Humorous Poetry, Quips, and Oddities.
London: John Camden Hotten, 1835-1853.
First editions of the first and second series of The Comic Almanack; illustrated by George Cruikshank. Octavo, four volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards by Root & Son, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon bound in, with many illustrations by George Cruikshank and other Artists. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 137167
London: William Kidd, 1831.
First edition of Dalton's The Gentleman in Black. Octavo, bound in three quarter navy morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and four engraved plates by George Cruikshank. In near fine condition. A handsome example.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 133421
November 13, 1710.
Rare 18th century French Patent of Nobility for Cajetau-Louis-Antoine de Carrara. Folio, bound in full velvet, the patent is comprised of five vellum leaves, the first with calligraphy within an elaborate engraved border; the third leaf with a gilt-painted armorial miniature, all edges gilt, rope bound in. Dated November 13, 1710, the patent is signed by Marie Therese, J. G. Van de Veld, F. L. Gilbert, and J. DeWitte. In very good condition.
Price: $2,750.00 Item Number: 133430
Paris: c. 1500.
Rare collection of 3 leaves from a 16th Century French Book of Hours, likely executed by Gilles and Germain Hardouyn. The three hand-painted miniatures are decorated with gold leaf and depict the Annunciation, the Visitation, and the Crucifixion. Text in Latin. Double matted and framed with a glass panel to the back of the frame which reveals the opposite side of each leaf which contains text, illuminated initials and elaborate decorated borders. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 20 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 131551
New York: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd, n.d. c. 1908.
Finely bound example of this anonymous work on the life of David Livingstone. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, frontispiece. In near fine condition. Bookplate. A fine example of early 20th century binding.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 124055
"My sympathies are with the suffragettes": Rare English parlor game book containing numerous early 20th century signatures
London: Dow & Lester, n.d.
Small parlor game book belonging to Poppy Mackenzie, each page with tipped-in printed slip lifting to reveal a self-criticism or "truth" (one of them being "My sympathies are with the suffragettes"), below which the participants have signed their name. In good condition.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 135645
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the…
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684
“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be": Finely Bound By Bayntun of Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ
London: Chatto & Windus, 1908.
Finely bound example of a Kempis' classic work. Octavo, bound in morocco by Bayntun, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt doublures, illustrated including color plates by Flint. Translated from the Latin by Richard Wbytford and then re-edited into modern English by Wilfrid Raynal. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 120987
Thomas A Kempis' Of the Imitation of Christ; finely bound in full crushed morocco by Bayntun for Brentanos
London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co, 1884.
Finely bound example of a Kempis’ classic work. Octavo, bound in full crushed purple morocco by Bayntun for Brentano's with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, elaborate gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, tissue-guarded frontispiece. In very good condition. A handsome example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 133424
First edition of Charles Addams' Favorite Haunts; inscribed by him with an original drawing of Wednesday Addams
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976.
First edition of the cartoonist's second collection of Addams Family classics. Quarto, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the flyleaf, "For Gert and Dave Copper with all best Chas Adams 1976." Addams has also added an original drawing of Wednesday Addams. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Michael Tighe.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 127304
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1890.
Later printing of this compilation of four sketches based on letters Louisa May Alcott sent home during the six weeks she spent as a volunteer nurse for the Union Army during the American Civil War in Georgetown. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, tissue-guarded frontispiece. In fine condition.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 132793
Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, .
Finley bound Italian printing of Dante's masterpiece. 14mo, bound in full gilt-decorated vellum with titles to the spine and front panel in black and red. In very good condition. Ownership inscription.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 130322
Paris: A. Michel, 1955.
First edition of this work on the Nobel laureate. Quarto, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Schweitzer on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. Jean Marie Dubernard upon leaving Lambaréné with my good thoughts, Albert Schweitzer Lambaréné, 18 March 1957." Photographs by Erica Anderson. Text by Eugene Exman. Preface by Daniel Halevy. In near fine condition. Books signed by Schweitzer are rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 120738
"It's Christmas! Sweet Christmas! The Happy day of Home": First edition of Joan Walsh Anglund's A Christmas Book; warmly inscribed by her
New York: Random House, 1983.
First edition of the revered children's book author's charming children's tale. Quarto, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated by the author. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "Sarah, Merry Christmas 1983 - Joan Walsh Anglund." In fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 123670
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 1954.
First edition, second printing of the autobiography of one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz, Louis "Pops" Armstrong. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the musician on the half-title page, "To Josh: The Old Dixie Jazz-hound from New Orleans!! Your friend, Louis Armstrong ("Satchmo")." The recipient, Joshua B. Glassel was a fellow Dixieland jazz musician and friend of Armstrong's in New Orleans. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. With Glassel's ownership signature to the half-title page.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 137133
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline "Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous", a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong's famous quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Articles featured on the front page include, "Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon", "Kennedy Charged in Crash", and "Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM." In very good condition. Double matted and framed.…
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
London: Williams Collins Sons & Co., Ltd, 1984.
First edition, second printing of Attenborough's popular book, based on his pioneering BBC television series. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated with full-page color photographs. Signed by David Attenborough on the half-tile page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 137125