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  • McCullough, David.

    1776.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005.

    First edition. Octavo, original half-cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page.

    Price: $75.00

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  • “Everyone has ocean’s to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”: 20Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight In Friendship; Signed by Amelia Earhart

    Earhart, Amelia.

    20 Hrs. and 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship. The American Girl, First Across the Atlantic by Air, Tells Her Story.

    New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1928.

    First edition, second printing, published the same year as the first. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To Mr. and Mrs. White with thanks for their kindness Amelia Earhart.”Also included as an autographed letter signed by Amelia Earhart to the same recipient dated 14 March 1929 to Mrs. White, “thanking her for hosting the pilot while in Texas, sending this book, and mentioning that she is still enjoying the fresh gladiolas and sweet peas.”  In very good condition with light rubbing. A warm inscription.

    Price: $2,200.00

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  • “DO NOT ALLOW DEFEAT TO EXTINGUISH YOUR DREAMS”: Signed Limited Edition of 41: A Portrait of My Father; Signed by Both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush

    Bush, George W. & George H.W. Bush.

    41: A Portrait of My Father.

    New York: Crown Publishers, 2014.

    Signed limited first edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by George Bush and additionally signed by George H.W. Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase. Rare signed by both Presidents.

    Price: $1,200.00

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  • First Edition of Garet Garret's A Bubble That Broke the World

    Garrett, Garet.

    A Bubble That Broke the World.

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1932.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare dust jacket with a few small chips.

    Price: $450.00

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  • Jimmy Carter's A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power; Signed by Him

    Carter, Jimmy .

    A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.

    First edition, later printing. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jimmy Carter on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $50.00

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  • “IF YOU'RE SICK AND TIRED OF THE POLITICS OF CYNICISM AND POLLS AND PRINCIPLES, COME AND JOIN THIS CAMPAIGN”: FIRST EDITION OF A CHARGE TO KEEP; SIGNED BY GEORGE W. BUSH

    Bush, George W.

    A Charge to Keep.

    New York: William Morrow & Company, 1999.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by George W. Bush on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $200.00

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  • Mandela, Nelson.

    A Dictionary of South African English On Historical Principles: South African Words and Their Origins.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

    Limited edition of the first dictionary of South African English. This project that took 25 years to complete. Quarto, original blue morocco with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Marbled endpapers. One of 100 copies signed by Nelson Mandela. Fine in a fine slipcase.

    Price: $3,250.00

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  • "THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT": FIRST EDITION OF JOHNSON’S LANDMARK DICTIONARY

    Johnson, Samuel.

    A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which The Words are deduced from their Originals, And Illustrated in their Different Significations By Examples from the best Writers. To Which Are Prefixed, A History of the Language, And An English Grammar.

    London: : Printed by W. Strahan, for J. & P. Knapton, et al., 1755.

    First edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary of the English language. Folio, 2 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt titles, black spine labels. In very good condition with owner inscription on title head, title of volume one conserved, occasional light toning.

    Price: $14,000.00

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  • Takaki, Ronald.

    A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America.

    Boston: Little, Brown..

    First edition. Octavo. Original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author, “To Samantha, For our future, and the hope that we will be able to get along. Ronald Takaki.”

    Price: $100.00

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  • First Edition of Jonathan Edwards' A Dissertation Concerning Liberty And Necessity

    Edwards, Jonathan.

    A Dissertation Concerning Liberty And Necessity; Containing Remarks On The Essays Of Dr. Samuel West.

    Worcester: Leonard Worcester, 1797.

    First edition. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf. In very good condition with two pieces of leather attached to the spine.

    Price: $200.00

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  • First Edition of Jimmy Carter's A Government As Good As Its People; Inscribed by Him

    Carter, Jimmy.

    A Government As Good As Its People.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.

    First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the Jimmy Carter.

    Price: $350.00

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  • First Edition of Alvin Hansen's A Guide To Keynes

    Hansen, Alvin H.

    A Guide To Keynes.

    New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1953.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a slightly worn dust jacket with some chipping to the spine. Uncommon in the dust jacket.

    Price: $125.00

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  • First Edition Set of Winston Churchill’s Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

    Churchill, Winston S.

    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958..

    First British editions, first printings of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, original cloth, 4 volumes. Near fine in the original dust jackets with light shelfwear. A very nice example of this set.

    Price: $1,100.00

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  • First Edition Set of Winston Churchill’s Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; Finely Bound

    Churchill, Winston S.

    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.

    First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes. Elegantly bound in contemporary three quarters burgundy morocco, gilt-tooling to the spine in six compartments with raised bands, top edge gilt. In fine condition.

    Price: $1,400.00

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  • First Editions of Frederick Law Olmsted's A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country

    Olmsted, Frederick Law.

    A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country.

    New York: Dixon & Edwards, 1856-1860, 1860.

    First edition, Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. A Journey In The Seaboard Slave states is inscribed by the author to his cousin Charles Olmsted. The cloth has been sympathetically rebacked. The remaining two volumes are in very good condition. Books inscribed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American Landscape Architecture, are rare.

    Price: $2,750.00

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  • “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present": First Edition of A land of our own: An oral autobiography; Signed by Golda Meir

    Meir, Golda.

    A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography.

    New York: G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1973.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Golda Meir on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • Rare First Edition of first Dictionary of American Law: Bouvier's Law Dictionary

    Bouvier, John.

    A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Several States of the American Union, with Reference to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law.

    Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson, 1839.

    First edition of this cornerstone of American law. Quarto, 2 volumes bound in period style calf, gilt titles and tooling. First editions are rare,  with no examples appearing at auction in the last 80 years.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • Inscribed by John Kenneth Galbraith to Henry and Nancy Kissinger

    Galbraith, John Kenneth; Henry A. Kissinger.

    A Life In Our Times.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry and Nancy Kissinger, “For Nancy & Henry as a guide to those K volumes yet to come! With all good wishes J.K.G. 1981.” Galbraith and Kissinger were close friends, both civil servants and Harvard University professors, who played a vital role in the development of United States foreign policies in the 1960s-70s and beyond. Galbraith, working as United States ambassador to India in the Kennedy administration and Kissinger in the Nixon administration as Secretary of State. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An outstanding association copy linking these two giants of American history.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • First Edition of A Path Where No Man Thought; Warmly Inscribed by Carl Sagan

    Sagan, Carl & Richard Turco.

    A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race.

    New York: Random House, 1990.

    First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by Carl Sagan on the half title page, “For Jeremy With many thanks for your help. Carl.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $200.00

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  • First Edition of the Twentieth Anniversary Edion of A People’s History of the United States; Signed By Howard Zinn

    Zinn, Howard.

    A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present.

    New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999.

    First edition, first printing of the twentieth anniversary edition of the historian’s magnum opus. Thick Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Howard Zinn on the title page. Fine in a near dust jacket.

    Price: $375.00

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