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Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1989.
First edition of the best-selling book in MIT Press' history. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Robert M. Solow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 46017
“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
William Rehnquist Supreme Court oversized photograph signed by all nine justices. Group portrait taken on the occasion of the investiture of William Rehnquist being elevated to Chief Justice, and Antonin Scalia's investiture. Signed by John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, William H. Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and Harry A. Blackmun. The photograph, 13 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed to an overall size of 21 inches by 23 inches.
Price: $5,200.00 Item Number: 48050
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…
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 44039
Rare First Edition of A New Year's Gift to the Lord Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of Glasgow; 1st January, 1874: Being an essay shewing that the delusive practice of vaccination is ruinous to the national health
A New Year’s Gift to the Lord Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council of Glasgow; 1st January, 1874: Being an Essay Shewing that the Delusive Practice of Vaccination is Ruinous to the National Health.
Glasgow: John Thomson, 1874.
First edition of this anti-vaccination work. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt embossed to the front panel. Laid in is a 1901 circular, one sheet printed on both sides. In very good condition, bookplate from the Glasgow Corporation Public Health Department library, moderate marginalia and commentary to the text, from someone who disagreed with the sentiments of the author. OCLC locates only two copies.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 129341
Patinated bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln by George Bissell, one of only three commissioned by Ralph Newman for THE USS AL. Boldly signed by the artist in the back Geo. E. Bissell Sc. George Bissell was an important American sculptor working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He produced two full length statues of Lincoln: one in Edinburgh and one in Clermont, Iowa. According to the letter from Lincoln College Curator Paul Beaver, the present item is one of three copies made from the school's original Bissell bronze bust of Lincoln by the Van Dyke Galleries of Chicago…
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 131044
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
London: Printed and Sold by J. Roberts, 1736.
First edition of this rare 18th century Book of Secrets. Octavo, bound in full calf with gilt ruling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, double gilt ruling to the panels. Title page supplied in facsimile. In very good condition. Rebacked. Armorial bookplate. Scarce.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 132734
Wapakoneta, Ohio: Blume High School Class of 1947, 1947.
Rare Blume High School Class of 1947 yearbook, signed by Neil Armstrong as a graduating senior. Quarto, original leatherette. Signed by Neil Armstrong beneath his senior portrait on page 12 of the yearbook. Armstrong is also featured in a number of additional photographs throughout the book: on page 44 as a Band Officer, page 52 as a member of the Senior Hi-Y group, and on page 57 as a member of the School Council. In near fine condition. A rare piece offering a unique first-hand glimpse into the early scholastic achievements of the first man to set foot on the…
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 122684
Rare collection of 5 issues of War in Pictures; featuring several rare Cecil Beaton wartime photographs
London: L. T. A. Robinson, 1940-1941.
Rare collection of five issues of War in Pictures featuring several rare Cecil Beaton wartime photographs. Folio, the collection includes the August 1940, September 1940, January 1941, June 1941, and July 1941 issues of the popular WWII periodical. Each issue contains numerous large-format wartime photographs, many by Cecil Beaton including a large portrait of Winston S. Churchill captioned: "Winston Churchill 'The Hammer of the Hun' -a study of Britain's great war Prime Minister. His unfailing courage, wisdom and determination have confronted the Nazis with their first and most formidable opposition in Europe" and many other portraits and action shots by…
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 125681
Fine collection of autograph letters and cards signed by a number of prominent 19th and 20th century American clergymen including Henry Ward Beecher, Henry van Dyke, Charles Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody
Extensive collection of over forty cards and letters signed by a number of prominent 19th and 20th century American Clergymen including Henry Ward Beecher, Henry van Dyke, Charles Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody. The collection includes: an autograph letter dated January 25 1866 signed by Henry War Beecher; four typed letters and on autograph letter signed by Henry van Dyke between October and November 1912; a card signed by Dwight L. Moody; a card dated November 14 1887 signed by William Taylor; a card dated March 6 1874 signed by Charles H. Parkhurst; a card signed by Russell Conwell dated…
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 126098
"To separate them from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone": Scarce Amicus Brief issued for the historic 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education
In the Supreme Court of the United States October Term, 1952. Oliver Brown, Mrs. Richard Lawton, Mrs. Sadie Emmanuel v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.
New York: Bar Press Inc., 1952.
Scarce Amicus brief issued for the historic 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled racial segregation in American schools to be unconstitutional. Octavo, original wrappers, rebacked with a tape repair. Invery good condition. Scarce, OCLC locates only a single copy held by the Kansas State Historical Society.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 135377
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 thirty-eight star American flag from the collection of Civil War Union Army General Joshua Chamberlain Union General Joshua Chamberlain
Rare thirty-eight star American flag from the collection of Civil War Union Army General Joshua Chamberlain. The thirty-eight star flag was in use between July 4, 1877 when the state of Colorado was admitted into the Union as the 38th state and July 4, 1890 when North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Idaho were admitted as the 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, and 43rd states. Printed on cloth, the flag is stamped, "Mountfort Post Maine Dept." Union General Joshua Chamberlain served in the 20th Regiment of the Maine Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and belonged to to Grand Army of the…
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 137247
"ONE OF THE HEROIC FIGURES OF OUR TIME" (ROBERT F. KENNEDY): FIRST EDITION OF CESAR CHAVEZ, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LA CAUSA; INSCRIBED BY CHÁVEZ
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1975.
First edition of this biography of the famous labor activist. Octavo, original cloth, photographic endpapers, illustrated with 33 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Chavez on the half-title page, "To Marian Schroeder personal best wishes on this Christmas season Peace Cesar Chavez 12/15/78 LA PAZ." Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Judith Kazdym Leeds. Jacket photograph by Jacques E. Levy.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 126731
Rare American Eagle Club Visitor Guestbook; signed and inscribed by Clementine Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, and many others during World War II
Rare American Eagle Club, London Guestbook signed by Clementine Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, and 14 other visitors including many dignitaries. Oblong quarto, bound in full straight grain morocco with gilt titles to the front panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Inscribed by Elizabeth II twice, on the first page of the guestbook, "Elizabeth R April 4th 1941" and the verso of the fourth page with George VI, "George R.I. February 10th 1942" and "Elizabeth R". Additionally signed by Clementine Churchill, "Clementine Churchill May the 13th 1941", influential NBC journalist and radio broadcaster Dorothy Celene Thompson, "Dorothy Thompson August 7. 1941",…
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 123095
Rare limited printing of The Atlantic Charter; printed by the busy bee; one of the most important literary publishing houses in the Netherlands
Holland: The Busy Bee, c. 1944.
Rare limited Busy Bee edition of the transatlantic statement that set forth the British and American governments' mutual economic and societal goals following the end of WWII. 12mo, original wrappers as issued. One of 100 numbered copies printed in secret in the office of the Busy Bee, this is number 73. One of the most important literary publishing houses in the Netherlands, The Busy Bee, or De Bezige Bij, was founded illegally in 1943 during the German occupation of the Netherlands by publisher Geert Lubberhuizen. Initially composed of a group of students, its first publication was a poem by Jan Campert…
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 131557
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
"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…
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117035
Rare British Army XXX Corps headquarters flag signed by Winston S. Churchill as Prime Minister during an excursion to Europe at the height of WWII
Rare British Army XXX Corps headquarters flag signed by Winston S. Churchill as Prime Minister during an excursion to Europe at the height of WWII. Machine-stitched, the flag is signed by Churchill on a wool label affixed to the left arm of Saint George's Cross. Formed in the Western Desert in September 1941, the British XXX Corps provided extensive service in the North African and Tunisia Campaigns and later served in the Allied Invasion of Normandy in June 1944, the ultimately unsuccessful Operation Market Garden of September 1944, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Rhineland Campaign. In Normandy, XXX…
Price: $88,000.00 Item Number: 125064
Rare electoral ticket from the 1861 Confederate States presidential election. 16mo, one page, printed. The sample ballot heralds Jefferson Davis for President, Alexander Stephens for Vice President, a representative for the state at large and some local districts. In near fine condition. Ownership inscription to the verso.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 132575
Fine collection of pieces related to the capture of Jefferson Davis near Irwinville, Georgia on May 10, 1865. The collection includes an original carte-de-visite of Davis's captor, Colonel B.J. Pritchard; a calling card signed by Pritchard; a cabinet card of "The Only Photo in the Word of the Exact Spot where Hon. Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy, was captured May 10th, 1865, by Fourth Michigan Cavalry, near Irwinville, Irwin county, Ga. Taken and copyrighted December 31st 1894, by J.H. Harris, Tifton, Berrien county, Ga."; a first edition of Edwin M. Stanton's Letter of the Secretary of War, Communicating, In compliance…
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 132583
The Civil War pocket diary of Assistant Surgeon Robert P. Davis, 84th Indiana Regiment. 16mo, original wrappers, the diary is printed with blank three days per page, entries have been recorded intermittently beginning on January 1, 1863 and include brief accounts of skirmishes at Resaca, Hooker's rescue of the Indiana Regiment and reports of duties and the diarist's own illness: May 27: “I am on duty at the Hospital handing instruments for amputation.” The next day: “At same duty as yesterday.” June 1: the sick and wounded are moved to a more permanent hospital and their field tents are moved…
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 132395
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
The 1994 Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award Presented to Lloyd Millard Bentsen; with a collection of programs from the Prize Presentation Ceremony held at Gettysburg College on June 15, 1994
The Eisenhower Leadership Prize presented to the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury, Lloyd Millard Bentsen on June 15, 1994 with an archive of speeches and dinner programs from the Eisenhower Leadership Prize Presentation Ceremony and the Fall 1994 issue of Dateline produced by The Eisenhower World Affairs Institute featuring a photograph of Bentsen receiving the award on the front page. Presented by Gettysburg College and The Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, the prize features a bronze bust of Eisenhower by renowned sculptor Nison A. Tregor with a bronze presentation plaque. From the collection of Lloyd Millard Bentsen. In fine…
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 122916
First edition of Our Bank: The Story of the Commercial Bank of Scotland Ltd. 1810-1941; signed by John M. Erskine
London: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, n.d. .
First edition of the history of The Commercial Bank of Scotland. Octavo, original cloth decorated in gilt, illustrated, frontispiece portrait of General Manager John M. Erskine. Signed by Erskine beneath his portrait, "J.M. Erskine 27/1/42." Fine in the original dust jacket which is in near fine condition. Ownership inscription.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 124099
Danbury, Connecticut: Medallic Art Co., .
Richard P. Feynman's National Medal of Science, bestowed upon him by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Bronze, the medal depicts a man in contemplation writing a formula in the sand on the obverse, and reads on the reverse: "Awarded by the President of the United States of America to Richard Phillips Feynman 1979." Established in 1959, he National Medal of Science is is an honor bestowed annually by the President of the United States to individuals in science and engineering who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the following six fields: behavioral and social sciences, biology,…
Price: $50,000.00 Item Number: 125834
Rare Scientific Pamphlet Collection compiled during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1938 Smithsonian-sponsored scientific expedition to the Galapagos islands; six signed and inscribed by him
City of Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1939-1942.
First editions of ten botanical and zoological pamphlets published as a result of collections and investigations made during Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Cruise of 1938 to the Galapo, six being presentation copies inscribed and signed "FDR" on the front wrapper. Octavo, ten pamphlets, original brown printed paper wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copies, 6 pamphlets are signed and inscribed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 5 to his friend and long-time colleague in combating polio, Basil "Doc" O'Connor. The pamphlets include: Flowering Plants Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Ellsworth P. Killip, May 27, 1939), inscribed. "R.T. McI From F.D.R."; Two New Gobioid…
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 123500
Philadelphia: Published by F. W. Thomas, 1852.
Rare first edition of Goepp's criticism of Kossuth. Octavo, bound in full cloth. Deaccessioned from the Library of Congress with the library's bookplate and stamp to the pastedown. In good condition. Rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 131558
Rare frosted glass bust of the 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison. Mounted on a hollow glass pedestal. In near fine condition. The bust measures 5.5 inches in height. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches in height.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 135664
"one of the most decorative maps of the Holy Land of the 17th century": Rare engraved hand-colored map of the Holy Land
Amsterdam: Blaeu, W, 1634.
Copper engraved, hand-colored map of one of the most decorative map of the Holy Land of the 17th century. One page with hand-colored borders, the map depicts the tribes of Israel and the route the Israelites took from Egypt through Sinai into Canaan. In the sea there are three sea monsters, one of which has targeted a fishing vessel. The title cartouche is guarded by two dogs, draped with fruit, and flanked by Moses inscribing the ten commandments and a Jewish high priest. In fine condition. Double matted and framed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 101741
"direct observational evidence of the validity of the Big Bang theory": rare silver gelatin galaxy spectra annotated by influential American astronomer Edwin Hubble
Two rare silver gelatin galaxy spectra annotated by influential American astronomer Edwin Hubble, offering proof of Hubble's law and direct observational evidence of the validity of the Big Bang theory. Mounted on cardboard, one spectrum reveals the recessional velocity of the Virgo Cluster with Hubble's pencil annotations on the verso, "NGC 4473 Virgo Cluster Velocity = 2,000 kilometers per second." The second shows the recessional velocity of Ursa Major with Hubble's annotations, "Ursa Major Cluster velocity = 15,000 kilometers per second." In showing that the Ursa Major Galaxy Cluster (located at a distance of about 78 million light years away…
Price: $32,000.00 Item Number: 126281
Fine porcelain bust of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. Parian porcelain mounted on a marble base. In fine condition. The bust measures 28.25 inches in height. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 123933
Scarce 1792 printing of An Act to extend the Time limited for settling the Accounts of the United States with the Individual States; signed by Thomas Jefferson
Second Congress of the United States: At the First Session, begun and held at the City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on Monday the twenty-fourth of October one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one. An Act to extend the Time limited for settling the Accounts of the United States with the Individual States.
Philadelphia: Childs & Swaine, 1792.
Scarce printing of an early United States law providing for the funding of the national debt, signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. Folio, one page. The document, which also carries the printed signatures of President George Washington, Vice President John Adams, and House Speaker Jonathan Trumbull, was approved January 23, 1792. Individual acts and bills of the first Congresses were routinely printed for public consumption. A provision was made, however, to print a few copies of each act for dissemination to the states, and to have each copy signed by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. One of the…
Price: $82,000.00 Item Number: 125388
Washington, D.C: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1979.
First edition of the official multi-volume record on the assassination of President Kennedy. Octavo, 12 volumes. In fine condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 133201
Exceedingly rare first British edition of this collection of speeches given at the February 1629 Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom Annual Banquet including Kipling's The Shipping Industry
London: Witherby & Co., .
Exceedingly rare first British edition of this collection of speeches given at the February 1629 Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom Annual Banquet including Kipling's "The Shipping Industry". Octavo, original wrappers. In fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 121076
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