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Signed “Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Washington, D.C. Seventh February 1868.” Large oval portrait photograph measures 13 inches by 13 inches. Matted in a walnut frame which measures 24 inches by 27 inches. On his Washington tour Dickens met President Andrew Johnson and signed this photograph on the date of that meeting, February 7, which also happened to be Dickens’ birthday. He discussed in a letter to his friend and agent John Foster regarding that day, “This scrambling scribblement is resumed this morning, because I have just seen the President: who had sent to me very courteously asking me to make my own appointment. He is a man with a remarkable face.” From the Library of The Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Portrait photographs of this size signed by Dickens are exceptionally rare, especially with such noted provenance.
Price: $42,000.00 Item Number: 5825
Large photograph signed by Winston S. Churchill and co-signed by 43 others including Anthony Eden, Jan Smuts, Lord Beaverbrook and Clement Attlee
Large Photograph Signed Winston S. Churchill and Signed by 43 Other Leaders Including Anthony Eden, Jan Smuts, Lord Beaverbrook and Clement Attlee
London: May 1944.
Winston Churchill at the wartime meeting of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers, signed by him and 43 other world leaders. The 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, hosted by the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill between 1 and 16 May, brought together the heads of government from all the Dominions except Ireland and Newfoundland and was the first in a series of 17 such conferences which took place between 1944 and 1969 and arguably the most significant, having been convened in order to coordinate the Allied war effort. At the 1944 Conference, the assembled leaders agreed to support the Moscow Declaration and the Commonwealth contribution to the upcoming Operation Overlord was discussed. Among the international leaders whose signatures appear here are, the British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts, Lord Privy Seal Lord Beaverbrook, Indian Prime Minister Hari Singh and Deputy Prime Minister Clement Attlee. Photograph by Bassano, signed by him at the lower edge. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 30 inches by 20 inches. A unique piece of world history.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 119975
"In this brief life of ours, it is sad to do almost anything for the last time": Large Signed Portrait Photograph Signed by Charles Dickens
Large oval portrait photograph measures 20 inches by 16 inches. Matted in a contemporary frame which measures 25.5 inches by 29.5 inches. Signed “Charles Dickens (with a large flourish) Boston Sixth March 1868.” In 1867, Charles Dickens began his second American reading tour at Boston’s Tremont Temple, where an enthusiastic audience delighted in some of his most notable works, members of the audience included legendary literary stars such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Although Dickens was in declining health, he embarked on an ambitious travel schedule across the United States. Dickens returned to Boston once more before concluding his U.S. tour in New York City. When Charles Dickens arrived in Boston on November 19, 1867, the celebrated English author spent several days at the Parker House hotel recuperating from the voyage. As conscientious a performer as he was a writer, Dickens had prepared diligently for his performances, redrafting and memorizing key passages from his books especially for these engagements. He used a book only as a prop; he was so familiar with the material that he could improvise with ease. However, during his 1867-1868 tour he was plagued with Flu-like symptoms, insomnia, and an inflammation of his foot, which forced him to walk with a cane. During his last tours in 1868, Dickens confined much of his performances to the New England area. Dickens was grateful for the income he desperately needed from his readings, which generated $140,000, close to $2,000,000 today; but he longed for home. On April 8, 1868, Dickens gave the last performance of the tour. Prolonged applause followed the reading. He closed by telling the audience, “In this brief life of ours, it is sad to do almost anything for the last time… Ladies and gentlemen, I beg most earnestly, most gratefully, and most affectionately, to bid you, each and all, farewell.” He died two years later, having written 14 novels, several of which are considered classics of English literature. A desirable piece of Victorian literary history.
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 74030
Rare collection of four original photographs of Rollie Free before and during his record-breaking 1948 motorcycle ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats; each inscribed by him
Rare collection of original photographs inscribed by motorcycle racing legend Rollie Free. The collection includes 4 photographs, all of which are inscribed by Rollie Free to close personal friend and business partner Ted Peaso. Free and Peaso co-owned a Service Station on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California at the time of Free’s record-breaking ride. Peaso also fabricated the leg support for the Vincent HRD Free broke the American motorcycle land speed record with. The photographs include an image of Free during his record-breaking ride, inscribed by him, “To Ted actual photo South near fastest 23.90 seconds. North near 24 seconds flat average 150. 3/3 m.p.h. Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah Sept. 13, 1948 Rollie”, a photograph of Free, Peaso and three other mechanics in front of their service station, a photograph of Free servicing the Vincent HRD, inscribed by him, “To Ted, anticipation Rollie”, a photograph of Free’s team preparing the Vincent HRD before the ride, inscribed by Free, “To Ted. Thanks for the loan of the Pease bicycle support (Pat applied for) Rollie”, and a photograph of Free and Pease, inscribed by Free, “To Ted, let me pour this one. Rollie.” In fine condition. Each photograph is double matted and framed. The entire pieces measure 14 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 119311
Rare Original Photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant Taken By Mathew Brady; Boldly Signed By Grant As President
Rare original Mathew Brady photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed by Grant as the 18th President of the United States, “U.S. Grant March 18th 1875.” One of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew B. Brady brought home the reality of the Civil War to the American public with his innovative use of a mobile studio and darkroom to capture thousands of war scenes throughout the Civil War. Brady was also recognized as one of the premier photographic portraitists of the 19th century, taking photographs of numerous celebrities including Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee among others. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 16.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a strong signature signed by Grant during his presidency.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 94709
Alhambra, California: A National Excelsior Publication, 1963.
First edition, one of 400 numbered copies of the artist’s first book, this is number 180. Small octavo, original white wrappers, printed in red. Signed by Ed Ruscha on the title page. Near fine in the rare original glassine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 97975
"Our land is of every kind geologically and climatically and our people are of every kind also - and yet our land is one nation, and our people are Americans": First edition of Steinbeck's America and Americans; inscribed by him to fellow American author John Updike
New York: The Viking Press, 1966.
First edition of Steinbeck’s final book. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated, cartographic endpapers. With 136 pages of photographs, 24 in full color by 55 of the most prominent American photographers of the era including Ansel Adams, Sam Siegel, and Todd Webb. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For John Updike with admiration John Steinbeck.” American author John Steinbeck published his most notable works between 1937 (Of Mice and Men) and 1952 (East of Eden), and was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. One of the most prolific American authors from the early 1960s until his death in 2009, fellow recipient of the Pulitzer Prize John Updike identified Steinbeck as one of his literary heroes at a young age. Both writers’ works explored themes of crises related to faith, injustice, and family dynamics applied to small town ‘everyman’ protagonists. Both Steinbeck and Updike wrote in a realist tradition featuring their own distinctively rich and imaginative vocabulary and style of prose. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Christopher Harris. Photograph of Steinbeck to the rear panel by Paul Farber. From the library of John Updike. An exceptional association linking two of the greatest writers of twentieth century America.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 55056
Rare Photographic Portrait of Robert E. Lee and his staff; Inscribed by Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady
Photographic portrait of General Robert E. Lee flanked by his son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on his right and Colonel Walter Taylor on his left. Inscribed by one of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew Brady, on a mount, “To Col. Robert Alexander Compliments of his friend, M.B. Brady.” The photograph was taken at Lee’s estate in Richmond, Virginia in April of 1865, only days after his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. This is one in a series taken by Brady in the basement below the back porch of the estate and from the original wet plates in the Brady-Handy collection. “This photograph is one of the most celebrated images produced by Brady, who established his reputation in the 1850s as the preeminent portraitist in New York and Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Brady sought out General Robert E. Lee, who had returned to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, after his surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. At the photographer’s request General Lee reluctantly put on his uniform and posed at the back of his residence with his son, General George Washington Custis Lee (left), and his chief of staff, Colonel Walter H. Taylor (right). The image conveys the pathos of defeat for the Confederacy and for Lee personally. For Brady, who had been present at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, this portrait completed his photographic coverage of the conflict” (WAM). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. An exceptional piece of Americana.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 89011
“Dear Barbara, you remind me of myself and I wish us both that you remain that way": Photograph of Ayn Rand; Inscribed by Her to Barbara Branden
Large signed photograph of Ayn Rand. Inscribed by her to Barbara Branden, “Dear Barbara, you remind me of myself and I wish us both that you remain that way – With love -Ayn June 21, 1951.” While living in New York during the early 1950’s, the recipient, Barbara, and her future husband, Nathaniel Branden, befriended Rand and her husband Frank O’Connor. Not only would the couple go on to become major proponents of Objectivism (establishing the Nathaniel Branden Institute in 1958 with Barbara serving as Rand’s assistant), but their personal lives would be dramatically intertwined with Rand’s. Begrudgingly sanctioned by both Barbara and Frank, Nathaniel began an affair with Ayn in 1954. The secret couple had a very public break in 1968, almost certainly due to Branden’s affair with actress Patrecia Scott who he later married. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed, which measures 17.5 inches by 19.5 inches. Photographs signed by Rand are rare.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 73070
Rare First Edition of Peking the Beautiful; With 70 Photographic Plates; in the rare publisher's wooden slipcase
Shanghai, China: The Commercial Press, 1927.
First edition of this work comprising photographic studies of the celebrated monuments of China’s northern capital with descriptive and historical notes. Folio, original embroidered silk pictorial boards, original publisher’s wooden box. In fine condition without wear. Contains 70 photographic plates mounted, numerous illustrations in text. Contains an introduction by Hu Shih, professor of Philosophy at the National University of Peking. Rare and desirable in the original publisher’s wooden box.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 107644
"The Roaring Lion": Rare large format gelatin print of Yousuf Karsh's iconic portrait of Winston S. Churchill; signed by Karsh
Rare large format silver gelatin print of Karsh’s iconic portrait of Churchill, “The Roaring Lion” which in May 1941 was featured on the cover of Life magazine and brought Karsh international fame. Signed by Karsh “(c) Y. Karsh Ottowa.” In fine condition. Matted and framed the photograph measures 13 inches by 10.25 inches. The entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 18.5 inches.
Price: $14,500.00 Item Number: 122084
"Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed": Signed Photograph of Mahatma Gandhi
Rare signed photograph depicting Mohandas K. Gandhi in profile with his palms pressed together, inscribed in Gujarati (“[Truth at all costs]”) and signed in English M.K. Gandhi on the image in blue ink. With an autographed letter signed from Amrit Kaur, the secretary to Gandhi and later Health Minister of India, to Sgt. John McAleer, written on Gandhi’s behalf, enclosing the signed photograph and responding to his letter (“…Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed…”), 2 pages, Poona, 5 March 1946, with envelope; photograph of Gandhi and another in rickshaws being pulled by a ceremonial guard, stamped and inscribed “Bhullo chien Desia” on the reverse; and a newspaper cutting; altogether five items mounted and framed together. In very good condition with the inscription faded. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. A nice collection with noted provenance.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 100048
Various Places: 1956-1964.
First editions of each of the photographers famed city books. Tall quarto, 4 volumes. Each are signed by William Klein, with the caption booklet of New York signed as well. Very good to near fine books in original dust jackets showing some light rubbing and wear. A very sharp set of these volumes.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 115672
“AN ARTIST AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWERS”: LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ROBERT FRANK’S FLOWER IS; ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES; INSCRIBED BY HIM
Tokyo: Yugensha, 1987.
Limited first edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies, with 81 finely screened full-page halftones. Folio, original gray cloth, cloth covered slipcase with halftone print affixed to the cover; original shipping box. In fine condition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Robert Frank.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 2705
Yousuf Karsh Photograph of the First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Both Nehru and Karsh
Black and white photograph of the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed Jawaharlal Nehru March 1951 and also signed by the photographer Yousuf Karsh. Karsh was one of the most notable photographers of the 20th century. His work included portraits of celebrities, military and political figures, such as Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Martin Luther King. Jr., Audrey Hepburn, and many others. The photograph measures 10 inches by 12.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 19.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Nehru and Karsh.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 67092
"I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands": Large Signed Photograph of Nelson Mandela upon his return to Robben Island; Signed by Him and Jurgen Schadeberg
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela’s 1994 return to Robben Island with Mandela looking through the bars in deep contemplation. Boldly signed by both Nelson Mandela and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg, who has signed on the bottom right panel and signed and stamped the verso. Schadeberg’s image was voted as one of the 50 most memorable images of the 20th century by The Photographers Gallery in London. The image measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 21.5 inches. This photograph has been used numerous times in publicity; providing the cover image for Mandela’s Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom. A striking image, most rare signed by one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 979
Tokyo: Yugensha, 1972.
Limited first edition of Frank’s memorable autobiography in photographs, one of 500 copies. Folio, original black cloth, slipcase with mounted cover photograph. Association copy, inscribed by the photographer on the title page, “To Yuichi, getting ready to travel East. Good Luck. Robert. NYC Dec. 5, 1996” with a line drawing of a fish below a surface line. The recipient Yuichi Hibi is a well-known photographer who in 2005 issued a signed, limited edition of a work entitled A Weekend with Mr. Frank. Includes 30 pp. Japanese booklet cataloguing the 160 images which comprise the book. Fine in a fine slipcase. An exceptional association.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 121798
Tokyo: Yugensha, 1972.
Limited first edition of Frank’s memorable autobiography in photographs, one of only 500 examples. Folio, original black cloth, slipcase with mounted cover photograph, original shipping carton. Presentation copy, inscribed by Robert Frank. In fine condition, with the shipping carton in fine condition.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 2706
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 72091
Rare original photograph of baseball legend Babe Ruth signing baseballs for four young ballplayers. Boldly signed by Ruth in the upper right corner of the photograph. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.25 inches by 15.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 95288
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 51046
“Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers": First Edition of Cecil Beaton's Fair Lady; Inscribed by Cecil Beaton to Actress Vivien Leigh
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964.
First edition of Beaton’s Fair Lady, a witty compilation of his personal diary entries recorded while managing the costume and set design of the 1957 Warner Brothers film starring Audrey Hepburn. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Association copy, inscribed by the author to actress Vivien Leigh on the front free endpaper, “For Vivien With Blessings from Cecil.” Beaton met Vivien Leigh on the set of The Doctor’s Dilemma in Edinburgh, Scotland in November of 1941. He was working as a photographer for Vogue magazine at the time and after attending the play took the first of what would become many iconic portraits of Leigh. The two became close friends and Beaton was a regular guest at Notely, the home of Leigh and her second husband, Oliver Stone, which was notorious for its large parties. Throughout the next decade Leigh, Stone, and Beaton worked on a number of films together including Anna Karenina and The School for Scandal. The friendship became strained as Beaton grew increasingly jealous of Leigh’s continued success. Cecil sent Leigh this copy of Fair Lady as a peace offering in 1964, they had not spoken in over ten years. The book was found among her personal belongings after her death from tuberculosis three years later, although it is unknown whether or not the friendship was ever repaired. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears. Jacket design by Cecil Beaton. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 65071
Carte-de-visite signed by philosopher John Stuart Mill. 2.5 inches by 4 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.75 inches by 8 inches. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 33088
"TO ROBERT FRANK I NOW GIVE THIS MESSAGE: YOU GOT EYES": First Edition of Robert Franks Les Americains; Signed by Him
Paris: Delpire, 1958.
First edition of the photographer’s masterpiece with 83 black-and-white full-page photogravures. Oblong quarto, original boards illustrated by Saul Steinberg. Signed by Robert Frank on the title page. In near fine condition that shows light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 1353
“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time": First Edition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.
First edition of Cartier-Bresson’s classic work, with 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers.” Folio, original illustrated boards. Association copy, inscribed by Cartier-Bresson on the title page, “à Joan et Eliot, ‘The Decisive Moment’ de l’amitié, Henri, 19 Jan 57, la vraie patrie c’est l’amitié.” The recipient was Eliot Elisofon, a fellow photographer and a founding member of the Photo League in 1936. He was one of the most active and productive members: he gave guest lectures (1938–43); co-organized the Men at Work project with Lewis Hine (1940); served periodically as president between 1939 and 1941; taught courses on photojournalism and flash photography (1940–41); and participated in numerous exhibitions. Elisofon taught at many institutions, including the Institute of American Artists School (1936-1941), the New School (1938), the Clarence H. White School of Photography (November 1940 – April 1941), the Photo League (1941), the New School for Social Research (1942), the Museum of Modern Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as Yale University, Syracuse University, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College, and Sarah Lawrence College. Elisofon’s first assignments for Life magazine appeared in 1937, Tin Type Photographer and Jewish New Year, and in 1941 his image of General Patton was the first color cover of Life. Patton was intrigued by Elisofon’s desire to get as close to the action as possible and nicknamed him “Hellsapopin.” He was the only photographer to accompany Gen. Patton throughout the North African Campaign. His photographs became an exhibition titled The Tunisian Triumph, which opened in June 1943 at MoMA and traveled to 20 cities in the United States. From 1942 to 1964 he was a staff photographer for Life magazine. With the captions booklet laid in. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Matisse. An exceptional association, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117546
Rare United States Air Force Photograph of aviator Howard Hughes, Major General Oscar Westover, and General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold; signed by all three
Rare United States Air Force photograph of legendary aviator Howard Hughes, Major General Oscar Westover, and General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold. Signed and inscribed by each aviation pioneer, “O. Westover Maj. Gen. A.C. Chief of the Air Corps”, “Howard Hughes”, and “H. Arnold Brig Gen. A.C.” Major General Oscar Westover succeeded Benjamin Foulois as Chief of the Air Corps in 1935 and, on September 21, 1938, perished in an air crash at Burbank, California. Henry H. Arnold succeeded Westover as Chief of Air Corps on September 29, 1938. Arnold rose to command the Army Air Forces immediately prior to the American entry into World War II and directed its hundred-fold expansion from an organization of little more than 20,000 men and 800 first-line combat aircraft into the largest and most powerful air force in the world. He additionally moonlighted as a silent film stunt pilot and was portrayed on film by actor Walter O. Miles in the 1977 American made-for-television biographical film The Amazing Howard Hughes, starring Tommy Lee Jones as Hughes. In 1946, Hughes performed the first flight of the prototype U.S. Army Air Forces reconnaissance aircraft, the XF-11, near Hughes airfield at Culver City, California. The XF-11 crashed in Beverly Hills, destroying three houses. Hughes was rescued by Marine Master Sgt. William L. Durkin, who happened to be in the area visiting friends. It is rumored that Hughes sent a check to the Marine weekly for the remainder of his life as a sign of gratitude. In fine condition. Exceptionally rare, signed three major figures in the history of American aviation.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 109582
Rare original albumen photograph of Ralph Waldo Emerson seated with a book. Boldly signed by Emerson beneath his portrait, “R.W. Emerson.” Matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches 4.5 inches. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 95206
Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1966.
First edition, first issue with the extra flap. Inscribed by the artist on the title page, “For Robert Ed Ruscha.” One continuous accordion-fold page composed of glued paper segments with black-and-white photographs of every building on the sunset strip. An excellent example in the original slipcase. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 7370
Rare Civil War era carte-de-visite portrait of General Robert E. Lee in uniform, boldly signed “RE Lee”. In fine condition. Quadruple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 103675
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela in his law office in 1952. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph was taken at Chancellor House, which is where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the South Africa’s first black law firm in 1952. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 4512
Original carte de visite signed “U.S. Grant Lt. Gen. U.S.A.” Mounted on stiff ivory card stock, the carte-de-visite measures 2.6 inches by 4 inches. Signed below the image on the print. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 5510
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela during his treason trial in 1958. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 4513
Monte Carlo: Taschen, 1999.
Signed limited edition of this landmark in the field of photography. Elephant folio, original cloth, illustrated throughout, original publisher’s stand. Signed by Helmut Newton on the title page. Edited by June Newton, supported with a Philippe Starck bookstand, and containing over 400 images, it covers every aspect of Newton’s outstanding career, chronicling his groundbreaking fashion photography, definitive nudes, and celebrity portraiture.
Price: $8,000.00 Item Number: 119780
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill taken in 1920 by Edward Russell of Russell and Sons, boldly signed “Winston S. Churchill, 1921.” In February 1921, Churchill was appointed by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as Secretary of State for the Colonies, during which time he was a signatory to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that established the Irish Free State. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 17 inches. A very nice presentation.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 102875
"MATCHLESS, A TIME BOMB THATS NEVER BEEN DEFUSED" FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM KLEINS NEW YORK; SIGNED BY HIM
London: Photography Magazine, 1956.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth, original pamphlet bookmark. Boldy signed by William Klein on the title page. The pamphlet bookmark is also signed by Klein. Fine in the original dust jacket with light rubbing.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 32003
"MATCHLESS, A TIME BOMB THATS NEVER BEEN DEFUSED" FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM KLEINS NEW YORK; SIGNED BY HIM
Milano: Feltrinelli Editore, 1956.
First edition of one of the most celebrated of the photographic books of the second half of the 20th century. Quarto, original cloth, original pamphlet bookmark. Signed “Happy New York William Klein.” The pamphlet bookmark is also signed by Klein, as well. An excellent example in the original dust jacket with a few small closed tears.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 3724
"From a well-wisher to Mexico, and an admirer of its illustrious chief": Theodore Roosevelt Signed Photograph Inscribed to Mexican President Porfirio Diaz
Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to Mexican President Porfirio Diaz, “From a well-wisher to Mexico, and an admirer of its illustrious chief, President [Porfirio] Diaz, and with the regard of Theodore Roosevelt September 1904.” Two months later, Roosevelt, who had assumed the Presidency with the 1901 assassination of William McKinley, won his first full-term as President. Matted and framed.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 4343
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1939.
First edition stated on copyright page; first issue with blue topstain of Abbott’s landmark work on New York. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated with 97 halftone plates that display “the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression” (Parr & Badger). Text by Elizabeth McCausland. Inscribed by the photographer in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Susan Sherman With most cordial regards Berenice Abbott April 4, 1939.” Some rubbing to the corners of the cloth, an excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Scarce and desirable, especially signed and inscribed in the year of publication.
Price: $7,000.00 Item Number: 57048
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
First edition in English of Cartier-Bresson’s famous photobook, “capturing the essence of what has not previously been seen,” with 114 large photogravures (many double-page) and bright cover designed by Joan Miró. Folio, original illustrated boards. An excellent near fine copy in a very good price-clipped acetate dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “a Jean Simon tres cordialement Henri Cartier-Bresson.” With the captions booklet laid in.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 5770
Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1966.
First edition, second issue. Small octavo, original stiff self-wrappers, original slipcase. Association copy, inscribed by Ruscha to his aunt, “For Aunt Carol Ed Ruscha.” One continuous accordion-fold page composed of glued paper segments with black-and-white photographs of every building on the sunset strip. Near fine in a very good slipcase. An exceptional association.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 1012
Rare gelatin silver printed photograph of Mark Twain by A. F. Bradley. Signed by Twain on the mount with Bradley’s imprint dated 1907. A contemporary of Twain, American poet Ina Coolbirth was a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. In 1906, her home in California was destroyed in a fire and subsequent earthquake. Twain sent her three autographed photographs of himself which sold for $10.00 each and was subsequently convinced by New York photographer A. F. Bradley to sit for 17 more studio photographs to add further to the fund. Framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 15 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 116026
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela, Dr. Moroka, and Yusuf Dadoo during the Defiance Campaign Trial of 1952. Signed by both Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 4054
Black and White Photograph signed by both General George Smith Patton Jr. and Lieutenant General Alexander Patch
Original black and white photograph of General George Smith Patton, Jr. shaking hands with Lieutenant General Alexander Patch. Boldly signed by General Patton, “GS Patton Jr.” and Alexander Patch, “Lieut Patch.” Alexander Patch was a senior United States Army officer who fought in both World War I and World War II, rising to rank of general. During World War II, he commanded U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps forces during the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the U.S. Seventh Army on the Western Front in the invasion of southern France in Operation Dragoon on 15 August 1944. In September 1944, the Seventh Army joined forces with the Third Army, under General Patton in Dijon. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 96598
Rare original carte de visite signed by Ulysses S. Grant, “U.S. Grant Lt. Gen. U.S.A.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.75 inches by 10.25 inches. An excellent portrait with the signature bold.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 110262
Portrait of the influential Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises. Boldly signed, “August 27, 1971 Ludwig Mises.” The portrait measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 62034
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
First edition in English of Cartier-Bresson’s famous photobook, “capturing the essence of what has not previously been seen,” with 114 large photogravures (many double-page) and bright cover designed by Joan Miró. Folio, original illustrated boards. Signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the title page. Fine in a near fine acetate dust jacket. With the captions booklet laid in.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 2330
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”: Original photograph of Mother Teresa meeting German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Signed by both
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Signed by Mother Teresa, “God bless you M. Teresa mc” and signed by Helmut Kohl. Mother Teresa and Chancellor Kohl met on July 13, 1986 at Mother Teresa’s home in Oggersheim. Kohl gained a reputation for his strong commitment to European integration and French–German cooperation. He was also a dedicated ally of the United States and supported Reagan’s policies in order to weaken the Soviet Union. He has been described as “the greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century” by both U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 13.75 inches.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 96017
Portrait of British Royals; Signed by Queen Mary; Queen Alexandra; Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI); The Duchess of York (Elizabeth The Queen Mother); Prince Henry; Prince George; Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles; and Princess Victoria
QUEEN MARY; QUEEN ALEXANDRA; ALBERT, Duke of York (later King George VI); The Duchess of York (Elizabeth The Queen Mother); Prince Henry; Prince George; Princess Mary.
Elephant folio, bound in full blue morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panel, raised bands. Volume of ten portraits of British royalty, with a title page in calligraphy, which reads, “The Portraits contained in this volume have been presented to The Honorable Rodman Wanamaker, C.V.O., as a mark of the Friendship and High Esteem in which he is held by those who have inscribed their Signatures.” The book features portraits held within thick cardstock pages, with short biographies penned in calligraphy on the opposite page. Signed portraits include: Queen Mary; Queen Alexandra; Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI); The Duchess of York (Elizabeth The Queen Mother); Prince Henry; Prince George; Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles; and Princess Victoria. Also includes an unsigned photo of the Prince of Wales. In near fine condition. Rodman Wanamaker was a department store magnate and patron of the arts, as well as a major early supporter of aviation. He made major contributions to the liturgical arts in Great Britain, including the sponsorship of a sterling silver altar and silver pulpit at the church of the Queen’s estate in Sandringham, England, as well as a massive processional cross for Westminster Abbey. Rare and desirable
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 48055
Dusseldorf: Art Press, 1970.
First edition of the Becher’s first major photobook with 194 black-and-white photogravure plates. Quarto, original blue cloth. Signed by both Bernd and Hilla Becher on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Text in German, English, and French. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 317
Large Color Photograph Signed by Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon
Large color photograph of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. Signed and dated by each President below their likeness. The photograph measures 16 inches by 20 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 27 inches. Uncommon in such a large format.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 5478
"The important thing is not what they think of me, but what i think of them": Photograph of her Majesty Queen victoria signed by her
Rare sepia tone photograph of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Signed by Queen Victoria in the bottom right corner, “Victoria, R.I., June 1887.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13.25 inches. Accompanied by an original handwritten letter by Major General Sir Henry Ponsonby on Privy Purse Letterhead, dated June 14th 1887, “Having laid before The Queen your letter of the 8th respective your grandmother, Mrs. Smith. I am commanded by Her Majesty to request that you will thank her for the kind congratulation and that you will give her the enclosed photograph of The Queen.” Photographs signed by Queen Victoria are rare and with noted provenance.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 64009
Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha, 1966.
First edition, second issue. Small octavo, original stiff self-wrappers, original slipcase. Inscribed by the artist on the title page, “For John Ed Ruscha.” One continuous accordion-fold page composed of glued paper segments with black-and-white photographs of every building on the sunset strip. Fine in a fine slipcase. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 93546
Portrait of Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “W. S. Churchill” on the mount. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.5 inches by 8.75 inches.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 121876
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”: Photographic Portrait of Mother Teresa; Signed by her
Black and white photographic portrait of Mother Teresa sharing a chicken with a fellow nun, signed by her, “God bless you M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.75 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $5,600.00 Item Number: 95834
Color photograph portrait of Mother Teresa with her hands clasped in prayer boldly signed, “God bless you, M. Teresa mc.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches. An iconic photograph of Mother Teresa, rare and desirable and signed.
Price: $5,600.00 Item Number: 98753
“THOSE WHO HAVE EYES ON OUR MODERN WORLD WILL TAKE THIS AS A THRILLING INTRODUCTION TO THE MEN WHO SHAPE IT FOR US”: FIRST EDITION OF LEWIS W. HINE’S ICONIC BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHY MEN AT WORK
New York: The Macmillan Co, 1932.
First edition of Hine’s only book published in his lifetime, a landmark photobook in its celebration of “the dignity of labour and… the American skyscraper” (Parr & Badger). Small quarto, original green cloth, illustrated with 51 black-and-white photogravures. Some rubbing to the bottom and some sunning to the upper cloth, very good in the dust jacket which has had some professional restoration. Scarce, especially in the original dust jacket.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 4349
Rare original photograph of the SS Euripides; signed by twenty-two British scientists and crew members aboard the 1914 voyage to the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science including the father of nuclear physics Ernest Rutherford
Rare original photograph of the SS Euripides signed by the father of nuclear physics, Ernest Rutherford and 21 other scientists and crew members present on the 1914 voyage from England to Australia for the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Signed by Rutherford, his wife Mary Rutherford, engineer Thomas Hudson Beare, psychologist Charles W. Kimmins, anthropologist John Layard, physicist Joseph Petavel, neurologist and psychologist W. H. R. Rivers, chemist Henry Tizard, and the ship’s surgeon C.L. Wigam among others. In near fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 16 inches by 15 inches. Rare and desirable, signed in the year of the outbreak of the first World War, which the members of the voyage only learned of upon arrival in Australia.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 190502
Portrait of Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “Winston S Churchill” on the mount. In near fine condition. The photograph measures 4 inches by 3.2 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 7 inches by 5 inches. With the backstamp of Vivienne 20th Century Studios Ltd. of Piccadilly, London on the verso. In near fine condition. A very nice presentation.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 120755
Apollo Astronauts Signed Reunion Poster; signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts and from the collection of Frank White
Rare original poster from The Apollo Reunion July 16, 1986 in Washington D.C. Signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Charles Conrad, Ron Evans, Stuart Roosa, Richard Gordon, Charlie Duke, Michael Collins, Walt Cunningham, James Lovell, Donn Eisele, Bill Anders, Alan Bean, Jim Irwin, Al Worden, Rusty Schweickart, Alan Shepard, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt. From the collection of Frank White, author of ‘The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution’, a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development based on White’s interviews with 31 astronauts. The term “Overview Effect” describes the cognitive shift in worldview that astronauts experience when they see the Earth from space and in space. Framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 105483
"Fight has never been and is not now a fight for conquest of land, for accumulation of wealth or domination of peoples, but for the recognition and preservation of the rights of man and the establishment of a truly free world for a free people": Exceedingly Scarce Signed Photograph of Albert Luthuli
Black and white photograph of Albert Lutuli, the first African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Signed twice by him and dated by him 2/11/1961. The portrait shows Luthuli holding the telegram which announced his award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. The reverse of the photograph is rubber stamped “Copyright Photograph supplied by The Natal Mercury, Devonshire Place, Durban”. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 81123