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Oroville, California: Butte College Press, 1999.
First edition of this work on the Bush administration. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dan Ostrander and President George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover design by Patty Melron. Uncommon signed by President Bush.
"In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": First signed limited edition of Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Signed by Richard Nixon
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
Signed limited first edition of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. One of 600 copies signed by Richard Nixon, this is number 391. In fine condition. Housed in the original slipcase which is in fine condition.
“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
New York: Crown Publishers, 2014.
Signed limited edition of President George W. Bush’s “loving testimonial” to the life and legacy of his father, President George H.W. Bush. Octavo, original cloth, with 26 pages of color and black-and-white illustrations including two color frontispiece portraits. Signed by George Bush and additionally signed by George H.W. Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase. Rare signed by both Presidents.
“a portrait of the Kennedy family as it looked then” : First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy
New York: Random House, 1964.
First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the Jimmy Carter.
“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today": Rare Ten Volume Set of Wilson's The History of the American People; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1918.
First edition. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in the publisher’s three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, contains numerous plates and illustrations. One of 400 copies, signed by President Wilson on the limitation page. An excellent set of this scarce edition of Wilson‘s history of the American people, first published in 1902, this expanded edition was published at the start of his second term as President of the United States. Rare.
"The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender": Proclamation of Nazi Germanys Surrender; Signed by Harry Truman
Washington, D.C: May 8, 1945.
Large three-colored broadside of Harry Truman’s Proclamation declaring the surrender of Germany. Signed in ink by Harry Truman. Also included at the lower left is the original 1945 Christmas card from the President and Mrs. Truman and at lower right, the original red, white and blue ribbon. These were presented by the President as gifts for friends. Uncommon, especially with the original Christmas card and ribbon. Matted and framed, which measures 21 inches by 28 inches.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the front free endpaper page and additionally signed by John Paul Stevens. In 1970, President Richard Nixon appointed Stevens to the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Five years later, President Gerald Ford successfully nominated Stevens to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice William O. Douglas. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin. Desirable signed by both Ford and Stevens.
First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty; Inscribed by Her to her Grandson
Dodge Publishing, 1935.
First edition of this early work by the First Lady. Octavo, original orange cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Bill from his loving grandmere who is also the author Eleanor Roosevelt Xmas 1935.” The recipient was Roosevelt’s grandson William Donner Roosevelt, son of Elliot Roosevelt and grandson of the author Eleanor Roosevelt. A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty is one of the more uncommon books by Roosevelt, and one that is not often found signed or inscribed, especially with such a nice association. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"Let's talk about the future. We have had miseries before. But we've always overcome before": Signed limited first edition of Gerald Ford's A Vision for America; One of 500 numbered copies signed by him
Northridge, California: Lord John Press, 1980.
Signed limited first edition of Ford’s Address to the Republican National Convention held at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on July 14, 1980. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece engraved portrait of Ford, gilt presidential seal to the title page. One of 500 numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 57. In near fine condition.
“History is the memory of States": First Edition of Henry Kissinger's first Book A World Restored; Signed by Him
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957.
First edition of Kissinger’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Henry A. Kissinger on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities.
New York: : Random House, 1977.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “To ______ _______ in friendship Abba Eban New York 1981.” Near fine in a bright dust jacket with some toning the spine and light wear.
Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1984.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by Ronald Reagan on front free endpaper. Afterwords by C. Everett Koop and Malcolm Muggeridge. Rare signed.
Davenport, Iowa: 1865.
Original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece, a rare and desirable piece of Americana.
Military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln, Washington, August 1861. Folio on vellum with vignettes. Light wear along the folds. Countersigned by Simon Cameron. Matted and framed.
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton appointing Byron G. Daniels as a “Captain in the Nineteenth Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States.” Folio on vellum with vignettes with the white paper seal in the upper left corner intact. Included is a xeroxed packet of Byron G. Daniels’ war records which document his resignation on September 13th of 1864 as well as his appointment as United States consul at Hull, England in the 1890s. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Lincoln. Rare and desirable.
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Rare original painting of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After a photograph by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner. Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner immigrated to the United States in 1856 where he became best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In near fine condition. In a period frame. The entire piece measures 20.75 by 16.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln
Rare caste metal relief portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. Housed in a custom circular frame with gilt decorative floral reliefs. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 16 inches. A handsome example.
Rare Civil War dated endorsement as president, signed by Abraham Lincoln, dated March 9, 1865. The endorsement reads, “Allow Mrs. C. W. Frazier to visit her husband a Prisoner of War at Johnson’s Island. A Lincoln.” In fine condition. In September 1863, Captain C. W. Frazer of Company B, Fifth Infantry, was captured and delivered to the Confederate officers’ prison camp located on Lake Erie’s Johnson’s Island. His wife, Letitia Frazer, who moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Sandusky, Ohio, so as to be nearer her detained husband, wrote an impassioned letter to President Lincoln, begging for ‘the opportunity to convince him that his duty is at home and to leave the Rebel Army.’ Without hesitation the president allowed Letitia Frazer, upon her taking the oath of allegiance, ‘an interview with her husband,’ once every ten days until his release. On June 11, 1865, Frazer was paroled and returned to Memphis and his family, resuming his law practice and becoming the president of the Confederate Historical Association of Memphis. Frazer later authored a war drama entitled Johnson’s Island, a play that featured ex-Confederate soldiers as its chief actors. The signed sheet measures 2 inches by 3.25 inches. Double matted and framed with a rare carte-de-visite of Lincoln. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.5 inches.