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London: Blackie & Son, 1885.
From the library of President Grover Cleveland with his signature to the half-title page of each volume. Quarto, original calf, morocco spine labels. In very good condition. Rare and desirable, books from Cleveland’s library seldom enter the market.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 122784
First Edition of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Book Why We Can't Wait; From the library of Actress Rosemary Murphy
New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.
First edition of Dr. King’s third book, including his reflections on his 1963 Birmingham campaign. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. From the library of actress Rosemary Murphy with her signature and date of July, 1964 the year of publication to the front free endpaper. Murphy was nominated for three Tony Awards for her stage work, as well as two Emmy Awards for television work, winning once, for her performance in Eleanor and Franklin and she played Maudie Atkinson in the Oscar winning film To Kill a Mockingbird. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 122396
“Don‘t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong": First Edition of Calvin Coolidge's The Price of Freedom: Speeches and Addresses; Inscribed by Him
New York: Charles Scibner's Sons, 1924.
First edition of this collection of speeches from the 30th President of the United States. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather by McDonald Bindery, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “To Harold N. Grover With Regards Calvin Coolidge.” In very good condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 122439
First Edition of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being For The Most Part Contributions Based Upon "The Century War Series"
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being For The Most Part Contributions Based Upon “The Century War Series.”
New York: The Century Co, 1887.
First edition of this collection of articles contributed by both Union and Confederate officers which originally appeared in The Century Magazine, containing four papers from Ulysses S. Grant which were later adapted into his “Personal Memoirs.” Quarto, four volumes bound in full leather with gilt titles to the spine, blind-stamping and raised bands, marbled endpapers and all edges marbled, profusely illustrated with engravings, portraits, and maps. In near fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 122056
"I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war": The Book of Common Prayer; Uniquely signed by President Gerald Ford
New York: The Seabury Press, 1953.
The Book of Common Prayer, boldly signed by President Gerald Ford as follows, “I would rather travel thousands of miles in peace than take a single step toward war. Gerald R. Ford.” Octavo, bound in full leather, all edges gilt. In fine condition. The famous phrase “I would rather walk a thousand miles for peace than to have to take a single step for war” was first spoken by President Gerald Ford at an Air Force commissioning ceremony in Arizona on November 14, 1974. It was subsequently used the following week as Ford departed for Japan, becoming the first president to make an official trip to the island nation and marking Ford’s first trip as president. During the trip, President Ford met with Emperor Hirohito and worked to improve trade relations. The now-famous phrase was used during the trip, upon departure from the South Lawn of the White House and at the Japan Press Club. A unique piece.
Price: $1,850.00 Item Number: 122598
“It always seems impossible until it's done": Signed Limited Edition of Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom
Norwalk, CT : Easton Press, 2000.
Signed limited edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, bound in full green morocco, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated. Signed by Nelson Mandela. In fine condition.
Price: $2,750.00 Item Number: 122369
"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
Signed limited edition of Sydney D. Smith's Grapes of Conflict; signed by Caesar Chavez, Chris Hartmire and Sydney Smith
Pasadena: Hope Publishing House, 1987.
First edition, signed limited edition of Smith’s account of the relationship between the Migrant Ministry and National Farm Workers Association in the 1960s farmworkers’ movement. Octavo, original publisher’s red velvet with gilt titles and tooling to the front panel. Singed by Caesar Chavez, Chris Hartmire and Sydney Smith on the signature page. In fine condition.
Price: $425.00 Item Number: 122036
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 122051
Winston Churchill’s War Speeches: Into Battle, The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, Secret Session Speeches.
London: Cassell and Company, 1941-46.
First editions of each volume in Churchill’s collected war speeches. Octavo, 6 volumes bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruling to the panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In fine condition.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 122345
Winston Churchill’s War Speeches: Into Battle, The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, Secret Session Speeches.
London: Cassell and Company, 1941-46.
First editions of each volume in Churchill’s collected war speeches. Octavo, 6 volumes, bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt. In fine condition.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 122067
"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes": Finely Bound First Editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume of Churchill’s important biography of his notable ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound three quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 122057
"The Epic Work On Confederate Army": Douglas Southall Freeman's Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command; finely bound
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1944.
Finely bound set of each volume of Southall Freeman’s classic work. Octavo, three volumes bound in three quarter morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in four compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 122134
“All he wanted was toleration, and by the enlightened use of the dispensing power to be the true father of all his people": First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Finely bound in full morocco
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes finely bound in full morocco with gilt titles and ruling to the spines, gilt ruling to the panels. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 122055
“There is a wisdom of the head, and... there is a wisdom of the heart": First edition of Charles Dickens' Hard Times
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1854.
First edition in book form of Dickens’ attack on the living conditions of England’s mid-19th century industrial cities. Octavo, original green cloth blindstamped with gilt titles to the spine including the “Price 5/-” in gilt at the base of the spine and p.244 misnumbered as 44. In near fine condition with the half-title present, which is often lacking. Housed in a custom three quarter morocco and chemise slipcase.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 121032
John Brown's John Bunyan: His Life, Times and Work; signed and inscribed by John Brown, President Woodrow Wilson, Alexander Stewardt, Charles A. Salmond, James Stark and many other turn of the 20th century American, English, and Scottish educators and ministers
London: Wm. Ibister Limited, n.d..
Early edition of Reverend John Brown’s important biography of his predecessor and the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, English Puritan preacher John Bunyan. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “With all fraternal regards John Brown Bedford, England, August 10th 1899” and signed by his wife, “Ada H. Brown.” Additionally signed by Robert Christie, “Robert Christie Presbyterian Seminary Allegheny, Pa”; Woodrow Wilson, “Woodrow Wilson, Princeton, New Jersey”; Alexander Stewart “Alexander Stewart D.D. St. Mary’s College- St. Andrews- Scotland-“; Charles A. Salmond, “Charles A. Salmond. South Morningside Free Church, Edinburgh-“; James Stark, “James Stark Aberdeen”; and Samuel Parry, “Samuel Parry Pluckemin N.J.” With an additional autograph signed by Rev. John Brown tipped in on Yale University Letterhead dated Oct. 19th 1899and addressed to Rev. Dr. Farrar, a schedule of Brown’s Lectures in Yale Divinity School and several clippings related to Bunyan and Brown’s work. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. A unique collection of signatures.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 121964
"Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance": First Edition of The Vantage Point: Perspectives on the Presidency; inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson on an official White House bookplate to American Congressman Jim Wright; With a photograph of Johnson in the Oval Office
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.
First edition of President Johnson’s autobiography. Octavo, original red cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 72 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Lyndon Baines Johnson on official White House bookplate affixed to the half-title page, “To Jim Wright from his friend Lyndon B. Johnson.” The recipient, American Congressman Jim Wright, represented Texas’s 12th congressional district as a Democrat from 1955 to 1989 and served as the 48th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 1989. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David November. Jacket photograph of Johnson by Y. R. Okamoto. Accompanied by a matted black and white photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 121772
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1928.
First edition of Cameron Rogers’ intimate biography of the 30th president of the United States of America. Octavo, original cloth with paper labels to the spine and front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Albert Horwitz; Senior, with the regards of Cameron Rogers.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 121948
Original color photograph inscribed by Dwight D. and Mamie Doud Eisenhower to White House Administrative Assistant Helen Colle Donaldson Hollers
Original color photograph inscribed by the 34th President and First Lady of the United States, Dwight D. and Mamie Doud Eisenhower. Presentation photograph, inscribed on the mount, “For Mrs. Helen Colle with best wishes and warm regards from Dwight D. Eisenhower” and signed, “Mamie Doud Eisenhower.” The recipient, Helen Colle Donaldson Hollers, was a White House administrative assistant who served under nine presidents from Harry S. Truman to George H.W. Bush. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 15.75 inches.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 194042
Original 1876 silk Stevengraph: 1776-1876 Centennial U. S. A. The Father of Our Country, George Washington
Original 1876 Silk Stevengraph: 1776-1876 Centennial U.S.A. The Father of Our Country, George Washington.
Thomas Stevens, 1876.
Rare original 1876 stevengraph of George Washington. It measures 9.25 inches in length. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 8 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 120183
First Edition of Winston Spencer Churchill Servant of the Crown and Commonwealth; From the library of Churchill Historian Geoffrey Best
London: Cassell & Company, 1954.
First edition of this work compiled for Churchill’s 80th birthday. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. From the library of Churchill historian and scholar Geoffrey Best, author of Churchill And War and Churchill, A Study In Greatness, with several notes to the rear endpaper and Best’s signature to the front endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 121833
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1931.
First edition of the third volume in Andrews’ intimate biography of Mahatma Ghandi, as was related to him by Gandhi himself. Octavo, original boards, frontispiece portrait of Gandhi. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 121904
Life-size sculpture of the head of George Washington, after the famed Houdon bust of George Washington of 1785. Plaster, the piece measures 11.5 inches by 9 inches and is attributed to American portraitist Ronald Lee Anderson who likely sculpted the work as an exercise as a college student. Jean-Antoine Houdon was a French sculptor known for his life-like portrayals of many notable eighteenth-century American leaders including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. In 1785, he was sent from Paris by Jefferson and Franklin at the request of the Governor of Virginia to Mount Vernon to create a statue of Washington. He spent several weeks at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate getting to know his subject and used plaster to make a plaster cast of Washington’s face which he later used to complete the famed terracotta bust which he gifted to Washington and roughly 20 other busts attributed to him. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 121908
Rare portrait of Nobel Peace Prize-winning American General George C. Marshall, inscribed by him beneath his image, “To Donald D. Shepard, with appreciation and warm regards, G. Marshall.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 by 15.25 inches.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 121774
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
“I DRINK A GREAT DEAL. I SLEEP A LITTLE, AND I SMOKE CIGAR AFTER CIGAR": Exceptionally rare unsmoked Winston S. Churchill cigar presented to the Churchill family governess, Mary Dorgan
Exceedingly rare unsmoked La Aroma De Cuba cigar presented by Winston S. Churchill to the Churchill family governess, Mary Dorgan, the Irishwoman who provided domestic help to the Churchill family through the 1940s and into the 1950s. Framed with an original photograph of Winston S. Churchill smoking another of his favorite La Aroma De Cuba cigars. Accompanied by a rare original photograph of Churchill’s wife, Clementine, inscribed on the mount to Mary Dorgan, ‘To Mrs. Dorgan with thanks for your help and good wishes Clementine Churchill 1950″, a pass to the Churchill’s room in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons also from Dorgan’s collection, and a photograph of Dorgan with Winston and Clementine’s daughter, Sarah. Winston S. Churchill and Clementine Hozier met at a dinner party in 1908 and after only a few months of correspondence, Winston wrote to Clementine’s mother, Lady Blanche Hozier, requesting consent for their marriage. On September 12th 1908, the two were wed at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, he more than a decade older than she and already a seasoned Parliamentarian. The Churchills had five children: Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold, and Mary and their marriage was close and affectionate despite the stresses of public life throughout Churchill’s political career. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 16.25 inches. Exceedingly rare with exceptional provenance.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 117337
"And they said one to another, behold, this dreamer cometh": First edition of William Bradford Huie's He Slew the Dreamer; Signed by Him
He Slew the Dreamer: My Search, With James Earl Ray, For the Truth About the Murder of Martin Luther King.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1970.
First edition of the sensational journalist’s report on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Bradford Huie on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wenk/Schwartz.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 121041
"The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable": Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty
Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty and its precedence over international alliances. Sixteen pages, entirely in the hand of John Adams and written on both the recto and verso of each page, the letter is dated January 9, 1809 and addressed to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Joseph Bradley Varnum. Although France and America shared a strong alliance which proved crucial to winning the Revolutionary War, at the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, Washington's fear that American involvement would weaken the new nation before it had firmly established itself created tensions and a new war between England and France broke out in 1793. The British Navy soon began targeting French vessels and trading interests across the Atlantic, and although many Federalists thought that America should aid its ally, Washington proclaimed that the United States would be “friendly and impartial toward the belligerent parties.” The Neutrality Proclamation was ignored by Britain and angered France, which then allowed its navy and privateers to prey on American trade. To protect American sailors and merchants without provoking Britain, in March 1794, Congress passed a 30-day embargo, which it then extended. Britain, the strongest sea power, began to seize American ships suspected of trading with France, and stepped up its practice of impressment. From 1806-1807, the British navy, in desperate need of men to oppose Napoleon, forced roughly 5,000 American sailors into service on the pretense that they were deserters. In 1807, King George III proclaimed his right to call any British subjects into war service and claimed that Britain had full discretion to determine who was a British citizen. The crisis reached one peak for America in June of 1807 when the HMS Leopard attacked the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia. Three American sailors were killed, eighteen were wounded, and the Chesapeake surrendered after firing only one shot. The Leopard seized four American seaman, claimed as deserters from the British navy, and hanged one of them. Jefferson and Madison, his Secretary of State, responded with the Embargo of 1807, a ban on all American vessels sailing for foreign ports. Meanwhile, Russia allied with Napoleon and pressed Denmark to turn over her fleet. In September 1807, Britain preemptively bombarded Copenhagen and seized the Danish-Norwegian fleet. While Jefferson’s Republicans still generally favored France, a schism grew in the Federalist party. Men like Timothy Pickering downplayed impressments while focusing on trade and access to British manufacturing. On October 16, 1807, King George III aggravated already high tensions with American following the British attack of the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia by issuing a Royal Proclamation expanding the British right to impressment (the King’s right to call any British subjects into war service and determine their citizenship). News of the King’s Proclamation arrived in the United States in December 1807 and, lacking military options, President Jefferson proposed an embargo to ban all U.S. exports on American vessels in order to protect American sailors’ lives and liberties, despite its potential to cripple American trade. The Embargo Act was signed on December 22, 1807, causing immediate economic devastation. In protesting the Embargo, rather than wrestling with the difficulty of defending American sovereignty, some opponents chose to declare the legality of impressments as defined by King George’s Royal Proclamation. John Adams’ former Secretary of State, Timothy Pickering, took a leading role in fighting the embargo, arguing that Jefferson was using it to draw America closer to Napoleon’s France. Given the devastating economic effects of the embargo, Pickering’s message found a wide audience. Adams, on the other hand, recognized the dire threat the King’s Proclamation posed in denying America the right to determine its own rules for citizenship and in December, took his arguments to Speaker of the House Joseph Varnum. As he stated in the present letter, “He [Pickering] thinks that as every Nation has a Right to the Service of its Subjects, in time of War, the Proclamation of the King of Great Britain, commanding his Naval Officers to practice Such Impressments, on board, not the Vessells of his own Subjects, but of the United States, a foreign Nation could not furnish the Slightest ground for an Embargo! … But I Say with Confidence that it furnished a Sufficient ground for a Declaration of War. Not the Murder of Pierce nor all the Murders on board the Chesapeake, nor all the other Injuries and Insults We have received from foreign Nations, atrocious as they have been, can be of such dangerous, lasting, and pernicious Consequence to this Country, as this Proclamation, if We have Servility enough to Submit to it.” Adams suggested repealing and replacing the Embargo Act with one that allowed international trade with all but the belligerents, while building up the navy. Varnum asked to publish it. Before assenting, Adams completely reworked his argument, mustering all the reason and rhetoric at his disposal into a stirring defense of sovereignty and citizenship, resulting in the present letter. On March 1, 1809, Congress repealed the Embargo Act, following Adams’ suggestion to replace it with the Non-Intercourse Act which allowed trade with all nations except Britain and France. In fine condition. A remarkable piece of early American history illustrating the second President of the United States’ impassioned devotion to the pursuit of American liberty. The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 121560
Rare early American land grant signed by the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn as the new province’s first governor. One page, script on vellum, the document is dated January 26, 1684 and grants s tract of land to one of the earliest Quaker colonists to settle in Philadelphia county, Thomas Simmons and reads in part, “Know yee that I have given granted & confirmed & by these present for me my Heirs & Successors, Proprietor of Pennsylvania do give grant & confirm unto ye s’d Thomas Simmons his heirs & assign for ever ye s’d Two Hundred Acres of Land to have & enjoy ye s’d Land to ye only & behoof of ye s’d Thomas Simmons to be holden of me my Heirs and Successors Proprietaries of Pennsylvania… In Witness to hereof I have caused these my Letters to be mad Patents, witness my self at Philadelphia ye Six & Twentieth day of ye First Month One Thousand six Hundred Eighty Four Being ye Sixth Year of ye King’s Reign & ye Fourth of my Government, William Penn.” Signed by William Penn at the conclusion of the document. Retaining the paper seal. In near fine condition. Elaborately double matted and framed with two lithographic portraits of Penn, and a large lithograph of his early residences. The entire piece measures 32.25 inches by 29.25 inches. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 121655
Rare autograph land grant signed by the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, William Penn, as the first governor of Pennsylvania. One page, script on vellum, the document is dated June 4, 1684 and grants a tract of land in the county of Philadelphia to one of the earliest Quaker colonists to settle in Philadelphia county, John Longworthy. Signed by William Penn at the conclusion of the document. Retaining the paper seal. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120848
“THE ONLY THING NEW IN THIS WORLD IS THE HISTORY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW”: First Signed Limited Edition of President Trumans Mr. Citizen; One of 1,000 copies signed by President Truman
New York: Bernard Geis, 1960.
First signed limited edition of this collection of articles written by President Truman after leaving the White House. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, illustrated. One of 1000 copies signed by Harry Truman, this is Number 668. Fine in the rare original slipcase and acetate jacket.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 120397
"Who was always there all the way for his Country & his President from his friend": Signed limited first Edition of The Vantage Point and additionally inscribed by him to Friend and businessman Abe Feinberg
New York : Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1971.
Signed limited first edition of President Johnson’s autobiography, one of 300 copies, this is number 61. Octavo, original red cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 72 pages of photographs. Signed by Lyndon Baines Johnson. Additionally inscribed by Johnson in the year of publication on the dedication page, “To Abe Feinberg who was always there all the way for his Country & his President from his friend Lyndon B. Johnson LBJ Ranch ‘Xmas ’71.” The recipient Abraham Feinberg was a successful businessman with investments and businesses in New York and Israel. A supporter of Jewish causes, Feinberg is regarded as having been instrumental in the establishment of the state of Israel. As the president of Haganah, the Zionist military movement, he helped mobilize support for Israel. He offered his home to Zionist leaders who were trying to gain support of the U.S. government and assisted European Jews seeking refuge. He even accompanied Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, to his first meeting with President Harry Truman. Active in American politics, Feinberg worked informally with the U.S. and Israeli governments during Middle East crises, led many Democratic fundraisers and served as a confidant to Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. There was hardly a Jewish cause to which he did not contribute. In near fine condition. An exceptional association.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120772
Rare first edition of S. Putnam Waldo's Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution
Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution, Between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain; Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to other Distinguished Characters.
Hartford: Published by Silas Andrus, 1823.
First edition of Putnam’s work dedicated to American naval heroes of the Revolutionary War including James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown. Rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120635
Early 20th century United States Army Citation signed by General John J. Pershing. One page, partially printed, the citation awards Lieut. Colonel Arthur A. Tasker for “exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as Colonel Officer of the Base Hospital A09 France”. Dated April 19, 1919 and signed by General John J. Pershing.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120411
Cincinatti: Columbia University Alumni Club of Cincinatti, 1949.
Rare Columbia University Alumni Banquet program signed by the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Large octavo, the program was printed for the Regional Columbia University Alumni Banquet held at the Netherland Plaza Hotel on November 22, 1949. Signed by Eisenhower on the front panel of the program. Eisenhower served as president of Columbia University after World War II, a position he held from 1948 to 1953. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 121022
Rare Imperial Decree boldly signed by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Two pages, partially printed in Italian, the decree outlines a proposal for the construction of a bridge over the Sesia River in Vercelli, to be financed by the Kingdom of Italy as part of Napoleon’s civic improvement plan initiated during his administration of Ital. Dated April 12, 1809, the decree reads in part, “Napoleon, by the grace of God & by the Constitution, French Emperor, King of Italy, Protector of the Rhine Confederation, have decreed and decree what follows: Art. 1. Our Kingdom of Italy will contribute the certain sum of 150,000 lire to the expense of building the Vercelli bridge on the Sesia. Art. 2. The payment will be made in installments at the rate of 50,000 lire per year starting from the current year. Art. 3. This expense will be carried into the budget of the Minister of the Interior, and to the head of the extraordinary works of water and roads. Art. 4. The Minister of the Interior is in charge of the execution of this decree. Given at our Imperial Palace of the Tuileries this day April 12, 1809″. Signed by Napoleon Bonaparte at the conclusion the decree, “Napole”. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Napoleon. The entire piece measures 31.5 inches by 21.25 inches.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120531