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New York: Basic Books, 1997.
First edition of this “masterful synthesis of historical, geographical, and political analysis…. Geostrategic thinking in the grand tradition of Bismarck” (Samuel Huntington). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “and with best wishes Zbigniew Brzezinski.” Small name, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rick Pracher.
New York: Crown Publishers, 2004.
First edition, first printing of the 2004 reissue of the future President’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barack Obama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket collage by Steven Dana.
“A WOMAN IS LIKE A TEABAG - ONLY IN HOT WATER DO YOU REALIZE HOW STRONG SHE IS”: First Edition of My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan; Inscribed by Her
New York: Random House, 1989.
First edition of Nancy Reagan’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Gene Williams Best Wishes Nancy Reagan Apr ’92.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino. Written in collaboration with William Novak.
"Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me": First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
London: Little Brown and Company, 1994.
First British 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, original black boards. Inscribed by the author, “Dear Lynne, with thanks. Nelson Mandela 27.2.97.” The recipient was the realtor who sold Nelson Mandela his estate in Houghton, Johannesburg; where he passed away in 2013. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example with noted provenance.
New York: Norton, 2002.
First edition of this collection of African folktales chosen and introduced by Nelson Mandela. Quarto, original glossy illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Signed and dated by Mandela on the title page.
"It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve, but if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die": First Edition of No Easy Walk To Freedom; Signed and Dated by Nelson Mandela
New York: Basic Books, 1965.
First edition of Nelson Mandela’s classic account of the struggle against South Africa’s apartheid system. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by Mandela. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear. Most rare signed.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1953.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Edition of The Report of The President's Commission On The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy; Signed by Allen Dulles, Senator John Sherman Cooper and David Belin
Washington, D.C.: United States Government, 1964.
First edition of this important document concerning the assassination investigation of President Kennedy. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Allen Dulles, Senator John Sherman Cooper and David Belin, all of whom served on the Warren Commission. From the library of Oklahoma representative Page Belcher, with his stamp on the front and rear endpapers. In very good condition. Allen Dulles was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the Central Intelligence Agency during the early Cold War, he oversaw Operation Ajax, the Lockheed U-2 program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following the assassination of John F Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission. Uncommon signed by Dulles.
New York: Doubleday, 1968.
First edition of Senator Kennedy’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Preface by George F. Kennan. Warmly inscribed in the year of publication by the author, “To ______ ______- who was a great help to me- with friendship Ted Kennedy December 1968.” Also inscribed by Joan Kennedy. Fine in a near fine jacket with the light of wear to the extremities.
"I Was Born Under A Clear Sky After A Violent Summer Storm To A Widowed Mother": My Life; Inscribed By Former President Clinton
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
First edition of President Clinton’s autobiography. Large octavo, original blue boards, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To ________ Thanks, Bill Clinton.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"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.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts On My Own; Inscribed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1958.
First edition of Roosevelt’s last book of autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Inscribed for Virginia Heathman with my warm good wishes Eleanor Roosevelt.” Paperclip indentation, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Ben Feder.
First Edition of Partners: The United Nations and Youth; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Ferris
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1950.
First edition of this work which tells the dramatic story of the United Nations. Small quarto, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and inscribed by Helen Ferris to famed photographer Fred Stein, “For Fred Stein with our appreciation and all our good wishes for the days ahead Helen Ferris June 1951.” Stein was an early pioneer of the hand held camera and noted street photographer in New York and Paris. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket by Rafael Palacios. We have never encountered another signed copy by both authors.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981.
First edition of the historian’s National Book-Award winning biography on Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David McCullough in a contemporary hand on half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Mantel. A very bright example.
FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM MANCHESTER’S CLASSIC WORK REMEMBERING KENNEDY: ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT; SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.
First trade edition of the historian’s most well-known piece of literature. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with the lightest of shelf wear to the crown of the spine. A very bright example.
"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 images 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.