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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
"We the people...": Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States bound with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States
The Constitution of the United States of America with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States.
New London: Printed by Samuel Green, 1798-1799.
Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States of America bound with a Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States. Octavo, original boards, rebacked. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 120460
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
"Already has every American wept; already have the sad funeral processions moved; and already have the virtues and the services of Washington been celebrated from the pulpit": Rare first edition of William Linn's A Funeral Eulogy, Occasioned by the Death of General Washington
A Funeral Eulogy, Occasioned by the Death of General Washington. Delivered February 22d, 1800, Before the New-York State Society of the Cincinnati.
New York: Printed by Isaac Collins, 1800.
Rare first edition of American Presbyterian minister William Linn’s Funeral Eulogy delivered before the New York State Society of the Cincinnati upon the death of President George Washington. Octavo, disbound. William Linn was the second President of Queen’s College (now Rutgers University), serving in a pro tempore capacity from 1791 to 1795. He was also the first Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives and an outspoken Federalist. In near fine condition. Small inscription.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 120490
Original White House Engraving signed by first ladies Bess Wallace Truman, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush
Bureau of Engraving and Printing , .
Signatures of eleven First Ladies from Bess Truman through Laura Bush on a White House engraving. The signatures includes, Bess Wallace Truman, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush. The piece measures 8 inches by 6 inches. In fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120573
Ralph David Abernathy signed program for the First Annual Community Memorial Service Commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Birthday, for which he was the guest speaker, inscribed, “To Bob Best Wishes Ralph David Abernathy.” This program is from The First Presbyterian Church in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York January 13, 1973.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 120281
First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. H.O. Wilson In appreciation for your great support Martin Luther King Jr.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 120468
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Signed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Ron Chernow on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 120901
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979.
First edition of this moving tribute by Peres of the founding fathers of Israel. Octavo, original cloth, with eight line drawings. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Kappy and Eric- With high regards and many thanks Shimon 2.11.79.” The recipients, Kappy and Eric Flanders were friends of Peres and well-known for their philanthropy. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Philip Simpson.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 64047
New York: 2 April 1799.
Rare autographed letter signed by Alexander Hamilton to John Murray, John Thurston, and Benjamin Strong, notifying them of whom he intends to pay for the unpaid mortgage on a plot of land purchased by Hamilton, unless they file a claim within four days. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 120624
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
Marietta: Top Shelf Productions, 2015.
First edition of the second book in John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March trilogy. Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John Lewis on the half-title page, “To Thom Thank you. John Lewis” and signed by Andrew Aydin. In fine condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118963
Rare first edition of Paine's Letter Addressed to the Addressers, on the Late Proclamation; with four other early Paine titles
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds and Thomas Clio Rickman, 1792.
First edition of Paine’s fervent letter defending Rights of Man and calling forth the American Revolution. Disbound. With four other early printings of rare Paine titles, including: A Letter to the Earl of Shelburne, Now Marquis of Landsdowne, on His Speech July 10, 1782, Repsecting the Acknowledgement of American Independence (London: Printed for J. Ridgway, 1791); Two Letters to Lord Onslow, Lord Lieutenant of the County Surry: and One to Mr. Henry Dundas, Secretary of the State, On the Subject of the Late Excellent Proclamation (London: Printed for James Ridgway, 1792); and Prospects on the War and Paper Currency (London: Printed for James Ridgway, 1793); The Insufficiency of the Light of Nature Exemplified in the Vices and Depravity of the Heathen World. Including Some Strictures on Paine’s Age of Reason (London: Printed for John and Arthur Arch, 1797). In very good to near fine condition.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119556
New York: Little Brown and Company, 2011.
First edition of this memoir from Justice John Paul Stevens. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Kenneth and Sarah John Paul Stevens.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Allison J. Warner.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 120832
“Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
First edition of the 40th President of the United States’ memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jim and Shirley Earp- With Best Wishes Ronald Reagan June 7- ’91” and additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian counterpart to Reagan. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he hand wrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened. It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc. Rare and desirable signed by Reagan and Gorbachev.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 120940
Signed by eight justices, Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens
Washington, DC: 1973.
First edition of this work on the Burger Court. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by eight justices beneath their portraits accompanying their biographies. They include: Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens. 20 page pamphlet on the Supreme Court, published by them.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 120344
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995.
First edition of this work by the former Secretary of State. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “To Jeff Johnson James A Baker III 10/2/95.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by One Plus Studio. Written with Thomas M. DeFrank.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 116877
Signed Limited Edition of Margaret Thatcher's Statecraft: Strategies For A Changing World; Signed by Her and Mikhail Gorbachev
Norfolk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002.
Signed limited first edition of this work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Octavo, original full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, silk endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. In fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119659