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“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today": First Edition Of Mikhail Gorbachevs Memoirs, Signed By Him and His Wife Raisa
London: Doubleday, 1996.
First British edition of Gorbachev’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Boldly signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover Portrait by Karsh of Ottawa.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 118677
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are": The Works of Theodore Roosevelt: Presidential Addresses and State Papers; Signed by Roosevelt during his Presidency
New York: P. F. Collier & Son, c. 1904.
Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Boldly signed by Theodore Roosevelt during his Presidency on the front free endpaper, “with best wishes from Theodore Roosevelt, Nov. 3rd 1904.” In very good condition. Uncommon signed, especially as president.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 117312
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSONS WRITINGS
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.
Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co, 1829.
First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 117576
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons. One page, folded, the letter reads in full, “Albany, 1 July 1800 Sir, On my return from New York on Friday last, your obliging letter of the 5th of May, which arrived during my absence was delivered to me. I am much gratified by the Information it contains & thank you for it as serious apprehensions were entertained that anti-federalism had gained considerable ground in Massachusetts; but I am happy to find… that appearances do not warrant the conclusions which have been drawn from them. The present aspect of our affairs is far from being agreeable – altho’.. having abundant Reason for Content & Gratitude, our nation is permitting their happiness to be part in Jeopardy by their worst passions inflamed and directed by the most reprehensible means. Whether the good Sense of the People will avert the Dangers which threaten them, is not to be seen… but unfortunately their is too little unanimity on many points and the want of it exposes is to the Hazard of many Evils – It really appears to me that the… of our Envoys to France has been treated with too much asperity. The President declared to the congress that he would never send another Legation to Paris… as that declaration seems to imply that when he should receive such appearances, he would again send Envoys. It was not unnatural that he should conceive himself bound in Honor to do so. Whether that Declaration was advisable and whether the nomination of the Envoys was made exactly in Reason are questions which , like other of the same kind, may receive different answers from different men. But having nominated the Envoys and received the requisite appearances, I for my part consider the sending them as a Matter of Course; and do not concern in opinion with those Gentlemen who think they should nevertheless have been detained. I regret that my absence deprived me of the pleasure of seeing the Rev. Mr. Andrews, all the more so, as he would have answered my inquiries respecting many of my friends at Boston, and informed me of you Health – With the best wishes that you may now and ever enjoy that valuable Blessing. I am Sir your most obt. sevt. John Jay. Theop Parsons Esq.” The recipient, Theophilus Parsons, was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1779-1780 and one of the committee of twenty-six who drafted the constitution. He was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. His Commentaries on the Laws of the United States (1836) contains some of his more important legal opinions. In the present letter, Jay refers to President John Adams’ failed mission in 1797 to make negotiations with France following the French Revolution which the Federalists viewed as the cause of the undeclared naval war fought from 1798 to 1800 between the United States and France. Anti-federalists and many contemporary historians, however, view the 1794 Jay Treaty as the initial cause of hostilities between France and America. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117791
"In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
First edition, early printing of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bill Albert With best wishes from Richard Nixon.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, inscription. Jacket design by Barry Littman. With a signed letter from Nixon’s secretary laid in.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117983
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 118048
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “WS Churchill” on the mount. In very good condition. The photograph measures 3 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.25 inches by 8.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117754
Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to his editor C.C. Wood regarding his monumental work Marlborough: His Life and Times
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, on this Chartwell letter dated, August 6, 1935. The letter to his proofreader and editor C. C. Wood relating to the publication of the monumental biography Marlborough: His Life and Times. It reads in full, “I send you herewith chapters V and VI which have been completely reconstituted and a new chapter, VIII. For your convenience I append a list of the chapters; VII ‘The Year of Triumph’ is nearly done. It may be possible to cut down the correspondence later. I also send you chapters I, II and III for second revise, leaving only for revise ‘The Battle of Ramillies’ which I will send in a few days. Pray let me have six copies of all these as they come through. I will send you very shortly a number of maps and I shall be glad if your man would draw them out and let me have them in draft. Please therefore make the arrangement you proposed with him. I will not worry about Swain’s.” Churchill was commissioned to write a biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1929. He began writing it in earnest in 1932, and ultimately published four volumes between 1933 and 1938. He began the work in an effort to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. This exquisite letter reveals Churchill’s meticulousness and attention to detail as a writer, which would ultimately lead to his receipt of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” Double matted and framed with an original photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19.25 by 15.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 116948
"It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much": Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, dated April 6. 1956, on his “28 Hyde Park Gate, London” letterhead stationery. The letter is to author and publisher Desmond Flower and reads, “Thank you so much for your letter sending me the agenda you have prepared for the luncheon on April 23. It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much. The weather has not been good, but I have had a very pleasant stay here. I return to England on April 10.” The letterhead has been amended to read: “at La Pausa, Roquebrune, A.M. Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Desmond Flower, published Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Churchill. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 16.25 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 116425
Two rare original black and white photographs of Lyndon B. Johnson, annotated by him on the verso of each. Lyndon has annotated the photograph of him entering the cockpit of a plane, “Boarding Navy PBY plane, Dutch Harbor Alaska Latter part of July 1942” and the photograph of him examining a world map, “”Never Used, Taken Mc [sic] Arthur Office Headquarters – Somewhere in Australia June 18, 1942.” In near fine condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117565
Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1975.
First edition of this early work by Carter. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Boldly signed by Jimmy Carter on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $60.00 Item Number: 117423
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": First Edition of Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1905.
First edition of Roosevelt’s important collection of first-hand hunting accounts, including a lengthy description of newly created wilderness reserves. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt with tissue guard present, illustrated with photographs. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 117635
Rare Republic of China official card signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. One page with the embossed symbol of the White Sun. Signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 117483
Rare autograph of diplomat, economist, and author who served as secretary general of the United Nations from 1953 until his death in a plane crash. Boldly signed “Dag Hammarskjold, 1 Februari 1960,” on a 3.5 inch by 2 inch card, which is affixed to a white 8.25 inch by 11.75 inch mount bearing an attached portrait of Hammarskjold. In fine condition.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117232
"For Murray Milner, outstanding public servant, from his friend": First Edition of Booth Mooney's The Lyndon Johnson Story; lengthily inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1956.
First edition of Booth Mooney’s biography of Lyndon B. Johnson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson on the front free endpaper, “For Murray Milner, outstanding public servant, from his friend, Lyndon B. Johnson.” Near fine in very good dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117422
Carte-de-visite of General George McClellan. Boldly signed, “George B. McClellan Maj Gen USA.” In near fine condition. It measures 4 inches by 2.5 inches. Rare.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117491
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. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Ben Feder.
Price: $150.00 Item Number: 117592
"To Robertson Davies with warm regards from one of your devoted fans": Truman; Inscribed by David McCullough to fellow writer Robertson Davies
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Early printing of the historian’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow writer, “To Robertson Davies with warm regards from one of your devoted fans David McCullough (by way of David Ken, who started me on the path with Fifth Business Martha’s Vineyard 1993.” Robertson Davies was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was one of Canada’s best known and most popular authors and one of its most distinguished “men of letters.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket and illustration design by Wendell Minor. An exceptional association.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117749
"Our system has at all times had to contend with internal encroachments upon liberty": Herbert Hoover's The Challenge to Liberty; Signed by Him and 13 others
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
First edition, early printing of Herbert Hoover’s challenge to Roosevelt’s New Deal arguing it abandoned “the heritage of liberty.” Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper by Herbert Hoover, along with thirteen others including Nebraska Governor Samuel Roy McKelvie, Judge Harry A. Spencer, Near fine in a good dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117626
"We are at war, and we are going to make war": Rare first edition pamphlet of Excerpts from Winston S. Churchill's Wartime Speeches
Winston Churchill Prime Minister: A Selection From Speeches Made by Winston Churchill During the Four Years that Britain has Been at War.
New York : British Information Services, 1942.
First edition of this illustrated compendium of excerpts from Winston S. Churchill’s famed wartime speeches. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued, each spread features a black and white photograph of Churchill accompanied by a quote from his WWII speeches and broadcasts. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 117687