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  • First Edition of HRH The Prince of Wales Watercolours; Signed by Him

    PRINCE CHARLES ,.

    HRH The Prince of Wales Watercolours.

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991.

    First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by the Prince of Wales. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Prince Charles on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. With a signed letter from St. James’s Palace that enclosed is this signed example given for a charity auction. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 119648

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  • First Edition of Donald's Lincoln's Herndon; Warmly Inscribed by Him

    DONALD, David.

    Lincoln’s Herndon.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.

    First edition of the Pulitzer-Prize historian’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Ann and Mary Ann Schmidt from Marion Bonzi with the best wishes of the author, David Donald Christmas 1948.” On page 11, she is mentioned as “Expertly and meticulously she has read the book both in manuscript and in proof. Her passion for accuracy has saved me from a score of errors.” Bonzi was instrumental in a number of heavyweight scholarly productions. Two years after this inscription she married Lincoln historian Harry E. Pratt (1901-56), who served as Illinois state historian and authored and edited a prolific array of Lincoln-related titles, and they became a formidable husband/ wife Lincoln team. Introduction by Carl Sandburg. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.

    Price: $750.00     Item Number: 118772

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  • "HUMAN RIGHTS IS THE SOUL OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY, BECAUSE HUMAN RIGHTS IS THE VERY SOUL OF OUR SENSE OF NATIONHOOD": FIRST EDITION OF KEEPING FAITH; INSCRIBED BY JIMMY CARTER TO LLOYD BENTSEN

    CARTER, Jimmy.

    Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President.

    New York: Bantam Books, 1982.

    First edition of the 39th President of the United States’ memoirs. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by President Carter to former four-term United States Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen on a Presidential bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper, “To Lloyd Bentsen J. Carter.” The recipient, Lloyd Millard Bentsen, ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $1,200.00     Item Number: 119599

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  • First Edition We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work; Inscribed by Jimmy Carter to B.A. Bentsen

    CARTER, Jimmy.

    We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work.

    New York: Simon & Schuster , 2009.

    First edition of Jimmy Carter’s call for action laying out a plan for peace in the Middle East. Octavo, original boards. Association copy, inscribed by Carter on the front free endpaper to B.A. Bentsen, wife of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen, “With thanks & best wishes to B. A. Bentsen – Jimmy Carter.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Accordino. Jacket photograph by William Coupon.

    Price: $750.00     Item Number: 119605

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  • "I thought you might be interested in seeing some unconventional wisdom on foreign and domestic issues": First Edition of Richard Nixon's Seize the Moment; Signed by Him and from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen

    NIXON, Richard.

    Seize the Moment: America’s Challenge in a One-Superpower World.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

    First edition of Nixon’s critically praised assessment of American foreign policy. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, signed by Richard Nixon on the flyleaf and from the personal library of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen, with the original typed transmittal letter signed by Nixon to him. On Nixon’s 577 Chestnut Ridge Road letterhead, the letter is dated January 2, 1991 and reads, “Dear Lloyd,” I thought you might be interested in seeing some unconventional wisdom on foreign and domestic issues. Best wishes for the New Year, Sincerely, “Dick”. The recipient, Lloyd Millard Bentsen, ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A fine association.

    Price: $850.00     Item Number: 119381

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  • First Edition of Harry Truman’s Memoirs; Inscribed by President Truman in Volume One

    TRUMAN, Harry S.

    Memoirs: Year of Decisions and Memoirs: Years of Trial and Hope 1946-1952.

    New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.

    First editions of President Truman’s presidential memoirs. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page of Volume I in the year of publication, “With many thanks and best wishes to Jack Fuller from Harry Truman Nov. 28, 1955.” Both volumes are near fine in near fine price-clipped dust jackets. Jacket designs by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photographs by Eliot Elsofon and U.S. Army Corps.

    Price: $900.00     Item Number: 119588

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  • "LET THE WORD GO FORTH FROM THIS TIME AND PLACE, TO FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE, THAT THE TORCH HAS BEEN PASSED TO A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS": Rare collection of original materials from events held upon the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy

    KENNEDY, John F.

    John F. Kennedy Inauguration Invitations and Programs.

    1961.

    Rare collection of original materials from events held upon the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. The collection includes a menu from the Inauguration Luncheon held on January 20th 1961 at the United States Senate Restaurant, invitations to Inaugural Ball an Inaugural Gala held at the National Guard Armory, a response card to the Gala, and four presentation photos of Kennedy with facsimile inscrisption, “For Donald S. Carmichael – with warm regards – John F. Kennedy.” All items are in fine condition. An exceptional collection.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 96015

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  • First Edition of Shimon Peres: A Biography; Inscribed by Him

    GOLAN, Matt [Shimon Peres].

    Shimon Peres: A Biography.

    London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982.

    First edition of this biography on the Nobel Peace Prize-winning laureate. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Peres on the front free endpaper, “To Sally- Wo has a nice eye and a warm heart- Shimon Peres 7-6-85.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mary Auston. Jacket photograph of Shimon Peres by Israel Sun. Translated from Hebrew by Ina Friedman.

    Price: $350.00     Item Number: 118411

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  • Rare Rhode Island Tercentenary Stamp Block; signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr.

    ROOSEVELT, Franklin Delano; Henry Morgenthau.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Rhode Island Tercentenary Stamp Block.

    Rare complete stamp block commemorating the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Rhode Island signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and  U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. One page, the block consists of 50 3-cent Rhode Island Tercentenary violet stamps depicting colonial founder Roger Williams. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had an extensive stamp collection and, due to his keen interest in stamp collecting, some 200 U.S. commemorative stamps were released during his presidency. In fine condition. 

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 119353

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  • "We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchill’s Masterpiece The Second World War

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    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 three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, to edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition. A very nice set.

    Price: $3,800.00     Item Number: 119862

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  • "I am afraid there can be no question of my releasing Volume I before the 15th November": Excellent typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower regarding the publication of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Winston S. Churchill Typed Letter Signed.

    1955.

    Excellent typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill. On Churchill’s Chartwell letterhead, the return address of which has been corrected to La Cappocina, Cap d’Ail, A.m. The letter is dated 27 October, 1955, addressed to Desmond Flower, and reads: My dear Desmond, I am afraid there can be no question of my releasing Volume I before the 15th November. I have had Hodge and Kelly out here, and we have been working very hard. There is plenty of time. I am sorry if this should cause you inconvenience. Yours very sincerely, “Winston Churchill P.S. I have to read page 2 to 4.” The recipient, Desmond Flower, was a close personal friend of Churchill’s and published two of his most enduring works: The Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the publication of which Churchill is referring to in the present letter. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a bas relief portrait plaque of Churchill in profile. The entire piece measures 24 by 14.25 inches.

    Price: $6,000.00     Item Number: 119601

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  • "We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchill’s Masterpiece The Second World War

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    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, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, maps present. In fine condition.

    Price: $4,000.00     Item Number: 118672

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  • "You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies": First Edition of The Rabin Memoirs; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication to Lord Peart

    RABIN, Yitzhak.

    The Rabin Memoirs.

    Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1979.

    First edition in English of the memoirs of Yitzhak Rabin. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs and five maps. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title in the year of publication, “To Lord Peart with great respect Y. Rabin 7.12.79.” The recipient Fred Peart was a British Labour politician who served in the Labour governments of the 1960s and 1970s and was a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Party. In 1976, Peart was created a life peer serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal at a time when the Labour faction in the Lords was tiny compared to the vast Tory majority, mainly composed of hereditary peers. After Margaret Thatcher won the 1979 election, Peart continued as Leader of the Labour Peers and thus became Shadow Leader of the House of Lords. He served in those roles until 1982. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $1,200.00     Item Number: 118518

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  • Rare First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's American Ideals and Other Essays, Social and Political

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    American Ideals and Other Essays, Social and Political.

    New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1897.

    First edition of this collection of Roosevelt’s addresses on American virtues and Americanism. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain. Biographical sketch by Frances V. Greene. In near fine condition. First editions are rare.

    Price: $400.00     Item Number: 119689

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  • "THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT": CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS' POWERFUL MEMOIR, WALKING WITH THE WIND, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM

    LEWIS, John .

    Walking with the Wind. A Memoir of the Movement.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

    First edition, early printing of Congressman Lewis’ pivotal account of the Civil Rights movement that transformed America. Octavo, original half cloth, with 16 pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations.  Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Mary Pat, Keep the faith. Best Wishes, John Lewis 1-21-99.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow. Jacket photograph by Danny Lyon. Written with Michael D’Orso.

    Price: $750.00     Item Number: 118359

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  • First edition of Sol Plaatje's Native Life In South Africa, Before and Since the European War and The Boer Rebellion; inscribed by him to his first biographer Modiri S. Molema

    PLAATJE, Solomon Tshekisho [Sol].

    Native Life In South Africa, Before and Since the European War and The Boer Rebellion.

    London: P. S. King & Son, Ltd, 1916.

    First edition of “one of the most remarkable books on Africa by one of the continent’s most remarkable writers” (Neil Parsons). Octavo, original cloth, double frontispiece of the author and Mrs. S. T. Plaatje. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Mr. Modiri S. Molema, With the author’s compliments & pleasant recollections of happy days in the Siege of Mafeking Easter 1916.” The recipient, Modiri S. Molema, was the son of Chief Silas Molema, a personal friend of Plaatje’s who financed The Bechuana Gazette which Plaatje edited between 1902 and 1905. Both Silas and Plaatje were on the side of the British during the Siege of Mafeking, where Plaatje acted as both court interpreter and clerk to the Mafeking administrator of Native affairs. The Molema Family played an important role in South African history. Molema Tawana (c. 1822 – January 1882) was the Barolong Chief and founded the town of Mafeking, which was originally called Molema’s Town. His heir and oldest son, Silas Thelesho Molema was the next chief of the Barolong and friend and benefactor of Sol. Plaatje. It was to Silas’s son, Seetsele Modiri Molema (1891 – 1965), also known as Silas Modiri Molema after his father, that Plaatje gave and inscribed this book, sharing as he says “happy days in the Siege of Mafeking”. Modiri would only have been a boy of about 8 at the time of the Siege, and later went on to study medicine and the University of Glasgow. Before returning to South Africa, Molema wrote an acclaimed history book entitled The Bantu, Past and Present; an Ethnographical & Historical Study of the Native Races of South Africa. Though the book was about Black South Africans in general, the primary focus was the history of the Batswana. On his return to South Africa, he commenced his practice in Mafikeng where he distinguished himself as a medical practitioner of exceptional ability with a large practice serving both White and Black South Africans at Mafikeng and distant towns like Johannesburg. He published several pamphlets and books including the first biography of Sol Plaatje: Lover of His People: Sol Plaatje, originally written in his mother-tongue, Setswana, and the only book-length biography written by someone who actually knew him. The manuscript had long been housed in the Wits Historical Papers and was accessible only to scholars. In the biography, Molema references the present volume and quotes the inscription within it. In the 1940s, Dr. Molema was involved in the African National Congress (ANC) and he became its National Secretary in December 1949. He also served on the African Advisory Council, Joint Advisory Council, and the Constitutional Committee that set the Bechuanaland Protectorate on its road to independence as a Republic of Botswana. In very good condition. The most significant association copy extant.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 118168

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  • Rare visitor's log from the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 signed by Winston S. and Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, Raymond and Violet Asquith among others

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.; Clementine Churchill; David Lloyd George; Raymond Asquith.

    Winston S. Churchill and David Lloyd George Signed Japan-British Exhibition Visitor’s Log.

    1910.

    Rare visitor’s log from the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 signed by Winston S. and Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, Raymond and Violet Asquith among others. Oblong quarto, bound in full leather with gilt inner dentelles. Signed and dated on the first several pages of the logbook by David Lloyd George, Louis Brennan (the inventor of the gyro monorail which won the exhibition’s Grand Prize), Raymond Asquith, Clementine S. Churchill, Violet Asquith, Winston S. Churchill, Brazilian President Hermes de Fonseca, and several others dated May 16, 1910 to February 18, 1911. Accompanied by a collection of original photographs from the exhibition and a Farewell Dinner Program. The Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 was a celebration of Japanese culture and manufacturing designed to cement the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. The exhibition was held in White City and attended by more than 8 million guests including Churchill, then Home Secretary, who invited Asquith and other members of the Cabinet. In very good condition. A fine collection of signatures.

    Price: $6,500.00     Item Number: 119055

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  • "He belongs to the Ages": First Edition of David Herbert Donald's Lincoln; Signed by Him

    HERBERT DONALD, David.

    Lincoln.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

    First edition of this “grand work–the Lincoln biography for this generation” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design and illustration by Wendell Minor. Uncommon signed.

    Price: $600.00     Item Number: 119068

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  • Large Jacques Reich etching of Theodore Roosevelt; signed by Roosevelt

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    Theodore Roosevelt Signed Etching.

    Large format etching of President Theodore Roosevelt by Hungarian artist Jacques Reich, signed by Roosevelt. Additionally signed and annotated by the artist, “Jacques Reich, Printed from the copper.” In near fine condition. The etching measures 16 inches by 20 inches.

    Price: $3,250.00     Item Number: 118142

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  • "In lieu of the Senator's inscription I am sure that when he knows of your dedication he will want to sign himself": JOHN F. KENNEDY'S PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY HIS POLITICAL AIDE "MIKE" MYER FELDMAN

    KENNEDY, John F.

    Profiles in Courage.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956.

    Early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Association copy, inscribed on the front pastedown by Kennedy’s aide “Mike” Myer Feldman, “To Edythe In lieu of the Senator’s inscription I am sure that when he knows of your dedication he will want to sign himself. Mike Feldman.” “Mike” Myer Feldman served as an American political aide in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Under Kennedy he was tasked with compiling negative information on Richard Nixon during Kennedy’s election campaign, as well as helping with speech writing and television interviews. The recipient, Edythe Jacobs was an educator, political activist and environmental advocate who volunteered for the Kennedy campaign. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jack design by Phil Grushkin. Jacket photograph by Hank Walker.

    Price: $450.00     Item Number: 119061

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