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The Complete Works of Benjamin Franklin Including His Private As Well As His Official Correspondence, And Numerous Letters and Documents Now For The First Time Printed With Many Others Not Included In Any Former Collection.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1887-1888.
The Letter-Press edition of Benjamin Franklin’s complete works. Octavo, ten volumes bound in contemporary half morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in three compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Franklin to Vol. I. One of 600 numbered copies, this is number 372. Additional clipped frontispiece portrait of Franklin adhered to the pastedown of Vol. I. in addition to a typed copy of a 1745 letter written by him tipped in at rear. Illustrated plates tipped in to Vol. I, II, III and IX. In very good condition. Gift inscription. Rare in a contemporary binding.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117044
New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1929.
Signed limited first edition of the 30th President of the United States’ autobiography. One of a 1,000 signed copies. Octavo, original quarter cloth, gilt topstain. In fine condition. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 116823
FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT'S PRESENT DAY PROBLEMS; LENGTHILY INSCRIBED BY HIM AS PRESIDENT
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1908.
First edition of this collection of addresses delivered by the 27th president and tenth Chief Justice of the United States. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed by William Howard Taft as President on the front free endpaper, “Sincerely yours, Wm. H. Taft, May 19, 1910, For Louis Barton Torrey with best wishes.” In near fine condition. With the recipient’s bookplate to the pastedown. Rare and desirable signed by Taft as President.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 116404
"The Hero of Two Worlds": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS' ORATION ON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF GILBERT MOTIER DE LAFAYETTE; INSCRIBED BY HIM
Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette. Delivered at the Request of Both Houses of the Congress of the United States, Before Them, In the House of Representatives at Washington on the 31st December, 1834.
Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1835.
First edition of John Quincy Adams’ biography of military hero Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Octavo, bound in red morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by John Quincy Adams on the presentation leaf, “David Spangler, from John Quincy Adams.” In near fine condition. A nice example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 117241
Rare Partially Printed Document Signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State
January 19, 1830.
Rare military document signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State. One page, partially printed on vellum, the document measures 10.5 inches by 5 inches. Countersigned by David Henshaw as Collector for the District of Boston and Charleston. In very good condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116914
New York: John Fenno, Wednesday, August 19, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on August 19, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Extract of a Letter on Weights, The Bow, By Express From Paris, and Sketches of the Proceedings of Congress in the House of the Representatives of the United States, an Act for the Establishment of Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers approved by George Washington as President of the United States, and the obituary of George Washington Knox. In very good condition with a closed tear to the rear panel and ownership signature.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116518
New York: John Fenno, July 29, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on July 29, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Sketch of the Political State of America, Original Specimens of Eloquence, Foreign and Domestic Miscellaneous Articles, and Sketches of Proceedings of Congress approved by G. Washington, President of the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116728
"The most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution": Rare Original 18th century printing of the Massachusetts Centinel; issued on Wednesday, October 21, 1789 during the presidency of George Washington
Boston: Russell, Benjamin, October 21, 1789.
Number II, of Vol. XII of “the most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution”, Benjamin Russell’s Massachusetts Centinel, issued on Wednesday, October 21, 1789 (Hudson, 147). Folio, one page, folded. The issue includes front-page articles on recently enacted acts allowing compensation for Members of the Senate and House of Representatives and the temporary establishment of the Post-Office and appointment of a Post-Master General, both approved by Speaker of the House Frederick Augustus Muhlenburg, President George Washington and Vice President John Adams on September 22nd, 1789. The issue also includes sections on Foreign Intelligence, News From France, and advertisements for John & Thomas Armory & Co., Mr. Lewis Hayt’s Auction-Room, the Boston Book Store, Joshua Thomas’ Books and Stationary, lost and found ads, listings for ships and houses for rent, a daily almanac. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116337
First Edition of Biden's Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics; Inscribed by Him to Henry Kissinger
New York: Random House, 2007.
First edition of “this compelling personal story” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry Kissinger, “For Henry thanks for the opportunity Joe 7.31.07.” The recipient Henry Kissinger served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, he became National Security Advisor in 1969 and U.S. Secretary of State in 1973. For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. From the library of Henry Kissinger. An exceptional association.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 116177
"The inspiring story of women's struggle for recognition in American public life": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok's Ladies of Courage; Signed by Both
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1954.
First edition of Roosevelt and Hickok’s tribute to women in America. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok on the half-title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities. Uncommon signed.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 116277
"GOD IS INTERESTED IN THE FREEDOM OF THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE": FIRST EDITION OF STRIDE TOWARD FREEDOM: THE MONTGOMERY STORY; INSCRIBED BY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to fellow Baptist minister Reverend Robert Lowe, “Sept. 2, 1958 To: Rev. + Mrs. Robert L. Lowe, With best wishes and warm personal regards. Martin L. King Jr.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A superior example.
Price: $19,500.00 Item Number: 116437
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson, whose biographers have argued to be the true first President of the United States. The archive is composed primarily of letters, historical records and biographical documents prepared by Hanson’s ancestors, most notably several biographical volumes composed by his descendant Douglas H. Thomas who, in his numerous biographical papers, promoted Hanson as the the true first President of the United States. Contents also include biographical accounts of Hanson’s father Philip Thomas, and his descendant John Hanson Thomas who served in the American Civil War. In near fine condition. A fascinating archive of first-hand accounts documenting the life, career, and heritage of one of America’s least recognized Founding Fathers.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 116321
New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1906.
First edition of the Civil War era statesman’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth decorated with gilt titles and central gilt Confederate emblem, illustrated, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece. Edited by Walter Flavius McCaleb. Introduction by George P. Garrison. In near fine condition. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 116934
"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 & Company, 1948-54.
First editions of Churchill’s World War II masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes, original black cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated with plates and maps (many of which are folding); charts and tables. Each are near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.
Price: $1,000.00 Item Number: 111451
“WE DRANK WITH SORROWING HEARTS FROM THIS VERY WELL WHERE JUST FOUR YEARS AGO I HAD DRUNK WITH MY BELOVED ALBERT”: FIRST EDITION OF LEAVES FROM THE JOURNAL OF OUR LIFE IN THE HIGHLANDS; INSCRIBED BY QUEEN VICTORIA
London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1868.
Second edition of Victoria’s immensely popular book which sold twenty thousand copies. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt titles and decorations to the spine and front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by Queen Victoria in the year of publication on the second free endpaper, “To Sir Francis Seymour Bart: from Victoria Reg Windsor Castle April 16 1868.” The recipient, Sir Francis Seymour, 1st Baronet, was a British Army officer and courtier. His son, Albert Victor Francis Seymour, who was born when Seymour was 74 years old served as a Page of Honour to Queen Victoria. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 116376
New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.
First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the half-title page, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr. (signed twice), Virgil I. Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. and Alan B Shepard Jr. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 116879
"No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially - courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense": Rare autograph quotation book lengthily inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt as President in addition to many others including William Howard Taft, John Muir, John Burroughs, and Bernard Baruch
ROOSEVELT, Theodore; William Howard Taft; John Muir; John Burroughs; Bernard Baruch et al. [Olga Roosevelt].
Olga Roosevelt’s autograph book, lengthily inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States, William Howard Taft as Vice President of the United States and several other famous figures of the era, including naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs and financier Bernard Baruch. Octavo, bound in full vellum with hand painted decorations to the spine and panels, patterned endpapers. Inscribed and signed by Theodore Roosevelt with a lengthy quotation, “No one quality by itself makes a good man or woman; many are essential; but three especially – courage, straightforward honesty, and common sense. Theodore Roosevelt July 23rd 1903.” Inscribed by William Howard Taft “For Miss Olga Roosevelt with best wishes of William H. Taft May 23 1910.” Inscribed by American naturalist John Burroughs, “The most precious things of life are without money & without price John Burroughs Sept 8, 1903.” Inscribed by the President of Cornell University and United States Ambassador to Germany Jacob Gould Schurman, “Beauty, graceful manners, good temper, common sense, and a kind heart: these are the qualities that make a woman to be beloved and powerful. J.G. Schurman East Hampton September 14th 1903.” Additionally inscribed by Alfred W.S. Garden, American diplomat Robert Underwood Johnson, American screenwriter Daniel Carson Goodman, and American naval officer Leigh Carlyle Palmer. Signed by John Muir and signed and dated by Bernard Baruch “B. Baruch Jan 20th 1920.” From the collection of Theodore Roosevelt’s niece, Olga Roosevelt. Roosevelt was the heiress to a fortune of several million dollars left her by her mother. She made her debut in Washington in 1908 and married Dr. Breckenridge Bayne in 1911. In very good condition. An exceptional collection of signatures with noted provenance.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 116342
"The most important series of American Political Debates": FIRST EDITION OF THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES
Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois.
Columbus: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860.
First edition, second issue with the Table of Contents on page ii of “the most important series of American political debates” (Howes L338). Octavo, original publisher’s brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate blind stamping to the front and rear panels. In very good condition. Ownership name.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 116741
Rare autograph note signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Arthur Goldberg, and Justice Tom Clark
Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Arthur Goldberg, Justice Tom Clark Autograph Note.
Rare autograph note signed and inscribed by five of the most powerful politicians and judges of the mid-1960s aboard Air Force One. One page, on Johnson’s official Air Force One letterhead, the note is inscribed by Warren, “Sy, with the best wishes Earl Warren” and signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, Justice Arthur Goldberg, Justice Tom Clark, and Robert F. Kennedy. The recipient, Seymour “Sy” Halpern was a New York Congressman. In fine condition.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 116564
“Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it": Rare Collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown replica designed by him for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy
Rare collection of original Oleg Cassini dress designs, sketches, photographs, letters and a gown from Cassini’s personal collection. The collection includes a French magazine page inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy, “afternoon + Theatre”, a letter typed by Cassini’s secretary Kay McGowan transcribing Kennedy’s instructions to him, an original Cassini Studio pencil sketch, a chart of sixteen Cassini designs with pinned fabric swatches, a Cassini designed replica of a gown worn by Jackie at the September 19, 1961 White House Dinner held in honor of of President Dr. Manuel Prado Ugarteche and First Lady Clorinda Málaga de Prado of Peru with Cassini’s couture label, a photograph featuring Cassini, and two photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy donning Cassini’s designs, including one framed which features a photograph of her wearing the very dress mimicked in the replica. In near fine condition. A nice collection offering insight into the complexity and careful planning of Jackie’s public image.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 116093