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"To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939" First Edition of Winston S. Churchill's Step By Step 1936-1939; Inscribed by Him to Former King Edward VIII in the month of publication
London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd, 1939.
First edition of this Churchill title, the last book he published before the outbreak of the Second World War. Octavo, specially bound for the Duke of Windsor by Lucie Weill in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles, crowned cipher of the Duke of Windsor on the lower label, with two maps. Association copy, inscribed by Winston S. Churchill to King Edward the VIII, on the page preceding the half-title page in the month of publication, “To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939.”
When Edward’s father ascended the throne as George V after the death of Edward VII, Edward the VIII automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay. He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester a month later on 23 June 1910, his 16th birthday. The lives of Edward and Churchill, first intersected at this time, when as Home Secretary, it fell to Churchill to read out the Letters Patent that invested the Prince with his new title during the ceremony at Caernarvon Castle. Predictably, Churchill found this a moving occasion, and thought “the little Prince looked & spoke as well as it was possible for anyone to do,” noting in a letter to Clementine that “he was a very nice boy—quite simply & terribly kept in order.” When Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty shortly after the investiture, he became a hero to the newly-installed Prince of Wales, who had been a naval cadet. Churchill’s vigorous emphasis on sea power appealed to the Prince, who wrote of Churchill: “He is a wonderful man and has a great power of work.” Writing to Clementine, Churchill indicated that he and the Prince “have made rather friends.”
Unfortunately, as he got older Edward’s womanizing and reckless behavior and attitudes put a strain on the relations between Churchill and himself for a time. When Edward’s father, George V died in early 1936 and Edward became king, his relationship with a married woman, Wallis Simpson, was known to those in power. When King Edward VIII chose to marry Simpson, Churchill, although he initially opposed any marriage between the King and Mrs. Simpson, felt a natural sympathy for the King, and believed that the solution was a morganatic marriage. Under this plan, Mrs. Simpson would become the Duchess of Cornwall but not Queen. The Cabinet, however, did not approve; neither did the Dominions. Churchill’s only hope then became that the King would see reason, accept his duty as Sovereign, and give up Mrs. Simpson, which Edward would not agree to. Churchill finally helped the King in writing his abdication speech. This book was given to Edward, now titled the Duke of Windsor while they were living abroad in France shortly before the beginning of World War 2. A wonderful association copy between the former Prime Minister and the former King of Great Britain. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box with the crowned cipher to the front panel.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 119578
London: Longmans, Green, 1900.
First edition of Churchill’s fourth book and personal record of his impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. Octavo, in original cloth, with three folding maps (one printed in color). In very good condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 119411
"Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other": First Edition of Memoirs of William T. Sherman
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1875.
First edition of this memoir from one of the most well regarded generals, “oft-consulted and much-quoted reminiscences … Sherman wrote as he fought; dynamically and bluntly” (Nevins II, 89). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, large folding map in rear endpaper pocket of Volume II. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 119179
New Dehli: Allied Publishers Private Limited , 1986.
First edition of this work by the Indian politician. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow politician Andrew Young, “To Mayor Andrew Young, a fellow citizen of the world. With warm personal regards Cornell Karan Singh 4 April 1986.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Kishore Gandhi. A nice association.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 119481
Rare color portrait of the royal family the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, boldly signed, “Elizabeth R, 1953” and “Philip.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.25 inches by 7 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 119918
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America": Inscribed By President Clinton Social Security Commissioner Shirley Chater
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1996.
First edition of this work by President Clinton. Octavo, original boards. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the half-title page, “To Shirley Chater with thanks Bill Clinton 9-10-96.” The recipient Shirley Chater served as President Clinton’s Social Security Commissioner. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robbin Schiff. A nice association.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 119736
"THE JEWS WISH TO HAVE A STATE, AND THEY SHALL HAVE ONE": FIRST EDITION OF HERZL'S DER Judenstaat; In the Rare Original Wrappers
Leipzig and Vienna: M. Breitenstein Verlag-Buchhandlung, 1896.
First edition of Herzl’s landmark manifesto for an independent Jewish state, “one of the most important books in the history of the Jewish People.” Octavo, bound in cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 119758
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions, early printings of President Truman’s presidential memoirs. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page of Volume I in the year of publication, “Signed and inscribed by Truman on the dedication page in volume one, “To Norton L. Morgan, 3/24/56 – Harry Truman.” Both volumes are near fine in near fine dust jackets. Jacket designs by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photographs by Eliot Elsofon and U.S. Army Corps.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119469
First Murray's Imperial Library edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt IV
London: John Murray, 1910.
First Murray’s Imperial Library edition of Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations from drawings by Philip R. Goodwin and from photographs by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition including tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt and one of his big lions. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt’s great-grandson Theodore Roosevelt IV, “To my good friend Roger whose wonderful library arouses considerable envy rivaled only by that provoked by his extraordinary collection of art. Theodore Roosevelt IV.” Laid in is Theodore Roosevelt IV’s business card as managing director of Lehman Brothers which is also inscribed on the verso, “To my good friend Roger May our paths cross again in Africa. Ted Roosevelt IV.” Theodore Roosevelt V, commonly known as Theodore Roosevelt IV, is an investment banker and managing director at Barclays Capital Corporation as well as a prominent conservationist. His name suffix varies since President Roosevelt’s father was Theodore Roosevelt Sr., though the same-named son did not commonly use a “Jr” name suffix. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 119944
"Let us be quite sober. Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result": First Edition of The Life Of Abraham Lincoln; Lengthily Inscribed by Ida Tarbell
The Life Of Abraham Lincoln: Drawn from Original Sources and Containing Many Speeches, Letters, and Telegrams Hitherto Unpublished.
New York: Lincoln Memorial Association, 1900.
First edition of this work by the award-winning journalist. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Presentation copy, uniquely inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with a long quote from Lincoln, “Inscribed for L. D. Green with the good wishes of Ida M. Tarbell. ‘Let us be quite sober. Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God, in his own good time, will give us the rightful result.’ Lincoln in August 1863.” In very good condition, some dampstaining. A unique inscription.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119734
Signed Christmas and New Years Card From Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal Family
Royal Christmas card from 1966 with a photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward with a horse and carriage. Boldly signed above the image, “Elizabeth R. 1966” and “Philip.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 10 inches. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119940
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Reverend Gordon Scruton, “To my good friend, Rev. Scruton, in appreciation of your man kindnesses and great support during my Presidency. I am most grateful for all your help to my Family and to me. Warmest best wishes. Gerald R. Ford 8/3/79.” The recipient, Reverend Gordon Scruton was was ordained a deacon in 1971, a priest in 1972, and served as an assistant rector at St. Mark’s Church in Riverside, Rhode Island and at St. Paul’s Church in Kingston, Rhode Island in the mid-1970s. Scruton was rector of Grace Church in Dalton, Massachusetts from 1977 to 1981. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119904
"For Teddy Kollek who inspired this book and without whom 'A Will to Survive' would never have been written": First edition of A Will to Survive; warmly inscribed by John Philips to the mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kolleck who contributed the book's afterword
New York: The Dial Press/James Wade, 1977.
First edition of the renowned photojournalist’s remarkable portrait of the people of Israel. Quarto, original wrappers, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Foreword by Golda Meir. Afterword by Teddy Kollek. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to Teddy Kollek, who contributed the afterword, in the year of publication, “For Teddy Kollek who inspired this book and without whom ‘A Will to Survive’ would never have been written. With sincere best wishes John Phillips Jerusalem April.21.77.” The recipient, Teddy Kollek, was an Israeli politician who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993 and founded the Jerusalem Foundation which restored many important landmarks in Jerusalem including its major synagogues. Once referred to as “the greatest builder of Jerusalem since Herod,” Kollek essentially developed Jerusalem into a modern city after its reunification in 1967. In near fine condition. An exceptional association.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119901
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. George London from Eleanor Roosevelt.” The recipient George London was a concert and operatic bass-baritone. After performing widely with tenor Mario Lanza and soprano Frances Yeend as part of the Bel Canto Trio in 1947–48, London was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where he scored his first major success in 1949. In 1950, he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119172
"There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice": First Edition of Grants Memoirs
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86.
First edition of the autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, which focusing mainly on his military career during the Mexican War and the Civil War. Octavo, 2 volumes. Original green cloth with title and front panel in gilt, illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps. In near fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119332
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Master Sergeant Babb, “To MSG. Bradley W. Babb, with appreciation and best wishes. Gerald R. Ford. 9/19/79.” Additionally signed again on the next page by Gerald Ford. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119577
Rare House of Lords Doc. 20, Minutes of Proceedings, December 10, 1936, printing Edward VIII's "Instrument of Abdication" in which he officially renounces claim to the Throne
House of Lords Doc. 20, Minutes of Proceedings, December 10, 1936, Printing Edward VIII’s “Instrument of Abdication” in which he officially renounces claim to the Throne.
Rare extract from the printed Minutes and a singular moment in British royal history. “Abdication of Edward R. I.” in blue pencil at top right. Framed such that both sides of the document can be read, visible portion of the unfolded sheet measures 16 x 12.5 inches; frame measures 22.5 inches by 20 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119889
Signed Limited First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; In the Rare original dust jackets and Cardboard case
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Large octavo, two volumes, original three-quarter tan pigskin. One of only 500 copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, with fifty illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. Fine in the rare original dust jackets and original card slipcase, rubbed and lacking the upper panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, easily the nicest we have seen.
Price: $13,000.00 Item Number: 119125
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter; In the Scarce Original dust jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 190. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear with light expert restoration. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 119640