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  • First Edition of Read My Lips No New Taxes; Signed by Ostrander and President George Bush

    Ostrander, Dan; Foreword by George Bush.

    “Read My Lips No New Taxes.”

    Oroville, California: Butte College Press, 1999.

    First edition of this work on the Bush administration. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dan Ostrander and President George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover design by Patty Melron. Uncommon signed by President Bush.

    Price: $750.00

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  • "In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": First signed limited edition of Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Signed by Richard Nixon

    Nixon, Richard.

    1999: Victory Without War.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.

    Signed limited first edition of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. One of 600 copies signed by Richard Nixon, this is number 391. In fine condition. Housed in the original slipcase which is in fine condition.

    Price: $350.00

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  • “a portrait of the Kennedy family as it looked then” : First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy

    Bishop, Jim (Jacqueline Kennedy).

    A Day in the Life of President Kennedy.

    New York: Random House, 1964.

    First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • First Edition of Jimmy Carter's A Government As Good As Its People; Inscribed by Him

    Carter, Jimmy.

    A Government As Good As Its People.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.

    First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the Jimmy Carter.

    Price: $350.00

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  • “All he wanted was toleration, and by the enlightened use of the dispensing power to be the true father of all his people": Finely Bound First Edition Set of Winston Churchill’s Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

    Churchill, Winston S.

    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.

    First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, finely bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition. A very sharp set.

    Price: $1,400.00

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  • "The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender": Proclamation of Nazi Germany’s Surrender; Signed by Harry Truman

    Truman, Harry S.

    A Proclamation.

    Washington, D.C: May 8, 1945.

    Large three-colored broadside of Harry Truman’s Proclamation declaring the surrender of Germany. Signed in ink by Harry Truman. Also included at the lower left is the original 1945 Christmas card from the President and Mrs. Truman and at lower right, the original red, white and blue ribbon. These were presented by the President as gifts for friends. Uncommon, especially with the original Christmas card and ribbon. Matted and framed, which measures 21 inches by 28 inches.

    Price: $13,500.00

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  • From the library of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    Bertram, Werner. (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis).

    A Royal Recluse: Memories of Ludwig II of Bavaria.

    Munich: Martin Herpich & Son.

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ copy of this biography of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece in color, illustrated. From the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate to front pastedown. Inscribed on the front free endpaper in pencil, “To Jackie Ludwig P.” The inscriber has added a drawing of a crown and swan.

    Price: $475.00

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  • First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty; Inscribed by Her to her Grandson

    Roosevelt, Eleanor (Mrs. Franklin).

    A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty.

    Dodge Publishing, 1935.

    First edition of this early work by the First Lady. Octavo, original orange cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Bill from his loving grandmere who is also the author Eleanor Roosevelt Xmas 1935.” The recipient was Roosevelt’s grandson William Donner Roosevelt, son of Elliot Roosevelt and grandson of the author Eleanor Roosevelt. A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty is one of the more uncommon books by Roosevelt, and one that is not often found signed or inscribed, especially with such a nice association. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $5,000.00

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  • "Let's talk about the future. We have had miseries before. But we've always overcome before": Signed limited first edition of Gerald Ford's A Vision for America; One of 500 numbered copies signed by him

    Ford, Gerald.

    A Vision for America.

    Northridge, California: Lord John Press, 1980.

    Signed limited first edition of Ford’s Address to the Republican National Convention held at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on July 14, 1980. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece engraved portrait of Ford, gilt presidential seal to the title page. One of 500 numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 57. In near fine condition.

    Price: $175.00

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  • “History is the memory of States": First Edition of Henry Kissinger's first Book A World Restored; Signed by Him

    Kissinger, Henry A.

    A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace 1812-22.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957.

    First edition of Kissinger’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Henry A. Kissinger on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities.

    Price: $975.00

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  • First Edition of Abba Eban’s Autobiography; Warmly Inscribed By Him

    Eban, Abba.

    Abba Eban: An Autobiography.

    New York: : Random House, 1977.

    First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author, “To ______ _______ in friendship Abba Eban New York 1981.” Near fine in a bright dust jacket with some toning the spine and light wear.

    Price: $200.00

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  • First Edition of President Ronald Reagan's Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation; Signed by Him

    Reagan, Ronald.

    Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.

    Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1984.

    First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by Ronald Reagan on front free endpaper. Afterwords by C. Everett Koop and Malcolm Muggeridge. Rare signed.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • Rare original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation

    Linclon, Abraham; Designed and written by W.H. Pratt. Lithograph by A. Hageboeck.

    Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation Typographic Portrait.

    Davenport, Iowa: 1865.

    Original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece, a rare and desirable piece of Americana.

    Price: $6,000.00

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  • Military commission Signed by President Abraham Lincoln and Simon Cameron

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Abraham Lincoln Military Commission Signed.

    1861.

    Military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln, Washington, August 1861. Folio on vellum with vignettes. Light wear along the folds. Countersigned by Simon Cameron. Matted and framed.

    Price: $12,500.00

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  • MILITARY COMMISSION SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND SECRETARY OF WAR SIMON CAMERON

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Abraham Lincoln Military Commission Signed.

    June 8, 1863.

    Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • RARE NINETEENTH CENTURY PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

    Gardner, Alexander. (Abraham Lincoln).

    Abraham Lincoln Portrait.

    c. 1860.

    Rare original painting of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After a photograph by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner. Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner immigrated to the United States in 1856 where he became best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In near fine condition. In a period frame. The entire piece measures 20.75 by 16.75 inches. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $3,500.00

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  • “A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Abraham Lincoln Relief Bust.

    Rare caste metal relief portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. Housed in a custom circular frame with gilt decorative floral reliefs. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 16 inches. A handsome example.

    Price: $1,800.00

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  • Endorsement signed by President Lincoln with a rare carte-de-visite

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Abraham Lincoln Signed Endorsement.

    Rare Civil War dated endorsement as president, signed  by Abraham Lincoln, dated March 9, 1865. The endorsement reads, “Allow Mrs. C. W. Frazier to visit her husband a Prisoner of War at Johnson’s Island. A Lincoln.” In fine condition. In September 1863, Captain C. W. Frazer of Company B, Fifth Infantry, was captured and delivered to the Confederate officers’ prison camp located on Lake Erie’s Johnson’s Island. His wife, Letitia Frazer, who moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Sandusky, Ohio, so as to be nearer her detained husband, wrote an impassioned letter to President Lincoln, begging for ‘the opportunity to convince him that his duty is at home and to leave the Rebel Army.’ Without hesitation the president allowed Letitia Frazer, upon her taking the oath of allegiance, ‘an interview with her husband,’ once every ten days until his release. On June 11, 1865, Frazer was paroled and returned to Memphis and his family, resuming his law practice and becoming the president of the Confederate Historical Association of Memphis. Frazer later authored a war drama entitled Johnson’s Island, a play that featured ex-Confederate soldiers as its chief actors. The signed sheet measures 2 inches by 3.25 inches. Double matted and framed with a rare carte-de-visite of Lincoln. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.5 inches.

    Price: $14,000.00

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  • "The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press": Inscribed by President Taft to Economist Laurence Laughlin

    Taft, William Howard.

    Address of President Taft At the Banquet of the Lotos Club, New York City, November 16, 1912.

    Washington, D.C: U.S. Govenment Printing Office, 1912.

    First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. Inscribed by the author on the front panel, “For Professor Laurence Laughlin with my compliments William H. Taft January 9, 1913.” The recipient Laurence Laughlin was an was one of the leading economists in America in the early twentieth century and helped to found the Federal Reserve System. Laughlin taught at Harvard University for five years, at Cornell University for two years, and then became the department-head of the new economics department at the University of Chicago from 1892 to 1916. Notably, he appointed many economists with whom he avidly disagreed, such as Thorstein Veblen, to high positions at the university. He was a member of the Indianapolis Monetary Commission, organized in 1897, and prepared its report, one of the important documents in the history of American banking and monetary reform. In fine condition. A nice association.

    Price: $2,500.00

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  • Inscribed Set of Herbert Hoover's Addresses Upon the American Road

    Hoover, Herbert.

    Addresses Upon The American Road Complete Set.

    New York: Scribners and Van Nostrand and Stanford University Press, 1938-1955.

    Signed and inscribed set of President Hoover’s famed addresses given upon the American Road. Octavo, 7 volumes. Each volume is inscribed by Herbert Hoover on the front free endpaper. Volume one is inscribed, “To my good friend Lewis Stevens from Herbert Hoover.” Volume 2, “Same as volume I with affection Herbert Hoover.” Volume 3, “Same as first and second volumes plus more affection Herbert Hoover.” Volume 4, “What more do you want? Herbert Hoover. Volume 5, “This one marks the last of the least but has the spirit of the other four volumes H.H.” Volume 5, “This is the next to the last. You would never read this far. Therefore no……….to you is needed Herbert Hoover.” Volume 7, “This is the last volume so far published. These could be more any adult education. Affectionately Herbert Hoover. Each are in near fine condition and each are first editions, first printings, with the exception of volume one. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $3,800.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; in the Scarce original dust jacket

    Roosevelt, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $2,800.00

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  • Silver Gelatin Print of Albert Einstein; Signed by Him

    Einstein, Albert.

    Albert Einstein Signed Martin Vos Photograph.

    1952.

    Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein, taken from Martin Vos’ famous image captured during Rabinadrath Tagore’s 1930 visit to Berlin. Boldly signed by Albert Einstein. Gelatin silver print, a portrait detail from the famed 1930 Martin Vos photograph, taken when Tagore visited Einstein at his home in Berlin on July 14th, 1930. In fine condition. Double matted and framed; the entire piece measures 19 inches by 22 inches. An iconic photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $18,000.00

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  • Silver Gelatin Print of Albert Einstein; Signed and dated by Him

    Einstein, Albert.

    Albert Einstein Signed Photograph.

    1952.

    Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $9,800.00

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  • Silver Gelatin Print of Albert Einstein; Signed and dated by Him

    Einstein, Albert.

    Albert Einstein Signed Photograph.

    1952.

    Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches.  An exceptional piece.

    Price: $11,000.00

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  • "Fight has never been and is not now a fight for conquest of land, for accumulation of wealth or domination of peoples, but for the recognition and preservation of the rights of man and the establishment of a truly free world for a free people": Exceedingly Scarce Signed Photograph of Albert Luthuli

    Lutuli, Albert.

    Albert Lutuli Signed Photograph.

    Black and white photograph of Albert Lutuli, the first African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Signed twice by him and dated by him 2/11/1961. The portrait shows Luthuli holding the telegram which announced his award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. The reverse of the photograph is rubber stamped “Copyright Photograph supplied by The Natal Mercury, Devonshire Place, Durban”. In near fine condition.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • Large Lithograph of Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Albert Schweitzer; Signed by Him and Artist William Sharp

    Schweitzer, Albert; Artist William Sharp.

    Albert Schweitzer Signed Lithograph.

    Signed by the artist William Sharp in pencil. Inscribed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, “A Mr John Zuber avec mes bonnes pensees Albert Schweitzer. Lambarene 13. Juin 1960.” The translation reads, “To Mr John Zuber with my good wishes Albert Schweitzer Lambarene 13th June 1960.” Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa. The lithograph measures 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 22.5 inches. A unique piece, rare and desirable.

     

     

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  • Exceptionally rare autograph letter signed by American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton

    Hamilton, Alexander.

    Alexander Hamilton Autograph Letter Signed.

    New York: 1795.

    Rare autographed letter signed by Alexander Hamilton regarding books missing from his law library. One page, the letter is addressed on the verso to Hamilton’s personal friend and fellow lawyer Richard Varick. The letter reads, “New York June 16 1795 I beg the favour of you to cause a search to be made in your office for books belonging to me, and if any are found to send them to me. Inclosed [sic] is a list of books which I miss – There may be others of which I have neither minute or recollection – but believe my name will be written in any that belong to me. I am sir your very obedt. servt A Hamilton.” Accompanied is a list of Hamilton’s missing books titled “Deficient books of Mr. Hamilton’s Law Library” which includes volumes by Strange, Burrows, Wilson, and Buller. The recipient, Richard Varick served as the second Attorney General of New York from 1784 to 1789 and the 45th Mayor of New York City from 1789 to 1801. As Mayor, Varick focused on the yellow fever epidemics which struck repeatedly and revised the statutes of New York with fellow lawyer Samuel Jones. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Hamilton. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 13 inches.

    Price: $20,000.00

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  • First Edition of Herbert Hoover's America's First Crusade; Inscribed by Him

    Hoover, Herbert.

    America’s First Crusade.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942.

    First edition of Hoover’s look at the impact of World War I. Octavo, original gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To my good friends Mr. and Mrs John Richardson from Herbert Hoover with wishes for A Happy New Year (anyway).” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $750.00

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  • First Edition of Herbert Hoover's America's First Crusade; Inscribed by Him

    Hoover, Herbert.

    America’s First Crusade.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942.

    First edition of Hoover’s look at the impact of World War I. Octavo, original gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. W.C. Van Antwerp with the kind regards of Herbert Hoover.” The recipient was the wife of well-known New York Stock Exchange member William Clarkson Van Antwerp. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing.

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  • “Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by both Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev

    Reagan, Ronald (Mikhail Gorbachev).

    An American Life.

    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 Chris Reading- With Best Wishes. Ronald Reagan June 7- ’91.” 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 handwrote 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 fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc. Rare and desirable signed by both Reagan and Gorbachev.

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  • “Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Inscribed by Ronald Reagan

    Reagan, Ronald .

    An American Life.

    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 Edward- With Best Wishes. Ronald Reagan Oct. 29- ’92.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc.

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  • Rare Original Executive Patent Signed by President Andrew Jackson

    Jackson, Andrew.

    Andrew Jackson Autograph Executive Patent Signed.

    1835.

    Original patent executed and signed by Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. Two folio vellum leaves. Engraved vignette header, embossed paper seal with ribbons, ribbon bound. Signed by President Andrew Jackson on April 3rd 1835. Countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsythe and Attorney General Benjamin F. Butler. The patent is issued to “Elisha Holton, a citizen of the United States, who hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the construction of a grist mill.” The second page contains a lengthy hand-written description of the construction and design of the grist mill signed by Holton on the verso. Also bound in is an original hand-colored technical drawing of the grist mill. In fine condition. The entire document measures 15 inches by 11.5 inches. Uncommon. Rare and desirable in this condition and format.

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  • "This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt

    Frank, Anne; Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.

    First edition, early printing with the same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $8,200.00

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  • Exceptionally rare autograph album signed by President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet including Salmon P. Chase and William H. Seward

    Lincoln, Abraham.

    Autograph Album Signed by Abraham Lincoln and His Cabinet.

    1863.

    Exceptionally rare finely bound autograph album signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln as well as his cabinet and 225 senators, representatives, and delegates of the 37th Congress, 1861-1863. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with the name “Lizzie F. Harlow” gilt on the front panel. Singed by Abraham Lincoln on the first page of the album, “Yours truly, Abraham Lincoln.” Additionally signed by William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, M. Blair, Edward Bates, J. P. Usher and S. P. Chase. Collected between the years of 1862 and 1863 by James McCain, a young patent officer at the United States Patent Office. McCain presented the custom-bound album to his sweetheart, Lizzie F. Harlow, who, despite not marrying the young clerk, passed it down to her heirs. In near fine condition. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.

    Price: $25,000.00

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  • “THEY GAVE ME ABOUT FIVE OR TEN GALLONS OF ANTIBIOTICS…BUT THEY JUST COULDN’T KILL ME”: FIVE PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM HARRY TRUMAN TOSECRETARY OF STATE DEAN ACHESON

    Truman, Harry S.

    Autograph Letter Signed By Harry S. Truman to Dean Acheson.

    Kansas City, Missouri: 1954.

    Autograph letter signed by Harry S. Truman to Dean Acheson. Five pages, with 2 page transcription of Acheson’s 19 October response Truman recounts his near death from an infected gall bladder that required emergency, life-saving surgery, and reflects on his changing popular reputation. “Went to our outdoor theater [on June 19] in Swope Park to see ‘Call Me Madam,’ which I’ve never seen (and don’t want to).” Truman, in fact, was going to appear in a cameo at the end of the play. But he never made it. While waiting to come on “A pain overtook me which I couldn’t stop with all the will power I could exercise and the ‘Boss’ drove me home.” Admitted into the hospital, the “Doc told me that the white corpuscles were increasing at the rate of 1000 an hour and that a little butchering would be necessary. I wrote a codicil to my will and went out – I mean out. They gave me about five or ten gallons of anti-biotics by sticking needles in veins. But they just couldn’t kill me.” His wife Bess “says I’m worse than a Bridge Club Lady—talk about my operation and bore people to death.” He also talks about the difficult task of getting his memoirs published, with an impatient publisher waiting for the promised 300,000 words by the spring of 1954. But the hospital was flooded with flowers during his convalescence and Truman was touched by the genuine concerns expressed for “this still controversial former President.” No one, he tells Acheson, “knew the travails of what we went through in those years from Apr. 12, 1945 to Jan. 20, 1953 as did you, Gen. Marshall, [Treasury Secretary] John Snyder and [Secretary of Agriculture] Charlie Brannan.” A lengthy, revealing letter about Truman’s near death experience.

    Price: $5,800.00

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  • Rare Autograph Letter Signed by the captors of President John F. Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald

    Kennedy, John F. (Gerald L. Hill, Ray Hawkins, Paul Bentley, M.N. MacDonald).

    Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Apprehension of Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Rare autograph letter signed by the four captors of President John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Two pages, dated November 22nd 1963 and addressed to Chief of Police Mr. J.E. Curry, the letter reads in part, “Subject: Apprehension of suspect in the Death of the President of the United States and Officer J. D. Tippit Sir: At 1:18 P.M. on Friday, November 22, 1963, Sergeant C.B. Owens and Seargant G.L. Hill were at Elm and Houston Streets, investigating the shooting of the President…We contacted several witnesses after obtaining a description of the suspect as a white male, 25-30, 165 pounds, bushy hair, 5’6”, wearing a white jacket, white shirt, and dark trousers, a search area was started…Minutes later, we received additional information that the suspect was in the Texas Theater. Several officers answered the call, and in the process of checking the occupants of the theater, Officer MacDonald approached the center-section of the third row from the back. As he started to search another suspect, he observed the arrested party sitting in the third seat. As he approached this suspect, the suspect said, “This is it”, and sprang from his seat. Officer MacDonald began to grapple with the suspect and the suspect got his hand on the gun that was stuck inside his shirt…the suspect pulled the trigger once and the gun snapped, but did not fire. Officers Caroll, Hutson, Walker, Hawkins, Hill, Sgt. H.H. Stringer, Captain W.R. Westbrook, and F.B.I Agent Bob Barrett, Paul Bentley and others aided in the arrest; and after a struggle in which the suspect resisted violently he was disarmed and handcuffed.” Signed at the conclusion by Sergeant of Police Gerald L. Hill, Investigator Ray Hawkins, Detective Paul Bentley and Patrolman M.N. MacDonald. In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 17.5 inches. A fascinating piece, offering unprecedented insight into the tragic historic event.

    Price: $2,000.00

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  • "Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family": First Edition of Barbara Bush's Memoir; Signed by George H. W. Bush and Inscribed by First Lady Barbara Bush

    Bush, Barbara (George Bush).

    Barbara Bush: A Memoir.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.

    First edition of the first lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by George H. W. Bush and inscribed by Barbara Bush on the front free endpaper, “May 1st 1997 To: Victor Kovach With best wishes – Barbara Bush.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow. Uncommon signed by both the former first lady and President Bush.

    Price: $650.00

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  • "Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family": First Edition of Barbara Bush's Memoir; Signed by Her

    Bush, Barbara.

    Barbara Bush: A Memoir.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.

    First edition of the first lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barbara Bush. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow.

    Price: $95.00

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  • "Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family": First Edition of Barbara Bush's Memoir; Signed by Her

    Bush, Barbara.

    Barbara Bush: A Memoir.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.

    First edition of the first lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With every good wish. Barbara Bush.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow.

    Price: $100.00

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