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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.
"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.
"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.
"THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT": CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS' POWERFUL MEMOIR, WALKING WITH THE WIND, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
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 Manual and Olive, Thank you for all of your good words and leadership. With faith and hope, Keep your Eyes on the Prize. Best Wishes John Lewis 10-30-99.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow. Jacket photograph by Danny Lyon. Written with Michael D’Orso.
“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.
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Inscribed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Steve Tobey- Ron Chernow 5/7/05.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Volume II; Inscribed by Him to Commander L.A. Burk
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, maps present Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in volume II, “Inscribed for Commander L.A. Burk by Winston S. Churchill, 1949.” Each are fine in near fine dust jackets. A very sharp set.
Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to his editor C.C. Wood regarding his monumental work Marlborough: His Life and Times
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, on this Chartwell letter dated, August 6, 1935. The letter to his proofreader and editor C. C. Wood relating to the publication of the monumental biography Marlborough: His Life and Times. It reads in full, “I send you herewith chapters V and VI which have been completely reconstituted and a new chapter, VIII. For your convenience I append a list of the chapters; VII ‘The Year of Triumph’ is nearly done. It may be possible to cut down the correspondence later. I also send you chapters I, II and III for second revise, leaving only for revise ‘The Battle of Ramillies’ which I will send in a few days. Pray let me have six copies of all these as they come through. I will send you very shortly a number of maps and I shall be glad if your man would draw them out and let me have them in draft. Please therefore make the arrangement you proposed with him. I will not worry about Swain’s.” Churchill was commissioned to write a biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1929. He began writing it in earnest in 1932, and ultimately published four volumes between 1933 and 1938. He began the work in an effort to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. This exquisite letter reveals Churchill’s meticulousness and attention to detail as a writer, which would ultimately lead to his receipt of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” In fine condition.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITION OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS 1916-1918: VOLUME I; Signed by Winston S. Churchill
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927.
True first edition of the first volume in the Part III of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by Winston Churchill on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition.
"It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much": Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, dated April 6. 1956, on his “28 Hyde Park Gate, London” letterhead stationery. The letter is to author and publisher Desmond Flower and reads, “Thank you so much for your letter sending me the agenda you have prepared for the luncheon on April 23. It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much. The weather has not been good, but I have had a very pleasant stay here. I return to England on April 10.” The letterhead has been amended to read: “at La Pausa, Roquebrune, A.M. Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Desmond Flower was a publisher and writer, who published Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples. In near fine condition.
"One of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War": Rare Publishers Morocco First Edition of the Personal Memoirs Of P. H. Sheridan
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1888.
Rare publisher’s deluxe binding of the first edition of Sheridan’s military autobiography, with 27 maps and 18 plates. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in original deluxe full morocco, covers ruled and paneled in blind with blind-stamped central motifs of Sheridan, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. In excellent condition, reinforcement to the hinges. Rare and desirable.
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear": First Edition of Rosa Parks' Quiet Strength; Signed by Her
Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994.
First edition of this work by Rosa Parks. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by Rosa Parks opposite the title page, “Rosa Parks. 2/11/95” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Written with Gregory J. Reed.
“I know that like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have": Rare photograph of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
Rare photographic portrait of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón, signed and lengthily inscribed by her in Spanish. Retaining the original mount, the entire piece measures 7.5 inches by 6 inches. In near fine condition.
"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, original wrappers. In very good condition with some rubbing and wear, with restoration to the front and rear panel. Housed in a custom clamshell box. First editions in the original wrappers are exceptionally rare, with only a few copies known.
Rare first edition of Edward McDermott's Merrie Days of England; inscribed by Queen Victoria to Francois François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville
London: William Kent & Co, 1859.
First edition of McDermott’s collection of sketches illustrating “the merrie days of England”. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth richly decorated in gilt, illustrated with 20 engravings from drawings by Joseph Nash, George Thomas, Birket Foster, and Edward Corbould. Association copy, inscribed by Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper to her cousin in French, “Pour mon cher Cousin Joinville de son affectionee cousine Victoria Noel 1858.” The recipient, François d’Orléans, Prince of Joinville was the third son of Louis Philippe I, King of the French from 1830 to 1848 and lifelong friend of Queen Victoria’s father King George III. In fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for Asprey. An exceptional example.