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New York: Basic Books, 1997.
First edition of this “masterful synthesis of historical, geographical, and political analysis…. Geostrategic thinking in the grand tradition of Bismarck” (Samuel Huntington). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “and with best wishes Zbigniew Brzezinski.” Small name, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rick Pracher.
“A WOMAN IS LIKE A TEABAG - ONLY IN HOT WATER DO YOU REALIZE HOW STRONG SHE IS”: First Edition of My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan; Inscribed by Her
New York: Random House, 1989.
First edition of Nancy Reagan’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Gene Williams Best Wishes Nancy Reagan Apr ’92.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino. Written in collaboration with William Novak.
"Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me": First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
London: Little Brown and Company, 1994.
First British edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black boards. Inscribed by the author, “Dear Lynne, with thanks. Nelson Mandela 27.2.97.” The recipient was the realtor who sold Nelson Mandela his estate in Houghton, Johannesburg; where he passed away in 2013. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example with noted provenance.
New York: Norton, 2002.
First edition of this collection of African folktales chosen and introduced by Nelson Mandela. Quarto, original glossy illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Signed and dated by Mandela on the title page.
"It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve, but if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die": First Edition of No Easy Walk To Freedom; Signed and Dated by Nelson Mandela
New York: Basic Books, 1965.
First edition of Nelson Mandela’s classic account of the struggle against South Africa’s apartheid system. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by Mandela. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear. Most rare signed.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1953.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Edition of The Report of The President's Commission On The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy; Signed by Allen Dulles, Senator John Sherman Cooper and David Belin
Washington, D.C.: United States Government, 1964.
First edition of this important document concerning the assassination investigation of President Kennedy. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Allen Dulles, Senator John Sherman Cooper and David Belin, all of whom served on the Warren Commission. From the library of Oklahoma representative Page Belcher, with his stamp on the front and rear endpapers. In very good condition. Allen Dulles was an American diplomat and lawyer who became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the Central Intelligence Agency during the early Cold War, he oversaw Operation Ajax, the Lockheed U-2 program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Following the assassination of John F Kennedy, Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission. Uncommon signed by Dulles.
"I Was Born Under A Clear Sky After A Violent Summer Storm To A Widowed Mother": My Life; Inscribed By Former President Clinton
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
First edition of President Clinton’s autobiography. Large octavo, original blue boards, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To ________ Thanks, Bill Clinton.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender": Proclamation of Nazi Germanys Surrender; Signed by Harry Truman
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.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts On My Own; Inscribed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1958.
First edition of Roosevelt’s last book of autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Inscribed for Virginia Heathman with my warm good wishes Eleanor Roosevelt.” Paperclip indentation, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Ben Feder.
First Edition of Partners: The United Nations and Youth; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Ferris
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1950.
First edition of this work which tells the dramatic story of the United Nations. Small quarto, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and inscribed by Helen Ferris to famed photographer Fred Stein, “For Fred Stein with our appreciation and all our good wishes for the days ahead Helen Ferris June 1951.” Stein was an early pioneer of the hand held camera and noted street photographer in New York and Paris. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket by Rafael Palacios. We have never encountered another signed copy by both authors.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981.
First edition of the historian’s National Book-Award winning biography on Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David McCullough in a contemporary hand on half-title page. Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Richard Mantel. A very bright example.
FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM MANCHESTER’S CLASSIC WORK REMEMBERING KENNEDY: ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT; SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.
First trade edition of the historian’s most well-known piece of literature. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with the lightest of shelf wear to the crown of the spine. A very bright example.
"I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands": Large Signed Photograph of Nelson Mandela upon his return to Robben Island; Signed by Him and Jurgen Schadeberg
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela’s 1994 return to Robben Island with Mandela looking through the bars in deep contemplation. Boldly signed by both Nelson Mandela and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg, who has signed on the bottom right panel and signed and stamped the verso. Schadeberg’s image was voted as one of the 50 most memorable images of the 20th century by The Photographers Gallery in London. The images measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 21.5 inches. This photograph has been used numerous times in publicity; providing the cover image for Mandela’s “Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom.” A striking image, most rare signed by one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela, Dr. Moroka, and Yusuf Dadoo during the Defiance Campaign Trial of 1952. Signed by both Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela in his law office in 1952. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph was taken at Chancellor House, which is where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the South Africa’s first black law firm in 1952. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela during his treason trial in 1958. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed.
Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to Mexican President Porfirio Diaz, “From a well-wisher to Mexico, and an admirer of its illustrious chief, President [Porfirio] Diaz, and with the regard of Theodore Roosevelt September 1904.” Two months later, Roosevelt, who had assumed the presidency with the 1901 assassination of William McKinley, won his first full term as president. Matted and framed.
London: Rider, 1999.
First British edition of this work, which chronicles Archbishop Tutu’s courageous chairing of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “God Bless You Desmond Tutu 4/19/05”. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“IN OUR QUEST FOR PEACE, WE SHOULD CONSTANTLY ASK OURSELVES WHAT WE SHOULD DO TO CREATE CONDITIONS IN WHICH PEACE CAN PROSPER”: FIRST EDITION OF THE LAST TREK: A NEW BEGINNING; INSCRIBED BY NOBEL LAUREATE F.W. DE KLERK
New York: MacMillan, 1998.
First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by F.W. De Klerk on the title page, “To ______ Best wishes F.W. De Klerk.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003.
First edition of this illustrated biographic portrait of Mandela. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Additionally signed by Mac Maharaj, who served as editor of this volume. Foreword by Bill Clinton. Introduction by Desmond Tutu. Edited by Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive": First Edition of The Opening of the Western-Eye; Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Bangkok: The Social Science Association Press of Thailand, 1968.
First edition in English of the Dalai Lama’s first book on Buddhist philosophy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the Dalai Lama on the title page in Tibetan “with prayers.” A near fine copy in a excellent dust jacket that is lightly rubbed. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.
"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; Signed by Jimmy Carter
New York: Bantam Books, 1982.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by Jimmy Carter on the title page.
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.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the Jimmy Carter.
“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good": First Edition of Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.
First edition of Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize lecture. Small octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “Best Wishes to _______ _______ Jimmy Carter.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others": First Edition of Prisoner In The Garden; Signed by Nelson Mandela
New York: The Viking Press, 2006.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated throughout.
FIRST EDITION OF PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO THE SENIOR SENATOR OF MASSACHUSETTS LEVERETT SALTONSTALL
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956.
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Massachusetts Senator Leverett Saltonstall, “To Senator Saltonstall- with the very highest regards of his colleague John Kennedy.” Leverett Saltonstall was the senior senator of Massachusetts while, John Kennedy was the junior senator. An excellent copy in a bright near fine dust jacket. Saltonstall served as Republican Whip from 1949-1957 and as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee from 1953-1955. Saltonstall attended the wedding of John Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, and the two served together in the Senate from 1953 to 1960. Saltanstall and Kennedy worked together closely over the course of several years, as evidenced of one of their constituents thought the two had an even closer relationship, mistakenly assuming Saltonstall to be Kennedy’s uncle. “If you are ready to admit it,” Kennedy kidded in a 1963 letter, “I am.” Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An excellent association linking these two statesmen.
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.
"It always seems impossible until it's done"; First edition of Nelson Mandela In His Own Words; signed by Nelson Mandela
New York: Little Brown, 2003.
First American edition of this collection of Mandela’s inspirational speeches. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mario Pulice. Foreword by Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan.
"We the people of Namibia - have finally emerged victorious in our struggle against colonialism, racism and apartheid; are determined to adopt a Constitution which expresses for ourselves and our children our resolve to cherish and to protect the gains of our long struggle": The Constitution of Namibia, Signed and Inscribed by Nelson Mandela and other Diplomats
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. A unique copy signed and or inscribed by all the major contributors of the Republic of Namibia, which was formed in 1990. Inscribed by Nelson Mandela, “To Udo with my comradely compliments and best wishes Nelson R. Mandela 22.3.90 Windhoek.” Additionally signed by future South African president Thabo Mbeki and dated 21.3.90; Namibia’s first prime minister, Hage Geingob; Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first president; Joe Slovo, leading member of the African National Congress; Alfred Nzo, longest-standing secretary-general of the African National Congress and South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Mandela Administration. In near fine condition with some light wear to the cover. Signatures of Nelson Mandela preceding his presidency are rare.
"Guide this nation through eternity...guide this nation through dark + stormy times": Original Campaign Speech from John F. Kennedys Campaign With His Notes and Corrections
St. Louis: 1960.
Original John F. Kennedy campaign speech with extensive annotations in his hand. This is a reading copy of the speech Kennedy delivered in St. Louis on October 2, 1960. In all, 14 double-spaced pages, with notes in the Presidential candidate’s hand throughout. The speech begins, “Massachusetts and Missouri are closely linked in the history of this republic. Both have been cradles of American freedom.” Quarter, bound in a loose leaf folder, gilt-lettered cover.
"Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties!": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts Christmas Story; Inscribed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend or family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" First Edition of The Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown, 1995.
First American edition of the illustrated autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Quarto, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Signed Limited Edition, number 2223. Large folio, original full brown morocco gilt, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Gordon Browning’s copy with his name embossed on the front panel. Browning was an American politician who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1937 to 1939, and again from 1949 to 1953. He also served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1923 to 1935 and served on the staff of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. In near fine condition.
New York: Doubleday Press, 1987.
Signed limited first edition of the 41st President of the United States’ memoir, published during his term as Vice-President. Octavo, original blue leather, all edges gilt. One of 250 numbered copies, signed by George Bush. Fine in a near fine slipcase.
Inscribed by John F. Kennedy as President, “For General Norstad With high esteem – appreciation, and very best wishes – January 1963.” A group of 7 gelatin silver prints of President Kennedy awarding the Distinguished Service Medal to General Lauris Norstad. The recipient was NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Matted and framed.
"more poignant and human than Trumans official memoirs": First Edition of Truman Speaks; Inscribed by Harry Truman
New York: Columbia University Press, 1960.
First edition of a collection of lectures given by Truman at Columbia University. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Truman. Inscribed by the author, “To John _____ kindest regards from Harry S. Truman 2-26-64.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with very light shelfwear. Jacket photograph by The Bettmann Archive.
First Edition of Letters To Kennedy; Warmly Inscribed by John Kenneth Galbraith in the year of publication
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.
First edition of this compilation of letters which gives the reader a firsthand look at the working relationship between a president and one of his close advisers, John Kenneth Galbraith. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “For Barry Zorthian well loved friend and the best journalist I ever knew. John Kenneth Galbraith.” The recipient was a U.S. government spokesman and American diplomat during the Vietnam War.
"But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society": First Edition of the Authors Classic Work The Death of a President, Signed By Him
New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
First edition of the historian’s most well-known and enduring work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of shelfwear to the crown of the spine. A very bright example.