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“I am a part of everything that I have read": One of only 50 sets of Theodore Roosevelt's Monumental Work The Winning of the West
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons 1900
One of fifty sets which were made for members of the Diplomatic and Consular Service at the time Roosevelt was elected Vice-President. Octavo, 4 volumes, original brown cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt topstain, illustrated with plates from old engravings, paintings, drawings, and other sources; folding maps. Presented to Henry Morgan, a diplomat who had been posted as Consul, at the time of Roosevelt’s election, to the northern Swiss canton of Aarau. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1956
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Boldly signed by President Barack Obama on the half-title page, “All the best Barack Obama.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
First Edition of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait; Signed by Nelson Mandela, President Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Kansas City : Andrews McMeel Publishing 2003
First edition of this illustrated biographic portrait of Mandela. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Additionally signed by both Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu at their contribution. Foreword by Bill Clinton. Introduction by Desmond Tutu. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada. An exceptional piece of history, signed by these three iconic figures.
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 23. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
"As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time": Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi
Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. The letter reads, “Dear Rev. Conley, You will please forgive one for my inability to reply to your letter earlier. As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time. I am at present at Thithal leaving Bombay on 24th Oct for Bengal. I am afraid therefore that we cannot meet before the … Your serv MK Gandhi 25 4 25 Tithal.” The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
First Edition of The Life of Gen. James A. Garfield; Signed by him one month prior to winning the November 1880 presidential election
New York : A.S. Barnes & Co 1880
First edition of Bundy’s illustrated biography of the 20th President of the United States. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Garfield, rebacked. Presentation copy, inscribed by Garfield on the front free endpaper, “Compliments of J.A. Garfield, Mentor, Dec. 2, 1880.” Garfield inscribed the present volume precisely one month prior to winning the 1880 Presidential election on November 2nd. This win marked the sixth consecutive victory in the presidential election for the Republican Party, its longest winning streak in American history. In very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. This work was published prior to the now commonplace practice of presidential biographies and autobiographies. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed by Garfield.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD INSCRIBED BY PRINCE CHARLES AND SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Royal Christmas and New Year card featuring an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Prince Charles, “Mollie” Wishing you and very Happy Christmas and New Year “and lots of love Charles and”, and signed by Princess Diana, “Diana.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 13 inches.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City : Samuel Harrison Smith 1801
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
"THE JEWS WISH TO HAVE A STATE, AND THEY SHALL HAVE ONE": RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF HERZL'S A JEWISH STATE
New York : The Maccabaean Publishing Co 1904
First American 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 three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Preface and notes by Jacob de Haas. Photographic portrait by E. M. Lilien of Herzl leaning over the balcony-rail of the Hotel Les Trois Rois. In near fine condition. First editions are rare, especially in this condition.
"We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability": Rare Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion to Eliahu Eliachar
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. One page, text in Hebrew, addressed to Eliahu Eliachar, a notable Sephardic Zionist and Member of the Knesset, the letter reads in full, “Greetings, We don’t need separate political lists – not those of independent Yemenite or Sephardic political parties. Those lists can only distort/falsify the democratic process in our country and the process of integration as well. We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability. The only way to resolve it is to change our voting system from relative voting to local voting. With great respect D. Ben-Gurion.” One of Ben-Gurion’s most ambitious goals in the first years of statehood was the unrestricted absorption of entire communities of newly-arrived Middle Eastern and North African Jews into the Ashkenazi-dominated Israeli society. Hundreds of thousands of new immigrants fled the inhospitable environment rising in the Islamic countries between 1948 and 1954 in the wake of the burgeoning Arab-Israeli conflict, settling in the economically-ravaged war-torn state. Other European Jewish communities from Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland were also transplanted to the Jewish State where they were forced to reside in transit villages and immigrants camps and became involved in domestic political in-fighting and became vulnerable to enticements from anti-establishment political groupings. Ben-Gurion feared that the plethora of small political parties could potentially destabilize Israel’s precarious democracy and advocated for a radical change in Israels electoral system with a two-party governing system, as opposed to the European proportional representational system. Above all, Ben-Gurion advocated for the swift unification of the numerous ethnic groups and the creation of an integrated singular Israeli identity. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering a unique glimpse into the great leader’s political thought.
"A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness": Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Appreciation Token Card and American Flag which traveled with him
Rare original token of gratitude card signed by the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, from the collection of his trusted military aid Robert Schulz. Measuring 4.25 by 2.5 inches with the Presidential Seal in gilt the card reads, ‘A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness’ signed, “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The card is displayed in a lucite block atop a wooden base with a silver medallion and button depicting Eisenhower and Konrad Adenauer. Accompanied by the miniature 49-star American flag which measures 11 inches in height mounted on a base bearing the text of the American Pledge of Allegiance that President Eisenhower took with him on all foreign trips between 1959 and 1960. With Schulz’s son note of provenance, “Oral history: My father told me that this flag went with Ike on all foreign trips.” The 49-star American flag was adopted on July 4, 1959 when Alaska joined the Union, and was replaced with the 50-star flag a year later upon Hawaii’s admittance to statehood. The present miniature flag traveled with Eisenhower during this period which included his August through September tour of Europe which brought him to West Germany, England, and France where he held conferences with Queen Elizabeth II, Charles de Gaulle, Harold Macmillan, and Konrad Adenauer. In near fine condition. A rare and unique piece of Americana.
“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 the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill Nov 1929.” In fine condition.
"The most famous and influential American political work"; The Gideon Edition of The Federalist Papers
The Federalist, on the New Constitution; Written in the Year 1788, by Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Madison, and Mr. Jay: with an Appendix, Containing the Letters of Pacificus and Helvidius, on the Proclamation of Neutrality of 1795; Also, the Original Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States with the Amendments Made Thereto.
City of Washington : Printed and Published by Jacob Gideon 1818
The Gideon edition of the Federalist Papers, the “most famous and influential American political work”, containing the 85 essays and articles written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay originally published in New York newspapers under the pseudonym “Publius” to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution and the first to assign the authors’ names to each individual essay. Additionally the first edition to contain “numbers written by Mr. Madison corrected by himself” (Howes, H114; Sabin, 23981). Octavo, bound in full period tree calf with gilt ruling to the spine and a black morocco spine label lettered in gilt. In very good condition, endpaper clipped. From the library of Christian Eby and later Christian Eby, Jr., a prominent member of the Mennonite community of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, with both’s ownership signatures. A very nice example of this important work. Uncommon.
"When Barack wasn't studying, he liked to jog along the Hudson River": First Edition of Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope; signed by Barack Obama and thrice signed and inscribed by illustrator Bryan Collier
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2008
First edition of this moving story for young readers of President Obama’s life and work. Oblong quarto, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. With the publisher’s review copy information laid in. Signed by Barack Obama on the title page and signed by illustrator Bill Collier on both the title page and mylar to the dust jacket. Additionally inscribed by Collier on the front pastedown, “To Antonia and Gale Moss and Cathebert Thambimutta w/ Blessings Bill Collier 8-29-08.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Rare autograph note singed by Edward, Duke of Windsor, and Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. In fine condition, the note measures 5.25 inches by 3.5 inches.
"Whose brilliant leadership and insightful leadership helped America and NATO stand successfully for democracy and freedom": First Edition of Waging Modern War; Inscribed by General Wesley Clark to Secretary of Defense William Perry
New York : Public Affairs Press 2001
First edition of this essential reading for those who want to know how modern war is fought, and won. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the half-title page by the author to Secretary of Defense William Perry, “To Secretary Bill Perry, Whose brilliant leadership and insightful leadership helped America and NATO stand successfully for democracy and freedom, and against ethnic cleansing and tyranny in the Balkans. Thank you for your guidance and support, and for showing us what the true measures of statesmanship and vision must be! Wes.” Clark was sent to Bosnia by Secretary of Defense William Perry to serve as the military advisor to a diplomatic negotiating team headed by assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke later described Clark’s position as “complicated” because it presented him with future possibilities but “might put him into career-endangering conflicts with more senior officers”. While the team was driving along a mountain road during the first week, the road gave way, and one of the vehicles fell over a cliff carrying passengers including Holbrooke’s deputy, Robert Frasure, a deputy assistant Secretary of Defense, Joseph Kruzel, and Air Force Colonel Nelson Drew. Clark and Holbrooke attempted to crawl down the mountain, but were driven back by sniper fire. Once the fire ceased, Clark rappelled down the mountain to collect the bodies of two dead Americans left by Bosnian forces that had taken the remaining wounded to a nearby hospital. Following funeral services in Washington, D.C., the negotiations continued and the team eventually reached the Dayton Agreement at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and later signed it in Paris on December 14, 1995. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association.