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Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by the Prince of Wales. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Prince Charles on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. With a signed letter from St. James’s Palace that enclosed is this signed example given for a charity auction. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119648
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
First edition of the Pulitzer-Prize historian’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Ann and Mary Ann Schmidt from Marion Bonzi with the best wishes of the author, David Donald Christmas 1948.” On page 11, she is mentioned as “Expertly and meticulously she has read the book both in manuscript and in proof. Her passion for accuracy has saved me from a score of errors.” Bonzi was instrumental in a number of heavyweight scholarly productions. Two years after this inscription she married Lincoln historian Harry E. Pratt (1901-56), who served as Illinois state historian and authored and edited a prolific array of Lincoln-related titles, and they became a formidable husband/ wife Lincoln team. Introduction by Carl Sandburg. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 118772
"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; INSCRIBED BY JIMMY CARTER TO LLOYD BENTSEN
New York: Bantam Books, 1982.
First edition of the 39th President of the United States’ memoirs. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by President Carter to former four-term United States Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen on a Presidential bookplate affixed to the front free endpaper, “To Lloyd Bentsen J. Carter.” The recipient, Lloyd Millard Bentsen, ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 119599
First Edition We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work; Inscribed by Jimmy Carter to B.A. Bentsen
New York: Simon & Schuster , 2009.
First edition of Jimmy Carter’s call for action laying out a plan for peace in the Middle East. Octavo, original boards. Association copy, inscribed by Carter on the front free endpaper to B.A. Bentsen, wife of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen, “With thanks & best wishes to B. A. Bentsen – Jimmy Carter.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Accordino. Jacket photograph by William Coupon.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119605
"I thought you might be interested in seeing some unconventional wisdom on foreign and domestic issues": First Edition of Richard Nixon's Seize the Moment; Signed by Him and from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
First edition of Nixon’s critically praised assessment of American foreign policy. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, signed by Richard Nixon on the flyleaf and from the personal library of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen, with the original typed transmittal letter signed by Nixon to him. On Nixon’s 577 Chestnut Ridge Road letterhead, the letter is dated January 2, 1991 and reads, “Dear Lloyd,” I thought you might be interested in seeing some unconventional wisdom on foreign and domestic issues. Best wishes for the New Year, Sincerely, “Dick”. The recipient, Lloyd Millard Bentsen, ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A fine association.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119381
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions of President Truman’s presidential memoirs. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page of Volume I in the year of publication, “With many thanks and best wishes to Jack Fuller from Harry Truman Nov. 28, 1955.” Both volumes are near fine in near fine price-clipped dust jackets. Jacket designs by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photographs by Eliot Elsofon and U.S. Army Corps.
Price: $900.00 Item Number: 119588
"LET THE WORD GO FORTH FROM THIS TIME AND PLACE, TO FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE, THAT THE TORCH HAS BEEN PASSED TO A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS": Rare collection of original materials from events held upon the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy
Rare collection of original materials from events held upon the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. The collection includes a menu from the Inauguration Luncheon held on January 20th 1961 at the United States Senate Restaurant, invitations to Inaugural Ball an Inaugural Gala held at the National Guard Armory, a response card to the Gala, and four presentation photos of Kennedy with facsimile inscrisption, “For Donald S. Carmichael – with warm regards – John F. Kennedy.” All items are in fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 96015
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982.
First edition of this biography on the Nobel Peace Prize-winning laureate. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Peres on the front free endpaper, “To Sally- Wo has a nice eye and a warm heart- Shimon Peres 7-6-85.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mary Auston. Jacket photograph of Shimon Peres by Israel Sun. Translated from Hebrew by Ina Friedman.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118411
Rare Rhode Island Tercentenary Stamp Block; signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
Rare complete stamp block commemorating the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Rhode Island signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. One page, the block consists of 50 3-cent Rhode Island Tercentenary violet stamps depicting colonial founder Roger Williams. Franklin Delano Roosevelt had an extensive stamp collection and, due to his keen interest in stamp collecting, some 200 U.S. commemorative stamps were released during his presidency. In fine condition.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 119353
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
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 & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, to edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 119862
"I am afraid there can be no question of my releasing Volume I before the 15th November": Excellent typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower regarding the publication of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
Excellent typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill. On Churchill’s Chartwell letterhead, the return address of which has been corrected to La Cappocina, Cap d’Ail, A.m. The letter is dated 27 October, 1955, addressed to Desmond Flower, and reads: My dear Desmond, I am afraid there can be no question of my releasing Volume I before the 15th November. I have had Hodge and Kelly out here, and we have been working very hard. There is plenty of time. I am sorry if this should cause you inconvenience. Yours very sincerely, “Winston Churchill P.S. I have to read page 2 to 4.” The recipient, Desmond Flower, was a close personal friend of Churchill’s and published two of his most enduring works: The Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the publication of which Churchill is referring to in the present letter. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a bas relief portrait plaque of Churchill in profile. The entire piece measures 24 by 14.25 inches.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119601
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
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 & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, maps present. In fine condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118672
"You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies": First Edition of The Rabin Memoirs; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication to Lord Peart
Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1979.
First edition in English of the memoirs of Yitzhak Rabin. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs and five maps. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title in the year of publication, “To Lord Peart with great respect Y. Rabin 7.12.79.” The recipient Fred Peart was a British Labour politician who served in the Labour governments of the 1960s and 1970s and was a candidate for Deputy Leader of the Party. In 1976, Peart was created a life peer serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal at a time when the Labour faction in the Lords was tiny compared to the vast Tory majority, mainly composed of hereditary peers. After Margaret Thatcher won the 1979 election, Peart continued as Leader of the Labour Peers and thus became Shadow Leader of the House of Lords. He served in those roles until 1982. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 118518
"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 Mary Pat, Keep the faith. Best Wishes, John Lewis 1-21-99.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow. Jacket photograph by Danny Lyon. Written with Michael D’Orso.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 118359
First edition of Sol Plaatje's Native Life In South Africa, Before and Since the European War and The Boer Rebellion; inscribed by him to his first biographer Modiri S. Molema
London: P. S. King & Son, Ltd, 1916.
First edition of “one of the most remarkable books on Africa by one of the continent’s most remarkable writers” (Neil Parsons). Octavo, original cloth, double frontispiece of the author and Mrs. S. T. Plaatje. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Mr. Modiri S. Molema, With the author’s compliments & pleasant recollections of happy days in the Siege of Mafeking Easter 1916.” The recipient, Modiri S. Molema, was the son of Chief Silas Molema, a personal friend of Plaatje’s who financed The Bechuana Gazette which Plaatje edited between 1902 and 1905. Both Silas and Plaatje were on the side of the British during the Siege of Mafeking, where Plaatje acted as both court interpreter and clerk to the Mafeking administrator of Native affairs. The Molema Family played an important role in South African history. Molema Tawana (c. 1822 – January 1882) was the Barolong Chief and founded the town of Mafeking, which was originally called Molema’s Town. His heir and oldest son, Silas Thelesho Molema was the next chief of the Barolong and friend and benefactor of Sol. Plaatje. It was to Silas’s son, Seetsele Modiri Molema (1891 – 1965), also known as Silas Modiri Molema after his father, that Plaatje gave and inscribed this book, sharing as he says “happy days in the Siege of Mafeking”. Modiri would only have been a boy of about 8 at the time of the Siege, and later went on to study medicine and the University of Glasgow. Before returning to South Africa, Molema wrote an acclaimed history book entitled The Bantu, Past and Present; an Ethnographical & Historical Study of the Native Races of South Africa. Though the book was about Black South Africans in general, the primary focus was the history of the Batswana. On his return to South Africa, he commenced his practice in Mafikeng where he distinguished himself as a medical practitioner of exceptional ability with a large practice serving both White and Black South Africans at Mafikeng and distant towns like Johannesburg. He published several pamphlets and books including the first biography of Sol Plaatje: Lover of His People: Sol Plaatje, originally written in his mother-tongue, Setswana, and the only book-length biography written by someone who actually knew him. The manuscript had long been housed in the Wits Historical Papers and was accessible only to scholars. In the biography, Molema references the present volume and quotes the inscription within it. In the 1940s, Dr. Molema was involved in the African National Congress (ANC) and he became its National Secretary in December 1949. He also served on the African Advisory Council, Joint Advisory Council, and the Constitutional Committee that set the Bechuanaland Protectorate on its road to independence as a Republic of Botswana. In very good condition. The most significant association copy extant.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 118168
Rare visitor's log from the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 signed by Winston S. and Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, Raymond and Violet Asquith among others
Rare visitor’s log from the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 signed by Winston S. and Clementine Churchill, David Lloyd George, Raymond and Violet Asquith among others. Oblong quarto, bound in full leather with gilt inner dentelles. Signed and dated on the first several pages of the logbook by David Lloyd George, Louis Brennan (the inventor of the gyro monorail which won the exhibition’s Grand Prize), Raymond Asquith, Clementine S. Churchill, Violet Asquith, Winston S. Churchill, Brazilian President Hermes de Fonseca, and several others dated May 16, 1910 to February 18, 1911. Accompanied by a collection of original photographs from the exhibition and a Farewell Dinner Program. The Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 was a celebration of Japanese culture and manufacturing designed to cement the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. The exhibition was held in White City and attended by more than 8 million guests including Churchill, then Home Secretary, who invited Asquith and other members of the Cabinet. In very good condition. A fine collection of signatures.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119055
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
First edition of this “grand work–the Lincoln biography for this generation” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design and illustration by Wendell Minor. Uncommon signed.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119068
Large format etching of President Theodore Roosevelt by Hungarian artist Jacques Reich, signed by Roosevelt. Additionally signed and annotated by the artist, “Jacques Reich, Printed from the copper.” In near fine condition. The etching measures 16 inches by 20 inches.
Price: $3,250.00 Item Number: 118142
"In lieu of the Senator's inscription I am sure that when he knows of your dedication he will want to sign himself": JOHN F. KENNEDY'S PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY HIS POLITICAL AIDE "MIKE" MYER FELDMAN
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956.
Early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Association copy, inscribed on the front pastedown by Kennedy’s aide “Mike” Myer Feldman, “To Edythe In lieu of the Senator’s inscription I am sure that when he knows of your dedication he will want to sign himself. Mike Feldman.” “Mike” Myer Feldman served as an American political aide in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Under Kennedy he was tasked with compiling negative information on Richard Nixon during Kennedy’s election campaign, as well as helping with speech writing and television interviews. The recipient, Edythe Jacobs was an educator, political activist and environmental advocate who volunteered for the Kennedy campaign. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jack design by Phil Grushkin. Jacket photograph by Hank Walker.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 119061
Rare Miniature Charter of American Liberty; containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington's Farewell Address and the Emancipation Proclamation
Charter of American Liberty. [Containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Farewell Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the History of the American Flag].
Boston: Taggard & Thompson, 1865.
Rare miniature Charter of American Liberty; containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Farewell Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the history of the American Flag. 16mo, original cloth with gilt titles to the front panel, yellow endpapers, frontispiece portrait of George Washington and several illustrations within the text including a portrait of Lincoln. In good condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 118977
“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more”: First Edition of My Life; Signed By Bill Clinton and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
First edition of President Clinton’s autobiography. Large octavo, original blue boards, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Boldly signed by the author using his full name “William Jefferson Clinton” and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the title page. Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Clinton. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson. We have never seen another example signed by both Clinton and Bader Ginsburg.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118542
Black and white photographic print of Commanding General George Smith Patton, signed by him. One page, taken from the “Third Army: A Brief History of Operations in Europe” historical booklet, signed by Patton in the upper right corner and annotated below his image “Autographed Nov. 1945.” From the collection of 2nd Lt. John Papay, the officer in charge of security at Patton’s headquarters with a gold plaque commemorating the association. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.25 inches. Accompanied by the Third Army booklet from which the portrait was removed. In near fine condition. A rare and desirable association, signed to Patton’s security officer in the month prior to Patton’s tragic death in December 1945.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 118024
Large color photograph of the Rehnquist Court, boldly signed below, “For Roger with best wishes always- Sandra Day O’Connor.” In fine condition. Framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 15 inches.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 118779
“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today": First Edition Of Mikhail Gorbachevs Memoirs, Signed By Him and His Wife Raisa
London: Doubleday, 1996.
First British edition of Gorbachev’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Boldly signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover Portrait by Karsh of Ottawa.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118677
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are": The Works of Theodore Roosevelt: Presidential Addresses and State Papers; Signed by Roosevelt during his Presidency
New York: P. F. Collier & Son, c. 1904.
Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Boldly signed by Theodore Roosevelt during his Presidency on the front free endpaper, “with best wishes from Theodore Roosevelt, Nov. 3rd 1904.” In very good condition. Uncommon signed, especially as president.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 117312
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter
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 225. Small quarto, original three quarters calf, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell slipcase. A very nice example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 117165
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSONS WRITINGS
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.
Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co, 1829.
First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, morocco spine labels, engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 117576
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons. One page, folded, the letter reads in full, “Albany, 1 July 1800 Sir, On my return from New York on Friday last, your obliging letter of the 5th of May, which arrived during my absence was delivered to me. I am much gratified by the Information it contains & thank you for it as serious apprehensions were entertained that anti-federalism had gained considerable ground in Massachusetts; but I am happy to find… that appearances do not warrant the conclusions which have been drawn from them. The present aspect of our affairs is far from being agreeable – altho’.. having abundant Reason for Content & Gratitude, our nation is permitting their happiness to be part in Jeopardy by their worst passions inflamed and directed by the most reprehensible means. Whether the good Sense of the People will avert the Dangers which threaten them, is not to be seen… but unfortunately their is too little unanimity on many points and the want of it exposes is to the Hazard of many Evils – It really appears to me that the… of our Envoys to France has been treated with too much asperity. The President declared to the congress that he would never send another Legation to Paris… as that declaration seems to imply that when he should receive such appearances, he would again send Envoys. It was not unnatural that he should conceive himself bound in Honor to do so. Whether that Declaration was advisable and whether the nomination of the Envoys was made exactly in Reason are questions which , like other of the same kind, may receive different answers from different men. But having nominated the Envoys and received the requisite appearances, I for my part consider the sending them as a Matter of Course; and do not concern in opinion with those Gentlemen who think they should nevertheless have been detained. I regret that my absence deprived me of the pleasure of seeing the Rev. Mr. Andrews, all the more so, as he would have answered my inquiries respecting many of my friends at Boston, and informed me of you Health – With the best wishes that you may now and ever enjoy that valuable Blessing. I am Sir your most obt. sevt. John Jay. Theop Parsons Esq.” The recipient, Theophilus Parsons, was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1779-1780 and one of the committee of twenty-six who drafted the constitution. He was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. His Commentaries on the Laws of the United States (1836) contains some of his more important legal opinions. In the present letter, Jay refers to President John Adams’ failed mission in 1797 to make negotiations with France following the French Revolution which the Federalists viewed as the cause of the undeclared naval war fought from 1798 to 1800 between the United States and France. Anti-federalists and many contemporary historians, however, view the 1794 Jay Treaty as the initial cause of hostilities between France and America. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117791
"In 1999, we will remember the twentieth century as the bloodiest and the best in the history of man": Richard Nixon's 1999: Victory Without War; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.
First edition, early printing of Nixon’s bestselling work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bill Albert With best wishes from Richard Nixon.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, inscription. Jacket design by Barry Littman. With a signed letter from Nixon’s secretary laid in.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 117983
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, number 1327 one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Near fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 118048
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “WS Churchill” on the mount. In very good condition. The photograph measures 3 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.25 inches by 8.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117754
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.” Double matted and framed with an original photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19.25 by 15.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 116948
"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, published Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Churchill. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 16.25 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 116425
Two rare original black and white photographs of Lyndon B. Johnson, annotated by him on the verso of each. Lyndon has annotated the photograph of him entering the cockpit of a plane, “Boarding Navy PBY plane, Dutch Harbor Alaska Latter part of July 1942” and the photograph of him examining a world map, “”Never Used, Taken Mc [sic] Arthur Office Headquarters – Somewhere in Australia June 18, 1942.” In near fine condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117565
Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1975.
First edition of this early work by Carter. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Boldly signed by Jimmy Carter on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $60.00 Item Number: 117423
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons": First Edition of Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1905.
First edition of Roosevelt’s important collection of first-hand hunting accounts, including a lengthy description of newly created wilderness reserves. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt with tissue guard present, illustrated with photographs. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 117635
"I am so glad all is settled so agreeably": Autographed Letter Signed from Winston Churchill to his Book Editor Desmond Flower
Autographed letter signed by Winston Churchill with his handwritten postscript to his book editor Desmond Flower, dated November 19, 1947 on Churchill’s Hyde Park Gate stationary. It reads, “Thank you very much for your letter of November 14, which it gave my pleasure to receive. Will you make the necessary arrangements with Eyre and Spottiswoode for taking over the type? I shall have to read the speeches through myself. Randolph is asking when the Preface will be needed. I suppose this depends on the time of publication, perhaps you will let me know about this. [The holograph postscript reads:] I am so glad all is settled so agreeably…” Matted and framed with a picture of Churchill. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 15 inches. A commemorative half crown with Churchill on the obverse has been affixed to the front of the glass. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 117531
Rare Republic of China official card signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. One page with the embossed symbol of the White Sun. Signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 117483
Rare autograph of diplomat, economist, and author who served as secretary general of the United Nations from 1953 until his death in a plane crash. Boldly signed “Dag Hammarskjold, 1 Februari 1960,” on a 3.5 inch by 2 inch card, which is affixed to a white 8.25 inch by 11.75 inch mount bearing an attached portrait of Hammarskjold. In fine condition.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117232
"For Murray Milner, outstanding public servant, from his friend": First Edition of Booth Mooney's The Lyndon Johnson Story; lengthily inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1956.
First edition of Booth Mooney’s biography of Lyndon B. Johnson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson on the front free endpaper, “For Murray Milner, outstanding public servant, from his friend, Lyndon B. Johnson.” Near fine in very good dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117422
Carte-de-visite of General George McClellan. Boldly signed, “George B. McClellan Maj Gen USA.” In near fine condition. It measures 4 inches by 2.5 inches. Rare.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117491
"To Robertson Davies with warm regards from one of your devoted fans": Truman; Inscribed by David McCullough to fellow writer Robertson Davies
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Early printing of the historian’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow writer Robertson Davies, “To Robertson Davies with warm regards from one of your devoted fans David McCullough (by way of David Ken, who started me on the path with Fifth Business Martha’s Vineyard 1993.” Robertson Davies was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was one of Canada’s best known and most popular authors and one of its most distinguished “men of letters.” Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket and illustration design by Wendell Minor. An exceptional association.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 117749
"Our system has at all times had to contend with internal encroachments upon liberty": Herbert Hoover's The Challenge to Liberty; Signed by Him and 13 others
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
First edition, early printing of Herbert Hoover’s challenge to Roosevelt’s New Deal arguing it abandoned “the heritage of liberty.” Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed on the front free endpaper by Herbert Hoover, along with thirteen others including Nebraska Governor Samuel Roy McKelvie, Judge Harry A. Spencer, Near fine in a good dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117626
"GOD IS INTERESTED IN THE FREEDOM OF THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE": FIRST EDITION OF STRIDE TOWARD FREEDOM: THE MONTGOMERY STORY; SIGNED BY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1958.
First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the front pastedown, “Best Wishes, Martin L. King Jr.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117338
First edition of Letters of Feodora Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg From 1828 to 1872; inscribed by Queen Victoria
London: Spottiswoode & Co, 1874.
Rare first edition of the collected letters of Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Queen Victoria’s half-sister. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Queen Victoria on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Arthur Phelps from Victoria Reg Sept. 5 1874.” Princess Feodora was Queen Victoria’s maternal half-sister, and lived with the young Victoria at Kensington palace. Twelve years younger than Feodora, Victoria was devoted to her elder sister, and they continued to correspond throughout their lives. In near fine condition with rubbing to the extremities. Rare.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 117104
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few": First Appearance of Winston Churchill's Famous Speech
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940.
London: His Majesty's Stationary Office, The Baynard Press, 1940.
First edition of one of Winston Churchill’s most famous speeches. Octavo, original gray wrappers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117972
Fine collection of Inaugural Gifts from the Inauguration of Ronald Reagan as President and George H. W. Bush as Vice President of the United States
Fine collection of official gifts from the inauguration of Ronald Reagan as President and George H. W. Bush as Vice President of the United States. The collection includes a sterling silver money clip and pill box embossed with the Reagan Bush inaugural logo and a fountain pen from the inaugural reception of George H. W. Bush bearing Bush’s signature in facsimile and housed in the original box bearing the seal of the Vice President of the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,450.00 Item Number: 117304
"THE BUCK STOPS HERE": Rare 1935D silver certificate one dollar bill; boldly signed by Harry S. Truman and framed with a typed letter signed by him as President to Secretary of the Treasury John Snyder
Rare series 1935D silver certificate one dollar bill, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman on the portrait side. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Truman, plaque reading “The Buck Stops Here!” and a typed letter signed by Truman as President on White House letterhead to Secretary of the Treasury John Snyder. Dated April 19, 1948 the letter reads: Memorandum for: John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury From: The President I am returning the copy of Mr. Cooley’s letter which you handed to me. It certainly is most interesting and I appreciate your bringing it over. It’s these things that help. “H.S.T.” The recipient, John Wesley Snyder was a close personal friend of Truman and served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1946 to 1953 in the Truman administration. He is the first native-born Arkansan to hold a US Cabinet post. In fine condition. An attractive presentation.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 117087
"People are more impressed by the power of our example rather than the example of our power": Signed Limited Edition Of President Clintons Autobiography "My Life"
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.
Signed limited edition of President William Jefferson Clinton’s Autobiography. Thick octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, original slipcase, illustrated. Fine in a fine slipcase. Signed by Bill Clinton, one of 1500 numbered examples.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 117336
First edition pamphlet of Charles M. Schwab's Address delivered at the Memorial Service of Andrew Carnegie; inscribed by him
Address Delivered at the Memorial Service Held in Honor of Andrew Carnegie Tuesday, November 25 1919.
Pittsburgh: Carnegie Music Hall, 1919.
First edition of Charles M. Schwab’s Address at the Memorial Service of his mentor Andrew Carnegie. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Charles M. Schwab on the front free endpaper, “To my friend George Steelman, with sincere regards, C. M. Schwab.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117152
Rare Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court Ruling Document Page; signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens
Washington, D.C: Supreme Court of the United States, December 12, 2000.
Rare first page from the Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court ruling signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens. One page, printed. Double matted. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12.5 inches. Desirable signed by cultural and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 118035
Exceedingly rare new and revised edition of M. de Bourrienne's Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, and royal associates
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1885.
Exceedingly rare edition of M. de Bourrienne’s Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, associates, and the author bound in. Octavo, bound in three quarters scarlet morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt with others uncut, tissue-guarded frontispiece and full color portrait to each volume, illustrated with engravings issued in the initial publication and over 100 extra portraits and views bound in. With over 50 autograph letters signed bound in including 3 autograph letters signed by Napoleon I (bound into Vol. I page 201, Vol. I page 369, and Vol. III page 530), and autograph letters signed by Charles J. Bernadotte, King of Spain; Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain; Fauvelet de Bourrienne; A.A.L. Caulincort, Duc de Vicenza; Marquis Emmanuel Grouchy; Napoleon’s second wife Marie Louise. Duchess of Parma; Joachim Murat, King of Naples; Comte Horace Sebastiani, and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington among others. With the original compiler’s printed catalog of extra material detailing the location (volume and page number) of each added engraving and autograph letter signed. In near fine condition. Accompanied by an additional military endorsement signed by Napoleon during the Peninsular War, “Approuvé Np.” An exceptional collection of significant Napoleonic era signatures.
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 117078
Rare Complete Set of Theodore Martin's The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort; each volume inscribed by Queen Victoria to Sir Francis Seymour
London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1875-1880.
Complete set of Martin’s extensive biography of Prince Albert, contracted and edited by Queen Victoria, each volume inscribed by her. Octavo, five volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, stamped ruling to the panels, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece to each volume, illustrated with 8 additional tissue-guarded plates of portraits and views; one a folding facsimile of a draft memorandum by Prince Albert to Lord Lyons in 1861. Association copies, each volume is inscribed by Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper to Sir Francis Seymour. Volume I is inscribed, “To Sir Francis Seymour Bart. In recollection of his dear Mother from Victoria Windsor Castle Dec. 14, 1874.” Volume II is inscribed, “To Lieutenant General Sir Francis Seymour Bart. from Victoria Nov. 22, 1876.” Volume III is inscribed, “To General Sir Francis Seymour Bart. from Victoria R December 1877.” Volumes IV and V are similarly inscribed. The recipient, Sir Francis Seymour, 1st Baronet, was a British Army officer and courtier. His son, Albert Victor Francis Seymour, who was born when Seymour was 74 years old served as a Page of Honour to Queen Victoria. In very good condition. Mixed editions as often: vols. I, IV, and V are first editions, vol. II is a second edition, and vol. III is a fifth edition. Rare and desirable with all five volumes inscribed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 117508
Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1892.
First edition of Balfour’s Inaugural Address delivered on his installation as Lord Rector . Octavo, bound in full calf with Balfour’s signature stamped in gilt to the front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by Arthur James Balfour on the front free endpaper, “‘B. Mallet, with the kindest regards of Arthur James Balfour. 18.8.92.” The recipient, Bernard Mallet, later Sir Bernard Mallet, was a civil servant who served as Balfour’s private secretary. Later, he was Registrar General and President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1916 to 1918. He married Marie Adeane, who at various times was a Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria and had two sons, one of whom was Sir Victor Mallet, the diplomat. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117521
Exceedingly rare first edition of the Seven Mile Funeral Cortège of Genl. Grant in New York Aug. 8, 1885; containing 97 mounted albumen photographs and bound in the publisher's full black morocco
Boston: The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co, 1886.
First edition of the spectacular album memorializing the life and elaborate funeral proceedings of General Ulysses S. Grant. Oblong folio, bound in the original publisher’s full black morocco elaborately stamped in blind with gilt titles to the front panel, inner dentelles, containing 97 mounted albumen prints including the last known photograph of Grant taken four days before his death on July 19 1885, his sick-room and death-bed room at Mount McGregor, and numerous images of the impressive seven-mile grand funeral procession held in New York City featuring numerous military regiments and attended by throngs of admirers. The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co. firm produced several versions of the present album with varying numbers of prints for display in hotel lobbies on elaborate custom-made brass display stands. The present album contains more images than usually found, and is numbered “No. 9” on the front pastedown. In near fine condition. Exceedingly rare with only four copies listed with OCLC.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 117042
First edition of The Presidential Power: the politics of leadership; warmly inscribed by Richard Neustadt
New York and London: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1960.
Rare first edition of Neustadt’s fundamental examination of presidential power, which upon publication immediately prompted John F. Kennedy to hire him as his advisor, speechwriter and confidante. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Lou Kushnick with warm regards and the hope that he’ll enjoy the career we got him into! Richard E. Neustadt November 26,1962.” The recipient Lou Kushnick is an academic specializing in race relations and a was a friend of the author. With Kushnick’s name in pencil to the front free endpaper, a few notes in the recipients hand, near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 117229
Rare typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd-George, the widow of his predecessor, David Lloyd George. Two pages, on Churchill’s personal letterhead with his Hyde Park Gate address, the letter reads: “22 May, 1946 My dear Lady Lloyd George, I had a talk with Sir Edward Bridges today. Naturally they have anxiety about the custody and destination of very important State documents, although belonging to a bygone era. I am executing a Trust Deed which safeguards the use of such documents, and I also feel it my duty to give guarantees for their safe custody so that they do not fall into bad hands, and the control of the Government on publication is effective. I have no doubt that you would be willing to make similar arrangements. Sir Edward Bridges told me he would get in touch with you and have a talk about it all. I should recommend you to conform with the arrangements which I am making, and I expect that will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time. Perhaps you will write to me after you have had your talk with Bridges. With all good wishes, Believe me, “Yours truly Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd George first met David Lloyd George in 1911 when she began working as a governess to his daughter Meghan, she soon became Lloyd George’s secretary and, from early 1913, his long-term mistress. In 1943, two years after the death of his first wife Margaret, Lloyd George married Frances; he was 80 years old at the time. Frances was an able archivist of her husband’s papers both before and after his death. Churchill clearly understood this, as he writes that he expects the arrangements “will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time.” In near fine condition. A fine association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117064
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"; LIFE MAGAZINE INAUGURAL ADDRESS; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO EVELYN SYMINGTON
Rare Souvenir Edition of Life Magazine’s Inaugural Spectacle commemorating the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John F. Kennedy on the front panel, “To Evie Symington with very good wishes John F. Kennedy.” The recipient, Evelyn Symington was the wife of Amherst, Massachusetts-born politician Stuart Symington. Symington served as a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri between 1953 and 1976 and emerged as a prominent critic of McCarthyism early in his term. He sought the the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election with the backing of former President Truman, but the nomination went to John F. Kennedy, largely due to Symington’s refusal to speak to southern segregated audiences. When Kennedy won the nomination, Symington was his first choice for Vice President, but was dropped in favor of Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He advised President Kennedy as a member of EXCOMM during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117063
First Edition of David Halberstam's War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals; Inscribed by Him
New York: Scribner, 2002.
First edition of “Halberstam’s most important book” (Leslie Gelb). Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on title page in the year of publication, “For Pat and Liz with the gratitude of someone who like so many others benefited from the richness of their and life and gifts David Halberstam Aug 31, 2001.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket by Mark Cohen.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 116103