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"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.
New York: The John Day Company, 1948.
First edition of this classic work by Justice Douglas. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, “For Freda Henrock with warm regards William O Douglas Oct 16, 1948.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Uncommon, especially signed.
“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.
Rare 19th century naval appointment signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Dated February 6, 1889, the document appoints a Quartermaster to the Royal Navy. Signed in the upper left corner by Queen Victoria in the 52nd year of her reign. Retaining the orange revenue stamp and royal blue paper seal. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Queen Victoria, the document measures 11.5 inches by 15.5 inches. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 27.5 inches.
Rare First edition of Letters of Queen Victoria; all three volumes in the rare original dust jackets
Letters of Queen Victoria: A Selection from her Majesty’s Correspondence Between the Years 1837 and 1861.
London: John Murray, 1907.
First edition set of this selection of the letters of Queen Victoria, written between 1837 and 1861. Octavo, original cloth richly decorated in gilt with ivorene onlays displaying Victoria’s royal initials, top edges gilt with others uncut, illustrated with tissue-guarded engravings including tissue-guarded frontispieces to each volume. Near fine in the scarce original dust jackets which are in near fine condition.
"It is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in": Original Life Magazine of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
New York: Life Magazine, 1956.
Original Life Magazine of Churchill’s classic history. Quarto, original illustrated wrappers. In near fine condition.
Complete in twenty-six parts, issued “fortnightly”. Octavo, 26 volumes, illustrated. In near fine condition. The collection is housed in two half morocco clamshell boxes made by Asprey. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in this condition.
Rare Military COMMISSION SIGNED BY PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND Secretary of the War Edwin M. Stanton; with an additional appointment letter signed by Stanton
July 5, 1862.
Rare military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President July 5, 1862 and countersigned by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original blue paper seal, the commission appoints Edward G. Beckwith as Additional Aide-de-Camp with the rank of Colonel. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 21 inches. Accompanied by a later appointment letter dated August 1, 1865 on Stanton’s War Department letterhead appointing Beckwith “for distinguished services in the Subsistence Department during the War, a Lieutenant Colonel by Brevet” and singed by Stanton at the conclusion. With the original transmittal envelope. Edward Griffin Beckwith served in the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War, and played a large role in the Pacific Railroad Survey from 1853 to 1857. The First Transcontinental Railroad followed his recommended route. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Sculptural bronze bust of the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, signed by the artist, Jo Davidson. Throughout his career, American sculptor Jo Davidson was commissioned to sculpt realistic, intense portrait busts and statues of an array of political and literary figures including Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, Gertrude Stein, Helen Keller, Gandhi, Walt Whitman , Carl Sandburg, John D. Rockefeller, and perhaps his greatest patron, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Davidson did not require his subjects to formally pose for him; rather, he observed and spoke with them. Mounted on a white marble mount, the entire piece measures 9 inches in height. In near fine condition.