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"Sir Winston Churchill the painter has always been true to his artistic self": Rare original 1959 Royal Academy of Arts exhibition catalog; singed by Sir Winston S. Churchill
London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1959.
Rare original catalogue from Winston Churchill’s 1959 painting exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, signed by him. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with black-and-white and full-color plates. Signed by Winston S. Churchill on the title page. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 120887
First edition of Southern Generals, Who They Are, and What They Have Done; with engraved portraits of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, James Longstreet, and many others
London: Sampson Low, Son & Marston, 1865.
Rare first edition of this work on the Southern Generals of the American Civil War, attributed to William Parker Snow. Octavo, original cloth , illustrated with tissue-guarded engraved portraits of each featured General including frontispiece of Robert E. Lee. In near fine condition.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 121599
"Who was always there all the way for his Country & his President from his friend": Signed limited first Edition of The Vantage Point and additionally inscribed by him to Friend and businessman Abe Feinberg
New York : Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1971.
Signed limited first edition of President Johnson’s autobiography, one of 300 copies, this is number 61. Octavo, original red cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 72 pages of photographs. Signed by Lyndon Baines Johnson. Additionally inscribed by Johnson in the year of publication on the dedication page, “To Abe Feinberg who was always there all the way for his Country & his President from his friend Lyndon B. Johnson LBJ Ranch ‘Xmas ’71.” The recipient Abraham Feinberg was a successful businessman with investments and businesses in New York and Israel. A supporter of Jewish causes, Feinberg is regarded as having been instrumental in the establishment of the state of Israel. As the president of Haganah, the Zionist military movement, he helped mobilize support for Israel. He offered his home to Zionist leaders who were trying to gain support of the U.S. government and assisted European Jews seeking refuge. He even accompanied Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, to his first meeting with President Harry Truman. Active in American politics, Feinberg worked informally with the U.S. and Israeli governments during Middle East crises, led many Democratic fundraisers and served as a confidant to Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. There was hardly a Jewish cause to which he did not contribute. In near fine condition. An exceptional association.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120772
Rare first edition of S. Putnam Waldo's Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution
Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution, Between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain; Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to other Distinguished Characters.
Hartford: Published by Silas Andrus, 1823.
First edition of Putnam’s work dedicated to American naval heroes of the Revolutionary War including James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown. Rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120635
Early 20th century United States Army Citation signed by General John J. Pershing. One page, partially printed, the citation awards Lieut. Colonel Arthur A. Tasker for “exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as Colonel Officer of the Base Hospital A09 France”. Dated April 19, 1919 and signed by General John J. Pershing.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 120411
"We the people...": Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States bound with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States
The Constitution of the United States of America with A Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States.
New London: Printed by Samuel Green, 1798-1799.
Rare 1799 printing of the Constitution of the United States of America bound with a Journal of the Proceedings of the Third Session of the Fifth Congress of the United States. Octavo, original boards, rebacked. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 120460
Cincinatti: Columbia University Alumni Club of Cincinatti, 1949.
Rare Columbia University Alumni Banquet program signed by the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Large octavo, the program was printed for the Regional Columbia University Alumni Banquet held at the Netherland Plaza Hotel on November 22, 1949. Signed by Eisenhower on the front panel of the program. Eisenhower served as president of Columbia University after World War II, a position he held from 1948 to 1953. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 121022
Rare Imperial Decree boldly signed by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Two pages, partially printed in Italian, the decree outlines a proposal for the construction of a bridge over the Sesia River in Vercelli, to be financed by the Kingdom of Italy as part of Napoleon’s civic improvement plan initiated during his administration of Ital. Dated April 12, 1809, the decree reads in part, “Napoleon, by the grace of God & by the Constitution, French Emperor, King of Italy, Protector of the Rhine Confederation, have decreed and decree what follows: Art. 1. Our Kingdom of Italy will contribute the certain sum of 150,000 lire to the expense of building the Vercelli bridge on the Sesia. Art. 2. The payment will be made in installments at the rate of 50,000 lire per year starting from the current year. Art. 3. This expense will be carried into the budget of the Minister of the Interior, and to the head of the extraordinary works of water and roads. Art. 4. The Minister of the Interior is in charge of the execution of this decree. Given at our Imperial Palace of the Tuileries this day April 12, 1809″. Signed by Napoleon Bonaparte at the conclusion the decree, “Napole”. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Napoleon. The entire piece measures 31.5 inches by 21.25 inches.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120531
"Already has every American wept; already have the sad funeral processions moved; and already have the virtues and the services of Washington been celebrated from the pulpit": Rare first edition of William Linn's A Funeral Eulogy, Occasioned by the Death of General Washington
A Funeral Eulogy, Occasioned by the Death of General Washington. Delivered February 22d, 1800, Before the New-York State Society of the Cincinnati.
New York: Printed by Isaac Collins, 1800.
Rare first edition of American Presbyterian minister William Linn’s Funeral Eulogy delivered before the New York State Society of the Cincinnati upon the death of President George Washington. Octavo, disbound. William Linn was the second President of Queen’s College (now Rutgers University), serving in a pro tempore capacity from 1791 to 1795. He was also the first Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives and an outspoken Federalist. In near fine condition. Small inscription.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 120490
Original White House Engraving signed by first ladies Bess Wallace Truman, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush
Bureau of Engraving and Printing , .
Signatures of eleven First Ladies from Bess Truman through Laura Bush on a White House engraving. The signatures includes, Bess Wallace Truman, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Laura Bush. The piece measures 8 inches by 6 inches. In fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120573
First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. H.O. Wilson In appreciation for your great support Martin Luther King Jr.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $17,500.00 Item Number: 120468
“The law is whatever is successfully argued and plausibly maintained": First Edition of Alexander Hamilton; Signed by Ron Chernow
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.
First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Ron Chernow on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 120901
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979.
First edition of this moving tribute by Peres of the founding fathers of Israel. Octavo, original cloth, with eight line drawings. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Kappy and Eric- With high regards and many thanks Shimon 2.11.79.” The recipients, Kappy and Eric Flanders were friends of Peres and well-known for their philanthropy. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Translated by Philip Simpson.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 64047
New York: 2 April 1799.
Rare autographed letter signed by Alexander Hamilton to John Murray, John Thurston, and Benjamin Strong, notifying them of whom he intends to pay for the unpaid mortgage on a plot of land purchased by Hamilton, unless they file a claim within four days. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 120624
Portrait of Winston Churchill, boldly signed by him, “Winston S Churchill” on the mount. In near fine condition. The photograph measures 4 inches by 3.2 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 7 inches by 5 inches. With the backstamp of Vivienne 20th Century Studios Ltd. of Piccadilly, London on the verso. In near fine condition. A very nice presentation.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 120755
Marietta: Top Shelf Productions, 2015.
First edition of the second book in John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March trilogy. Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John Lewis on the half-title page, “To Thom Thank you. John Lewis” and signed by Andrew Aydin. In fine condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118963
Rare first edition of Paine's Letter Addressed to the Addressers, on the Late Proclamation; with four other early Paine titles
London: Printed for H.D. Symonds and Thomas Clio Rickman, 1792.
First edition of Paine’s fervent letter defending Rights of Man and calling forth the American Revolution. Disbound. With four other early printings of rare Paine titles, including: A Letter to the Earl of Shelburne, Now Marquis of Landsdowne, on His Speech July 10, 1782, Repsecting the Acknowledgement of American Independence (London: Printed for J. Ridgway, 1791); Two Letters to Lord Onslow, Lord Lieutenant of the County Surry: and One to Mr. Henry Dundas, Secretary of the State, On the Subject of the Late Excellent Proclamation (London: Printed for James Ridgway, 1792); and Prospects on the War and Paper Currency (London: Printed for James Ridgway, 1793); The Insufficiency of the Light of Nature Exemplified in the Vices and Depravity of the Heathen World. Including Some Strictures on Paine’s Age of Reason (London: Printed for John and Arthur Arch, 1797). In very good to near fine condition.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119556
New York: Little Brown and Company, 2011.
First edition of this memoir from Justice John Paul Stevens. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Kenneth and Sarah John Paul Stevens.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Allison J. Warner.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 120832
“Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
First edition of the 40th President of the United States’ memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jim and Shirley Earp- With Best Wishes Ronald Reagan June 7- ’91” and additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian counterpart to Reagan. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he hand wrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened. It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc. Rare and desirable signed by Reagan and Gorbachev.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 120940
Signed by eight justices, Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens
Washington, DC: 1973.
First edition of this work on the Burger Court. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by eight justices beneath their portraits accompanying their biographies. They include: Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens. 20 page pamphlet on the Supreme Court, published by them.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 120344
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995.
First edition of this work by the former Secretary of State. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “To Jeff Johnson James A Baker III 10/2/95.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by One Plus Studio. Written with Thomas M. DeFrank.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 116877
Signed Limited Edition of Margaret Thatcher's Statecraft: Strategies For A Changing World; Signed by Her and Mikhail Gorbachev
Norfolk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002.
Signed limited first edition of this work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Octavo, original full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, silk endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. In fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119659
Rare original manuscript letter in French signed by brothers and co-monarchs Napoleon Bonaparte and Joseph Bonaparte. Napoleon, in his role as French Emperor, has signed as “Np” near the center of the letter, while Joseph, in his role as King of Spain and the Indies, has signed as “Joseph” at lower left. Napoleon’s original command was directed from Paris on January 24, 1814, while the docket indicates that Joseph received the sum in question the same day. Ex-Good Speeds, per pencil notation from October 14, 1964 at top verso. Napoleon instructed François Roullet, Baron de la Bouillerie (1764-1833), to give 500,000 francs to his older brother Joseph. De la Bouillerie had served in various financial capacities dating from Napoleon’s earliest days as First Consul, including General Treasurer of the French crown after 1811. Translated in full, with unchanged spelling and punctuation: “Monsieur Baron Labouillerie, you will give to King Joseph five hundred thousand francs. You will attribute this payment to his appanage, as well as the one of 300,000 francs that was made to him previously. On this, I pray God keeps you in his holy care. Paris the 24 January 1814. In very good condition. The piece measures 7.25 inches by 7.875 inches.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 119537
Rare document signed by John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts. Boldly signed “John Hancock” on the upper left corner. Hancock‘s signature is an exceptional example. Countersigned by Secretary of the Commonwealth John Avery, Jr. as “John Avery jun Secy” at center bottom. Featuring a large paper seal showing a gorgeous impression of the Massachusetts state seal in the upper left corner. Massachusetts Governor Hancock appointed one “Joseph Green Gentleman” as “Captain of the thirteenth company, in the second Regiment and in the Ninth Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth comprehending the County of Berkshire.” Matted and displayed to the right of a G. Barrie & Sons print of Hancock after the original painting by John Singleton Copley, with accompanying engraved name plates. Not examined out of the frame. The size of the document is 15.5 inches by 12.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 28.5 inches by 19.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 119677
Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2006.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated throughout. Signed by Al Gore on the title page. In fine condition.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 120399
Address of President Coolidge at the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Phillips Academy; Signed by Him
Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1925.
First edition of this address given by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119479
Address of President Coolidge at the Memorial Exercises, Arlington National Cemetery; Signed by President Coolidge
Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1925.
First edition of this address given by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 119698
Address of President Coolidge before the Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Signed by Him
Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1925.
First edition of this address by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119470
"To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939" First Edition of Winston S. Churchill's Step By Step 1936-1939; Inscribed by Him to King Edward VIII in the month of publication
London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd, 1939.
First edition of this Churchill title, the last book he published before the outbreak of the Second World War. Octavo, specially bound for the Duke of Windsor by Lucie Weill in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles, crowned cipher of the Duke of Windsor on the lower label, with two maps. Association copy, inscribed by Winston S. Churchill to King Edward the VIII, on the page preceding the half-title page in the month of publication, “To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939.”
When Edward’s father ascended the throne as George V after the death of Edward VII, Edward the VIII automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay. He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester a month later on 23 June 1910, his 16th birthday. The lives of Edward and Churchill, first intersected at this time, when as Home Secretary, it fell to Churchill to read out the Letters Patent that invested the Prince with his new title during the ceremony at Caernarvon Castle. Predictably, Churchill found this a moving occasion, and thought “the little Prince looked & spoke as well as it was possible for anyone to do,” noting in a letter to Clementine that “he was a very nice boy—quite simply & terribly kept in order.” When Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty shortly after the investiture, he became a hero to the newly-installed Prince of Wales, who had been a naval cadet. Churchill’s vigorous emphasis on sea power appealed to the Prince, who wrote of Churchill: “He is a wonderful man and has a great power of work.” Writing to Clementine, Churchill indicated that he and the Prince “have made rather friends.”
Unfortunately, as he got older Edward’s womanizing and reckless behavior and attitudes put a strain on the relations between Churchill and himself for a time. When Edward’s father, George V died in early 1936 and Edward became king, his relationship with a married woman, Wallis Simpson, was known to those in power. When King Edward VIII chose to marry Simpson, Churchill, although he initially opposed any marriage between the King and Mrs. Simpson, felt a natural sympathy for the King, and believed that the solution was a morganatic marriage. Under this plan, Mrs. Simpson would become the Duchess of Cornwall but not Queen. The Cabinet, however, did not approve; neither did the Dominions. Churchill’s only hope then became that the King would see reason, accept his duty as Sovereign, and give up Mrs. Simpson, which Edward would not agree to. Churchill finally helped the King in writing his abdication speech. This book was given to Edward, now titled the Duke of Windsor while they were living abroad in France shortly before the beginning of World War 2. A wonderful association copy between the former Prime Minister and the former King of Great Britain. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box with the crowned cipher to the front panel.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 119578
London: Longmans, Green, 1900.
First edition of Churchill’s fourth book and personal record of his impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. Octavo, in original cloth, with three folding maps (one printed in color). In very good condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 119411
"Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other": First Edition of Memoirs of William T. Sherman
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1875.
First edition of this memoir from one of the most well regarded generals, “oft-consulted and much-quoted reminiscences … Sherman wrote as he fought; dynamically and bluntly” (Nevins II, 89). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, large folding map in rear endpaper pocket of Volume II. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 119179
New Dehli: Allied Publishers Private Limited , 1986.
First edition of this work by the Indian politician. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow politician Andrew Young, “To Mayor Andrew Young, a fellow citizen of the world. With warm personal regards Cornell Karan Singh 4 April 1986.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Kishore Gandhi. A nice association.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 119481
Rare color portrait of the royal family the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, boldly signed, “Elizabeth R, 1953” and “Philip.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.25 inches by 7 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 119918
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America": Inscribed By President Clinton Social Security Commissioner Shirley Chater
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1996.
First edition of this work by President Clinton. Octavo, original boards. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the half-title page, “To Shirley Chater with thanks Bill Clinton 9-10-96.” The recipient Shirley Chater served as President Clinton’s Social Security Commissioner. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robbin Schiff. A nice association.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 119736
"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, bound in cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 119758
First Murray's Imperial Library edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt IV
London: John Murray, 1910.
First Murray’s Imperial Library edition of Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations from drawings by Philip R. Goodwin and from photographs by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition including tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt and one of his big lions. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt’s great-grandson Theodore Roosevelt IV, “To my good friend Roger whose wonderful library arouses considerable envy rivaled only by that provoked by his extraordinary collection of art. Theodore Roosevelt IV.” Laid in is Theodore Roosevelt IV’s business card as managing director of Lehman Brothers which is also inscribed on the verso, “To my good friend Roger May our paths cross again in Africa. Ted Roosevelt IV.” Theodore Roosevelt V, commonly known as Theodore Roosevelt IV, is an investment banker and managing director at Barclays Capital Corporation as well as a prominent conservationist. His name suffix varies since President Roosevelt’s father was Theodore Roosevelt Sr., though the same-named son did not commonly use a “Jr” name suffix. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 119944
Signed Christmas and New Years Card From Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal Family
Royal Christmas card from 1966 with a photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward with a horse and carriage. Boldly signed above the image, “Elizabeth R. 1966” and “Philip.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 10 inches. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119940
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Reverend Gordon Scruton, “To my good friend, Rev. Scruton, in appreciation of your man kindnesses and great support during my Presidency. I am most grateful for all your help to my Family and to me. Warmest best wishes. Gerald R. Ford 8/3/79.” The recipient, Reverend Gordon Scruton was was ordained a deacon in 1971, a priest in 1972, and served as an assistant rector at St. Mark’s Church in Riverside, Rhode Island and at St. Paul’s Church in Kingston, Rhode Island in the mid-1970s. Scruton was rector of Grace Church in Dalton, Massachusetts from 1977 to 1981. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119904
"For Teddy Kollek who inspired this book and without whom 'A Will to Survive' would never have been written": First edition of A Will to Survive; warmly inscribed by John Philips to the mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kolleck who contributed the book's afterword
New York: The Dial Press/James Wade, 1977.
First edition of the renowned photojournalist’s remarkable portrait of the people of Israel. Quarto, original wrappers, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Foreword by Golda Meir. Afterword by Teddy Kollek. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to Teddy Kollek, who contributed the afterword, in the year of publication, “For Teddy Kollek who inspired this book and without whom ‘A Will to Survive’ would never have been written. With sincere best wishes John Phillips Jerusalem April.21.77.” The recipient, Teddy Kollek, was an Israeli politician who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993 and founded the Jerusalem Foundation which restored many important landmarks in Jerusalem including its major synagogues. Once referred to as “the greatest builder of Jerusalem since Herod,” Kollek essentially developed Jerusalem into a modern city after its reunification in 1967. In near fine condition. An exceptional association.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119901
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. George London from Eleanor Roosevelt.” The recipient George London was a concert and operatic bass-baritone. After performing widely with tenor Mario Lanza and soprano Frances Yeend as part of the Bel Canto Trio in 1947–48, London was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where he scored his first major success in 1949. In 1950, he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119172
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Master Sergeant Babb, “To MSG. Bradley W. Babb, with appreciation and best wishes. Gerald R. Ford. 9/19/79.” Additionally signed again on the next page by Gerald Ford. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119577
Rare House of Lords Doc. 20, Minutes of Proceedings, December 10, 1936, printing Edward VIII's "Instrument of Abdication" in which he officially renounces claim to the Throne
House of Lords Doc. 20, Minutes of Proceedings, December 10, 1936, Printing Edward VIII’s “Instrument of Abdication” in which he officially renounces claim to the Throne.
Rare extract from the printed Minutes and a singular moment in British royal history. “Abdication of Edward R. I.” in blue pencil at top right. Framed such that both sides of the document can be read, visible portion of the unfolded sheet measures 16 x 12.5 inches; frame measures 22.5 inches by 20 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119889
Signed Limited First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; In the Rare original dust jackets and Cardboard case
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Large octavo, two volumes, original three-quarter tan pigskin. One of only 500 copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, with fifty illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. Fine in the rare original dust jackets and original card slipcase, rubbed and lacking the upper panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, easily the nicest we have seen.
Price: $13,000.00 Item Number: 119125
Large photograph signed by Winston S. Churchill and co-signed by 43 others including Anthony Eden, Jan Smuts, Lord Beaverbrook and Clement Attlee
Large Photograph Signed Winston S. Churchill and Signed by 43 Other Leaders Including Anthony Eden, Jan Smuts, Lord Beaverbrook and Clement Attlee
London: May 1944.
Winston Churchill at the wartime meeting of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers, signed by him and 43 other world leaders. The 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, hosted by the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill between 1 and 16 May, brought together the heads of government from all the Dominions except Ireland and Newfoundland and was the first in a series of 17 such conferences which took place between 1944 and 1969 and arguably the most significant, having been convened in order to coordinate the Allied war effort. At the 1944 Conference, the assembled leaders agreed to support the Moscow Declaration and the Commonwealth contribution to the upcoming Operation Overlord was discussed. Among the international leaders whose signatures appear here are, the British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts, Lord Privy Seal Lord Beaverbrook, Indian Prime Minister Hari Singh and Deputy Prime Minister Clement Attlee. Photograph by Bassano, signed by him at the lower edge. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 30 inches by 20 inches. A unique piece of world history.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 119975
Rare signed signed by Queen Victoria on vellum, signed “Victoria R,” one page, 13 x 9, November 1, 1842. Queen Victoria appoints Archibald Richard Harene “to be Ensign in Our Ninety Seventh Regiment of Foot.” Signed at the head by Queen Victoria. The affixed paper seal and blue ribbon are present. In very good condition. Double matted and framed, the document measures 13 inches by 9 inches. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 16 inches.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119348
Document signed by Theodore Roosevelt as president, one page, dated, April 2, 1907. President Roosevelt appoints John N. Dersam as “Postmaster at McKeesport, in the County of Allegheny, State of Pennsylvania.” Signed at the conclusion by Theodore Roosevelt, and countersigned by Postmaster General George von L. Meyer. Gold foil seal remains affixed. In fine condition. Matted and framed with an engraved plaque and large color portrait. The document measures 16.25 inches by 14.75 inches. The entire piece measures 39 inches by 21 inches. In fine condition. An attractive presentation.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 119615
"THE ONLY MAN WHO NEVER MAKES MISTAKES IS THE MAN WHO NEVER DOES ANYTHING": Signed Limited First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Large octavo, two volumes, original three-quarter tan pigskin. One of only 500 copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, with fifty illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. In near fine condition.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119638
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who 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. In fine condition. A unique piece of Americana and with noted provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684
Rare photographic portrait of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón, signed and inscribed, “Para el Senor Kenneth H. Browne con afecto Eva Peron.” Double matted and framed. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119773
"I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them": First Edition of Looking Forward: An Autobiography; Signed by President George H.W. Bush
New York: Doubleday, 1987.
First edition of George H.W. Bush’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated. Boldly signed by George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph of David Valdez. Jacket typography by David Gatti.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 119198
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
Signed portrait of the renowned Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann and signed by the artist Harry S. Moskovitz in lower margin. Moskovitz was a celebrated portrait painter and graphic artist whose subjects included Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. The etching measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 21 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 1186448
"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
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
"Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society": Sonia Sotomayor's My Beloved World; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Early printing of Justice Sotomayor’s autobiography, which details the life of the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Octavo, original boards, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Signed by Sonia Sotomayor on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Mendelsund.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 119114