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"I have numerous readers among farmers and workers. They make India. Their poverty is India's curse and crime. Their prosperity alone can make India a country fit to live in:" Second Series of Mohandas K. Gandhi's Young India; signed and dated by him
New York: The Viking Press, 1927.
First edition of the second series of the writings of Gandhi. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by Gandhi on the front free endpaper, “MK Gandhi 3:4:29.” Gandhi founded and published the weekly periodical in English, Young India, from 1919 to 1931 to spread the philosophy and principles of the Satyagraha Movement and urge readers to participate in it. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and in this condition.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 95311
"A Good public Servant Becomes so at a high cost of personal sacrifice": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts Classic Work You Learn By Living; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1960.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s classic work on how to discover life’s lessons. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Name on the half-title page, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Dr. David Gurewitsch. Rare signed, as Roosevelt passed away in 1962.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 52032
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1960.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s classic work on how to discover life’s lessons. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Near fine with a previous inscription to the half-title page in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 50001
Rare Signed Photograph of The Members of The World War Debt Commission and Belgian Commission; Including Herbert Hoover and Andrew Mellon
Signed photograph of the members of The World War Foreign Debt Commission and the Belgian Commission. Signed below by each member, including Herbert Hoover (Secretary of Commerce and future President of the United States), Andrew W. Mellon (Secretary of the Treasury), Frank B. Kellogg (Secretary of State and 1929 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize), Reed Smoot (United States Senator and co-sponsor of the 1930 Smoot–Hawley Tariff Act), Theodore E. Burton (United States Senator from Ohio), Charles R. Crisp, Richard Olney, Edward N. Hurley, Garrard B. Winston, Arthur N. Young and F.G. Blair of the Debt Commission. Also signed by Emile de Cartier, Emile Francqui, Felicien Cattier, Georges Theunis, Robert Silvercruys and Andrew Terlinden of the Belgian Commission. In near fine condition. Matted and framed, which measures 14 inches by 15 inches. Rare.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 21058
Limited edition engraving by artist Frederick Reynolds, signed by both the artist and Woodrow Wilson, one of 300 numbered. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 24 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 29015
"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
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
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
Black and White Rotary Photograph of Winston Churchill, while he was the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Boldly Signed “Winston S. Churchill.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very handsome presentation.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 99834
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill taken in 1920 by Edward Russell of Russell and Sons, boldly signed “Winston S. Churchill, 1921.” In February 1921, Churchill was appointed by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as Secretary of State for the Colonies, during which time he was a signatory to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that established the Irish Free State. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 21 inches by 17 inches. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 102875
"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
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
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
"you must not hate your friends more than you hate your enemies”: Winston and Clementine Churchill and Anthony Eden Signed Guestbook
Guest book page signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and his wife, Clementine Churchill. Additionally signed by Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his first wife Beatrice Beckett, Mary Spenser-Churchill (the youngest of the five Churchill children), and Walter Kirke, the Commander in Chief of the British Home Forces during the Second World War. The signatures were obtained at an ice hockey match in which all six were in attendance at the Empire Pool and Sports Arena in London on Februray 24th 1940. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 24 inches. Rare and desirable signed by the Churchill’s and Anthony Eden.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 33022
Winston Churchill’s War Speeches: Into Battle, The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, Secret Session Speeches.
London: Cassell and Company, 1941-46.
First editions of each volume in Churchill’s famed wartime speech series. Octavo, seven volumes bound into three in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt. In fine condition.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 115052
"Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day": First Edition of Winston Churchill: A Passion For Painting; signed by Edwina Sandys
Virginia Beach: The Donning Company Publishers, 2015.
First edition of this volume exploring Churchill’s most beloved pastime by his granddaughter, Edwina Sandys. Quarto, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Edwina Sandys on the title page. In fine condition.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 117747
"We are at war, and we are going to make war": Rare first edition pamphlet of Excerpts from Winston S. Churchill's Wartime Speeches
Winston Churchill Prime Minister: A Selection From Speeches Made by Winston Churchill During the Four Years that Britain has Been at War.
New York : British Information Services, 1942.
First edition of this illustrated compendium of excerpts from Winston S. Churchill’s famed wartime speeches. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued, each spread features a black and white photograph of Churchill accompanied by a quote from his WWII speeches and broadcasts. In near fine condition.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 90387
"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
“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever": Rare original White House card Signed by President William Howard Taft
Rare original White House card inscribed by President William Howard Taft, “For Robert H. Schutz of Hartford, with best wishes, Wm. H. Taft, Feb 21st, 1913.” Double matted and framed with a medallion of Taft by Barber. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 9 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 96012
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1962.
First edition of this work by Senator Goldwater. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Barry Goldwater on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
Price: $70.00 Item Number: 103493