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"With gratitude and admiration 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, “To Ray Luhn with gratitude and admiration from his friend Lyndon B. Johnson.” Near fine in near fine dust jacket.
London: Richard Phillips by T. Gillet, 1804-07.
First English edition of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Octavo, five volumes. Finely bound in full morocco by Howell, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, Extra illustrated with 16 plates as called for, including three frontispieces, 12 maps, and a tail piece at the end of volume three, plus an additional two maps in volume three and an additional 39 plates interspersed throughout all volumes.
London: Richard Phillips by T. Gillet, 1804-07.
First English octavo edition of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Octavo, five volumes. Finely bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, frontispiece portrait, 2 folding plates, 10 folding maps, engraved vignette at end of volume III, a printed slip announcing volume V tipped-in at front of volume IV and another tipped-in at front of volume V. In near fine condition. A very nice presentation.
First edition of The Last Tsar; inscribed by Edvard Radzinsky to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who served as the associate editor for the book
New York: Doubleday, 1992.
First edition of Radzinsky’s biography of Nicholas II. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Associatation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To dear Jackie, who gave this book life—your friend, Edvard Radzinsky, 2 July 1992.” With Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate to the front pastedown. Kennedy served as associate editor for this book while at Doubleday, hence the warm inscription from Radzinsky. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“IN OUR QUEST FOR PEACE, WE SHOULD CONSTANTLY ASK OURSELVES WHAT WE SHOULD DO TO CREATE CONDITIONS IN WHICH PEACE CAN PROSPER”: FIRST EDITION OF THE LAST TREK: A NEW BEGINNING; INSCRIBED BY NOBEL LAUREATE F.W. DE KLERK
New York: MacMillan, 1998.
First American edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by F.W. De Klerk on the title page, “To ______ Best wishes F.W. De Klerk.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by both Bob Woodward and Alexander Butterfield on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"The establishment of peace on earth is a fundamental belief of universal Judaism with its principles of one universal God and one humanity": Rare type-written manuscript signed and hand-corrected by Palestine's first attorney general Norman Bentwich
Rare manuscript written by Mandatory Palestine’s first attorney general, British Zionist Norman Bentwich. 21 pages, type-written with copious corrections and revisions in Bentwich’s hand throughout, signed by Bentwich at the conclusion of the last page. Developed during his term as Chairman of the United Restitution Organization, the manuscript contains content and notes which would later be published as Bentwich’s 1959 book: The Religious Foundations of Internationalism; A Study in International Relations Through the Ages. Also included at the conclusion of the text is a list of suggested reading. In very good condition. A rare and desirable signed manuscript.
Government of the Dalai Lama, 1959.
First edition of this important document, which details the historical relationship between Tibet and China from the 7th century to the 1950s and presents arguments supporting Tibet’s claim for sovereignty. Octavo, original printed flexible board wrappers, with the title and date printed in red letters. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the front panel. Table of contents and 63 pages of text. In 1959 the Dalai Lama sought support from the U.S. and other nations to recognize their government in exile and to bring their case for Tibetan sovereignty and against Chinese aggression before the United Nations. It is necessary to distinguish between two 1959 publications under the same title. The more common (today) appears to be an octavo volume of 49 pages, which several sources attribute to the Central Electric Press in Delhi, India. [The British Library and Harvard University each has a copy in that smaller format; WorldCat details 10 locations of the 49 p. 8vo edition, under two OCLC numbers]. Our publication, a mimeographic duplication from a document produced on a typewriter, printed on rectos only of quarto sized sheets, has 63 leaves and an un-numbered first leaf [“Table of Contents”]. Technical limitations mean that our publication in quarto mimeographed format, is both more fragile by nature and less likely to have been issued in a large number of copies. Considering that the 14th Dalai Lama spent all but the first 90 days of 1959 residing in exile in Dharamshala, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India, it is likely that our publication was produced there. Historical Context: In 1959, within days of the rapidly devolving March uprising in Lhasa, the Dalai Lama and his retinue fled Tibet with the help of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. They crossed the border into India on 30 March 1959, and soon afterward, the Dalai Lama set up the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala, receiving support from the CIA including a personal annual stipend of $180,000 and other material support from at least 1959 until about 1974. (CIA support for the Government of the Dalai Lama in Exile and other potential Tibetan assets reportedly totalled about $1.7 million per annum). In April 1959 the Dalai Lama sent a message to the U.S. Government requesting that the U.S. formally recognize the Free Tibetan Government and that he encourage other nations to do so. Under Secretary of State C. Douglas Dillon advised President Eisenhower that the U.S. should “avoid taking any position which might encourage the Dalai Lama to seek international recognition.” Despite considerable U.S. covert support of the Tibetans’ efforts to oust the Chinese, the official U.S. position held that Tibet was an autonomous country under Chinese suzerainty. The State Department believed this position better served America’s broader foreign policy interest viz. China and India. In fact, the Eisenhower administration (both the State Department and the CIA) restrained the Tibetans from presenting their case against Chinese aggression, instead skirting the political issues and treading the softer line of human rights violations and cultural oppression. The Tibetans finally enlisted Ireland and Malaya to request “The Question of Tibet” to be added to the U.N. agenda for its 14th session. Consequently, the United Nations’ Resolution 1353 (XIV) on Tibet was passed in October 1959. This first U.N. resolution on Tibet did not address the sovereignty issue, but voiced their “grave concern at the continued violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of Tibetans” and calling for “respect of the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people and for their distinctive cultural and religious life.” For an interesting exposition of this era of Tibetan diplomacy, see “Tibet Issue at the UN: a case study in informal diplomacy, (1950-65)” by Kalzang Diki Bhutia. Either directly or indirectly, this publication was made possible by support from the CIA; it is a fascination sidelight of history that the official US government position was not in alignment with this text, and also, that no copy of our rare publication seems to have survived in any institutional library in the United States. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" First Edition of The Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown, 1995.
First American edition of the illustrated autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Quarto, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: The Viking Press, 1950.
First edition of this work regarding the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. With the complete text of Sara Delano Roosevelt’s Household Book.
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.
New York: Basic Books, 1997.
First edition of this “masterful synthesis of historical, geographical, and political analysis…. Geostrategic thinking in the grand tradition of Bismarck” (Samuel Huntington). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “and with best wishes Zbigniew Brzezinski.” Small name, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rick Pracher.
New York : William Morrow and Company, 1939.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Eleanor Roosevelt in the year of publication, “For Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt with every possible good wish John W, Wheeler-Bennett January 1939.” With Eleanor Roosevelt’s bookplate. One could imagine Roosevelt reading and gleaning from this instructive work regarding peace after the first World War, with the invasion of Sudetenland and subsequent letters from President Roosevelt to Hitler for peace and later The Yalta Conference. In near fine condition.
Fine Collection of Materials from the April 1996 Sotheby's Auction of the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
New York: Sotheby's, 1996.
Fine collection of materials from the April 1996 Sotheby’s Auction of the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Materials include the original 584-page auction catalog featuring full color photographs, four addendums and a list of properties with abbreviated descriptions, two commemorative books chronicling the auction with photographs, invoices and auction results, original bidder panels and forms. A nice collection.
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1960.
First edition of Robert Kennedy’s compelling account of one of the most famous, consummate, and effective Senate investigations in modern Congressional history. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Ann King With appreciation and best wishes Robert Kennedy.” The recipient Anne King was the governess at the Kennedy’s estate, Hickory Hill. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Arthur Krock. An exceptional association.
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't": First Edition of The Downing Street Years; Signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev
London: HarperCollins, 1993.
First edition of Thatcher’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.