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"One of the FINEST EXAMPLES OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN ENGRAVINGS": Official George Casilear U.S. Treasury Department Engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant; Signed and dated by Him
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Official Bureau of Engraving & Printing U.S. Treasury Department engraved portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant by George W. Casilear. Boldly signed “U.S. Grant.” The brother of landscape painter John William Casilear, George W. Casilear was an early and nationally recognized security engraver. He held several important patents to features including tamper-proof ink, printing techniques and paper. In consideration of the aesthetic needs of the Treasury for both widespread reproduction of these images on banknotes and well as the fine detail required to distinguish counterfeiting, the engravings are considered among the finest American examples of 19th century. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10 inches by 9 inches. Engravings signed by Grant are rare, particularly by Casilear.
"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.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend of family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"one of the most remarkable books ever written": First Editions of Jawaharlal Nehru's Glimpses of History
Allahabad: Printed by M.N. Pandey 1934-35.
First editions of “one of the most remarkable books ever written” (The New York Times). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. In very good condition. Foreword by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. First editions are exceptionally rare.
"We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability": Rare Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion to Eliahu Eliachar
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. One page, text in Hebrew, addressed to Eliahu Eliachar, a notable Sephardic Zionist and Member of the Knesset, the letter reads in full, “Greetings, We don’t need separate political lists – not those of independent Yemenite or Sephardic political parties. Those lists can only distort/falsify the democratic process in our country and the process of integration as well. We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability. The only way to resolve it is to change our voting system from relative voting to local voting. With great respect D. Ben-Gurion.” One of Ben-Gurion’s most ambitious goals in the first years of statehood was the unrestricted absorption of entire communities of newly-arrived Middle Eastern and North African Jews into the Ashkenazi-dominated Israeli society. Hundreds of thousands of new immigrants fled the inhospitable environment rising in the Islamic countries between 1948 and 1954 in the wake of the burgeoning Arab-Israeli conflict, settling in the economically-ravaged war-torn state. Other European Jewish communities from Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland were also transplanted to the Jewish State where they were forced to reside in transit villages and immigrants camps and became involved in domestic political in-fighting and became vulnerable to enticements from anti-establishment political groupings. Ben-Gurion feared that the plethora of small political parties could potentially destabilize Israel’s precarious democracy and advocated for a radical change in Israels electoral system with a two-party governing system, as opposed to the European proportional representational system. Above all, Ben-Gurion advocated for the swift unification of the numerous ethnic groups and the creation of an integrated singular Israeli identity. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering a unique glimpse into the great leader’s political thought.
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": Signed Limited Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women; One of 250 Signed Numbered Copies
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company 1933.
Signed limited first edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book as first lady. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece. One of 250 signed copies by Eleanor Roosevelt, this is number 7. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty; Inscribed by Her to her Grandson
Dodge Publishing 1935.
First edition of this early work by the First Lady. Octavo, original orange cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Bill from his loving grandmere who is also the author Eleanor Roosevelt Xmas 1935.” The recipient was Roosevelt’s grandson William Donner Roosevelt, son of Elliot Roosevelt and grandson of the author Eleanor Roosevelt. A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty is one of the more uncommon books by Roosevelt, and one that is not often found signed or inscribed, especially with such a nice association. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr., “For Jean Bach With Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” The recipient Jean Bach was an activist, filmmaker and doyenne of New York Jazz. She was an important figure in New York Jazz circles, as well as a social activist and the director of the Oscar-winning film, A Great Day in Harlem. In fine condition. Double matted and framed opposite a print of King, Jr. A nice association.
"A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness": Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Appreciation Token Card and American Flag which traveled with him
Rare original token of gratitude card signed by the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, from the collection of his trusted military aid Robert Schulz. Measuring 4.25 by 2.5 inches with the Presidential Seal in gilt the card reads, ‘A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness’ signed, “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The card is displayed in a lucite block atop a wooden base with a silver medallion and button depicting Eisenhower and Konrad Adenauer. Accompanied by the miniature 49-star American flag which measures 11 inches in height mounted on a base bearing the text of the American Pledge of Allegiance that President Eisenhower took with him on all foreign trips between 1959 and 1960. With Schulz’s son note of provenance, “Oral history: My father told me that this flag went with Ike on all foreign trips.” The 49-star American flag was adopted on July 4, 1959 when Alaska joined the Union, and was replaced with the 50-star flag a year later upon Hawaii’s admittance to statehood. The present miniature flag traveled with Eisenhower during this period which included his August through September tour of Europe which brought him to West Germany, England, and France where he held conferences with Queen Elizabeth II, Charles de Gaulle, Harold Macmillan, and Konrad Adenauer. In near fine condition. A rare and unique piece of Americana.
“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power": Rare Signed Photograph of French General Charles De Gaulle
Rare original photograph of French general Charles de Gaulle in uniform. Signed by Charles de Gaulle in the upper left corner of the photograph which measures 6.75 inches by 9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 14.75 inches. Included is a handwritten autograph letter signed by Charles de Gaulle’s eldest son, Philippe de Gaulle who served as and French naval officer and senator on Marine Nationale letterhead in the original envelope. Additionally included is the original transmittal letter for the photograph signed by General de Gaulle’s secretary and dated November 25th, 1950. In fine condition. Rare and desirable and with noted provenance.
"With the affectionate regards of his old classmate": First Edition of Looking Forward; Warmly inscribed by FDR to his Classmate and Friend Henry Sedgewick
New York: The John Day Company 1933.
First edition of this early work by Franklin Roosevelt, written during his first term in office. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Henry R. Sedgwick with the affectionate regards of his old classmate Franklin D. Roosevelt The White House 1942.” Roosevelt and Sedgwick were classmates at Groton School and Harvard College. Laid in is a letter dated September 22nd, 1939 from Sedgwick to Roosevelt which is singed by the former and reads in part, “As an old fried and admirer…may I tell you that I was never more proud of being an American than after listening over the radio to your address yesterday to the Congress of the United States…It is my devout hope, as it must be that of most Americans, that Germany, in its lust for world domination and its record of lawlessness and disregards the teachings of Christianity will be defeated…” The letter refers to Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address given on Wednesday, January 4th 1939 in which, foreseeing WWII, he asserted, “In Reporting on the state of the nation, I have felt it necessary on previous occasions to advise the Congress of disturbance abroad and of the need of putting our own house in order in the face of storm signals from across the seas. As this Seventy-sixth Congress opens there is need for further warning. A war which threatened to envelop the world in flames has been averted; but it has become increasingly clear that world peace is not assured.” On September 1st, 1939 the Second World War began. Bookplate of the recipient, an excellent example in a very good dust jacket.
Signed by Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, Bryon White and Sandra Day O'Connor
Large photograph of the 1980’s Burger Court, signed by nine justices. The justices are Warren Burger, Byron R. White, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., William Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Additionally inscribed above the image by Burger, “For Donna De Young with best wishes Warren E. Burger.” Framed. The entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 17 inches. Rare and desirable. An attractive image of this important court which presided over a number of issues relating to equality and freedom.
"Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down this Wall": First Edition of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of the Great Communicator; Inscribed by Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
San Francisco: Collins Publishers 1995.
First edition of this compilation of speeches from the 40th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Reagan on the half-title page, “To Jeannie Happy Birthday and Best Wishes Always Ronald Reagan.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. Rare and desirable signed by these two heads of states.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press 1915.
First edition of this work by Taft, who is the only person to have presided over both the executive and judicial branches of the United States government. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by William Howard Taft on the front free endpaper. In fine condition.
"I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land": Rare Theodor Herzl Shana Tova Postcard and Embroidered Silk Handkerchief from the Second Zionist Congress
Rare 19th century Shana Tova postcard from the Second World Zionist Congress featuring a central portrait of Theodor Herzl flanked by other Zionist leaders Bernard Lazare, Max E. Mandelstamm, Theodor Gaster and Max Nordau. Below the portraits is a biblical verse in Hebrew from Ezekiel 37:21, “Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land” with images of a farmer in Eretz Israel and figures praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Paired with a rare silk handkerchief with floral embroidery and an engraved portrait of Herzl flanked by New Year’s greetings in Yiddish. Both items are in near fine condition. The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The handkerchief measures 10 inches by 10 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Judaica.