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"I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. It reads, “Sdeh. Boker, 28. 2. 70 Dear Mr. George P. Viegelmann, Jr. I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace. I am expressing a private view: I would be ready to give up a great Part of the areas which we hold since the six day war, if this would bring peace; by peace I mean friendship with our Arab neighbors and cooperation politically, economically and culturally, but perhaps only Russia can bring this about. I even doubt whether the American Gov. can achieve that. In the future there may be a change in Egypt. David Ben-Gurion.” This letter is a very unique piece of history, particularly in regards to Israeli-Arab relations and the study of peace in general. While publicly Ben-Gurion was the undoubted leader in Zionism, privately at the end of his life, he began to have other opinions. He desired peace even if it meant giving up land that they had fought to obtain. Ben-Gurion’s thoughts on peace in his latter years is corroborated by the recent documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. This movie features footage that was taken in 1968 and only recently discovered. In the footage he explains that Israel’s moral compass was inexorably tied to its treatment of the non-Jews living under its rule. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 16.5 inches.
Price: $16,000.00 Item Number: 82248
"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.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 104802
"I visited Burma in 1961. I met Prime Minister U Nu. We discussed Buddhism": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion regarding his 1961 visit to Burma
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. Addressed to Dr. Martin Rywell, editor of Listen Magazine published in Harriman, Tennessee, the letter reads, “Sdeh. Boker, 22.6.65 Dear Dr. Martin Rywell, Only the first part of the story you mention in your letter is true. I visited Burma in 1961. I met Prime Minister U Nu. We discussed Buddhism but the story about “a trick” is a pure invention. D. Ben-Gurion.” The letter refers to Ben Gurion’s two-week sojourn to Burma in 1961, which marked one of the longest official trips abroad for an Israeli prime minister. The first prime minister of Burma, known honorifically as U Nu, was a major figure among leaders of non-Western countries in the mid 20th century, many of which had opposed Israel’s establishment. In 1955, U Nu became the first foreign prime minister to visit the Jewish state, a highly significant act of support which encouraged a mutually beneficial relationship between the two young governments. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 15 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 95287
Rare autograph of diplomat, economist, and author who served as secretary general of the United Nations from 1953 until his death in a plane crash. Boldly signed “Dag Hammarskjold, 1 Februari 1960,” on a 3.5 inch by 2 inch card, which is affixed to a white 8.25 inch by 11.75 inch mount bearing an attached portrait of Hammarskjold. In fine condition.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 117232
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1948.
Signed limited first edition of General Eisenhower’s wartime memoirs. Thick octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, original acetate. Signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, number 299 of 1426 copies. Fine in the original acetate, which is in fine condition. Original slipcase in near fine condition with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 20089
"The Breath of an old-fashioned nosegay": First edition of the Crum Elbow Folks; lengthily inscribed by Sara D. Roosevelt
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1938.
First edition of Barnes’ classic tale of the small Quaker settlement of Crum Elbow with a foreword by Sara D. Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Sara D. Roosevelt on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Sept. 1938 For W. French Cyrus Paris – from Sara D. Roosevelt – This is a story of the ‘Friends’ who lived until lately in ‘Crum Elbow’ about a mile East from Hyde Park.” In very good condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 100315
London: Archibald Constable, 1916.
Octavo, bound in full dark blue morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun. Both the front and rear panels with a double gilt fillet border around an inner border incorporating ornamental cornerpieces, upper cover set with an oval portrait miniature of an actress under glass, within an ornamental gilt border, lower cover with panel border; raised bands, gilt lettered in two compartments, a repeated ornamental panel in the rest; board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and both endpapers of dark blue watered silk, all edges gilt. Extra-illustrated with 10 additional plates. In fine condition. Housed in a felt-lined modern cloth box.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 27030
"Let this be all thy care, To stand approved in sight of God, Though worlds should judge thee wrong": Collection of documents signed by President Grant and eight members of his administration
Collection of documents signed by President Grant and eight members of his presidential administration.
A collection of eleven letters and documents signed and hand-written by the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and eight members of his presidential administration. Contents include a printed warrant for the pardon of John and Jerome Whisonant who were held at the Albany Penitentiary in 1874 signed by Grant, an 1860 one page autograph letter signed by Secretary of the Treasury Lot M. Morrill discussing misappropriated funds, an autograph quotation in the hand of 17th Vice President Schuyler Colfax, “Let this be all thy care, To stand approved in sight of God, Though worlds should judge thee wrong. Schuyler Colfax Feb 8. 1873”, an 1865 autograph letter signed by 18th Vice President Henry Wilson to President Johnson, and 1873 autograph note signed by Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont, a clipped signature by Postmaster General James W. Marshall, an 1875 autograph letter signed on Depart of the Interior letterhead by Secretary of the Interior Zachariah Chandler to Gent. Adam Badeau with a second clipped signature, an 1867 autograph note signed by Secretary of the Treasury George S. Boutwell, and an 1891 autograph letter signed by Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin Bristow. An exceptional collection.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 73063
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.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 3553
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 116299
Surrey, England: Foreign Affairs Publishing Company, 1983.
First edition of Chile: The Crime of Resistance. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page to Henry Kissingers, “A Henri Kissingers Secretaire d’Etat hommage respectueux, Suzanne Labin le Paris 12.3.83.” A nice association linking Labin, a provocative anti-Communist French analyst and Kissinger, a pro-Pinochet supporter. Labin portrays a Chile that vindicates Kissinger’s policies — Allende was the oppressor and Pinochet a beacon of progress according to Labin.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 5310
Program for the inauguration ceremony of Bill Clinton and Al Gore; Signed by Both William Rehnquist and Byron White
Program for the inauguration ceremony of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Signed by both Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Byron White. Rehnquist had administered the oath of office to Bill Clinton, and White had administered the oath of office to Al Gore. First Day Cancellation stamp dated January 20, 1993. It measures 6 inches by 8.75 inches. Uncommon signed.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 48065
Rare Republic of China official card signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. One page with the embossed symbol of the White Sun. Signed in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 117483
Rare Miniature Charter of American Liberty; containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington's Farewell Address and the Emancipation Proclamation
Charter of American Liberty. [Containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Farewell Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the History of the American Flag].
Boston: Taggard & Thompson, 1865.
Rare miniature Charter of American Liberty; containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Farewell Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the history of the American Flag. 16mo, original cloth with gilt titles to the front panel, yellow endpapers, frontispiece portrait of George Washington and several illustrations within the text including a portrait of Lincoln. In good condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 118977
“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so": Rare Honorary Dinner Program; Signed by French General Charles de Gaulle
Rare original dinner program from the Honorary Dinner For His Excellency General Charles de Gaulle held in New York City on April 26th, 1960, boldly signed by him. Quarto, 8 pages, string bound. Signed by Charles de Gaulle on the front cover of the program. The program includes listings of the presidents, officers, directors, and honorary members of the Alliance Francaise de New York, American Society of the French Legion of Honor, and The France-America Society. In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed by General de Gaulle.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 92469
First Edition of Chained Together:: Mandela, De Klerk, and the Struggle to Remake South Africa; Signed by Both Nobel Laureates
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1993.
First edition of the first account of the unlikely political relationship between Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by both Mandela and de Klerk, “Hurray To David Ottaway, Compliments and best wishes to Claude. NMandela / 14.2.94.” Additionally signed “To Claude / F.W. deKlerk / 18.2.94.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robbin Schiff. Jacket photograph by Louise Gubb.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 97643
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
Power without a nation's confidence is nothing": Document Boldly Signed by Russia's Longest-Ruling Female Leader Catherine the Great
Document in Cyrillic, boldly signed by Catherine the Great “Ekaterina.” Renewal of an appointment for Lieutenant General Otto von Derfelden dated 1784. Double-matted with an image of Catherine
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 98658
Photograph of Calvin Coolidge by Harris & Ewing. Inscribed in the lower border, “To Mrs. David H. Blair, With Regards, Calvin Coolidge.” Blindstamped in the lower left by Harris & Ewing. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 19.5 inches.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 82501
Photograph of Calvin Coolidge by Harris & Ewing. Inscribed in the lower border, “To Frederick I. Cox, With regards, Calvin Coolidge.” Blindstamped in the lower left by Harris & Ewing. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 20.25 inches.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 43071
"That those who live in California may Appreciate Their State More": First edition of California Addresses by President Roosevelt
San Francisco: The California Promotion Committee, 1903.
First edition of this collection of speeches delivered by President Theodore Roosevelt throughout California. Octavo, original half cloth with paper title label to the front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. In excellent condition.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 104590
"That those who live in California may Appreciate Their State More": First edition of California Addresses by President Roosevelt
San Francisco: The California Promotion Committee, 1903.
First edition of this collection of speeches delivered by President Theodore Roosevelt throughout California. Octavo, original half cloth with paper title label to the front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. In near fine condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 109733
"My name is Charles Frederick Bush, C. Fred for short": First edition of White House Dog C. Fred's Story; Inscribed by both Barbara and George Bush
New York: Doubleday, 1984.
First edition of First Lady Barbara Bush’s children’s book about the adventures of White House dog C. Fred Bush. Large octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs throughout. Inscribed by Barbara Bush, “To Edna Pryn – With love and affection to a dear friend – Warmly – Barbara Bush” and President George Bush, “With love, George Bush,” and with a paw print stamp in the likeness of C. Fred’s paw. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust Jacket design by David Gatti. Jacket photograph by Cynthia Johnson.
Price: $800.00 Item Number: 82391
Rare Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court Ruling Document Page; signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens
Washington, D.C: Supreme Court of the United States, December 12, 2000.
Rare first page from the Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court ruling signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens. One page, printed. Double matted. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12.5 inches. Desirable signed by cultural and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 118035
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1997.
First edition of Michael Bloomberg’s hard-hitting autobiography. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “For Rona Freedland Hope you enjoy this book, Mike Bloomberg.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Nuart, Inc. Jacket photographs by Gregory Heisler.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 110923
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
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost": Photograph of Billy Graham; Signed by Him
Black and white photograph of Evangelist Billy Graham, boldly signed on the mount by him, “God Bless Billy Graham.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 62377
Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains. Comprising “Hunting Trips of a Ranchman” and “The Wilderness Hunter.”
New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; The Knickerbocker Press, 1899.
Signed limited first edition, number 908 of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait. Thick quarto, bound in cloth, brown morocco labels, top edge gilt, 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford, Sanford and other well-known artists. Contemporary names, small repair, in near fine condition.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 89784
Color photograph of Big Ben Tower, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major and Tony Blair. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.25 inches by 16.25 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 73058
New York : Doubleday, 1987.
Early printing of the first lady’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Betty Ford on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Gatti.
Price: $40.00 Item Number: 76338
New York : Doubleday, 1987.
First edition of the first lady’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Betty Ford on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Gatti.
Price: $65.00 Item Number: 44005
A portrait of Bernard Baruch signed to humorist Harry Hershfield. It reads, “For Harry Hershfield who radiates sunshine and good feeling wherever he goes with appreciation and best wishes from one who has basked in that sunshine BM Baruch 1952.” Hershfield was an American cartoonist, humor writer and radio personality. He was known as “the Jewish Will Rogers”. He also was a columnist for the New York Daily Mirror. His books include Laugh Louder, Live Longer and Now I’ll Tell One. As a comics artist he is best remembered for his newspaper comic Abie the Agent. The image measures 7.75 inches by 10.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 18.5 inches. A nice association, uncommon with such a warm inscription.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 71053
First Edition of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being For The Most Part Contributions Based Upon "The Century War Series"
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being For The Most Part Contributions Based Upon “The Century War Series.”
New York: The Century Co, 1887.
First edition of this collection of articles contributed by both Union and Confederate officers which originally appeared in The Century Magazine, containing four papers from Ulysses S. Grant which were later adapted into his “Personal Memoirs.” Quarto, four volumes bound in full leather with gilt titles to the spine, blind-stamping and raised bands, marbled endpapers and all edges marbled, profusely illustrated with engravings, portraits, and maps. In near fine condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 122056
"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family": First Edition of Barbara Bush's Memoir; Signed by Her
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.
First edition of the first lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barbara Bush. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow.
Price: $95.00 Item Number: 45676
“THEY GAVE ME ABOUT FIVE OR TEN GALLONS OF ANTIBIOTICS…BUT THEY JUST COULDN’T KILL ME”: FIVE PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM HARRY TRUMAN TOSECRETARY OF STATE DEAN ACHESON
Kansas City, Missouri: 1954.
Autograph letter signed by Harry S. Truman to Dean Acheson. Five pages, with 2 page transcription of Acheson’s 19 October response Truman recounts his near death from an infected gall bladder that required emergency, life-saving surgery, and reflects on his changing popular reputation. “Went to our outdoor theater [on June 19] in Swope Park to see ‘Call Me Madam,’ which I’ve never seen (and don’t want to).” Truman, in fact, was going to appear in a cameo at the end of the play. But he never made it. While waiting to come on “A pain overtook me which I couldn’t stop with all the will power I could exercise and the ‘Boss’ drove me home.” Admitted into the hospital, the “Doc told me that the white corpuscles were increasing at the rate of 1000 an hour and that a little butchering would be necessary. I wrote a codicil to my will and went out – I mean out. They gave me about five or ten gallons of anti-biotics by sticking needles in veins. But they just couldn’t kill me.” His wife Bess “says I’m worse than a Bridge Club Lady—talk about my operation and bore people to death.” He also talks about the difficult task of getting his memoirs published, with an impatient publisher waiting for the promised 300,000 words by the spring of 1954. But the hospital was flooded with flowers during his convalescence and Truman was touched by the genuine concerns expressed for “this still controversial former President.” No one, he tells Acheson, “knew the travails of what we went through in those years from Apr. 12, 1945 to Jan. 20, 1953 as did you, Gen. Marshall, [Treasury Secretary] John Snyder and [Secretary of Agriculture] Charlie Brannan.” A lengthy, revealing letter about Truman’s near death experience.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 7271
New York: Richardson, Steirman and Black, 1988.
First edition of this collection of historic speeches by the Nobel Peace Prize-winner. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Mikhail Gorbachev on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Barbara Huntley.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119354
"Neither a wise man or a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him": FIRST EDITION OF AT EASE, INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT EISENHOWER
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1967.
First edition of Eisenhower’s final book of memoirs. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Mrs. Isabella James with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Patricia Saville Voehl.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 111643
Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State College Press, 1954.
First edition of “Ding” Darling’s editorial cartoons regarding President Hoover. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hoover on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. and Mrs. Ken Browne the good wishes of Herbert Hoover.” Additionally inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To the Ken Brownes With warm appreciation of friendship and kindred association over many years to you and all those who like Hoover hold high respect for the responsibilities of good citizenship in practice as well as idealism. Sincerely Jay N. Darling Ding.” Edited by John M. Henry. Introduction by W.W. Waymack. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 102472
Rare First edition of Around the World with General Grant; with an Autograph Document Signed by Ulysses S. Grant
New York City: The American News Company, 1879.
First edition of Young’s illustrated narrative of Grant’s international travel, with an original document signed by Ulysses S. Grant as President. Quartos, two volumes bound in three quarters morocco over pebbled leatherette boards, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of grant, illustrated with engravings both full page and within the text. In near fine condition. One page, partially printed, the document reads, “I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of Harris Fisher and Henry Goldstein, dated this day and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant. “U.S. Grant” Washington 23 Nov. 1874.” In fine condition. The document measures 10 inches by 7.75 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100138
Arms and the Covenant. Speeches by The Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.
London: George G. Harrap, 1938.
First edition of this collection of speeches, signed by Churchill’s son Randolph who was the editor of this volume. Octavo, original cloth, photographic frontispiece of Churchill. Signed on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Randolph S. Churchill.” In near fine condition.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 115632
Color photograph signed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “God bless you Desmond Tutu 10.12.98.” The photograph measures 5.75 by 4.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 112961
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
Uncorrected proof of the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original wrappers. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. This is the first example we have seen, as only a few examples would have been produced for limited in-house production. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 111575
"This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
First edition, early printing with the same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 24002
Washington: May 1, 1866.
Rare Naval commission signed by Andrew Johnson as President of the United States. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original orange paper seal, the document is dated May 1, 1866 and appoints Leonard Paulding as Commander in the United States Navy. Signed at the conclusion by Andrew Johnson and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Leonard Paulding served in the U.S. Navy from 1840 to 1867. Beginning as a midshipman abroad the USS Preble II, he was promoted to an officer on September 14, 1855 and subsequently to commander with the present document. In near fine condition. Matted. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 20 inches.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 101491
Original patent executed and signed by Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. Two folio vellum leaves. Engraved vignette header, embossed paper seal with ribbons, ribbon bound. Signed by President Andrew Jackson on April 3rd 1835. Countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsythe and Attorney General Benjamin F. Butler. The patent is issued to “Elisha Holton, a citizen of the United States, who hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the construction of a grist mill.” The second page contains a lengthy hand-written description of the construction and design of the grist mill signed by Holton on the verso. Also bound in is an original hand-colored technical drawing of the grist mill. In fine condition. The entire document measures 15 inches by 11.5 inches. Uncommon. Rare and desirable in this condition and format.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 89149
December 6, 1830.
Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Elijah Hayward. One page partially printed on vellum the document is dated November 11, 1830 and officially grants Scott Riggs a 72-acre land parcel in Springfield, Illinois. Signed at the conclusion “Andrew Jackson” and “Elijah Hayward” with the white paper paper seal to the lower left corner. In very good condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 by 13.5 inches.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 104206
December 6, 1830.
Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President. One page, dated December 6, 1830, the document grants a parcel of land in Merion County, Ohio to Daniel Musser and reads in part, “To all whom these presents shall come greeting whereas Daniel Musser of Marion County, Ohio has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a certificate of the Register of the Land Office…whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Daniel Musser according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820 entitled ‘An act making further provision for the side of the Public Lands'”. Signed by Andrew Jackson and countersigned by Elijah Haywood, Commissioner of the General Land Office. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 16.5 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 101483
Rare Partially Printed Document Signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State
January 19, 1830.
Rare military document signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State. One page, partially printed on vellum, the document measures 10.5 inches by 5 inches. Countersigned by David Henshaw as Collector for the District of Boston and Charleston. In very good condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 116914
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
“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
New York: Scribners, 1999.
First edition of George H. W. Bush’s life and letters. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by both George Bush and his chief of staff John Sununu on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fontana. Jacket photograph by Alexanders of Houston.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 100097
“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
New York: 2 April 1799.
Rare autograph letter signed by Alexander Hamilton to the trustees of Isaac Riley, notifying them of the manner in which he will submit a mortgage payment despite Riley’s imprisonment. One page, folio, dated 2 April 1799, the letter reads, “I am informed that You are Assignees of Isaac Riley under the Insolvent Act. Some time since I purchased of Isaac Riley Eight lots in the Outward upon which as he then informed me there was a mortgage to Ebenezer Young for Two hundred & forty pounds which was deducted out of the purchase money & left to be paid by me pursuant to the Tenor of that mortgage. It appears that this mortgage was not recorded till within a fortnight past. In my opinion This will not defeat the right of Mr. Young’s Representations to receive payment from me in preference to the Trustees. But I have thought it right nevertheless to mention the affair to you. If I do not within four days from the date of this letter, being the second of April, receive notice of a claim from the Trustees with the assurance of an Indemnification… I shall act as if no such claim was intended to be made.” The Insolvent Act Hamilton here refers to was passed into law one day prior to this letter in New York State as “An Act to amend the Act entitled an Act for the relief of Debtors with respect to the Imprisonment of their Persons” and allowed a debtor lawfully imprisoned by his creditors to be liberated. In near fine condition. The entire piece measures 24 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 120624
Large Lithograph of Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Albert Schweitzer; Signed by Him and Artist William Sharp
Signed by the artist William Sharp in pencil. Inscribed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, “A Mr John Zuber avec mes bonnes pensees Albert Schweitzer. Lambarene 13. Juin 1960.” The translation reads, “To Mr John Zuber with my good wishes Albert Schweitzer Lambarene 13th June 1960.” Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa. The lithograph measures 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 22.5 inches. A unique piece, rare and desirable.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 41060
"Fight has never been and is not now a fight for conquest of land, for accumulation of wealth or domination of peoples, but for the recognition and preservation of the rights of man and the establishment of a truly free world for a free people": Exceedingly Scarce Signed Photograph of Albert Luthuli
Black and white photograph of Albert Lutuli, the first African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Signed twice by him and dated by him 2/11/1961. The portrait shows Luthuli holding the telegram which announced his award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. The reverse of the photograph is rubber stamped “Copyright Photograph supplied by The Natal Mercury, Devonshire Place, Durban”. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 81123
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 51046
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 72091
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 62035
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
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 98470