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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.
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.
Black and white photograph of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman, signed by each below the photograph. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 12 inches. Rare and desirable.
"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.
Large black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him, “D. Ben Gurion Jerusalem 7.10.59.” The photograph measures 13 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 15 inches. In near fine condition. This is the largest signed photograph we have seen of Ben-Gurion.
Color photograph taken at the opening ceremony of The Richard Nixon Library in July 1990 by Time Magazine’s White House photographer Diana Walker. Walker has signed and inscribed the image in ink in the upper margin, the lower margin is signed and dated by each of the four Presidents (Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George Bush while in office). This images was published in Time Magazine at the time of the ceremony and is used as the image opposite the title page in Walker’s book Public & Private: Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency. Comes with a copy of the book. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 15 inches.
“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.
Color photograph of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. Signed by each President below their likeness. A striking image with the Presidents flanked by an American flag on either side. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17.5 inches.
"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 Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown 1994.
First American edition of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Signed by the author on the title page, “NMandela 12.5.05.” It was signed in New York City by Mandela during a visit upon receipt of an honorary doctorate from Amherst College. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“YOU ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK UPON THE GREAT CRUSADE, TOWARD WHICH WE HAVE STRIVEN THESE MANY MONTHS”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF CRUSADE IN EUROPE; SIGNED BY DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
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 1034 of 1426 copies. In fine condition with the original acetate in very good condition. Housed in a slipcase.
"There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice;" The Papers of Grover Cleveland; Inscribed by Him
Washington DC: Government Printing Office 1889.
First edition of the collected papers of Grover Cleveland. Quarto, original brown cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Joseph C. Hendrix, from Grover Cleveland, May 1, 1892.” In very good condition with light rubbing and wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by President Cleveland.
First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber
J.A. Preuss, and London: H. Rothe: Zurich n.d. (ca. 1880).
First edition of this extensive gallery of photographs of Switzerland. Quarto, original publisher’s full decorative vellum with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate gilt central motif to the front panel depicting an alpine postal carriage, all edges gilt, gilt patterned endpapers, illustrated with one hundred collotypes displaying views of Switzerland. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription from Queen Victoria to Horatia Stopford, a Lady of her Bedchamber, “To dear Horatia Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do": FIRST EDITION OF THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSONS WRITINGS
Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph.
Charlottesville, VA: F. Carr and Co 1829.
First edition of the first published collection of Jefferson’s writings, an impressive four-volume work edited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, engraved frontispiece portrait after Gilbert Stuart in Volume I. In very good condition.
"The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.
Etching of Theodore Roosevelt by Jacques Reich, signed as president, “Theodore Roosevelt, Feb. 9th 1909.” Also signed by the artist, “Jacques Reich.” Affixed to a same-size board, with the reverse bearing a label from the Arthur H. Hahlo Co., identifying the piece as a limited edition autographed artist’s proof. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 17.5 inches.