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“I’VE JUST HAD THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE”: Exceptional letter signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek
Exceptional letter signed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek. One page, on Thatcher’s official 10 Downing Street letterhead and dated May 22nd 1984, the letter reads, “Dear Professor Hayek,” I have it in mind on the occasion of the forthcoming list of Birthday Honours to submit your name to The Queen with a recommendation that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve that you be appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. I should be glad to know if this would be agreeable to you. I shall take no steps until I have your reply. “Yours sincerely, Margaret Thatcher.” Accompanied by a large original black and white photograph of Hayek taken at the honorary appointment at Buckingham Palace in which, he was in fact, awarded the Companion of Honour Medal by Queen Elizabeth II. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece of history.
Large signed portrait of General Douglas MacArthur in uniform. Boldly signed by Douglas MacArthur on the bottom right hand side. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15 inches. An exceptionally strong signature of MacArthur.
New York: HarperCollins 2002.
First edition of this work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with photographs. Signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mucca Design. Author photograph by Joe Partridge.
First Edition of Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas; From the Library of Ulysses S. Grant
Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas.
New York: Baker & Godwin 1875.
First edition of the first English translation of the 1873 Mexican Border Commission’s investigative report on Texan allegations of Mexican robberies at the international border. From the library of Ulysses S. Grant, presented to him by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affiars Ignacio Mariscal with a dedication card affixed to the second free endpaper. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with three large hand-colored folding maps at rear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise clamshell box. Rare and highly desirable from the library of President Grant.
Rare original photograph of the swearing-in ceremony of President John F. Kennedy's cabinet on January 21st 1961; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert S. McNamara, and Dean Rusk
Rare original photograph of the swearing-in ceremony of President John F. Kennedy’s cabinet on January 21st 1961. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert S. McNamara, and Dean Rusk. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches.
Rare Original Riggs National Bank Check; Signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President on Novembery 25th 1907
Rare original Theodore Roosevelt Riggs National Bank Check, signed by Roosevelt as President. Paid to the order of Schwab and Gassenheimer on November 25th, 1907 for the amount of ten dollars. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Roosevelt. The check measures 8 inches by 3 inches. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Roosevelt as president.
Rare Original Photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant Taken By Mathew Brady; Boldly Signed By Grant As President
Rare original Mathew Brady photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed by Grant as the 18th President of the United States, “U.S. Grant March 18th 1875.” One of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew B. Brady brought home the reality of the Civil War to the American public with his innovative use of a mobile studio and darkroom to capture thousands of war scenes throughout the Civil War. Brady was also recognized as one of the premier photographic portraitists of the 19th century, taking photographs of numerous celebrities including Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee among others. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 16.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a strong signature signed by Grant during his presidency.
Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant Maj. Gen, U.S.A.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 10.5 inches. In near fine condition.
John F. Kennedy Engraved Portrait; Signed by Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors
Original engraved portrait of President John F. Kennedy signed by President Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors including: Nelson Rockefeller, John B. Connally, Tim Babcock, Jack Williams, Don Samuelson, John J. McKeith, Walter J. Hickel, and others. With a 13-cent “John F. Kennedy” stamp, cancelled on the anniversary of JFK’s birthday, May 29th 1967. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. In fine condition.
Autograph letter signed by and in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant. The clipped letter reads, “Should I go to Chicago on the 10th of September however I will try to extend the time, and my visit to Peoria. Respectfully Yours U.S. Grant General.” Matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Grant. The entire piece measures 8 inches by 14.25 inches.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1956.
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Butler with my best regards, John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. With a portrait of the recipient laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"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.
"'Where is God?' Said the black girl to the missionary who had converted her?": First edition of George Bernard Shaw's The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God; Inscribed by him and wife Charlotte to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. and his wife Eleanor
Constable & Company Limited: London 1932.
First edition of George Bernard Shaw’s short story collection, including the satirical allegorical title story: The Adventures of The Black Girl in Her Search For God. Octavo, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, designed and illustrated with engravings by John Farleigh. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Eleanor and Theodore Roosevelt this Visiting Card after a memorable day at Government House, Manila from Charlotte F. Shaw and G. Bernard Shaw 9th February 1933.” Mr. and Mrs. George Bernard Shaw stopped at Manila on a round-the-world cruise where they were invited to lunch with Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the eldest son of Theodore Roosevelt, and his wife Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt where they enjoyed lunch and Shaw assisted in editing one of Theodore’s reports to the war department. Laid is is a small copy of a selection of pages from Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt’s 1959 autobiography ‘Day Before Yesterday’ which describes the visit in detail and also mentions the occasion upon which they received the current inscribed volume in the mail after the Shaw’s visit. In near fine condition. In the original glassine which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable with exceptional provenance.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases; Inscribed by Clementine and Mary Soames
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Sir Winston S. Churchill’s collected works, inscribed by both his wife and youngest daughter in the year of the centenary of his birth to the winner of the 1974 C & G Gimcrack Horse Race at that very race. Octavos, 34 volumes bound in the original full vellum with gilt titles and gilt-stamped Churchill coat of arms to the spines and front panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Each volume housed in the original dark green slipcase which is also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. One of only 3,000 sets produced, this is number 143. Volume I, which contains My Early Life and My African Journey is inscribed by The Baroness Clementine Churchill opposite her preface, “Inscribed by Clementine Spencer Churchill” as well as her youngest daughter Mary, “presented by her youngest daughter Mary Soames, “and presented by her daughter to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo at York Races August the 22nd 1974.” The inscribed volume is housed in a custom oak and vellum clamshell box with ornate claw feet, velvet lining, and gold plaque which reads, C and G Gimcrack Stakes 1974 Presented to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo Owner of Steel Heart (Habitat – A. I. by Abernant) Winner of the C & G Gimcrack Stakes 1974, by Lady Soames in the Centenary Year of the Birth of Her Father Sir Winston Churchill.” In excellent condition. A brilliant set with exceptional provenance.
Philadelphia: C.P. Wayne 1804-07.
First editions of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Six volumes, including the atlas, which contains 10 maps. Octavo, bound in three quarters contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. With the original atlas. The scarce atlas contains the hand-colored two-page maps. In very good condition with minor edge wear, some light offsetting to the atlas. A very nice set.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1963.
First edition of this authorized biography of Golda Meir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Golda Meir on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Golda Meir.