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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.
"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.
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.
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.
Portrait of George Washington, executed and signed by artist Nicholas Alden Brooks, 1840-1909. Pastel on paper. The portrait measures 21 inches by 25 inches. Framed, the entire piece measures In very good condition with light rubbing. Framed behind glass. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 30 inches.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITION OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS 1916-1918: VOLUME I; Signed by Winston S. Churchill
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927.
True first edition of the first volume in the Part III of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by Winston Churchill on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition.
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.
“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.
First Edition of Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee; Inscribed by Captain Robert E. Lee to John Campbell
New York : Doubleday, Page & Company, 1904.
First edition of this work “the closest thing to an autobiography that Gen. Lee ever wrote” (Nevins I, 120). Octavo, original cloth, with photogravure portraits. A Presentation copy with an interesting triad of associations. The books is inscribed by Captain Robert E. Lee, General Lee’s son and author of the book, to John L. Campbell, the Treasurer of Washington and Lee University for 35 years, with a lengthy quote by Englishman Gerald Smythe on the half-title, taken from a letter by General Lee to Bishop Randolph about the importance of history. The inscription from Capt. Rob Lee to John Campbell is dated October 13, 1904, the year of the book’s publication. The inscription penned by Gerald Smythe is dated 13 June 1909, during Smythe’s “sojourn in Lexington” with Rob Lee in May and June 1909 [Confederate Veteran, January, 1921]. Captain Lee referred to Smythe as “the best Confederate I know” and Smythe later penned “An Englishman’s Visit to Capt. R. E. Lee” about his pleasant visit, issued of the Confederate Veteran, June 1915. All in all, a remarkable copy with significant associations, of this important work, described as
“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.
"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.
"It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much": Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to friend and publisher Desmond Flower
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, dated April 6. 1956, on his “28 Hyde Park Gate, London” letterhead stationery. The letter is to author and publisher Desmond Flower and reads, “Thank you so much for your letter sending me the agenda you have prepared for the luncheon on April 23. It seems to me an excellent arrangement, and I am looking forward to the occasion very much. The weather has not been good, but I have had a very pleasant stay here. I return to England on April 10.” The letterhead has been amended to read: “at La Pausa, Roquebrune, A.M. Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Desmond Flower was a publisher and writer, who published Churchill’s The History of the English Speaking Peoples. 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.
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 19 inches by 17 inches.
"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.