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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.
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.
“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.
“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.
"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.
"For I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep And miles to go before I sleep": Jacqueline Kennedy quotation of Robert Frost
Jacqueline Kennedy hand writes the first lines from the Robert Frost poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. From the collection of Mary Gallagher, who was the personal secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy from 1957 to 1964, which includes the Kennedy presidency. Before that, she was Senator John F. Kennedy’s secretary and worked briefly for Jackie’s mother. Robert Frost was one of President and Mrs. Kennedy’s favorite poets. He was invited to present two of his poems at the Kennedy Inauguration on January 20, 1961. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is perhaps his best known work; and Frost himself admitted that it was “my best bid for remembrance.” Mrs. Kennedy slightly misquotes the three concluding lines, “For I have promises to keep And miles to go before I sleep And miles to go before I sleep.” Jacqueline wrote them on Mary Gallagher’s shorthand notebook in her new home in Georgetown, in 1964, where she moved to after leaving the White House. Gallagher further explains in her affidavit: “This happened to be but one of the many poems that [Mrs. Kennedy] had chosen daily from little stacks of books in which she had placed paper markers to designate the pages that had the various passages for me to type up over the next few weeks. As she explained, they were ‘for the fund-raising dinner in New York on the 16th, to be recited by Frederic March.’ The poem was recited by March at the Kennedy Library dinner and the Democratic Convention that same year. Matted and framed opposite a photograph of President and Mrs. Kennedy and Robert Frost. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 21 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.
"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.
"My dear Andre, Thank you so much for your letter of December 31, I am certainly inserting a passage at once in Volume III to cover the important point you mention. I am obliged to you for drawing my attention to it": Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to Andre de Staercke, a contributing editor to his war memoirs
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, dated 22 January 1950, on his “28 Hyde Park Gate, London” letterhead stationery. The letter is written to Andre de Staercke, a contributing editor to his war memoirs, regarding the upcoming release of the third volume. With a handwritten opening and closing. Churchill writes in part, “My dear Andre, Thank you so much for your letter of December 31, I am certainly inserting a passage at once in Volume III to cover the important point you mention. I am obliged to you for drawing my attention to it. Please convey my thanks to His Royal Highness for his kind message. My thoughts are so often with him in these very strained and difficult times for him and for Belgium. As you will have seen I have had to curtail my stay in Madeira in view of the General Election here. Polling Day has been fixed for February 25 and so you can imagine we shall be much occupied for the coming weeks. We all send you our good wishes for a very happy New Year. your friend, Winston S. Churchill.” At the time this letter was written, Belgium was gearing up for a national referendum on the question of whether to allow King Leopold III to return from exile in Switzerland. Churchill himself faced an important national election, in which he won (though his party did not), remaining Leader of the Opposition. In 1951, he was again elected Prime Minister. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Churchill. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 12.75 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.
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both": Signed Limited Editions Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961.
Garden City: Doubleday and Company 1963-65.
Signed limited first editions, each volume numbered 1287 of 1500 copies. Two volumes, thick octavo, original tan cloth, original slipcases. Both are fine condition with the original acetate dust jacket, which are in near fine to fine condition. The slipcases are in near fine condition. A nice set.
Signed Limited Editions Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company 1963-65.
Signed limited first editions, each one of 1500 copies. Two volumes, thick octavo, pictorial endpapers, original tan cloth, original slipcases. Both are fine condition with the original acetate dust jacket, which are in fine condition. The slipcases are in fine condition. An exceptional set.
Buenos Aires: Ediciones Peuser 1951.
First edition of Peron’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Peron, illustrated. Lengthily inscribed by Eva Peron on the front free endpaper, with the date partially abraded. Preface by Juan Peron. Very good in a very good dust jacket with a few small chips. This work was published in 1951, Peron passed away a year later making signed examples of this work scarce.
Signed by Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor,, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Bryon White.
Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Bryon White.
Large photograph from the 1970’s of the Burger Court, signed by each justice. The justices are Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Connor, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Byron White. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 20 inches. Rare and desirable.
The Naval War of 1812 or the History of the United States Navy During the Last War With Great Britain.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1882.
Rare first edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s landmark first book. Octavo, original blue cloth, titles the spine in gilt, gilt vignette to the front panel.