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London & New York: Verso 2001.
First edition of this polemic by Hitchens. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Ex-library, very good in a very good dust jacket.
"If it weren't for people like you, people like me would never grasp the opportunity to learn in this land": First edition of Paul G. Kauper's Religion and Constitution; lengthily inscribed by Bill Clinton to his former high school principal Johnnie Mae Mackey
Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press 1964.
First edition of this collection of lectures devoted to contemporary questions regarding religion in its relation to the constitutional order. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Bill Clinton on the front free endpaper, “5 – 14 – 66 Georgetown University To Mrs. Johnnie Mae Mackey, This little book is a glowing testimonial to the freedom of man in America and the efforts of our judges to perpetuate and insure that freedom to every man. But if it weren’t for people like you, people like me would never grasp the opportunity to learn in this land. May I make my small contribution to the many expressions of gratitude for your inspiration and dedication. Bill Clinton.” Laid in is the original transmittal letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Bill Clinton which reads in part, “Dear Mrs. Mackey – I picked up this small but valuable book in my study of U.S. Constitution and Government. I know you are most interested in this subject, especially those sections in the book which deal with school prayer…Finals are coming up – Wish me good luck – and the same to you in graduating the class of 66 – see you soon – Sincerely, Bill Clinton.” The recipient, Johnnie Mae Mackey was the principal of Hot Springs High School in Little Rock, Arkansas when Clinton was a student. Mackey came to consider Clinton her brightest protégé and it was under her mentoring that Clinton was sent to Washington D.C. as one of two Arkansas delegates to Boy’s Nation where he met and shook hands with John F. Kennedy, a defining moment in his life. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique look into the mind of the future President of the United States.
"We will have to want peace, want it enough to pay for it, before it becomes an accepted rule": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's This Troubled World
New York: H.C. Kinsey & Company 1938.
First edition of this work by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the spine.
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
"God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race": First Edition of Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Signed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1958.
First edition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the title page, “Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd 2007.
First edition of the 18th prime minister of Canada’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to the 42nd president of the United States Bill Clinton, “For Bill, with friendship, admiration, and respect, Brian Mulroney.” Mulroney visited Clinton in June of 1993, only days before the end of his second term to discuss NAFTA and the development of a common solution to trade matters in Bosnia through the United Nations Security Council. Both Mulroney and Clinton introduced major international free trade agreements during their time in office; Mulroney introduced the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement on October 4, 1987 and Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement on January 1, 1994 which created a trilateral trade bloc in North America. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Author photograph by Bill McCarthy. From the library of Bill Clinton. An exceptional association.
New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc 1953.
First edition of this early biography of one of America’s greatest heroes. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Presentation copy, inscribed by General Doolittle on the front free endpaper, “To Gene Green: With kindest personal regards and every good wish. J.H. Doolittle.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Yousuf Karsh. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Rare Official Photograph of The Founding Father of Israel David Ben-Gurion taken upon the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation of Israel; signed by him
Rare official photograph of the Founding Father of Israel David Ben-Gurion taken upon the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of Israel. Signed by David Ben-Gurion and housed in the original white vinyl presentation folder with engraved plate which reads, “Prime Minister’s Israel Bond Conference on the occasion of The 25th Anniversary of Israel, Jerusalem, January 28–31, 1973.” In near fine condition.
Document signed Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States of America, one page, January 29, 1876. President Grant authorizes and directs “the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the conditional pardon of H.H. Mareau.” Signed boldly at the conclusion by Grant. Accompanied by a small folder of papers generated from the National Archives which provide information on the pardon of H.H. Mareau whose offense was “issuing business cards in likeness of Treasury notes.” Matted and framed.
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.
Large black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him in Hebrew “D. Ben-Gurion Sde Boker” The photograph measures 10.75 inches by 9.25 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 16 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
New York: The Outlook Company 1904.
Early printing of Riis’s campaign biography of President Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt with others uncut, illustrated with seventeen engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt drawn by George T. Tobin. In fine condition.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S RANCH LIFE AND THE HUNTING-TRAIL; ILLUSTRATED BY FREDERIC REMINGTON AND IN THE EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
New York: The Century Company 1899.
Early printing of Roosevelt’s fascinating account of the West. Quarto, original illustrated cloth, top edge gilt with others uncut. Profusely illustrated by Frederic Remington. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Exceptionally rare in the original dust jacket.
Autograph of President Ulysses S. Grant on a card to which is affixed a small portrait of him. Signed and dated by Grant, “U.S. Grant Apr. 6th 1884.” The card measures 5 inches by 2.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a large format engraving of Grant and a plaque. The entire piece measures 21.75 inches by 17 inches. In fine condition. A very attractive piece.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: THE WORLD CRISIS, FULL FIRST EDITION SET IN ORIGINAL CLOTH
The World Crisis 1911-1914; The World Crisis 1915; The World Crisis 1916-1918 Part One and Part Two; The World Crisis. The Aftermath; The World Crisis. The Eastern Front.
London: Thornton Butterfield 1923-31.
First British editions of Churchill’s important history of World War I. Octavo, six volumes, original blue cloth. Illustrated throughout with maps and charts. Errata slips to volumes I and IV present. In near fine condition. Name to the front free endpaper.
"We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel": First Edition of Golda Meir's My Life; Inscribed by Her to First Lady Nancy Reagan
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1975.
First edition of Meir’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page to First Lady Nancy Reagan, “To dearest Nancy, thinking of you Golda.” In 1969 and the early 1970s, Meir met with many world leaders to promote her vision of peace in the Middle East, including Richard Nixon (1969), Nicolae Ceaușescu (1972) and Pope Paul VI (1973). Ronald Reagan introduced Meir at a banquet given by the Jewish community at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on October 1st 1969, while serving as California’s 33rd Governor, which is likely where Nancy and Meir’s friendship began. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Cheryl Asherman. An exceptional association.