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"HUMAN RIGHTS IS THE SOUL OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY, BECAUSE HUMAN RIGHTS IS THE VERY SOUL OF OUR SENSE OF NATIONHOOD": FIRST EDITION OF KEEPING FAITH; SIGNED BY JIMMY CARTER AND SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAROLD BROWN
New York: Bantam Books, 1982.
First edition of President Carter’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Jimmy Carter and Secretary of Defense Harold Brown on the title page. Brown was the U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1977 to 1981 in the cabinet Jimmy Carter. He had previously served in the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson administrations as Director of Defense Research and Engineering and Secretary of the Air Force. In the last stages of the Cold War, as Secretary of Defense, he set the groundwork for the Camp David accords. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Carter and Brown.
"Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood": First Edition of Keeping Faith; Signed by Jimmy Carter
New York: Bantam Books, 1982.
First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by Jimmy Carter on the title page.
Rare autograph letter signed by King George III regarding the payment of the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards. Signed “George R” in the upper left corner of the document. The letter is addressed to Councillors Dudley Ryder and Thomas Steele, joint Paymaster Generals of the Guards, Garrisons and Land Forces of the United Kingdom and notifies the recipients of the arrival of “the sum of twenty-six thousand and fifty four pounds…to be due to our Royal Regiment of Horse Guards for their pay from 25th December 1789 to 25th December 1790.” In near fine condition.
Rare autograph letter signed by King George III in 1772. One page, written in German, the letter is addressed to Frederic III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, conveying warm regards and words of friendship. Affixed to the original transmittal envelope with the royal seal stamped in red wax. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
June 25th 1798.
Rare military appointment signed by King George III appointing David Byron Davis Esq. as Captain of Company in a Regiment of Foot, commanded by Col. Andrew Cochrane Johnston. One page partially printed on vellum with the Royal Seal to the upper right corner and dated June 25th 1798. Signed by King George III in the upper left corner, “George R.” In very good condition.
New York: Penguin Press, 2015.
First edition of the first volume of Ferguson’s definitive biography of Henry Kissinger. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by both Niall Ferguson and Henry Kissinger on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First edition of Lester J. Maitland's Knights of the Air; From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1929.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s copy of the first edition of Air Corps Commander Lester J. Maitland’s history of early aviation. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs including frontispiece. From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “Given me by Peter Brady, Oct. 1929, Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Signed by Roosevelt in the month of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which ushered in changes to the American economy and would later set the stage for Roosevelt’s success in winning the Presidency in 1932. Additionally signed by the author above Roosevelt’s inscription, “Lester Maitland.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt commissioned the first presidential library in the United States, built under his personal direction between 1939 and 1940. The library came to house numerous books and photographs, 275,000 feet of movie film, and 300 sound recordings. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“HUMAN SUFFERING ANYWHERE CONCERNS MEN AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE”: Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Signed by Elie Wiesel
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the title page. In near fine condition with some light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Preface by Francois Mauriac. Rare and desirable.
“For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences": Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Inscribed by Elie Wiesel to Abba Eban
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Abba Eban, “Pour Eban- le a sa propre commencement a sa historie: la voice- Elie W. New York, 1967.” Translated as, “The beginning of his own history Elie W.” As it increased in popularity, Wiesel’s Night was translated into 30 languages and prompted meetings with several important literary and political figures including Saul Bellow and Abba Eban. In 1955, Wiesel moved to New York to work as a foreign correspondent for Yediot Ahronot, the largest daily Newspaper in Israel. Eban was also posted in New York throughout the 1950s serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and, in 1952, was elected Vice President of the UN General Assembly. At the time of the present inscription, Eban had just been appointed as Israel’s foreign minister, the most important position in the Israeli cabinet. As Israel’s foreign minister Eban would defend the country’s reputation after the Six-Day War, asserting in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that Israel had acted in response to an imminent threat. In very good condition with some light rubbing to the extremities. Preface by Francois Mauriac. From the library of Abba Eban. An exceptional association, commemorating the culmination of Eban’s political career.
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.
"The inspiring story of women's struggle for recognition in American public life": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok's Ladies of Courage
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1954.
First edition of Roosevelt and Hickok’s tribute to women in America. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some wear to the extremities.
First Edition Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary; Signed by both Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
First edition of Lady Bird Johnson’s White House Diary. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by both Lady Bird Johnson and Lyndon B. Johnson on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by Paul Bacon. Scarce signed by both Johnsons.
“IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT LEADERS, WE HEAR THE ROLLING THUNDER OF HISTORY”: LEADERS, INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON TO BUSINESSMAN JOHN KLUGE
New York: Warner Books, 1982.
First edition of this work which recollects Nixon’s memories of leaders such as Churchill, de Gaulle and Khrushchev. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 32 photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John Kluge from RN 1982.” The recipient, John Kluge was an television industry mogul and friend of Nixon’s. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gene Light. A nice association.
First Edition of Letters To Kennedy; Warmly Inscribed by John Kenneth Galbraith in the year of publication
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.
First edition of this compilation of letters which gives the reader a firsthand look at the working relationship between a president and one of his close advisers, John Kenneth Galbraith. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “For Barry Zorthian well loved friend and the best journalist I ever knew. John Kenneth Galbraith.” The recipient was a U.S. government spokesman and American diplomat during the Vietnam War.
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1898-99.
First editions of Anthony’s classic biography. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt medallion to the front panels of both volumes. Volume one is lengthily inscribed by Susan B. Anthony on the front free endpaper as follows, “To Mrs. Grace Bartholomew, Pioneer, Michigan, I present these volumes because of dear Mr. D.A. Blodgett’s purchasing so many Histories of Woman Suffrage to give to his friends. Therefore please accept these for his sake, & oblige. Yours very sincerely, Susan B. Anthony, Rochester N.Y., Nov. 5, 1904.” Delos Abiel Blodgett of Grand Rapids, MI founded an orphanage which remains active today. Grace Richmond Bartholomew (1848-1920) was a farmer of Pioneer, Michigan.
“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York: Vincent Parke, 1908.
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
“COURAGE ISN'T HAVING THE STRENGTH TO GO ON - IT IS GOING ON WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE STRENGTH”: Finely Bound set of Sloane's Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; elaborately illustrated
New York: The Century Co, 1906.
Large paper edition of William Sloane’s authoritative biography of great French general Napoleon Bonaparte. Quarto, 4 volumes bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt with others uncut, profusely illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece of Napoleon Bonaparte in color. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
First edition and signed limited edition of Carl Sandburg's Lincoln Collector: The Story of Oliver R. Barrett's Great Private Collection
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949.
First edition, signed limited edition of Sandburg’s story of the remarkable collection of Oliver Barrett. Octavo, original buckram with morocco spine label lettered in gilt, top edge red. One of 2425 first edition copies signed by Carl Sandburg, this is number 1994. Fine in the original slipcase with pictorial pastedown which is in near fine condition. An exceptional example.
“LEAD THEM STRAIGHT AND TRUE; GIVE STRENGTH TO THEIR ARMS, STOUTNESS TO THEIR HEARTS, STEADFASTNESS IN THEIR FAITH”; MAGNIFICENT LIMITED EDITION OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT’S D-DAY PRAYER, ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES PRINTED, BROADCAST THE NIGHT OF THE NORMANDY INVASION
Washington, D.C: Christmas, 1944.
Limited edition of this rare broadside of the “D-Day Prayer,” one of only 50 printed copies issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his close friends, handsomely printed in gothic type with red, blue and gold ink textual embellishments. The broadside measures 14 inches by 21 inches, printed in black gothic type, capital letters and portions of the heading in red and blue ink. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20.5 inches by 28 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.
First edition of the former First Lady’s autobiography. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Inscribed by Hillary Rodham Clinton and signed by Bill Clinton on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.