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“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong”: Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
Early printing of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Tamar Rich with best wishes and warm regards, Martin L. King Jr.” Laid in is a black and white photograph of Ralph Abernathy, Victor M. Carter, Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrea Carter, Tamar Rich (the recipient) and the Consul General of Israel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
New York : Basic Books, 2012.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Robert Hart- with best wishes, Zbigniew Brzezinski.”
First Edition of Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War; From the library of Captain Robert E. Lee
New York: Longmans, Green and Company, 1898.
First edition of “the standard biography of the Confederate commander…sweeping narrative of Jackson’s background, character and pivotal role in the first two years of war, the work contains an abundance of intelligent writing and careful reviews of Jackson’s performance on the battlefield” (Eicher 250). Octavo, 2 volumes, with two portrait plates and numerous folding maps, and the large color folding map at the rear of volume one. This copy belonged to General Lee’s son, Captain Robert E. Lee, with his name on the verso of the front free endpaper in each volume, along with the name of his Virginia home “Romancoke.” In very good condition. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
First Edition of Margaret Thatcher's Statecraft: Strategies For A Changing World; Signed by Her and Mikhail Gorbachev
London: HarperCollins, 2002.
First edition of this work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket. Author photograph by Joe Partridge.
"Free government can not long survive when the thousands enjoy the wealth of the country and the millions share its poverty in common": First editions of the Speeches of William Jennings Bryan; volume II inscribed by him
New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1913.
First edition of the collected speeches of William Jennings Bryan. Small octavo, two volumes, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author with tissue guard to volume I. With a biographical introduction by Mary Baird Bryan, his wife. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of volume II, “To Mr. S. D. Green with compliments & good wishes of William Jennings Bryan.” In near fine condition. A sharp set.
"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall": First Edition of Speaking My Mind; Signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.
First edition of President Reagan’s collection of speeches. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Ronald Reagan Jan. 6- ’92.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet premier, counterpart to Reagan in the 1980s and Nobel Peace Prize winner. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he handwrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened.It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional piece of history.
First Edition of Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution; Signed by Justice John Paul Stevens
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011.
First edition of this work by Justice Stevens. Octavo, original boards. Signed by John Paul Stevens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lauren Harms.
First Edition of Significant Supreme Court Opinions of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Manila: Philippine Bar Association, .
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Bob Forsythe, with warm memories of our work together in the Minnesota years, Warren E. Burger,” who adds his initials at the end of a brief postscript, “Five minutes of this will guarantee a good night’s sleep! WEB.” In near fine condition.
Photograph of Presidents Herbert Hoover & Harry S. Truman, signed by both Presidents. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 9.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Hoover and Truman.
“To President Kennedy per your request – here are our hands, our hearts, our votes": Inscribed by Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Harry S. Truman to President John F. Kennedy
Photograph of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson in a three-way handshake, taken on January 20, 1962 at the Grand Staircase, Entrance Hall at the White House. Inscribed by both Johnson and Truman to Kennedy, “To President Kennedy per your request – here are our hands, our hearts, our votes – Lyndon B. Johnson.” Inscribed by Truman “From Harry Truman to a great president, John F. Kennedy, February 19, 1962.” A rare photograph capturing three significant figureheads of the Democratic Party. In fine condition. Photograph by Robert L. Knudsen. From the collection of President Kennedy, later owned by his friend and special assistant, David Powers. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 24 inches. An exceptional piece of history, inscribed by two Presidents to another President.
Large signed photograph of Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States. Boldly signed below the image by Grant. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17 inches. Handsomely matted and framed. Scarce and desirable signed by President.
Original photograph of President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan and their two children: Ronald Jr. and Patti. Signed by the Presidential couple below each of their portraits, “Ronald Reagan” and “Nancy Reagan.” Double matted and framed, the photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Large photograph of Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson posing on the White House lawn, Inscribed “To Mary Lasker—Merry Christmas from her friends Lady Bird and” “Lyndon B. Johnson” “Christmas 1966.” “The recipient Mary Lasker was an American health activist and philanthropist, who worked to raise funds for medical research and founded the Lasker Foundation. She helped convince Eleanor Roosevelt to endorse Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to become the 1960 Democratic nominee, and Lady Bird glowingly mentions Lasker in her book A White House Diary. Lasker was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Double matted and framed; the entire piece measures 15 inches by 19 inches. A unique piece.
Large photograph of President Lyndon and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. Signed by Lyndon B. Johnson and additionally inscribed by Lady Bird, as follows, “To Mary Lasker from her friends Lady Bird Johnson Christmas 1966. The recipient Mary Lasker was an American health activist and philanthropist, who worked to raise funds for medical research and founded the Lasker Foundation. She helped convince Eleanor Roosevelt to endorse Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to become the 1960 Democratic nominee, and Lady Bird glowingly mentions Lasker in her book A White House Diary. Lasker was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. The photograph measures 8.25 inches by 11.5 inches. Double matted and framed; the entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches.
"In view of recent developments in the international front you may find the chapters in The Former Evil Empire and the Muslim World particularly interesting": First Edition of Richard Nixon's Seize the Moment; Signed by Him and from the library of his former Speechwriter Bill Safire
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
First edition of Nixon’s critically praised assessment of American foreign policy. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, signed by Richard Nixon on the flyleaf and from the personal library of his former speechwriter William Safire with a photocopy of the original letter in which Nixon presents a page of proofs to Safire dated 11-11-91 which reads in full, “Dear Bill, I am enclosing the page proofs of my new book which will come out in the last week of December. In view of recent developments in the international front you may find the chapters in The Former Evil Empire and the Muslim World particularly interesting – Regards – RMN.” William Safire was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew until joining the New York Times as a political commentator in 1973. Soon after joining the times, Safire learned that he was the target of wiretaps authorized by Nixon, which he wrote about with “restrained fury” in his August 9, 1973 column, “The Suspicious 17.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. With Nixon’s card business card paper-clipped to the front free endpaper. Jacket design by Robert Anthony. An exceptional association copy.
"A priest has as much liberty to proselytize as a patriot": First Edition of Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice; Inscribed by Him
Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc, 2004.
First edition of this collection of opinions from Justice Scalia. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Stephen Calafati With best regards Antonin Scalia.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited and with Commentary by Kevin A. Ring.