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Rare autograph note collection in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi, written at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. The collection includes two autograph notes, two autograph letters, and three autograph postcards with Gandhi’s “Blessings” inscribed at the conclusion of each. The postcards are postmarked May 27, June 26, and July 25 1926. Gandhi took leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921 and led nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women’s rights, and, above all, achieve Indian independence from British rule. In the wake of World War II, Gandhi opposed providing any help to the British war effort and campaigned against any Indian participation in the war. As the war progressed, Gandhi intensified his demand for independence, calling for the British to Quit India in a 1942 speech in Mumbai, hours after which he was arrested by the British government. Gandhi’s imprisonment lasted two years, although he was initially sentenced to six. He was released in May of 1944 due to failing health. Following the end of WWII, the new British government passed the Indian Independence Act of 1947, partitioning the British Indian Empire was into two dominions, a Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. In very good condition.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 114068
"As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time": Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi
Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. The letter reads, “Dear Rev. Conley, You will please forgive one for my inability to reply to your letter earlier. As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time. I am at present at Thithal leaving Bombay on 24th Oct for Bengal. I am afraid therefore that we cannot meet before the … Your serv MK Gandhi 25 4 25 Tithal.” The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 105860
Wood engraving of a bust-length portrait of one of the most famous graphic images of Gandhi by illustrator Fritz Eichenberg; signed by Gandhi, “God is Truth MK Gandhi.” Below Gandhi’s inscription reads, “To Eva Aug. 16th, 1948 with love from Fritz” and additionally signed “Fritz Eichenberg.” The engraving is a proof impression on Japanese paper. The portrait by Eichenberg was originally created for The Catholic Worker, a newspaper in the cause of social justice, and was subsequently used in multiple other publications. “The word satya (Truth) is derived from Sat which means ‘being’. Nothing is or exists in reality except Truth. That is why Sat or Truth is perhaps the most important name of God […] In such selfless search for Truth nobody can lose his bearings for long. Directly he takes to the wrong path he stumbles, and is thus redirected to the right path. Therefore the pursuit of Truth is true bhakti (devotion). It is the path that leads to God” (Gandhi, January 1st, 1927). The engraving measures 12 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 20 inches. Signed examples are exceptionally rare and desirable with the core tenet of Gandhi’s religious philosophy.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 103540
"I have numerous readers among farmers and workers. They make India. Their poverty is India's curse and crime. Their prosperity alone can make India a country fit to live in:" Second Series of Mohandas K. Gandhi's Young India; signed and dated by him
New York: The Viking Press, 1927.
First edition of the second series of the writings of Gandhi. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by Gandhi on the front free endpaper, “MK Gandhi 3:4:29.” Gandhi founded and published the weekly periodical in English, Young India, from 1919 to 1931 to spread the philosophy and principles of the Satyagraha Movement and urge readers to participate in it. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed and in this condition.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 95311
"Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed": Signed Photograph of Mahatma Gandhi
Rare signed photograph depicting Mohandas K. Gandhi in profile with his palms pressed together, inscribed in Gujarati (“[Truth at all costs]”) and signed in English M.K. Gandhi on the image in blue ink. With an autographed letter signed from Amrit Kaur, the secretary to Gandhi and later Health Minister of India, to Sgt. John McAleer, written on Gandhi’s behalf, enclosing the signed photograph and responding to his letter (“…Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed…”), 2 pages, Poona, 5 March 1946, with envelope; photograph of Gandhi and another in rickshaws being pulled by a ceremonial guard, stamped and inscribed “Bhullo chien Desia” on the reverse; and a newspaper cutting; altogether five items mounted and framed together. In very good condition with the inscription faded. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. A nice collection with noted provenance.
Price: $13,500.00 Item Number: 100048
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph
Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 89151
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.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 2992
London: Archibald Constable, 1916.
Octavo, bound in full dark blue morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun. Both the front and rear panels with a double gilt fillet border around an inner border incorporating ornamental cornerpieces, upper cover set with an oval portrait miniature of an actress under glass, within an ornamental gilt border, lower cover with panel border; raised bands, gilt lettered in two compartments, a repeated ornamental panel in the rest; board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and both endpapers of dark blue watered silk, all edges gilt. Extra-illustrated with 10 additional plates. Housed in a felt-lined modern cloth box.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 27030
First editions of each volume in Douglas Southall Freeman's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography; Inscribed by him
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934-1935.
First edition of Douglas Southall Freeman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Robert E. Lee. Octavo, four volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of volume I, “Inscribed for Mrs. Nan Walker Blackburn blessed in many things and most of all in her children, Douglas Southall Freeman.” In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 95908
Memoires pour Servir a l’Histoire de la Maison de Brandebourg (Memoirs of the House of Brandenburg).
Berlin: Chez Chretien Frederic Voss, 1767.
Early example of Frederick II, King of Prussia’s history of the Brandenburg Dynasty. Initially published in three installments by Frederick II’s private press at the palace of Sanssouci near Berlin, the volumes were read as part of the curriculum at the Prussian Academy of Sciences and considered as the fourth volume of Frederick’s Oeuvres du Philosophe de Sans Souci (The works of the philosopher of Sans Souci). Quarto, three volumes bound into one, rebacked, contemporary boards, elaborate engraved allegorical frontispiece by Georf Friedrich Schmidt, two folding genealogical tables, two folding maps. In very good condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 82415
London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1748.
Early English translation of Frederick II, King of Prussia’s history of the Brandenburg Dynasty. Dedicated to his Royal Highness to Prince of Wales. Authors Preface. Initially published in three installments by Frederick II’s private press at the palace of Sanssouci near Berlin, the volumes were read as part of the curriculum at the Prussian Academy of Sciences and considered as the fourth volume of Frederick’s Oeuvres du Philosophe de Sans Souci (The works of the philosopher of Sans Souci). Small octavo, disbound with part of the original gilt spine intact. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 92480
New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2007.
First edition, later printing. Small octavo, original boards. Inscribed by Paul Volcker on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 7233
"It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals": First Edition of Felix Frankfurter Reminisces; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Reynal & Company, 1960.
First edition of this collection of thoughts from Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Leonard Maill, who helped confirm my anglophilism, with the warm regards of Felix Frankfurter July 19, 60.” The recipient Rowland Leonard Maill, was a BBC broadcaster and administrator. Bookplate of the recipient. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Books signed by Frankfurter are rare.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 59088
Typed letter signed by Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter. Two pages, typescript on Frankfurter’s Supreme Court letterhead, the letter is dated November 14, 1949 and reads in part, “My dear Mrs. McAllister: If persuasiveness, conveyed by an old and very cherished friend, could enable me to hurdle the obstacles that bar my presence at the 50th Anniversary Dinner of the National Consumers League, Molly Dawson’s letter would have done it long ago. Please take my word for it that there are very few occasions which could possibly be so tempting as the League’s Anniversary Dinner, and few occasions which would have comparable drawing power to evoke utterance from me. The things that matter in this world are the things that are rooted in time, and my ties to the Consumers League are pretty close to forty years old. More than that, some of my most intimate friendships are related to it, and all the glow and stimulus that binds people together who have shared in after all what were not important battles. Mostly I should like to come in order to let the present generation know something of the dedicated and courageous labors of John Graham Brooks and Mrs. Florence Kelley. I am not unmindful of so many other great soldiers in the common fight, but Mrs. Kelley stands forth as a shining, indomitable fighter who never wearied of well-doing when the going was toughest… Very sincerely yours, Felix Frankfurter.” The recipient, Mrs. Thomas McAllister was the wife of Thomas F. McAllister, who served as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1938 to 1941 prior to his appointment as a judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Here, Frankfurter is declining her invitation to address the fiftieth anniversary of the National Consumers’ League, which was chartered in 1899 by social reformers Jane Addams and Josephine Lowell and directed by Florence Kelley. Under Kelley’s direction, the League’s early focus was to oppose the harsh, unregulated working conditions many Americans were forced to endure. In near fine condition.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 114070
Rare typed letter signed by Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. One page, typescript on Frankfurter’s Supreme Court letterhead, the letter is dated February 1, 1941 and reads, ‘Dear Judge McAllister: I appreciate the charm of your letter even though you response is out of all proportion to the accurate prose on my part which stimulated you to write. I hope the eventuality comes off but if it doesn’t it is a source of comfort to me that you have the wisdom of not having your heart set on these things. Nothing seems to me more foolish in this world than to have the heart set on a particular job – it is bad for the heart. With cordial regards to your wife and yourself, Very sincerely yours, “Felix Frankfurter.”‘ The recipient, Thomas F. McAllister served as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1938 to 1941 prior to his appointment as a judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In near fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 114058
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
Uncorrected proof of the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original wrappers. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. This is the first example we have seen, as only a few examples would have been produced for limited in-house production. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 111575
"This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
First edition, early printing with the same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 24002
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Master Sergeant Babb, “To MSG. Bradley W. Babb, with appreciation and best wishes. Gerald R. Ford. 9/19/79.” Additionally signed again on the next page by Gerald Ford. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119577
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Reverend Gordon Scruton, “To my good friend, Rev. Scruton, in appreciation of your man kindnesses and great support during my Presidency. I am most grateful for all your help to my Family and to me. Warmest best wishes. Gerald R. Ford 8/3/79.” The recipient, Reverend Gordon Scruton was was ordained a deacon in 1971, a priest in 1972, and served as an assistant rector at St. Mark’s Church in Riverside, Rhode Island and at St. Paul’s Church in Kingston, Rhode Island in the mid-1970s. Scruton was rector of Grace Church in Dalton, Massachusetts from 1977 to 1981. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119904
Washington, D.C: United States Government Printing Office, 1977.
First edition of this collection of public messages, speeches, and statements of President Ford. Thick octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gerald Ford on the front free endpaper. In very good condition, bookplate, deaccessioned from a library.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 67348
Signed color photograph of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter shaking hands. The photograph measures 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13 inches.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 36004
Rare autograph letter signed by President Gerald Ford to Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Dated December 20, 1979 on Ford’s presidential letterhead, the letter reads: “Dear Mr. DiMaggio: I would like to invite you to play in the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The dates this year are July 28-29. The purse this year will be $100,000. We will be playing in fivesomes, one best ball. It should be a great golfing experience with over forty professionals attending…Hope to see you there. 1980 could be a banner year for the tournament. Warmest best wishes, Sincerely, “Jerry Ford.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original transmittal envelope which is also signed by Ford and an original full-color photograph of DiMaggio and Ford at the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 20 inches. A unique association.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 95230
New York : Doubleday, 1987.
Early printing of the first lady’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Betty Ford on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Gatti.
Price: $40.00 Item Number: 76338
New York : Doubleday, 1987.
First edition of the first lady’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Betty Ford on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Gatti.
Price: $65.00 Item Number: 44005
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.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 5370
Finely Bound Extra Illustrated edition of de Bourrienne's Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte; bound by Riviere and Son
London: Richard Bentley, 1836.
Finely bound extra-illustrated edition set of de Bourrienne’s Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavos, eight volumes, bound in full 19th century crimson morocco by Riviere and Son with gilt titles and tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, central gilt Napoleonic coats of arms and double gilt ruling to the front panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings including frontispieces to each volume. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 109608
Rare color portrait of the royal family the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, boldly signed, “Elizabeth R, 1953” and “Philip.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.25 inches by 7 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 119918
Signed Christmas and New Years Card From Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal Family
Royal Christmas card from 1966 with a photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward with a horse and carriage. Boldly signed above the image, “Elizabeth R. 1966” and “Philip.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 10 inches. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119940
Royal Christmas and New Years Card Signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal couple
Royal Christmas card with an original black and white photograph of a young Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip seated in an automobile amidst a cheering crowd. Boldly signed by Queen Elizabeth, “Elizabeth” and Prince Philip, “Philip.” In fine condition. A striking example.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 89158
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.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 109355
Photograph of the Eisenhower family, signed by Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower, their son and daughter-in-law and only grandchild. Inscribed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, “For Ken & Joyce Browne with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower,” and signed, “Mamie Doud Eisenhower.” Additionally inscribed by the Eisenhowers’ eldest son John and his wife Barbara, “To the Brownes from Barbara and John Eisenhower” and signed by their son David Eisenhower. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.25 inches. Rare and desirable signed by members of three generations of the Eisenhower family.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 95836
Photograph of Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower, boldly signed by each, “Dwight D. Eisenhower”, and signed, “Mamie Doud Eisenhower.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 12.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 110337
Rare original photograph of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover and Iowan Governor William Beardsley seated in an automobile which was part of the August 1954 Iowa State Fair Parade. Boldly signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover, and inscribed by Beardsley, “For the Ken Brownes, Wm. S. Beardsley,”Accompanied by a typed letter signed by Herbert Hoover dated April 25, 1960 and addressed to Kenneth Browne, “Dear Mr. Browne: I do appreciate your sending me that Indian version of the 23rd Psalm. It was most gracious of you. Yours faithfully, “Herbert Hoover.” Both the photograph and letter are in near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Eisenhower and Hoover.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 92470
"I found your explanation of the principal features of the power project intensely interesting. In addition, I was delighted to see you again": Autographed Letter Signed by President Eisenhower to Robert Moses
Autographed letter signed on White House letterhead, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Commissioner Robert Moses, dated July 12, 1958. It reads, “Dear Commissioner Moses: Thank you for your courtesy in going to Massena yesterday to accompany me on my tour of the Saint Lawrence Seaway and Power Projects. I found your explantion of the principal features of the power project intensely interesting. In addition, I was delighted to see you again. With best wishes Sincerely Dwight D. Eisenhower.” In fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12.75 inches by 11 inches.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 112428
First Edition Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1963.
First edition of volume one of President Eisenhower’s memoirs. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial map endpapers. Inscribed on the half title page by the author, “For The Honorable John R. Dethmers with best wishes from Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The recipient, John R. Dethmers was a member of the Michigan Republican State Central Committee in 1939. Dethmers served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1942–1945 and was a delegate to the 1944 Republican National Convention. He served as Michigan Attorney General from 1945-1946. Governor Harry Kelly appointed Dethmers Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, serving from 1946–1970 and serving as Chief Justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court in 1953, 1956–1962, and 1967-1969. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association.
Price: $1,300.00 Item Number: 43031
Photograph of Dwight D. Eisenhower in military uniform, boldly signed by him. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 14.75 inches. A very attractive signed photograph.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 95837