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Rare autograph letter and two photographs signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The letter is one page, partially typescript, dated March 4th 1956 on Palais de Monaco letterhead, and reads in part “Your Eminence, It is with deep regret that I am writing this letter. Due to unforeseen events occurring in the near future, my trip had to be foreshortened and I must leave your fair city tomorrow. Please be assured that Miss Kelly and I had been looking forward to seeing you. It is very unfortunate that we will not be able to do so.” Prince Rainier has added a note in his hand at the letter’s conclusion, “I beg Your Eminence to bestow upon myself and Miss Kelly your Holy benediction for our coming union before God and believe me yours respectfully Rainier Prince of Monaco.” The letter is flanked by two photographs, one of the royal family which is signed by Prince Rainier and another of the royal couple which is signed by Princess Grace, “Grace de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 17.5 inches. An elegant presentation.
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.
"About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends": First Editions of The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: Each Inscribed by President Hoover
The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: Years of Adventure 1874-1920; The Cabinet and the Presidency 1920-1933; The Great Depression 1929-1941: Three Volume Complete Set.
New York: MacMillan 1951-1952.
First editions of each volume in Hoover’s memoirs. Octavo, 3 volumes, illustrated. Each volume is inscribed by Herbert Hoover on the front free endpaper. Each are near fine in near fine dust jackets. Includes: Volume One: Years of Adventure 1874-1920; The Cabinet and the Presidency 1920-1933; The Great Depression 1929-1941. Includes an original photograph of Hoover with his Belgian shepherd King Tut. An exceptional set, uncommon signed and in the first printing.
John F. Kennedy Engraved Portrait; Signed by Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors
Original engraved portrait of President John F. Kennedy signed by President Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and 24 State and Lieutenant Governors including: Nelson Rockefeller, John B. Connally, Tim Babcock, Jack Williams, Don Samuelson, John J. McKeith, Walter J. Hickel, and others. With a 13-cent “John F. Kennedy” stamp, cancelled on the anniversary of JFK’s birthday, May 29th 1967. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. In fine condition.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITIONS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1927.
True first editions of the first two volumes of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Near fine in the rare original dust jackets with light wear.
"Never, never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another": First Edition of the Inauguration Book of Nelson Mandela; Boldly Signed and Inscribed by Him
Pretoria, South Africa: Government Office 1994.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by Nelson Mandela in the year of publication, “To Judy, Compliments & best wishes. Nelson Mandela 28.9.94.” In fine condition. Rare, especially signed.
"The herculean task of the United States Government today is to take care that its citizens have the necessities of life" Veto Message of PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT; SIGNED BY HIM
Veto message on the Adjusted Compensation Act, 1935: Address of the President of the United States in the House of Representatives, Delivered May 22, 1935.
Washington, D.C.: United States Government 1935.
Speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Signed by Roosevelt at the conclusion of his speech. In near fine condition with light wear. Rare.
"There can be peace in the world": First edition of Growing Toward Peace; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor
New York: Random House 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor opposite the title page. Light fading to the cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Laid in is a publicity photograph of both authors. This is the first example we have seen signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.
"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, 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 near fine condition. The slipcases are in very good condition with some toning.
New York: George Lockwood 1853.
From the library of President James A. Garfield. Signed on the front free endpaper with the ownership signature, “J. A. Garfield, M.C.” Garfield’s personal bookplate, “Inter Folia Fructus, Library of James A. Garfield,” is on the front pastedown. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box.
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill as Minister of Munitions of War. One page, dated January 1918 and addressed to Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Forrest Halkett Carmichael, the letter reads, “My Dear Sir” I have had much pleasure in recommending to the Prime Minister that you should be appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and I am glad to learn that His Majesty has approved the recommendation. Pray accept my hearty congratulations on this recognition of your valuable services. “Yours very truly Winston S. Churchill.” With the official seal of the Ministry of Munitions of War emblem stamped at the head of the page. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of a young Churchill. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 14 inches.
“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for”: The complete writings of George Washington; Bound in Full Contemporary Calf
The Writings of George Washington Being His Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private.
Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Metcalf, and Hilliard, Gray, and Co 1834-37.
The complete writings of George Washington. Octavo, 12 volumes, uniformly bound in full contemporary calf. Mixed early editions. Frontispiece of Washington to volumes 1-3; engraved by J.W. Paradise from a painting by J.G. Chapman after a painting by C.W. Peale; frontispiece in volumes 2 and 3 engraved by A.B. Durand, the first from a painting by Gilbert Stuart; frontispiece in volume 12 of Martha Washington engraved by J. Cheney. Editor Jared Sparks was a noted early American historian and President of Harvard College. Sparks worked as editor of the North American Review and a Unitarian pastor in Baltimore. Sparks’ most notable work was his Writings of George Washington. He was an important early American Antiquarian and influential in his historical scholarship on the new nation. Bookplate, in very good condition. Desirable set bound in full contemporary calf.
Kent: A.G. Bishop & Sons, Ltd c. 1965.
Second edition of Mandela’s Rivonia Speech. Signed and dated on the front panel, “NMandela 31.8.05.” In near fine condition.
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts This Is My Story; Signed By Her; From the Library of Carl Van Vechten
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1937.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “with affection Eleanor Roosevelt.” From the library of Carl Van Vechten, with his bookplate to the inner front panel, near fine in a bright near fine with a few small closed tears. Carl Van Vechten was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. He photographed Eleanor Roosevelt quite a number of times. A nice association.
Original patent executed and signed by Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. Two folio vellum leaves. Engraved vignette header, embossed paper seal with ribbons, ribbon bound. Signed by President Andrew Jackson on April 3rd 1835. Countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsythe and Attorney General Benjamin F. Butler. The patent is issued to “Elisha Holton, a citizen of the United States, who hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the construction of a grist mill.” The second page contains a lengthy hand-written description of the construction and design of the grist mill signed by Holton on the verso. Also bound in is an original hand-colored technical drawing of the grist mill. In fine condition. The entire document measures 15 inches by 11.5 inches. Uncommon. Rare and desirable in this condition and format.