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"The establishment of peace on earth is a fundamental belief of universal Judaism with its principles of one universal God and one humanity": Rare type-written manuscript signed and hand-corrected by Palestine's first attorney general Norman Bentwich
Rare manuscript written by Mandatory Palestine’s first attorney general, British Zionist Norman Bentwich. 21 pages, type-written with copious corrections and revisions in Bentwich’s hand throughout, signed by Bentwich at the conclusion of the last page. Developed during his term as Chairman of the United Restitution Organization, the manuscript contains content and notes which would later be published as Bentwich’s 1959 book: The Religious Foundations of Internationalism; A Study in International Relations Through the Ages. Also included at the conclusion of the text is a list of suggested reading. In very good condition. A rare and desirable signed manuscript.
"Thus we end where we began. We must get our own house in order. We must because it is right. We must because it is right. We must because it is might": First Edition of Robert Kennedy's The Pursuit of Justice; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper and Row, Publishers 1964.
First edition of this collection of speeches delivered by Kennedy while he was Attorney General. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Phil, At least you weren’t in my bathroom when I got up this morning from his friend Bob Kennedy.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anita Scott. Edited by Theodore J. Lowi.
Report of the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion; Signed and Inscribed by several Presidents
Washington, D.C. : United States Government Printing Office 1952.
First edition. Quarto, original leatherette volume, gilt titles to the front panel. Inscribed and signed by several Presidents on the front free endpaper. Inscribed by Truman, This was quite a good job- but it should be good for several generations unless someone blows it up! Harry S. Truman Independence, Missouri March 14, 1955.” Inscribed by Richard Nixon. Signed by Lyndon Johnson, Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter. The inscription from Kennedy appears to be secretarial. Also inscribed by Robert Doughtery, a Renovation Commission member. The volume is accompanied by several original and copies of letters from the White House regarding the autographs.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.
Autograph military commission boldly signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, dated December 20th 1876. One page partially printed on vellum and retaining the original blue seal, the commission appoints Alexander L. Morton as First Lieutenant in the Fifth Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States. Signed by Grant at the conclusion and countersigned by Secretary of War J. Donald Cameron and Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 22.5 inches. In fine condition.
Palm Beach Life 1962.
Small octavo, original blue wrappers. It lists “Kennedy, President of the United States and Mrs. John F.” at 601 No. County Road. The president’s father, The Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy, is also listed as residing at 1095 No. Ocean Blvd. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Photograph of President Kennedy smiling in profile, with the first lady pictured just behind him. Boldly signed by Jacqueline Kennedy, “For Jenny Schaffner—with all my best wishes, Jacqueline Kennedy.” The photograph measures 7.5 inches by 9.9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 16.75 inches.
Rare John F. Kennedy Inaugural Ball Invitation; from the collection of Joe DiMaggio with the original transmittal envelope addressed to him
Washington, D.C: January 5, 1961.
Original Inaugural Committee invitation to the inauguration of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on Friday, January 20, 1961 from the collection of baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. Octavo, with the gilt Inaugural seal. Laid in is an invitation to the Inaugural Ball, ticket to the Inaugural ball, invitation to the Inaugural Concert, calendar of Inaugural activities, and the original transmittal envelopes for the invitations addressed to Joe DiMaggio. From the collection of Joe DiMaggio with a letter of provenance signed by his granddaughters Paula DiMaggio Hamra and Kathie DiMaggio Stein. Both Kennedy and DiMaggio had romantic relationships with Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. DiMaggio and Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall on January 14th, 1954, marking the culmination of years of constant media attention. After their honeymoon in Japan and Korea, the couple returned to Hollywood where tension began to build due to DiMaggio’s discomfort with his wife’s vivacious image. In September of 1954, on the New York City set of the director Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, DiMaggio became irate as Monroe filmed the now-famous scene in which she stands over a subway grate with the air blowing up her skirt. The couple were divorced in October 1954, only 274 days after the day of their marriage ceremony. In May of 1962, Monroe took a break from shooting the 20th Century Fox film Something’s Got to Give, to sing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” on stage at President John F. Kennedy’s early birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York, drawing attention with her costume: a beige, skintight dress covered in rhinestones, which made her appear nude. When 36-year-old Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, DiMaggio handled her funeral arrangements. He barred Hollywood’s elite as well as members of the Kennedy family, including then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy, from attending. For the next two decades, until his own death in 1999, he sent roses several times a week to her grave at Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. In fine condition. A unique association.
Series 1935 D silver certificate one dollar bill, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman on the portrait side. Double matted and framed with a photograph of President Truman at the Oval Office desk, with the phrase, “The buck stops here!” The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 12.5 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Presidential history.
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant as President. Addressed to the Attorney General of the United States Edwards Pierrepont the letter reads, “Elizabeth, N.J. Sept. 2nd 1876 Dear Judge, While in Utica Judge Hunt spoke to me of the importance of appointing a member to Judge Woodruff at as early as a day as practicable on account of the great amount of business before the court. I do not know of any lawyer in the circuit to whom to tender the position when it should be Senator Edmunds and he I should dislike to see leave the Senate. But you are well acquainted with the Bar in that circuit and its wants, and can no doubt suggest the right man for the place. If you will send me a commission therefore to St. Louis so as to reach me there between the 24th and 28th either filled up of the name blank, with suggestions as to the best man I will sign and return it. Very truly your humble servant U.S. Grant.” Grant appointed Pierrepont Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 1875. When he assumed the office, Pierrepont immediately implemented overdue reform in the South’s U.S. Marshal and U.S. Attorney departments including extensive investigations into the conduct of the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals, exposing fraud and corruption. Double matted and framed with a carte de visite of Grant. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 21.75 inches by 15.75 inches.
First Edition of Partners: The United Nations and Youth; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Ferris
Garden City, NY: Doubleday 1950.
First edition of this work which tells the dramatic story of the United Nations. Small quarto, original cloth, illustrated, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and inscribed by Helen Ferris to famed photographer Fred Stein, “For Fred Stein with our appreciation and all our good wishes for the days ahead Helen Ferris June 1951.” Stein was an early pioneer of the hand held camera and noted street photographer in New York and Paris. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket by Rafael Palacios. We have never encountered another signed copy by both authors.
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.
First Editions of the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion's Memoirs Volumes 1-3 Signed by Him
Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers 1973-74.
First editions of volumes 1-4 of David Ben-Gurion’s memoirs in Hebrew. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Volumes 1-3 signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page in Hebrew. Ben-Gurion lived to see the publishing of only the first three volumes. Previous owners small stamp and pen writing on front free endpapers, tape residue on the front and rear endpapers. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable signed by the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel.
"It always seems impossible until it's done"; First edition of Nelson Mandela In His Own Words; signed by Nelson Mandela
New York: Little Brown 2003.
First American edition of this collection of Mandela’s inspirational speeches. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mario Pulice. Foreword by Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan.
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" First Edition of The Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown 1995.
First American edition of the illustrated autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Quarto, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
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.