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“THE MOST AUTHORITATIVE FIGURE IN JEWISH LIFE”: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF CHAIM WEIZMANN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY TRIAL AND ERROR
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
Signed limited first edition, one of only 500 copies signed by Chaim Weizmann, this is number 412. Octavo, 2 volumes, frontispiece of Weizmann in volume one. Fine in near fine dust jackets. Uncommon in the original dust jackets.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 91577
Photograph of David Ben-Gurion signed and dated in 1959 by him in Hebrew, presented to Max Goldweber in appreciation from The United Jewish Appeal. The UJA-Federation, as it is known today, was created from the 1986 merger of the United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, a predecessor organization established in 1917. It is the largest local philanthropy in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the organization raises and allocates funds annually to fulfill a mission to “care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities in New York, in Israel, and around the world.” Framed, the entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 41088
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
New York : Harper Collins, 1990.
First edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 68011
Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant Maj. Gen, U.S.A.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 10.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 94708
"In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts": First Editions of each volume in Harold Macmillan's memoirs; Each Signed by Him
Harold Macmillan’s Memoirs: Winds of Change, 1914-1939; The Blast of War, 1939-1945; Tides of Fortune, 1945-1955; Riding the Storm, 1956-1959; Pointing the Way, 1959-1961; At the End of the Day, 1961-1963.
London: Macmillan, 1965-73.
First editions of each volume in Harold Macmillan’s memoirs, each signed by him. Octavo, six volumes, illustrated. Each volume is signed by Harold MacMillan on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. Complete signed sets are rare.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 91420
“YOU ONLY NEED A HEART FULL OF GRACE. A SOUL GENERATED BY LOVE”: The Memorial Edition of Profiles In Courage; Inscribed by Robert Kennedy
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1964.
First edition of the Memorial edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy. Presentation copy, inscribed by Robert Kennedy on the front free endpaper, “For Mr and Mrs Richard Boyle With Best Wishes Robert F. Kennedy.” Very good in a good price-clipped dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 112723
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't": First Edition of The Downing Street Years; Signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev
London: HarperCollins, 1993.
First edition of Thatcher’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 109133
New York: Dodge Publishing Company, 1938.
First edition of this firsthand look of everyday life in the White House by Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Roosevelt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Miss Trefether With a Merry Xmas from Eleanor Roosevelt.” Introduction by Malvina Thompson Scheider. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 92438
First edition of Ronnie and Nancy: A Very Special Love Story; signed by both Ronald and Nancy Reagan
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1985.
First edition of Adler’s account of one of America’s great romances, inscribed by Ronald Reagan as President and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Octavo, original half-cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ronald and signed by Nancy Reagan on the half-title page, “To Preston Long – with our appreciation and warmest friendship. Nancy & Ronald Reagan Jan. 27 1986.” The recipient, Preston H. Long, was a supporter of Reagan and was appointed by Reagan as a Member of the American Battle Monuments Commission in July of the year the present volume was inscribed. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by James K. Davis. Jacket photograph by Harry Benson. Examples of this title signed by the Reagan’s are particularly uncommon.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 114871
"LET THE WORD GO FORTH FROM THIS TIME AND PLACE, TO FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE, THAT THE TORCH HAS BEEN PASSED TO A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS": Rare original invitation collection from the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy
Rare collection of original invitation materials from events held upon the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. The collection includes an official “Inauguration Ceremonies” program, a green admission pass marked “Senate Steps” admitting the bearer to the Senate Wing Steps, a blank “Inaugural Concert” ticket order form with envelope, and photographic portraits of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson with facsimile signatures. With the original Congress of the United States envelope which contained the collection. All items are in fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 90374
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc, 1971.
Signed limited first edition, one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 109079
Autograph letter signed by and in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant. The clipped letter reads, “Should I go to Chicago on the 10th of September however I will try to extend the time, and my visit to Peoria. Respectfully Yours U.S. Grant General.” Matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Grant. The entire piece measures 8 inches by 14.25 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 97554
Rare 19th century naval appointment signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Dated February 6, 1889, the document appoints a Quartermaster to the Royal Navy. Signed in the upper left corner by Queen Victoria in the 52nd year of her reign. Retaining the orange revenue stamp and royal blue paper seal. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Queen Victoria, the document measures 11.5 inches by 15.5 inches. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 27.5 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 115549
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.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 81065
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost": Photograph of Billy Graham; Signed by Him
Black and white photograph of Evangelist Billy Graham, boldly signed on the mount by him, “God Bless Billy Graham.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 62377
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
Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion regarding his meeting with Angelica Balabanoff, a close associate of Benito Mussolini
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion regarding his controversial meeting with Angelica Balabanoff, a close associate of Benito Mussolini. Addressed to German-Israeli Holocaust survivor Walter Zvi Barak and dated October 26, 1968, the letter translated from Hebrew into English reads, “Shalom and greetings. I learned of the photograph only from your letter. Indeed, I exchanged a letter with Ms. Balabanova, but I do not remember ever meeting her or being photographed with her. I know that Mussolini was once a socialist. I would not have been ashamed to have a picture taken together with Balabanova, but as far as I can recall, I never met her, and in any case, I do not know how this picture got into a book about Mussolini. It is very possible that this is not my photograph, but I see no crime in being photographed with Ms. Balabanova. Yours sincerely…” Accompanied by the letter from Walter Zvi Barak to which Ben-Gurion is replying which reads, “As a man who is professionally engaged in teaching and studying the history of the new era, I have recently come across a finding that forced me to draw your attention to. I have purchased the book: Mussolini – a Study in Power by Ivone Kirkpatrick Pocket book, Disensbooks published by arrow books Febr-1968. The book is accompanied by a series of photographs from the fascist world, including many pictures of Hitler and the famous picture depicting the hanging corpse of Mussolini. Among these pictures, much to my surprise, is a photograph of your honor with Ms. Angelica Balabanoff, a Jewish socialist whose influence on Mussolini was great even before he became a fascist, during his days as the editor of “Avanti”. I was shocked to see a photograph of your honor in the framework of fascist illustrations, and by publishing the picture with such a combination, I doubted that it had been done without your knowledge and without the consent of your honor? As a Jew in general, and as a survivor of the Holocaust in particular, I was deeply saddened by the matter and I feel the affront expressed here towards your dignity as the leader of the Jewish people, the victim of fascism. Another interesting fact stands out. In all the pictures, the characters are identified by name and function, but in this photograph, in which also your honor appears it was stated: “Angelica Balabanoff, a socialist acquaintance of Mussolini” I deliberated with doubt that this might not be the picture of your honor at all, so I asked certain friends for identification, and indeed no one doubted that this was a photograph of your honor. There are three options available now: a) That your honor is aware of the existence of this photograph and agrees to its publication. In such case – will you please accept my expression above as a personal response stemming from deep sorrow. b) That your honor does not know about its existence and its printing – then my hope that my referral will be beneficial for your honor. c) That this is not the picture of your honor, and then would you please be kind enough to inform me of the regrettable mistake and accept my heartfelt apology. I would be happy to receive an answer from your honor. With great respect and honor, Zvi Barak.” Born in Russia and educated in Belgium, Angelica Balabanoff (1878-1965) joined the Italian Socialist Party after settling in Rome in 1900, becoming a close associate of Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), the future Fascist dictator of Italy. Balabanoff returned to Russia in 1917 to support the Bolshevik cause but again went to Italy in 1922 having grown disillusioned by Russian Socialism. Ben-Gurion met Balabanoff in Tel Aviv in 1962 and a photograph of their meeting was included in Kirkpatrick’s 1964 book Mussolini: Study of a Demagogue. The letters are in near fine condition. A unique association.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 110631
“All he wanted was toleration, and by the enlightened use of the dispensing power to be the true father of all his people": First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. In fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 115414
Program for the 1956 Republican National Convention in San Francisco, August 20, 1956, signed on the front and back by numerous attendees, including a signature of President Eisenhower. Other signers include: Iowa Governor Leo Hoegh; Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr.; South Dakota Governor Joe Foss; California Senator Thomas Kuchel; New Jersey Senator Howard Alexander Smith; Delaware Senator John J. Williams; Ohio Senator George H. Bender; New Jersey Senator Clifford P. Case; and numerous others. In very good with light toning. A unique piece signed by President Eisenhower and many of those responsible for helping his reelection campaign. Double matted and framed with a photograph of the 1956 Republican Convention. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 25.5 inches. A unique piece.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 43061
"We will have to want peace, want it enough to pay for it, before it becomes an accepted rule": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's This Troubled World; Signed by Her on a Laid in White House Card
New York: H.C. Kinsey & Company, 1938.
First edition of this work by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. With a letter on White House stationary from 1941, stating, “Mrs. Roosevelt was glad to sign the copy of her book for you and it is returned to you under separate cover.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with toning to the spine. A nice signed example with desirable provenance.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 35098