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"I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people": First Edition of Decision Points; Signed by President George W. Bush
New York: Crown Publishers, 2010.
First edition of George W. Bush’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by George W. Bush on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by W.G. Cookman.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 117667
Inaugural Invitation Signed by President George Bush, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
President George Bush, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Signed 1989 Inaugural Invitation.
President George H.W. Bush, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Signed 1989 Inaugural Invitation. 8.5″ x 11″; Washington, D.C.; with First Day Cancellation stamp dated January 20, 1989. Invitation to the inauguration of George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle. Signed by President George H.W. Bush, William H. Rehnquist and Sandra Day O’Connor. Justice Rehnquist swore in President Bush, and Justice O’Connor swore in the Vice President Quayle. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 13.5 inches.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 74988
New York: Scribners, 1999.
First edition of George H. W. Bush’s life and letters. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by both George Bush and his chief of staff John Sununu on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Fontana. Jacket photograph by Alexanders of Houston.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 100097
"Dear Mr. President, Barb and I sing 'Happy Birthday to you' - with many happy returns! All Bushes join in": Rare autograph birthday note warmly inscribed by George H.W. Bush as Vice President to Ronald Reagan as President
Autograph note signed and inscribed by George H.W. Bush as Vice President to Ronald Reagan as President on his birthday. One page, with the official emblem of the Vice President, the note reads, “Feb. 6, 1984 Dear Mr. President, Barb and I sing “Happy Birthday to you” – with many happy returns! All Bushes join in – George.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Bush and Reagan. The entire piece measures 20 inches 16.5 inches. A remarkable association.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 114005
Rare George H. W. Bush Vice Presidential Fountain Pen bearing Bush’s signature in facsimile. Housed in the original pen box bearing the seal of the Vice President of the United States. In fine condition requiring the nib insert.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 114942
New York: Doubleday Press, 1987.
First edition, signed Limited edition. Octavo, original blue leather, all edges gilt. One of 250 numbered copies, signed by George Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 7292
New York: Doubleday Press, 1987.
Signed limited first edition of the 41st President of the United States’ memoir, published during his term as Vice-President. Octavo, original blue leather, all edges gilt. One of 250 numbered copies, signed by George Bush. Additionally signed by the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 109644
"My name is Charles Frederick Bush, C. Fred for short": First edition of White House Dog C. Fred's Story; Inscribed by both Barbara and George Bush
New York: Doubleday, 1984.
First edition of First Lady Barbara Bush’s children’s book about the adventures of White House dog C. Fred Bush. Large octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs throughout. Inscribed by Barbara Bush, “To Edna Pryn – With love and affection to a dear friend – Warmly – Barbara Bush” and President George Bush, “With love, George Bush,” and with a paw print stamp in the likeness of C. Fred’s paw. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust Jacket design by David Gatti. Jacket photograph by Cynthia Johnson.
Price: $800.00 Item Number: 82391
Large original photograph signed by first ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalyn Carter, Betty Ford and Hillary Clinton
Original black and white photograph of First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalyn Carter, and Betty Ford. Signed by all four in addition to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is not pictured. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches. Elegantly presented.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 99836
"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family": First Edition of Barbara Bush's Memoir; Signed by George H. W. Bush and Inscribed by First Lady Barbara Bush
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.
First edition of the first lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by George H. W. Bush and inscribed by Barbara Bush on the front free endpaper, “May 1st 1997 To: Victor Kovach With best wishes – Barbara Bush.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow. Uncommon signed by both the former first lady and President Bush.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 82392
"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family": First Edition of Barbara Bush's Memoir; Signed by Her
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.
First edition of the first lady Barbara Bush’s memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barbara Bush. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jackie Seow.
Price: $95.00 Item Number: 45676
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970.
First edition the second volume of the author’s Pulitzer and National Book Award winning work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Henry Kissinger with all good wishes Jim Burns.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With the compliments of the author slip laid in. An excellent association copy.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 5744
Washington, DC: 1973.
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Chief Justice Warren Burger at his bio page. 20 page pamphlet on the Supreme Court published by them.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 7365
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.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 49067
Autographed signed letter from Chief Justice Warren Burger to the Chief Judge of the Second Court of Appeals Irving Kaufman on The Supreme Court letterhead. The letter reads, “Dear Irving, Today is a significant milestone in your fine judicial career and an important one in the Judiciary because of that fact. Few judges brought to their work the rich background of scholarship and broad experience in practice and the trial bench as you did. I wish for you- and for all of us- that you will have good health and many more years of service in the courts. Cordially Warren E. Burger Nov. 1, 1969.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.75 inches by 14.75 inches.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 38008
"If you will see one justice done in this particular I shall feel forever obliged to you": Rare Autograph Letter Signed by President James Buchanan to Philadelphia Publisher Mathew Carey
Autograph letter signed entirely in the hand of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan to Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey. Addressed to Mathew Carey, the letter reads, “Lancaster 24 October 1825. Dear Sir, I have a favor to ask you which I feel assured you will grant. Your maxim, I know, both in public and private life is to render justice to all men. I have heard with surprise from several respectable sources that I have been denounced in Philadelphia by many as an enemy to internal imprisonment. This has arisen from what is alleged in your city to have been my course in the canal convention. Upon this subject I think I have been hardly treated. Some of your editors published my resolutions and the speeches of others in support of them; but not one of them has ever published my observations. As I feel a high respect for the opinion of many of the citizens of Philadelphia I should be sorry they would labor under a false impression respecting me. I therefore take the liberty of requesting you to have my resolution and the few remarks I made or such parts of them that you may deem proper republished by some one of your editors. If you will see one justice done in this particular I shall feel forever obliged to you. Your opinion in this particular I shall feel forever obliged to you. Your opinion would at once correct every erroneous impression, I used every effort in my power for the Delaware and Chesapeake canal. With sentiments of the highest respect both for your intellectual and moral character. I remain your sincere friend, James Buchanan N.B. I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in 2 or 3 weeks.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed to Carey in Buchanan’s hand. Irish-born American publisher Mathew Carey established himself as a publisher in Philadelphia by founding the Pennsylvania Herald in 1785 and Columbian Magazine in 1786. He published the first Roman Catholic version of the Bible printed in the United States, America’s first atlases, and frequently wrote on various social topics including debates in the state legislature. In very good condition with some browning to the page edges.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 95838
First Edition of Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser; Inscribed by Zbigniew Brzezinski
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983.
First edition of Brzezinski’s memoirs. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, “To Susan Spezza- with best wishes, Zbigniew Brzezinski.” Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Garrett Loube Design Associates.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 114269
New York: Basic Books, 1997.
First edition of this “masterful synthesis of historical, geographical, and political analysis…. Geostrategic thinking in the grand tradition of Bismarck” (Samuel Huntington). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “and with best wishes Zbigniew Brzezinski.” Small name, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rick Pracher.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 5797
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.”
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 7278
"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.
Price: $700.00 Item Number: 96117
Portrait of George Washington, executed and signed by artist Nicholas Alden Brooks, 1840-1909. Pastel on paper. The portrait measures 21 inches by 25 inches. Framed, the entire piece measures In very good condition with light rubbing. Framed behind glass. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 30 inches.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 73082
Rare Photographic Portrait of Robert E. Lee and his staff; Inscribed by Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady
Photographic portrait of General Robert E. Lee flanked by his son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on his right and Colonel Walter Taylor on his left. Inscribed by one of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew Brady, on a mount, “To Col. Robert Alexander Compliments of his friend, M.B. Brady.” The photograph was taken at Lee’s estate in Richmond, Virginia in April of 1865, only days after his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. This is one in a series taken by Brady in the basement below the back porch of the estate and from the original wet plates in the Brady-Handy collection. “This photograph is one of the most celebrated images produced by Brady, who established his reputation in the 1850s as the preeminent portraitist in New York and Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Brady sought out General Robert E. Lee, who had returned to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, after his surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. At the photographer’s request General Lee reluctantly put on his uniform and posed at the back of his residence with his son, General George Washington Custis Lee (left), and his chief of staff, Colonel Walter H. Taylor (right). The image conveys the pathos of defeat for the Confederacy and for Lee personally. For Brady, who had been present at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, this portrait completed his photographic coverage of the conflict” (WAM). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. An exceptional piece of Americana.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 89011
"A STATE OF JOY AND LAUGHTER": SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ONE SPECIAL SUMMER; SIGNED BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS AND LEE RADZIWILL
New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.
Signed limited first edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, original cardboard slipcase with photographic paper label, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. Signed by both Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier. In fine condition in the original slipcase, which is fine condition. One of 500 numbered copies.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 48738
New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.
First trade edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. In near fine condition.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 90482
"the most extraordinarily good portrait of my father I have ever seen": Photograph by Gutzon Borglum of the Bust of Lincoln; Signed by Him
Photograph signed and dated “Gutzon Borglum 1907.” The photograph taken by Borglum shows his marble bust of Abraham Lincoln. On February 6, 1908, the President’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, wrote to Borglum regarding the bust as, “the most extraordinarily good portrait of my father I have ever seen.” The sculpture is on display in the Crypt of the U.S. Capitol Building. A typed Lincoln quotation pasted to mount at lower left. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17.5 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 87608
"Victory belongs to the most persevering": Rare Napoleon Bonaparte Autograph Military Commission and Document Collection
Rare military commission boldly signed by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. One page, dated April 19, 1812, the document contains a request for 17,861 francs to replace uniforms and shoes that were destroyed in a fire in the city of Aurich on July 18, 1811. Additionally signed by Napoleon’s Minister of War, “Duc de Feltre.” Accompanied by several additional military documents in French and German including an autograph letter signed by Michel Ney four days prior to the battle of Guttstadt-Deppen, two reports of the inspector of engineering pertaining to fortifications, and many others. With a first edition auction catalog from Sotheby’s Napoleon & Berthier Auction on Tuesday, March 1, 1938. In near fine to fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 115652
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1997.
First edition of Michael Bloomberg’s hard-hitting autobiography. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “For Rona Freedland Hope you enjoy this book, Mike Bloomberg.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Nuart, Inc. Jacket photographs by Gregory Heisler.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 110923
“a portrait of the Kennedy family as it looked then” : First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy
New York: Random House, 1964.
First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 53032
New York: Random House, 2007.
First edition of “this compelling personal story” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, signed by the author on the title page, “Thank you for supporting Delaware Technical Community College Joe Biden 1.16.08.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 117321
New York: Random House, 2007.
First edition of “this compelling personal story” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, signed by the author on the title page, “Dear Dave- Thanks for keeping the “Democratic” flag flying high! Keep the faith and I will keep my promises Joe Biden 6.12.08.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Stevenson.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 112982
New York: Random House, 2007.
First edition, early printing of “this compelling personal story” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Darlene Dolson With best wishes Joe 8.25.07.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by David Stevenson.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 117774
First Edition of Biden's Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics; Inscribed by Him to Henry Kissinger
New York: Random House, 2007.
First edition of “this compelling personal story” (The New York Times). Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry Kissinger, “For Henry thanks for the opportunity Joe 7.31.07.” The recipient Henry Kissinger served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, he became National Security Advisor in 1969 and U.S. Secretary of State in 1973. For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. From the library of Henry Kissinger. An exceptional association.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 116177
"With deep appreciation for your efforts to secure my release and for your efforts on behalf of democracy in Pakistan": First Edition of Benazir Bhutto's Daughter of the East; Inscribed by Her to Senator Pell
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1989.
First edition of Bhutto’s autobiography. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Dear Senator Pell, With deep appreciation for your efforts to secure my release and for your efforts on behalf of democracy in Pakistan Sincerely, Benazir Bhutto January 1989.” The recipient Clairborne Pell was a United States Senator from Rhode Island was a ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee. He secured Benazir’s freedom by ultimately pressuring the Reagan Administration and the Government of Pakistan. He is cited frequently in this autobiography Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mon Hohan. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 110879
"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.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 81253
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": First Edition of Ben Gurion Looks Back; Signed by David Ben-Gurion
London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1965.
First edition of this collection of informal talks with journalist and first Israeli military spokesman Moshe Pearlman. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket design by John Curtis. Rare and desirable signed by David Ben-Gurion.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 33053
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