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London: Henry Colburn, 1829.
Extra illustrated edition of the Memoirs of the Empress Josephine. Octavos, three volumes, bound in full morocco by Bayntun Bindery with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in nine compartments within raised gilt bands, wide gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbons bound in, illustrated with 29 plates, 6 of which are in color including tissue-guarded frontispieces of Empress Josephine, Emperor Napoleon, and her son Eugene. In fine condition. Tasteful armorial bookplates to the pastedown of each volume.
First Edition of The 9/11 Commission Report; Signed by George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Thomas Kean, Lee Hamilton and Alvin Felzenberg
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2004.
First edition of this “document of historic sweep and almost unprecedented detail” (The Washington Post). Octavo, original boards. Signed on the half-title page by President George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, inscribed by Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice-Chairman Lee H. Hamilton and signed twice by Deputy for Communications Alvin S. Felzenberg. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Archie Ferguson. Rare and desirable with this collection of signatures.
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.
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume of this important biography. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound three quarters morocco, Marlborough armorial crests stamped in gilt on the front panels of each volume, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles. In near fine condition.
Autograph of President Ulysses S. Grant on a card to which is affixed a small portrait of him. Signed and dated by Grant, “U.S. Grant Apr. 6th 1884.” The card measures 5 inches by 2.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a large format engraving of Grant and a plaque. The entire piece measures 21.75 inches by 17 inches. In fine condition. A very attractive piece.
Autograph Letter signed by Greek Statesman Eleftherios Venizelos to American mining engineer and diplomat John Hays Hammond
Autograph letter signed by “the maker of modern Greece,” Eleftherios Venizelos. One page, typescript on Delegation Hellenique letterhead, the letter reads, “Lausanne, 7th December 1922 My dear Mr. Hammond, I thank you most cordially for your letter and wish to express to you the deep gratitude that I feel for the promptness with which you have do kindly undertaken to help us in this hour of trial and misfortune. I am indeed very sorry to hear that your daughter has been ill and hope that she has by this time completely recovered. My wife joins me in cordial greetings to Mrs. Hammond and yourself. Yours sincerely, E. K. Veniselos.” The recipient, John Hays Hammond was a successful American mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist with who Venizelos corresponded regularly. A close friend of President William Howard Taft, Hays was appointed a special United States Ambassador and became chairman of the U.S. Coal Commission in 1922. In fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 12 inches by 14 inches. A nice association.
"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.
"With love to you, on Washington's birthday": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts India and the Awakening East; Signed by Her
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1953.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, signed by the author on the half-title page, “Eleanor Roosevelt with love to you, on Washington’s birthday Fer. 22, 1954 Vernon.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional inscription.
“I know that like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have": Rare photograph of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
Rare photographic portrait of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón, signed and lengthily inscribed by her in Spanish. Retaining the original mount, the entire piece measures 7.5 inches by 6 inches. In near fine condition.
"One of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War": Rare Publishers Morocco First Edition of the Personal Memoirs Of P. H. Sheridan
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1888.
Rare publisher’s deluxe binding of the first edition of Sheridan’s military autobiography, with 27 maps and 18 plates. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in original deluxe full morocco, covers ruled and paneled in blind with blind-stamped central motifs of Sheridan, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. In excellent condition, reinforcement to the hinges. Rare and desirable.
"With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country...I bid you an affectionate farewell": Rare Engraved Robert E. Lee Farewell Address Broadside
Baltimore, Maryland: A. Hoen & Co, 1866.
Rare 1866 engraved broadside of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Farewell Address, also known as General Order No. 9. One page with an engraved headpiece of General Lee flanked by Confederate flags, the address reads, “Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, 10th April 1865. General Order No. 9. After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to the result from no distrust of them. But feeling that valour and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of the contest, I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen. By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection. With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell. R.E. Lee.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 15 inches.
November 20, 1920.
Autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Oliver Wendell Holmes on Supreme Court letterhead. Dated November 20th 1920, the letter reads, “Mr. Barnes called last Evening and delivered to me the handsome Copy of your amended essay. In his presence I established in my shelves, its place being by the side of a fine edition of my much admired Malthus. Mr. Barnes gave a charming account of you and I enjoyed his call very much – none the less that he had been received at any earlier moment with some suspicion as an unknown man with a bag. I hardly know which gives me the greater pleasure – your kind estimate of my work or the admirable quality of yours. On both grounds I am very much obliged to you and am Sincerely yours, O.W. Holmes.” Holmes’ legal philosophy was strongly influenced by the political and economic observations of Thomas Robert Malthus, powerfully expressed in his best-known work An Essay on the Principle of Population, published in 1798. Matted and framed with a drawing of Holmes. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12 inches.
“A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences": PROFILES IN COURAGE; SIGNED BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY AND ETHEL KENNEDY
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964.
Early printing of the Memorial edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Kennedy. With a special foreword by Robert F. Kennedy. Boldly signed by Robert F. Kennedy and inscribed, “For John- With warm wishes Ethel Kennedy.” From the library of South African policy expert John Kane Berman with his name to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
Rare Autograph Letter signed and entirely in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant. One page, folded, the letter is dated February 10th 1883 on Grant’s 3 East 66th Street letterhead and reads in full, “My dear Mrs. Fish: I am very sorry to withdraw Mrs. Grants and my acceptance to dine with you and Governor Fish on Tuesday next but I am obliged to. On Thursday last I received letter from the Secretary of State requesting my presence in Washington the first of the coming week in connection with the commercial treaty between the United States and Mexico. I wrote to him how inconvenient it would be for me to go before the last of the week, and that if not absolutely necessary I would postpone my visit to that time. Today I received an answer saying that the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, of the Senate, desires me to appear before that committee on Thursday next. In view of the fact that there will be but three weeks of the sessions after Thursday next, and the great importance of the treaty under consideration, I put that I must go to Washington Thursday evening. General and Mts. Beale will be here Thursday evening to spend some days with us and Mrs. Grant feels that she would not like to have them, and General Beale writes me that Mrs. Beale is suffering so with her eye that she will have to keep to the house and out of strong light. Very Truly yous U.S. Grant.” In near fine condition.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1965.
First edition of Reagan’s biography covering his years in Hollywood. Octavo, original black cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “To Harry With every good wish Ronald Reagan.” Reagan has also corrected in his hand the word “Honey” opposite the title page to “Nancy.” Near fine in a very good jacket. Jacket design Ned Glattauer.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ray + Gladys In God We Trust Ronald Reagan.” Reagan has also corrected “Honey” to “Nancy” in his own hand, on the verso of the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Also, comes with Peter Pierce’s book The Presidential Journey of Ronald Wilson Reagan, signed by Peter Pierce.