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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.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 82459
Color photograph signed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “God bless you Desmond Tutu 10.12.98.” The photograph measures 5.75 by 4.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 112961
London: Rider, 1999.
First British edition of this work, which chronicles Archbishop Tutu’s courageous chairing of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “God Bless You Desmond Tutu 4/19/05”. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 1156
“The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know": First Edition of Mr. President: The First Publication from the Personal Diaries; Inscribed by Harry Truman to U.S. Representative Walter Keil Granger
Mr. President: The First Publication from the Personal Diaries, Private Letters, Papers, and Revealing Interviews of Harry S. Truman, Thirty-Second President of the United States of America.
New York: Farrar Straus and Young, 1952.
First edition of this collection of writings from President Truman. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Lengthily inscribed and dated by Harry Truman below the frontispiece portrait opposite the title page, “To my good friend Hon. + Mrs. W. K. Granger with kindest regards Harry Truman.” The recipient Walter Keil Granger was a United States Representative from Utah. Granger served as member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1932 to 1937, and serving as speaker in 1935. He then served as member of the Public Service Commission of Utah from 1937 to 1940. In 1941 Granger was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1953). In near fine condition. A nice association.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 83704
Complete 9 inches by 10 inches full sheet of fifty United States three-cent postage stamps depicting the White House and honoring the sesquicentennial of Washington D.C. Boldly signed by Harry and Bess Truman, “To Mike Zebniak From Harry Truman” and “Bess W. Truman”. Matted and framed the entire piece measures 17 inches by 18 inches.
Price: $1,450.00 Item Number: 83451
Rare original photograph of American statesmen Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson. Inscribed by Harry Truman, “Kind regards to Ken Browne, Harry Truman” and by Stevenson, “For Ken Browne with best wishes Adlai S. Stevenson.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.5 inches.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 99835
“THEY GAVE ME ABOUT FIVE OR TEN GALLONS OF ANTIBIOTICS…BUT THEY JUST COULDN’T KILL ME”: FIVE PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM HARRY TRUMAN TOSECRETARY OF STATE DEAN ACHESON
Kansas City, Missouri: 1954.
Autograph letter signed by Harry S. Truman to Dean Acheson. Five pages, with 2 page transcription of Acheson’s 19 October response Truman recounts his near death from an infected gall bladder that required emergency, life-saving surgery, and reflects on his changing popular reputation. “Went to our outdoor theater [on June 19] in Swope Park to see ‘Call Me Madam,’ which I’ve never seen (and don’t want to).” Truman, in fact, was going to appear in a cameo at the end of the play. But he never made it. While waiting to come on “A pain overtook me which I couldn’t stop with all the will power I could exercise and the ‘Boss’ drove me home.” Admitted into the hospital, the “Doc told me that the white corpuscles were increasing at the rate of 1000 an hour and that a little butchering would be necessary. I wrote a codicil to my will and went out – I mean out. They gave me about five or ten gallons of anti-biotics by sticking needles in veins. But they just couldn’t kill me.” His wife Bess “says I’m worse than a Bridge Club Lady—talk about my operation and bore people to death.” He also talks about the difficult task of getting his memoirs published, with an impatient publisher waiting for the promised 300,000 words by the spring of 1954. But the hospital was flooded with flowers during his convalescence and Truman was touched by the genuine concerns expressed for “this still controversial former President.” No one, he tells Acheson, “knew the travails of what we went through in those years from Apr. 12, 1945 to Jan. 20, 1953 as did you, Gen. Marshall, [Treasury Secretary] John Snyder and [Secretary of Agriculture] Charlie Brannan.” A lengthy, revealing letter about Truman’s near death experience.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 7271
New York: Bernard Geis, 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed twice by the author on the half-title page, “From Harry S. Truman to Betty Tator from Harry S. Truman 8/16/63.” Additionally signed by Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of Harry Truman. Fine in an excellent dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 3806
Photograph of Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence; Signed by President Truman
Original photograph of The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, boldly inscribed and dated in 1967 by President Harry S. Truman. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 111099
Photograph of President Harry S. Truman having his arm raised at the 1947 Democratic National Convention. Inscribed by Truman, “To Joseph J. Fracelli, From Harry S. Truman, 12/7/66.” On the verso of the photograph bears a Harry S. Truman Library stamp. It measures 10 inches by 8 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 19073
"The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender": Proclamation of Nazi Germanys Surrender; Signed by Harry Truman
Washington, D.C: May 8, 1945.
Large three-colored broadside of Harry Truman’s Proclamation declaring the surrender of Germany, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman. Also included at the lower left is the original 1945 Christmas card from the President and Mrs. Truman and at lower right, the original red, white and blue ribbon. These were presented by the President as gifts for friends. Uncommon, especially with the original Christmas card and ribbon. Matted and framed, which measures 21 inches by 28 inches.
Price: $11,500.00 Item Number: 4419
“THE ONLY THING NEW IN THIS WORLD IS THE HISTORY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW”: First Signed Limited Edition of President Trumans Mr. Citizen; One of 1,000 copies signed by President Truman
New York: Bernard Geis, 1960.
First signed limited edition of this collection of articles written by President Truman after leaving the White House. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, illustrated. One of 1000 copies signed by Harry Truman, this is Number 668. Fine in the rare original slipcase and acetate jacket.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 120397
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions of the memoirs of President Harry S. Truman. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth, blue topstain. Warmly inscribed by the author in volume one on the front free endpaper, “Kindest regards to Varnas from Harry S Truman 5-8-59.” Both volumes are near fine an excellent dust jackets with some light wear and tear. Jacket design by Sidney Butchkes. Jacket photograph by Eliot Elisofon.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 71019
“THE ONLY THING NEW IN THIS WORLD IS THE HISTORY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW”: First Edition of President Trumans Mr. Citizen; Inscribed by Him to His Treasury Secretary
New York: Bernard Geis, 1960.
First edition, the author’s edition. Octavo, original half leatherette, slipcase, illustrated with 32 pages of black-and-white photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Honorable John Wesley Snyder from his good friend, comrade and associate in most trying times. He was the greatest of the great Secretaries of the Treasury.” The original slipcase is also inscribed to Snyder from Truman but has faded. John W. Snyder was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in 1946 by his close personal friend President Truman, with whom he had served in the Army Reserves. His task as Secretary was to establish a stable postwar economy. The main points of his program were maintaining confidence in the credit of the government, reducing the federal debt, keeping the interest rate low, and encouraging public thrift through investment in U.S. Savings Bonds. A conservative businessman, he had faith that the free economy would work itself out. He reduced the national debt while balancing the budget. He held several public and private positions including National Bank Receiver in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Loan Administrator, and Director of War Mobilization and Reconversion. In the last office he played a leading part in the transition of the Nation’s economy from wartime to a peacetime basis. An excellent association.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 3806
"With kindest regards and happy memories of a most important day in the history of the U.S.A": Harry Truman signed photograph
Large black and white photograph of the Senate Committee investigation headed by Harry Truman into the $40 million contract for wartime planes with Howard Hughes and Henry J. Kaiser, lengthily inscribed by Truman, “To my good friend and Committee Councilor Charles Patrick Clark, with kindest regards and happy memories of a most important day in the history of the U.S.A. Harry Truman, Chm, Independence, Mar. 15, ’57.” To the sides of the inscription Truman has listed those in attendance. In near fine condition. The photograph measures 13.5 inches by 10.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 94776
“THE ONLY THING NEW IN THIS WORLD IS THE HISTORY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW”: President Trumans Mr. Citizen; Inscribed by Him
New York: Bernard Geis, 1960.
First edition, early printing of this collection of articles written by President Truman after leaving the White House. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title page, “To Theodore R Racoosin from Harry Truman Kind regards.” The recipient, Theodore Racoosin was a noted Jewish leader, who was active in many major undertakings for Israel in the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,150.00 Item Number: 111871
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions of President Truman’s presidential memoirs. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page of Volume I in the year of publication, “With many thanks and best wishes to Jack Fuller from Harry Truman Nov. 28, 1955.” Both volumes are near fine in near fine price-clipped dust jackets. Jacket designs by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photographs by Eliot Elsofon and U.S. Army Corps.
Price: $900.00 Item Number: 119588
"more poignant and human than Trumans official memoirs": First Edition of Truman Speaks; Signed by Harry Truman
New York: Columbia University Press, 1960.
First edition of a collection of lectures given by Truman at Columbia University. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Truman. Boldly signed by Harry Truman on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the extremities. Jacket photograph by The Bettmann Archive.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 80033
"Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much": Rare Typed Letter Signed by Harry S. Truman as President to Lewis Strauss
February 2, 1951.
Rare typed letter signed by Harry S. Truman as President. One page on White House stationary, the letter is dated February 2, 1951 and addressed to the Honorable Lewis Strauss, 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York. The letter reads: “Dear Admiral: I can’t tell you how very much I appreciated your letter of January twenty-ninth about Margaret’s acting at the performance for the Cancer Research Fund. Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much. Sincerely Yours, Harry Truman.” The recipient, Lewis Strauss, was a Jewish-American businessman, philanthropist, public office holder, and naval officer. He was a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States. After the deaths of both of his parents from cancer, Strauss established a fund for physics research to develop better radiation treatment for cancer patients. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 101612
Signed photograph of President Harry S. Truman and his Cabinet meeting on August 10, 1945, after the Japanese Surrender. Photograph is signed in the order the men are sitting, left to right: Secretary of Agriculture Clinton Anderson; Secretary of Labor Lewis B. Schwellenbach; National Housing Agency Chairman John B. Blandford, Jr.; War Production Board Chairman Julius Krug; War Mobilization Director John W. Snyder; Office of Economic Stabilization Director William H. Davis; Foreign Economics Administrator Leo Crowley; Secretary of Commerce Henry Wallace; Under Secretary of the Interior Abe Fortas; Postmaster General Robert Hannegan; Secretary of War Henry Stimson; Secretary of State James Byrnes; President Harry S. Truman; Secretary of the Treasury Fred Vinson; Attorney General Tom Clark; Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 67008