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New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Reverend Gordon Scruton, “To my good friend, Rev. Scruton, in appreciation of your man kindnesses and great support during my Presidency. I am most grateful for all your help to my Family and to me. Warmest best wishes. Gerald R. Ford 8/3/79.” The recipient, Reverend Gordon Scruton was was ordained a deacon in 1971, a priest in 1972, and served as an assistant rector at St. Mark’s Church in Riverside, Rhode Island and at St. Paul’s Church in Kingston, Rhode Island in the mid-1970s. Scruton was rector of Grace Church in Dalton, Massachusetts from 1977 to 1981. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119904
"For Teddy Kollek who inspired this book and without whom 'A Will to Survive' would never have been written": First edition of A Will to Survive; warmly inscribed by John Philips to the mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kolleck who contributed the book's afterword
New York: The Dial Press/James Wade, 1977.
First edition of the renowned photojournalist’s remarkable portrait of the people of Israel. Quarto, original wrappers, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Foreword by Golda Meir. Afterword by Teddy Kollek. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to Teddy Kollek, who contributed the afterword, in the year of publication, “For Teddy Kollek who inspired this book and without whom ‘A Will to Survive’ would never have been written. With sincere best wishes John Phillips Jerusalem April.21.77.” The recipient, Teddy Kollek, was an Israeli politician who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993 and founded the Jerusalem Foundation which restored many important landmarks in Jerusalem including its major synagogues. Once referred to as “the greatest builder of Jerusalem since Herod,” Kollek essentially developed Jerusalem into a modern city after its reunification in 1967. In near fine condition. An exceptional association.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 119901
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. George London from Eleanor Roosevelt.” The recipient George London was a concert and operatic bass-baritone. After performing widely with tenor Mario Lanza and soprano Frances Yeend as part of the Bel Canto Trio in 1947–48, London was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where he scored his first major success in 1949. In 1950, he sang the role of Pater Profundis in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 119172
"There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice": First Edition of Grants Memoirs
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86.
First edition of the autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, which focusing mainly on his military career during the Mexican War and the Civil War. Octavo, 2 volumes. Original green cloth with title and front panel in gilt, illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and 43 maps. In near fine condition. A very nice set.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119332
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Master Sergeant Babb, “To MSG. Bradley W. Babb, with appreciation and best wishes. Gerald R. Ford. 9/19/79.” Additionally signed again on the next page by Gerald Ford. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 119577
Rare House of Lords Doc. 20, Minutes of Proceedings, December 10, 1936, printing Edward VIII's "Instrument of Abdication" in which he officially renounces claim to the Throne
House of Lords Doc. 20, Minutes of Proceedings, December 10, 1936, Printing Edward VIII’s “Instrument of Abdication” in which he officially renounces claim to the Throne.
Rare extract from the printed Minutes and a singular moment in British royal history. “Abdication of Edward R. I.” in blue pencil at top right. Framed such that both sides of the document can be read, visible portion of the unfolded sheet measures 16 x 12.5 inches; frame measures 22.5 inches by 20 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 119889
Signed Limited First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; In the Rare original dust jackets and Cardboard case
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Large octavo, two volumes, original three-quarter tan pigskin. One of only 500 copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, with fifty illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. Fine in the rare original dust jackets and original card slipcase, rubbed and lacking the upper panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, easily the nicest we have seen.
Price: $13,000.00 Item Number: 119125
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter; In the Scarce Original dust jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 190. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and wear with light expert restoration. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 119640
Large photograph signed by Winston S. Churchill and co-signed by 43 others including Anthony Eden, Jan Smuts, Lord Beaverbrook and Clement Attlee
Large Photograph Signed Winston S. Churchill and Signed by 43 Other Leaders Including Anthony Eden, Jan Smuts, Lord Beaverbrook and Clement Attlee
London: May 1944.
Winston Churchill at the wartime meeting of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers, signed by him and 43 other world leaders. The 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, hosted by the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill between 1 and 16 May, brought together the heads of government from all the Dominions except Ireland and Newfoundland and was the first in a series of 17 such conferences which took place between 1944 and 1969 and arguably the most significant, having been convened in order to coordinate the Allied war effort. At the 1944 Conference, the assembled leaders agreed to support the Moscow Declaration and the Commonwealth contribution to the upcoming Operation Overlord was discussed. Among the international leaders whose signatures appear here are, the British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, South African Prime Minister Jan Smuts, Lord Privy Seal Lord Beaverbrook, Indian Prime Minister Hari Singh and Deputy Prime Minister Clement Attlee. Photograph by Bassano, signed by him at the lower edge. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 30 inches by 20 inches. A unique piece of world history.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 119975
Rare signed signed by Queen Victoria on vellum, signed “Victoria R,” one page, 13 x 9, November 1, 1842. Queen Victoria appoints Archibald Richard Harene “to be Ensign in Our Ninety Seventh Regiment of Foot.” Signed at the head by Queen Victoria. The affixed paper seal and blue ribbon are present. In very good condition. Double matted and framed, the document measures 13 inches by 9 inches. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 16 inches.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119348
Document signed by Theodore Roosevelt as president, one page, dated, April 2, 1907. President Roosevelt appoints John N. Dersam as “Postmaster at McKeesport, in the County of Allegheny, State of Pennsylvania.” Signed at the conclusion by Theodore Roosevelt, and countersigned by Postmaster General George von L. Meyer. Gold foil seal remains affixed. In fine condition. Matted and framed with an engraved plaque and large color portrait. The document measures 16.25 inches by 14.75 inches. The entire piece measures 39 inches by 21 inches. In fine condition. An attractive presentation.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 119615
"THE ONLY MAN WHO NEVER MAKES MISTAKES IS THE MAN WHO NEVER DOES ANYTHING": Signed Limited First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
Signed limited first edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Large octavo, two volumes, original three-quarter tan pigskin. One of only 500 copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, with fifty illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. In near fine condition.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119638
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. In fine condition. A unique piece of Americana and with noted provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Rare and desirable signed by Justice Ginsburg.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 119343
Rare photographic portrait of the First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón, signed and inscribed, “Para el Senor Kenneth H. Browne con afecto Eva Peron.” Double matted and framed. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119773
"I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them": First Edition of Looking Forward: An Autobiography; Signed by President George H.W. Bush
New York: Doubleday, 1987.
First edition of George H.W. Bush’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated. Boldly signed by George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph of David Valdez. Jacket typography by David Gatti.
Price: $550.00 Item Number: 119198
First Edition of John Lewis' Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America; Signed by Him
New York: Hyperion Books , 2012.
First edition of this award-winning work by the Civil Rights icon. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by John Lewis on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Rose. Foreword by Douglas Brinkley. Written with Brenda Jones.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118994
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by the Prince of Wales. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Prince Charles on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. With a signed letter from St. James’s Palace that enclosed is this signed example given for a charity auction. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 119648
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
First edition of the Pulitzer-Prize historian’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Ann and Mary Ann Schmidt from Marion Bonzi with the best wishes of the author, David Donald Christmas 1948.” On page 11, she is mentioned as “Expertly and meticulously she has read the book both in manuscript and in proof. Her passion for accuracy has saved me from a score of errors.” Bonzi was instrumental in a number of heavyweight scholarly productions. Two years after this inscription she married Lincoln historian Harry E. Pratt (1901-56), who served as Illinois state historian and authored and edited a prolific array of Lincoln-related titles, and they became a formidable husband/ wife Lincoln team. Introduction by Carl Sandburg. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional association.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 118772