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Royal Christmas card bearing two gilt royal seals to the front panel and an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Diana, “To Jon Ali, love from us both, Diana.” In fine condition. The card measures 16 inches by 6 inches.
Rare Civil War era carte-de-visite portrait of General Robert E. Lee in uniform, boldly signed “RE Lee”. In fine condition. Quadruple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches.
"Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down this Wall": First Edition of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of the Great Communicator; Inscribed by Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
San Francisco: Collins Publishers 1995.
First edition of this compilation of speeches from the 40th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Reagan on the half-title page, “To Jeannie Happy Birthday and Best Wishes Always Ronald Reagan.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. Rare and desirable signed by these two heads of states.
Complete in twenty-six parts, issued “fortnightly”, Royal Air Force Officer George Barclay’s copy, with his signature on the front panel of part 25. Called up on the outbreak of war, and posted to No. 249 Squadron RAF in July 1940, he flew through the Battle of Britain, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross in October. During the Battle of Britain, his diary records that he could see his house while flying from RAF North Weald. Barclay’s DFC citation from November 1940 reads, “Flying Officer Richard George Arthur Barclay (74661), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – No. 249 Squadron. This officer has shown admirable coolness and courage in combat against the enemy. His keenness and determination have enabled him to destroy at least four of their aircraft.” As a flight commander with No. 611 Squadron RAF, Barclay was shot down over occupied France in September 1941. He force landed and evaded capture, making his way to Spain with help from the French Resistance. In April 1942 he was posted to North Africa and returned to flying as CO of No. 238 Squadron RAF, flying Hawker Hurricanes Mk II’s. He was shot down and killed by Werner Schröer of III./Jagdgeschwader 27 on 17 July 1942. He is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. His diaries, written during his wartime career up until his death, were published in 1974 and give a rare, descriptive and highly articulate first hand account of the life of a fighter pilot in 1940–41. Quarto, original publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Wrappers with some wear and soiling, one issue with a previous owner’s signature. In near fine condition. The collection is housed in two half morocco clamshell boxes.
"The highest form of success comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's The Strenuous Life; Signed by Him
New York: The Century Co 1902.
First edition of this collection of speeches from Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, gilt topstain, frontispiece of Roosevelt. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt on a tipped-in signature clipped from a letter. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
New York: The Viking Press 1950.
First edition of this work regarding the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. With the complete text of Sara Delano Roosevelt’s Household Book.
First edition of Lester J. Maitland's Knights of the Air; From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company 1929.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s copy of the first edition of Air Corps Commander Lester J. Maitland’s history of early aviation. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs including frontispiece. From the library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, “Given me by Peter Brady, Oct. 1929, Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Signed by Roosevelt in the month of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which ushered in changes to the American economy and would later set the stage for Roosevelt’s success in winning the Presidency in 1932. Additionally signed by the author above Roosevelt’s inscription, “Lester Maitland.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt commissioned the first presidential library in the United States, built under his personal direction between 1939 and 1940. The library came to house numerous books and photographs, 275,000 feet of movie film, and 300 sound recordings. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“YOU ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK UPON THE GREAT CRUSADE, TOWARD WHICH WE HAVE STRIVEN THESE MANY MONTHS”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF CRUSADE IN EUROPE; SIGNED BY DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company 1948.
Signed limited first edition of General Eisenhower’s wartime memoirs. Thick octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, original acetate. Signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, number 1034 of 1426 copies. In fine condition with the original acetate in very good condition. Housed in a slipcase.
“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all": Signed Photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru
Signed photograph of the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed and dated by Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru 1957.” Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Nehru, dated 21st June 1957 , and addressed to Mr. Tore Johansen which reads, ‘Dear friend, I have received you letter of the 20th June 1957 for which I thank you. I am sending you a photograph of mine. With all good wishes to you, “Yours sincerely Jawaharlal Nehru.”‘ In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.5 inches by 4.75 inches.
“COURAGE ISN'T HAVING THE STRENGTH TO GO ON - IT IS GOING ON WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE STRENGTH”: Finely Bound set of Sloane's Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; elaborately illustrated
New York: The Century Co 1906.
Large paper edition of William Sloane’s authoritative biography of great French general Napoleon Bonaparte. Quarto, 4 volumes bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt with others uncut, profusely illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece of Napoleon Bonaparte in color. In near fine condition. An exceptional set.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Principles: Selections From Addresses Made During the Presidential Campaign of 1912
London: Progressive National Service 1913.
First edition of Roosevelt’s Progressive Principles: Selections From Addresses Made During the Presidential Campaign of 1912. Octavo, original cloth. In fine condition.
"That those who live in California may Appreciate Their State More": First edition of California Addresses by President Roosevelt
San Francisco: The California Promotion Committee 1903.
First edition of this collection of speeches delivered by President Theodore Roosevelt throughout California. Octavo, original half cloth with paper title label to the front panel, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. In very good condition.
London: Alexander Strahan 1866.
First edition of President Lincoln Self-Pourtrayed, the scarce variant imprint, which was printed in London as indicated on p. 240 and the priority of which is unknown (M 864). Octavo, original publishers cloth with gilt titles to the spine, engraved tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Lincoln, with “The proceeds of this volume are intended to be devoted for the relief of the Freedmen of the United States exclusively” to the verso of the title page. In very good condition. Rare.
First edition and signed limited edition of Carl Sandburg's Lincoln Collector: The Story of Oliver R. Barrett's Great Private Collection
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company 1949.
First edition, signed limited edition of Sandburg’s story of the remarkable collection of Oliver Barrett. Octavo, original buckram with morocco spine label lettered in gilt, top edge red. One of 2425 first edition copies signed by Carl Sandburg, this is number 1994. Fine in the original slipcase with pictorial pastedown which is in near fine condition. An exceptional example.
December 6, 1830.
Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Elijah Hayward. One page partially printed on vellum the document is dated November 11, 1830 and officially grants Scott Riggs a 72-acre land parcel in Springfield, Illinois. Signed at the conclusion “Andrew Jackson” and “Elijah Hayward” with the white paper paper seal to the lower left corner. In very good condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 by 13.5 inches.
Color photograph of His Holiness The Dalai Lama with his hands clasped, boldly signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.