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  • First Edition of Five Chiefs; A Supreme Court Memoir; Inscribed by Justice John Paul Stevens

    STEVENS, John Paul .

    Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir.

    New York: Little Brown and Company, 2011.

    First edition of this memoir from Justice John Paul Stevens. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Kenneth and Sarah John Paul Stevens.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Allison J. Warner.

    Price: $550.00     Item Number: 120832

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  • “Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev

    REAGAN, Ronald [Mikhail Gorbachev].

    An American Life.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

    First edition of the 40th President of the United States’ memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jim and Shirley Earp- With Best Wishes Ronald Reagan June 7- ’91” and additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian counterpart to Reagan. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he hand wrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened. It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc. Rare and desirable signed by Reagan and Gorbachev.

    Price: $7,800.00     Item Number: 120940

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  • Signed by eight justices, Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens

    BURGER, Warren E.

    The Supreme Court of the United States.

    Washington, DC: 1973.

    First edition of this work on the Burger Court. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by eight justices beneath their portraits accompanying their biographies. They include: Warren E. Burger, William J. Brennan, Jr., Byron R. White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist and John P. Stevens. 20 page pamphlet on the Supreme Court, published by them.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 120344

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  • Signed Limited Edition of Margaret Thatcher's Statecraft: Strategies For A Changing World; Signed by Her and Mikhail Gorbachev

    THATCHER, Margaret.

    Statecraft: Strategies For A Changing World.

    Norfolk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002.

    Signed limited first edition of this work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Octavo, original full leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, silk endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. In fine condition.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 119659

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  • "Victory belongs to the most persevering": Rare Napoleon and Joseph Bonaparte Signed Document

    BONAPARTE, Napoleon.

    Napoleon Bonaparte and Joseph Bonaparte Signed Document.

    1814.

    Rare original manuscript letter in French signed by brothers and co-monarchs Napoleon Bonaparte and Joseph Bonaparte. Napoleon, in his role as French Emperor, has signed as “Np” near the center of the letter, while Joseph, in his role as King of Spain and the Indies, has signed as “Joseph” at lower left. Napoleon’s original command was directed from Paris on January 24, 1814, while the docket indicates that Joseph received the sum in question the same day. Ex-Good Speeds, per pencil notation from October 14, 1964 at top verso. Napoleon instructed François Roullet, Baron de la Bouillerie (1764-1833), to give 500,000 francs to his older brother Joseph. De la Bouillerie had served in various financial capacities dating from Napoleon’s earliest days as First Consul, including General Treasurer of the French crown after 1811. Translated in full, with unchanged spelling and punctuation: “Monsieur Baron Labouillerie, you will give to King Joseph five hundred thousand francs. You will attribute this payment to his appanage, as well as the one of 300,000 francs that was made to him previously. On this, I pray God keeps you in his holy care. Paris the 24 January 1814. In very good condition. The piece measures 7.25 inches by 7.875 inches.

    Price: $4,800.00     Item Number: 119537

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  • Rare original Document; Boldly Signed by Founding Father John Hancock

    HANCOCK, John.

    John Hancock Signed Document.

    1787.

    Rare document signed by John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts. Boldly signed “John Hancock” on the upper left corner. Hancock‘s signature is an exceptional example. Countersigned by Secretary of the Commonwealth John Avery, Jr. as “John Avery jun Secy” at center bottom. Featuring a large paper seal showing a gorgeous impression of the Massachusetts state seal in the upper left corner. Massachusetts Governor Hancock appointed one “Joseph Green Gentleman” as “Captain of the thirteenth company, in the second Regiment and in the Ninth Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth comprehending the County of Berkshire.” Matted and displayed to the right of a G. Barrie & Sons print of Hancock after the original painting by John Singleton Copley, with accompanying engraved name plates. Not examined out of the frame. The size of the document is 15.5 inches by 12.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 28.5 inches by 19.75 inches.  Rare and desirable.

    Price: $9,500.00     Item Number: 119677

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  • First Edition of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth; Signed by Him

    GORE, Al.

    An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It.

    Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2006.

    First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated throughout. Signed by Al Gore on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $275.00     Item Number: 120399

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  • Address of President Coolidge at the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Phillips Academy; Signed by Him

    COOLIDGE, Calvin.

    Address of President Coolidge at the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Phillips Academy.

    Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1925.

    First edition of this address given by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 119479

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  • Address of President Coolidge at the Memorial Exercises, Arlington National Cemetery; Signed by President Coolidge

    COOLIDGE, Calvin.

    Address of President Coolidge at the Memorial Exercises, Arlington National Cemetery.

    Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1925.

    First edition of this address given by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.

    Price: $1,400.00     Item Number: 119698

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  • Message of the President of the United States, communicated to the two Houses of Congress at the beginning of the Second Session of the Seventieth Congress

    COOLIDGE, Calvin.

    Message of the President of the United States, Communicated to the Two Houses of Congress at the beginning of the Second Session of the Seventieth Congress.

    Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1928.

    First edition of this address given by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 119471

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  • Address of President Coolidge before the Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Signed by Him

    COOLIDGE, Calvin.

    Address of President Coolidge before the Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

    Chicago: Government Printing Office, 1925.

    First edition of this address by President Coolidge. Octavo, original wrappers. Boldly signed by Calvin Coolidge. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom folding case.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 119470

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  • "To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939" First Edition of Winston S. Churchill's Step By Step 1936-1939; Inscribed by Him to King Edward VIII in the month of publication

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    Step By Step 1936-1939.

    London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd, 1939.

    First edition of this Churchill title, the last book he published before the outbreak of the Second World War. Octavo, specially bound for the Duke of Windsor by Lucie Weill in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles, crowned cipher of the Duke of Windsor on the lower label, with two maps. Association copy, inscribed by Winston S. Churchill to King Edward the VIII, on the page preceding the half-title page in the month of publication, “To His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor, from Winston S. Churchill, June 1939.”

    When Edward’s father ascended the throne as George V after the death of Edward VII, Edward the VIII automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay. He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester a month later on 23 June 1910, his 16th birthday. The lives of Edward and Churchill, first intersected at this time, when as Home Secretary, it fell to Churchill to read out the Letters Patent that invested the Prince with his new title during the ceremony at Caernarvon Castle. Predictably, Churchill found this a moving occasion, and thought “the little Prince looked & spoke as well as it was possible for anyone to do,” noting in a letter to Clementine that “he was a very nice boy—quite simply & terribly kept in order.” When Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty shortly after the investiture, he became a hero to the newly-installed Prince of Wales, who had been a naval cadet. Churchill’s vigorous emphasis on sea power appealed to the Prince, who wrote of Churchill: “He is a wonderful man and has a great power of work.” Writing to Clementine, Churchill indicated that he and the Prince “have made rather friends.”

    Unfortunately, as he got older Edward’s womanizing and reckless behavior and attitudes put a strain on the relations between Churchill and himself for a time. When Edward’s father, George V died in early 1936 and Edward became king, his relationship with a married woman, Wallis Simpson, was known to those in power. When King Edward VIII chose to marry Simpson, Churchill, although he initially opposed any marriage between the King and Mrs. Simpson, felt a natural sympathy for the King, and believed that the solution was a morganatic marriage. Under this plan, Mrs. Simpson would become the Duchess of Cornwall but not Queen. The Cabinet, however, did not approve; neither did the Dominions. Churchill’s only hope then became that the King would see reason, accept his duty as Sovereign, and give up Mrs. Simpson, which Edward would not agree to. Churchill finally helped the King in writing his abdication speech. This book was given to Edward, now titled the Duke of Windsor while they were living abroad in France shortly before the beginning of World War 2. A wonderful association copy between the former Prime Minister and the former King of Great Britain. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box with the crowned cipher to the front panel.

    Price: $125,000.00     Item Number: 119578

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  • First Edition of Winston Churchill's London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria

    CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer.

    London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria.

    London: Longmans, Green, 1900.

    First edition of Churchill’s fourth book and personal record of his impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. Octavo, in original cloth, with three folding maps (one printed in color). In very good condition.

    Price: $650.00     Item Number: 119411

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  • "Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other": First Edition of Memoirs of William T. Sherman

    SHERMAN, William T.

    Memoirs of William T. Sherman.

    New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1875.

    First edition of this memoir from one of the most well regarded generals, “oft-consulted and much-quoted reminiscences … Sherman wrote as he fought; dynamically and bluntly” (Nevins II, 89). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, large folding map in rear endpaper pocket of Volume II. In near fine condition. A very nice example.

    Price: $1,050.00     Item Number: 119179

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  • First Edition of One Man's World; Inscribed to Andrew Young

    SINGH, Karan [Andrew Young].

    One Man’s World.

    New Dehli: Allied Publishers Private Limited , 1986.

    First edition of this work by the Indian politician. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow politician Andrew Young, “To Mayor Andrew Young, a fellow citizen of the world. With warm personal regards Cornell Karan Singh 4 April 1986.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Kishore Gandhi. A nice association.

    Price: $275.00     Item Number: 119481

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  • Christmas Card From Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip; signed by both

    ELIZABETH, Queen and Prince Philip.

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Signed Coronation Portrait.

    1953.

    Rare color portrait of the royal family the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, boldly signed, “Elizabeth R, 1953” and “Philip.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.25 inches by 7 inches. In near fine condition.

    Price: $4,500.00     Item Number: 119918

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  • "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America": Inscribed By President Clinton Social Security Commissioner Shirley Chater

    CLINTON, Bill [William Jefferson].

    Between Hope and History.

    New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1996.

    First edition of this work by President Clinton. Octavo, original boards. Association copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the half-title page, “To Shirley Chater with thanks Bill Clinton 9-10-96.” The recipient Shirley Chater served as President Clinton’s Social Security Commissioner. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robbin Schiff. A nice association.

    Price: $950.00     Item Number: 119736

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  • "THE JEWS WISH TO HAVE A STATE, AND THEY SHALL HAVE ONE": FIRST EDITION OF HERZL'S DER Judenstaat; In the Rare Original Wrappers

    HERZL, Theodor.

    Der Judenstaat: Versuch Einer Modernen Lösung Der Judenfrage.

    Leipzig and Vienna: M. Breitenstein Verlag-Buchhandlung, 1896.

    First edition of Herzl’s landmark manifesto for an independent Jewish state, “one of the most important books in the history of the Jewish People.” Octavo, bound in cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 119758

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  • First Murray's Imperial Library edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt IV

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    London: John Murray, 1910.

    First Murray’s Imperial Library edition of Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations from drawings by Philip R. Goodwin and from photographs by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition including tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt and one of his big lions. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt’s great-grandson Theodore Roosevelt IV, “To my good friend Roger whose wonderful library arouses considerable envy rivaled only by that provoked by his extraordinary collection of art. Theodore Roosevelt IV.” Laid in is Theodore Roosevelt IV’s business card as managing director of Lehman Brothers which is also inscribed on the verso, “To my good friend Roger May our paths cross again in Africa. Ted Roosevelt IV.” Theodore Roosevelt V, commonly known as Theodore Roosevelt IV, is an investment banker and managing director at Barclays Capital Corporation as well as a prominent conservationist. His name suffix varies since President Roosevelt’s father was Theodore Roosevelt Sr., though the same-named son did not commonly use a “Jr” name suffix. In very good condition. Rare.

    Price: $400.00     Item Number: 119944

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  • Signed Christmas and New Years Card From Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with a Photograph of the Royal Family

    ELIZABETH, Queen and Prince Philip.

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Signed Christmas Card.

    1966.

    Royal Christmas card from 1966 with a photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward with a horse and carriage. Boldly signed above the image, “Elizabeth R. 1966” and “Philip.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 10 inches. In near fine condition. A very nice example.

    Price: $2,800.00     Item Number: 119940

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