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"Whose brilliant leadership and insightful leadership helped America and NATO stand successfully for democracy and freedom": First Edition of Waging Modern War; Inscribed by General Wesley Clark to Secretary of Defense William Perry
New York : Public Affairs Press 2001
First edition of this essential reading for those who want to know how modern war is fought, and won. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the half-title page by the author to Secretary of Defense William Perry, “To Secretary Bill Perry, Whose brilliant leadership and insightful leadership helped America and NATO stand successfully for democracy and freedom, and against ethnic cleansing and tyranny in the Balkans. Thank you for your guidance and support, and for showing us what the true measures of statesmanship and vision must be! Wes.” Clark was sent to Bosnia by Secretary of Defense William Perry to serve as the military advisor to a diplomatic negotiating team headed by assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke later described Clark’s position as “complicated” because it presented him with future possibilities but “might put him into career-endangering conflicts with more senior officers”. While the team was driving along a mountain road during the first week, the road gave way, and one of the vehicles fell over a cliff carrying passengers including Holbrooke’s deputy, Robert Frasure, a deputy assistant Secretary of Defense, Joseph Kruzel, and Air Force Colonel Nelson Drew. Clark and Holbrooke attempted to crawl down the mountain, but were driven back by sniper fire. Once the fire ceased, Clark rappelled down the mountain to collect the bodies of two dead Americans left by Bosnian forces that had taken the remaining wounded to a nearby hospital. Following funeral services in Washington, D.C., the negotiations continued and the team eventually reached the Dayton Agreement at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and later signed it in Paris on December 14, 1995. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association.
"These are the times that try men's souls": Rare 1792 variant of Paine's writings containing the scarce and important first collected American edition of The Crisis
The Writings of Thomas Paine, Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Congress of the United States of America, in the Late War [Including: Common Sense, The Crisis, Rights of Man].
Albany : Printed by Charles R. & George Webster 1792
Rare 1792 variant of Paine’s writings containing the scarce and important fist collected American edition of The Crisis. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling and a red morocco spine label lettered in gilt to the spine. Containing: 1. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of North-America (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1791); 2. The Crisis: In Thirteen Numbers (Albany: Printed & Sold, by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792); 3. Public Good: Being an Examination into the Claim of Virginia, to the Vacant Western Territory (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 4. Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North-America (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 5. Letters, by the Author of Common Sense. First, to the Earl of Shelburne…Second, To Sir Guy Carlton…Third, To the Authors of “The Republican,” a French Paper…Fourth, To the Abbe Syeyes (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792). 6. Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution. The Fourth American Edition (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, [n.d.]). 7. Rights of Man. Part the Second. Containing Principle and Practice (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1794). 8. Letter, To Mr. Secretary Dundas. London, June 6, 1792 (caption title). In very good condition.
First Separate Appearance of the fifth chapter in Roosevelt's African Game Trails: An African Buffalo Hunt
Scribner’s Magazine Vol. XLVII No. 2 February 1910: African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist: An African Buffalo Hunt.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1910
First edition Scribner’s Vol. XLVII No. 2 February 1910 issue containing a separate appearance of the fifth chapter in Roosevelt’s African Game Trails: An African Buffalo Hunt. Octavo, original wrappers, illustrated with photographs, full-color plates, and advertisements including a full page black and white photograph of Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt with their first buffalo. In very good condition.
First Edition of John Hall Wheelock's Bibliography of Theodore Roosevelt; with two letters from May Lamberton Becker laid in
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1920
First edition of John Hall Wheelock’s authoritative bibliography of Roosevelt’s works. Octavo, original half cloth. Laid in is a 3-page typed bibliography of Roosevelt’s works composed by May Lamberton Becker, editor of the Reader’s Guide of The New York Herald Tribune, accompanied by an autograph letter signed by her to Mr. Fred J. Daddaris of Long Island New York and dated June 25, 1947. May Lamberton Becker made her name as a literary critic and for more than forty years wrote a weekly ‘Readers Guide’, first with the New York Evening Post, then with the Saturday Review of Literature and finally in the weekly book section of the New York Herald Tribune, of which she later became literary editor. Fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight- it's the size of the fight in the dog": Dwight D. Eisenhower's Crusade in Europe; Inscribed by Him With Noted Provenance
Garden City, NY : Doubleday & Company, Inc 1948
First edition, early printing of General Eisenhower’s wartime memoirs. Octavo, original cloth, illustrations and maps, including four double-page color maps of the European theatre and battlefields. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For T. Roger Duncan best wishes from Dwight D. Eisenhower.” With a letter dated October 30, 1962 from Lillian H. Brown, Secretary, On “Office Of Dwight D. Eisenhower” letterhead, returning the book with Eisenhower’s inscription, and also returning a check sent by the recipient to cover the cost. Also with another letter to the recipient, expressing regret that Eisenhower could not write a particular article as requested, on similar letterhead, signed by Robert L. Schulz, Executive Assistant. Also with a copy of a letter from Eisenhower to Wally Karabioan, President of the student body at the University of Southern California dated January 28, 1960. All three letters with their envelopes. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITIONS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS; IN THE RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1927
True first editions of the first two volumes of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Near fine in the rare original dust jackets with light wear.
Wood engraving of a bust-length portrait of one of the most famous graphic images of Gandhi by illustrator Fritz Eichenberg; signed by Ghandi, “God is Truth MK Ghandi.” Below Gandhi’s inscription reads, “To Eva Aug. 16th, 1948 with love from Fritz” and additionally signed “Fritz Eichenberg.” The engraving is a proof impression on Japanese paper. The portrait by Eichenberg was originally created for The Catholic Worker, a newspaper in the cause of social justice, and was subsequently used in multiple other publications. “The word satya (Truth) is derived from Sat which means ‘being’. Nothing is or exists in reality except Truth. That is why Sat or Truth is perhaps the most important name of God […] In such selfless search for Truth nobody can lose his bearings for long. Directly he takes to the wrong path he stumbles, and is thus redirected to the right path. Therefore the pursuit of Truth is true bhakti (devotion). It is the path that leads to God” (Ghandi, January 1st, 1927). The engraving measures 12 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 20 inches. Signed examples are exceptionally rare and desirable with the core tenet of Gandhi’s religious philosophy.
“IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT LEADERS, WE HEAR THE ROLLING THUNDER OF HISTORY”: LEADERS, INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON TO BUSINESSMAN JOHN KLUGE
New York : Warner Books 1982
First edition of this work which recollects Nixon’s memories of leaders such as Churchill, de Gaulle and Khrushchev. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 32 photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John Kluge from RN 1982.” The recipient, John Kluge was an television industry mogul and friend of Nixon’s. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gene Light. A nice association.
"We had a long distance to make that day, and after leaving the grain fields travelled pretty steadily": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelts Hunting Trips Of A Ranchman
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons 1886
First edition of Roosevelt’s stories of sport hunting on the Northern Cattle Plains. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, patterned endpapers, illustrated with 26 full-page engravings by A.B. Frost, R. Swain Gifford, J.C. Beard, Fannie E. Gifford, and Henry Sandham including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt in hunting attire. In near fine condition.
"We are at war, and we are going to make war": Rare first edition pamphlet of Excerpts from Winston S. Churchill's Wartime Speeches
Winston Churchill Prime Minister: A Selection From Speeches Made by Winston Churchill During the Four Years that Britain has Been at War.
New York : British Information Services 1942
First edition of this illustrated compendium of excerpts from Winston S. Churchill’s famed wartime speeches. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers as issued, each spread features a black and white photograph of Churchill accompanied by a quote from his WWII speeches and broadcasts. In near fine condition.
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill taken in 1920 by Edward Russell of Russell and Sons, boldly signed “Winston S. Churchill, 1921.” In February 1921, Churchill was appointed by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as Secretary of State for the Colonies, during which time he was a signatory to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that established the Irish Free State. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 21 inches by 17 inches. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
FIRST EDITION OF KENNETH MACLEAY’S HIGHLANDERS OF SCOTLAND INSCRIBED BY QUEEN VICTORIA TO HER SON PRINCE ARTHUR
Highlanders of Scotland: Being a Series of Portraits, With Biographical and Historical Notices, Illustrative of the Principal Clans and Followings, and the Retainers of the Royal Household at Balmoral, In the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
London : Mr. [John] Mitchell, Publisher to Her Majesty 1874
First edition of this work, inscribed by Queen Victoria to her son Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Dear Arthur from his devoted Mother VR Balmoral Oct. 2, 1874.” Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, all edges gilt, illustrated with 31 mounted albumen photo prints. In near fine condition, with Arthur’s armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Over the course of their seventeen-year marriage Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children: Victoria (b. 1840), Albert Edward (b. 1841), Alice (b. 1843), Alfred (b. 1844), Helena (b. 1846), Louise (b. 1848), Arthur (b. 1850), Leopold (b. 1853) and Beatrice (b. 1857). Their seventh child and third son, Prince Arthur served as the Governor General of Canada, the tenth since Canadian Confederation and the only British prince to do so. In 1910 he was appointed Grand Prior of the Order of St John and held this position until 1939. He performed several royal duties throughout his lifetime, served 40 years in the British Army, and acted as the King’s, and thus the Canadian Commander-in-Chief’s, representative through the first years of the First World War. Though he retired from public life in 1928, he continued to make his presence known in the army well into the Second World War, before his death in 1942. He was Queen Victoria’s last surviving son. An exceptional association copy.
Etching of Theodore Roosevelt by Jacques Reich, signed as president, “Theodore Roosevelt, Feb. 9th 1909.” Also signed by the artist, “Jacques Reich.” Affixed to a same-size board, with the reverse bearing a label from the Arthur H. Hahlo Co., identifying the piece as a limited edition autographed artist’s proof. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 17.5 inches.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA AND CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Royal Christmas card bearing a full-color family photograph of Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Charles, Prince of Wales and signed by Diana, “Valerie- [With all Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year] “from Charles” and “Diana.” The card measures 14 inches by 6 inches, embossed with the Royal Order of the Garter motto and Spencer family coat of arms. In fine condition.
New York City : The American News Company 1879
First edition of Young’s illustrated narrative of Grant’s international travel, with an original document signed by Ulysses S. Grant as President. Quartos, two volumes bound in three quarters morocco over pebbled leatherette boards, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of grant, illustrated with engravings both full page and within the text. In near fine condition. One page, partially printed, the document reads, “I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of Harris Fisher and Henry Goldstein, dated this day and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant. “U.S. Grant” Washington 23 Nov. 1874.” In fine condition. The document measures 10 inches by 7.75 inches.