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"My name is Charles Frederick Bush, C. Fred for short": First edition of White House Dog C. Fred's Story; Inscribed by both Barbara and George Bush
New York: Doubleday, 1984.
First edition of First Lady Barbara Bush’s children’s book about the adventures of White House dog C. Fred Bush. Large octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs throughout. Inscribed by Barbara Bush, “To Edna Pryn – With love and affection to a dear friend – Warmly – Barbara Bush” and President George Bush, “With love, George Bush,” and with a paw print stamp in the likeness of C. Fred’s paw. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust Jacket design by David Gatti. Jacket photograph by Cynthia Johnson.
"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.
Photograph of Calvin Coolidge by Harris & Ewing. Inscribed in the lower border, “To Frederick I. Cox, With regards, Calvin Coolidge.” Blindstamped in the lower left by Harris & Ewing. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.25 inches by 20.25 inches.
Photograph of Calvin Coolidge by Harris & Ewing. Inscribed in the lower border, “To Mrs. David H. Blair, With Regards, Calvin Coolidge.” Blindstamped in the lower left by Harris & Ewing. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 19.5 inches.
"Guide this nation through eternity...guide this nation through dark + stormy times": Original Campaign Speech from John F. Kennedys Campaign With His Notes and Corrections
St. Louis: 1960.
Original John F. Kennedy campaign speech with extensive annotations in his hand. This is a reading copy of the speech Kennedy delivered in St. Louis on October 2, 1960. In all, 14 double-spaced pages, with notes in the Presidential candidate’s hand throughout. The speech begins, “Massachusetts and Missouri are closely linked in the history of this republic. Both have been cradles of American freedom.” Quarter, bound in a loose leaf folder, gilt-lettered cover.
Power without a nation's confidence is nothing": Document Boldly Signed by Russia's Longest-Ruling Female Leader Catherine the Great
Document in Cyrillic, boldly signed by Catherine the Great “Ekaterina.” Renewal of an appointment for Lieutenant General Otto von Derfelden dated 1784. Double-matted with an image of Catherine
First Edition of Chained Together:: Mandela, De Klerk, and the Struggle to Remake South Africa; Signed by Both Nobel Laureates
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1993.
First edition of the first account of the unlikely political relationship between Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by both Mandela and de Klerk, “Hurray To David Ottaway, Compliments and best wishes to Claude. NMandela / 14.2.94.” Additionally signed “To Claude / F.W. deKlerk / 18.2.94.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robbin Schiff. Jacket photograph by Louise Gubb.
“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so": Rare Honorary Dinner Program; Signed by French General Charles de Gaulle
Rare original dinner program from the Honorary Dinner For His Excellency General Charles de Gaulle held in New York City on April 26th, 1960, boldly signed by him. Quarto, 8 pages, string bound. Signed by Charles de Gaulle on the front cover of the program. The program includes listings of the presidents, officers, directors, and honorary members of the Alliance Francaise de New York, American Society of the French Legion of Honor, and The France-America Society. In very good condition. Rare and desirable signed by General de Gaulle.
“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power": Rare Signed Photograph of French General Charles De Gaulle
Rare original photograph of French general Charles de Gaulle in uniform. Signed by Charles de Gaulle in the upper left corner of the photograph which measures 6.75 inches by 9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 14.75 inches. Included is a handwritten autograph letter signed by Charles de Gaulle’s eldest son, Philippe de Gaulle who served as and French naval officer and senator on Marine Nationale letterhead in the original envelope. Additionally included is the original transmittal letter for the photograph signed by General de Gaulle’s secretary and dated November 25th, 1950. In fine condition. Rare and desirable and with noted provenance.
Program for the inauguration ceremony of Bill Clinton and Al Gore; Signed by Both William Rehnquist and Byron White
Program for the inauguration ceremony of Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Signed by both Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Byron White. Rehnquist had administered the oath of office to Bill Clinton, and White had administered the oath of office to Al Gore. First Day Cancellation stamp dated January 20, 1993. It measures 6 inches by 8.75 inches. Uncommon signed.
Surrey, England: Foreign Affairs Publishing Company, 1983.
First edition of Chile: The Crime of Resistance. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to Henry Kissinger, “A Henri Kissingers Secretaire d’Etat hommage respectueux, Suzanne Labin le Paris 12.3.83.” A nice association linking Labin, a provocative anti-Communist French analyst and Kissinger, a pro-Pinochet supporter. Labin portrays a Chile that vindicates Kissinger’s policies — Allende was the oppressor and Pinochet a beacon of progress according to Labin. In near fine condition. From the library of Henry Kissinger.
"Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties!": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts Christmas Story; Inscribed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend or family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. An exceptional example.
"Let this be all thy care, To stand approved in sight of God, Though worlds should judge thee wrong": Collection of documents signed by President Grant and eight members of his administration
Collection of documents signed by President Grant and eight members of his presidential administration.
A collection of eleven letters and documents signed and hand-written by the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and eight members of his presidential administration. Contents include a printed warrant for the pardon of John and Jerome Whisonant who were held at the Albany Penitentiary in 1874 signed by Grant, an 1860 one page autograph letter signed by Secretary of the Treasury Lot M. Morrill discussing misappropriated funds, an autograph quotation in the hand of 17th Vice President Schuyler Colfax, “Let this be all thy care, To stand approved in sight of God, Though worlds should judge thee wrong. Schuyler Colfax Feb 8. 1873”, an 1865 autograph letter signed by 18th Vice President Henry Wilson to President Johnson, and 1873 autograph note signed by Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont, a clipped signature by Postmaster General James W. Marshall, an 1875 autograph letter signed on Depart of the Interior letterhead by Secretary of the Interior Zachariah Chandler to Gent. Adam Badeau with a second clipped signature, an 1867 autograph note signed by Secretary of the Treasury George S. Boutwell, and an 1891 autograph letter signed by Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin Bristow. An exceptional collection.
First Edition of Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace; Inscribed by W.E.B. DuBois to His Wife Shirley
New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1945.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his wife Shirley Graham Du Bois, “For Shirley WEBD.”From the library of Shirley Graham DuBois. Ms. DuBois was an American award-winning author, playwright, composer, and activist, and wife of W.E.B. Du Bois, whom she married in 1951. W.E.B. DuBois is the author of The Souls of Black Folk, a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. An outstanding association, linking these two great writers and activists of the twentieth century . Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some toning the spine and a few small chips.
London: Archibald Constable, 1916.
Octavo, bound in full dark blue morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun. Both the front and rear panels with a double gilt fillet border around an inner border incorporating ornamental cornerpieces, upper cover set with an oval portrait miniature of an actress under glass, within an ornamental gilt border, lower cover with panel border; raised bands, gilt lettered in two compartments, a repeated ornamental panel in the rest; board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and both endpapers of dark blue watered silk, all edges gilt. Extra-illustrated with 10 additional plates. Housed in a felt-lined modern cloth box.
First Edition of Woodrow Wilson's Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics; Signed by Him
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1888.
First edition of Woodrow Wilson’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Woodrow Wilson Princeton 12 February ’09.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Wilson.
"The Breath of an old-fashioned nosegay": First edition of the Crum Elbow Folks; lengthily inscribed by Sara D. Roosevelt
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1938.
First edition of Barnes’ classic tale of the small Quaker settlement of Crum Elbow with a foreword by Sara D. Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Sara D. Roosevelt on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Sept. 1938 For W. French Cyrus Paris – from Sara D. Roosevelt – This is a story of the ‘Friends’ who lived until lately in ‘Crum Elbow’ about a mile East from Hyde Park.” 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.
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 299 of 1426 copies. Fine in the original acetate, which is in fine condition. Original slipcase in near fine condition with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
“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.
China: Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China , 2008.
First edition of this work by the former Chinese Culture Minister. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Henry Kissinger in Chinese on the front free endpaper. The English translation reads, “To Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Sun Jiazheng, January 26 2008 in New York.” Sun Jiazheng was a senior People’s Republic of China Minister of Culture from 1998-2008. An account of Sun Jiazheng’s 2005 meeting with Kissinger to discuss Sino-American interactions is the first chapter of the book. Kissinger, of course, was instrumental in the opening of relations between the United States and The People’s Republic of China in the early 1970s as President Richard Nixon’s celebrated foreign policy guru. The project included celebrated secret meetings between Kissinger and Chinese officials to the lay groundwork for the opening. Kissinger would later write the well-regarded work “On China.” From the library of Henry Kissinger. A nice association.
"We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability": Rare Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion to Eliahu Eliachar
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. One page, text in Hebrew, addressed to Eliahu Eliachar, a notable Sephardic Zionist and Member of the Knesset, the letter reads in full, “Greetings, We don’t need separate political lists – not those of independent Yemenite or Sephardic political parties. Those lists can only distort/falsify the democratic process in our country and the process of integration as well. We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability. The only way to resolve it is to change our voting system from relative voting to local voting. With great respect D. Ben-Gurion.” One of Ben-Gurion’s most ambitious goals in the first years of statehood was the unrestricted absorption of entire communities of newly-arrived Middle Eastern and North African Jews into the Ashkenazi-dominated Israeli society. Hundreds of thousands of new immigrants fled the inhospitable environment rising in the Islamic countries between 1948 and 1954 in the wake of the burgeoning Arab-Israeli conflict, settling in the economically-ravaged war-torn state. Other European Jewish communities from Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland were also transplanted to the Jewish State where they were forced to reside in transit villages and immigrants camps and became involved in domestic political in-fighting and became vulnerable to enticements from anti-establishment political groupings. Ben-Gurion feared that the plethora of small political parties could potentially destabilize Israel’s precarious democracy and advocated for a radical change in Israels electoral system with a two-party governing system, as opposed to the European proportional representational system. Above all, Ben-Gurion advocated for the swift unification of the numerous ethnic groups and the creation of an integrated singular Israeli identity. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering a unique glimpse into the great leader’s political thought.
"I visited Burma in 1961. I met Prime Minister U Nu. We discussed Buddhism": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion regarding his 1961 visit to Burma
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. Addressed to Dr. Martin Rywell, editor of Listen Magazine published in Harriman, Tennessee, the letter reads, “Sdeh. Boker, 22.6.65 Dear Dr. Martin Rywell, Only the first part of the story you mention in your letter is true. I visited Burma in 1961. I met Prime Minister U Nu. We discussed Buddhism but the story about “a trick” is a pure invention. D. Ben-Gurion.” The letter refers to Ben Gurion’s two-week sojourn to Burma in 1961, which marked one of the longest official trips abroad for an Israeli prime minister. The first prime minister of Burma, known honorifically as U Nu, was a major figure among leaders of non-Western countries in the mid 20th century, many of which had opposed Israel’s establishment. In 1955, U Nu became the first foreign prime minister to visit the Jewish state, a highly significant act of support which encouraged a mutually beneficial relationship between the two young governments. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 15 inches. Rare and desirable.
"I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. It reads, “Sdeh. Boker, 28. 2. 70 Dear Mr. George P. Viegelmann, Jr. I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace. I am expressing a private view: I would be ready to give up a great Part of the areas which we hold since the six day war, if this would bring peace; by peace I mean friendship with our Arab neighbors and cooperation politically, economically and culturally, but perhaps only Russia can bring this about. I even doubt whether the American Gov. can achieve that. In the future there may be a change in Egypt. David Ben-Gurion.” This letter is a very unique piece of history, particularly in regards to Israeli-Arab relations and the study of peace in general. While publicly Ben-Gurion was the undoubted leader in Zionism, privately at the end of his life, he began to have other opinions. He desired peace even if it meant giving up land that they had fought to obtain. Ben-Gurion’s thoughts on peace in his latter years is corroborated by the recent documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. This movie features footage that was taken in 1968 and only recently discovered. In the footage he explains that Israel’s moral compass was inexorably tied to its treatment of the non-Jews living under its rule. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 16.5 inches.
First Editions of the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion's Memoirs Volumes 1-3 Signed by Him
Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers, 1973-74.
First editions of volumes 1-4 of David Ben-Gurion’s memoirs in Hebrew. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Volumes 1-3 signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page in Hebrew. Ben-Gurion lived to see the publishing of only the first three volumes. Previous owners small stamp and pen writing on front free endpapers, tape residue on the front and rear endpapers. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable signed by the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel.
"The Hebrew nation will proudly and lovingly remember the memory of Chaim who fulfilled his duties in loyalty while protecting the homeland."; Document Signed by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
Signed Document from the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben Gurion. “State of Israel We sadly commemorate the memory of 566552 private Chaim Chobra, may his memory be blessed, who died in the line of duty on 24 of Adar A 5711 (March 2nd, 1951). The Israeli government, I[srael] D[efense] F[orce] and the Hebrew nation will proudly and lovingly remember the memory of Chaim who fulfilled his duties in loyalty while protecting the homeland. D. Ben-Gurion Prime Minister.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 16.5 inches.
Photograph of David Ben-Gurion signed and dated in 1959 by him in Hebrew, presented to Max Goldweber in appreciation from The United Jewish Appeal. The UJA-Federation, as it is known today, was created from the 1986 merger of the United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, a predecessor organization established in 1917. It is the largest local philanthropy in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the organization raises and allocates funds annually to fulfill a mission to “care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities in New York, in Israel, and around the world.” Framed, the entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 17 inches.
Photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him, “Gratefully presented on the occasion of Israel’s “Bar Mitzvah” year to Harry J. Kahn whose devoted service as a Division Chairman in the 1960 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York has enabled so many of our people from all over the world to build new lives in freedom and dignity in Israel.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 19.5 inches.
"ANYONE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN MIRACLES IS NOT A REALIST"; Rare original Photograph Signed by The Founding Father of Israel David Ben-Gurion
Black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him, “D. Ben-Gurion.” The photograph measures 5.25 inches by 3.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 10.5 inches. In near fine condition. A nice example.
Rare Official Photograph of The Founding Father of Israel David Ben-Gurion taken upon the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation of Israel; signed by him
Rare official photograph of the Founding Father of Israel David Ben-Gurion taken upon the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of Israel. Signed by David Ben-Gurion and housed in the original white vinyl presentation folder with engraved plate which reads, “Prime Minister’s Israel Bond Conference on the occasion of The 25th Anniversary of Israel, Jerusalem, January 28–31, 1973.” In near fine condition.
Large black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him in Hebrew “D. Ben-Gurion Sde Boker” The photograph measures 10.75 inches by 9.25 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 16 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Large black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him, “D. Ben Gurion Jerusalem 7.10.59.” The photograph measures 13 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 15 inches. In near fine condition. This is the largest signed photograph we have seen of Ben-Gurion.
Tel Aviv: Ayanot Publishing House, 1953.
First edition of this pictorial record of David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated in Hebrew on the front free endpaper by Paula Ben-Gurion in 1962. Edited by Yehuda Erez. Layout by Shmuel Zur. English text by I.M. Lask. In near fine condition. Books signed by Paula Ben-Gurion are rare.
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970.
First edition of the story of the creation of Israel’s armed strength. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Rachel and Solomon Rapepord in deep friendship Shimon Peres 15.12.70.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears. Jacket design by Derrick Holmes. Rare and desirable signed.
New York: Random House, 1970.
First American edition of the story of the creation of Israel’s armed strength. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated in 1971 in Hebrew by Shimon Peres on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jay J. Smith Studio. Rare and desirable signed.
“It's not enough to be up to date, you have to be up to tomorrow”: First Edition of Days of David Ben-Gurion; Signed by the First Prime Minister of Israel
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1967.
Signed limited first edition of this wonderfully illustrated account of the first prime minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. One of 150 numbered copies signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page. Edited by Ohad Zamora, Mordechai Barkai, Nahum Pundak and Israel Stockmann. Introduction by S.Y. Agnon. Fine in a fine pictorial acetate dust jacket.
"If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert": First Edition of Days of David Ben-Gurion; Signed by the First Prime Minister of Israel
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1967.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated account of the first prime minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page. Edited by Ohad Zamora, Mordechai Barkai, Nahum Pundak and Israel Stockmann. Introduction by S.Y. Agnon. Fine in a fine pictorial acetate dust jacket. Housed in a custom slipcase.
"I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people": Signed Limited Edition of Decision Points; Additionally signed by John McCain
New York: Crown Publishers, 2010.
Signed limited edition of George W. Bush’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, original slipcase, illustrated. Signed by George W. Bush and additionally signed by Senator John McCain, who was the Republican nominee for President in 2008. Fine in a fine slipcase.
"I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people": First Edition of Decision Points; Signed by President George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Henry A. Kissinger and John McCain
New York: Crown Publishers, 2010.
First edition of George W. Bush’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Henry A. Kissinger and John McCain on the half-title page. Powell was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first African American to serve in that position. Kissinger briefly served as the chair of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States to investigate the September 11 attacks in 2002. McCain served as a United States Senator and was the Republican nominee in 2008. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by W.G. Cookman.
First Edition of Documents Concerning German-Polish Relations and the Outbreak of Hostilities Between Great Britain and Germany; From the library of Colonel Geoffrey Ronald Codrington
Documents Concerning German-Polish Relations and the Outbreak of Hostilities Between Great Britain and Germany on September 3, 1939.
London: Printed and Published by His Majesty's Stationary Office, 1939.
First edition of this collection of documents pertaining to the outbreak of hostilities between Great Britain and Germany prior to the Second World War. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Containing a Final Report by Sir Nevile Henderson, Ambassador to Germany, on the closure of the British Embassy in Berlin. From the library of Colonel Geoffrey Ronald Codrington who served as a Gentleman Usher in the Royal Household of Queen Elizabeth II and later as High Sheriff of Wiltshire. With Codrington’s armorial bookplate to the pastedown. In near fine condition.
First Edition of Does America Need a Foreign Policy?; Inscribed by Henry A. Kissinger to Close Friend Robert Pirie
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
First edition of this important work by the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bob Pirie from his friend Henry A. Kissinger.” The recipient was Robert Pirie, a lawyer in the field of mergers and acquisitions and later a prominent investment banker on Wall Street. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Large signed portrait of General Douglas MacArthur in uniform. Boldly signed by Douglas MacArthur on the bottom right hand side. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15 inches. An exceptionally strong signature of MacArthur.
Large signed portrait of General Douglas MacArthur in uniform, “To Major Sgt. Gordon, with best wishes, Douglas MacArthur.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
“My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe": Dreams From My Father; SIGNED BY BARACK OBAMA and Nobel Prize-Winning Author Toni Morrison
New York: Crown Publishers, 2004.
First edition, first printing of the 2004 reissue of the future President’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Barack Obama and by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison on the title page. In discussing Dreams from Father, Morrison called Obama, “a writer in my high esteem” and the book “quite extraordinary.” She praised, “his ability to reflect on this extraordinary mesh of experiences that he has had, some familiar and some not, and to really meditate on that the way he does, and to set up scenes in narrative structure, dialogue, conversation—all of these things that you don’t often see, obviously, in the routine political memoir biography…. It’s unique. It’s his. There are no other ones like that.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket collage by Steven Dana. In 2008 Obama was the first African American elected to President of the United States of America. In 1993 Toni Morrison was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. On May 29, 2012, President Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rare and desirable signed both Obama and Morrison.
"It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate": First Edition of Dreams From My Father; Lengthily Inscribed by Barack Obama
New York: Times Books/ Random House, 1995.
First edition of this memoir by the 44th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by Barack Obama on the half-title page, “To Ant- It is an honor to serve with you in the Senate. Thanks for your friendship, counsel and support! Warm Regards, Barack Obama.” The recipient worked with Obama in the Senate. Examples are usually encountered with just a signature, association copies of this magnitude are uncommon. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Rare autograph note singed by Edward, Duke of Windsor, and Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. In fine condition, the note measures 5.25 inches by 3.5 inches.
"A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness": Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Appreciation Token Card and American Flag which traveled with him
Rare original token of gratitude card signed by the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, from the collection of his trusted military aid Robert Schulz. Measuring 4.25 by 2.5 inches with the Presidential Seal in gilt the card reads, ‘A small token of my gratitude for your helpfulness’ signed, “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The card is displayed in a lucite block atop a wooden base with a silver medallion and button depicting Eisenhower and Konrad Adenauer. Accompanied by the miniature 49-star American flag which measures 11 inches in height mounted on a base bearing the text of the American Pledge of Allegiance that President Eisenhower took with him on all foreign trips between 1959 and 1960. With Schulz’s son note of provenance, “Oral history: My father told me that this flag went with Ike on all foreign trips.” The 49-star American flag was adopted on July 4, 1959 when Alaska joined the Union, and was replaced with the 50-star flag a year later upon Hawaii’s admittance to statehood. The present miniature flag traveled with Eisenhower during this period which included his August through September tour of Europe which brought him to West Germany, England, and France where he held conferences with Queen Elizabeth II, Charles de Gaulle, Harold Macmillan, and Konrad Adenauer. In near fine condition. A rare and unique piece of Americana.
Photograph portrait of General Dwight D. Eisenhower inscribed, “For Henry Sage Dunning, A veteran of World World I and a distinguished member of Columbia’s family, with admiration and affectionate regard, Dwight D. Eisenhower.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 19 inches.
Photograph of Dwight D. Eisenhower in military uniform, boldly signed by him. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 14.75 inches. A very attractive signed photograph.
Program for the 1956 Republican National Convention in San Francisco, August 20, 1956, signed on the front and back by numerous attendees, including a signature of President Eisenhower. Other signers include: Iowa Governor Leo Hoegh; Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr.; South Dakota Governor Joe Foss; California Senator Thomas Kuchel; New Jersey Senator Howard Alexander Smith; Delaware Senator John J. Williams; Ohio Senator George H. Bender; New Jersey Senator Clifford P. Case; and numerous others. In very good with light toning. A unique piece signed by President Eisenhower and many of those responsible for helping his reelection campaign. Double matted and framed with a photograph of the 1956 Republican Convention. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 25.5 inches. A unique piece.
Allahabad: Kitabistan, 1938.
First edition of this collection of essays and statements by Nehru. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Bee, Jawaharlal Nehru Hamirpur Feb. 1938.” In near fine condition. Books signed and inscribed by Nehru are rare.
Photograph of the Eisenhower family, signed by Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower, their son and daughter-in-law and only grandchild. Inscribed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, “For Ken & Joyce Browne with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower,” and signed, “Mamie Doud Eisenhower.” Additionally inscribed by the Eisenhowers’ eldest son John and his wife Barbara, “To the Brownes from Barbara and John Eisenhower” and signed by their son David Eisenhower. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.25 inches. Rare and desirable signed by members of three generations of the Eisenhower family.
Christmas card which reads, “Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt extends her very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.” Additionally signed above by Eleanor Roosevelt, “To ______ all my love E.R.” Matted and framed with a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 inches by 16 inches.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face": Rare Eleanor Roosevelt Signed Photograph
Original black and white photograph of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt signed by her. With the gilt Pach Bros NY photographer’s insignia. One of the oldest photographic firms in business in New York City, the Pach Brothers photography studio’s patrons included famous and ordinary Americans involved in business, politics, government, medicine, law, education, and the arts, as well as thousands of students, families and children who sat for Pach cameras from 1866 onward. In fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 4.75 inches.
“Let us all work together for better understanding and peace"; Signed Quotation all in Eleanor Roosevelt's Hand
Original Eleanor Roosevelt signed quotation on a note card, which reads, “Let us all work together for better understanding and peace. Eleanor Roosevelt.” Matted and framed with a photograph of Ms. Roosevelt above. In fine condition. Measures 10.5 inches by 13.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Rare signed White House engraving, boldly signed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, with the original White House envelope. With the engraving’s provenance recorded on the verso of the engraving, “‘The White House’ Washington D.C. Picture auctioned off at M.E. Church Supper. Greenwood, Del. and purchased by Harry L. Boyer. Harrington, Del. Nov. 4. 1933. Picture was sent to Mrs. Townsend P. Rust Greenwood, Del. as a donation for the supper by the First Lady of the Land – Mrs. Roosevelt.” In near fine condition. Desirable with noted provenance.
Autograph Letter signed by Greek Statesman Eleftherios Venizelos to American mining engineer and diplomat John Hays Hammond
One folding page letter hand-written and signed by “the father of modern Greece,” Eleftherios Venizelos. Dated December 24th, 1921 on letterhead from the El Mirasol in Santa Barbara, California, the letter reads “To Mr. John Hays Hammond El Mirasol. My dear Mr. Hammond, We are giving a very small luncheon party here on the 26th and Madame Venizelos & I would be delighted if Mrs. Hammond, Miss Hammond and yourself would give us the great pleasure of your company at 4 p.m. on the day. Very Sincerely yours, E.K. Venizelos.” The recipient, John Hays Hammond was a successful American mining engineer, diplomat, and philanthropist. 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. A nice association.