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“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York: Vincent Parke, 1908.
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 101982
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 72091
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"; Life Magazine Inaugural Address; Inscribed by Kennedy To Senator Joseph Clark
Life Magazine’s souvenir edition commemorating Kennedy’s inauguration. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Kennedy, “For Mr. Joseph Clark with very best wishes, John Kennedy. The recipient, Joseph Clark was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1969. He worked with Kennedy in the Senate, and continued to their push for civil rights, highlighting the issue as a major part of Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He endorsed new legislation to extend voting rights, end discrimination in education and housing, and establish the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Kennedy announced during his campaign that Clark and Congressman Emanuel Celler had agreed to prepare a comprehensive civil rights bill ‘embodying the commitments of the Democratic platform,’ to be introduced early in the next congressional session. One of the key issues in Kennedy’s campaign, which helped him win the presidency in 1960. Matted and framed with the printed text of Kennedy’s inaugural speech, a portrait of Kennedy giving his speech. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 34 inches. Rare and desirable, especially with such an association.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 69060
"We the people of Namibia - have finally emerged victorious in our struggle against colonialism, racism and apartheid; are determined to adopt a Constitution which expresses for ourselves and our children our resolve to cherish and to protect the gains of our long struggle": The Constitution of Namibia, Signed and Inscribed by Nelson Mandela and other Diplomats
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. A unique copy signed and or inscribed by all the major contributors of the Republic of Namibia, which was formed in 1990. Inscribed by Nelson Mandela, “To Udo with my comradely compliments and best wishes Nelson R. Mandela 22.3.90 Windhoek.” Additionally signed by future South African president Thabo Mbeki and dated 21.3.90; Namibia’s first prime minister, Hage Geingob; Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first president; Joe Slovo, leading member of the African National Congress; Alfred Nzo, longest-standing secretary-general of the African National Congress and South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Mandela Administration. In near fine condition with some light wear to the cover. Signatures of Nelson Mandela preceding his presidency are rare.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 3303
Inscribed by John F. Kennedy as President, “For General Norstad With high esteem – appreciation, and very best wishes – January 1963.” A group of 7 gelatin silver prints of President Kennedy awarding the Distinguished Service Medal to General Lauris Norstad. The recipient was NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Matted and framed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 4428
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 51046
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 62035
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong”: Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
Early printing of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Tamar Rich with best wishes and warm regards, Martin L. King Jr.” Laid in is a black and white photograph of Ralph Abernathy, Victor M. Carter, Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrea Carter, Tamar Rich (the recipient) and the Consul General of Israel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 86754
Rare original photograph boldly inscribed by Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., “Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Ken Browne, From Martin L. King.” The photograph measures 3.5 inches by 5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 13 inches. In very good condition. Photographs signed by King are rare and desirable.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 92466
“We write our own destiny; we become what we do”: First Edition of General Chiang Kai Shek; Signed by both General and Madame Chiang kai-shek
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1937.
First edition of this autobiography of Chiang Kai-shek. Octavo, original cloth. Signed on the half-title page in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek and in English by Mei-ling Soong Chiang, former First Lady of the Republic of China, 1948-1975. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Exceptionally rare signed by both Chiang and Madame Kai-shek.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 48012
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 96862
Portrait of George Washington after Gilbert Stuart, American School, late 19th century oil on canvas portrait of President George Washington, after the Athaneum portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Housed in a Victorian giltwood frame with floral carved corner ornaments and oval opening. The entire piece measures 35 inches by 40 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 78002
Large signed photograph of Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States. Boldly signed below the image by Grant. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17 inches. Handsomely matted and framed. Scarce and desirable signed by Grant.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 4608
“ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL BIOGRAPHIES IN ENGLISH:” LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL; EACH VOLUME INSCRIBED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL
London: Macmillan & Co. Limited, 1906.
First edition of Winston S. Churchill’s biography of his father. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, with two photographic frontispiece portraits of Lord Randolph. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in both volumes, “Inscribed for G.S. Harvie-Watt by Winston Churchill 1943.” The recipient, Harvie-Pratt was a conservative politician who served as parliamentary private secretary to Winston Churchill from 1941-1945. At the end of World War II, he became a Queen’s Counsel and was created a baronet. In 1948 he became an aide-de-camp to George VI; on the king’s death, he filled the same position for Elizabeth II, also acting as a member of the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland. In very good condition with rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Remarkable association copies.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 30055
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"; LIFE MAGAZINE INAUGURAL ADDRESS; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO EVELYN SYMINGTON
Rare Souvenir Edition of Life Magazine’s Inaugural Spectacle commemorating the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John F. Kennedy on the front panel, “To Evie Symington with very good wishes John F. Kennedy.” The recipient, Evelyn Symington was the wife of Amherst, Massachusetts-born politician Stuart Symington. Symington served as a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri between 1953 and 1976 and emerged as a prominent critic of McCarthyism early in his term. He sought the the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election with the backing of former President Truman, but the nomination went to John F. Kennedy, largely due to Symington’s refusal to speak to southern segregated audiences. When Kennedy won the nomination, Symington was his first choice for Vice President, but was dropped in favor of Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He advised President Kennedy as a member of EXCOMM during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117063
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
“HUMAN SUFFERING ANYWHERE CONCERNS MEN AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE”: Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Signed by Elie Wiesel
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the title page. In near fine condition with some light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Preface by Francois Mauriac. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 26032
Rare Civil War era military endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President. Two pages, the appointment is dated July 26th 1864, addressed to Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton and contains a request from J.M. Francis of Hudson County, New Jersey that Edward Z. Laurence be appointed Secretary of Subsistence in the Volunteer Army of the United States. The request is approved and endorsed at the conclusion by Lincoln, “Let the appointment be made, if his service can be made useful A. Lincoln Aug. 17 1864.” Framed. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 9.5 inches. In very good condition with a bold inscription from Lincoln.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114205
“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for”: The complete writings of George Washington; Bound in Full Contemporary Calf
The Writings of George Washington Being His Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private.
Boston: American Stationers Company. John B. Russell, 1836-1837.
The complete writings of George Washington. Large octavo, 12 volumes, uniformly bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Frontispiece of Washington to volumes 1-3; engraved by J.W. Paradise from a painting by J.G. Chapman after a painting by C.W. Peale; frontispiece in volumes 2 and three engraved by A.B. Durand, the first from a painting by Gilbert Stuart; frontispiece in volume 12 of Martha Washington engraved by J. Cheney. Editor Jared Sparks was a noted early American historian and President of Harvard College. Sparks worked as editor of the North American Review and a Unitarian pastor in Baltimore. His most notable work was his Writings of George Washington. An attractive set.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 63030
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
Uncorrected proof of the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original wrappers. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. This is the first example we have seen, as only a few examples would have been produced for limited in-house production. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 111575
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson, whose biographers have argued to be the true first President of the United States. The archive is composed primarily of letters, historical records and biographical documents prepared by Hanson’s ancestors, most notably several biographical volumes composed by his descendant Douglas H. Thomas who, in his numerous biographical papers, promoted Hanson as the the true first President of the United States. Contents also include biographical accounts of Hanson’s father Philip Thomas, and his descendant John Hanson Thomas who served in the American Civil War. In near fine condition. A fascinating archive of first-hand accounts documenting the life, career, and heritage of one of America’s least recognized Founding Fathers.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 116321
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
Early printing of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best Wishes, Martin Luther King.” Also laid in is an original photograph of Dr. King. Contemporary name to the pastedown, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 98984
"Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles": First Edition of Toward Freedom: The Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Him
New York: The John Day Company, 1941.
First edition of Nehru’s classic autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Jawaharlal Nehru on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. First editions are uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 114944
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.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 103675
First Edition of Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas; From the Library of Ulysses S. Grant
Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas.
New York: Baker & Godwin, 1875.
First edition of the first English translation of the 1873 Mexican Border Commission’s investigative report on Texan allegations of Mexican robberies at the international border. From the library of Ulysses S. Grant, presented to him by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affiars Ignacio Mariscal with a dedication card affixed to the second free endpaper. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with three large hand-colored folding maps at rear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise clamshell box. Rare and highly desirable from the library of President Grant.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 94712
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing 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
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela in his law office in 1952. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph was taken at Chancellor House, which is where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the South Africa’s first black law firm in 1952. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 4512
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela during his treason trial in 1958. Signed by both Nelson Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). The photograph measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 4513
"Good luck to all good Americans!" First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Fear God and Take Your Own Part; Signed by Him
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1916.
First edition of this collection of essays by the twenty-sixth President of the United States. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Good luck to all good Americans! Theodore Roosevelt March 27th 1916.” In near fine condition, note to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional inscription.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 100345
Original carte de visite signed “U.S. Grant Lt. Gen. U.S.A.” Mounted on stiff ivory card stock, the carte-de-visite measures 2.6 inches by 4 inches. Signed below the image on the print. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 5510
Rare Original Ulysses S. Grant United States Civil War Army Report Cover; inscribed by General Grant
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1865.
Rare Civil War era report cover inscribed by Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General of the United States Army. One page report cover, inscribed by Grant, “Wm E. Dodge, Esq., New York, N.Y. U.S. Grant Lt. Gen.” Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to Lieutenant General of the United States Army on March , 1864, a rank which had only previously been held by George Washington. Following Lincolns assassination in April of 1865, Grant became America’s first four-star general and played an important role in aiding Congress in their effort to reconstruct the South. In near fine condition. With a first edition of the complete report which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 114672
"This is remarkable book...reading it is a rich and rewarding experience (Eleanor Roosevelt); Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
First edition, early printing with the same date and imprint as the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Ursula Suess. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 24002
Rare Complete Set of Theodore Martin's The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort; each volume inscribed by Queen Victoria to Sir Francis Seymour
London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1875-1880.
Complete set of Martin’s extensive biography of Prince Albert, contracted and edited by Queen Victoria, each volume inscribed by her. Octavo, five volumes, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, stamped ruling to the panels, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece to each volume, illustrated with 8 additional tissue-guarded plates of portraits and views; one a folding facsimile of a draft memorandum by Prince Albert to Lord Lyons in 1861. Association copies, each volume is inscribed by Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper to Sir Francis Seymour. Volume I is inscribed, “To Sir Francis Seymour Bart. In recollection of his dear Mother from Victoria Windsor Castle Dec. 14, 1874.” Volume II is inscribed, “To Lieutenant General Sir Francis Seymour Bart. from Victoria Nov. 22, 1876.” Volume III is inscribed, “To General Sir Francis Seymour Bart. from Victoria R December 1877.” Volumes IV and V are similarly inscribed. The recipient, Sir Francis Seymour, 1st Baronet, was a British Army officer and courtier. His son, Albert Victor Francis Seymour, who was born when Seymour was 74 years old served as a Page of Honour to Queen Victoria. In very good condition. Mixed editions as often: vols. I, IV, and V are first editions, vol. II is a second edition, and vol. III is a fifth edition. Rare and desirable with all five volumes inscribed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 117508
Rare original carte de visite signed by Ulysses S. Grant, “U.S. Grant Maj. Gen. U.S.A.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.5 inches by 8 inches.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 109556
"The history of the reformation is a book for all Christians, or rather for all mankind": First Editions of D'Aubergine's important history of the great reformation; from the library of Millard Fillmore, the first president who established the White House library, with his ownership signature in each volume
New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1843-1853.
First edition set of Aubergine’s important history of the protestant reformation from the library of the thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who established the first White House library. Octavo, 5 volumes. Bound in three quarters contemporary black calf over olive green boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised tooled bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portrait of Martin Luther with tissue guard present. In very good condition with Millard Fillmore’s ownership inscription and library catalog notes on the title page of each volume, “Millard Fillmore March 26, 1857 Rebound April 16, 1860” who has also crossed out the “J-5” bookshelf designation, replacing it with “G-1” in pencil. An exceptional piece of American history from the President who created the White House Library.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 81155
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Judge Carl Wahlstrom with high esteem John Kennedy,” Inscription to the recipient, bookplate of Judge Wahlstrom to the front pastedown, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 107643
“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
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
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.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 27030
“THE DISTANCE IS GREAT FROM THE FIRM BELIEF TO THE REALIZATION FROM CONCRETE EXPERIENCE”: DOCUMENT SIGNED BY QUEEN ISABELLA I, QUEEN OF SPAIN
Single quarto manuscript document signed by Queen Isabella of Spain, dated 20 November, 1501. With “La Reyna” at the top, and signed “Yo la Reyna.” The letter is for a credit to Isabella’s chamberlain, Sancho de Paredes for various supplies, services, and expenditures. Matted and framed opposite a portrait of Isabella. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by Queen Isabella.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 39080
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon; from the collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio
Rawlings Official Ball National League, .
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon on the sweetspot. From the personal collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Accompanied by an original black and white photograph of DiMaggio and Nixon shaking hands in the White House, also from DiMaggio’s personal collection. In near fine condition. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 95226
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.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 102875
“A MAN DOES WHAT HE MUST — IN SPITE OF PERSONAL CONSEQUENCES”: PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Philip Sang with best wishes John Kennedy Dec. 3, 1957.” Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 75080
"Dear Mr. President, Barb and I sing 'Happy Birthday to you' - with many happy returns! All Bushes join in": Rare autograph birthday note warmly inscribed by George H.W. Bush as Vice President to Ronald Reagan as President
Autograph note signed and inscribed by George H.W. Bush as Vice President to Ronald Reagan as President on his birthday. One page, with the official emblem of the Vice President, the note reads, “Feb. 6, 1984 Dear Mr. President, Barb and I sing “Happy Birthday to you” – with many happy returns! All Bushes join in – George.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Bush and Reagan. The entire piece measures 20 inches 16.5 inches. A remarkable association.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 114005
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Chisholm Best wishes John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 110982
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1898-99.
First editions of Anthony’s classic biography. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt medallion to the front panels of both volumes. Volume one is lengthily inscribed by Susan B. Anthony on the front free endpaper as follows, “To Mrs. Grace Bartholomew, Pioneer, Michigan, I present these volumes because of dear Mr. D.A. Blodgett’s purchasing so many Histories of Woman Suffrage to give to his friends. Therefore please accept these for his sake, & oblige. Yours very sincerely, Susan B. Anthony, Rochester N.Y., Nov. 5, 1904.” Delos Abiel Blodgett of Grand Rapids, MI founded an orphanage which remains active today. Grace Richmond Bartholomew (1848-1920) was a farmer of Pioneer, Michigan.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 65050
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
"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.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 103202
Rare Imperial Decree boldly signed by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Two pages, partially printed in Italian, the decree outlines a proposal for the construction of a bridge over the Sesia River in Vercelli, to be financed by the Kingdom of Italy as part of Napoleon’s civic improvement plan initiated during his administration of Ital. Dated April 12, 1809, the decree reads in part, “Napoleon, by the grace of God & by the Constitution, French Emperor, King of Italy, Protector of the Rhine Confederation, have decreed and decree what follows: Art. 1. Our Kingdom of Italy will contribute the certain sum of 150,000 lire to the expense of building the Vercelli bridge on the Sesia. Art. 2. The payment will be made in installments at the rate of 50,000 lire per year starting from the current year. Art. 3. This expense will be carried into the budget of the Minister of the Interior, and to the head of the extraordinary works of water and roads. Art. 4. The Minister of the Interior is in charge of the execution of this decree. Given at our Imperial Palace of the Tuileries this day April 12, 1809″. Signed by Napoleon Bonaparte at the conclusion the decree, “Napole”. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Napoleon. The entire piece measures 31.5 inches by 21.25 inches.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120531
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Octavo, original half black cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Anthony Amari best regards John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 16075
Rare first edition of S. Putnam Waldo's Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution
Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes and the War of the Revolution, Between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain; Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to other Distinguished Characters.
Hartford: Published by Silas Andrus, 1823.
First edition of Putnam’s work dedicated to American naval heroes of the Revolutionary War including James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Armorial bookplate to the pastedown. Rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 120635
Long Walk to Freedom; Signed by Three Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. De Klerk
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of this classic autobiography, which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page (translated from Afrikaans to English), “To Lieutenant Colonel Jan de Wet, Compliments and Best Wishes to a competent and experienced pilot NMandela 10.5.95.” This was signed on the first anniversary of Mandela’s inauguration as President. Additionally signed by fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 112377
"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
"From a well-wisher to Mexico, and an admirer of its illustrious chief": Theodore Roosevelt Signed Photograph Inscribed to Mexican President Porfirio Diaz
Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to Mexican President Porfirio Diaz, “From a well-wisher to Mexico, and an admirer of its illustrious chief, President [Porfirio] Diaz, and with the regard of Theodore Roosevelt September 1904.” Two months later, Roosevelt, who had assumed the Presidency with the 1901 assassination of William McKinley, won his first full-term as President. Matted and framed.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 4343
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1916.
First edition of this collection of essays by the twenty-sixth President of the United States. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “with all good wishes from Theodore Roosevelt May 10th 1917.” In near fine condition.
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 110536
"Sir Winston Churchill the painter has always been true to his artistic self": Rare original 1959 Royal Academy of Arts exhibition catalog; singed by Sir Winston S. Churchill
London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1959.
First edition from Winston Churchill’s 1959 painting exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, signed by him. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with black-and-white and full-color plates. Signed by Winston S. Churchill on the title page. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 120887
First Edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft's biography; signed by both her and William Howard Taft
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1914.
First edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft’s autobiography, the first autobiography published by a First Lady of the United States. Octavo, original cloth gilt, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Taft, with numerous illustrations. Signed by both William Howard Taft and First Lady Helen Herron Taft on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare, not only signed by the First lady of the United States to publish an autobiography, but by both Mrs. and President Taft.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 95234
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1962.
First edition of this early biography of The Dalai Lama. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Signed and dated in the year of publication by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on the front free endpaper. Laid in is a note to the recipient on official Tibetan letterhead from the private secretary to the Dalai Lama stating that The Dalai Lama has signed this copy. Also inscribed on the half-title page by the author, “With warmes regards and best wishes to Kenneth Crouch- and with a special salute from- Lowell Thomas Jr. Dec. 14, 62.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some tape to the exterior. Jacket design by Gary Gore. Contemporary signatures of His Holiness are scarce. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 83782
“Politics is war without blood, while war is politics with blood": First Edition of Quotations from Chairman Mao
Beijing: Central Political Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, 1964.
First edition of Quotations from Chairman Mao. Duodecimo, in the original iconic red vinyl, title to front cover in blind, frontispiece portrait of Chairman Mao. With the textual error on pp. 82/83 corrected and Lin Biao’s calligraphic endorsement leaf after the frontispiece tipped in from a later printing. In 1972, an edict was issued that Lin’s name was to be obliterated from history, following disclosures that he had plotted a coup and planned to assassinate Mao; consequently, “many surviving copies in the Chinese language have that page legitimately torn away, mutilated or censored” (Schiller, p. 36). In near fine condition. Housed in a custom red slipcase.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 100159
"There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice": Rare Publishers Deluxe Binding of Grants Memoirs
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86.
Rare publisher’s deluxe binding 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. Bound in original deluxe full morocco, covers ruled and paneled in blind with blind-stamped central motifs of Grant, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. Illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles and 43 maps. In near fine condition. The rarest form of Grant’s memoirs as this presentation binding were given to only a select group of people. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117355
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela, Dr. Moroka, and Yusuf Dadoo during the Defiance Campaign Trial of 1952. Signed by both Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 4054