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The Burden and the Glory: The Hopes and Purposes of President Kennedy’s Second and Third Years in Office as Revealed in His Public Statements and Addresses.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964.
First edition. Octavo, publisher’s special presentation issue binding of full blue crushed morocco, front cover double-ruled in gilt, with gilt central presidential seal, spine ruled in blind and stamped and lettered in gilt in compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endleaves. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the half-title page. In near fine condition with some rubbing to the joints, slipcase with some wear. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
"Our system has at all times had to contend with internal encroachments upon liberty": First edition of Herbert Hoover's The Challenge to Liberty; Inscribed by Him
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
First edition of Herbert Hoover’s challenge to Roosevelt’s New Deal arguing it abandoned “the heritage of liberty.” Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Hon. J.N. Tincher, with the kind regards of Herbert Hoover.” The recipient, Jasper Napoleon “Poly” Tincher, a Republican represenative from Kansas between the years 1919-27 who represented David Nation in his divorce from the legendary Carrie Nation. Fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association.
"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.
Large black and white of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Signed and dated by him below. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.75 inches by 19.5 inches.
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.
"But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society": First Edition of Machester's Classic Work The Death of a President; inscribed by him to Abraham Zapruder
New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
First edition of the historian’s most well-known and enduring work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Association copy, inscribed by William Manchester to Abraham Zapruder in the year of publication on the half-title page, “For Abe Zapruder – With gratitude and warmest regards – Wm Manchester 13 III 67.” The recipient, Abraham Zapruder, unexpectedly witnessed and filmed the assassination of John F. Kennedy while filming the procession of the presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Later referred to as the ‘Zapruder film’, the film offered an exceptionally clear view of the assassination and became an important part of the Warren Commission hearings and all subsequent investigations into the assassination. Zapruder is mentioned over a dozen times in the present volume, as is referenced in the index. From the library of Zapruder’s assistant Lillian Rogers, whom he gifted the book to with the original transmittal envelope postmarked at Dallas on November 24, 1970 signed by Zapruder, “Mr. A. Zapruder” in the return address. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the son of Lillian Rogers, which reads in part: “My mother, deceased, Lillian Rogers worked for Abaraham Zapruder at the time of the JFK assassination…On that day she urged Mr. Zapruder to go back to his home and get his movie camera which he did and the rest is history. She always felt that her legacy was that if she had not persuaded Mr. Zapruder to get his camera the world would probably not know much about the event. I acquired the copy of the book ‘The Death of a President’ signed by the author as part of my mother’s estate…I had seen it once before she died and she told me Mr. Zapruder had given it to her.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears to the extremities. An exceptional association linking two important figures in the preservation of the history of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Items associated with Zapruder rarely appear at market.
"But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society": First Edition of the Authors Classic Work The Death of a President, Signed By Him
New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
First edition of the historian’s most well-known and enduring work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of shelfwear to the crown of the spine. A very bright example.
Signed Limited edition, number 1858. Large folio, original full brown morocco gilt, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Comes with the additional booklet from the 1936 Democratic convention. In near fine condition.
Signed Limited Edition, number 2223. Large folio, original full brown morocco gilt, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Gordon Browning’s copy with his name embossed on the front panel. Browning was an American politician who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1937 to 1939, and again from 1949 to 1953. He also served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1923 to 1935 and served on the staff of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. In very good condition.
New York: The John Day Company, 1946.
First edition one of the finest modern works on Indian history. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Jawaharlal Nehru Oct. 1949.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the spine. Rare and desirable signed.
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't": First Editions of each Volume in the Prime Minister's Autobiography and Speeches; Each Signed by Her
London: HarperCollins, 1993-2002.
First British editions of each work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, 3 volumes. Each volume is signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. A very nice set.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases; Inscribed by Clementine and Mary Soames
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Sir Winston S. Churchill’s collected works, inscribed by both his wife and youngest daughter in the year of the centenary of his birth to the winner of the 1974 C & G Gimcrack Horse Race at that very race. Octavos, 34 volumes bound in the original full vellum with gilt titles and gilt-stamped Churchill coat of arms to the spines and front panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Each volume housed in the original dark green slipcase which is also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. One of only 3,000 sets produced, this is number 143. Volume I, which contains My Early Life and My African Journey is inscribed by The Baroness Clementine Churchill opposite her preface, “Inscribed by Clementine Spencer Churchill” as well as her youngest daughter Mary, “presented by her youngest daughter Mary Soames, “and presented by her daughter to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo at York Races August the 22nd 1974.” The inscribed volume is housed in a custom oak and vellum clamshell box with ornate claw feet, velvet lining, and gold plaque which reads, C and G Gimcrack Stakes 1974 Presented to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo Owner of Steel Heart (Habitat – A. I. by Abernant) Winner of the C & G Gimcrack Stakes 1974, by Lady Soames in the Centenary Year of the Birth of Her Father Sir Winston Churchill.” In excellent condition. A brilliant set with exceptional provenance.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Churchill’s Complete Works, one of only 3000 sets produced. Octavo, original full vellum, 38 volumes. Boards gilt-stamped with the Churchill arms, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original dark green slipcases, also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. In fine condition in the fine original slipcases. An exceptional set.
New York : William Morrow and Company, 1939.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Eleanor Roosevelt in the year of publication, “For Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt with every possible good wish John W, Wheeler-Bennett January 1939.” With Eleanor Roosevelt’s bookplate. One could imagine Roosevelt reading and gleaning from this instructive work regarding peace after the first World War, with the invasion of Sudetenland and subsequent letters from President Roosevelt to Hitler for peace and later The Yalta Conference. In near fine condition.
New York: Basic Books, 1997.
First edition of this “masterful synthesis of historical, geographical, and political analysis…. Geostrategic thinking in the grand tradition of Bismarck” (Samuel Huntington). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “and with best wishes Zbigniew Brzezinski.” Small name, fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Rick Pracher.
THE DEDICATION COPIES, Presented to Queen Victoria and Bearing the Royal Bookplates of King George V
The History of the Hampton Court Palace. Illustrated with Autotypes, Etchings, Engravings, Maps and Plans. In Three Volumes.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1885-91.
The dedication copy, from the library of Queen Victoria and King George. First edition. Thick octavos, 3 volumes. Bound in three quarters blue morocco, the spines with raised bands and gilt titles, all edges gilt. With a 3-page Autograph Letter Signed from the Author, dated July 1st, 1885, addressed to Sir Henry Ponsonby, Queen Victoria’s Private Secretary, Presenting the volumes to Queen Victoria – the books are “Dedicated by Special permission to Her Most Gracious Majesty THE QUEEN Who First Granted Free and Unrestricted Admission To All Her Subjects To View The Beautiful Home Of Her Ancestors At Hampton Court.” The Letter reads in full: Dear Sir Henry, I send you by this post a specially bound copy of my “History of Hampton Court Palace in Tudor Times” for presentation to the Queen, which I venture to hope Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to accept from me. – At the same time could you offer Her Majesty my most dutiful and humble thanks for her great kindness in allowing me the favour of dedicating the work to Her Majesty? Yours very sincerely, Ernest Law. P.S. If you have the specimen copy & proof sheets originally sent to you, to show the nature of the work, could you send them back to me? In addition, the endpapers of each volume bear the Royal Bookplates of King George the 5th, with the stylized GRV monogram and the Royal Crown above. In excellent condition with light rubbing and wear. From the library of Mr. Stanley Williams, former Superintendent of Buckingham Palace.
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" First Edition of The Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown, 1995.
First American edition of the illustrated autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Quarto, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Government of the Dalai Lama, 1959.
First edition of this important document, which details the historical relationship between Tibet and China from the 7th century to the 1950s and presents arguments supporting Tibet’s claim for sovereignty. Octavo, original printed flexible board wrappers, with the title and date printed in red letters. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the front panel. Table of contents and 63 pages of text. In 1959 the Dalai Lama sought support from the U.S. and other nations to recognize their government in exile and to bring their case for Tibetan sovereignty and against Chinese aggression before the United Nations. It is necessary to distinguish between two 1959 publications under the same title. The more common (today) appears to be an octavo volume of 49 pages, which several sources attribute to the Central Electric Press in Delhi, India. [The British Library and Harvard University each has a copy in that smaller format; WorldCat details 10 locations of the 49 p. 8vo edition, under two OCLC numbers]. Our publication, a mimeographic duplication from a document produced on a typewriter, printed on rectos only of quarto sized sheets, has 63 leaves and an un-numbered first leaf [“Table of Contents”]. Technical limitations mean that our publication in quarto mimeographed format, is both more fragile by nature and less likely to have been issued in a large number of copies. Considering that the 14th Dalai Lama spent all but the first 90 days of 1959 residing in exile in Dharamshala, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India, it is likely that our publication was produced there. Historical Context: In 1959, within days of the rapidly devolving March uprising in Lhasa, the Dalai Lama and his retinue fled Tibet with the help of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. They crossed the border into India on 30 March 1959, and soon afterward, the Dalai Lama set up the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala, receiving support from the CIA including a personal annual stipend of $180,000 and other material support from at least 1959 until about 1974. (CIA support for the Government of the Dalai Lama in Exile and other potential Tibetan assets reportedly totalled about $1.7 million per annum). In April 1959 the Dalai Lama sent a message to the U.S. Government requesting that the U.S. formally recognize the Free Tibetan Government and that he encourage other nations to do so. Under Secretary of State C. Douglas Dillon advised President Eisenhower that the U.S. should “avoid taking any position which might encourage the Dalai Lama to seek international recognition.” Despite considerable U.S. covert support of the Tibetans’ efforts to oust the Chinese, the official U.S. position held that Tibet was an autonomous country under Chinese suzerainty. The State Department believed this position better served America’s broader foreign policy interest viz. China and India. In fact, the Eisenhower administration (both the State Department and the CIA) restrained the Tibetans from presenting their case against Chinese aggression, instead skirting the political issues and treading the softer line of human rights violations and cultural oppression. The Tibetans finally enlisted Ireland and Malaya to request “The Question of Tibet” to be added to the U.N. agenda for its 14th session. Consequently, the United Nations’ Resolution 1353 (XIV) on Tibet was passed in October 1959. This first U.N. resolution on Tibet did not address the sovereignty issue, but voiced their “grave concern at the continued violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of Tibetans” and calling for “respect of the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people and for their distinctive cultural and religious life.” For an interesting exposition of this era of Tibetan diplomacy, see “Tibet Issue at the UN: a case study in informal diplomacy, (1950-65)” by Kalzang Diki Bhutia. Either directly or indirectly, this publication was made possible by support from the CIA; it is a fascination sidelight of history that the official US government position was not in alignment with this text, and also, that no copy of our rare publication seems to have survived in any institutional library in the United States. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"The establishment of peace on earth is a fundamental belief of universal Judaism with its principles of one universal God and one humanity": Rare type-written manuscript signed and hand-corrected by Palestine's first attorney general Norman Bentwich
Rare manuscript written by Mandatory Palestine’s first attorney general, British Zionist Norman Bentwich. 21 pages, type-written with copious corrections and revisions in Bentwich’s hand throughout, signed by Bentwich at the conclusion of the last page. Developed during his term as Chairman of the United Restitution Organization, the manuscript contains content and notes which would later be published as Bentwich’s 1959 book: The Religious Foundations of Internationalism; A Study in International Relations Through the Ages. Also included at the conclusion of the text is a list of suggested reading. In very good condition. A rare and desirable signed manuscript.