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Black and white photograph portrait of William Howard Taft taken by George Prince with Prince’s 1908 copyright in the lower right corner. Inscribed by William Howard Taft, “Sincerely Yours, William H. Taft. In a period frame. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 12.5 inches. A very nice example.
Large black and white photograph of the Roosevelt Luncheon at Lordvale, the home of industrialist Henry Worcester Smith in Grafton, Massachusetts; Signed by Theodore Roosevelt
Large black and white photograph of the Roosevelt Luncheon at Lordvale, the home of industrialist Henry Worcester Smith in Grafton, Massachusetts, held on September 1st 1916. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt on the lower right corner of the photograph, “Theodore Roosevelt.” Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 16 inches by 14.5 inches. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 19.5 inches.
Royal birth announcement welcoming Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip’s third child, Prince Andrew. Featuring a black-and-white family photograph of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their children, Charles, Anne, and Andrew. Boldly signed below the image in fountain pen, “Philip” and “Elizabeth R. 1960.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 14.5 inches.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Procession Appointment Signed by Chief of Staff John A. Johnston and Grand Marshall Adna R. Chafee
Washington, D.C: 1905.
Original Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Procession Appointment Signed by Chief of Staff John A. Johnston and Grand Marshall Adna R. Chaffee. The appointment reads, “This is to Certify that Charles B. Gatewood has been duly chosen and appointed to serve as Aid to the Grand Marshall in the parade in the City of Washington at the Inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt as President, and Charles W. Fairbanks as Vice President of the United States of America on the Fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and five, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred twenty-ninth. It is therefore requested that all Civic and Military organizations participating in these ceremonies give due respect to such directions as may be issued by him in that behalf. Attest. “John A. Johnston” Chief of Staff and “Adna R. Chaffee” Grand Marshall. Washington D.C. In near fine condition.
Rare Photographic Portrait of Robert E. Lee and his staff; Inscribed by Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady
Photographic portrait of General Robert E. Lee flanked by his son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on his right and Colonel Walter Taylor on his left. Inscribed by one of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew Brady, on a mount, “To Col. Robert Alexander Compliments of his friend, M.B. Brady.” The photograph was taken at Lee’s estate in Richmond, Virginia in April of 1865, only days after his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. This is one in a series taken by Brady in the basement below the back porch of the estate and from the original wet plates in the Brady-Handy collection. “This photograph is one of the most celebrated images produced by Brady, who established his reputation in the 1850s as the preeminent portraitist in New York and Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Brady sought out General Robert E. Lee, who had returned to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, after his surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. At the photographer’s request General Lee reluctantly put on his uniform and posed at the back of his residence with his son, General George Washington Custis Lee (left), and his chief of staff, Colonel Walter H. Taylor (right). The image conveys the pathos of defeat for the Confederacy and for Lee personally. For Brady, who had been present at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, this portrait completed his photographic coverage of the conflict” (WAM). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. An exceptional piece of Americana.
Rare first edition of Frederick Lewis Allen's Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the Nineteen-Twenties
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1931.
First edition of Frederick Lewis Allen’s historic work. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Very good in a good dust jacket with some loss to the spine.
New York: Simon & Schuster/ Alfred A. Knopf 2003 & 2004.
First editions of each of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s autobiographies. Octavo, 2 volumes, original boards, illustrated. Signed on the title page in full by the author, “William Jefferson Clinton.” Signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton on the in Living History. Each are fine in fine dust jackets. Housed in a custom clamshell box with the Presidential seal. A very nice presentation.
"I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land": Rare Theodor Herzl Shana Tova Postcard and Embroidered Silk Handkerchief from the Second Zionist Congress
Rare 19th century Shana Tova postcard from the Second World Zionist Congress featuring a central portrait of Theodor Herzl flanked by other Zionist leaders Bernard Lazare, Max E. Mandelstamm, Theodor Gaster and Max Nordau. Below the portraits is a biblical verse in Hebrew from Ezekiel 37:21, “Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land” with images of a farmer in Eretz Israel and figures praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Paired with a rare silk handkerchief with floral embroidery and an engraved portrait of Herzl flanked by New Year’s greetings in Yiddish. Both items are in near fine condition. The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The handkerchief measures 10 inches by 10 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Judaica.
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century 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, “To Ambassador Jean-Pierre Masset of France. Compliments & best wishes. NMandela 29.1.96.” The recipient, His Excellency Jean-Pierre Masset served as the French Ambassador to Pakistan from 1989 to 1993, a period of intense bilateral relations between France and Pakistan, marked by the state visit of President François Mitterrand, the first visit of a French President since the creation of Pakistan. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent association.
"Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance": First Edition of the Memoirs of Lyndon B. Johnson; Warmly inscribed by him to his undersecretary of Transportation John E. Robson
New York : Holt Rinehart and Winston 1971.
First edition of President Johnson’s autobiography. Octavo, original red cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 72 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson on an official White House bookplate, “To John E. Robson with warm best wishes Lyndon B. Johnson ‘Xmas ’72.” John E. Robson served as the Undersecretary of Transportation in the Johnson Administration in 1967. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by David November. Jacket photograph of Johnson by Y. R. Okamoto. A nice association.
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 Francis P. McCloskey with very best wishes John Kennedy.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. An excellent example with noted provenance.
"You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies": First Edition of The Rabin Memoirs; Inscribed by Him
Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1979.
First edition in English of the memoirs of Yitzhak Rabin. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Dorothy and Ozzie with love Y. Rabin 10.22.79.” The recipients Dorothy and Ozzie Goren were philanthropists deeply involved in the Jewish community, having served as general campaign chair, Federation president and chair and/or board member of innumerable committees, boards and meetings, including many Federation missions to Israel, as well a serving as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission for twelve years. Contemporary inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Renfer. Photograph by Magnum photographer Leonard Freed.
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.
“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it”: First Edition of Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1963.
First edition 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 Murray Stavers With Best Wishes and appreciation for your support Martin Luther King.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
“The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know": First Edition of Mr. President: The First Publication from the Personal Diaries; Inscribed by Harry Truman
Mr. President: The First Publication from the Personal Diaries, Private Letters, Papers, and Revealing Interviews of Harry S. Truman, Thirty-Second President of the United States of America.
New York: Farrar Straus and Young 1952.
First edition of this collection of writings from President Truman. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by Harry Truman below the frontispiece portrait opposite the title page, “Kindest regards to Isadore Battaglia Harry S. Truman Independence, Oct. 30,1953.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Original patent executed and signed by Andrew Jackson as President of the United States. Two folio vellum leaves. Engraved vignette header, embossed paper seal with ribbons, ribbon bound. Signed by President Andrew Jackson on April 3rd 1835. Countersigned by Secretary of State John Forsythe and Attorney General Benjamin F. Butler. The patent is issued to “Elisha Holton, a citizen of the United States, who hath alleged that he has invented a new and useful improvement in the construction of a grist mill.” The second page contains a lengthy hand-written description of the construction and design of the grist mill signed by Holton on the verso. Also bound in is an original hand-colored technical drawing of the grist mill. In fine condition. The entire document measures 15 inches by 11.5 inches. Uncommon. Rare and desirable in this condition and format.