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  • Rare Legal Counsel Appointment Signed by Her Majesty Queen Victoria

    QUEEN VICTORIA,.

    Queen Victoria Legal Counsel Appointment Signed.

    Eton Square: January 9, 1859.

    Rare original document signed by Queen Victoria appointing George Markham Giffard, Hunton Rodwell and Henry Hawkins to her Counsel Learned in the Law. One page, approved and signed by Queen Victoria at the head of the page, “App. Victoria R.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $650.00     Item Number: 100154

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  • "We do hereby charge all Sharks, Whales, Eels, Dolphins, Gollywogs, Pollywogs, etc. to abstain from eating, playing with or otherwise maltreating his person": Official Neptune Rex Ceremony Decree Signed by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru

    NEHRU, Jawaharlal.

    Jawaharlal Nehru Neptune Rex Ceremony Naval Decree Signed.

    June 5, 1950.

    Rare original Neptune Rex Ceremony Decree signed by Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister. One page, partially printed with a woodcut headpiece of King Neptune, woodcut initials and red Neptune Rex seal. The decree reads, “Whereas by our Royal condescension we decree that our trusty and well beloved Norman Cliff has this day entered Our domain and has been rightly and duly initiated with all form and ceremony as our subject on board Indian Naval Ship Delhi. We do hereby charge all Sharks, Whales, Eels, Dolphins, Gollywogs, Pollywogs, etc. to abstain from eating, playing with or otherwise maltreating his person. And We further direct all Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Globetrotters and Landlubbers who have not crossed the Equator of Our Royal domain to treat him with respect due to on of Our loyal subjects. Given at Our Court on the Equator this fifth day of June 1950 in longitude 92.” Signed at the conclusion by Jawaharlal Nehru and Norman Cliff. The Neptune Rex Ceremony was a traditional line-crossing ceremony performed to initiate sailors into the Kingdom of Neptune upon their first crossing of the Equator. The tradition may have originated with early Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian vessels passing notable headlands. By the eighteenth century, there were well-established line-crossing rituals in the British Royal Navy, United States Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy. In near fine condition.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 100122

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  • Autograph Letter Signed and entirely in the hand of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

    HOLMES, Oliver Wendell.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes Autograph Letter Signed.

    November 20, 1920.

    Autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Oliver Wendell Holmes on Supreme Court letterhead. Dated November 20th 1920, the letter reads, “Mr. Barnes called last Evening and delivered to me the handsome Copy of your amended essay. In his presence I established in my shelves, its place being by the side of a fine edition of my much admired Malthus. Mr. Barnes gave a charming account of you and I enjoyed his call very much – none the less that he had been received at any earlier moment with some suspicion as an unknown man with a bag. I hardly know which gives me the greater pleasure – your kind estimate of my work or the admirable quality of yours. On both grounds I am very much obliged to you and am Sincerely yours, O.W. Holmes.” Holmes’ legal philosophy was strongly influenced by the political and economic observations of Thomas Robert Malthus, powerfully expressed in his best-known work An Essay on the Principle of Population, published in 1798. Matted and framed with a drawing of Holmes. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12 inches.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 100148

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  • Signed by Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, Bryon White and Sandra Day O'Connor

    WARREN BURGER, William Rehnquist.

    Warren E. Burger Supreme Court Signed Photograph.

    c. 1982.

    Large photograph of the 1980’s Burger Court, signed by nine justices. The justices are Warren Burger, Byron R. White, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., William Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Additionally inscribed above the image by Burger, “For Donna De Young with best wishes Warren E. Burger.” Framed. The entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 17 inches. Rare and desirable. An attractive image of this important court which presided over a number of issues relating to equality and freedom.

    Price: $4,800.00     Item Number: 100256

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  • Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Ulysses S. Grant to Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont

    GRANT, Ulysses S.

    Ulysses S. Grant Autograph Letter Signed.

    Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant as President. Addressed to the Attorney General of the United States Edwards Pierrepont the letter reads, “Elizabeth, N.J. Sept. 2nd 1876 Dear Judge, While in Utica Judge Hunt spoke to me of the importance of appointing a member to Judge Woodruff at as early as a day as practicable on account of the great amount of business before the court. I do not know of any lawyer in the circuit to whom to tender the position when it should be Senator Edmunds and he I should dislike to see leave the Senate. But you are well acquainted with the Bar in that circuit and its wants, and can no doubt suggest the right man for the place. If you will send me a commission therefore to St. Louis so as to reach me  there between the 24th and 28th either filled up of the name blank, with suggestions as to the best man I will sign and return it. Very truly your humble servant U.S. Grant.” Grant appointed Pierrepont Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 1875. When he assumed the office, Pierrepont immediately implemented overdue reform in the South’s U.S. Marshal and U.S. Attorney departments including extensive investigations into the conduct of the U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals, exposing fraud and corruption. Double matted and framed with a carte de visite of Grant. In fine condition. The entire piece measures 21.75 inches by 15.75 inches.

    Price: $3,200.00     Item Number: 101208

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  • “For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences": Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Inscribed by Elie Wiesel to Abba Eban

    WIESEL, Elie; Preface by Francois Mauriac.

    La Nuit.

    Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.

    First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Association copy, inscribed by the author to Abba Eban, “Pour Eban- le a sa propre commencement a sa historie: la voice- Elie W. New York, 1967.” Translated as, “The beginning of his own history Elie W.” As it increased in popularity, Wiesel’s Night was translated into 30 languages and prompted meetings with several important literary and political figures including Saul Bellow and Abba Eban. In 1955, Wiesel moved to New York to work as a foreign correspondent for Yediot Ahronot, the largest daily Newspaper in Israel. Eban was also posted in New York throughout the 1950s serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and, in 1952, was elected Vice President of the UN General Assembly. At the time of the present inscription, Eban had just been appointed as Israel’s foreign minister, the most important position in the Israeli cabinet. As Israel’s foreign minister Eban would defend the country’s reputation after the Six-Day War, asserting in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that Israel had acted in response to an imminent threat. In very good condition with some light rubbing to the extremities. Preface by Francois Mauriac. From the library of Abba Eban. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association, commemorating the culmination of Eban’s political career.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 99677

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  • “THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine

    PAINE, Thomas.

    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

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  • First Edition of Notes on the Harvard Tercentenary; inscribed by Franklin D. Roosevelt to Harvard classmate S.D. Green

    MCCORD, David T. (Franklin D. Roosevelt).

    Notes on the Harvard Tercentenary.

    Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936.

    First edition of this work published in celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Harvard College. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, gilt Harvard Shield to the front panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by Franklin D. Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, “For S.D. Green ’04 from Franklin Roosevelt ’04.” The recipient S.D. Greene was classmate of Roosevelt’s at Harvard University and part of the graduating class of 1904. Roosevelt began his studies at Harvard University in September of 1900 where he devoted much of his efforts to his social life and found notable success at the university newspaper of which he soon became editor-in-chief. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $3,500.00     Item Number: 100602

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  • "Good luck to all good Americans!" First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Fear God and Take Your Own Part; Signed by Him

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    Fear God and Take Your Own Part.

    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

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  • “History is the memory of States": First Edition of Henry Kissinger's first Book A World Restored; Signed by Him

    KISSINGER, Henry A.

    A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace 1812-22.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957.

    First edition of Kissinger’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Henry A. Kissinger on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a touch of wear.

    Price: $1,250.00     Item Number: 101303

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  • "The Breath of an old-fashioned nosegay": First edition of the Crum Elbow Folks; lengthily inscribed by Sara D. Roosevelt

    BARNES, P.R. Foreword by Sara D. Roosevelt.

    Crum Elbow Folks.

    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.

    Price: $400.00     Item Number: 100315

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  • Rare Society of the Cincinnati membership certificate signed by George Washington as president of the society of the Cincinnati

    WASHINGTON, George.

    George Washington Autograph Document Signed.

    Philadelphia: May 5th, 1784.

    Rare autograph document signed by George Washington as President of the Society of the Cincinnati during the first general meeting of the Society and 5 years prior to his election and inauguration as the first President of the United States of America. One page partially printed on vellum with engraved vignettes by Auguste L. Belle after Jean-Jacques Andre LeVeau depicting America in knight’s armor trampling upon the British standard and the American eagle casting the British lion and Britannia out to sea with thunderbolts, engraved seal of the Order of the Cincinnati. The document reads: Be it known that Lieutenant William Andrews is a member of the society of the Cincinnati instituted by the Officers of the American Army at the Period of Dissolution, as well to commemorate the great Event which gave Independence to North American, as for the laudable Purpose of inculcating the Duty of laying down in Peace Arms assumed for public Defence, and of uniting in Acts of brotherly Affection and Bonds of perpetual Friendship the Members constituting the same. In Testimony whereof I, the President of the said Society have hereunto set my hand at Philadelphia in Pennsylvania this fifth day of may in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Four and in the Eighth Year of the Independence of the United States. By Order, ” “H.Knox” Secretary “G. Wahsington” President. William Andrews was commissioned a lieutenant on 1 January 1777 with the Third Continental Artillery. His regiment wintered at Valley Forge, andthe following June, Andrews was captured and held by the British in New York until he was exchanged in September 1781. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Washington. The entire piece measures 36 inches by 23 inches. An exceptional example.

    Price: $22,500.00     Item Number: 101412

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  • “A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences": PROFILES IN COURAGE; SIGNED BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY AND ETHEL KENNEDY

    KENNEDY, John F.

    Profiles In Courage.

    London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964.

    Early printing of the Memorial edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Kennedy. With a special foreword by Robert F. Kennedy. Boldly signed by Robert F. Kennedy and inscribed, “For John- With warm wishes Ethel Kennedy.” From the library of South African policy expert John Kane Berman with his name to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.

    Price: $2,450.00     Item Number: 101932

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  • Rare Autograph Document Signed by Andrew Jackson as President

    JACKSON, Andrew.

    Andrew Jackson Autograph Document Signed.

    December 6, 1830.

    Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President. One page, dated December 6, 1830, the document grants a parcel of land in Merion County, Ohio to Daniel Musser and reads in part, “To all whom these presents shall come greeting whereas Daniel Musser of Marion County, Ohio has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a certificate of the Register of the Land Office…whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Daniel Musser according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820 entitled ‘An act making further provision for the side of the Public Lands'”. Signed by Andrew Jackson and countersigned by Elijah Haywood, Commissioner of the General Land Office. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 16.5 inches.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 101483

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  • "Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much": Rare Typed Letter Signed by Harry S. Truman as President to Lewis Strauss

    TRUMAN, Harry S.

    Harry S. Truman Typed Letter Signed.

    February 2, 1951.

    Rare typed letter signed by Harry S. Truman as President. One page on White House stationary, the letter is dated February 2, 1951 and addressed to the Honorable Lewis Strauss, 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York. The letter reads: “Dear Admiral: I can’t tell you how very much I appreciated your letter of January twenty-ninth about Margaret’s acting at the performance for the Cancer Research Fund. Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much. Sincerely Yours, Harry Truman.” The recipient, Lewis Strauss, was a Jewish-American businessman, philanthropist, public office holder, and naval officer. He was a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States. After the deaths of both of his parents from cancer, Strauss established a fund for physics research to develop better radiation treatment for cancer patients. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches.

    Price: $650.00     Item Number: 101612

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  • Rare Original Ship's Passport; Boldly signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State

    MADISON, James and James Monroe.

    James Madison and James Monroe Signed Ship’s Passport.

    February 3, 1812.

    Original Presidential ship passport signed by James Madison as President and James Monroe as Secretary of State. One page partially printed on vellum with beautifully engraved headpiece of a ship and harbor by E. Savage and original wafer Presidential seal, the passport is dated February 3rd 1812 and reads in part, “By the President of the United States of America Suffer the Ship Calcutta of New York John Higginson master or commander of the burden of Three hundred seventy three & 94/95 tons or thereabouts, mounted with two guns, navigated with twenty men to pass with her Company, Passengers, Goods, and Merchandise without any hindrance, seizure or molestation: the said ship appearing by good testimony to belong to one or more of the Citizens of the United States and to him or them only.” Boldly signed by Madison at the conclusion, “James Madison” and countersigned by James Monroe as Secretary of State. In near fine condition.

    Price: $2,800.00     Item Number: 101482

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  • Military Commission Signed by Andrew Johnson as President of the United

    JOHNSON, Andrew.

    Andrew Johnson Naval Commission Signed.

    Washington: May 1, 1866.

    Rare Naval commission signed by Andrew Johnson as President of the United States. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original orange paper seal, the document is dated May 1, 1866 and appoints Leonard Paulding as Commander in the United States Navy. Signed at the conclusion by Andrew Johnson and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Leonard Paulding served in the U.S. Navy from 1840 to 1867. Beginning as a midshipman abroad the USS Preble II, he was promoted to an officer on September 14, 1855 and subsequently to commander with the present document. In near fine condition. Matted. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 20 inches.

    Price: $1,400.00     Item Number: 101491

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  • Rare Easter Greeting Card Signed and Inscribed by Diana, Princess of Wales

    DIANA, Princess of Wales.

    Princess Diana Signed Easter Greeting Card.

    Rare Easter greeting card signed by Diana, Princess of Wales. Diana has written in the ‘Forever Friends’ greeting card, “Dearest Chrissie, Wishing you & Keith a very Happy Easter. With fondest love from, Diana. x.” In fine condition.

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 101497

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  • Rare Original Photograph of Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor administering the vice presidential oath of office to Dan Quayle; Signed by both O'Connor and Quayle

    O'CONNOR, Sandra Day and Dan Quayle.

    Sandra Day O’Connor and Dan Quayle Signed Photograph.

    January 20, 1989.

    Rare original photograph of Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor administering the vice presidential oath of office to Dan Quayle. Signed by Sandra Day O’Connor and inscribed by Dan Quayle, “Rami Lasman With Best Wishes – Dan Quayle.” In fine condition.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 101584

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  • "One of the FINEST EXAMPLES OF 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN ENGRAVINGS": Official George Casilear U.S. Treasury Department Engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant; Signed and dated by Him

    GRANT, Ulysses S. (George W. Casilear).

    Ulysses S. Grant Signed Engraving.

    Washington, D.C: 1871.

    Official Bureau of Engraving & Printing U.S. Treasury Department engraved portrait of President Ulysses S. Grant by George W. Casilear. Boldly signed “U.S. Grant.” The brother of landscape painter John William Casilear, George W. Casilear was an early and nationally recognized security engraver. He held several important patents to features including  tamper-proof ink, printing techniques and paper. In consideration of the aesthetic needs of the Treasury for both widespread reproduction of these images on banknotes and well as the fine detail required to distinguish counterfeiting, the engravings are considered among the finest American examples of 19th century. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10 inches by 9 inches. Engravings signed by Grant are rare, particularly by Casilear.

    Price: $5,000.00     Item Number: 101590

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