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New York: Norton 2002.
First edition of this collection of African folktales chosen and introduced by Nelson Mandela. Quarto, original glossy illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Signed and dated by Mandela on the title page.
Complete in twenty-six parts, issued “fortnightly”, Royal Air Force Officer George Barclay’s copy, with his signature on the front panel of part 25. Called up on the outbreak of war, and posted to No. 249 Squadron RAF in July 1940, he flew through the Battle of Britain, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross in October. During the Battle of Britain, his diary records that he could see his house while flying from RAF North Weald. Barclay’s DFC citation from November 1940 reads, “Flying Officer Richard George Arthur Barclay (74661), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve – No. 249 Squadron. This officer has shown admirable coolness and courage in combat against the enemy. His keenness and determination have enabled him to destroy at least four of their aircraft.” As a flight commander with No. 611 Squadron RAF, Barclay was shot down over occupied France in September 1941. He force landed and evaded capture, making his way to Spain with help from the French Resistance. In April 1942 he was posted to North Africa and returned to flying as CO of No. 238 Squadron RAF, flying Hawker Hurricanes Mk II’s. He was shot down and killed by Werner Schröer of III./Jagdgeschwader 27 on 17 July 1942. He is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. His diaries, written during his wartime career up until his death, were published in 1974 and give a rare, descriptive and highly articulate first hand account of the life of a fighter pilot in 1940–41. Quarto, original publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Wrappers with some wear and soiling, one issue with a previous owner’s signature. In near fine condition. The collection is housed in two half morocco clamshell boxes.
Photograph of David Ben-Gurion signed and dated in 1959 by him in Hebrew, presented to Max Goldweber in appreciation from The United Jewish Appeal. The UJA-Federation, as it is known today, was created from the 1986 merger of the United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, a predecessor organization established in 1917. It is the largest local philanthropy in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the organization raises and allocates funds annually to fulfill a mission to “care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities in New York, in Israel, and around the world.” Framed, the entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 17 inches.
Large photograph of Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson posing on the White House lawn, Inscribed “To Mary Lasker—Merry Christmas from her friends Lady Bird and” “Lyndon B. Johnson” “Christmas 1966.” “The recipient Mary Lasker was an American health activist and philanthropist, who worked to raise funds for medical research and founded the Lasker Foundation. She helped convince Eleanor Roosevelt to endorse Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to become the 1960 Democratic nominee, and Lady Bird glowingly mentions Lasker in her book A White House Diary. Lasker was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Double matted and framed; the entire piece measures 15 inches by 19 inches. A unique piece.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1953.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost": Photograph of Billy Graham; Signed by Him
Black and white photograph of Evangelist Billy Graham, boldly signed on the mount by him, “God Bless Billy Graham.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures Rare and desirable.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA AND CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Royal Christmas card bearing a full-color family photograph of Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and the infant Prince William. Inscribed by Diana, Princess of Wales, “Cyril, from Diana” and Charles, Prince of Wales, “Charles.” The recipient, Cyril Dickman, served as the head steward at Buckingham Palace for over 50 years and became a close personal friend of Princess Diana with whom she often corresponded. The Christmas card measures 14 inches by 6 inches, embossed with the Royal Order of the Garter motto and Spencer family coat of arms. In fine condition. A desirable rarity with noted provenance.
Large black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him in Hebrew “D. Ben-Gurion Sde Boker” The photograph measures 10.75 inches by 9.25 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 16 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
"A Good public Servant Becomes so at a high cost of personal sacrifice": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts Classic Work You Learn By Living; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1960.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s classic work on how to discover life’s lessons. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Name on the half-title page, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket photograph by Dr. David Gurewitsch. Rare signed, as Roosevelt passed away in 1962.
Autograph boldly signed “U.S. Grant Maj. Gen, U.S.A.” on a card. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Grant. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 10.5 inches. In near fine condition.
New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation 1929.
First edition of the 30th President of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by the author on the second endpaper, “Cordially, Calvin Coolidge.” Additionally inscribed by Grace Coolidge, “To Alfred J. Kaiser, M.D. with sincere best wishes, Grace Coolidge May 16, 1952.” Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with chips and wear.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others": First Edition of Prisoner In The Garden; Signed by Nelson Mandela
New York: The Viking Press 2006.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page in the year of publication. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrated throughout.
Rare photograph signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Signed by Princess Grace, “Grace de M.” and Prince Ranier, “Rainier, Prince de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 12.5 inches. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope bearing the official Prince de Monoaco stamp. An elegant presentation.
Autograph document signed by Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States of America. One page, partially printed, the document reads, ‘I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of Harris Fisher and Henry Goldstein dated this day and signed by me and for so doing this shall be his warrant. “U.S. Grant” Washington 23 Novr. 1874.’ In fine condition.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world": Long Walk to Freedom; Inscribed and Dated by Nelson Mandela
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of the first 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. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Clive Rudman, fulfillment and best wishes, Mandela 9.12.95.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD INSCRIBED BY PRINCE CHARLES AND SIGNED BY PRINCESS DIANA; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Royal Christmas and New Year card featuring an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Prince Charles, “Mollie” Wishing you and very Happy Christmas and New Year “and lots of love Charles and”, and signed by Princess Diana, “Diana.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 13 inches.