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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.
"Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence": Limited First Edition of Israel: A personal History, Signed by David Ben Gurion
New York: Funk and Wagnalls Inc 1971.
Signed limited first edition, one of 2000 copies. Signed beneath the photographic frontispiece by David Ben-Gurion. Thick quarto, original full dark blue morocco, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt. Fine in a fine slipcase.
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't": First Edition of The Downing Street Years; Signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev
London: HarperCollins 1993.
First edition of Thatcher’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion regarding his meeting with Angelica Balabanoff, a close associate of Benito Mussolini
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion regarding his controversial meeting with Angelica Balabanoff, a close associate of Benito Mussolini. Addressed to German-Israeli Holocaust survivor Walter Zvi Barak and dated October 26, 1968, the letter translated from Hebrew into English reads, “Shalom and greetings. I learned of the photograph only from your letter. Indeed, I exchanged a letter with Ms. Balabanova, but I do not remember ever meeting her or being photographed with her. I know that Mussolini was once a socialist. I would not have been ashamed to have a picture taken together with Balabanova, but as far as I can recall, I never met her, and in any case, I do not know how this picture got into a book about Mussolini. It is very possible that this is not my photograph, but I see no crime in being photographed with Ms. Balabanova. Yours sincerely…” Accompanied by the letter from Walter Zvi Barak to which Ben-Gurion is replying which reads, “As a man who is professionally engaged in teaching and studying the history of the new era, I have recently come across a finding that forced me to draw your attention to. I have purchased the book: Mussolini – a Study in Power by Ivone Kirkpatrick Pocket book, Disensbooks published by arrow books Febr-1968. The book is accompanied by a series of photographs from the fascist world, including many pictures of Hitler and the famous picture depicting the hanging corpse of Mussolini. Among these pictures, much to my surprise, is a photograph of your honor with Ms. Angelica Balabanoff, a Jewish socialist whose influence on Mussolini was great even before he became a fascist, during his days as the editor of “Avanti”. I was shocked to see a photograph of your honor in the framework of fascist illustrations, and by publishing the picture with such a combination, I doubted that it had been done without your knowledge and without the consent of your honor? As a Jew in general, and as a survivor of the Holocaust in particular, I was deeply saddened by the matter and I feel the affront expressed here towards your dignity as the leader of the Jewish people, the victim of fascism. Another interesting fact stands out. In all the pictures, the characters are identified by name and function, but in this photograph, in which also your honor appears it was stated: “Angelica Balabanoff, a socialist acquaintance of Mussolini” I deliberated with doubt that this might not be the picture of your honor at all, so I asked certain friends for identification, and indeed no one doubted that this was a photograph of your honor. There are three options available now: a) That your honor is aware of the existence of this photograph and agrees to its publication. In such case – will you please accept my expression above as a personal response stemming from deep sorrow. b) That your honor does not know about its existence and its printing – then my hope that my referral will be beneficial for your honor. c) That this is not the picture of your honor, and then would you please be kind enough to inform me of the regrettable mistake and accept my heartfelt apology. I would be happy to receive an answer from your honor. With great respect and honor, Zvi Barak.” Born in Russia and educated in Belgium, Angelica Balabanoff (1878-1965) joined the Italian Socialist Party after settling in Rome in 1900, becoming a close associate of Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), the future Fascist dictator of Italy. Balabanoff returned to Russia in 1917 to support the Bolshevik cause but again went to Italy in 1922 having grown disillusioned by Russian Socialism. Ben-Gurion met Balabanoff in Tel Aviv in 1962 and a photograph of their meeting was included in Kirkpatrick’s 1964 book Mussolini: Study of a Demagogue. The letters are in near fine condition. A unique association.
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.
First edition, first printing of The White House Gardens; inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy to her stepbrother Hugh "Yusha" Auchincloss III
New York: Great American Editions Ltd 1973.
First edition of the first book to trace the history of and fully illustrate the grounds of the White House gardens. Oblong quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated with color plates by Harold Sterner. Association copy, inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy to her stepbrother Hugh “Yusha” Auchincloss III in the year of publication, “For Yusha with love Jackie Christmas 1973.” Jacqueline and Yusha became step-siblings when Yusha’s father, American stockbroker Hugh D. Auchincloss married Jacqueline’s mother, Janet Lee Bouvier, in 1942. Auchincloss had previously been married to Maya de Chrapovitsky, a Russian noblewoman and Yusha’s mother. After their divorce in 1932, Auchincloss married Nina S. Gore, mother of Gore Vidal, and following their divorce in 1941, married Bouvier. Very good in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. Introduction by Lloyd Goodrich and text by Frederick L. Kramer with a commentary by Mrs. Paul Mellon.
"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.
"In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts": First Editions of each volume in Harold Macmillan's memoirs; Each Signed by Him
Harold Macmillan’s Memoirs: Winds of Change, 1914-1939; The Blast of War, 1939-1945; Tides of Fortune, 1945-1955; Riding the Storm, 1956-1959; Pointing the Way, 1959-1961; At the End of the Day, 1961-1963.
London: Macmillan 1965-73.
First editions of each volume in Harold Macmillan’s memoirs, each signed by him. Octavo, six volumes, illustrated. Each volume is signed by Harold MacMillan on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. Complete signed sets are rare.
New York: Dodge Publishing Company 1938.
First edition of this firsthand look of everyday life in the White House by Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Roosevelt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Miss Trefether With a Merry Xmas from Eleanor Roosevelt.” Introduction by Malvina Thompson Scheider. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
"LET THE WORD GO FORTH FROM THIS TIME AND PLACE, TO FRIEND AND FOE ALIKE, THAT THE TORCH HAS BEEN PASSED TO A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS": Rare original invitation collection from the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy
Rare collection of original invitation materials from events held upon the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. The collection includes an official “Inauguration Ceremonies” program, a green admission pass marked “Senate Steps” admitting the bearer to the Senate Wing Steps, a blank “Inaugural Concert” ticket order form with envelope, and photographic portraits of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson with facsimile signatures. With the original Congress of the United States envelope which contained the collection. All items are in fine condition. An exceptional collection.
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.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Finely Bound
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Company 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised bands, top edge red. In near fine condition with some toning to the page edges.
“a portrait of the Kennedy family as it looked then” : First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy
New York: Random House 1964.
First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
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.
Autograph letter signed by and in the hand of Ulysses S. Grant. The clipped letter reads, “Should I go to Chicago on the 10th of September however I will try to extend the time, and my visit to Peoria. Respectfully Yours U.S. Grant General.” Matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Grant. The entire piece measures 8 inches by 14.25 inches.
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.