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“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today": First Edition Of Mikhail Gorbachevs Memoirs, Signed By Him and His Wife Raisa
London: Doubleday, 1996.
First British edition of Gorbachev’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Boldly signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover Portrait by Karsh of Ottawa.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118677
"My Life's Work Has Been Accomplished. I Did All That I Could": First Edition Of Mikhail Gorbachevs Memoirs, Signed By Him and Raisa Gorbachev
New York: Doubleday, 1996.
First edition of Gorbachev’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by both Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mario J. Pulice. Laid in is a pamphlet from the book signing in 1996. Rare and desirable signed by both.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 83478
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions of the memoirs of President Harry S. Truman. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth, blue topstain. Warmly inscribed by the author in volume one on the front free endpaper, “Kindest regards to Varnas from Harry S Truman 5-8-59.” Both volumes are near fine an excellent dust jackets with some light wear and tear. Jacket design by Sidney Butchkes. Jacket photograph by Eliot Elisofon.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 71019
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions of President Truman’s presidential memoirs. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page of Volume I, “To Bob Fiedler with kind regards from Harry Truman 11/9/60.” The recipient, Robert Fiedler, was a science and engineering journalist and Director of the Institute News Bureau at Caltech. Both volumes are near fine in very good dust jackets. Jacket designs by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photographs by Eliot Elsofon and U.S. Army Corps.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 95812
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions of President Truman’s presidential memoirs. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page of Volume I in the year of publication, “With many thanks and best wishes to Jack Fuller from Harry Truman Nov. 28, 1955.” Both volumes are near fine in near fine price-clipped dust jackets. Jacket designs by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photographs by Eliot Elsofon and U.S. Army Corps.
Price: $900.00 Item Number: 119588
New York: Doubleday & Company, 1955-56.
First editions, early printings of President Truman’s presidential memoirs. Octavo, two volumes, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page of Volume I in the year of publication, “Signed and inscribed by Truman on the dedication page in volume one, “To Norton L. Morgan, 3/24/56 – Harry Truman.” Both volumes are near fine in near fine dust jackets. Jacket designs by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photographs by Eliot Elsofon and U.S. Army Corps.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119469
New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1906.
First edition of the Civil War era statesman’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth decorated with gilt titles and central gilt Confederate emblem, illustrated, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece. Edited by Walter Flavius McCaleb. Introduction by George P. Garrison. In near fine condition. Uncommon in this condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 116934
"Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other": First Edition of Memoirs of William T. Sherman
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1875.
First edition of this memoir from one of the most well regarded generals, “oft-consulted and much-quoted reminiscences … Sherman wrote as he fought; dynamically and bluntly” (Nevins II, 89). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, large folding map in rear endpaper pocket of Volume II. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
Price: $1,050.00 Item Number: 119179
London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1748.
Early English translation of Frederick II, King of Prussia’s history of the Brandenburg Dynasty. Dedicated to his Royal Highness to Prince of Wales. Authors Preface. Initially published in three installments by Frederick II’s private press at the palace of Sanssouci near Berlin, the volumes were read as part of the curriculum at the Prussian Academy of Sciences and considered as the fourth volume of Frederick’s Oeuvres du Philosophe de Sans Souci (The works of the philosopher of Sans Souci). Small octavo, disbound with part of the original gilt spine intact. In very good condition. A nice example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 92480
London: Henry Colburn, 1829.
Extra illustrated edition of the Memoirs of the Empress Josephine. Octavos, three volumes, bound in full morocco by Bayntun Bindery with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in nine compartments within raised gilt bands, wide gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbons bound in, illustrated with 29 plates, 6 of which are in color including tissue-guarded frontispieces of Empress Josephine, Emperor Napoleon, and her son Eugene. In fine condition. Tasteful armorial bookplates to the pastedown of each volume.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 90465
Finely Bound Extra Illustrated edition of de Bourrienne's Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte; bound by Riviere and Son
London: Richard Bentley, 1836.
Finely bound extra-illustrated edition set of de Bourrienne’s Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte. Octavos, eight volumes, bound in full 19th century crimson morocco by Riviere and Son with gilt titles and tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, central gilt Napoleonic coats of arms and double gilt ruling to the front panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings including frontispieces to each volume. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 109608
Exceedingly rare new and revised edition of M. de Bourrienne's Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, and royal associates
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1885.
Exceedingly rare edition of M. de Bourrienne’s Life of Napoleon extra-illustrated with additional portraits and views and over 50 autograph letters and notes signed by Napoleon I, members of his family, associates, and the author bound in. Octavo, bound in three quarters scarlet morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt with others uncut, tissue-guarded frontispiece and full color portrait to each volume, illustrated with engravings issued in the initial publication and over 100 extra portraits and views bound in. With over 50 autograph letters signed bound in including 3 autograph letters signed by Napoleon I (bound into Vol. I page 201, Vol. I page 369, and Vol. III page 530), and autograph letters signed by Charles J. Bernadotte, King of Spain; Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain; Fauvelet de Bourrienne; A.A.L. Caulincort, Duc de Vicenza; Marquis Emmanuel Grouchy; Napoleon’s second wife Marie Louise. Duchess of Parma; Joachim Murat, King of Naples; Comte Horace Sebastiani, and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington among others. With the original compiler’s printed catalog of extra material detailing the location (volume and page number) of each added engraving and autograph letter signed. In near fine condition. Accompanied by an additional military endorsement signed by Napoleon during the Peninsular War, “Approuvé Np.” An exceptional collection of significant Napoleonic era signatures.
Price: $45,000.00 Item Number: 117078
M. de Bourrienne's Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte; With a Fore-Edge Painting of Napoleon leading his troops to battle
Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte: With a Fore-Edge Painting of Napoleon Leading His Troops to Battle. [Fore-Edge Painting].
London: Scott, Webster & Geary, 1836.
Rare finely bound example of the Memoirs of Napoleon with a fine fore-edge painting of Napoleon on horseback leading his troops to battle. 12mo. bound in full red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt vignettes to the front and rear panels, gilt turn ins, all edges gilt. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 98390
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd, 2007.
First edition of the 18th prime minister of Canada’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to the 42nd president of the United States Bill Clinton, “For Bill, with friendship, admiration, and respect, Brian Mulroney.” Mulroney visited Clinton in June of 1993, only days before the end of his second term to discuss NAFTA and the development of a common solution to trade matters in Bosnia through the United Nations Security Council. Both Mulroney and Clinton introduced major international free trade agreements during their time in office; Mulroney introduced the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement on October 4, 1987 and Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement on January 1, 1994 which created a trilateral trade bloc in North America. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Author photograph by Bill McCarthy. From the library of Bill Clinton. An exceptional association.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 96550
Memoires pour Servir a l’Histoire de la Maison de Brandebourg (Memoirs of the House of Brandenburg).
Berlin: Chez Chretien Frederic Voss, 1767.
Early example of Frederick II, King of Prussia’s history of the Brandenburg Dynasty. Initially published in three installments by Frederick II’s private press at the palace of Sanssouci near Berlin, the volumes were read as part of the curriculum at the Prussian Academy of Sciences and considered as the fourth volume of Frederick’s Oeuvres du Philosophe de Sans Souci (The works of the philosopher of Sans Souci). Quarto, three volumes bound into one, rebacked, contemporary boards, elaborate engraved allegorical frontispiece by Georf Friedrich Schmidt, two folding genealogical tables, two folding maps. In very good condition.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 82415
Rare Original Photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant Taken By Mathew Brady; Boldly Signed By Grant As President
Rare original Mathew Brady photograph of Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed by Grant as the 18th President of the United States, “U.S. Grant March 18th 1875.” One of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew B. Brady brought home the reality of the Civil War to the American public with his innovative use of a mobile studio and darkroom to capture thousands of war scenes throughout the Civil War. Brady was also recognized as one of the premier photographic portraitists of the 19th century, taking photographs of numerous celebrities including Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert E. Lee among others. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 16.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable with such a strong signature signed by Grant during his presidency.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 94709
Rare original photograph boldly inscribed by Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., “Best Wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Ken Browne, From Martin L. King.” The photograph measures 3.5 inches by 5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 13 inches. In very good condition. Photographs signed by King are rare and desirable.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 92466
Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr., “For Jean Bach With Best Wishes Martin Luther King, Jr.” The recipient Jean Bach was an activist, filmmaker and doyenne of New York Jazz. She was an important figure in New York Jazz circles, as well as a social activist and the director of the Oscar-winning film, A Great Day in Harlem. In fine condition. Double matted and framed opposite a print of King, Jr. A nice association.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 80020
Exceptionally Rare Hand-written Letter Signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a graduate student at Boston University in 1952
Hand-written autograph letter signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his academic adviser at Boston University Graduate School. The letter, dated September 1952 on an official Registrar Petition form addressed to the faculty reads: “I am desirous of taking twelve hours towards the PhD degree this semester in the Boston University Graduate School. My major field is Systematic theology. At present I have completed twenty-eight hours toward the degree, and passed the French examination. I plan to take the German examination in October, 1952. I would have taken the examination before now, but I wanted to make sure that I had an adequate background in German before taking it. For the past two years I have been a close student of German. In the light of this I am fairly certain that I can pass the examination in October. Martin L. King Jr. Graduate Student.” With faculty notes beneath signed by King’s academic adviser, “1952 L. Harold DeWolf. Approved. Granted for fall semester only.” King has also clearly printed his name on the verso, visible though an opening at in the back of the frame. Double matted and framed with a photograph of a young King. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 15 inches. An exceptionally rare example providing a remarkable glimpse into the iconic leader’s education.
Price: $25,000.00 Item Number: 82602
"I have been accepted in Boston University Graduate School as a regular student and a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Systematic Theology": Exceptionally Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before beginning graduate studies at Boston University in 1951
Typescript autograph letter signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. requesting housing upon his acceptance to Boston University Graduate School. The letter, dated June 15th 1951 and addressed to Dean Charles W. Alter, Boston University Graduate School, reads, “Dear Dean Alter, I have been accepted in Boston University Graduate School as a regular student and a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Systematic Theology. I am now interested in finding living accommodations on the campus, or at least very near by. A single room would be preferable. If such is possible I would appreciate having it reserved. I am also interested in applying for a graduate Fellowship. Please send me the necessary information at this point along with an application blank. Thanks in advance for your cooperation, I am Sincerely yours, Martin L. King, Jr.” King later recalled his experience with housing bias in 1951 Boston in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1965, “I remember very well trying to find a place to live. I went into place after place where there were signs that rooms were for rent. They were for rent until they found out I was a Negro, and suddenly they had just been rented.” Double matted and framed, with a photograph of a young King. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 21.75 inches. This letter offers an extraordinary glimpse into the education of the great African-American Civil Rights leader, exemplifying his own experiences with the systemic racism in 1950s American society.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 82416