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"What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?": First Edition of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts; Signed by Antonin Scalia
St. Paul, MN : Thomson/ West, 2012.
First edition of this work, which offers concise, articulate and reasoned discussions on reading and interpreting law. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Antonin Scalia on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Frank H. Easternbrook.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1950.
First editions of the personal letters of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panels, 2 volumes, illustrated. Foreword by Eleanor Roosevelt. Presentation copy, inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper of volume one, “To Mr. Earle Koons with warm regards and good wishes from Eleanor Roosevelt.” Edited by Elliot Roosevelt. Assisted by Joseph P. Lash. In fine condition. The original slipcase shows some of the usual wear.
" A neat Texas souvenir for a real Texas girl graduate": First Edition of Proceedings in the House of Representatives on the Occasion of the Reception and Acceptance From the State of Texas of the Statues of Sam Houston and Stephen D. Austin; inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson
Proceedings in the House of Representatives on the Occasion of the Reception and Acceptance From the State of Texas of the Statues of Sam Houston and Stephen D. Austin.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1905.
First edition of this collection of addresses delivered on the occasion of the placing of the statues of Texas statesmen Sam Houston and Stephen D. Austin in the the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol Building. Presentation copy, inscribed by the 36th President of the United States and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson on the pastedown. “For Miss Dorothy Nell Heffington, A neat Texas souvenir for a real Texas girl graduate – From her Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson.” In very good condition. A unique example.
Complete 9 inches by 10 inches full sheet of fifty United States three-cent postage stamps depicting the White House and honoring the sesquicentennial of Washington D.C. Boldly signed by Harry and Bess Truman, “To Mike Zebniak From Harry Truman” and “Bess W. Truman”. Matted and framed the entire piece measures 17 inches by 18 inches.
“All he wanted was toleration, and by the enlightened use of the dispensing power to be the true father of all his people": Finely Bound First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, finely bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. In very good condition.
"We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel": First Edition of Golda Meir's My Life; Signed by Her
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1975.
First edition of Meir’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “In real deep friendship and love, Golda.” Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Cheryl Asherman.
Color photograph of His Holiness The Dalai Lama with his hands clasped, boldly signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
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.
First Editions Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961; Inscribed in Volume One
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 and The White House Years: Waging Peace 1956-1961.
Garden City: Doubleday and Company, 1963-65.
First editions of each volume of President Eisenhower’s memoirs. Two volumes, octavo, original cloth, pictorial map endpapers. Inscribed in volume one on the half title page by the author, “For Bob Clark With the warm regard his friend Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The recipient, Robert E. Clark worked for The International News Service and interviewed Eisenhower on several occasions. Both are fine condition in very good to near fine dust jackets. A nice inscription.
New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1967.
First edition of Robert Kennedy’s fourth book. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Simeon With best wishes Bob Kennedy.” The recipient worked on the Kennedy campaign. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket photograph by Lawrence Fried.
Signed note by the first prime minister of India, “All good wishes Jawaharlal Nehru Nov. 5, 1937.” Double matted and framed with a black and white photograph of Nehru. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 13 inches.
First Edition Of President Eisenhowers Mandate For Change and The White House Years; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1963.
First edition of volume one of President Eisenhower’s memoirs. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial map endpapers. Inscribed on the half title page by the author, “For The Honorable John R. Dethmers with best wishes from Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The recipient, John R. Dethmers was a member of the Michigan Republican State Central Committee in 1939. Dethmers served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1942–1945 and was a delegate to the 1944 Republican National Convention. He served as Michigan Attorney General from 1945-1946. Governor Harry Kelly appointed Dethmers Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, serving from 1946–1970 and serving as Chief Justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court in 1953, 1956–1962, and 1967-1969. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association.
"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
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.
Autograph note signed by Ronald Reagan on his personal letterhead as follows, “20 Sept. ’89 Dear Ford and Norma, Thanks for your letter and generous words, I’m more grateful than I can say. Thank you too for your prayers. They were answered & I have had an almost instant recovery, at home and feeling just great. Nancy sends her best to you. Again thanks & Best Regards, Ron.” In September if 1989, President Ronald Reagan underwent routine brain surgery for the removal of a subdural hematoma resulted from a horse-back riding accident. An accomplished rider, he was thrown from a bucking horse while visiting the ranch of personal friend William Wilson in Cananea, Mexico. Matted and framed. Affixed to the back of the frame is the envelope in which the letter was sent addressed in Reagan’s hand: “Mr. and Mrs. Ford B. Ford 12115 Breckenridge Lane Woodbridge, Va. 22192.” Reagan has also signed his name in pen in the return address. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 13.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Fine collection of Ronald Reagan Presidential gift accessories including a pair of cuff links and a lapel pin bearing the Presidential Eagle and Crest seal and a fountain pen bearing Reagan’s signature in facsimile. Each piece is housed in the original gift box with Reagan’s signature stamped in gilt to the box cover. In fine condition with the pen requiring a nib insert. A handsome collection.
Christmas card which reads, “Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt extends her very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.” Additionally signed above by Eleanor Roosevelt, “To ______ all my love E.R.” Matted and framed with a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 inches by 16 inches.