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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph
Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 89151
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City: Samuel Harrison Smith, 1801.
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine. In very good condition. Early ownership signature. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 104073
Military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln, Washington, August 1861. Folio on vellum with vignettes. Light wear along the folds. Countersigned by Simon Cameron. Matted and framed.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 69020
First Edition of The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi
The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi [sic], adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston.
New York: Ezra Sergeant, 1812.
First edition, one of only 250 copies printed for Jefferson to distribute to senators, congressman and other political figures. Octavo, original wrappers, frontispiece map. Some wear to the wrappers, light dampstaining. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $12,000.00 Item Number: 84930
Rare Civil War era endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President. Dated March 14, 1864, the endorsement reads, “Submitted to the Sec. of War & Gen. Meade. A. Lincoln, March 14, 1864.” In fine condition. On March 14, 1864 Lincoln issued an order for the draft of 200,000 men to support the Union effort. Only two days prior, General Ulysses S. Grant assumed command of the Union armies. Matted and framed with and engraved portrait of Lincoln and gold biographical plaque. The endorsement measures 3.25 inches by 2.75 inches. The entire piece measures 22.75 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $11,800.00 Item Number: 109638
"The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender": Proclamation of Nazi Germanys Surrender; Signed by Harry Truman
Washington, D.C: May 8, 1945.
Large three-colored broadside of Harry Truman’s Proclamation declaring the surrender of Germany, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman. Also included at the lower left is the original 1945 Christmas card from the President and Mrs. Truman and at lower right, the original red, white and blue ribbon. These were presented by the President as gifts for friends. Uncommon, especially with the original Christmas card and ribbon. Matted and framed, which measures 21 inches by 28 inches.
Price: $11,500.00 Item Number: 4419
Assemblage of signatures from the Grand Alliance leaders of late World War II—Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin—penned on individual slips ranging in size from 2.25 x .5 to 3.5 x .5. Matted together with a photo of the three leaders at the 1945 Potsdam Conference. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 17.5 inches. In fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 127388
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 72091
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"; Life Magazine Inaugural Address; Inscribed by Kennedy To Senator Joseph Clark
Life Magazine’s souvenir edition commemorating Kennedy’s inauguration. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Kennedy, “For Mr. Joseph Clark with very best wishes, John Kennedy. The recipient, Joseph Clark was a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1969. He worked with Kennedy in the Senate, and continued to their push for civil rights, highlighting the issue as a major part of Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He endorsed new legislation to extend voting rights, end discrimination in education and housing, and establish the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Kennedy announced during his campaign that Clark and Congressman Emanuel Celler had agreed to prepare a comprehensive civil rights bill ‘embodying the commitments of the Democratic platform,’ to be introduced early in the next congressional session. One of the key issues in Kennedy’s campaign, which helped him win the presidency in 1960. Matted and framed with the printed text of Kennedy’s inaugural speech, a portrait of Kennedy giving his speech. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 34 inches. Rare and desirable, especially with such an association.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 69060
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
Early printing of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best Wishes, Martin Luther King.” Also laid in is an original photograph of Dr. King. Contemporary name to the pastedown, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear.
Price: $10,800.00 Item Number: 98984
"We the people of Namibia - have finally emerged victorious in our struggle against colonialism, racism and apartheid; are determined to adopt a Constitution which expresses for ourselves and our children our resolve to cherish and to protect the gains of our long struggle": The Constitution of Namibia, Signed and Inscribed by Nelson Mandela and other Diplomats
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. A unique copy signed and or inscribed by all the major contributors of the Republic of Namibia, which was formed in 1990. Inscribed by Nelson Mandela, “To Udo with my comradely compliments and best wishes Nelson R. Mandela 22.3.90 Windhoek.” Additionally signed by future South African president Thabo Mbeki and dated 21.3.90; Namibia’s first prime minister, Hage Geingob; Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first president; Joe Slovo, leading member of the African National Congress; Alfred Nzo, longest-standing secretary-general of the African National Congress and South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Mandela Administration. In near fine condition with some light wear to the cover. Signatures of Nelson Mandela preceding his presidency are rare.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 3303
Portrait of George Washington after Gilbert Stuart, American School, late 19th century oil on canvas portrait of President George Washington, after the Athaneum portrait by Gilbert Stuart. Housed in a Victorian giltwood frame with floral carved corner ornaments and oval opening. The entire piece measures 35 inches by 40 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 78002
"But what does it matter what I suffer for you to enjoy? That I perish for a people to live" Rare autograph letter signed by 'El Libertador', Simón Bolívar to Ecuadorian independentista Manuela Garaycoa
Rare autograph letter signed by ‘El Libertador’, Simón Bolívar as President of Gran Colombia. One page, script in Spanish. Sent from Bogota, the letter is dated December 6, 1827 and reads in full, “A la Senora Manuela Garaycoa. Umd. siempre se eccele a si misma on bondades para conmigo y me prodiga elofios ques ellos solo, bastarian para saviar la codica del mas ambivioiso de gloria. Y que otra cora podria yo esperar de las Garaycoas de esas amigas fieles de esas Colombians constantes de esa Gloriosa sin rival? Yo les doy las gracias a todas y seame tambien permitido congratulamme a mi mismo, ya que e algun modo be podidos sustitur la paz y la tranquilidad al corazon de los Guayaquilenos un sacrificio me ha cortado – el de mi reposo, pero que importa que paderca yo para que umds. gozen? Que yo peresac para que viva un Puebla? Tenga v, Senora, la bondad de coreesponder a las espreciones de toda su buena y amable familia. Digale mil cosas a Pepe, ese pepe tan bueno, tan patrista, y de quien esperaba yo nada menof de lo que ha hecho por su pais, y creame como he sido diempre. Su mas afectisimo amigo de corazon. Simón Bolívar” which translates into English as, “To Senora Manuela Garaycoa. My friend, who always shows kindness to me and lavishes praise on me that they alone would suffice to savor the greed of the most ambivalent of glory. And what other heart could I expect from the Garaycoas of those? Faithful friends of those constant unrivaled Glorious Colombians? I thank you all and let me also congratulate myself, since in some way I have been able to substitute the peace and the tranquility to the heart of the Guayaquilenos, a sacrifice has made me cut off – that of my rest, but what does it matter what I suffer for you to enjoy? That I perish for a people to live? Have you, Senora, the kindness to respond to the expectations of all your good and kind family, tell a million things to Pepe, so good… and from whom I expected nothing less than what he has done for his country, and believe me as I have always been. His most affectionate friend at heart. Simón Bolívar. ” The recipient, Manuela Garaycoa was an Ecuadorian independentista. She participated in the anti-colonial struggle in the second war of independence and, despite the death of her son Abdón Calderón at a young age in battle, maintained a strong bond with the independence struggle and frequently corresponded with Antonio José de Sucre and Simón Bolívar. In near fine condition. With a portrait of Bolivar.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 126188
First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.
First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 62035
"It is time to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict": Rare Original Program from the Ceremony for the Signing of the Israel-Palestinian Agreement; signed by Yitzhak Rabin, Abba Eban, Shimon Peres, Maya Angelou and many others
[RABIN, Yitzhak; Shimon Peres; Gad Yaacobi; Samuel R. Berger; Aharan Barak; Elie Wiesel; Abba Eban; Maya Angelou; et al.
Original program from the ceremony for the signing of the 1993 Israel-Palestinian Agreement, signed by Yitzhak Rabin and a number of other world leaders and cultural figures present at the historic event. Octavo, original stiff wrappers with gilt Great Seal of the United States to the front panel. Signed on the front panel by Yitzhak Rabin (Prime Minister of Israel) and Gad Yaacobi (Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations); signed on the title page by Samuel R. (Sandy) Berger (National Security Advisor to President Clinton); Aharan Barak (President of the Supreme Court of Israel) and Elie Wiesel (writer, activist, Nobel Prize winner); and signed throughout the text by Maya Angelou (writer, poet); Shimon Peres (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, faded); William H. (Bill) Gray III (U.S. member of Congress from Pennsylvania); Cyrus (Cy) Vance Jr. (American Secretary of State); Andrew Young (American diplomat and politician); Andrey Kozyrev (Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation); Abba Eban (Israeli diplomat and politician); Peter Max (artist, commissioned by the White House to paint a piece commemorating the event); Gordon Parks (photographer, film director, activist), and six others. In very good condition. An exceptional collection of signatures brought together by this important historic event.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 126308
Large signed photograph of Ulysses S. Grant as President of the United States. Boldly signed below the image by Grant. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17 inches. Handsomely matted and framed. Scarce and desirable signed by Grant.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 4608
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on": Why England Slept; Signed by Jack Kennedy
New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940.
First edition, early printing of John F. Kennedy’s first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed in a contemporary hand “Jack Kennedy” on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine very good. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 122533
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 51046
Inscribed by John F. Kennedy as President, “For General Norstad With high esteem – appreciation, and very best wishes – January 1963.” A group of 7 gelatin silver prints of President Kennedy awarding the Distinguished Service Medal to General Lauris Norstad. The recipient was NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Matted and framed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 4428
“We write our own destiny; we become what we do”: First Edition of General Chiang Kai Shek; Signed by both General and Madame Chiang kai-shek
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1937.
First edition of this autobiography of Chiang Kai-shek. Octavo, original cloth. Signed on the half-title page in Chinese by Chiang Kai-shek and in English by Mei-ling Soong Chiang, former First Lady of the Republic of China, 1948-1975. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Exceptionally rare signed by both Chiang and Madame Kai-shek.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 48012
Rare document signed by John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts. Boldly signed “John Hancock” on the upper left corner. Hancock‘s signature is an exceptional example. Countersigned by Secretary of the Commonwealth John Avery, Jr. as “John Avery jun Secy” at center bottom. Featuring a large paper seal showing a gorgeous impression of the Massachusetts state seal in the upper left corner. Massachusetts Governor Hancock appointed one “Joseph Green Gentleman” as “Captain of the thirteenth company, in the second Regiment and in the Ninth Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth comprehending the County of Berkshire.” Matted and displayed to the right of a G. Barrie & Sons print of Hancock after the original painting by John Singleton Copley, with accompanying engraved name plates. Not examined out of the frame. The size of the document is 15.5 inches by 12.5 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 28.5 inches by 19.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 119677
"A HEROINE OF HISTORY": First edition of Theodore Tilton's Victoria C. Woodhull: A Biographical Sketch
New York: Published at the Office of The Golden Age, 1871.
First edition of Tilton’s biography of American suffragette, Victoria Woodhull, published shortly before she became the first woman to campaign for President of the United States. 12 mo, original wrappers stitched as issued, publisher’s advertisement at rear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and half morocco slipcase.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 125391
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"; LIFE MAGAZINE INAUGURAL ADDRESS; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO EVELYN SYMINGTON
Rare Souvenir Edition of Life Magazine’s Inaugural Spectacle commemorating the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Quarto, original wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John F. Kennedy on the front panel, “To Evie Symington with very good wishes John F. Kennedy.” The recipient, Evelyn Symington was the wife of Amherst, Massachusetts-born politician Stuart Symington. Symington served as a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri between 1953 and 1976 and emerged as a prominent critic of McCarthyism early in his term. He sought the the Democratic nomination in the 1960 presidential election with the backing of former President Truman, but the nomination went to John F. Kennedy, largely due to Symington’s refusal to speak to southern segregated audiences. When Kennedy won the nomination, Symington was his first choice for Vice President, but was dropped in favor of Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson. He advised President Kennedy as a member of EXCOMM during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 117063
“HUMAN SUFFERING ANYWHERE CONCERNS MEN AND WOMEN EVERYWHERE”: Rare First Edition of La Nuit; Signed by Elie Wiesel
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1958.
First French edition (preceding the first English edition) of the Wiesel’s classic first work. Octavo, original wrappers. Signed by Elie Wiesel on the title page. In near fine condition with some light wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Preface by Francois Mauriac. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 26032
Rare Civil War era military endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President. Two pages, the appointment is dated July 26th 1864, addressed to Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton and contains a request from J.M. Francis of Hudson County, New Jersey that Edward Z. Laurence be appointed Secretary of Subsistence in the Volunteer Army of the United States. The request is approved and endorsed at the conclusion by Lincoln, “Let the appointment be made, if his service can be made useful A. Lincoln Aug. 17 1864.” Framed. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 9.5 inches. In very good condition with a bold inscription from Lincoln.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114205
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
Uncorrected proof of the first American edition of “one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Octavo, original wrappers. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. This is the first example we have seen, as only a few examples would have been produced for limited in-house production. Rare and desirable.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 111575
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
Early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Craig – with best wishes John Kennedy.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Author photograph by Hank Walker. With an original “News About Senator John F. Kennedy” bulletin laid in with the headline: “Kennedy Wins Smashing Victory in Wisconsin – 106,000 Vote Margin” and several other articles related to the 1960 Democratic Party presidential primaries.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 124641
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Signed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Rare and desirable signed by Justice Ginsburg.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 119343
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson
Rare genealogical archive documenting the life and heritage of the first President of the Confederation Congress John Hanson, whose biographers have argued to be the true first President of the United States. The archive is composed primarily of letters, historical records and biographical documents prepared by Hanson’s ancestors, most notably several biographical volumes composed by his descendant Douglas H. Thomas who, in his numerous biographical papers, promoted Hanson as the the true first President of the United States. Contents also include biographical accounts of Hanson’s father Philip Thomas, and his descendant John Hanson Thomas who served in the American Civil War. In near fine condition. A fascinating archive of first-hand accounts documenting the life, career, and heritage of one of America’s least recognized Founding Fathers.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 116321
Rare Civil War era carte-de-visite portrait of General Robert E. Lee in uniform, boldly signed “RE Lee”. In fine condition. Quadruple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 103675
Rare colored engraving of the New Houses of Parliament; signed by 8 British Prime Ministers including Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair
THATCHER, Margaret; Tony Blair; Gordon Brown; James Callaghan; David Cameron; Edward Heath; John Major; Theresa May.
Rare colored engraving signed by 8 former British Prime Ministers including Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. One page, a fine colored engraving of the New Houses of Parliament signed on the mount by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, James Callaghan, David Cameron, Edward Heath, John Major, Theresa May, and Margaret Thatcher. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12.25 inches.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 123644
"Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles": First Edition of Toward Freedom: The Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Him
New York: The John Day Company, 1941.
First edition of Nehru’s classic autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Jawaharlal Nehru on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. First editions are uncommon, especially signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 114944
First edition of Joseph Hall's An Oration Pronounced July 4, 1800, at the Request of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, in Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence; inscribed by him
An Oration Pronounced July 4, 1800, at the Request of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, in Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence.
Boston: From the Printing-Office of Manning & Loring, .
First edition of Hall’s famed speech tracing the history of the American Revolution. Octavo, bound in paper-covered boards, original wrapper bound in at rear. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “Ephraim Williams Esq. from his friend J. Hall.” In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and half morocco slipcase. Exceedingly rare.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 125043
Rare American Eagle Club Visitor Guestbook; signed and inscribed by Clementine Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, and many others during World War II
Rare American Eagle Club, London Guestbook signed by Clementine Churchill, Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, and 14 other visitors including many dignitaries. Oblong quarto, bound in full straight grain morocco with gilt titles to the front panel, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Inscribed by Elizabeth II twice, on the first page of the guestbook, “Elizabeth R April 4th 1941” and the verso of the fourth page with George VI, “George R.I. February 10th 1942” and “Elizabeth R”. Additionally signed by Clementine Churchill, “Clementine Churchill May the 13th 1941”, influential NBC journalist and radio broadcaster Dorothy Celene Thompson, “Dorothy Thompson August 7. 1941”, American peace activist and champion of the United Nations Clark Eichelberger, “Clark M. Eichelberger October 6, 1941”, the “father” of the Royal Australian Air Force Richard Williams, “R Williams Air Marshall RAAF Melbourne Australia”, American playwright and screenwriter Edward Knoblock, New Zealand’s longest-serving high commissioner to the United Kingdom Sir William Joseph Jordan, Marchioness of Willingdon Marie Freeman-Thomas and Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, William Sholto Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Kirtleside and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. In near fine condition. A unique collection of signatures, signed at the height of the Second World War.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 123095
“My education was interrupted only by my schooling": First Edition of Winston Churchill's My Early Life. A Roving Commission; Finely Bound by Bayntun in a Cosway-style binding
London: Thornton Butterworth, 1930.
First edition of this classic work finely bound by Bayntun in a Cosway-style binding of Churchill’s autobiographical writings on his younger years. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Bayntun in a Cosway-style binding, medallion depicting a young Winston Churchill girding himself in the arms of Empire, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles, moiré silk doublures, frontispiece, illustrated throughout with maps and portraits. In fine condition without wear. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 125776
"The highest distinction of Venezuela": RARE Order of the Liberators Appointment signed by ‘El Libertador’ Simón Bolívar as President of Venezuela
Rare autograph letter signed by ‘El Libertador’, Simón Bolívar as President of Venezuela. One page, partially printed on Bolívar’s presidential letterhead bearing his title, ‘Supreme Head of the Republic, Captain-General of the Army of Venezuela and New Granada’, the letter is dated January 18 1819 and appoints Lt. Col. Laurencio Silva to the Order of the Liberators, the highest distinction of Venezuela, created by Bolívar in 1813 and awarded for outstanding merit and benefits made to the community under his exclusive authority. Signed by Bolívar in the lower right portion of the appointment. The recipient of the appointment, Jose Laurencio Silva was a Venezuelan soldier and politician who served as commander in chief of the Venezuelan army in the War of Independence. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel after the battle of Calabozo in February 1818 and acted in the Apure Campaign in 1819 where he stayed with Páez while Bolívar developed his offensive on New Granada. In 1821 he received the office of colonel and, after spending a year in Guayaquil and Quito, marched with Bolívar to Peru to take an active part in the liberation campaign. In very good condition. Matted and framed with a portrait of Bolívar. The entire piece measures 20.75 inches by 17.25 inches.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 127430