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“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: FIRST EDITION OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S THE WORLD CRISIS 1916-1918: VOLUME II; Signed by Winston S. Churchill
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1927.
True first edition of the second volume in Part III of Churchill’s The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill Nov 1929.” In fine condition.
"Thus we end where we began. We must get our own house in order. We must because it is right. We must because it is right. We must because it is might": First Edition of Robert Kennedy's The Pursuit of Justice; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper and Row, Publishers 1964.
First edition of this collection of speeches delivered by Kennedy while he was Attorney General. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Phil, At least you weren’t in my bathroom when I got up this morning from his friend Bob Kennedy.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anita Scott. Edited by Theodore J. Lowi.
"If it should occur that men of other creeds and different nationalities come to live amongst us, we should accord them honorable protection and equality before the law": First Edition of De Haas' Theodor Herzl: A Biographical Study; Inscribed by Him
Chicago/ New York: The Leonard Company 1927.
First edition of this Herzl biography by the British-born Jewish journalist and an early leader of the Zionist movement in the United States. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the half-title page, “To my friend Louis Karasik Jacob de Haas Oct ’27.” Fine in very good to near fine dust jackets. With sixty illustrations, index, chronological table, appendices and bibliography. Rare and desirable signed by de Haas.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce 1965.
First edition of Reagan’s biography covering his years in Hollywood. Octavo, original black cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Ronald Reagan on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand. Reagan has also corrected in his hand the word “Honey” opposite the title page to “Nancy.” Fine in a near fine jacket. Jacket design Ned Glattauer. Also laid in is an original photograph of Reagan singing with the Frankie Umbro Band.
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. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Judge Carl Wahlstrom with high esteem John Kennedy,” Inscription to the recipient, bookplate of Judge Wahlstrom to the front pastedown, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
"A STATE OF JOY AND LAUGHTER": ONE SPECIAL SUMMER; SIGNED BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS AND LEE RADZIWILL
New York: Delacorte Press 1974.
First edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. Signed by the authors on the front free endpaper, “Jacqueline Bouvier” and inscribed by Lee, “For Mr. Newman With best regards Lee Bouvier May 6th 1975.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket calligraphy by Joe West.
First edition of The Presidential Power: the politics of leadership; warmly inscribed by Richard Neustadt
New York and London: John Wiley & Sons, Inc 1960.
Rare first edition of Neustadt’s fundamental examination of presidential power, which upon publication immediately prompted John F. Kennedy to hire him as his advisor, speechwriter and confidante. Ocatvo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ted Sorenson, Special Counsel to the President with congratulations … and regards – Dick Neustadt.” The recipient, Ted Sorenson was Neustadt’s colleague, and fellow speechwriter and adviser to President Kennedy. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition. An exceptional association copy of this landmark book.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1956.
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Boldly signed by President Barack Obama on the half-title page, “All the best Barack Obama.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
First Edition of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait; Signed by Nelson Mandela, President Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing 2003.
First edition of this illustrated biographic portrait of Mandela. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Additionally signed by both Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu at their contribution. Foreword by Bill Clinton. Introduction by Desmond Tutu. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada. An exceptional piece of history, signed by these three iconic figures.
Signed Limited Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter; In the Scarce Original dust jacket
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1905.
Signed limited edition of Roosevelt’s classic work, one of 260 numbered copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, this is number 23. Small quarto, original cloth, printed on ruisdael paper by the De Vinne Press, photogravure frontispiece of Roosevelt, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare and desirable in the original dust jacket.
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.
"As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time": Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi
Rare autograph postcard signed and entirely in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi. The letter reads, “Dear Rev. Conley, You will please forgive one for my inability to reply to your letter earlier. As you may have noticed I have been wandering all the time. I am at present at Thithal leaving Bombay on 24th Oct for Bengal. I am afraid therefore that we cannot meet before the … Your serv MK Gandhi 25 4 25 Tithal.” The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
First Edition of The Life of Gen. James A. Garfield; Signed by him one month prior to winning the November 1880 presidential election
New York: A.S. Barnes & Co 1880.
First edition of Bundy’s illustrated biography of the 20th President of the United States. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Garfield, rebacked. Presentation copy, inscribed by Garfield on the front free endpaper, “Compliments of J.A. Garfield, Mentor, Dec. 2, 1880.” Garfield inscribed the present volume precisely one month prior to winning the 1880 Presidential election on November 2nd. This win marked the sixth consecutive victory in the presidential election for the Republican Party, its longest winning streak in American history. In very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. This work was published prior to the now commonplace practice of presidential biographies and autobiographies. Exceptionally rare and desirable signed by Garfield.
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.
"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, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
"THE JEWS WISH TO HAVE A STATE, AND THEY SHALL HAVE ONE": RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF HERZL'S A JEWISH STATE
New York: The Maccabaean Publishing Co 1904.
First American edition of Herzl’s landmark manifesto for an independent Jewish state, “one of the most important books in the history of the Jewish People.” Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Preface and notes by Jacob de Haas. Photographic portrait by E. M. Lilien of Herzl leaning over the balcony-rail of the Hotel Les Trois Rois. In near fine condition. First editions are rare, especially in this condition.