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New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1915.
First edition of this work by Taft, who is the only person to have presided over both the executive and judicial branches of the United States government. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by William Howard Taft on the front free endpaper. In fine condition.
First Edition of Winston S. Churchill's Europe Unite: Speeches 1947 and 1948; Finely Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1950.
First edition of this collection of fifty-two speeches delivered between 1947 and 1948. Octavo, bound in three quarters blue morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Edited by Randolph S. Churchill. In near fine condition.
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.
First Edition of "this Cornerstone of American Political Journalism" Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart and Illustrator Ralph Steadman
San Francisco: Arrow Books, 1973.
First edition of the author’s third book and hallmark of campaign journalism. Octavo, original black boards. Signed by Hunter Thompson on the half-title page and subjects, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Gary Hart and illustrator, Ralph Steadman. Fine in a near fine first issue price-clipped dust jacket with the white boarder around the photograph of Thompson and McGovern on the rear panel. The book is notable for its introduction not only to the candidates of 1972 but also its early glimpses of future political leaders. Gary Hart of Colorado, who served as McGovern’s campaign manager and would later run for and win a seat in the United States Senate, and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, who would himself capture the 1976 Democratic nomination and Presidency. A unique example with this collection of signatures.
"Good luck to all good Americans!" First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Fear God and Take Your Own Part; Signed by Him
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1916.
First edition of this collection of essays by the twenty-sixth President of the United States. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Good luck to all good Americans! Theodore Roosevelt March 27th 1916.” In near fine condition, note to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional inscription.
"It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals": First Edition of Felix Frankfurter Reminisces; Warmly Inscribed by Him
New York: Reynal & Company, 1960.
First edition of this collection of thoughts from Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Leonard Maill, who helped confirm my anglophilism, with the warm regards of Felix Frankfurter July 19, 60.” The recipient Rowland Leonard Maill, was a BBC broadcaster and administrator. Bookplate of the recipient. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Books signed by Frankfurter are rare.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
First edition of the Rosalynn Carter’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Carter on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
Early printing of the Rosalynn Carter’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Carter on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony.
"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers": First Edition of Fishing For Fun; Inscribed by Herbert Hoover
New York: Random House, 1963.
First edition of this collection of writings from President Hoover. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Elliot Hass The Good Wishes of Herbert Hoover.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Muriel Nasser. Edited by William Nichols. A very sharp example.
New York: Little Brown and Company, 2011.
First edition of this memoir from Justice John Paul Stevens. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed by John Paul Stevens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Allison J. Warner.
First Edition of Five Chiefs; A Supreme Court Memoir; Inscribed by Justice John Paul Stevens to "My Good Friend" Chief Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court
New York: Little Brown and Company, 2011.
First edition of this memoir from Justice John Paul Stevens. Octavo, original boards. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To my good friend Frank Lorson John Paul Stevens.” The recipient was the chief deputy clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court, who began his 30-year career at the Supreme Court as an assistant clerk in 1972. He was chief deputy clerk from 1981 until his retirement in 2002. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Allison J. Warner.
Large original photograph signed by first ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalyn Carter, Betty Ford and Hillary Clinton
Original black and white photograph of First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalyn Carter, and Betty Ford. Signed by all four in addition to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is not pictured. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches. Elegantly presented.
Rare fountain pen used by Dwight D. Eisenhower in the signing of the Federal Employees Salary Increase Act of 1958
Rare fountain pen used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the signing of the Federal Employees Salary Increase Act of 1958. Mounted and framed with with an inscription, “Presented to Russel M. Stephens, President American Federation of Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 20, 1958.” The entire piece measures 10.5 inches by 8.5 inches.
Rare autograph letter signed by the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture
April 28, 1800.
Rare original letter signed and in the hand of the leader of the Haitian Revolution, François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture. One page, folded, bearing the original wax seal on the verso, containing both the original message sent by Toussaint L’Ouverture and a forwarded reply by its original recipient Michel Etienne Descourtilz to General Augustin Honore d’Hebecourt. The letter in Toussaint L’Ouverture’s hand translates as, “The Passport requested by the Petitioner cannot be granted at this time. Le Général en Chef Toussaint Louverture.” Descourtilz has written in reply, “Citizen, Our friend Huin, more occupied with general interest than his own in particular, reminded me when he left that he had forgotten to recommend that you obtain a passport to pick up animals in the Spanish section. He is economically and socially linked to one of my uncles to whom he has left the task of reinforcing the product of his cabin in Grand Islet. It is therefore for the same relative, and the men necessary for this voyage that I serve as interpreter to impose on your good graces. RSVP. Yours, Descourtilz P.S. My difficulty meeting you required me to write to you.” On the verso Descourtilz has also written, “If your care allows you to meet my three requests, you would very much oblige me to tell me at what time I can find you Décadi [part of the Republican calendar], my plans being to leave for Artibonite on Monday of the Décadi, where business awaits me.” Descourtilz was a French botanist, physician, taxonomist and historiographer of the Haitian Revolution. A passport from Toussaint L’Ouverture allowed him to serve as a physician with the forces of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in Haiti, where he arrived in 1799. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare.
Black and white photograph of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt sitting together at a table, signed by both, dated Christmas 1941. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 18.5 inches.
January 28, 1936.
Autograph letter signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as President. One page on White House letterhead and dated January 28th 1936, the letter reads: My dear Judge Meyer; Thank you ever so much for your kind thought in sending me the “Flying Cloud” etching. It is indeed a lovely thing and I am particularly glad to have it for my collection. Will you not be good enough to tell Mr. Dansford that I think it is very fine work. I am looking forward with pleasure to receiving the other etchings you mention. I am very grateful, too, for your cordial birthday greetings and good wishes. Very sincerely yours, “Franklin D. Roosevelt.” Roosevelt commissioned the first presidential library in the United States, built under his personal direction between 1939 and 1940. The library came to house 16,000 books, 15,000 photographs, 275,000 feet of movie film, and 300 sound recordings. The present letter refers to an etching of the historic clipper ship Flying Cloud which set the world’s sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco in 1854 and was acquired by Roosevelt as an addition to his large etching and photograph collection. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Roosevelt. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 15 inches.
"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves": First Edition of Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama; Signed by Him
New York : Harper Collins, 1990.
First edition of The Dalai Lama’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Stuart.
New York: Wyndham Books, 1979.
First edition of this moving tribute by Peres of the founding fathers of Israel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Shimon Peres on the half-title page. Translated by Philip Simpson. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dick Adelson. Uncommon signed.
Singapore: National Parks Board Publishers, 2003.
First edition of this work on Istana. Quarto, original cloth, with slipcase, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by President S.R. Nathan on the half- title page, “To Dr. Henry Kissinger. This is not anything like the lush surroundings of your residence. This is just a little reminder of our surroundings. With Best Wishes, S.R. Nathan. 5th July 2005.” A nice association, linking Kissinger, one of the most important American statesman of the last half of the 20th century and President Nathan of Indonesia. Fine in a fine dust jacket in a fine slipcase.
“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: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1937.
First edition. 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.
Black and White Photograph signed by both General George Smith Patton Jr. and Lieutenant General Alexander Patch
Original black and white photograph of General George Smith Patton, Jr. shaking hands with Lieutenant General Alexander Patch. Boldly signed by General Patton, “GS Patton Jr.” and Alexander Patch, “Lieut Patch.” Alexander Patch was a senior United States Army officer who fought in both World War I and World War II, rising to rank of general. During World War II, he commanded U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps forces during the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the U.S. Seventh Army on the Western Front in the invasion of southern France in Operation Dragoon on 15 August 1944. In September 1944, the Seventh Army joined forces with the Third Army, under General Patton in Dijon. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 15 inches.
"The chain is no stronger than the weakest link": First Edition of General Douglas MacArthur's Address Delivered at Los Angeles, California January 26, 1955
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur: An Address Delivered at Los Angeles, California January 26, 1955.
Stanford Connecticut: The Overbrook Press, 1955.
First edition of this address delivered by General Douglas MacArthur at Los Angeles, California January 26, 1955 in which he discusses the current state of the nation. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In near fine condition. Scarce.
College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1997.
First edition of this photographic profile of the 41st President of the United States. Quarto, original dark blue cloth. Signed by George H.W. Bush. One of 1250 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Rare Society of the Cincinnati membership certificate signed by George Washington as president of the society of the Cincinnati
Philadelphia: May 5th, 1784.
Rare autograph document signed by George Washington as President of the Society of the Cincinnati during the first general meeting of the Society and 5 years prior to his election and inauguration as the first President of the United States of America. One page partially printed on vellum with engraved vignettes by Auguste L. Belle after Jean-Jacques Andre LeVeau depicting America in knight’s armor trampling upon the British standard and the American eagle casting the British lion and Britannia out to sea with thunderbolts, engraved seal of the Order of the Cincinnati. The document reads: Be it known that Lieutenant William Andrews is a member of the society of the Cincinnati instituted by the Officers of the American Army at the Period of Dissolution, as well to commemorate the great Event which gave Independence to North American, as for the laudable Purpose of inculcating the Duty of laying down in Peace Arms assumed for public Defence, and of uniting in Acts of brotherly Affection and Bonds of perpetual Friendship the Members constituting the same. In Testimony whereof I, the President of the said Society have hereunto set my hand at Philadelphia in Pennsylvania this fifth day of may in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Four and in the Eighth Year of the Independence of the United States. By Order, ” “H. Knox” Secretary “G. Washington” President. William Andrews was commissioned a lieutenant on 1 January 1777 with the Third Continental Artillery. His regiment wintered at Valley Forge, andthe following June, Andrews was captured and held by the British in New York until he was exchanged in September 1781. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Washington. The entire piece measures 36 inches by 23 inches. An exceptional example.
Portrait of George Washington, executed and signed by artist Nicholas Alden Brooks, 1840-1909. Pastel on paper. The portrait measures 21 inches by 25 inches. Framed, the entire piece measures In very good condition with light rubbing. Framed behind glass. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 30 inches.
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.
Signed color photograph of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter shaking hands. The photograph measures 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13 inches.
Rare autograph letter signed by President Gerald Ford to Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Dated December 20, 1979 on Ford’s presidential letterhead, the letter reads: “Dear Mr. DiMaggio: I would like to invite you to play in the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The dates this year are July 28-29. The purse this year will be $100,000. We will be playing in fivesomes, one best ball. It should be a great golfing experience with over forty professionals attending…Hope to see you there. 1980 could be a banner year for the tournament. Warmest best wishes, Sincerely, “Jerry Ford.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original transmittal envelope which is also signed by Ford and an original full-color photograph of DiMaggio and Ford at the Fourth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Tournament in Vail, Colorado. The entire piece measures 25 inches by 20 inches. A unique association.
"We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more": First Edition of Giving; Inscribed By Bill Clinton
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
First edition of this inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. Octavo, blue boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Kim Brown with thanks Bill Clinton.” Laid into this title is a letter of presentation from Random House. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
"one of the most remarkable books ever written": First Editions of Jawaharlal Nehru's Glimpses of History
Allahabad: Printed by M.N. Pandey , 1934-35.
First editions of “one of the most remarkable books ever written” (The New York Times). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. In very good condition. Foreword by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. First editions are exceptionally rare.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1963.
First edition of this authorized biography of Golda Meir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Golda Meir on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Golda Meir.
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc, 1992.
First edition of this account of two of the most significant trials and “cases” in American legal and political history. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by William Rehnquist on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dick Adelson.
"There can be peace in the world": First edition of Growing Toward Peace; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor
New York: Random House, 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor opposite the title page. Light fading to the cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Laid in is a publicity photograph of both authors. This is the first example we have seen signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.
"the most extraordinarily good portrait of my father I have ever seen": Photograph by Gutzon Borglum of the Bust of Lincoln; Signed by Him
Photograph signed and dated “Gutzon Borglum 1907.” The photograph taken by Borglum shows his marble bust of Abraham Lincoln. On February 6, 1908, the President’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, wrote to Borglum regarding the bust as, “the most extraordinarily good portrait of my father I have ever seen.” The sculpture is on display in the Crypt of the U.S. Capitol Building. A typed Lincoln quotation pasted to mount at lower left. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17.5 inches.
"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.
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.
Rare original photograph of American statesmen Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson. Inscribed by Harry Truman, “Kind regards to Ken Browne, Harry Truman” and by Stevenson, “For Ken Browne with best wishes Adlai S. Stevenson.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14.5 inches.
Series 1935 D silver certificate one dollar bill, boldly signed by Harry S. Truman on the portrait side. Double matted and framed with a photograph of President Truman at the Oval Office desk, with the phrase, “The buck stops here!” The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 12.5 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Presidential history.
Photograph of Harry S. Truman holding the iconic Chicago Daily Tribune with the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman"; inscribed by him
Original photograph of Harry S. Truman holding the iconic Chicago Daily Tribune with the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman.” Inscribed by Truman beneath the photograph, “Kindest Regards to Myra Lee Phillips, Harry S. Truman, White House, Jan. 28, 1949.” Triple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 17 inches.
"Kindest regards and happy memories of his efficient service while I was President of the United States"; Signed Portrait of Harry S. Truman
Printed bust portrait of Harry S. Truman. Signed and Inscribed, “To Jerry Behn, kindest regards and happy memories of his efficient service while I was President of the United States Independence 5 January 1961.” The recipient was White House Secret Service agent Gerald A. Behn. Framed, the entire piece measures 11 inches by 14 inches.
"Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much": Rare Typed Letter Signed by Harry S. Truman as President to Lewis Strauss
February 2, 1951.
Rare typed letter signed by Harry S. Truman as President. One page on White House stationary, the letter is dated February 2, 1951 and addressed to the Honorable Lewis Strauss, 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York. The letter reads: “Dear Admiral: I can’t tell you how very much I appreciated your letter of January twenty-ninth about Margaret’s acting at the performance for the Cancer Research Fund. Your letter pleased both Mrs. Truman and me very much. Sincerely Yours, Harry Truman.” The recipient, Lewis Strauss, was a Jewish-American businessman, philanthropist, public office holder, and naval officer. He was a major figure in the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States. After the deaths of both of his parents from cancer, Strauss established a fund for physics research to develop better radiation treatment for cancer patients. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches.
Signed photograph of President Harry S. Truman and his Cabinet meeting on August 10, 1945, after the Japanese Surrender. Photograph is signed in the order the men are sitting, left to right: Secretary of Agriculture Clinton Anderson; Secretary of Labor Lewis B. Schwellenbach; National Housing Agency Chairman John B. Blandford, Jr.; War Production Board Chairman Julius Krug; War Mobilization Director John W. Snyder; Office of Economic Stabilization Director William H. Davis; Foreign Economics Administrator Leo Crowley; Secretary of Commerce Henry Wallace; Under Secretary of the Interior Abe Fortas; Postmaster General Robert Hannegan; Secretary of War Henry Stimson; Secretary of State James Byrnes; President Harry S. Truman; Secretary of the Treasury Fred Vinson; Attorney General Tom Clark; Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. Matted and framed. Rare and desirable.
"With kindest regards and happy memories of a most important day in the history of the U.S.A": Harry Truman signed photograph
Large black and white photograph of the Senate Committee investigation headed by Harry Truman into the $40 million contract for wartime planes with Howard Hughes and Henry J. Kaiser, lengthily inscribed by Truman, “To my good friend and Committee Councilor Charles Patrick Clark, with kindest regards and happy memories of a most important day in the history of the U.S.A. Harry Truman, Chm, Independence, Mar. 15, ’57.” To the sides of the inscription Truman has listed those in attendance. In near fine condition. The photograph measures 13.5 inches by 10.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 19 inches.
Photograph of President Harry S. Truman having his arm raised at the 1947 Democratic National Convention. Inscribed by Truman, “To Joseph J. Fracelli, From Harry S. Truman, 12/7/66.” On the verso of the photograph bears a Harry S. Truman Library stamp. In near fine condition.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1962.
First edition of Landau’s biography of Hassan II King of Morocco. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Mrs. John F. Kennedy, with the author’s profound respect and great admiration, Rom Landau, February 1964.” With Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate laid in. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Calvin Coolidge's Have Faith in Massachusetts; Inscribed by Him and in the rare original dust jacket
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919.
Second enlarged edition of this collection of speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Coolidge. Presentation copy, boldly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To John S. Connally with regards, Calvin Coolidge.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with loss to the crown and foot of the spine and tape. Rare in the original dust jacket and signed.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919.
First edition of this collection of speeches. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to the Governor of Minnesota, “With my thanks to a stalwart American, Honorable J.A.A. Burnquist with regards Calvin Coolidge November, 19, 19.” The recipient, A.A. Burnquist served in the Minnesota State Legislature from 1909 to 1911, was elected the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in 1912, and then served as the 19th Governor of Minnesota from December 30, 1915 to January 5, 1921. After leaving government for nearly 18 years to practice law, Burnquist returned to serve as Minnesota Attorney General from January 2, 1939 until January 3, 1955 — the second longest tenure of any individual to hold that position. In near fine condition. An excellent association copy.
First Edition of Health Security: The President's Report to the American People; Inscribed by Hillary Clinton
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. Inscribed by Hillary Clinton on the front free endpaper, “To Ann Marie and Hank Dullea with best wishes Hillary Rodham Clinton.” In near fine condition.
New York: Scribner, 2001.
First edition of this collection of excerpts from President Bush’s speeches and other writings. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by George Bush on the title page. Compiled and edited by Jim McGrath. Introduction by Barbara Bush.
"The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1932.
First edition of this early work on President Hoover. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Hoover. Warmly inscribed by Herbert Hoover on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Rare original photograph of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover and Iowan Governor William Beardsley seated in an automobile which was part of the August 1954 Iowa State Fair Parade. Boldly signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover, and inscribed by Beardsley, “For the Ken Brownes, Wm. S. Beardsley,”Accompanied by a typed letter signed by Herbert Hoover dated April 25, 1960 and addressed to Kenneth Browne, “Dear Mr. Browne: I do appreciate your sending me that Indian version of the 23rd Psalm. It was most gracious of you. Yours faithfully, “Herbert Hoover.” Both the photograph and letter are in near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Eisenhower and Hoover.
“When all else fails, men turn to reason": First Edition of Heritage: Civilization and the Jews; Inscribed by Abba Eban
New York: Summit Books, 1984.
First edition. Quarto, original half cloth. Inscribed by Abba Eban on the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
FIRST EDITION OF KENNETH MACLEAY’S HIGHLANDERS OF SCOTLAND INSCRIBED BY QUEEN VICTORIA TO HER SON PRINCE ARTHUR
Highlanders of Scotland: Being a Series of Portraits, With Biographical and Historical Notices, Illustrative of the Principal Clans and Followings, and the Retainers of the Royal Household at Balmoral, In the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
London: Mr. [John] Mitchell, Publisher to Her Majesty, 1874.
First edition of this work, inscribed by Queen Victoria to her son Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Dear Arthur from his devoted Mother VR Balmoral Oct. 2, 1874.” Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, all edges gilt, illustrated with 31 mounted albumen photo prints. In near fine condition, with Arthur’s armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Over the course of their seventeen-year marriage Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children: Victoria (b. 1840), Albert Edward (b. 1841), Alice (b. 1843), Alfred (b. 1844), Helena (b. 1846), Louise (b. 1848), Arthur (b. 1850), Leopold (b. 1853) and Beatrice (b. 1857). Their seventh child and third son, Prince Arthur served as the Governor General of Canada, the tenth since Canadian Confederation and the only British prince to do so. In 1910 he was appointed Grand Prior of the Order of St John and held this position until 1939. He performed several royal duties throughout his lifetime, served 40 years in the British Army, and acted as the King’s, and thus the Canadian Commander-in-Chief’s, representative through the first years of the First World War. Though he retired from public life in 1928, he continued to make his presence known in the army well into the Second World War, before his death in 1942. He was Queen Victoria’s last surviving son. An exceptional association copy.
Finely Bound Set of Thiers Classic Work Histoire du Consulat et de l'Empire faisant suite a l'Histoire de la Revolution Francaise
Paris: Paulin, 1845-62.
Finely bound set of Thiers’ work on the French Revolution and the age of Napoleon, Octavo, 21 volumes, bound in contemporary three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt. Includes 20 octavo text volumes plus the folio atlas volume. Each text volume with frontispiece and numerous engraved plates. Uncommon with all text volumes and atlas finely and uniformly bound. With the binder’s ticket of Larchier relieur.
"The history of the reformation is a book for all Christians, or rather for all mankind": First Editions of D'Aubergine's important history of the great reformation; from the library of Millard Fillmore, the first president who established the White House library, with his ownership signature in each volume
New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1843-1853.
First edition set of Aubergine’s important history of the protestant reformation from the library of the thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who established the first White House library. Octavo, 5 volumes. Bound in three quarters contemporary black calf over olive green boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised tooled bands, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, engraved frontispiece portrait of Martin Luther with tissue guard present. In very good condition with Millard Fillmore’s ownership inscription and library catalog notes on the title page of each volume, “Millard Fillmore March 26, 1857 Rebound April 16, 1860” who has also crossed out the “J-5” bookshelf designation, replacing it with “G-1” in pencil. An exceptional piece of American history from the President who created the White House Library.
London: Oxford University Press, 1953.
First edition of the collected correspondence between Chief Justice Holmes and economist Harold J. Laski. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine, frontispiece portrait of Holmes after a photograph of the original painting by Charles Hopkinson in 1929. In very good condition.
"We had a long distance to make that day, and after leaving the grain fields travelled pretty steadily": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelts Hunting Trips Of A Ranchman
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1886.
First edition of Roosevelt’s stories of sport hunting on the Northern Cattle Plains. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel, patterned endpapers, illustrated with 26 full-page engravings by A.B. Frost, R. Swain Gifford, J.C. Beard, Fannie E. Gifford, and Henry Sandham including tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt in hunting attire. In near fine condition.