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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.
: June 25th 1798
Rare military appointment signed by King George III appointing David Byron Davis Esq. as Captain of Company in a Regiment of Foot, commanded by Col. Andrew Cochrane Johnston. One page partially printed on vellum with the Royal Seal to the upper right corner and dated June 25th 1798. Signed by King George III in the upper left corner, “George R.” In very good condition.
"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.
First edition of The Last Tsar; inscribed by Edvard Radzinsky to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who served as the associate editor for the book
New York : Doubleday 1992
First edition of Radzinsky’s biography of Nicholas II. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Associatation copy, inscribed by the author on the half title page, “To dear Jackie, who gave this book life—your friend, Edvard Radzinsky, 2 July 1992.” With Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate to the front pastedown. Kennedy served as associate editor for this book while at Doubleday, hence the warm inscription from Radzinsky. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"Whose brilliant leadership and insightful leadership helped America and NATO stand successfully for democracy and freedom": First Edition of Waging Modern War; Inscribed by General Wesley Clark to Secretary of Defense William Perry
New York : Public Affairs Press 2001
First edition of this essential reading for those who want to know how modern war is fought, and won. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the half-title page by the author to Secretary of Defense William Perry, “To Secretary Bill Perry, Whose brilliant leadership and insightful leadership helped America and NATO stand successfully for democracy and freedom, and against ethnic cleansing and tyranny in the Balkans. Thank you for your guidance and support, and for showing us what the true measures of statesmanship and vision must be! Wes.” Clark was sent to Bosnia by Secretary of Defense William Perry to serve as the military advisor to a diplomatic negotiating team headed by assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke later described Clark’s position as “complicated” because it presented him with future possibilities but “might put him into career-endangering conflicts with more senior officers”. While the team was driving along a mountain road during the first week, the road gave way, and one of the vehicles fell over a cliff carrying passengers including Holbrooke’s deputy, Robert Frasure, a deputy assistant Secretary of Defense, Joseph Kruzel, and Air Force Colonel Nelson Drew. Clark and Holbrooke attempted to crawl down the mountain, but were driven back by sniper fire. Once the fire ceased, Clark rappelled down the mountain to collect the bodies of two dead Americans left by Bosnian forces that had taken the remaining wounded to a nearby hospital. Following funeral services in Washington, D.C., the negotiations continued and the team eventually reached the Dayton Agreement at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and later signed it in Paris on December 14, 1995. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An exceptional association.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons 1942
First edition of Hoover’s look at the impact of World War I. Octavo, original gray cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To my good friends Mr. and Mrs John Richardson from Herbert Hoover with wishes for A Happy New Year (anyway)Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court": First Edition of Out Of Order; Signed by Justice Sandra Day OConnor and John Paul Stevens
New York : Random House 2013
First edition of this collection of stories from the history of the Supreme Court by the first female justice. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by both Sandra Day O’Connor and John Paul Stevens on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anna Bauer.
"Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance": First Edition of the Memoirs of Lyndon B. Johnson; Warmly inscribed by him to his undersecretary of Transportation John E. Robson
New York : Holt Rinehart and Winston 1971
First edition of President Johnson’s autobiography. Octavo, original red cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 72 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson on an official White House bookplate, “To John E. Robson with warm best wishes Lyndon B. Johnson ‘Xmas ’72.” John E. Robson served as the Undersecretary of Transportation in the Johnson Administration in 1967. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by David November. Jacket photograph of Johnson by Y. R. Okamoto. A nice association.
Oroville, California : Butte College Press 1999
First edition of this work on the Bush administration. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dan Ostrander and President George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover design by Patty Melron. Uncommon signed by President Bush.
"Free government can not long survive when the thousands enjoy the wealth of the country and the millions share its poverty in common": First editions of the Speeches of William Jennings Bryan; volume II inscribed by him
New York : Funk & Wagnalls Company 1913
First edition of the collected speeches of William Jennings Bryan. Small octavo, two volumes, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author with tissue guard to volume I. With a biographical introduction by Mary Baird Bryan, his wife. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of volume II, “To Mr. S. D. Green with compliments & good wishes of William Jennings Bryan.” In near fine condition. A sharp set.
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.
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.
"I Was Born Under A Clear Sky After A Violent Summer Storm To A Widowed Mother": My Life; Inscribed By Former President Clinton
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2004
First edition of President Clinton’s autobiography. Large octavo, original blue boards, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To ________ Thanks, Bill Clinton.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
London & New York : Verso 2001
First edition of this polemic by Hitchens. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Christopher Hitchens on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
First Edition of this "masterly and all embracing work" The Arab-Israeli Wars; Signed by Chaim Herzog
London: : Arms and Armour Press 1992
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Chaim Herzog on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York : Penguin Press 2015
First edition of the first volume of Ferguson’s definitive biography of Henry Kissinger. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by both Niall Ferguson and Henry Kissinger on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.