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Government of the Dalai Lama, 1959.
First edition of this important document, which details the historical relationship between Tibet and China from the 7th century to the 1950s and presents arguments supporting Tibet’s claim for sovereignty. Octavo, original printed flexible board wrappers, with the title and date printed in red letters. Boldly signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the front panel. Table of contents and 63 pages of text. In 1959 the Dalai Lama sought support from the U.S. and other nations to recognize their government in exile and to bring their case for Tibetan sovereignty and against Chinese aggression before the United Nations. It is necessary to distinguish between two 1959 publications under the same title. The more common (today) appears to be an octavo volume of 49 pages, which several sources attribute to the Central Electric Press in Delhi, India. [The British Library and Harvard University each has a copy in that smaller format; WorldCat details 10 locations of the 49 p. 8vo edition, under two OCLC numbers]. Our publication, a mimeographic duplication from a document produced on a typewriter, printed on rectos only of quarto sized sheets, has 63 leaves and an un-numbered first leaf [“Table of Contents”]. Technical limitations mean that our publication in quarto mimeographed format, is both more fragile by nature and less likely to have been issued in a large number of copies. Considering that the 14th Dalai Lama spent all but the first 90 days of 1959 residing in exile in Dharamshala, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India, it is likely that our publication was produced there. Historical Context: In 1959, within days of the rapidly devolving March uprising in Lhasa, the Dalai Lama and his retinue fled Tibet with the help of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. They crossed the border into India on 30 March 1959, and soon afterward, the Dalai Lama set up the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala, receiving support from the CIA including a personal annual stipend of $180,000 and other material support from at least 1959 until about 1974. (CIA support for the Government of the Dalai Lama in Exile and other potential Tibetan assets reportedly totalled about $1.7 million per annum). In April 1959 the Dalai Lama sent a message to the U.S. Government requesting that the U.S. formally recognize the Free Tibetan Government and that he encourage other nations to do so. Under Secretary of State C. Douglas Dillon advised President Eisenhower that the U.S. should “avoid taking any position which might encourage the Dalai Lama to seek international recognition.” Despite considerable U.S. covert support of the Tibetans’ efforts to oust the Chinese, the official U.S. position held that Tibet was an autonomous country under Chinese suzerainty. The State Department believed this position better served America’s broader foreign policy interest viz. China and India. In fact, the Eisenhower administration (both the State Department and the CIA) restrained the Tibetans from presenting their case against Chinese aggression, instead skirting the political issues and treading the softer line of human rights violations and cultural oppression. The Tibetans finally enlisted Ireland and Malaya to request “The Question of Tibet” to be added to the U.N. agenda for its 14th session. Consequently, the United Nations’ Resolution 1353 (XIV) on Tibet was passed in October 1959. This first U.N. resolution on Tibet did not address the sovereignty issue, but voiced their “grave concern at the continued violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of Tibetans” and calling for “respect of the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people and for their distinctive cultural and religious life.” For an interesting exposition of this era of Tibetan diplomacy, see “Tibet Issue at the UN: a case study in informal diplomacy, (1950-65)” by Kalzang Diki Bhutia. Either directly or indirectly, this publication was made possible by support from the CIA; it is a fascination sidelight of history that the official US government position was not in alignment with this text, and also, that no copy of our rare publication seems to have survived in any institutional library in the United States. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Yousuf Karsh Photograph of the First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru; Signed by Both Nehru and Karsh
Black and white photograph of the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed Jawaharlal Nehru March 1951 and also signed by the photographer Yousuf Karsh. Karsh was one of the most notable photographers of the 20th century. His work included portraits of celebrities, military and political figures, such as Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Martin Luther King. Jr., Audrey Hepburn, and many others. The photograph measures 10 inches by 12.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 19.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Nehru and Karsh.
Black and white photograph of Golda Meir. Signed by Golda Meir on the lower left corner. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 16 inches. Photographs signed by Golda Meir are uncommon.
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.
"We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel": First Hebrew Edition of Golda Meir's My Life; Signed by Her
Jerusalem: Steimatsky's Agency, 1975.
First edition of Meir’s autobiography in Hebrew. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black and white photographs. Signed by Golda Meir on the title page in Hebrew. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few closed tears.
“LEAD THEM STRAIGHT AND TRUE; GIVE STRENGTH TO THEIR ARMS, STOUTNESS TO THEIR HEARTS, STEADFASTNESS IN THEIR FAITH”; MAGNIFICENT LIMITED EDITION OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT’S D-DAY PRAYER, ONE OF ONLY 50 COPIES PRINTED, BROADCAST THE NIGHT OF THE NORMANDY INVASION
Washington, D.C: Christmas, 1944.
Limited edition of this rare broadside of the “D-Day Prayer,” one of only 50 printed copies issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his close friends, handsomely printed in gothic type with red, blue and gold ink textual embellishments. The broadside measures 14 inches by 21 inches, printed in black gothic type, capital letters and portions of the heading in red and blue ink. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20.5 inches by 28 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
"The Hebrew nation will proudly and lovingly remember the memory of Chaim who fulfilled his duties in loyalty while protecting the homeland."; Document Signed by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
Signed Document from the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben Gurion. “State of Israel We sadly commemorate the memory of 566552 private Chaim Chobra, may his memory be blessed, who died in the line of duty on 24 of Adar A 5711 (March 2nd, 1951). The Israeli government, I[srael] D[efense] F[orce] and the Hebrew nation will proudly and lovingly remember the memory of Chaim who fulfilled his duties in loyalty while protecting the homeland. D. Ben-Gurion Prime Minister.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 16.5 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.
Signed by Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor,, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Bryon White.
Large photograph from the 1970’s of the Burger Court, signed by each justice. The justices are Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O’Connor, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun and Byron White. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 20 inches. Rare and desirable.
"We miss you very much. Love from Caroline & Mummy" Postcard from Jacqueline Kennedy to her son John, Jr.
Postcard from Jacqueline Kennedy to her son John F. Kennedy, Jr. It reads, “Dearest John, Every day we say where is John-John – Away!! – We ride in this cart & the horse has feathers – & we play on a beach like this & I found a sea horse – & we go up this hill to our house. That is a tower to look out for pirates – We miss you very much. Love from Caroline & Mummy.” Written on a postcard from Amalfi which she has addressed to “Master J.F. Kennedy Jr.” The verso shows a colorful illustration of the seashore including a horse-drawn cart, beach, stone tower, and village. Accompanied by a White House envelope with the typed return address, “Villa l’Episcopio RAVELLO, ITALIA.” Double matted and framed opposite of photograph of the Kennedy family. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 19 inches.
Photograph of President Kennedy smiling in profile, with the first lady pictured just behind him. Boldly signed by Jacqueline Kennedy, “For Jenny Schaffner—with all my best wishes, Jacqueline Kennedy.” The photograph measures 7.5 inches by 9.9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 16.75 inches.
"one of the most precious jewels in the national heritage": Photograph of 10 Downing Street; Signed by six British prime ministers
Black and white photograph of the 10 Downing Street doorway, signed by six British prime ministers: Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history.
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Company, 1898-99.
First editions of Anthony’s classic biography. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine, gilt medallion to the front panels of both volumes. Volume one is lengthily inscribed by Susan B. Anthony on the front free endpaper as follows, “To Mrs. Grace Bartholomew, Pioneer, Michigan, I present these volumes because of dear Mr. D.A. Blodgett’s purchasing so many Histories of Woman Suffrage to give to his friends. Therefore please accept these for his sake, & oblige. Yours very sincerely, Susan B. Anthony, Rochester N.Y., Nov. 5, 1904.” Delos Abiel Blodgett of Grand Rapids, MI founded an orphanage which remains active today. Grace Richmond Bartholomew (1848-1920) was a farmer of Pioneer, Michigan.
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.
"The important thing is not what they think of me, but what i think of them": Photograph of her Majesty Queen victoria signed by her
Rare sepia tone photograph of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Signed by Queen Victoria in the bottom right corner, “Victoria, R.I., June 1887.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13.25 inches. Accompanied by an original handwritten letter by Major General Sir Henry Ponsonby on Privy Purse Letterhead, dated June 14th 1887, “Having laid before The Queen your letter of the 8th respective your grandmother, Mrs. Smith. I am commanded by Her Majesty to request that you will thank her for the kind congratulation and that you will give her the enclosed photograph of The Queen.” Photographs signed by Queen Victoria are rare and with noted provenance.