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"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
"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
“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
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 96862
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
“ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL BIOGRAPHIES IN ENGLISH:” LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL; EACH VOLUME INSCRIBED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL
London: Macmillan & Co. Limited, 1906.
First edition of Winston S. Churchill’s biography of his father. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, with two photographic frontispiece portraits of Lord Randolph. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in both volumes, “Inscribed for G.S. Harvie-Watt by Winston Churchill 1943.” The recipient, Harvie-Pratt was a conservative politician who served as parliamentary private secretary to Winston Churchill from 1941-1945. At the end of World War II, he became a Queen’s Counsel and was created a baronet. In 1948 he became an aide-de-camp to George VI; on the king’s death, he filled the same position for Elizabeth II, also acting as a member of the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland. In very good condition with rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Remarkable association copies.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 30055
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
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
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
First Edition of Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas; From the Library of Ulysses S. Grant
Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas.
New York: Baker & Godwin, 1875.
First edition of the first English translation of the 1873 Mexican Border Commission’s investigative report on Texan allegations of Mexican robberies at the international border. From the library of Ulysses S. Grant, presented to him by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affiars Ignacio Mariscal with a dedication card affixed to the second free endpaper. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with three large hand-colored folding maps at rear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise clamshell box. Rare and highly desirable from the library of President Grant.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 94712
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
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
"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