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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940.
First edition of this story of Christmas by Eleanor Roosevelt. Small octavo, original pictorial boards. Lengthily Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half title page, “Be kindly in your judgment for you know it was written under difficulties! Your devoted E.R.” An uncommonly warm inscription from Roosevelt, most likely presented to a close friend of family member. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Signed by the 14th President of the United States. The salutation reads “Very respectfully, Yr. Obdt. Servt., Franklin Pierce.” Matted and framed with a photograph of Pierce.
"Let this be all thy care, To stand approved in sight of God, Though worlds should judge thee wrong": Collection of documents signed by President Grant and eight members of his administration
Collection of documents signed by President Grant and eight members of his presidential administration.
A collection of eleven letters and documents signed and hand-written by the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and eight members of his presidential administration. Contents include a printed warrant for the pardon of John and Jerome Whisonant who were held at the Albany Penitentiary in 1874 signed by Grant, an 1860 one page autograph letter signed by Secretary of the Treasury Lot M. Morrill discussing misappropriated funds, an autograph quotation in the hand of 17th Vice President Schuyler Colfax, “Let this be all thy care, To stand approved in sight of God, Though worlds should judge thee wrong. Schuyler Colfax Feb 8. 1873”, an 1865 autograph letter signed by 18th Vice President Henry Wilson to President Johnson, and 1873 autograph note signed by Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont, a clipped signature by Postmaster General James W. Marshall, an 1875 autograph letter signed on Depart of the Interior letterhead by Secretary of the Interior Zachariah Chandler to Gent. Adam Badeau with a second clipped signature, an 1867 autograph note signed by Secretary of the Treasury George S. Boutwell, and an 1891 autograph letter signed by Secretary of the Treasury Benjamin Bristow. An exceptional collection.
First Edition of Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace; Inscribed by W.E.B. DuBois to His Wife Shirley
New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1945.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his wife Shirley Graham Du Bois, “For Shirley WEBD.”From the library of Shirley Graham DuBois. Ms. DuBois was an American award-winning author, playwright, composer, and activist, and wife of W.E.B. Du Bois, whom she married in 1951. W.E.B. DuBois is the author of The Souls of Black Folk, a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. An outstanding association, linking these two great writers and activists of the twentieth century . Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some toning the spine and a few small chips.
London: Archibald Constable, 1916.
Octavo, bound in full dark blue morocco Cosway-style binding by Bayntun. Both the front and rear panels with a double gilt fillet border around an inner border incorporating ornamental cornerpieces, upper cover set with an oval portrait miniature of an actress under glass, within an ornamental gilt border, lower cover with panel border; raised bands, gilt lettered in two compartments, a repeated ornamental panel in the rest; board edges gilt dotted, turn-ins gilt, doublures and both endpapers of dark blue watered silk, all edges gilt. Extra-illustrated with 10 additional plates. Housed in a felt-lined modern cloth box.
First Edition of Woodrow Wilson's Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics; Signed by Him
Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1888.
First edition of Woodrow Wilson’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Woodrow Wilson Princeton 12 February ’09.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by Wilson.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1948.
Signed limited first edition of General Eisenhower’s wartime memoirs. Thick octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, top edge gilt, original acetate. Signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower, number 299 of 1426 copies. Fine in the original acetate, which is in fine condition. Original slipcase in near fine condition with light rubbing. A very sharp example.
"I visited Burma in 1961. I met Prime Minister U Nu. We discussed Buddhism": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion regarding his 1961 visit to Burma
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. Addressed to Dr. Martin Rywell, editor of Listen Magazine published in Harriman, Tennessee, the letter reads, “Sdeh. Boker, 22.6.65 Dear Dr. Martin Rywell, Only the first part of the story you mention in your letter is true. I visited Burma in 1961. I met Prime Minister U Nu. We discussed Buddhism but the story about “a trick” is a pure invention. D. Ben-Gurion.” The letter refers to Ben Gurion’s two-week sojourn to Burma in 1961, which marked one of the longest official trips abroad for an Israeli prime minister. The first prime minister of Burma, known honorifically as U Nu, was a major figure among leaders of non-Western countries in the mid 20th century, many of which had opposed Israel’s establishment. In 1955, U Nu became the first foreign prime minister to visit the Jewish state, a highly significant act of support which encouraged a mutually beneficial relationship between the two young governments. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 15 inches. Rare and desirable.
"I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace": Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion
Autograph letter signed by the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. It reads, “Sdeh. Boker, 28. 2. 70 Dear Mr. George P. Viegelmann, Jr. I share entirely your view that it is vitally necessary for everyone in the Middle East to live in peace. I am expressing a private view: I would be ready to give up a great Part of the areas which we hold since the six day war, if this would bring peace; by peace I mean friendship with our Arab neighbors and cooperation politically, economically and culturally, but perhaps only Russia can bring this about. I even doubt whether the American Gov. can achieve that. In the future there may be a change in Egypt. David Ben-Gurion.” This letter is a very unique piece of history, particularly in regards to Israeli-Arab relations and the study of peace in general. While publicly Ben-Gurion was the undoubted leader in Zionism, privately at the end of his life, he began to have other opinions. He desired peace even if it meant giving up land that they had fought to obtain. Ben-Gurion’s thoughts on peace in his latter years is corroborated by the recent documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue. This movie features footage that was taken in 1968 and only recently discovered. In the footage he explains that Israel’s moral compass was inexorably tied to its treatment of the non-Jews living under its rule. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Ben-Gurion. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 16.5 inches.
First Editions of the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion's Memoirs Volumes 1-3 Signed by Him
Tel Aviv: Am Oved Publishers, 1973-74.
First editions of volumes 1-4 of David Ben-Gurion’s memoirs in Hebrew. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Volumes 1-3 signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page in Hebrew. Ben-Gurion lived to see the publishing of only the first three volumes. Previous owners small stamp and pen writing on front free endpapers, tape residue on the front and rear endpapers. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable signed by the founding father and the first Prime Minister of Israel.
"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.
Photograph of David Ben-Gurion signed and dated in 1959 by him in Hebrew, presented to Max Goldweber in appreciation from The United Jewish Appeal. The UJA-Federation, as it is known today, was created from the 1986 merger of the United Jewish Appeal, established in 1939, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, a predecessor organization established in 1917. It is the largest local philanthropy in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the organization raises and allocates funds annually to fulfill a mission to “care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities in New York, in Israel, and around the world.” Framed, the entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 17 inches.
Large black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him, “D. Ben Gurion Jerusalem 7.10.59.” The photograph measures 13 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 15 inches. In near fine condition. This is the largest signed photograph we have seen of Ben-Gurion.
Black and white photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him, “D. Ben-Gurion.” The photograph measures 5.25 inches by 3.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 10.5 inches. In near fine condition. A nice example.
Rare Official Photograph of The Founding Father of Israel David Ben-Gurion taken upon the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation of Israel; signed by him
Rare official photograph of the Founding Father of Israel David Ben-Gurion taken upon the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of Israel. Signed by David Ben-Gurion and housed in the original white vinyl presentation folder with engraved plate which reads, “Prime Minister’s Israel Bond Conference on the occasion of The 25th Anniversary of Israel, Jerusalem, January 28–31, 1973.” In near fine condition.
Photograph of David Ben-Gurion boldly signed by him, “Gratefully presented on the occasion of Israel’s “Bar Mitzvah” year to Harry J. Kahn whose devoted service as a Division Chairman in the 1960 campaign of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York has enabled so many of our people from all over the world to build new lives in freedom and dignity in Israel.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 19.5 inches.
Tel Aviv: Ayanot Publishing House, 1953.
First edition of this pictorial record of David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated in Hebrew on the front free endpaper by Paula Ben-Gurion in 1962. Edited by Yehuda Erez. Layout by Shmuel Zur. English text by I.M. Lask. In near fine condition. Books signed by Paula Ben-Gurion are rare.
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970.
First edition of the story of the creation of Israel’s armed strength. Octavo, original cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Rachel and Solomon Rapepord in deep friendship Shimon Peres 15.12.70.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears. Jacket design by Derrick Holmes. Rare and desirable signed.
New York: Random House, 1970.
First American edition of the story of the creation of Israel’s armed strength. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed and dated in 1971 in Hebrew by Shimon Peres on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jay J. Smith Studio. Rare and desirable signed.
“It's not enough to be up to date, you have to be up to tomorrow”: First Edition of Days of David Ben-Gurion; Signed by the First Prime Minister of Israel
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1967.
Signed limited first edition of this wonderfully illustrated account of the first prime minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. One of 150 numbered copies signed by David Ben-Gurion on the title page. Edited by Ohad Zamora, Mordechai Barkai, Nahum Pundak and Israel Stockmann. Introduction by S.Y. Agnon. Fine in a fine pictorial acetate dust jacket.