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London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume of this important biography. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound three quarters morocco, Marlborough armorial crests stamped in gilt on the front panels of each volume, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles. In near fine condition.
London: Longman's, Green, and Co, 1900.
First edition of Churchill’s fifth book, a continuation of his coverage of the Boer War which he began in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria. Octavo, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece portrait of Ian Hamilton, folding map in color and 4 pages of advertisements for Churchill’s works at rear. In very good condition, with the original cloth bound at the rear.
"Then, perhaps it will be time to make another journey": First Edition of Winston Churchill's My African Journey; Finely Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908.
First edition of this early Churchill travelogue. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with three full-page maps and over 60 photographs. In fine condition.
“All he wanted was toleration, and by the enlightened use of the dispensing power to be the true father of all his people": First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. In fine condition.
First British edition of Churchill's only full-length work of fiction: Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania; bound in full morocco by Bayntun Riviere
London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1900.
First British edition of Churchill’s singular attempt at full-length fiction, one of only 1,500 copies. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Bayntun Riviere, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, Churchill’s signature blocked in gilt on the front panel, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. In fine condition.
London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1932.
First edition of the second volume of Churchill’s autobiographical writings. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with frontispiece. In fine condition.
Rare Original Ulysses S. Grant United States Civil War Army Report Cover; inscribed by General Grant
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1865.
Rare Civil War era report cover inscribed by Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General of the United States Army. One page report cover, inscribed by Grant, “Wm E. Dodge, Esq., New York, N.Y. U.S. Grant Lt. Gen.” Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to Lieutenant General of the United States Army on March , 1864, a rank which had only previously been held by George Washington. Following Lincolns assassination in April of 1865, Grant became America’s first four-star general and played an important role in aiding Congress in their effort to reconstruct the South. In near fine condition. With a first edition of the complete report which is in very good condition. Rare and desirable.
First Edition of Kenneth S. Davis' A Prophet in His Own Country: The Triumphs and Defeats of Adlai E. Stevenson; signed by both Kenneth S. Davis and Adlai Stevenson
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1957.
First edition of Davis’ definitive biography of Adlai E. Stevenson. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Kenneth S. Davis and Adlai Stevenson on the second free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket desgin by Sydney Butchkes. Jacket photograph by Arthur Siegel.
"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.
Johannesburg and London: Collins, 1962.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Laureate. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, bookplate. Introduction by Charles Hooper. A nice example.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1915.
First edition of this collection of addresses delivered by the 27th president of the United States in the 1914 Page Lecture Series. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Taft on the front free endpaper, “Sincerely yours William H. Taft.” In very good condition.
Rare original carte de visite signed by Ulysses S. Grant, “U.S. Grant Lt. Gen. U.S.A.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.75 inches by 10.25 inches. An excellent portrait with the signature bold.
First edition of John Burroughs' Camping & Tramping With Roosevelt; boldly inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt and with an autograph letter signed by Burroughs tipped in
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1907.
First edition of Burroughs’ classic memoir of his travels with close personal friend and fellow naturalist Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Theodore Roosevelt on the second free endpaper, “With the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt Dec. 1916.” With an autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Burroughs tipped in which reads, “West Park N.Y. Nov. 8, 1885 Dear Sir, Few authors mind the trouble it takes to give an autograph, but most authors do mind the trouble it takes to write a note to accompany it & I am no exception to the rule, I cannot tell you where you can get an autograph of Bryant. Very Respectfully, John Burroughs.” In fine condition. From the Theodore Roosevelt Library of Walter Merriam Pratt with his bookplate to the pastedown. A very sharp example of this uncommon title. Exceptionally rare signed by Roosevelt.
Fine collection of Ronald Reagan Presidential gift accessories including a pair of cuff links and a lapel pin bearing the Presidential Eagle and Crest seal and a fountain pen bearing Reagan’s signature in facsimile. Each piece is housed in the original gift box with Reagan’s signature stamped in gilt to the box cover. In fine condition with the pen requiring a nib insert. A handsome collection.
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 in the year of publication, “To my good friend A.B. Cargill from Herbert Hoover Jan. 5/42Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
First edition of Ronnie and Nancy: A Very Special Love Story; signed by both Ronald and Nancy Reagan
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1985.
First edition of Adler’s account of one of America’s great romances, inscribed by Ronald Reagan as President and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Octavo, original half-cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ronald and signed by Nancy Reagan on the half-title page, “To Preston Long – with our appreciation and warmest friendship. Nancy & Ronald Reagan Jan. 27 1986.” The recipient, Preston H. Long, was a supporter of Reagan and was appointed by Reagan as a Member of the American Battle Monuments Commission in July of the year the present volume was inscribed. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by James K. Davis. Jacket photograph by Harry Benson. Examples of this title signed by the Reagan’s are particularly uncommon.