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New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1956
First edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To John Butler with my best regards, John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. With a portrait of the recipient laid in. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City : Samuel Harrison Smith 1801
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph
Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.
"Guide this nation through eternity...guide this nation through dark + stormy times": Original Campaign Speech from John F. Kennedys Campaign With His Notes and Corrections
St. Louis : 1960
Original John F. Kennedy campaign speech with extensive annotations in his hand. This is a reading copy of the speech Kennedy delivered in St. Louis on October 2, 1960. In all, 14 double-spaced pages, with notes in the Presidential candidate’s hand throughout. The speech begins, “Massachusetts and Missouri are closely linked in the history of this republic. Both have been cradles of American freedom.” Quarter, bound in a loose leaf folder, gilt-lettered cover.
First Edition of The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi
The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi [sic], adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston.
New York : Ezra Sergeant 1812
First edition, one of only 250 copies printed for Jefferson to distribute to senators, congressman and other political figures. Octavo, original wrappers, frontispiece map. Some wear to the wrappers, light dampstaining. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS”: Finely Bound Set of the Life and Writings of Thomas Paine
New York : Vincent Parke 1908
Limited edition, number 15 of 500, signed on the limitation page by the editor, Daniel Edwin Wheeler of the works of Thomas Paine. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full morocco, covers and spine decorated in floral motifs in gilt with green and bright red inlays, gilt-ruled dentelles, inside covers inlaid with lily designs in green and white on a grey ground, silk endleaves. In fine condition. An exceptional set, most rare and desirable in full morocco.
"God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race": Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story; Inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1958
First edition, early printing of Dr. Martin Luther King’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Russel Bletzer With best wishes and warm Regards Martin Luther King, Jr.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"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.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others 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 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
: February 21, 1863
Naval commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President February 21, 1863, and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original orange paper seal, the commission appoints Leonard Paulding as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. Beginning as a midshipman abroad the USS Preble II, he was promoted to an officer on September 14, 1855 and subsequently to Lieutenant Commander with the present document. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 26 inches by 23 inches. Rare and desirable.
"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.
Autograph Military Land Grant Signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as secretary of state
Autograph document boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States and countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State. One page printed on vellum dated July 7th, 1801 and signed at the conclusion “Th: Jefferson” and “James Madison.” The letter reads that it was issued “in pursuance of the act of Congress passed on the first day of June 1796, entitled ‘An Act regulating the grants of Land appropriated for Military Services, and for the Society of the United Brethren for propagating the gospel among the Heathen.'” Military land grants were issued during the Revolutionary War as compensation for military service. With the original paper seal affixed to the lower left corner of the document. In very good condition with light toning. Double matted and framed with portraits of both Jefferson and Madison. The letter measures 11.5 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 33.5 inches by 19 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Americana.
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.
"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall": First Edition of The Great Communicators Collection of Speeches; Inscribed by Ronald Reagan and Signed by Nancy Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev
New York : Simon and Schuster 1989
First edition of President Reagan’s collection of speeches. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ronald Reagan on the dedication page, “To Peter Vynne- With Very Best Wishes and Regards Ronald Reagan March 22, 1990.” Additionally signed by First Lady Nancy Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, who served as Vice President in the Reagan Administration and Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet premier, counterpart to Reagan in the 1980s and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional piece of history.
"Human rights is still one of the world's burning issues": Exceptionally Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Nelson Mandela less than six months before his release from imprisonment
: August 21, 1989
Exeptionally rare autograph letter signed and entirely in the hand of Nelson Mandela; written less than six months before his release from imprisonment. One page on legal ruled stationary the letter contains the return address: “1335/88 Nelson Mandela, Victor Verster Prison, Paarl, South Africa, 21 8 89” and reads in full, “Dear Mr. Lennard, I thank you for you letter of 10 April 1989 which reached me on 7 July. I regard it as a singular honour to be invited to become one of the patrons of the Wilberforce Council, an invitation I readily accept. I will be more than happy to wear the Council’s coveted tie. My only regret is that my current circumstances will not allow me to play an active role in the affairs of the Council. Human rights is still one of the world’s burning issues of the day, and the work and achievements of Sir Wilberforce is as relevant now as it was in his time. Please accept my best wishes. Sincerely, Nelson Mandela.” Mandela served 27 years in prison, split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison, and Victor Verster Prison. He spent the final 14 months of his imprisonment at Victor Verster until the historic day of his release on February 11th 1990 which gained the prison worldwide publicity. The letter references the Wilberforce Council, founded in honor of British politician English humanitarian reformer William Wilberforce, a historically significant supporter of the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery which led to the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with the original Registered transmittal envelope addressed to Jack Lennard in Mandela’s hand and a portrait of Mandela. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 14.5 inches. Exceptionally rare and desirable. Letters from Mandela during his imprisonment at Victor Verster Prison are scarce, with only one other example having previously appeared at auction.
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right when the head is totally wrong”: Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York : Harper & Row, Publishers 1963
Early printing of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Tamar Rich with best wishes and warm regards, Martin L. King Jr.” Laid in is a black and white photograph of Ralph Abernathy, Victor M. Carter, Martin Luther King, Jr., Andrea Carter, Tamar Rich (the recipient) and the Consul General of Israel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.