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Power without a nation's confidence is nothing": Document Boldly Signed by Russia's Longest-Ruling Female Leader Catherine the Great
Document in Cyrillic, boldly signed by Catherine the Great “Ekaterina.” Renewal of an appointment for Lieutenant General Otto von Derfelden dated 1784. Double-matted with an image of Catherine
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 98658
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons
Rare autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of American Founding Father John Jay as Governor of New York to Theophilus Parsons. One page, folded, the letter reads in full, “Albany, 1 July 1800 Sir, On my return from New York on Friday last, your obliging letter of the 5th of May, which arrived during my absence was delivered to me. I am much gratified by the Information it contains & thank you for it as serious apprehensions were entertained that anti-federalism had gained considerable ground in Massachusetts; but I am happy to find… that appearances do not warrant the conclusions which have been drawn from them. The present aspect of our affairs is far from being agreeable – altho’.. having abundant Reason for Content & Gratitude, our nation is permitting their happiness to be part in Jeopardy by their worst passions inflamed and directed by the most reprehensible means. Whether the good Sense of the People will avert the Dangers which threaten them, is not to be seen… but unfortunately their is too little unanimity on many points and the want of it exposes is to the Hazard of many Evils – It really appears to me that the… of our Envoys to France has been treated with too much asperity. The President declared to the congress that he would never send another Legation to Paris… as that declaration seems to imply that when he should receive such appearances, he would again send Envoys. It was not unnatural that he should conceive himself bound in Honor to do so. Whether that Declaration was advisable and whether the nomination of the Envoys was made exactly in Reason are questions which , like other of the same kind, may receive different answers from different men. But having nominated the Envoys and received the requisite appearances, I for my part consider the sending them as a Matter of Course; and do not concern in opinion with those Gentlemen who think they should nevertheless have been detained. I regret that my absence deprived me of the pleasure of seeing the Rev. Mr. Andrews, all the more so, as he would have answered my inquiries respecting many of my friends at Boston, and informed me of you Health – With the best wishes that you may now and ever enjoy that valuable Blessing. I am Sir your most obt. sevt. John Jay. Theop Parsons Esq.” The recipient, Theophilus Parsons, was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1779-1780 and one of the committee of twenty-six who drafted the constitution. He was also a delegate to the state convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. His Commentaries on the Laws of the United States (1836) contains some of his more important legal opinions. In the present letter, Jay refers to President John Adams’ failed mission in 1797 to make negotiations with France following the French Revolution which the Federalists viewed as the cause of the undeclared naval war fought from 1798 to 1800 between the United States and France. Anti-federalists and many contemporary historians, however, view the 1794 Jay Treaty as the initial cause of hostilities between France and America. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117791
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela, Dr. Moroka, and Yusuf Dadoo during the Defiance Campaign Trial of 1952. Signed by both Mandela on the image and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg (signed and stamped on the verso by Schadeberg and also signed on the front). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 4054
First Edition of Mandela: The Authorized Portrait; Signed by Nelson Mandela, President Bill Clinton and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003.
First edition of this illustrated biographic portrait of Mandela. Quarto, original boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Additionally signed by both Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu at their contribution. Foreword by Bill Clinton. Introduction by Desmond Tutu. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Mac Maharaj and Ahmed Kathrada. An exceptional piece of history, signed by these three iconic figures.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 107557
"There, I guess King George will be able to read that without his spectacles!": Bold Signature of Founding Father John Hancock
Signature of John Hancock. Signed, “Your most hum Sevt, John Hancock Presid.,” on an off-white 3.5 inch by 1 inch slip clipped from a letter. Matted and framed with a portrait of Hancock. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 13.25 inches. In excellent condition with a few creases signature and some mild toning. Rare and desirable.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 39072
Rare first edition of Edward McDermott's Merrie Days of England; inscribed by Queen Victoria to Francois François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville
London: William Kent & Co, 1859.
First edition of McDermott’s collection of sketches illustrating “the merrie days of England”. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth richly decorated in gilt, illustrated with 20 engravings from drawings by Joseph Nash, George Thomas, Birket Foster, and Edward Corbould. Association copy, inscribed by Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper to her cousin in French, “Pour mon cher Cousin Joinville de son affectionee cousine Victoria Noel 1858.” The recipient, François d’Orléans, Prince of Joinville was the third son of Louis Philippe I, King of the French from 1830 to 1848 and lifelong friend of Queen Victoria’s father King George III. In fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell box by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for Asprey. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 115522
"If it weren't for people like you, people like me would never grasp the opportunity to learn in this land": First edition of Paul G. Kauper's Religion and Constitution; lengthily inscribed by Bill Clinton to his former high school principal Johnnie Mae Mackey
Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1964.
First edition of this collection of lectures devoted to contemporary questions regarding religion in its relation to the constitutional order. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Bill Clinton on the front free endpaper, “5 – 14 – 66 Georgetown University To Mrs. Johnnie Mae Mackey, This little book is a glowing testimonial to the freedom of man in America and the efforts of our judges to perpetuate and insure that freedom to every man. But if it weren’t for people like you, people like me would never grasp the opportunity to learn in this land. May I make my small contribution to the many expressions of gratitude for your inspiration and dedication. Bill Clinton.” Laid in is the original transmittal letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Bill Clinton which reads in part, “Dear Mrs. Mackey – I picked up this small but valuable book in my study of U.S. Constitution and Government. I know you are most interested in this subject, especially those sections in the book which deal with school prayer…Finals are coming up – Wish me good luck – and the same to you in graduating the class of 66 – see you soon – Sincerely, Bill Clinton.” The recipient, Johnnie Mae Mackey was the principal of Hot Springs High School in Little Rock, Arkansas when Clinton was a student. Mackey came to consider Clinton her brightest protégé and it was under her mentoring that Clinton was sent to Washington D.C. as one of two Arkansas delegates to Boy’s Nation where he met and shook hands with John F. Kennedy, a defining moment in his life. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A unique look into the mind of the future President of the United States.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 95273
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness": Rare First Edition Of The Dalai Lamas Autobiography My Land and My People; Signed By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1962.
First edition of the Dalai Lama’s first autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page with the added words “with prayers.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 30019
Portrait of British Royals; Signed by Queen Mary; Queen Alexandra; Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI); The Duchess of York (Elizabeth The Queen Mother); Prince Henry; Prince George; Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles; and Princess Victoria
QUEEN MARY; QUEEN ALEXANDRA; ALBERT, Duke of York (later King George VI); The Duchess of York (Elizabeth The Queen Mother); Prince Henry; Prince George; Princess Mary.
Elephant folio, bound in full blue morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, front and rear panel, raised bands. Volume of ten portraits of British royalty, with a title page in calligraphy, which reads, “The Portraits contained in this volume have been presented to The Honorable Rodman Wanamaker, C.V.O., as a mark of the Friendship and High Esteem in which he is held by those who have inscribed their Signatures.” The book features portraits held within thick cardstock pages, with short biographies penned in calligraphy on the opposite page. Signed portraits include: Queen Mary; Queen Alexandra; Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI); The Duchess of York (Elizabeth The Queen Mother); Prince Henry; Prince George; Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles; and Princess Victoria. Also includes an unsigned photo of the Prince of Wales. In near fine condition. Rodman Wanamaker was a department store magnate and patron of the arts, as well as a major early supporter of aviation. He made major contributions to the liturgical arts in Great Britain, including the sponsorship of a sterling silver altar and silver pulpit at the church of the Queen’s estate in Sandringham, England, as well as a massive processional cross for Westminster Abbey. Rare and desirable
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 48055
Black and White Rotary Photograph of Winston Churchill, while he was the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Boldly Signed “Winston S. Churchill.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very handsome presentation.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 99834
New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1914.
First edition of this classic adventure taken by Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated from photographs taken by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition, frontispiece with tissue-guard; 3 maps, including 1 folding in the rear. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed for Master Coleman Williams with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt January 21st 1916.” With Williams’s bookplate above, a portrait of Roosevelt to the pastedown, and another inserted opposite copyright page. In very good condition with some wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 109452
Letter Signed by Winston S. Churchill to his editor C.C. Wood regarding his monumental work Marlborough: His Life and Times
One page typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill, on this Chartwell letter dated, August 6, 1935. The letter to his proofreader and editor C. C. Wood relating to the publication of the monumental biography Marlborough: His Life and Times. It reads in full, “I send you herewith chapters V and VI which have been completely reconstituted and a new chapter, VIII. For your convenience I append a list of the chapters; VII ‘The Year of Triumph’ is nearly done. It may be possible to cut down the correspondence later. I also send you chapters I, II and III for second revise, leaving only for revise ‘The Battle of Ramillies’ which I will send in a few days. Pray let me have six copies of all these as they come through. I will send you very shortly a number of maps and I shall be glad if your man would draw them out and let me have them in draft. Please therefore make the arrangement you proposed with him. I will not worry about Swain’s.” Churchill was commissioned to write a biography of his ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in 1929. He began writing it in earnest in 1932, and ultimately published four volumes between 1933 and 1938. He began the work in an effort to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. This exquisite letter reveals Churchill’s meticulousness and attention to detail as a writer, which would ultimately lead to his receipt of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” Double matted and framed with an original photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19.25 by 15.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 116948
"Victory belongs to the most persevering": Rare Napoleon Bonaparte Autograph Military Commission and Document Collection
Rare military commission boldly signed by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. One page, dated April 19, 1812, the document contains a request for 17,861 francs to replace uniforms and shoes that were destroyed in a fire in the city of Aurich on July 18, 1811. Additionally signed by Napoleon’s Minister of War, “Duc de Feltre.” Accompanied by several additional military documents in French and German including an autograph letter signed by Michel Ney four days prior to the battle of Guttstadt-Deppen, two reports of the inspector of engineering pertaining to fortifications, and many others. With a first edition auction catalog from Sotheby’s Napoleon & Berthier Auction on Tuesday, March 1, 1938. In near fine to fine condition. An exceptional collection.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 115652
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.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 67008
First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty; Inscribed by Her to her Grandson
New York: Dodge Publishing, 1935.
First edition of this early work by the First Lady. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Bill from his loving grandmere who is also the author Eleanor Roosevelt Xmas 1935.” The recipient was Roosevelt’s grandson William Donner Roosevelt, son of Elliot Roosevelt and grandson of the author Eleanor Roosevelt. A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty is one of the more uncommon books by Roosevelt, and one that is not often found signed or inscribed, especially with such a nice association. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 7296
"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.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 64009
Rare original photograph of Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders Cavalry; accompanied by a first edition of the Rough Riders in which the photograph was featured
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899.
Rare original sepia-toned photograph of Theodore Roosevelt and Commander Leonard Wood leading a regimental drill with the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry in San Antonio, Texas. The photograph was featured as a double page engraved illustration in Roosevelt’s best-selling work, The Rough Riders. San Antonio was a pivotal location in the cavalry’s history as it was from the Menger Hotel that Roosevelt conceived of and formed the group. In 1905, a Rough Riders reunion convened in San Antonio at the end of the campaign season and before the commencement of Roosevelt’s second term as president. Matted and framed with fragments from historic army San Antonio photographer, D.P. Barr’s original presentation mat in a sleeve to the verso. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by by 11.5 inches. Accompanied by a first edition of The Rough Riders in the original cloth with the frontispiece of Theodore Roosevelt with tissue guard, illustrations, top edge gilt. In near fine condition with period ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare and desirable, an attractive pairing.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 96599
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”: First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Warmly Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
London: Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
First British edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Dr. Ivan May Compliments and best wishes to a public figure who cares. Nelson Mandela 6.1.95.” The recipient Ivan May, was academician and humanitarian, who worked closely with The Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was described by the foundation as “a groundbreaking leader in the sphere of giving.” Inscription of the recipient on the half-title page, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 5514
Davenport, Iowa: 1865.
Original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece, a rare and desirable piece of Americana.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 95831
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them": Rare First Edition Of The Dalai Lamas Autobiography My Land and My People; Signed By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1962.
First edition of the Dalai Lama’s first autobiography. Octavo, original black cloth, illustrated. Signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page with the added words “with prayers.” Near fine in a excellent dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example, uncommon signed.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 5520
London: Richard Phillips by T. Gillet, 1804-07.
First English edition of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Octavo, five volumes. Finely bound in full morocco by Howell, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, Extra illustrated with 16 plates as called for, including three frontispieces, 12 maps, and a tail piece at the end of volume three, plus an additional two maps in volume three and an additional 39 plates interspersed throughout all volumes.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 101855
"There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice": Rare Publishers Deluxe Binding of Grants Memoirs
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1885-86.
Rare publisher’s deluxe binding of the autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, which focusing mainly on his military career during the Mexican War and the Civil War. Octavo, 2 volumes. Bound in original deluxe full morocco, covers ruled and paneled in blind with blind-stamped central motifs of Grant, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, all edges gilt. Illustrated with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles and 43 maps. In near fine condition. The rarest form of Grant’s memoirs as this presentation binding were given to only a select group of people.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 117355
“THEY GAVE ME ABOUT FIVE OR TEN GALLONS OF ANTIBIOTICS…BUT THEY JUST COULDN’T KILL ME”: FIVE PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM HARRY TRUMAN TOSECRETARY OF STATE DEAN ACHESON
Kansas City, Missouri: 1954.
Autograph letter signed by Harry S. Truman to Dean Acheson. Five pages, with 2 page transcription of Acheson’s 19 October response Truman recounts his near death from an infected gall bladder that required emergency, life-saving surgery, and reflects on his changing popular reputation. “Went to our outdoor theater [on June 19] in Swope Park to see ‘Call Me Madam,’ which I’ve never seen (and don’t want to).” Truman, in fact, was going to appear in a cameo at the end of the play. But he never made it. While waiting to come on “A pain overtook me which I couldn’t stop with all the will power I could exercise and the ‘Boss’ drove me home.” Admitted into the hospital, the “Doc told me that the white corpuscles were increasing at the rate of 1000 an hour and that a little butchering would be necessary. I wrote a codicil to my will and went out – I mean out. They gave me about five or ten gallons of anti-biotics by sticking needles in veins. But they just couldn’t kill me.” His wife Bess “says I’m worse than a Bridge Club Lady—talk about my operation and bore people to death.” He also talks about the difficult task of getting his memoirs published, with an impatient publisher waiting for the promised 300,000 words by the spring of 1954. But the hospital was flooded with flowers during his convalescence and Truman was touched by the genuine concerns expressed for “this still controversial former President.” No one, he tells Acheson, “knew the travails of what we went through in those years from Apr. 12, 1945 to Jan. 20, 1953 as did you, Gen. Marshall, [Treasury Secretary] John Snyder and [Secretary of Agriculture] Charlie Brannan.” A lengthy, revealing letter about Truman’s near death experience.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 7271
Washington, D.C: 1871.
Portrait engraving of President Ulysses S. Grant. Boldly signed U.S. Grant. The engraving measures 5.5 inches by 4 inches. This portrait engraving produced by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In near fine condition, affixed to an 8 inch by 10 inch sheet bearing a small note. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches 18 inches.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 44047
William Rehnquist Supreme Court oversized photograph signed by all nine justices, dressed in robes. Group portrait taken on the occasion of the investiture of William Rehnquist being elevated to Chief Justice, and Antonin Scalia’s investiture. Signed by John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, William H. Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and Harry A. Blackmun. Matted and framed to an overall size of 21 inches by 23 inches.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 51010
"Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me": First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
London: Little Brown and Company, 1994.
First British edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black boards. Inscribed by the author, “Dear Lynne, with thanks. Nelson Mandela 27.2.97.” The recipient was the realtor who sold Nelson Mandela his estate in Houghton, Johannesburg; where he passed away in 2013. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 4426
RARE CONSULAR COMMISSION SIGNED BY BOTH JAMES MONROE AND JOHN QUINCY ADAMS DURING MONROE'S PRESIDENCY
Consular commission singed by James Monroe as President of the United States and John Quincy Adams as Secretary of State. Folio, one page folded, embossed paper presidential seal. The commission letter reads, “To whom it may concern, Mr. Alexander Pillavoine, having produced to me his commission as Consul of His Majesty the King of France and Navarre for the Port of Baltimore, I do hereby recognize him as such, and declare him free to exercise and enjoy such functions, Powers and privileges as are allowed to the Consuls of the most friendly Powers. As testimony whereof, I have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the seal of the United States to be herein affixed. Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this Seventh day of April A.D. 1824, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the Forty-eighth.” Boldly signed by James Monroe and John Quincy Adams at the conclusion of the letter. In near fine condition with some light toning. Double matted and framed, with photographs of Monroe and Quincy Adams. The entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 24 inches. An exceptional piece.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 89150
New York: John Fenno, July 29, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on July 29, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Sketch of the Political State of America, Original Specimens of Eloquence, Foreign and Domestic Miscellaneous Articles, and Sketches of Proceedings of Congress approved by G. Washington, President of the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116728
Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains. Comprising “Hunting Trips of a Ranchman” and “The Wilderness Hunter.”
New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; The Knickerbocker Press, 1899.
Signed limited first edition, number 908 of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait. Thick quarto, bound in cloth, brown morocco labels, top edge gilt, 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford, Sanford and other well-known artists. Contemporary names, small repair, in near fine condition.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 89784
"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall": First Edition of Speaking My Mind; Signed by Ronald Reagan 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. Signed by the author on the half-title page, “Ronald Reagan Jan. 6- ’92.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet premier, counterpart to Reagan in the 1980s and Nobel Peace Prize winner. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he handwrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened.It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional piece of history.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 111944
New York: John Fenno, Wednesday, August 19, 1789.
Rare original printing of the Gazette of the United States, issued during the presidency of George Washington on August 19, 1789. Folio, one page, folded, this issue includes a the following articles, many continued from previous issues: Extract of a Letter on Weights, The Bow, By Express From Paris, and Sketches of the Proceedings of Congress in the House of the Representatives of the United States, an Act for the Establishment of Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers approved by George Washington as President of the United States, and the obituary of George Washington Knox. In very good condition with a closed tear to the rear panel and ownership signature.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 116518
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.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 20089
"The Hero of Two Worlds": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS' ORATION ON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF GILBERT MOTIER DE LAFAYETTE; INSCRIBED BY HIM
Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette. Delivered at the Request of Both Houses of the Congress of the United States, Before Them, In the House of Representatives at Washington on the 31st December, 1834.
Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1835.
First edition of John Quincy Adams’ biography of military hero Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Octavo, bound in red morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Association copy, inscribed by John Quincy Adams on the presentation leaf, “David Spangler, from John Quincy Adams.” In near fine condition. A nice example.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 117241
"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.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 95287
William Rehnquist Supreme Court oversized photograph signed by all nine justices. Group portrait taken on the occasion of the investiture of William Rehnquist being elevated to Chief Justice, and Antonin Scalia’s investiture. Signed by John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, William H. Rehnquist, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., and Harry A. Blackmun. The photograph, 13 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed to an overall size of 21 inches by 23 inches.
Price: $5,200.00 Item Number: 48050
"We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability": Rare Autograph Letter Signed by David Ben-Gurion to Eliahu Eliachar
Autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of the founder of modern day Israel and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. One page, text in Hebrew, addressed to Eliahu Eliachar, a notable Sephardic Zionist and Member of the Knesset, the letter reads in full, “Greetings, We don’t need separate political lists – not those of independent Yemenite or Sephardic political parties. Those lists can only distort/falsify the democratic process in our country and the process of integration as well. We need only Israeli lists. Too many small political groups can only affect our stability. The only way to resolve it is to change our voting system from relative voting to local voting. With great respect D. Ben-Gurion.” One of Ben-Gurion’s most ambitious goals in the first years of statehood was the unrestricted absorption of entire communities of newly-arrived Middle Eastern and North African Jews into the Ashkenazi-dominated Israeli society. Hundreds of thousands of new immigrants fled the inhospitable environment rising in the Islamic countries between 1948 and 1954 in the wake of the burgeoning Arab-Israeli conflict, settling in the economically-ravaged war-torn state. Other European Jewish communities from Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland were also transplanted to the Jewish State where they were forced to reside in transit villages and immigrants camps and became involved in domestic political in-fighting and became vulnerable to enticements from anti-establishment political groupings. Ben-Gurion feared that the plethora of small political parties could potentially destabilize Israel’s precarious democracy and advocated for a radical change in Israels electoral system with a two-party governing system, as opposed to the European proportional representational system. Above all, Ben-Gurion advocated for the swift unification of the numerous ethnic groups and the creation of an integrated singular Israeli identity. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable, offering a unique glimpse into the great leader’s political thought.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 104802
"you must not hate your friends more than you hate your enemies”: Winston and Clementine Churchill and Anthony Eden Signed Guestbook
Guest book page signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and his wife, Clementine Churchill. Additionally signed by Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his first wife Beatrice Beckett, Mary Spenser-Churchill (the youngest of the five Churchill children), and Walter Kirke, the Commander in Chief of the British Home Forces during the Second World War. The signatures were obtained at an ice hockey match in which all six were in attendance at the Empire Pool and Sports Arena in London on Februray 24th 1940. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 24 inches. Rare and desirable signed by the Churchill’s and Anthony Eden.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 33022
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive": First Edition of The Opening of the Western-Eye; Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Bangkok: The Social Science Association Press of Thailand, 1968.
First edition in English of the Dalai Lama’s first book on Buddhist philosophy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the Dalai Lama on the title page in Tibetan “with prayers.” A near fine copy in a excellent dust jacket that is lightly rubbed. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 4545
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.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 3553
"one of the most remarkable books ever written": First Editions of Jawaharlal Nehru's Glimpses of History
Allahabad: Printed by M.N. Pandey , 1934-35.
First editions of “one of the most remarkable books ever written” (The New York Times). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. In very good condition. Foreword by Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 89875