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“INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE": FIRST EDITION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S FINAL BOOK WHY WE CAN'T WAIT
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964.
First edition of Dr. King’s third book, including his reflections on his 1963 Birmingham campaign. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
First Edition of John F. Kennedy's Profiles In Courage; Signed by Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush
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. Boldly signed by both Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush on the front free endpaper. Upon the 50th Anniversary of the assassination, President George W. Bush commented, “Today we remember a dark episode in our Nation’s history, and we remember the leader whose life was cut short 50 years ago. John F. Kennedy dedicated himself to public service, and his example moved Americans to do more for our country. He believed in the greatness of the United States and the righteousness of liberty, and he defended them. On this solemn anniversary, Laura and I join our fellow citizens in honoring our 35th President.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins.
“YOU ONLY NEED A HEART FULL OF GRACE. A SOUL GENERATED BY LOVE”: The Memorial Edition of Profiles In Courage; Inscribed by Robert Kennedy
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1964.
First edition of the Memorial edition of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy. Presentation copy, inscribed by Robert Kennedy on the front free endpaper, “For Mr and Mrs Richard Boyle With Best Wishes Robert F. Kennedy.” Very good in a good price-clipped dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
Long Walk to Freedom; Signed by Three Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. De Klerk
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of this classic autobiography, 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 half-title page (translated from Afrikaans to English), “To Lieutenant Colonel Jan de Wet, Compliments and Best Wishes to a competent and experienced pilot NMandela 10.5.95.” This was signed on the first anniversary of Mandela’s inauguration as President. Additionally signed by fellow Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
“INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE": First Edition of Martin Luther's King Jr.'s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?; inscribed by him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of King’s “last grand expression of his vision” (Cornel West). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Otto E. Geppert Martin Luther King Jr.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, small date to the endpaper. Jacket design by Ronald Clyne. Jacket photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Bob Fitch.
First Edition of Margaret Thatcher's Statecraft: Strategies For A Changing World; Signed by Her and Mikhail Gorbachev
London: HarperCollins, 2002.
First edition of this work by the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with photographs. Boldly signed by Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket. Author photograph by Joe Partridge.
Royal Christmas card from 1953, the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, boldly signed, “Elizabeth R, 1953” and “Philip.” This rare unfolded card measures 15.5 inches by 9.5 inches. Double matted, which measures 20 inches by 14 inches.
Royal Christmas card bearing two royal seals to the front panel and an original color photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles. Boldly inscribed by both and signed in each of their hands, “Mr. and Mrs. Bennett from Charles and Diana.” In fine condition. Matted and framed.
“THE ONLY THING NEW IN THIS WORLD IS THE HISTORY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW”: President Trumans Mr. Citizen; Inscribed by Him
New York: Bernard Geis, 1960.
First edition, early printing of this collection of articles written by President Truman after leaving the White House. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title page, “To Theodore R Racoosin from Harry Truman Kind regards.” The recipient, Theodore Racoosin was a noted Jewish leader, who was active in many major undertakings for Israel in the United States. In near fine condition.
New York: Hallmark, 1970.
First edition of this collection of words and sayings by the the 33rd President of the United States. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “To: Ken Browne, From Harry S. Truman,” and additionally signed by “Bess W. Truman.” Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket, note to the rear endpaper. Selected and arranged by Ted Sheldon. Uncommon signed by both President and First Lady Truman.
First Edition of HRH The Prince of Wales Watercolours; Inscribed by Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991.
First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Janis With my best wishes for Xmas 1991 from Charles, and additionally signed “and Diana” in the Princess’ hand. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by both the Charles and Diana.
The Manuscript Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Monumental Work The Winning of the West; One of 200 Numbered Copies
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
Limited edition, number 72 of 200 copies of the manuscript edition of The Winning of the West. Quarto, 4 volumes, bound in full publisher’s morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, pastedowns full morocco with inlay. The manuscript page in this example opposite the limitation page and reads, “at the expense of the government; and on the lower Ohio in 1793 and ’93 there were plenty of men who, in the event of a campaign, hoped to make profit out of the goods, horses and cattle they supplied the soldiers.” Portrait frontispiece in volume one, illustrated throughout, with frontispieces in each volume, folding maps, and other plates. In near fine condition. Housed in two custom slipcases. A very nice set.
"whose interests comprehend both science and the arts with affectionate regards. May they live as long and delight in each other as much as did John and Abigail": First Editions of Page Smith's classic work John Adams, Lengthily inscribed by Him in Volume I
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1962.
First editions of Smith’s classic biography of the second President of the United States. Octavo, 2 volumes. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of volume I, “Inscribed for Eunice, a great teacher, and Tully whose interests comprehend both science and the arts with affectionate regards. May they live as long and delight in each other as much as did John and Abigail. Page Smith January 1963 Forgive the long inscription- it’s a long book.” Near fine in near fine price-clipped dust jackets.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice; From the Library of Close Friend of Jefferson William Dade
Washington City: Samuel Harrison Smith, 1801.
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure, from the library of William A.G. Dade with his signature to the front pastedown and the title page dated 1807. Dade was a close friend of Jefferson’s who was among the twelve lawyers Jefferson courted as the first law professor at The University of Virginia. The 1825 correspondence between Jefferson and Dade in regards to the Inaugural Law Professor position at UVA is held by the Library of Congress. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt. In very good condition. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional association.
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.
London: Longmans, Green, 1900.
First edition of Churchill’s fourth book and personal record of his impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, with three folding maps (one printed in color). In fine condition. A sharp example.