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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. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Illustrations by Fritz Kredel. An exceptional example.
First editions of each volume in Douglas Southall Freeman's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography; Inscribed by him
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934-1935.
Early printing of Douglas Southall Freeman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Robert E. Lee. Octavo, four volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of volume I, “Autographed for Joseph Reed with all good wishes Douglas Southall Freeman.” In near fine condition with light toning. An nice example.
New York : William Morrow and Company, 1939.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Eleanor Roosevelt in the year of publication, “For Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt with every possible good wish John W, Wheeler-Bennett January 1939.” With Eleanor Roosevelt’s bookplate. One could imagine Roosevelt reading and gleaning from this instructive work regarding peace after the first World War, with the invasion of Sudetenland and subsequent letters from President Roosevelt to Hitler for peace and later The Yalta Conference. In near fine condition.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams": Eleanor Roosevelts This I Remember; Signed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1949.
First edition, early printing of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth. Illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Boldly signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
New York: Penguin Press, 2011.
First edition of Kissinger’s 13th book, which he draws on historical records and 40 years of direct interaction with four generations of Chinese leaders to analyze the link between China’s ancient past and its present day trajectory. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Henry Kissinger on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Darren Haggar. Uncommon signed.
Munich: Martin Herpich & Son.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ copy of this biography of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece in color, illustrated. From the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with Sotheby’s “The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” bookplate to front pastedown. Inscribed on the front free endpaper in pencil, “To Jackie Ludwig P.” The inscriber has added a drawing of a crown and swan.
New York: The Viking Press, 1950.
First edition of this work regarding the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. With the complete text of Sara Delano Roosevelt’s Household Book.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968.
First edition of this work by “Israel’s Founding Father.” Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Saul L. Zimmerman with best wishes D. Ben Gurion.” In good condition.
"To me, PT 109 has always been one of the great war stories of all time" (Senator Edward M. Kennedy): First Edition of PT 109: John F. Kennedy in World War II; Inscribed by Bob Donovan
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1961.
First edition of this classic work regarding Kennedy in World War II. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jim An old friend, with thanks for much help and encouragement. From the twelfth survivor of (PT 109), Bob November 8, 1961.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Rupert Finegold. Introductory letter by President Kennedy.
First Edition of Winston S. Churchill's Europe Unite: Speeches 1947 and 1948; Finely Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1950.
First edition of this collection of fifty-two speeches delivered between 1947 and 1948. Octavo, bound in three quarters blue morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Edited by Randolph S. Churchill. In near fine condition.
"In view of recent developments in the international front you may find the chapters in The Former Evil Empire and the Muslim World particularly interesting": First Edition of Richard Nixon's Seize the Moment; Signed by Him and from the library of his former Speechwriter Bill Safire
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
First edition of Nixon’s critically praised assessment of American foreign policy. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, signed by Richard Nixon on the flyleaf and from the personal library of his former speechwriter William Safire with a photocopy of the original letter in which Nixon presents a page of proofs to Safire dated 11-11-91 which reads in full, “Dear Bill, I am enclosing the page proofs of my new book which will come out in the last week of December. In view of recent developments in the international front you may find the chapters in The Former Evil Empire and the Muslim World particularly interesting – Regards – RMN.” William Safire was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew until joining the New York Times as a political commentator in 1973. Soon after joining the times, Safire learned that he was the target of wiretaps authorized by Nixon, which he wrote about with “restrained fury” in his August 9, 1973 column, “The Suspicious 17.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. With Nixon’s card business card paper-clipped to the front free endpaper. Jacket design by Robert Anthony. An exceptional association copy.
College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 1997.
First edition of this photographic profile of the 41st President of the United States. Quarto, original dark blue cloth. Signed by George H.W. Bush. One of 1250 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Rare Original Theodore Roosevelt 'Perfec' Stereograph Card; Produced By Historic Bennington Vermont Optical Company H.C. White
Bennington, Vermont: H.C. White Co, 1902.
Rare original Theodore Roosevelt ‘Perfec’ stereograph card featuring two views of Roosevelt in the Cabinet Room of the White House. The card measures 7 inches by 3.5 inches.
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc, 1992.
First edition of this account of two of the most significant trials and “cases” in American legal and political history. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by William Rehnquist on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dick Adelson.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1962.
First edition of William Manchester’s Portrait of a President. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of President Kennedy. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits": First Edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon; Inscribed by Him
New York: Grossett & Dunlop, 1978.
First edition of Nixon’s memoirs. Thick octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Reverend Eugene O’Brien with best wishes from Richard Nixon 9/15/85.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear.
Photograph of President Harry S. Truman having his arm raised at the 1947 Democratic National Convention. Inscribed by Truman, “To Joseph J. Fracelli, From Harry S. Truman, 12/7/66.” On the verso of the photograph bears a Harry S. Truman Library stamp. In near fine condition.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face": Rare Eleanor Roosevelt Signed Photograph
Original black and white photograph of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt signed by her. With the gilt Pach Bros NY photographer’s insignia. One of the oldest photographic firms in business in New York City, the Pach Brothers photography studio’s patrons included famous and ordinary Americans involved in business, politics, government, medicine, law, education, and the arts, as well as thousands of students, families and children who sat for Pach cameras from 1866 onward. In fine condition. The photograph measures 7 inches by 4.75 inches.
Queen Victoria: Leaves From a Journal. A Record of the Visit of the Emperor and Empress of the French to the Queen and of the Visit of the Queen and H.R.H. The Prince Consort to the Emperor of the French 1865.
New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1981.
First edition of this contemporary reprint of the journals of Queen Victoria with an introduction by Raymond Mortimer. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece in color, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed to Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper, “To Jackie, with admiration! & Love!! Molly.” Very good in a good dust jacket with chipping to the front and rear panel.