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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
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
"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
“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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rare typed letter signed by Winston S. Churchill to Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd-George, the widow of his predecessor, David Lloyd George. Two pages, on Churchill’s personal letterhead with his Hyde Park Gate address, the letter reads: “22 May, 1946 My dear Lady Lloyd George, I had a talk with Sir Edward Bridges today. Naturally they have anxiety about the custody and destination of very important State documents, although belonging to a bygone era. I am executing a Trust Deed which safeguards the use of such documents, and I also feel it my duty to give guarantees for their safe custody so that they do not fall into bad hands, and the control of the Government on publication is effective. I have no doubt that you would be willing to make similar arrangements. Sir Edward Bridges told me he would get in touch with you and have a talk about it all. I should recommend you to conform with the arrangements which I am making, and I expect that will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time. Perhaps you will write to me after you have had your talk with Bridges. With all good wishes, Believe me, “Yours truly Winston S. Churchill.” The recipient, Frances Stevenson, Lady Lloyd George first met David Lloyd George in 1911 when she began working as a governess to his daughter Meghan, she soon became Lloyd George’s secretary and, from early 1913, his long-term mistress. In 1943, two years after the death of his first wife Margaret, Lloyd George married Frances; he was 80 years old at the time. Frances was an able archivist of her husband’s papers both before and after his death. Churchill clearly understood this, as he writes that he expects the arrangements “will be found satisfactory for the very limited class of ex-Prime Ministers in victorious war time.” In near fine condition. A fine association.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 117064
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": Signed Limited Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women; One of 250 Signed Numbered Copies
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.
Signed limited first edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book as first lady. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece. One of 250 signed copies by Eleanor Roosevelt, this is number 7. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 5062
Rare Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court Ruling Document Page; signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens
Washington, D.C: Supreme Court of the United States, December 12, 2000.
Rare first page from the Bush v. Gore United States Supreme Court ruling signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and John Paul Stevens. One page, printed. Double matted. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 12.5 inches. Desirable signed by cultural and feminist icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 118035
"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