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"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
“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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.